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14 October 2008 @ 11:10 pm
'Eli Stone' Premiere Tonight!! EEE!!! (Also, 'The Mentalist' & DwtS)  
For some reason I was convinced that Eli Stone was premiering tomorrow night. I have no idea why, I knew the date of the premiere and I knew definitively for two very specific reasons that today was the 14th of October, yet, I didn't realize the premiere was tonight. Duh!

Anyhoo, There was good and a wee bit of bad, well, not bad, just sad ... for me. I think I was right in what I lamented about in this post from yesterday about them pretty much dropping the Maggie/Eli angle. Anything between them was referenced only once at the beginning when the Fiduciary to God asked Eli how he was dealing with his feelings for Maggie, and his response was that he was dealing with it by having no feelings. And that was pretty much it. Yeah, he made the semi-crack about her wanting to get out of the wedding, but, really, it wasn't much at all.

I don't think they are completely dropping it, because, of course, they are going to keep that option open, but I think it's going to be on a very back-burner simmer. And that bums me out. If we had gotten one small thing towards the end, all of my fears would have pretty much dissipated, but no, no such luck. When Eli lost the case, we saw a profile shot of Eli and Taylor looking angry. On the corner of the screen, we saw Maggie's hand reach out to pat Eli's back. I said to myself, if it focuses on Maggie, if Eli turns to her, then it's still there. They are still pushing the Maggie/Eli agenda. Nada. Instead, the shot cut to Eli running up to Taylor as she walked away, Maggie quiet and unheard behind him, and the rest of the episode involved bonding moments of sorts between Eli and Taylor, with nary a shot or reference to Maggie again.

Yes, things might get better, but I'm not hopeful.

This bums me out on multiple levels. The main being, of course, duh! I want Maggie/Eli. The other being that I like Taylor with Dowd, and their relationship seemed so insignificant to any kind of plot development, therefore, no rooting value. Finally, the bottom line is that part of why I even considered Maggie/Eli in the first place is because Johnny Lee Miller and Natasha Henstridge have NO chemistry. Zilch, nada, zip. And it sure looks like they are keeping that on front-burner simmer.

Crap.

Okay, wait, there was one other bad thing, well, it was more shallow, but still annoying. The wardrobe on both Taylor and Maggie was terrible, but not nearly as bad as the cover-girl, slightly 80's glossy shine make-up they were wearing. Seriously, what was the wardrobe/make-up department thinking!?!? Not to mention Julie Gonzalo's hair. I liked her long, blonde hair as Parker on Veronica Mars; I LOVED her hair first season of Eli Stone, the brunette bob (which is soooooo unlike me hair-wise, but it flattered her ridiculously). Now, her hair is this cross in between and it's terribly unflattering. Do. Not. Want.

Phew, moving onto the rest, ie, the good stuff. :D

I love Sigourney Weaver. She is awesome. So having her on here was fabulous!!! Woohoo!! I loved her first as the psychiatrist, and then loved her even more as the Fiduciary to God (HAH!). Every moment with her was golden. I love the dialogue on this show. It should be cheesy, but it skirts it just so and instead gets to me. I love Chen; nice callback to the first season and the accent reveal with the heavy Asian accent with the customer straight to the "Dude," once customer left and it was just Eli. Cool.

As for Nate ... man, when Nate got the vision. I was like "NO!!!!" It's Eli Stone, not Nate Stone. I like Nate and all, but the visions belong to Eli. I'm glad he's getting them back. As for him getting them back. Interesting that tack they used; I mean, if Eli is getting messages from God, couldn't God, you know, just give them to him? Why does there have to the aneurysm? It's like they want to keep open that slight, albeit, pretty much totally unbelievable at this point, option that the visions ARE from the aneurysm. Oh, and it just happens to be an aneurysm that jumps from sibling to sibling. Uh, okay. Still, I loved the dialogue in that scene -- pretty much every line -- between Eli and the Fiduciary to God that revealed all of this. Just fabulous writing, in my opinion.

Finally, Spydaddy! almost dying!! Man, when I saw Jordan walking into that bank and then the crane overhead, I literally put my hand over my mouth in shock. Of course, I knew he wasn't going to die -- it's SPYDADDY!!! -- but still, I wasn't expecting it to go there. And I like that, I like how this show takes twists and turns I don't expect.

ETA: Even though it wasn't real, I loved the opening musical number and I'm glad they managed to throw one in. Yay!! I love 'em so.

So, overall, good show. As for Maggie/Eli? Sigh. Alas, I just don't think there was even remotely a big enough response to them from viewership, and what was there, was negative for the most part, thus laying it low. Double sigh.

Preview for next week: Ugh! Not a Katie Holmes fan, never have been, never will be. Based on the preview, I'd think the reveal was that she was his and Nate's sister, but since it's "big-name" Katie Holmes, I doubt that highly, unless they'd just keep her recurring, but I still doubt it.

Also, yet again, a batch of previews that not only (a) completely ignores Maggie's existence on the show, and any Maggie/Eli connection, but (b) highlights Eli getting it on romantically. Sigh. Oh, my Maggie/Eli-lovin' heart is breaking.

Now, The Mentalist -- not nearly as much babbling. It's just a show I like, not one I adore. So, good episode again. I just like the show. And, ooh, President Logan!!! Maybe he'll be recurring? 'Twould be awesome.

Oh, Dancing with the Stars, I know why you gave Cloris those ridiculously inflated scores the night before. She's the only actual source of any kind of entertainment this season because my gosh, this is possibly THE most boring season ever. Even the couples I like, it's more on a meh scale. Should Rocco have gone? Yeah, but not before Cloris. But, of course, the judges gave her those scores to keep her around longer because although some may find her annoying, without her around, the show is deadly dull.

However, I DID get a kick out of those campaign ads, although the Brooke Burke vs. everyone pretty much just said, 'yeah, here's your disco ball, Brooke.' Two seasons in a row where you pretty much ordained the winner one week in and nothing after that has changed the mindset? B-O-R-I-N-G!!! Ah well, at least, I'm still enjoying Julianne and Lacey.
 
 
 
Lesley: eli stone_eli&nateles342 on October 15th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Hey there. I just found my way over here to your journal from the eli_stone_tv comm. I am totally in love with this show, so I thought I'd drop by and read your post about it.

I just loved this episode! I'm so glad this show came back for a second season. I totally agree with you about Eli getting the visions back. It just wouldn't be the same if Nate had them. I am glad that they had some many scenes with the two of them, though. My favorite part of the show is the relationship between Eli and Nate, and it seemed like Nate was in it a lot more than usual. For me, the best part of the episode was the scene with Eli and Nate in Dr. Chen's office. Now he knows how it feels for Eli. I really like him, but it always kind of bugged me when he didn't believe Eli when he told him about his visions. I'm sure that if this was real and not tv, that I'd be skeptical too, but darn it, this is tv. I want him to believe it! LOL

And on that note, I think I should quit babbling at you and go to bed. *g* Do you mind if I add you to my flist? I love talking about this show, so it would be great to have someone to chat to about it.

Edited at 2008-10-15 03:48 am (UTC)
Arabian: Meli_Meant to Bearabian on October 15th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
I just loved this episode!

Other than the issues I mentioned above, yeah, I loved it too. I love this show.

I'm so glad this show came back for a second season.

YES!!!

I totally agree with you about Eli getting the visions back. It just wouldn't be the same if Nate had them. I am glad that they had some many scenes with the two of them, though. My favorite part of the show is the relationship between Eli and Nate, and it seemed like Nate was in it a lot more than usual.

My favorite part is (obviously, LOL!) Maggie and Eli, but I do love the Nate/Eli relationship too. It's such a wonderfully realized relationship, so real.

For me, the best part of the episode was the scene with Eli and Nate in Dr. Chen's office. Now he knows how it feels for Eli. I really like him, but it always kind of bugged me when he didn't believe Eli when he told him about his visions. I'm sure that if this was real and not tv, that I'd be skeptical too, but darn it, this is tv. I want him to believe it! LOL

Yeah, it was always so frustrating that he just would not allow himself to believe Eli, now, he's been there, he knows the deal.

And on that note, I think I should quit babbling at you and go to bed. *g* Do you mind if I add you to my flist? I love talking about this show, so it would be great to have someone to chat to about it.

No problem at all. :D
Lesley: eli stone paintingles342 on October 15th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I've added you to my flist.

I can't believe how much I'm into this show. I just got done watching last night's episode again online. But really, I'm not obsessed. I'm just dedicated. LOL
harper47harper47 on October 15th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, unless they start knocking Brooke down a little, the show has turned into a Brooke coronation. Like Kristi. Snore.

My twisted little mind thinks that next week she is going to get one of the more difficult dances like hustle or jitterbut while Lance will get WCS. I think the judges will use next week to send Lance soaring and knock Brooke back a little just to make it more of a contest.

As I've already said, she will still win but I think next week will be the first week she won't be on top of the leaderboard. Or they may simply go with the flow and continue to anoint her with fountains of praise.
Arabian: Chelsie & Markarabian on October 16th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
We'll see. Right now, it's just B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!
harper47harper47 on October 16th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
I so called it. Lance and Lacey do have WCS and Brooke has the jitterbug. Hee. Now let's see if the rest of my prediction comes true.