'Medium - The Third Season'
(Patricia Arquette, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2007 / Paramount)
Overview: From Emmy Award-winning executive producer, creator and director Glenn Gordon Caron ("Moonlighting") comes "Medium," a chilling drama series inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison DuBois. Emmy winner Patricia Arquette ("Stigmata," "Flirting with Disaster") stars as a young wife and mother who, since childhood, has been struggling to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people. Arquette received the Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category after the telecast of the initial 16 episodes of the critically acclaimed series.
DVD Verdict: 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 isn't 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 Allison's 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).
I started watching Medium during the first season, and have followed it all the way to the present. I LOVE THIS SHOW! It's intriguing and suspenseful, and everything a well thought out drama should be. I have always loved detective and supernatural fiction whether in paper or television format, and I think that this show continues to bring a perfect blend of these two elements into its current season. This was a year that brought Patricia Arquette both Emmy & Golden Globe nominations. Maria Lark never fails to delight with her quirky yet, realistic portrayal of Bridgette. We also see Jake Weber as Joe, and Sofia Vassilieva as Ariel stretch their acting abilities to new heights in season 3. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Cast And Crew Commentaries On Select Episodes
Drawing On Dreams
Directing with David Arquette
Acting Is My "Racquet"
The Story Of Medium<, Season 3
The Making Of Medium, Season 3