One of the most unfortunate side effects of the Great Writer’s Strike of 2008 is that a number of really good TV shows were unable to recapture their momentum after it ended – Shows like Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone. In the case of Eli Stone, this particularly sad because it was something that people clamoured for – an original, intelligent, and even thoughtful series.
In screening the second season DVD release, it’s easy to see that Eli Stone – both the series and the character – were evolving. Unlike season one, for example, Eli’s [Jonny Lee Miller] visions – once he got his mojo [that’s spelled “aneurism”] back, they were no longer based on the music of George Michael. There were a couple of Beatles’ tunes that made it into the mix – the best one being Loretta Devine’s show-stopping rendition of Help, in the episode of the same name, in which Devine’s office manager, Patty, needs help for her medical student daughter [Taraji Henson].