Medium: Season 3
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Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval. These crime mysteries blend nicely with the unique skills of Allison Dubois who communicates with the dead and shares what she learns with a sympathetic district attorney in Phoenix. Includes Be Kind, Rewind" (11/22/06), Better Off Dead" (1/24/07), Whatever Possessed You" (3/28/07) and 18 more for a total of 21 episodes on 6 DVDs. 2006-07/color/15 hrs., 42 min/NR/widescreen.
Having weathered a slight sophomore slump, creator-executive producer Glen Gordon Caron's Medium returns to DVD with this six-disc collection of all 21 episodes from its third and arguably best season. As ever, Patricia Arquette's lead performance as Allison DuBois, the medium/psychic whose visions of murderers, serial killers, and such make her an indispensable (and, in this season, controversial) part of the Phoenix district attorney's office, leads the way. But Medium also continues to evolve. Season Two's increased emphasis on Allison's home life with husband Joe (Jake Weber) and their three daughters (Sofia Vassilieva as Ariel, Maria Lark as Bridgette, and toddler Miranda Carabello as Marie) sometimes lessened a story's dramatic impact, but not this time. More and more, we see that the mixed blessing that is Allison's "gift" (it's one thing to have dreams that help solve vicious crimes, but quite another to be what she calls "a walking carnival trick," haunted by frightful, violent nightmares that aren't always what they seem to be) has been passed on to her children, and in some unusual ways. In "Four Dreams," the two-parter that opens the season, Bridgette dreams what her mother dreams--except the child's visions take the form of cartoons; meanwhile, "Mother's Little Helper" finds Ariel and Allison seeing the same visions from very different points of view. Joe, too, is increasingly fleshed out. The role of the spouse who struggles to understand but can't really get what his partner is going through is a tough one, but Joe's harrowing experience as a hostage is an important sub-plot throughout the final seven episodes, the last three of which (a triple-header, if you will, as all three involve a serial killer whose grisly m.o. earns him the nickname "the Recapitator") feature Neve Campbell and Jason Priestley in recurring roles. Of course, this is hardly a typical police procedural; the Law & Orders and CSIs of the world cover that ground. Any TV show helmed by Moonlighting creator Caron will have its share of eccentric touches. Thus we get episodes like "The One Behind the Wheel" (Allison is possessed by a mouthy, repugnant crime victim, but Joe insists she pretend to be herself so as not to freak out the kids) or "Better Off Dead," an amusing and touching tale of a ghost struggling to accept his fate. Overall, though it has its weaknesses, Medium remains one of TV's most eminently watchable series. Bonus material includes deleted scenes, a few featurettes, and occasional commentary tracks. --Sam Graham
- All 21 episodes from the 2006-2007 season on six discs
- Drawing on dreams
- Directing with David Arquette
- Acting is my "racquet"
- The story of Medium, season 3
- Gag reel
- The making of Medium, season 3
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Patricia Arquette is breathtaking to watch. The scene in "Be Kind, Rewind" where she wakes up in a hospital bed to make a gruesome discovery sets the hair standing on end on my arms. In "The One Behind the Wheel" Arquette takes on a different character of Sandra and totally plays the differences with astounding concentration.
Jake Weber's character endures a violent encounter in "Joe Day Afternoon" in an apparent homage to "Dog Day Afternoon." Weber's character stews in his subsequent depression to create a well-stirred sauce of self-pity and very real demands on his household.
Ariel played by now teen heartthrob Sofia Vassilieva has a great episode in a homage to the film "Carrie" where we see the same vat of blood poured upon her head. Maria Lark as Bridget is hysterical in the gag real as she pronounces her math teacher's name about 50 different ways.
The themes this season are also extremely heady. In "Second Opinion" we see the fears of families facing leukemia. In "The Boy Next Door," "Very Merry Maggie," and "The Whole Truth" we face predators & child abuse.
Neve Campbell's portrayal of the reporter who befriends and betrays Allison turned my stomach with such a brazen but reasonable character. Campbell does incredibly well. Jason Priestly also stars as the husband who tries to murder his way out of his prenup. Patricia Arquette's real-life husband Tom Jane stars as an old boyfriend, which creates jealousy in Joe who tries to banish the ghost from his house. One of my favorite episodes brings back Allison's brother Michael as a telephone psychic who gets involved in a case in "1-800-LUCKY." There are no weak episodes. The special features over the six-disc set are entertaining and fascinating. This is an excellent package from this riveting series. Bravo!
I loved the first two seasons and must say that season three is even better. The writing and directing is amazing here. Many shows rest on their laurels but Medium grows up even more in season three. Of course the show still rests on the shoulders of the immensely talented Patricia Arquette. Having her cast as Allison Dubois provides magic. She truly possesses and embodies this role. The journey we take on the whole show is seen through her eyes. There is much drama this season. Troubles come to Joe separate from Allison and end up affecting their relationship. The whole family is given much to deal with here. Allison's work life gets much more intense and every aspect of the show is upped a level.
I don't want to give plot lines away but the last episodes of this season are exemplary and spellbounding television at its best. The whole cast is asked this season to up their game and everyone shines. Extra kudos must also be given to the guest star performances provided by Neve Campbell and Jason Priestley. Perfect casting that shows some great acting.
If you haven't seen Medium, please give it a try. This is truly excellent television that is intelligent and thought provoking. Also better acting can't be found. Patricia Arquette always shines and the rest of the cast stands up their with her.
I can't recommend this show or this season enough.
Gives the viewer a safe comfortable place to come back to after the wierd stuff settles down. Then you're ready for the next round of wierd.
Worked well for several seasons
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