Medium: We Had A Dream
Obviously, this is the Allison show. I get that and we know going in that this world revolves around her. My one complaint with the episode was that while they went out of their way to get someone like Eric Stoltz, they didn't really use him a whole lot.
I was pretty happy with the episode overall, but I think it could have been that much better if something had been lost to make room for a little more of the creepy Sonny Troye. The roommate murder would have been a good place for it. We spent an awful lot of time with the wrong roommate. I would have even gone for getting to see Sonny's end of those phone conversations with Allison.
I don't want this to sound like I'm hammering the episode. It's just something that stood out to me. I kept thinking to myself, show us more of Sonny. Moving on, there was still plenty to like about this episode. It's another call back to a previous episode, season two's "S.O.S.," something that Medium does so well. In that regard, I preferred "Apocalypse Push" and "Blood Relations," but this one is solid.
I thought they gave us too much with the first dream. It was obvious as soon as Allison and Devalos got to the prison that it was the site of the plane crash. It put us way ahead of Allison, and there was no reason for us to be there. I would have preferred to just see the plane crash, well done by the way, without the jumpsuits that gave away the prison. Finding out that the entire confession was orchestrated just to keep Sonny at the prison for the plane crash was a nice twist, as was the time zone discrepancy. As soon as I heard the crash on the phone I thought, "Time zone."
The big conspiracy with Scanlon and DiNovi had me going. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of the character, but I was all ready to accept that she was bitchy enough to actually pull the police protection. It did make for an exciting ending. When Scanlon popped up outside the door I was completely surprised. There were all kinds of scenarios running through my head as to how Allison was going to get out of this one. Brigitte's baseball bat? Frying pan?
As much as I liked how it played out in the end, did anyone else think the sudden involvement of DiNovi, or the level of involvement anyway, felt a little forced? She's been used so sparingly this season that it felt like all of a sudden it was just sprung on the show. I'm curious to see if that leads to more DiNovi in the upcoming episodes. The little moment she shared with Scanlon at the end of the show certainly hinted at that possibility.
Overall, I'd call this a good episode. A good one that had potential to be great but fell short because it passed on playing up the creepy killer. Still one that is definitely worth seeing though.