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Medium: The Fifth Season

Patricia Arquette , Jake Weber    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Nov. 3 2009
This was a wonderful series. I watched it quickly and I thought it was fantastic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Sept. 18 2011
I finally received the DVD I ordered around 10 days late... but the DVD was OK!
In my opinion in such purchase, the shipping is one of the only way to show good service quality... because it is the only service that was in fact provided by the seller!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair to middling Nov. 19 2009
As we're die hard Medium fans and felt we'd missed episodes due to time slot, we ordered this set. Could hardly wait for it to come out; great stories as usual, but the 'interview' with Jake and Patricia was a joke. It flew in the face of what was said and done about 'protecting the kids'; I found it very self-serving, not at all what I previously thought of those two actors.
Don't get haughty and cocky 'Allison and Joe'.
I've got money invested in my Medium set.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Show! Sept. 10 2009
By Roz Frasier - Published on Amazon.com
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This show has a likable, great cast. I honestly keep forgetting that Patricia Arquette is acting. She is so convincing that it's hard not to take the character of Allison seriously, instead of "what a loon." I'm a mom and it's WONDERFUL to see someone who looks like a mom instead of glamourous star with tons of makeup. Joe and Allison have real fights. Joe isn't perfect. Allison isn't perfect. Their marriage deals with faith and trust in each other, broken cars, losing jobs, taking kids to the doctor, etc. I love the family relationships. The kids act like, well, normal kids. Is anyone else tired of "super-brainy," mouthy brats being promoted on TV?

The DA, lead detective, and deputy mayor make up the other side of Allison's life. Another great ensemble! All three are down to earth and none fit into the usual niches of their roles. The DA doesn't act like a law book. The lead detective doesn't act like Starsky or Hutch. The deputy mayor is both logical and calming. They're intriguing characters and I would like to hear more of their stories, too.

I was SO glad that CBS picked up "Medium!" I am hoping that CBS will do a better job in promoting this little gem filled with a new mystery every week. With NBC and its crazy scheduling, I missed the first couple of episodes before I knew that it was back on the air. Never got to see reruns during the summer--I hope that changes.

I've purchased the first four seasons and am looking forward to this release!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Shows on TV June 3 2009
By J. Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Medium is definitely one of the best acted and written shows on television. Recently, NBC, canceled this series, which makes no sense whatsoever considering it still has great ratings, but not to fear, CBS in all it's infinite wisdom picked up the show from NBC, and will be airing it after Ghost Whisperer on Fridays! Now the show will definitely get the props and attention it deserves, because it truly is one of the best shows on television. If you haven't seen an episode of Medium, I suggest it highly, because it is definitely one of the best written and acted shows on television! This past season was absolutely excellent, and the last episode of this season was just absolutely incredible! This is Must See TV!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues to shine Feb. 18 2010
By MKG - Published on Amazon.com
I love this show. The writing is fabulous the stories range from touching, scary, funny, to realistic. The premise, of a medium having the support of professionals (the DA and a detective) to utilize her unique gifts to help victims works. That someone who died a victim could communicate with the living to prevent another person from becoming the next victim would be wonderful, that they cared enough to do it is a powerful idea.

I suppose the most enchanting part of this show is that although it deals with the paranormal which is "out there" it feels less out there than most shows. That's because the characters look & feel like real people: overweight, skinny, tall, short, good moods, bad mood, good parenting, fights, it's all there. The family scenes really pull the show together, even though the show revolves around brutal, horrible crimes it isn't overwhelming because there is so much interplay with the family. It gives the viewer and the characters the foundation to puzzle out the obtuse messages from the "departed".

I am so glad it's been picked up for another season and I'm amazed that after 5 seasons the writing and acting still feel fresh.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Production, Foolish Programming. June 24 2009
By D. Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
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See, here's the thing I don't get about US TV. Being a Brit, we only get treated to hand-me-downs of your shows: the UK networks wait to see what is hot before buying it and showing it 9 or 12 months late. But we sit down at a regular time, commit 22-25 weeks of our lives to getting involved in the (fictional) lives of the characters, sharing their emotions as well as their adventures, and then some US network exec, in an office remote from production, says "We've had enough of that" and the whole thing is canned!
Never mind it wins Emmys, never mind the wishes of the viewers, if the network wants to take this decision - however half-baked - we've got to put up with it.
It's fantastic news that CBS is finally airing its own product, but this again begs the question "Why didn't they show it all along?"
The simple fact is that the big corporations are interested in the "Bottom Line". If their only involvement with a show is buying it and selling the air time for a profit, then their plans are going to be influenced by the advertisers' needs and budgets, not the viewers' wishes or the producers' and writers' plans.
As broadband speeds and bandwidths both increase, TV networks around the world will be looking anxiously over their shoulders. Why? Because handled correctly, and I admit that's a big assumption, TV via computer, with its view anytime, pay for exactly what you want to see ethos, will give more power to the show producers and their audiences.
Already small independent companies are selling their own advertising time directly, and the audiences are willingly handing over their pounds and dollars to watch their output.
As the bigger companies wake up to this phenomenon, perhaps excellent shows such as Medium will find themselves less likely to be hostages of fortune to the caprice and whims of NBC, CBS and so on.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good season of a good show. Nov. 25 2010
By Anja Rebekka Schultze - Published on Amazon.com
In this season of Medium Allison is back to work for the District Attorney, solving crimes with her amazing psychic abilities. Someone mentioned that the season was formalistic and to a degree this is true, most episodes is about some gruesome crime, Allison have dreams about it, first interprets the dreams or visions wrong and slowly things get more clear. In between this there are family issues, often involving the three Dubois girls own psychic abilities and how that affect their lives and how the husband, Joe deals with it all. Season four changed things up quite a bit with Allison loosing her job, but now things are back usual. However this is not a bad thing, it is formalistic, but it is a formula which works.

I think this is a good season, there are several double or even tipple episodes which allow for longer and more detailed storylines. I found myself watching the entire set in three sitting as the episodes drew me in and I just had to watch another episode and another one. I had eagerly awaited this set as it took a long time to come out in Norway and it was worth the wait. Yes the season is typical Medium with very little new idea, but that is what I like about it. This series is one part paranormal show, one part crime solving and one part family drama and that just works.

I do however have some complaints which prevents me from giving this season five stars. My biggest complaint is the ending, it feels very contrived. I am not going to spoil what it is, but it just did not sit well with me, my second gripe is the relationship issues between Lee and Lynn, that is given far to little time, they should either just have dropped that subplot or given those two characters more screen time for as it is, the whole thing is more distracting from the events of the rest of the series and give very little as it is not given time to develop properly. I would also have loved to see some character development, Allison still go off half cooked every time she had a vision before taking the time to interpret it, the kids act mostly exactly the same as always, Joe still struggles with the same things as in season one, the characters feel very static.

However all this are minor gripes. This is a good season. I think everyone who is a fan of Medium will like it. Also since all the plot points from earlier seasons for the most part have been resolved, this would also make a good entry season for new viewers, though I would off course recommend people to see it from the start. I had a blast with this set, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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