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Medium: Profiles In Terror

by Brett Love, posted Dec 14th 2006 7:10AM
Kurtwood Smith(S03E06) I think that most people probably thought of Red Foreman when they saw Kurtwood Smith in the previews for this episode. Any actor that does a role for that long is going to be tied to it to some degree. Especially if it is something like That 70's Show which is in syndication so you are constantly stumbling over it. But it is a credit to Kurtwood that while I was secretly hoping for him to call someone a dumb-ass the whole time, he made Edward Cooper something completely different.

Cooper is an interesting character. At once the hero, and the villain. I suspected going in that there would be some butting of the heads as his clinical studying of the evidence clashed with Allison's visions. And we did get some of that. It was made even better with the first round going to Cooper. He was so smarmy and confident as he shot Allison down again and again. It seemed to set up perfectly for Allison to eventually be proven right and get the "I told you so" moment that she wanted so badly.

But things don't always happen conventionally on Medium. The scene where Scanlon explained that it was Gomez that died in Mexico and there is no way that he could be the Lincoln Park Killer was excellent. Allison's reaction to the news that she had it completely wrong was so good. And it left all of us just as confused as she was.

It all led to some really good stuff between Allison and Cooper. I particularly liked the scene outside of the interrogation room, after she had the vision of the dog. Cooper picked up just what Allison is about rather quickly, and his line, "I admire you, but I don't envy you." sums up what is a recurring theme on the show very well. Allison's path is a tough one.

They had already given up the Cooper as vigilante angle by the time he actually swiped the evidence to get Warren released, but that wasn't the big mystery anyway. What was more intriguing was what Allison would do about it. And their choice there was my favorite part of the episode. It was very much in character for Allison, given all we now know about her, to confront Cooper. She's tough, and when the chips are down she'll fight. But the non-ending ending where Cooper calls her out was fantastic. He put the ball right back in her court without blinking and the moral dilemma that puts Allison in is very intriguing. Yes, Cooper is going to do something very wrong, but in doing so he will punish someone very deserving, and most likely stop him from killing again. There's no easy answer for that one. Good stuff.

Meanwhile, back at casa DuBois, I knew there was something up with Marie and the TV right from that opening scene. The first few seconds of it even. It was so very Poltergeist that it couldn't have been an accident. Of course, it wasn't anything that crazy, but in the end it still leaves us scratching our heads. I like that it also afforded a chance to get Joe out of the house so we could see him in work mode. I'm looking forward to seeing just how it is that Marie can descramble cable with her mind, but while we wait for that, I'll go ahead and nitpick.

The choice of channel 282 probably wasn't the best. It works for the big scene with Joe and Marie in the living room, but there's no way their kitchen TV can even tune to 282. And given that they didn't get the expanded package to get "Nuggin" I find it hard to believe that they popped for a cable box for the kitchen. A minor gripe, but one that could have been solved by making it channel 120, which most TVs could at least attempt to tune to, and it just happens to be the channel for Noggin on my cable.

Overall, a very good episode. It's great to see Kurtwood Smith back on TV, and I wouldn't mind revisiting this story, and Cooper, later in the season.

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I thought the writers writing of Agent Cooper's reasoning for stealing evidence this second time was a bit off; wasn't it? The DA was offering the killer a deal, which if the killer had taken would send him to jail for life, or at least, for a long time before parole. Yet before all that happened, Cooper thought it was the best thing to release back into society and kill him a little later? What's so wrong with him going to jail for life again? (Even if he was executed, he would be in jail for 10-20 years before that happened). Needless to say, the last 2 minutes of the show didn't work for me.

I am loving Marie.

December 15 2006 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dumb ass

December 14 2006 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really? You thought it was a good episode. Cause I thought that it was horribly predictable. Oh Gomez was killed in what looked like a drug deal gone bad, no it couldn't have been Agent Cooper. Just because he was screaming at reporters when Gomez was released, there's just no possibly way....

This episode annoyed me to no end.

Aw, isn't it great that Marie is also a little psychic.

December 14 2006 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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