there is one thing I am absolutely certain of concerning psychic
is that there is no way I could have ever predicted such a grand and
enthralling series being created surrounding the idea of a psychic.
enthralling and now long-running series was inspired by a "real-life"
Allison Dubois, and her family. It was created by Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting). I will be the first to
admit that I know very little about the real Allison and those who
in life. I do know that she recently made an appearance on a reality
made some fans quiver to think of how different she could be from the
they have come to know and love as played by Patricia Arquette. You
choose to look up video of this on YouTube, but honestly I wouldn't
it. I instead suggest that you take a minute and consider what this
presents to audiences with each episode: "What if psychic energy was
it exist, and if so, how would someone use that energy?" That is one of
core defining attributes of this series, and the Allison I have come to
and care for makes me take a moment to pause and reflect on that
each and every episode.
series manages to grasp at such a lofty question by grounding things
realistic setting. Most of us are probably not aware of what it is like
for a district attorney's office but we can understand the importance
of one. The
story of this series mainly centers on the day to day working life of
who works for the Phoenix District Attorney's office with Manuel
(Miguel Sandoval) and with Detective Lee Scanlon (David Cubitt).
something bad happens you can bet your money that she is going to be
dream about it and that she will help them to solve the case. This
to her waking up during a dream and consequentially waking up her
(Jake Weber), who I suspect has never been given a decent night's sleep. They have three children: Ariel (the oldest),
Bridget (the middle), and Marie (the youngest). All three girls display
psychic energy themselves and that develops over the course of the
season was no exception to that. Ariel (Sofia Vassilieva) was given a
great material this season in particular and was featured prominently
in a standout
episode, "Time Keeps on Slipping",
which demonstrated Vassilieva's acting at its finest with a neat theme
of her character
skipping through time (and not remembering what had happened in
she is supposedly growing up and living her life in an increasingly
period. It was one of my favorite episodes in the series thus far to
one of the three Medium
children. While I am giving standout
praise to this episode in particular, I would like to commend all three
young actors for doing such a good job on the show. They genuinely act
real sisters and have personalities that are uniquely their own and
this is a
testament to their acting, the writing, and the overall spirit of the
the crew that makes it become a reality. Audiences should be able to
the entire Dubois family as if these characters were in some way a part
own and that is no small feat to accomplish.
this sixth season, I must say that Jake Weber (the vastly underrated
playing Joe Dubois) was given much more interesting material to work
with for his
character than he has had in at least some time. While Joe has
an important role directly in Allison's life as a caring husband, as
who is there for her throughout thick and thin, and who is also
prepared to be
the father his daughters need, it was nice to see his role expanding
with a greater level of attention placed on his work-life and the
impact it was
having on him and the family. Simply saying that his new work situation
season was dysfunctional would be putting things lightly. Now let your
imagination run wild if you haven't seen these episodes.
standout episode deserving of special attention is the Night
of the Living Dead inspired "Bite Me", which
placed the Dubois family inside of Romero's classic
zombie film. It was clear that this was a painstaking effort on the
part of all
involved with the show and director Aaron Lipstadt continued to prove
important he is to this series remaining high quality. I would also
commend him for his excellent work on the season finale "It's
a Wonderful Death" which featured some of the best directing
the series has ever seen, with many moving and sincere moments that
served as appropriate closure for the series had CBS not renewed the
must admit to feeling as though the dream aspect is still actually one
most fascinating aspects of the series when all is said and done. The
writers and directors clearly show a great level of appreciation for
richness that can be found in the unknown, and by setting so many of
psychic moments within a dream-state, it allows for storytelling that
more off-center and downright eerie. If I could liken the bizarre
display with this series to another television show, the first thing
to mind is always The Twilight Zone.
Each episode usually has something
experimental going on that might make you wonder how such a unique
storytelling has been allowed on air for so long with network TV
probably preferring something much less unique. With the show's recent
cancellation (despite strong ratings) I fear this is ultimately the
Luckily we will always have these DVDs to remind us of just how amazing
television can become when enough hard work and dedication is put into
a show that
is willing to make us think beyond the realm of the ordinary while
us ponder the importance of a family dynamic and the daily struggles we
in order to continue living our lives to their fullest.
CBS DVD release of the sixth season of Medium presents
the show with Dolby
Digital 5.1 surround sound. The dialogue is always crisp and clear for
It is seemingly free of any noticeable flaws. The surrounds are used
for the excellent score and musical selections as well as for the
Subtitles are included for those who are hearing
continues to be presented with a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen ratio that
the entire screen.
wouldn't expect such a well produced and recent show to look anything
great on DVD. This stacks up to the other seasons quite nicely and
trend of having a strong visual presentation. This does not fail to
what fans of the show would want from a DVD release in the video
department. Medium's use of color looks great on
this set. The cinematography is excellent as always.
is one thing to be disappointed by in Medium's
home video run it's that it has never been released on Blu-ray, despite
series being broadcast in High Definition. While that shouldn't stop
from owning the show on DVD, one might hope that when CBS releases the
and final season later in the year they give its last run of episodes
of farewell treatment the fans deserve.
is a funny title to give a short piece that focuses on the twins that
Marie (the youngest child). They clearly do a great job with their
and this extra gives you a brief glimpse into how their personalities
differ from the character. They also describe what their favorite
been while working on the show.
were far and away much more
enjoyable than I had anticipated! The standout extra is a 30 minute
interview with Medium's series
Gordon Caron, which is conducted by Patricia Arquette.
It is entitled "The Mind Behind Medium".
The interview covers the
history of how the show came into existence and also the background of
he developed into being a writer/director for film and television. For
that has ever had an interest in who makes this wonderful series this
important extra to view for both enlightenment and entertainment.
on the Loose: The Making of 'Bite Me' " is an
interesting short piece that covers the intense
workmanship of what I already knew to be an important episode in the
run. For fans of this particular episode this would be something I
Music of Medium"
is a relatively interesting look at the man who makes the show's music.
always enjoyed the music on the series, and this gives viewers an added
into how the series sonic qualities have been created.
Arquette in Medium's 'Bite Me' Episode
but not least, we are treated to an extra entitled
"The 100th Episode of Medium:
A Celebration". It is exactly as it sounds. We see the actors and crew
themselves while discussing in interviews the accomplishment made by
has been a bright light in an otherwise dim network lineup that mostly
of underwhelming series these past several years. It has long been one
most creative series found outside of cable television and for that I
grateful. The Sixth Season is one of the finest outings yet and would
necessary purchase for any fan. I strongly suggest newcomers start at
beginning of the series and work their way through all the seasons. I
CBS had decided to renew the show during its currently airing seventh
of this writing, there are only two episodes left to air before we no
have new adventures with the Dubois family. My psychic intuition is
that I will miss this series very much.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.