Stars: Patricia Arquette, Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, Maria Lark, David Cubitt, Miranda Carabello
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron and Craig Sweeny & Robert Doherty
Director: Peter Werner
Network: CBS, airs Friday nights @ 8:00 p.m.
Original Telecast: January 21, 2010

It’s so hard to wrap up a long-running series, be faithful to the core values of it and still satisfy fan expectations. It’s even harder when your series comes to an end quicker than you would have liked or expected.

The latter is the case of MEDIUM. It only made it through a half-season this year before CBS pulled the plug after seven years (five of those were spent on NBC, two on CBS).

This at least gave creator Glenn Gordon Caron time to craft an actual finale, rather than leaving the show on a limbo note.

Since the show has largely been standalone episodes, with occasional serialized threads running throughout, Caron didn’t need multiple episodes to finish off existing story arcs, which is good.

In fact, true to form, Caron decided to do some major time jumps and twists to deliver a MEDIUM episode that stays true to form to the show’s essence some seven years later.

The series follows Allison Dubois (Patricia Arquette), a psychic who aids the D.A. in criminal cases – usually through her cryptic and often puzzling dreams. She has a loving husband Joe (Jake Weber) and three daughters who also share her gift in some form.

In the finale “Me Without You,” a plane crash kills Joe and devastates Allison’s life. The episode jumps ahead seven years later to deal with the aftermath. Allison has now graduated law school and involved in a major criminal case – but strangely, the case somehow ties to Joe with the potential that he’s still alive.

There are some great twists along the way as Allison finally gets the real information through her dreams she needs and the last six minutes or so of the episode time jumps again 41 years later for a very satisfying and emotional moment [sorry, I’m not going to release any spoilers here].

It’s a pretty simple conclusion to a somewhat groundbreaking and offbeat show which is loosely based on real like psychic Allison Dubois.

Throughout its run, Caron continually tweaked and perverted the TV genre mixing in so many different textures and elements over the years (from horror, suspense, comedy, etc). that MEDIUM was a show that looked like nothing out there and nothing will look like it afterward.

At its core was the strong relationship and foundation between Allison and Joe. It was the heart of the show and it provided one of the few functional husband/wife relationships on TV. Both Arquette and Weber were so good at playing their roles and the relationship, that it was satisfying that the finale “Me Without You” was all about them.

Yes, it felt like a cheat and horrible thing to do to fans to have Joe die in a plane crash five minutes into the episode – but as fans have known all along with MEDIUM, nothing is ever easy as it seems with this unique series.

MEDIUM is over and it had an amazing seven-year run. It survived cancellation by one network and gained a two-year reprieve with additional stories that continued to showcase the quality and care that went into the show. It will be missed and the finale proved you don’t need a full season to lead up to an ending. Sometimes, all you need is an emotional response to pay thanks to the fans that believed in you and stuck by you all this time – and for that, we have Caron for wrapping things up the MEDIUM way.

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Comments:

  1. I was a faithful follower of Medium and was very sad to see the end. The finale was very unsatisfying and I am left with the sense that their is no real talent in the writing department of much of any tv anymore.

    Robin
  2. The show finale was written well…but it just didnt sit well with me…now even 4 days after viewing it. I guess, the stability of the fake family life there offered such a good mental escape for me, that breaking that really shook me to a core. My real life isn’t perfect, but can’t I watch one on TV? I know my opinion is not reflected by fans. Most loved it. I just felt a little like the rug was ripped from under me.

    Bunny
  3. As a psychic medium myself, I found the ending immensely satisfying, since none of the people who’ve passed on in my life have ever left without saying good-bye… and occasionally popping back into my life to deliver important messages. I found the ending heartwarming and true to the fact that we continue when the body dies. This show has opened people up to the fact that reality is more complex and exciting than what usually meets the eye, and those of us fortunate enough to grow up in psychic families have a depth to our experience that we can only encourage others to pursue.

    Bonita
  4. I agree with Bunny, the end was very unsettling. It as also not “true to its essence” as described in an otherwise excellent review. We all agree that the Allison/Joe love story was one of the best in TV history, but the concluding death of Joe was for melodramatic effect and not for the loyal fans who loved this fantasy family. I think that the conclusion could have sent the family forward into to the world unharmed by the manufactured tragedy of the death of the father/husband who really held this family together. What was the reward for being a loving married couple putting their family first? A tragedy of seismic proportions so vast that showing their children dealing with it would have been cruel and inhuman. A pall now hangs above the family I felt entitled to enjoy on DVD because of a hurried cancellation. It’s like the expression: adding insult to injury.

    Bethwriter47
  5. I felt that the death of Joe was a cheat and an anti-family message. The idea that the rest of the family moved on very well without him gave me a cold feeling. I wanted to feel that Joe and Allison continued their life even though the series had to end. Yes, life goes on when someone dies, but to smash that wonderful family at that point seems like sacrilege.

    Linda
  6. first of all, the whole idea and concept behind this episode felt flawed to me. there was no need to kill off joe- it didn’t add anything to the show. I for one am not a huge fan of perfect happy endings but even I felt cheated at the end of this. I think first that it was wrong to get rid of joe, secondly that they shouldn’t have shown us Allison’s death. I mean that vibrant, strong woman we’ve come to know and love, reduced to that? That was just wrong. they should’ve ended the series with Allison, Joe, Ariel, Bridgette, and Marie with their whole lives ahead of them.

    Tim

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