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Medium: Season 3 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007

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For anyone who hasn’t seen Medium, once told the premise they may think its a show not for them. I’ll admit it uses a formula that can at times get a bit tedious. Dream, encrypte, skepticize and solve. Repeat. The payout of the show happens when the beginning ties up to the end. Everything in between may be filler at times, but it gets the job done getting you to point A to point B and once that happens, Meduim shows off how good a show it really is. Having said that, since this show is in its 3rd season, keeping the process of dreaming and solving crime fresh, they need to come up with a way to shake things up a bit. They end up doing a nice job of that by throwing in some continuing storylines for the first time in this shows history. We get the return of 2 evil bad guys, Allison’s nemesis, a fellow mind reader who preys on weak women in a time of need, and an evil Dr. from the past who becomes an evil spirit in helpless victims. Along with them we have Joe, Allison’s husband, who gets a storyline, which to me seemed a bit weak at times, but ended up concluding nicely at the end, and Allison gets one in the form of a 3 episode season conclusion which highlights the dvd set with its strongest moments.Medium excels as a serialized show. I’m quite surprised it hasn’t gone that way already, but with how well the finale worked I wouldn’t be shocked to see them use that format more in season 4. Having each of the final 5 episodes have consequences for the rest really made the show have some pop and break away from the typical stand alone psycic crime solver. Within the final five episodes, Allison’s secret of working for the DA using her special talent gets revealed to tthe world in the middle of a nationwide media frenzy over a killer who decapitates people, and throws her and her familys world upside down, that of which will have consequences for the rest of the shows existence.The season starts out with a two parter titled ‘Four Dreams’. We get to see her real life husband play her dead ex boyfriend, and we also see the extent of Bridgette’s psycic ability as her dreams come into play involving a crime. For about the next 8 episodes Medium sinks into a hole, and never really regains momentum until ‘The One Behind The Wheel’. The premise of, is one where Allison begins to act as a dead womam who was about to be killed by her husband. This of course complicates her marriage with Joe as she stays in the state shes in for a couple days. Insisting she’s not ‘Allison DuBois’ she finally realizes something is wrong and decides to cooperate and fix the problem by solving the mystery as to why she is like that. Though it was a good episode, it suffers the same problem that the season finale from last year had, using one popular song throughout the ENTIRE episode. This song of choice was Corrine Bailey Ray ‘Like a Star’. It adds a good element to the show when they put in a pop song (i.e.- Grey’s Anatomy) but to only use that one throughout the whole episode, dilutes it.

The meat of the season occurs at the end where as I said above Medium becomes serialized for a bit. I surely hope it stays that way for season 4 because I loved it. Joe gets held hostage in his work, and the remaining episodes show him struggling with depression which affects his relationship with the kids and Allison. It didn’t do much for me until Allison’s storyline ended, which happened to involve her being ‘outed’ as a psycic by a news reporter played by Neve Campbell. Campbell befriends Allison as poses as a traveling businesswoman looking for a friend. What she really ends doing is using Allison for information regarding the ‘recapitator’ (puts heads on dead decapitated bodies, don’t ask, just watch the show) and for info on the D.A. When Allison dreams that her ‘friend’ is going to be the next victim of the murderer, she trys to warn her, and when her friend doesn’t believe her, Allison tells her how she knows, and the next day the local newspaper runs a story outing Allison. It was a great way to end the season, leaving a cliffhanger for viewers to wonder just how badly this will affect the DuBois family in the future.

For the most part is was a very good season. It had a low point halfway through but it ended well. Now let me get to the parts I hated since I seem to hate a lot of things about other things. The daughters. Yes, the adorable little psycic girls. However I do like Bridgette. I think for a 8 year old she has fantastic comedic timing. I do not like Ariel. I hate the way she and every other ‘child actor’ overacts. They make every dramatic scene way too dramatic and every other scene too high school play-y, if that makes sense. And there was one scene that made me wanna turn it off when they gave the youngest girl, maybe 2 or 3 years old, a line when she answers the phone, with a smile as if she knows its her big moment and says ‘Its for you Mommy’ before the other person on the line had time to talk.

This season built off the success of season 2, and continued to add to my appreciation for this great show with a great cast, particularly Patricia Arquette.

Score: 8/10

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