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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.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoPilot||It's all in the mind -- When Los Angeles police homicide detective Michael Raines (Jeff Goldblum) arrives at the crime scene, Sandy Boudreau (Alexa Davalos), a beautiful young woman, is lying face down, murdered with a bullet in her back. As Raines begins the investigation, the murdered victim haunts his imagination and this hallucination keeps hounding him with one crucial question -- who did this? When Raines discovers the victim's unwholesome past and mysterious calls from a wealthy man's cell phone, he starts to piece together a puzzle that he hopes will lead him to the killer -- and peace of mind. Matt Craven, Dov Davidoff, Linda Park, Nicole Sullivan, Malik Yoba also star.||44:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoMeet Juan Doe||It's all washed up -- Madeleine Stowe is introduced as "Dr. Kohl" -- A Martinez Guest Stars. - When a partially decomposed body washes up in the Venice canals, Raines (Jeff Goldblum) is faced with the difficulty of piecing his victim's identity together. With help from his team, Raines identifies the victim and discovers that he is somehow connected to Los Angeles City Councilman Aurelio Sanchez (A Martinez). Meanwhile, Captain Lewis (Matt Craven) notices that Raines is acting odd and requires him to see Dr. Kohl (Madeleine Stowe), a psychiatrist. Dov Davidoff, Linda Park, Nicole Sullivan and Malik Yoba also star.||43:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoReconstructing Alice||Lost identity - When Alice (guest star Laurie Metcalf, "Desperate Housewives"), a homeless woman, is found murdered in an alley, Raines' (Jeff Goldblum) investigation leads him to a trail of deception, fraud and murder. Matt Craven, Dov Davidoff, Linda Park, Madeleine Stowe, Nicole Sullivan and Malik Yoba also stars.||43:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoStone Dead||Father figure -- When a 20-year-old drug dealer is found dead, Raines discovers he was an aspiring comic book illustrator trying to get away from his former life. Meanwhile, Raines is concerned about Charlie’s (Malik Yoba) son and Samantha (Madeleine Stowe) urges Raines to bring him to see her to about Childhood Traumatic Grief. Matt Craven, Dov Davidoff, Linda Park and Nicole Sullivan also star.||43:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Fifth Step||Addicted to love -- When the wife of an old friend of Raines' is discovered murdered with an Aryan Nation insignia inscribed on her chest, the case seemed cut and dry. However, as Raines digs deeper into the victim’s past, he discovers a disturbing web of lies, cover-ups and misguided good intentions. Matt Craven, Dov Davidoff, Linda Park, Madeleine Stowe, Nicole Sullivan and Malik Yoba also star.||43:01||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoInner Child||A parent's loss--Seasoned homicide detective Raines (Jeff Goldblum) is troubled that he’s having hallucinatory conversations with his murder case victims, and is especially disturbed during the investigation of a murder and rape of a ten-year-old girl. Meanwhile, Raines is making progress in his therapy sessions with Dr. Kohl (Madeleine Stowe). Matt Craven, Dov Davidoff, Linda Park, Nicole Sullivan and Malik Yoba also star.||43:08||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoClosure||Season Finale-- Closing the Book-- Cynthia Watros Guest-Stars - Raines discovers he has to do some major self-reflection when his ex-wife Sarah (guest star Cynthia Watros) convinces him and Captain Lewis (Matt Craven) that her husband's death was not an accident. Dov Davidoff, Linda Park, Madeleine Stowe, Nicole Sullivan and Malik Yoba also star.||43:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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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.
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.