Medium: Be kind, Rewind
Unfortunately, I was spoiled on the aftermath of the car crash from the first dream. Glenn Gordon Caron mentioned it in his live blog for the premiere last week. I'm sure it was much better for those that didn't know it was coming, but even knowing, that was a nice bit of effects work with the amputation. The car crash that led to it was good too, but points out two things I had issues with in the episode.
First, the body in the trunk. I think we're safe in assuming that the real judge was the body. I guess we can go with the idea that he was just kidnapped, and not murdered, but either way that fact calls into question the ending. Everyone is willing to believe Allison that the restaurant hostage situation is going to happen. So, why not go a step further and nab the bad guy before he kidnaps/carjacks/murders a federal judge? It really wouldn't have changed anything with the episode. Just instead of that showdown in the restaurant we would have seen the judge surrounded by a room full of cops preventing the kidnapping.
Also, what is with the crappy driving shots? Whenever a car starts to move I'm jerked out of the story as I can't stop noticing just how fake the shot is. This is a successful show on a major network. They really should be able to rig up a car and get real driving footage. Given that all the driving was taking place in a dream, I could have excused it as dreamy weirdness, like the motorcycle from last week, but the rest of the dream world was perfectly normal, so it has to be marked as bad production.
Gripes aside, I liked the mystery and how it tied Devalos' case into the dream. It made for some good scenes with Scanlon and Allison as well. My favorite exchange was when Scanlon asked, "And you know this because..." to which Allison answered, "...because of the wonderful things she does." If any show should be making Wizard of Oz references, it's Medium.
Good stuff from the DuBois family this week too. I liked the evolving story of Ariel and the bully. The highlight of that was when Allison finally just lost it and went on her badass rant. A great performance for Arquette, but the reactions of all the kids and Joe were spot on as well. I liked how it all tied up on the actual day, with Ariel staying home and Allison handing the carpet cleaners off to Marie. And wasn't it nice to see things work out for Joe on Saturday? That was a cute scene between the two of them.
Overall, a couple issues, but a nice story. I'd call it a solid episode three for Medium. They're off to a good start. Finally, a bonus note for the Firefly fans out there. Next week Mark Sheppard (Badger) returns to Medium. It's been a good month for the Firefly cast and guest spots.