Tonight on CTV I caught the new TV show “Eli Stone”. Eli is a young, hardcore, hungry lawyer who sees things… things like George Michael singing in his living room, or choirs singing in his home, or biplanes chasing after him. He got checked out by his brother, a doctor, and discovered he has an inoperable brain aneurism.
Eli consults a accupuncture practitioner who is telling him that he has the markings of a prophet!
In fact the hallucinations/visions/apparitions he has seem to be related to some of the “loser” cases that a new, younger, idealistic lawyer is bringing to him. (In this show he helped a couple that were about to be deported because the lawyer who “naturalized” them as U.S. citizens was a fraud.) The consequence is that when Eli follows his more noble aspirations, the hallucinations stop.
In some way the show is a little corney and predictable… sometimes. But its also refreshing to be free of the usual legal/forensic/medical/cop shows that are dark and depressing. The story is hopeful. A man’s illness becomes the source of his own redemption as he perceives life, others, differently and grows in his awareness of the need for social justice. It’s classic Catholic social teaching.
I’ve only watched one episode. So please don’t clog the blog with comments if the show has “less than Catholic” moments. But from what I’ve seen it’s pretty good.
Oh, and for the sake of full disclosure; one of the friars thought the show was terrible and stated: “It’s not going to make it.” I hope it will. Give it time to mature.