"Everything has two explanations: scientific and divine. We choose which one to believe."
--Dr Chen to Eli
My fave show of this current TV season (ie, the one that began 9/07) has been PUSHING DAISIES, with LIFE a few steps behind. The latter's appeal rests almost entirely on the protagonist, whereas PD has a great ensemble cast and a superior visual appeal and that lovely glow of magic. Plus lots of laughs.
Well, ELI STONE seems poised to move into a close second, displacing LIFE. It has the lovely combo of wackiness and fantasy with touching and tragic moments that make PUSHING DAISIES entrancing. However, ELI STONE has a different look and sound than PD. They share some genes, but they're not twins.
"God needs to be a little less oblique."
It's interesting to see quality fantasy shows propagating, shows unafraid to say, "There is more than just matter. There is mystery. There is the Divine." Like SAVING GRACE, ELI STONE makes room for the prophetic, for intrusions of "Someone Out There." And that suits me down to the ground, even if ELI STONE is decidedly more New Agey in it's philosophy. God is justice. He's love. He's that sunset over there. :::cue the emotive music as I roll my eyes at the last:::
Oh, and I love the acupuncturist and his "special needles". :)
The pilot's theme is "you gotta have faith." George Michael guest stars to sing his hit tune with that phrase. It's kooky, but it works. The ending is both funny and touching. And hey, another show featuring Aqualung's "Something to Believe In." (I like the song. Not a complaint. Just an observation, since I heard it not too long ago on CSI: Miami and somewhere else, forgot where.)
There's also controversy swirling about the pilot due to the vaccine-causes-autism element in the show's litigation.
Jonny Lee Miller (HACKERS, TRAINSPOTTING, MANSFIELD PARK) does a very nice job as Eli, being competent and lawyerly here, and befuddled and exasperated there. I'd like to see what they do with him and his prophetic gift. Here's to having faith it gets better as the episodes move on...
If you missed it tonight, it repeats at midnight (11 central) Friday. (I think.)