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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Eli Stone: The Complete Second Season'
(Jonny Lee Miller, Matt Letscher, et al / 3-Disc DVD / PG / 2009 / ABC)

Overview: Whether he’s a modern day prophet or just dangerously deluded, one thing is certain about Eli Stone—he knows his ‘80s pop stars! The reformed corporate litigator who just can’t get George Michaels out of his head goes to bat for underdogs, little guys and forgotten souls in Eli Stone: The Complete Second and Final Season, coming to DVD on August 18, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

DVD Verdict: Season 2 of Eli Stone really changed the game around. The partners may have lost their original bid to wrestle the law firm away from Jordan Wethersby (Victor Garber), but a changed conscience gives them another chance. And it isn't long before Eli Stone (Jonny Lee Miller) and Jordan are heading a law firm devoted to helping the underprivileged with legitimate cases. Unfortunately, the poor can't always pay for the services that are being provided. Most surprising of all is that Maggie Decker (Julie Gonzalo) left the firm to join the other side. Now, she and Eli often square off in court.

Meanwhile, Eli's aneurysm is back, giving him more visions that may or may not make his life easier. And he's got his father's diary to guide him; unless it makes things even more complicated. Cases this season involve a family fighting over how to bury a fallen soldier, the wrongful termination of a news anchor, and an atheist who needs a heart transplant. Where does it all lead?

Thanks to sagging ratings, this set represents the final 13 episodes of the show. Every episode features multiple stories and there are several intriguing plot lines that would have kept me going as long as the show had aired. Yes, there was a decided soap opera feel to things, but those lines kept me going. I just loved the characters and the way the actors brought them to life so much, I had to know how they would turn out.

Unfortunately, the liberal agenda of the show continued at times. Not every week was bad, but when they decided to get political, they really preached. Those episodes became predictable, too. You always knew who was going to lose. Okay, so it was usually fairly obvious who we should be rooting for each week anyway, but this only made it more obvious.

Honestly, if they hadn't ended the show with a baseless attack on Christians, I might have given this season one more star. But the parents in the heart transplant episode really got to me. I don't know anyone who would have behaved the way they did. If I hadn't wanted to know how it all ended, I would have turned it off in disgust.

So, basically, if you enjoyed the first season, this season really is more of the same. And if you aren't familiar with the show, see how cheaply you can watch it before you invest a lot of time doing so. [MB] This is a Widescreen presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Dancin’ In The Streets – Anyone who can’t get enough of Eli Stone’s musically gifted legal eagles (and who can?) will enjoy this look at the making of one of the show’s epic production numbers. The cast puts their dancing shoes on and gets ready to boogie at the legendary Capitol Records building, then takes their performance to the streets of Paramount Studios.
Matt & Maggie – This featurette goes behind the scenes of Eli Stone from two very distinct points of view: spontaneous and hilarious Sam Jaeger (who plays Matt Dowd) and the sweet and sensitive Julie Gonzalo (the show’s’ Maggie Dekker).
Deleted Scenes
Circular File: Bloopers from Season Two –The cast of Eli Stone trips, slips, *bleeps* and falls through some of Season 2’s funniest impromptu moments.