Medium: Everything Comes To A Head (season finale)
The big finale followed a similar path. We got all those answers we were looking for in the Recapitator case. The fates of Debra/PD and Walter Paxton were cleared up. The fallout from Allison being exposed started, and took a couple surprising turns. Unfortunately, the episode suffered from some iffy story telling and an abrupt ending.
Let's start with Walter Paxton and the Recapitator. Of course it was him. We should all know better than to doubt Allison, and so should Devalos and Scanlon. I liked the conspiracy part of his plan. The fact that he had planned out the copycat murders to take place while he was in custody, before he ever killed his wife, was interesting. I even liked the voice recorder as his undoing. I thought that was presented well, and was curious about the possibility of her murder being recorded before Allison even got to the phone.
The problem was the lack of attention to detail where the actual crime was concerned. I know that Medium isn't supposed to be CSI, but this was some pretty poor police work here. Maybe I've just seen too many crime shows and I'm being too picky, but Walter was naked and rolling around in Pamela's bed before he killed her. And he rushed out, with no time to sanitize the crime scene. And how on earth do they investigate P.D.'s murder but not look at the cell phone? Sure, the voice recording wouldn't be expected, but a call log? See who she might have met with? They are small things in the bigger picture of where the episode was going, but I found them distracting.
I liked how Allison's story being revealed played out. There was the initial media rush as the story was hot, but that cooled rather quickly. That wouldn't be the end of it though. As soon as Cooper called Joe I suspected that he was dropping the case. The twist that Marcus was basically firing Joe because of Allison was one that I didn't see coming. It makes for quite a bit of drama, as well as opening up a lot of ways for the show to go. You would think Joe would be able to get another gig fairly easily, but now that Allison is out of a job, and out of her psychic closet, will she look to capitalize on that? The fact that she was right all along about Walter should give her some great publicity, but it will still probably be hard for things to go back to how they were before.
My favorite part of the episode was the Allison/Scanlon interaction. That was a pretty tough scene between the two of them. "We are friends, but it's really not smart for me to be seen talking to you. You're toxic! You just are." Toxic! Ouch. You had to feel for Allison there, because she didn't deserve what she was getting. But I don't fault Scanlon for what he said. He was speaking the truth, as the majority of people involved saw it, and he did come around in the end, asking to hear her dreams, and taking her to the crime scene. Their relationship is as good as it has ever been.
The fate of Devalos is left up in the air as he is off fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. I have to think that he'll be back in his old position come season four. Ultimately, he was right about the killer all along. Allison as consultant might be the price he pays for coming back though. I suspect that even if it is in a new capacity, the two will still be working together.
And that brings us to the ending. It was a very cool scene, despite the issues with the missed evidence, and the fact that Allison tainted the crime scene. Her confidence as she told Van Dycke to issue a warrant for Paxton, and then turned and walked out said a lot. She's been through a lot with this one, but she's strong. And even though it sometimes causes so much turmoil, she has come to grips with her powers. My only complaint is that it just kind of stopped. I would have liked something to put a proper end on the season.
So there we have it. Season three is in the books. I'm giving this episode a 5, out of 7, mainly because I knocked a point off for the crime-scene silliness. As for the season as a whole, I think it was their best yet. Week after week I was surprised at how creative the writers were with Allison's abilities. The guest cast was fantastic. Revelations about blossoming powers for Ariel and Bridgette were interesting, and open some doors for season four. And most of all, Joe and Allison are just perfect together. See you all in 8 months.
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