I wasn’t so sure about Eli Stone right from the start. I liked the pilot, but when it premiered last January, it seemed to falter a bit. Still, I stuck with ES and came to realize the faltering was nothing more than a few bumps on the road to a really solid show. The last four episodes leading up to the season finale were fantastic, so I was pleased to see ABC would give the ratings-challenged series a second shot this Fall. And that second shot starts tonight. I’ve seen this evening’s hour, and have to tell you that even if you haven’t seen the show before, you should tune in.
All you need to know is that it’s about an attorney whose hereditary brain aneurysm had him seeing visions of the future… mostly disastrous visions of future tragedies. And though the visions were helping him to save hundreds of lives, they were causing irreparable damage to his professional reputation and personal life. Therefore, he made the decision to go under the knife and have the aneurysm removed… and that’s where season two picks up.
For those of you who’re already familiar with the heart and soul of Eli Stone, a little scoop: As Loretta Devine and Julie Gonzalo promise in the clip below, there are a couple of great twists in tonight’s opener. Though Eli, so far, seems to be free and clear of any visions since his surgery, he has perhaps forgotten that his condition was not only God-given, but hereditary. And though the surgery was deemed successful, the plans of a higher power have not been derailed…
Oh, and p.s., Ms. Devine is totally forthcoming in the clip about whether or not Eli and Maggie will end up together, but is coy about whether or not she’ll be singing this season. However, we won’t have to wait long to hear her electric voice… First scene this evening: Patty, front and center, is dancing in the streets. And it’s worth tuning in, even just for that.