If there is one thing I am absolutely certain of concerning psychic phenomenon, it 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. This enthralling and now long-running series was inspired by a "real-life" psychic, 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 surround her in life. I do know that she recently made an appearance on a reality show that made some fans quiver to think of how different she could be from the character they have come to know and love as played by Patricia Arquette. You could choose to look up video of this on YouTube, but honestly I wouldn't recommend it. I instead suggest that you take a minute and consider what this series presents to audiences with each episode: "What if psychic energy was real? Does it exist, and if so, how would someone use that energy?" That is one of the core defining attributes of this series, and the Allison I have come to know and care for makes me take a moment to pause and reflect on that possibility 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 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 viewers. It is seemingly free of any noticeable flaws. The surrounds are used adequately for the excellent score and musical selections as well as for the occasional sound effects.
English Subtitles are included for those who are hearing impaired.
The series continues to be presented with a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen ratio that fills up the entire screen.
You wouldn't expect such a well produced and recent show to look anything less than great on DVD. This stacks up to the other seasons quite nicely and continues a trend of having a strong visual presentation. This does not fail to deliver 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.
If there 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 the series being broadcast in High Definition. While that shouldn't stop any fans from owning the show on DVD, one might hope that when CBS releases the seventh and final season later in the year they give its last run of episodes the kind of farewell treatment the fans deserve.
Last, 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 enjoying themselves while discussing in interviews the accomplishment made by reaching a series landmark.
Medium has been a bright light in an otherwise dim network lineup that mostly consists of underwhelming series these past several years. It has long been one of the most creative series found outside of cable television and for that I am grateful. The Sixth Season is one of the finest outings yet and would be a necessary purchase for any fan. I strongly suggest newcomers start at the beginning of the series and work their way through all the seasons. I only wish CBS had decided to renew the show during its currently airing seventh year. As of this writing, there are only two episodes left to air before we no longer have new adventures with the Dubois family. My psychic intuition is telling me that I will miss this series very much.