GHOST WHISPERER: SEASON 2
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Jennifer Love Hewitt
What's it about
Melinda Gordon inherited her "gift" -- the ability to see and talk with the spirits of dead people -- from, and was coached it its use by her grandmother. Running an antique store in a small town, newly married to a paramedic, Melinda helps the ghosts wandering around who are trapped between worlds by helping them to resolve unfulfilled aspects of their former life. 22 Episodes of season two ensue.
Is it good movie?
Okay, so I haven't had the opportunity to see season 1 of The Ghost Whisperer, and here we are in season 2. From what I understand, Jennifer Love Hewitt is married to her super nice husband Jim, and she can speak with the dead. Yeah, she has a 'real' job running an antique store, but she takes it upon herself to help out these lost souls to help them find the afterlife and a bit of closure. We also have a realtor, Delia Banks, and an annoying professor type played by Jay Mohr.
There isn't a ton of story arc here; each episode offers a new ghost, a new case to tackle, and a new lesson to learn. It's actually a fairly decent show too, with good production values and a lot less cheese than I expected. The whole thing is more about mean ghosts rather than sappy ABC crap that you might expect. These ghosts are often out for revenge and don't care who knows it.
They're not all winners, though. Speed Demon, an episode about a jilted former racer, really was kind of lame. Also, The Walk In was terrible too, dealing with the stupid idea of a ghost being possessed by another ghost.
Some of the better episodes (in my opinion, of course) include The Collector, where Jennifer Love Hewitt meets a fellow ghost hunter, The Night We Met, and The Curse of the Ninth. Again, there were some plot points I didn't totally understand having never seen the show before, but as a whole, the show served its purpose and entertained me well enough.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, and looks nice, sharp and colourful.
Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 and has a very good mix.
There are a few commentaries here, and they are as follows.
Disc one has a commentary on the first episode by writer-director John Gray and producer Kim Moses which didn't really impress me- kind of dull.
Disc five has Kim Moses on commentary for Children of Ghosts, and doesn't really bring anything exciting here either.
Ian Sander tackles The Collector, and this guy is much more entertaining than the other two.
You'll also find a really lame Crystal Ball Mind Game which is nothing more than a simple math equation.
Want to know about fashion? Dive into Melinda's Closet, and learn more about haut couture.
A small visual effects piece can be found in Ghostly Visions.
A conversation with the living is a short cast and crew interview segment.
The previous little snippets are way too short to bring any substance, but what do you expect from a studio-produced sitcom DVD?
There's also a few short webisodes that center on a delivery guy's acceptance of death, and some snippets of background character information about people in the show who have died called Grandview Graveyard.
This show didn't do a whole lot for me, but I've seen far worse, like Supernatural for instance. The DVD gets a great treatment and will probably have enough on them for fans to sink their teeth into. Guys, there could be worse shows for you to have to watch, if nothing else you get to see Jennifer Love Hewitt looking gorgeous, even if you have to suffer through Jay Mohr.