I owe Jeff Goldblum an apology
I have to admit that I judged Jeff Goldblum's new show, Raines, before I even saw it. When I heard the plot description that was scattered about on the web several months ago, I think I actually sighed. Another show about an investigator who speaks to ghosts? Why had this become such a hot genre, like westerns or sitcoms many years ago? Did we really need another one, no matter what big name they had for the lead?
Well, I have to eat my words.Granted, only a couple of episodes of Raines have aired so far (it's not tonight, but is moving to Fridays starting tomorrow), but I've been impressed by what I've seen. As we know now, he isn't really speaking to ghosts, they are figments of his imagination, a coping device he uses to stay sane (ahem) and to know the people who have been killed. Sure, that's sorta the same device as shows like Medium and Ghost Whisperer, at least in how it's framed, but I like the way they're handling this. And the show is a lot more mystery/noir oriented than I thought it was going to be. It's a throwback, really, to private eye shows we've had in years gone by.
But the biggest reason it works is Goldblum himself. He's quirky and funny as always, yet big and serious-looking and off-kilter enough to add some depth to the character. I have no idea if this show will come back this fall or be another short-lived detective series, but I'm enjoying it right now.