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Raines O’er Me

by Zach Oat July 10, 2008 11:23 am

So it's official -- Chris "Mr. Big" Noth is leaving Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and will be replaced by Jeff "The Fly" Goldblum. I know, your head is exploding, right? It's the end of an era! The dude was on the original Law & Order from 1990-1995, then came back to CI ten years later! He's a, whaddayacallit, an edifice! Of course, Goldblum is no slouch. Not only was he a Jewish cowboy in Buckaroo Banzai and a cocaine dealer in Deep Cover, but he was actually a cop for seven episodes of 2007's short-lived Raines.

A cross between Ghost Whisperer and Life, Raines followed Goldblum's Det. Raines, who, ever since the shootout that claimed his partner, could see and talk to visual manifestations of murder victims. Not ghosts -- they're in his mind, so they can't give him any information he doesn't have -- more like imaginary friends, but they help him use his intellect to work through the case. When he solves their murders, they go away, but his dead partner sticks around... possibly because the man Raines killed wasn't the real killer. It would have been a great angle to explore, along with his contentious relationship with his involuntarily appointed therapist Madeleine Stowe, but it was sadly not to be. Still, the seven episodes were well worth watching. Start with episode number one, right here:

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