Eli Stone (2008–2009)
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Eli defends a young woman he believes will save humanity, Taylor learns some uncomfortable truths when she insists on being part of Jordan's divorce team, and Eli's insistence on a risky ... See full summary »



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Eli defends a young woman he believes will save humanity, Taylor learns some uncomfortable truths when she insists on being part of Jordan's divorce team, and Eli's insistence on a risky procedure reveals a future for which he's not prepared. Written by layle

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16 December 2008 (USA)  »

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24 July 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Eli has a vision of the year 2049 Nobel Peace Prize winner who solved the problems of how to produce power via cold fusion --- "Hold on, you forgot to mention that he gets the vision post-coital with Ashley! Now I have something important to say about that. First of all, after Eli and Ashley cause irritation in the wine club (or whatever), they have a discussion about the time a relationship progresses to the sex stage. And they make pretty much sense. Which means they end up bursting into other's apartment (I don't think its relevant which one's) and proceed ripping their clothes off. At which time we cut to the next morning. C'mon! Ashley still had her top on and Eli had his shirt on! How coy is this show? What year is this? 1960?"

That was The Subjective Me. Anyway, we start with an interesting, relevant problem and get a wacky twist when it turns out that the first human to get cold fusion to work is not only a woman, but a college dropout Genny who lives in a trailer. When Eli rushes to meet her, she is arrested by FBI, suspected of terrorism, namely building a nuclear bomb because she has collected nuclear materials from smoke detectors and watches, which is illegal to do. The fact that Eli and FBI arrive practically at the same time, is naturally Handwaved by the fact that Eli is lead by God and God wills it so that Eli and FBi arrived at the same time. D'oh!

"Yeah, an what's nice, Genny is played by an actual genius, the delicious Danielle Panabaker of "Shark" fame, who received a Bachelor's degree from UCLA in 2007, at the age of 19! And that was *while* she was shooting "Shark"! Now that's brains and beauty! And she can act! She and her sister are some of the living proofs that you can have brains *and* beauty - it's not a Hollywood myth! Her stick-it-to-the-man attitude here is fantastic. You go, girl!"

Ohh-kay... Eli makes the mistake of telling Ashley about the visions with predictable results. How stupid is he? Well, at least he *admits* it to others, unlike most intelligent (he *is* a lawyer, after all) characters who act stupidly on other shows. Then we have the dramatic B-plot of Taylor being the attorney for her father in the divorce from her mother, and an amusing sub-plot of Dr. Chen struggling against professional competition from some Dr. Lee.

"Yeah, it's amazing how many hot women they have in this episode. Ashley is played by the sultry Bridget Moynahan and the regular characters Maggie by the insanely lovely Julie Gonzalo and Taylor by the pretty hot Natasha Henstridge, but her mother is played by the *smoking* hot Debrah Farentino. I watched the whole season of "Earth 2" *three* times, although I must admit that Clancy Brown is so cool that he also had an effect in the case. And the icing on the cake is at the end, where Eli goes to Dr. Lee, who turns out to be the sinful-looking Melinda Clarke. Remember those electric scenes in "CSI" between her and William Petersen? Phew! Is it hot in here?"

Ahem. It soon turns out that even the prosecutor is willing to admit that Genny is on her way to becoming the next Einstein, and we get a nice the-way-the-world-works-is-a-bitch commentary, when Genny tells her father invented an economic car engine, but the oil companies and the government buried it because of economic reasons, and it killed him. That is heart-breaking and perfectly explains Genny's anti-government attitude. But, the judge can't turn a blind eye to Genny having possessed illegal materials. Naturally, Eli figures out a way to solve this problem, though there is a nice conversation between Eli and Genny that makes up for the predictable conclusion. Taylor's parents' divorce doesn't get a fairytale ending, which is good drama.

All in all, an above the average episode. Love the Nurhac(h)i references and the "You finally got some woman!" jokes. The final reveal though is not nearly as shocking as the writers think. 7/10.

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