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Reviewed by: Serena Whitney

Directed by: Various

Starring:
Patricia Arquette
Jake Weber
David Cubitt

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Medium follows the life of a woman named Allison Dubois. (Patricia Arquette) She’s a loving mother and wife, and also happens to solve crimes with her psychic abilities and talk to the dead. In this season, her powers and visions get even stronger as she returns to work for the District Attorney. Now Allison is dealing with much bigger crimes and evil forces.
Is it good movie?
Medium is a show that deserves the hype and praise it rightfully receives. Once I watched the first episode, I was immediately hooked and pulled into Allison’s hectic world as tries to solve crimes and maintain order in her household. (Not your regular June Cleaver, I’ll tell you that!) The show also pushes the envelope, as it deals with controversial issues such as brutal rape, serial killing, incest. This was surprising to me, as I was shocked to see such strong and grisly topics depicted on a regular cable television show. (Yes, horror fiends, there is some blood and gore!)

The show also has a strong creative team behind it, for all 22 episodes are unique, inventive and above the norm for regular TV viewing. Fans of the series will particularly enjoy the episodes, When Push Comes To Shove Part 2, Doctor’s Orders, and Still Life 3-D. Fans will see what happens to Captain Push after the season finale of season 1, the serial killer Dr. Walker return, and an enjoyable 3-D episode.

Although the show has a strong premise, its cast is a little weak to be quite honest. Patricia Arquette has proven she is a talented actress in her film career, but as Allison Dubois, I find her performance to be a little dull and expressionless. (How did she win an Emmy for this?) The only times she truly shines are in the opening scene dream sequences. Her family too is also very annoying. I can’t STAND her two daughters, Bridget and Ariel. Bridget sounds like a Welch’s grape juice wannabe, and Ariel always looks like she’s going to cry. How did the casting director think these two girls were right for the roles? Jake Weber is a fantastic actor, but even sometimes his character annoys me, because he’s always second guessing his wife’s judgment. (Dude, she’s a psychic, and every episode, she’s right! Start believing her already!)

Also, even though the opening scenes are the most gripping scenes in the show, they are also the most repetitive. (We get it…it’s a dream sequence!) If they opened the show a little differently on occasion, maybe it would be less predictable.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen Version Enhanced for 16:9 TVs-video looked very sharp, although for the 3-D episode it is recommended you watch it on a high-definition television.

Audio: Dolby Digital-with English and Spanish subtitles
The Extras
Audio Commentary: We get insightful cast and crew commentaries from the creator Glenn Gordon Caron, episode writers, and actor Miguel Sandoval on select episodes Time Out of Mind, Too Close to Call, Still Life 3D, and Doctor’s Orders. Basically we get detailed information about the set designs and experiences on the set. The Still Life 3D commentary was probably the most interesting, for we find out all the work that went into making the episode in 3-D. All very easy listens.

The Story of Medium-Season 2 (26:02): Here is a step by step outline of season 2 by the creators and actors from the show. We are given select scenes from most the episodes, and how they worked for the show. Not too interesting to be quite honest. If you watched all the episodes, you know what happened. This just repeats what you’ve just seen. Watch the episodes instead!

Medium in Another Dimension- (8:52): Here is a detailed look on how the 3-D episode came to life. (All thanks to Mr. Paul “Pee-wee” Reubens!) It talks about how much sweat and tears went into making this episode, and how they promoted it.

A Day in the life of the Dubois Daughters-(16:15): Oh god, this was the worst feature I ever had to sit through! I can’t stand these girls!! In real life, they’re just as annoying! Who in the world thought watching these two girls going through their rehearsals would be entertaining?

The Museum of Television & Radio Q&A with Cast and Creative Team-(5 minutes): Here’s just an excerpt from a panel discussion with the cast and crew. It’s a pretty short feature, and the questions are pretty generic. Very forgettable feature.

Gag Reel (5:24): Here we get a gag reel, that’s not all that funny. The only funny gags are from David Cubitt. If you wanna laugh, skip these bloopers and put on a Kevin Smith gag reel!
Last Call
Although I think the show could have made some different casting choices, Medium is still a thrilling and interesting show that I recommend for horror fans. I will definitely be watching season 3!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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