Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stone Cold Success

Just when you think we've had enough legal dramas (Law and Order SVU, CI, Boston Legal, Ally Mcbeal, The Practice), along comes another one. In many ways, it is the same as most others, but it also has one major point of difference- George Michael.
Yes, George Michael in a legal drama. That is, if it is entirely a "drama" in the first place.

Jonny Lee Miller, a 36 year old English actor, plays the main role of big-time lawyer Eli Stone. This seems to be the trend of late in America; rope in British actors such as Hugh Laurie in House and that what's-his-name from Life, Damian Lewis. Anyway, he was apparently married to Angelina Jolie for a couple of years, not that it makes any difference to the show.

But what makes this lawyer so special, is that he has a brain aneurysm, which seems to cause him to have visions of people singing George Michael songs... and other TOTALLY RANDOM things like aeroplanes flying at him... BUT DON'T WORRY- It all means something, trust me.

It all links back to his father and the case he is working on at the time. He also goes to see this Chinese guy who tells him he is a prophet and mentors him.

Somehow though, it is addicting TV, with the musical sequences breaking the monotony of normally boring legal procedures. He also aims to represent less fortunate people such as immigrants and autistic children's parents... aaaawwwww. Yes, so there are messages, etc. in the show... so at times it does verge on sappiness.

But overall, it is well worth a try, just to try something different. Oh, and don't get too attached to it. It was axed in America halfway through its 2nd season. THe ratings in Australia haven't been too crash-hot either.

ELI STONE- Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 PM - Channel Seven

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