'Medium: The Complete First Season'
(Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2006 / Paramount)
Overview: Allison Dubois works in the Phoenix District Attorney's office. She uses her psychic abilities to help crack criminal cases. Her dreams often give her clues to the whereabouts of missing people, and by touching someone she often gets to see beneath the facade into the person's soul. Allison juggles this stressful job with her role as wife and mother of three children, including a daughter who seems to be developing similar powers.
DVD Verdict: Being somewhat of a disbeliever in psychic phenomena, I really avoided watching this show for awhile. That was my loss. What I didnt realize was that this show is for BELIEVERS AND NONBELIEVERS alike. You don't have to believe in psychics or mindreading abilities. Because, let's face it: so many movies, from Batman to Lord of the Rings, depend on our suspension of belief, on our saying, "What if?" Medium is no different. If you believe, fine; if not, you can simply say, "What if? What if someone COULD read minds?" And so I decided to go along with the premise and imagine what it WOULD be like for someone who had the psychic abilities Allison does. I also became involved in the details of her life, her family and how her job and home life intertwine. This isn't a series built around a "gimmick". It is a fully fleshed out show, one that gets more complex and interesting as time goes on.
The relationship between Allison and her husband is a bit edgy, not always smooth and harmonious. They clearly love each other but he becomes frustrated with her at times. After all, she has a habit of waking up from terrible dreams, often in the middle of the night,dreams warning her of some impending crisis - or perhaps giving her clues to solve a crime. In any case, she is always having visions and she is also quite sensitive. This leaves him baffled - and sometimes his anger comes out.
Her job and home life can't be kept separate. They intersect in all sorts of ways and it is this connection that gives the show real substance. At this point, I can't wait to see what happens next. Patricia Arquette seems to be more comfortable with her role as time goes on, seems to have a real sense of who Allison is. The show is a pleasure to watch. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary by: creator/executive producer/writer/director Glenn Gordon Caron and supervising producer/writer Moira Kirland on "Coming Soon"Dolby Digital 2.0,director of photography Ken Kelsch and production designer Jessica KenderDolby Digital 2.0,Chad Lowe and executive producer Ronald L. SchwaryDolby Digital 2.0,creator/executive producer/writer/director Glenn Gordon Caron and executive producer/writer Rene Echevarria
16 episodes on five discs
Extended version of the pilot
Deleted scenes on select episodes
"The Making of Medium" featurette
"The Story of Medium" featurette
"Interpreting Allison Dubois" featurette
"The Real Allison DuBois" featurette