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A warm, moving, suspenseful & memorable show,
Few "law and order"-type shows leave one with a profound sense of knowing the characters' family lives like the back of their hand anymore. (This isn't the days of "Cagney & Lacey"-type programs, after all.) Few make the heartstrings pull when it's time to go off the air for good, but this one did. I have watched the show since the beginning of it's run, not always faithfully (especially when their time & day kept changing) but I have seen the last two seasons without missing an episode. It was an exceptionally well-crafted show, especially when one considers the premise- focusing on a psychic who works for the D.A.'s office, has a husband, three kids & lives in Phoenix, AZ. Not exactly thrilling, based on that bare description. But the combination of polished, powerful, talented & yet understated acting combined with more surprises in the plots than curves in a West Virginia back road kept this going for seven seasons.
I am single & child-free, but the family element of "Medium" is what made it most memorable for me. The seventh season left Joe & Allison at odds more often than before as career, age & family changes caused them to look at life anew. We saw Ariel head off to college (and her real-life portrayer head off the show, too). Joe's mother also left the canvas. Both actresses departed in ways that played out beautifully, but nonetheless sadly, for the viewer. Allison, Manuel Devalos & Joe Scanlon faced great challenges both in their work environment & in their personal relationships, and the tests thrown at them created much of the show's tension. Det. Scanlon became even more of a well-rounded character to me this year, as his weaknesses somehow also became his strengths. Devalos, who was sympathetic even when in the wrong, provided the program with a strong career anchor for Allison while also keeping her impulsiveness in check. Not a children's show in terms of graphic viewing, there were some moments that are cringe-worthy even to a horror-film-lover's mind, mostly when someone innocent was the victim of a crime.
But while this season had it's share of violence & scares, I am ultimately left remembering the warmth that permeated this creation from start-to-finish. It always left me guessing at who was the true villian each week, more often than not was thoroughly entertaining, and it certainly left me caring about the main characters within it. I will miss this gem of a program. It had that magical combination of heart, beauty, love, tragedy, horror & yet also the charm that only the rarest television show possesses. Those who worked on it these several years should be commended- your fans will miss your great work, but look forward to what you will accomplish in the future.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2011 4:58:00 AM PST
Mike Penn says:
Posted on Feb 18, 2011 8:26:32 PM PST
Mike Penn says:
I know this may sound like a silly question, but will any of these DVD's come out in Blu-Ray format? Now that technology is catching up, is it possible that they may re-release them in the Blu-Ray format? I hope so, as I think it would be rather neat since most television sets are now flat screen and catching up. Thanks
Posted on Mar 30, 2011 4:37:24 AM PDT
Emmett Glenn says:
Fantastic review! I started watching around the 4th season and never stopped loving that family. I was shocked, as the last credit rolled on its final night, that I burst into tears when the screen faded to black. I genuinely grieved that I would never again see the characters I came to care for so much.
Then a big loud commercial came on and ruined the moment.
Your review, Liz, summed up everything I could have wanted to say about the show. Thank you.
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 12:37:35 PM PDT
Great review and an excellent well written, produced, and acted series. It will truly be missed. At least, we have the DVD's to relive the moments.
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