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It's funny. What I like best about The Mentalist – the absolute denial of psychic powers – is the opposite of the premise of Medium, which absolutely depends on the audience suspending disbelief enough to accept the heroine, Allison Dubois, as a psychic who, through the help of dreams and conversations with the dead, is able to help the Phoenix police and district attorney solve cases and save lives....

...Back to Medium, however. You see, I really don't believe in psychics. I think they are all, without exception, frauds. I have never heard of any who don't use their alleged "powers" for personal gain, whether financial or social, and I just don't think that God or the universe work that way.

However, I am perfectly happy to be in the audience for fantasy books, films and TV shows that have characters with powers that I don't believe in the real world. So while I have nothing but disdain for the real person on whom the series is based – a self-promoting fraud, in my opinion – that does not stop me from loving the fantasy series and the truly inventive writing that keeps finding new ways to use the supernatural premise to mess with the lives of the characters.

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The dreams take a strange twist this week on 'Medium,' as Allison, Ariel, and Bridgette all have variations of the same dream. When Allison meets the subject of those dreams, things get even more bizarre.



Son of a…. They got me with the to be continued. I’m usually pretty good about noticing that, “There just isn’t enough time to wrap this up.” This time, though, I had been completely sucked in by all the new shenanigans with the dreams and didn’t even realize that a whole hour had flown by. I think we can count that as a solid episode.

Unfortunately, that means we’ll have to wait for “There Will Be Blood… Type B” before we get the answers to the mystery. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to talk about with “Type A” though. First and foremost, what about all those dreams?

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Grandma Benoit, Joe's parents, a dead girl, and Joe and Allison's future kids join them for a wedding weekend from hell when 'Medium' travels back in time 17 years for Joe and Allison's wedding that almost wasn't.



Allison and Joe were so cute in this episode that I nearly died. Going back to revisit their wedding was a brilliant idea. I’ve always been curious about their past, and while we’ve heard about it in snippets here and there before, it was nice to actually see them back then. The show did a really good job of taking us back to this time, while still keeping in step with the rest of the show. It didn’t feel overly cheesy or desperate as flashback episodes often do.

Before I get into the actual episode, I would be remiss if I didn’t make a comment about the hair and makeup. Between lighting, camera filters, hair and makeup, the people working on this episode did an amazing job of making Joe and Allison look 17 years younger. I’ve seen enough bad wigs on TV coughHeroescough to be able to spot them a mile away, but if I hadn’t known better, I would have thought that both Joe and Allison’s hair was the real deal.

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Detective Scanlon occasionally has a way of disappearing into the woodwork. Admittedly, the show is called Medium, and it is focused on Allison. Still, there are episodes, or sometimes stretches of episodes, where Lee just doesn’t get the time you might think he deserves after all these years. “How To Beat A Man” didn’t have that problem. It was the most Lee-centric episode we’ve seen in a long time. And that’s a good thing, even if the story was a very bad thing.

Before we get to Lee’s troubled family history, we have to talk about Allison. Perhaps I’m looking too hard. Or maybe Friday night and the end of the work week just puts me in a particularly odd TV watching frame of mind. Whatever it is, I think I got something completely unintended from the opening scene and Allison’s following visions. Looking back, the mugging was there to put Allison next to Kira, and set the dominoes a’ tumbling.

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Are you one of those people who has been thinking that Diedrich Bader just hasn’t been on our TVs enough lately? Sure, he’s been doing all kinds of voiceover work, but hasn’t really had a regular gig since The Drew Carey Show. Well, good news. Medium has heard you. They decided to remedy the situation by giving him 30 or 40 roles all in one very crazy hour. And I have to say, they couldn’t have picked a better guest star for the parts. And if the Diedrich overload wasn’t enough, the Medium scribes also delivered what is probably my favorite Dubois daughter story to date. Good stuff all around.

How do we not start with Diedrich Bader? Just look at him there in his little bikini. That’s commitment folks. It also goes a long way in explaining just why Bader was perfect for the role. He’s so versatile. He’s able to pull off something as ridiculous as appearing in drag, repeatedly, but still sell the more serious moments as Joe or Scanlon. Those two, in particular, were my favorite part of the Fred Rovick explosion. It was very clever to insert all of their little mannerisms, like Joe brushing his hair out of his eyes, into the mix. As convoluted as the many Freds became by the end, it was still easy enough to keep straight just who each of them were.

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After a week off for the telethon, Medium returned with a very dark episode that had one surprising twist, and one surprising non-twist. The surprise twist came in what was a very Medium case of the week, complete with murder, conspiracy, and some truly frightening dreams for Allison. The non-twist took advantage of all those things the show has shown us about the Dubois girls’ growing powers to completely set us up, and then leave us holding the bag. It all made for a fun night.

The story of Summer Lowry (Danielle Panabaker, Shark) was scarily dark, and well crafted. The way the story played out, the viewer was yet another in the large group of people Summer was able to fool. The big reveal that Chad (Tobias Segal) had actually killed their parents seemed like a perfect Medium set-up. We had the who, but now it came down to whether or not Allison could put the pieces together to get her man.

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The folks down at Medium HQ hopped in the wayback machine to prepare this week’s episode, in more ways than one. Not only did they raid the Sandoval family photo albums to give us some authentic Manuel/Arianna photos, they also answered a question that has been lingering since season two. That being the circumstances around Arianna’s suicide. I don’t know that there could ever be an answer to that mystery that wasn’t crushing, but I never imagined it could be as dreadful as it was. Along the way, we also revisited Bridgette’s still growing, and always odd, powers.

Starting with Arianna and Manny… good grief, how sad was that story? Granted, it was always going to be sad, but did you ever think it could be that bad? The writer’s really outdid themselves with that one, but in the good way. There were an awful lot of coincidences (possibly stretches) that played into it all working out the way it did, but I still liked it.

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Chances are that you’ve noticed the Leno/Conan shenanigans going on at NBC over the past couple days. There are a host of interesting sides to that story, but as I sat down to watch the new Medium Friday night, one stood out. As executives try to hammer out a plan for what they’re going to do with the 10PM hour when they pull Leno, you know one of them had to think, “Damn, it sure would be nice to have Medium in our back pocket for mid-season.” The decision to cancel Medium was a curious one last spring, and it’s only looking worse as the season moves along. As the NBC suits watch Heroes fail to reach 5 million viewers, Medium just keeps cruising right along, steady as ever, even on Friday night. Of course, much of that is owed to the fact that the show is still very good, as we saw with quite a twist in the 2010 premiere.

It’s funny, but halfway through “An Everlasting Love” I was sure that Joe and Keith were going to be my favorite part of the show, thanks to their awkward and fumbling friendship. The case of the week certainly started out well enough, with an interesting spin on the classic “The call is coming from inside the house” bit. But it seemed to lose a little steam once Jeremy (Pablo Schreiber) was dead. Ah, but seemed is the operative word there. For a moment, it looked like clingy-boyfriend-Jeremy was going to serve as an annoyance to Allison, more than anything else. That all changed with the big reveal when Mandy (Jess Weixler) opened the hat box. I totally didn’t see that one coming.

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This episode was strangely well timed for me. I spent the last week battling a particularly nasty bug, and practicing my cough just like Joe. That all served to make the biohazard angle all the more creepy. It was helped along by the fact that the story behind it was rather clever, even if the real bad guy was obvious from jump street. And if all of that wasn’t enough, the writers delivered a really good Lee & Lynn scene as a bonus, complete with an adorable baby. It was a good way to head into the holiday break.

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I continue to be amazed by the way that not only Joe, but also Scanlon and Devalos, just dismiss Allison’s dreams on a regular basis. Have they not been paying attention for the last six years? You can, on occasion, look at that as being a little silly. But I’m going to give Joe a pass on it for one simple reason. I take it as confirmation that he is the eternal optimist. Somewhere in the back of his mind he knows, “Oh crap.” But for whatever reason, he just chooses to dismiss it. Especially where family is concerned. There’s something very likable about that quality, as silly as it is.

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“New Terrain” was something of an odd episode, and not just because the episode title referenced Allison’s new car. The episode seemed to take a while to get up to speed. The dream about the girls in the car, and then the accident at the school, weren’t connected at all to the bank case, and made for some strange pacing. Fortunately, while the structure felt a little odd, the episode ended up being excellent as Allison unraveled the twists behind the big heist.

Since it did play a role in solving the case, we should probably talk about Allison’s new wheels. I’m one that is generally very touchy about product integration, because it is so often done so poorly. But this was really an example of doing it right. It never felt like a GMC commercial had been jammed into the show, and Allison’s move into the technology future has been long overdue. I even made a comment about the fact that Allison still doesn’t have a hands free device earlier in the season.

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Bite Me


If ever there were a show that was suited to having a Halloween themed episode, it’s The Munsters. But then, not far after that on the list, it’s Medium. Allison’s abilities bring their own spooky vibe to every episode, and it really does dovetail nicely with this time of year. The Medium team really went all out with “Bite Me”, doing a really convincing job of inserting Allison into George Romero’s zombie-classic, Night Of The Living Dead. As if solving a murder wasn’t a hard enough gig, try doing that while battling zombies all night.

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The events that kicked off the season continue to pay dividends on Medium. Does anyone, other than Allison, really trust her powers at this point? Sure, “Baby Fever” once again had things working out in the end, but the road to get there had to give you pause. Knocking on doors at all hours of the night is one thing. Spraying a mother in the face with mace, and kidnapping her child? An entirely different thing. The new twist on Allison’s abilities is at once fascinating, and frightening.

That really was the best part of the episode for me. Allison was so far out of her tree that I even started to question whether or not she had been possessed. Those were just not the actions of a sane woman. When Joe started in, telling her that she has to leave that family alone, I was almost ready for him to handcuff Allison to the bed. And I’m not entirely sure he would have been in the wrong.

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I’m torn with this week’s Medium episode, “The Medium Is The Message.” On the one hand, it was a very interesting serial killer case that brought Scanlon back into the fold. In addition, it also played right into our worries about what the effects of the coma will be on Allison. On the other hand, they gave away the killer way too early. Elsewhere, Joe’s job hunt finally pays off with what most of us would consider the best job ever. Joe, however, needs some adjustments.

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This week was a bit of strange brew over at Medium. Oh, it was a very familiar feeling case, with the cryptic dreams, and a very bad man in Allison’s sights. But everything was just a little bit off. Not off in the bad way, like a ball was dropped somewhere along the production line. No, things were off in a very interesting way that tied in with the coma to once again raise questions about what may have changed with Allison’s ability. As we sorted through that, we also got some follow up on Joe’s big job search, and a return of the ongoing story of Bridgette’s abilities.

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The Medium writers have toyed with the idea of the Dubois girls and their connection to the supernatural before, but never quite like this. In the past the story has always revolved around more of a what if, or what will be, question. Here, there was danger, by the bucketful. Ariel, as you can gather from the picture, had gone a little bit darkside. And that served to ratchet up the tension for Allison all the more.

If I had to put it in a nutshell, I’d say “Who’s That Girl?” was a bit hit and miss. By the time we got to the end, with the showdown between Allison and Elena, it was two thumbs up, to be sure. But getting there … it was a little rocky. Starting with the biggest of the rocks, what was up with the history of murder opening? Yeah, you never know who people really are. And seemingly good people do some horrific things. But couldn’t that bit be run at the beginning of every episode of Medium ever? It just felt completely off, and the episode worked just fine without it even being there.

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With The Sixth Season Premiere only Five Hours Away (Here in the US-of-A), Bloggers and websites all over the web have been jotting down their "Preview Reviews" of 6x01: "Deja Vu All Over Again" like crazy. From IGN (<--- whose reviewing abilities suck in general) to Medium Dreams, you name it, those who had the privilgae of recieving that shiny disc in their mail, they've probably written a review. Me? I'm waiting for 9:00PM to see what I think about the new season's first episode. That said, I've posted a review from PoppMatters, but I haven't read it. Those who aren't afraid to wander into the land of Spoilerdom, read on if you wish (comments are disabled for this article only).

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Medium: Season Six Premiere
Regular airtime: Fridays, 9pm ET (CBS)
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, Maria Lark, Sofia Vassilieva, David Cubitt, Pruitt Taylor Vince
US release date: 25 September 2009

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Alrighty, then: Here are a List of Tags for the Community to use should they post any new information or fandom related material as the Falls rolls towards us. Please, Please, remember to use them. It would be an absolute waste if you didn't after all the hard work I went through to create these things. Also, be on the look out for a possible change in layout (from S1 to S2).

!Mod Post
!Affiliates
!Intro Post
!Help
!Question
!Resources

Seasonal/Episode Tags:
Medium: Season 1
Medium: Season 2
Medium: Season 3
Medium: Season 4
Medium: Season 5
Medium: Season 6
Medium Season Finale
Medium Season Premiere
Episode Discussion/Rants
Episode Reviews
Episode Descriptions
Medium: Seasonal DVDs
Medium on Lifetime
Medium: Rants
Medium: Spoilers
News: S1
News: S2
News: S3
News: S4
News: S5
News: S6
News: Rumors
News: Non-Medium
Other: Medium vs. Ghost Whisperer
Other: Joe is a Jerk
Other: Joe's Accent
Other: Will Joe Die?
Other: Hiatus
Other: Birthdays
Other: The Emmys
Other: The 3D Episode
other: Troubles @ NBC
Other: Bridgette is annoying

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Hi folks,

My name is KP and I'm the Head Writer for TheTwoCents.com. It's a TV site that I started just over a year ago. I'm just a normal guy with a real job, but I LOVE TV. I tried to keep up with my favorite TV shows on my own, but just couldn't do it on the site.

SO - I'm looking for other fans of my favorite shows to volunteer to do weekly recaps / reviews, in your own style, for our site. We have a bunch of staff writers but we don't have anyone for Medium.

TheTwoCents.com was created for people to share their own TwoCents on reviews/recaps that we write and it is starting to take off. We're going to an all new format in the next few weeks, so it's very exciting times around here. Are you in?

If you're at all interested, please email me at kp@thetwocents.com or let me know by visiting TheTwoCents.com and using the Email button. I'd love to hear from you.

If not - enjoy the the new season!!!

-KP

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