From Emmy Award-winning executive producer, creator, and director Glenn Gordon Caron, comes the hit Paramount Network Television drama series MEDIUM, inspired by the life story of Allison Dubois. Emmy Winner Patricia Arquette stars as Allison, a woman who can communicate with the dead, but for most ...
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From Emmy Award-winning executive producer, creator, and director Glenn Gordon Caron, comes the hit Paramount Network Television drama series MEDIUM, inspired by the life story of Allison Dubois. Emmy Winner Patricia Arquette stars as Allison, a woman who can communicate with the dead, but for most of her life viewed this gift as a curse. Allison finally submits to her calling when she realizes she can do more good as a medium then a lawyer.from via
Its not a coincidence that Medium represents not only Glen Gordon Carons best TV work since Moonlighting but also his most successful siege on the Nielsen ratings since the 1980s heyday of the latter show. In an interview included in this five-disc set (which contain all 16 episodes from the first season, in addition to bountiful bonus features), the writer-director-producer confides that the series was partly inspired by films like Something Wild and Married to the Mob, in which director Jonathan Demme achieved a balance of what Caron calls the serious and the frivolous. Medium also contains elements of Moonlighting and another Caron creation, 1999s underrated Now and Again; there are echoes of The Sentinel and The Dead Zone as well, not to mention a hefty dose of The Sixth Sense. So while its not what youd call unique (then again, what on TV is), Medium nevertheless provides engaging, rewarding entertainment. Patricia Arquette stars as Allison DuBois, whose skills as both a medium (i. e. , she sees dead people) and a psychic (she can fairly accurately read minds and predict future events) make her an invaluable help to the Phoenix district attorney (Miguel Sandoval). But like most characters possessed of extraordinary powers, Allison isnt entirely comfortable in her own skin; plagued by awful nightmares (one of which kicks off every episode), she tends to become cranky and depressed, has a hint of a drinking problem, and regularly gets into it with her supportive but skeptical husband, Joe (Jake Weber). Those are the very characteristics that make the show consistently watchable. Although one might wish that she would find herself in real danger more often as she deals with everything from necrophiliac serial killers and air crashes to ghosts and child molesters, Caron focuses less on special effects and police procedure than on Allisons humanity, including her efforts to balance work and family responsibilities (sub-plots involving her young daughters are usually effective, if sometimes a bit too cute). Its the stories and the writing that make Medium work; Caron, in fact, is the shows real star. Well over an hours worth of bonus features include deleted scenes, commentary on some episodes, a couple of making of featurettes, and a look at the real-life Allison DuBois, whose powers are apparently every bit as impressive as her fictional counterparts.