Medium - The Complete First Season
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The complete first season of the TV series Medium.
It's not a coincidence that Medium represents not only Glen Gordon Caron's best TV work since Moonlighting but also his most successful siege on the Nielsen ratings since the 1980s heyday of the latter show. In an interview included in this five-disc set (which contain all 16 episodes from the first season, in addition to bountiful bonus features), the writer-director-producer confides that the series was partly inspired by films like Something Wild and Married to the Mob, in which director Jonathan Demme achieved a balance of what Caron calls "the serious and the frivolous." Medium also contains elements of Moonlighting and another Caron creation,1999's underrated Now and Again; there are echoes of The Sentinel and The Dead Zone as well, not to mention a hefty dose of The Sixth Sense. So while it's not what you'd call unique (then again, what on TV is?), Medium nevertheless provides engaging, rewarding entertainment.
Patricia Arquette stars as Allison DuBois, whose skills as both a medium (i.e., she sees dead people) and a psychic (she can fairly accurately read minds and predict future events) make her an invaluable help to the Phoenix district attorney (Miguel Sandoval). But like most characters possessed of extraordinary powers, Allison isn't entirely comfortable in her own skin; plagued by awful nightmares (one of which kicks off every episode), she tends to become cranky and depressed, has a hint of a drinking problem, and regularly gets into it with her supportive but skeptical husband, Joe (Jake Weber). Those are the very characteristics that make the show consistently watchable. Although one might wish that she would find herself in real danger more often as she deals with everything from necrophiliac serial killers and air crashes to ghosts and child molesters, Caron focuses less on special effects and police procedure than on Allison's humanity, including her efforts to balance work and family responsibilities (sub-plots involving her young daughters are usually effective, if sometimes a bit too cute). It's the stories and the writing that make Medium work; Caron, in fact, is the show's real star. Well over an hour's worth of bonus features include deleted scenes, commentary on some episodes, a couple of "making of" featurettes, and a look at the real-life Allison DuBois, whose powers are apparently every bit as impressive as her fictional counterpart's. --Sam Graham
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I want to thank the producers of this show. I will be watching it as long as it is going to be filmed. Thank you. You pictured a wonderful woman who is smart and sensitive and loving and beautiful -- and does not look like Twiggy. And has a wrinkle of two, and these wrinkles just show her humanity and do not take anything away from her beauty. You show that even if our bodies are not the copies of cover magazine models, we can be special and loved and "preferred" by our partners to someone more Barbie-like. It also shows the man who deeply loves his not-Barbie wife. There are probably some wives around who do not feel good about their looks and do not believe their husbands when they tell them they are gorgeous. And who knows, maybe the husband is sincere...
I wish there were more shows and movies like that. There are too many of us around who feel terrible about our image because all other movies, magazines etc show pictures of beauty that is unattainable to us.
For the sake of all insecure teenage girls, please keep shows like that coming. We need a counterbalance.
As a retired law enforcement professional, I am also especially impressed with Miguel Sandoval who plays the District Attorney who hires Arquette as a consultant. Sandoval does a great job as mentor, father figure, and professional who gradually comes to respect Alison's ability while protecting her from the skepticism of others in the system.
This is an intelligent, well written, well acted series. If you are interested in the paranormal it is worth the investment of your time.
As for the Medium, sometimes I get frustrated that so many of the characters, who should know Allison pretty well by now, keep falling into the same patterns of, "it makes no sense". Its as if neither Allison or her family and colleagues have figured out that it takes a series of dreams before she has enough puzzle pieces to solve the cases. But I havent seen the whole series so maybe this eventually gets worked out.
Glad they toned it down!
Was hoping to connect more then I have tho. Is watchable but not a buy.
Love Supernatural monster stories...
Afterlife,Blood ties,Dead like me,Grimm,Hotel BeauSejour,iZombie,
Jordskott,Kindred,Lost Girl,Lucifer, Misfits,Moonlight,Santa Clarita Diet,
The Returned-Fr.,Thrones,Torchwood,True Blood,Walking Dead,
"Orphan Black" is not supernatural but makes my skin crawl.
At this point it must be noted the series lasted 7 seasons. So I will be interested to see what they added to keep it captivating. Especially regarding Patricia Arquette, who really needs help carrying the series. It's probably better than the 3 stars I rated it, but without a captivating lead and plots with suspense, I am losing interest.
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