Imagine for a moment that you woke up one morning only to discover that you had an inoperable brain aneurysm giving you the power to see the future. Would you stick to the status quo by continuing your work as a high-powered attorney that specializes in defending corporate behemoths? Or decide to make some serious life altering changes?
Luckily for us, San Francisco lawyer Eli Stone chose the latter. Setting off a spectacular series of events that quietly added up to last season’s most under-appreciated new series. Co-created by EVERWOOD’s Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, ELI STONE chronicles the ups [he’s a successful lawyer engaged to Natasha Henstridge!] and downs [he’s plagued with bizarre hallucinations!] of our titular hero as he begins to suspect that his George Michael inspired visions may be more than what they seem.
Over the course of the thirteen episode first season that gets exponentially more addictive, Eli Stone must juggle those like his acupuncturist [James Saito] who believe that he’s meant for something more. With his skeptical brother [Matt Letscher], his fiancee [Natasha Henstridge] not to mention his Wethersby, Posner & Klein bosses Jordan Wethersby [Victor Garber], Martin Posner [Tom Amandes], and Marci Klein [Katey Sagal] who would very much prefer Eli forget about his newly discovered conscience and return to the ways of “Old Eli,” putting corporate America first.
But thankfully, there’s no going back for Eli, who each and every week tries his best to make a difference regardless of who or what he has to face down. As Garber’s Jordan Wethersby so eloquently put it in the penultimate episode of the season, “Eli Stone reminds of us of the best parts of ourselves. He applies his considerate talents to underdogs and individuals. I believe that every firm, that everyone needs and Eli Stone.” [Click here for this TV Addict’s favorite scene of the season]
Sappy and Idealistic? Guilty as charged. But ELI STONE offers up a welcome and much needed change from the usual crime-ridden legal procedural dramas that litter the airwaves. And frankly, in the somewhat depressing and tumultuous world we currently find ourselves living in, it’s awfully nice to wake up knowing that Eli Stone is doing his best to make a difference, live brave [an episode twelve highlight] and ensure that every man, woman and gay chimpanzee [trust me, you’ll get it when you see it] have someone looking out for them.
You can catch up on the TV Addict’s favorite dramedy of last season by picking up a copy on Amazon, downloading the season on iTunes or watching it for free on abc.com . ELI STONE returns for its second season on Tuesday October 14 at 10PM on ABC.