Okay, I’m not saying I didn’t love last night’s episode of LOST — cause I did, even crying not once but twice thanks to Hurley (please, please, please, someone give Jorge Garcia an Emmy!) — but I truly don’t get the media’s turning last night’s episode into the Second Coming. Let me quote the review USA TODAY ran in its review yesterday: “Returning with a heart-stopping, perfectly pitched episode that fulfills all the promise of last season’s stunner of a finale… blah blah blah.” Okay, I made up the last part, but seriously? Heart-stopping? The writer — Robert Bianco — went on to say the episode was a “tense, emotional outing in which secrets are revealed, questions are answered and — yes, inevitably, new questions are raised.” I’ll give him “tense” and “emotion-filled” but can anyone tell me what secrets were revealed? What answers were given? Cause I’m coming up short in that department. Like I said, I thought it was a good episode (and heck, given the writers strike, it’s almost enough when any show gives me a new episode), but let’s cut back on the superlatives, shall we?
I’m surprised how much I enjoyed the premiere of ELI STONE. I can’t help wondering if this is going to have the legs to remain as wildly entertaining over the long-haul, but for now, it’s a pleasant enough diversion. The quick pace, fun visuals and quirky dialogue (“For a guy with auditory hallucinations, you sure are judgemental!”) were exactly what I look for in a show. (Throw in an imaginary dance number and I’m yours forever!) And the leading man couldn’t be more appealing. Jonny Lee Miller is handsome in a non-threatening way that allows actual the actual everyman to see himself in this fictionalized version of himself. And for the record, I will watch anything featuring my favorite sassy lady, Loretta Devine. Too bad the advertising department gave away one one of the funniest bits in the pilot. Imagine how funny the revelation that George Michael was providing the soundtrack to Eli’s new life would have been if we hadn’t already known thanks to endless ads? That said, although I entered with skepticism, STONE has definitely carved itself out a place in my heart.