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Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day) joins Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Graham Yost (Band of Brothers) and acclaimed director-writer-producer Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) in this inventive police drama that blends noir storytelling with modern intrigue, quirky humor, and the mysteries of the human psyche. When detective Michael Raines talks to murder victims, they talk back! But although they're only figments of his imagination, they prove to be the best partners in L.A.'s toughest cases. Supervised by his tolerant boss, Raines spars with rookie officer Boyer but supports Boyer's vigilant partner even as a sharp-tongued civilian employee adds to the complications. And although Raines is forced to divulge his illusions to his therapist, he only finds comfort when collaborating with his deceased partner — proving that the most powerful weapon against murder is the mind.

Customer Reviews

Bravo Jeff Goldblum

Raines shows a lot of promise. It's great to see Jeff Goldblum back in series television. This is a fun show and a welcome departure from the police procedurals which seem to make up much of the primetime dramas. This is not The Sixth Sense as a television show, but an interesting psychological view into a character who has obviously been damaged by trauma and who has found a way to cope. Raines speaks to the dead; whom he realizes are actually only present in his imagination, and not a manifestation of the supernatural. In this manner his empathetic nature allows him unique insight in solving the crimes.

Innovative cinematography and good acting make this work

When I heard Goldblum was going to anchor a TV drama, I was definitely interested - the thought of it being another supernatural drama sort of dampened my enthusiasm until I saw the pilot (which I downloaded free from iTunes). It's shot like a movie rather than a TV series, which is a big plus, but not just any movie - there is lots of innovative cinematography and filmmaking in general in this show and it all serves the telling of the story. The supernatural aspect is actually non-existent and just the figment of some promotional person's imagination. Raines' ability to talk to the dead is more a function of his empathy and ability to project a 3 dimensional image of the things he knows, or deduces, about the person. That works for me. Goldblum was good as the detective, a role unlike most he has undertaken in that the guy he's playing is a straightlaced kind of guy who just happens to have this wierd 'gift'. It's great to see Linda Park in a series again. Malik Yoba is good as always, and Alexa Davalos was brilliant as Sandy Boudreau. I especially like the writing where the deceased person Raines is talking to changes suddenly to reflect his prejudices and/or expectations and, even more, when he checks himself and lets them 'talk back' to him in a way which helps free him from attitudes which will limit his ability to make connections and solve the crime. The pilot won me over and I'll be watching the show from now on.

Pleasantly Suprised!

Its' somewhat quirky take on the 40's film noir style is refreshing as opposed to the plethora of forensic/cop shows that abound today. I love the dark humor and biting wit of Goldblum's character. This show has promise.

Raines, Season 1
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: Mar 15, 2007
  • CCin English

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