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Underappreciated Gem of a Show,
This review is from: Raines Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)
A witty, intelligent portrayal of a man's mind disintegrating due to a traumatic experience. That the man in question was portrayed by Jeff Goldblum was a bonus, as Mr. Goldblum is one of the few actors who could take such a serious subject and make it humorous and...all right, I'll say it--quirky. He is a quirky actor, and not for everyone's taste, but if you do enjoy his style, you'll enjoy Raines, because it's Jeff Goldblum at about his quirky best.
It's a shame the show had such a limited run, but it was (in my opinion) the victim of a disastrously inept advertising campaign that let people think it was just another show about a psychic detective who talks to ghosts. What people didn't understand was that the "ghosts" were only manifestations of Raines overstressed mind. The great joy of this show was watching the actors have fun weaving the imaginary characters in and out of the "real" action.
My favorite episodes were "Reconstructing Alice", which pitted Jeff Goldblum against a hilarious Laurie Metcalf, and "Inner Child" where Raines is nearly pushed over the edge of sanity by the death of a little girl. Other actors who were exceptional were: Dov Davidoff, Zoe Stone Molloy, Nicole Sullivan, and Madeleine Stowe.