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Medium: Drowned World (season finale) - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted May 13th 2008 8:42AM

Jake Weber(S04E16) It's always nice when we get to see Joe's dreams for a change. Luckily for him, they aren't visions of the future.

I am constantly amazed at the strength of character shown by Joe Dubois. Generally characters on TV are very sensitive or have high moral standards. It's not often that they have both. The best part is that while Joe knows that he is doing the right thing and really has no other choice, you can see the frustration and the anxiety in his face. I wonder if Jake Weber could possibly get an Emmy nominee for this role.

I remember once I had an idea for a TV show and someone wanted to pay me $500 to option it. In doing so, they would own the show if someone else wanted to make it and according to the contract, they would only be required to let me be involved and pay me a salary. When I took this contract to a lawyer, I expressed my concern about giving up control of my idea, the lawyer responded by saying, "Is this the only idea you're ever going to have?" I took his point and then took the 500 bucks. However, if I had invented a device that could possibly change the world and the way it powers itself instead of a half-assed TV show, I probably would have held out for more. I know $250,000 is a lot of money, but it's not life-changing money certainly not in comparison to what Joe could achieve. By the way, the show never went anywhere and I blew the $500 on Star Trek action figures

I wasn't too thrilled to see Devalos and Van Dyke all buddy-buddy. I've watched too many scenes on TV where the good guy decides to be the bigger man by trusting his enemy and then ends up paying for it. Van Dyke is a douche and he has earned every feeling of ill will he receives. Manny has always tried to do the right thing and while he has plenty of faults, being too naive was not never one of them.

I suppose you could blame Manny's naivete on the fact that he really wants to be District Attorney again and that's fair, but wouldn't one of his friends at least say something like, "Just watch your back. Van Dyke is not to be trusted?" Moreover, when two of your closest friends are a cop and another lawyer you should be able to rely on their judgment when yours is lacking. I guess that's why it helps to also have a friend who's a psychic.

I wondered when Allison was going to start taking ghost hunting work. I'm surprised it's taken this long for someone to ask her. I grew up in Arizona and the wacko level in that state is much higher than the rest of the country (I think it's because of the heat). When Allison became a local celebrity she could have easily made a mint telling people whether or not their home was haunted or any other psychic BS.

As for the dream, I, like most of you, hoped I wouldn't see what I saw. There are very few images more disturbing than an infant being brutally murdered. This season of Medium has certainly raised the bar in terms of memorable visuals but I, personally preferred the more symbolic dreams.

I did, however, love seeing Ollie North on the television. It was a clever and quick way to place the time period of the dream. Well done.

This past season of Medium has not been my favorite but whatever mistakes that were made were more than counterbalanced with this episode. I didn't see any of the ending coming at all, but I am overjoyed to be so wrong. It seems that after a long season of uncertainty, frustration and the horror that is Anjelica Huston's midriff, all is right in the Dubois home. One point I feel compelled to make is that when it was all said and done, the guy who did the right thing for himself and his wife ended up being rewarded and the guy who made a point of hurting people for his own personal gain ended up getting cancer. A better example of karmic justice, I've never seen.

Now that everything is back to normal, what is the next step for Medium?
Joe and Allison have another kid42 (13.2%)
Scanlon gets shot and killed7 (2.2%)
Ariel introduces her first serious boyfriend138 (43.3%)
Manny finds out his wife was having an affair with Van Dyke18 (5.6%)
None of the above114 (35.7%)

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Audrey M. Brown

I'm a little late to add my thoughts I guess, but I too believe that Jake Weber is LONG overdue for an Emmy for his work on Medium. I always see him getting back-handed compliments in the press, about his looks or the role his character plays on the show, and he doesn't seem to get the respect that he deserves at all. It's time for his to get an Emmy! I thoroughly enjoyed this season, and am really hoping for a 5th. It's one of the only shows on tv that really deals in any kind of depth at all about married life, that's one of the biggest reasons why my husband and I watch so loyally.

May 21 2008 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Monica Smith

what was that great music at the end? a woman singing "take what you got" love will come find you, love will forsake you"... etc it was great!

May 19 2008 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spiro

Megan gets $3.75M and Joe gets $250K? How about a criminal case (now that Allison is back in good with a bunch of lawyers)? Or at least a civil case. Yeah, Joe signed the deal, but he was conned... and it seems clear Megan is a serial thief... Maybe she dies from some other thug who gets even with her and comes back to irritate Allison from the great beyond? Or just keep it simple and have a routine case for a change - with maybe some back story with the daughters...

May 15 2008 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Juan Herrera

Is there going to be a next season? I loved the ending but I wander if that might not have been the final time we get to see The Dubois. The family's financial problems have been solved, Joe selling his idea and then getting hired to complete the project, Allyson going back to work for Davalos. Davalos getting his job back. And finally how they ended the episode in their car closing the garage door. I hope, I'm wrong, because I like this show.

May 14 2008 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

What surprised me was that this is the first season of Medium that didn't end with a nail-biter of a cliffhanger ending. That said, I can't imagine a more satisfying end to the troubles Joe and Allison have had this year. I agree, this was a rocky season for them but the last several weeks have made up for it. Kelly Preston MORE than made me forget about Ms. Houston (thank goodness!!!) and they really built a great story out of the few weeks she was on.

Bring on Ariel's new BF!

May 13 2008 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morjana Coffman

I'll go thirdsies on a Jake Webber Emmy nomination.

The Allison/Joe relationship has always been the cornerstone of this series. Looking forward to season four and more.

Morjana

May 13 2008 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
La-Di-Dah

Where is the petition to have Jake Weber signed up for an Emmy. I would be with that 220%. He is a fabulous character. Yea, $250K is not life-changing, but he was so happy he could finally support his family again, and I was so blissfully happy for him too. Lucky Alison. Can't wait for next with the 3? or is it 4? musketeers!

May 13 2008 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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