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'Medium' Recap: A 'Mediocre' & 'Lackluster' Episode

Dee Doyle Dee Doyle
January 24th, 2008 8:30am EST
MediumBoth Anjelica Huston and Miguel Sandoval were missing from this week's episode of "Medium," and while the former has not been around long enough to change the feel of the show, the latter certainly has.

Perhaps one of the reasons I've found myself unenthusiastic about the opening episodes to season four is the lack of former District Attorney Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval). He was Allison's (Patricia Arquette) protector, boss, and friend. He constantly supported her, believed in her, and gently questioned her when necessary. In many ways, he may have been a very strong ingredient to this show, integral to the plot line in order for it to continue.

This episode is titled "To Have and to Hold," and focuses upon Joe's (Jake Weber) search for a new job, and how Allison may just be the key to him securing one. It has been repeatedly reported on the show that there are only three companies Joe can actually use his skills for, one of them black listed him, and in this episode he gets an interview with another. His potential boss, Peter Barrister, genuinely likes Joe, and his wife Bonnie is a believer and fan of Allison's. They go to a party that night, and Allison meets Bonnie's daughter Melissa ... who is a guest star in her recent dreams. She keeps seeing Melissa stab her ex-husband in the hand while they are in Paris and when Melissa goes missing before her wedding... Allison believes there is more at work than just a pair of cold feet.

This was a mediocre episode, a step up from last week, but there were a few things that bothered me. Joe, for instance, seems to keep questioning Allison's gift and whether or not she should be telling the Barristers about what she is seeing. Joe is usually the voice of reason, but he is also constantly supportive of her gifts and her drive to help others. I understand he is desperate to get a job and saw her as a means to an end to help their family, but it felt a little uncomfortable watching him be so pessimistic and pushy with her.

Lee's five minutes of air time were good, but they really have to find a way to get him more involved again. I think their intention to change "Medium," and Allison's life was a daring idea that is not being executed as well as it could be. There will come a point where the audience is tired of them searching for jobs and money, and one of the interesting things about the cases in the beginning were their random entrances. In this season, they all have very specific ties to the people around her, or directly to her, and it feels a little too convenient to be interesting.

This week's mystery was not shocking, but interesting in a way. It still lacked an emotional punch that made me really concern myself for the case, and perhaps focusing so much on Allison's pain and life is taking away from the people she is trying to help. To be honest, it is difficult to pinpoint what exactly is off about this season, but it is a tangible lackluster sense to a loyal fan. There are plenty of seasons that start off slow, and "Medium" still maintains a high level of acting, writing, and overall intriguing story ideas.

Perhaps it is not living up to its own memory, but it is early yet. Allison's gotten herself out of worse scrapes than this!

Recap by Chelsea 'Dee' Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer