Review: Ghost Whisperer - Living Nightmare
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 30th 2010 6:45PM
(S05E13) "Am I awake? Is this place real? Are you real?" - Robert to Jim
Talk about being disoriented right from the start! Minutes in the episode, viewers and characters are thrown in a chaotic storyline thanks to a injured patient who isn't making any sense. Of course, things got more chaotic seconds before the opening credits, when Bruno Campos suddenly appeared as the main ghost of the week and threw more nonsense at Melinda and co.
I don't know about you, but I felt dizzy watching this week's episode! I even had to pause a few times and try to reassess the situation since clues where coming from left and right, and things weren't making much sense. Plus, the ending was thrown at us so fast that I had to rewind to ensure I understood the reasons behind the weird happenings!
I enjoy episodes that make us guess and put us out of our comfort zone. "Living Nightmare" was definitely one of these types of episodes as I felt lost right from the start. However, as I write this review, I'm still unsure about how I feel about the episode as a whole.
It was great to have us guess what was going on: why Vernon (played by Bruno Campos) and the young female ghost kept saying that Robert was going to die, why were they appearing to Melinda and what was their link to Robert, what the visions meant, who dead Jane Doe was, what 114 meant, was Robert's girlfriend dead or involved in this, etc., etc., etc.
In most episodes, we have a pretty good idea what is really going on in the first 20 minutes, but not this time; at least not for me. There was way too much going on at the same time yet I also liked the chaotic nature of the episode, which is why I'm torn about deciding if this was a good episode or not. It's like the writers and the director wanted the viewers to feel as disoriented as the storyline was and decided to throw everything and anything at us.
Then again, I think I'm leaning more on the "didn't like" side for this episode because the ending was so rushed that I had to rewind to make sure I understood everything: the illness, that Vernon wanted to kill himself to bring an end to his sickness and not put his family in jeopardy, how his wife died, how his daughter died, and what was going on with Robert thinking he had the illness when it was all Vernon's doing in the hope demons wouldn't haunt his son! Way too much info thrown at us way too fast, no?
Another thing that irked me is how Robert's girlfriend didn't react or asked what was going on when, out of the blue, Melinda started to talk to Vernon and his daughter in the hospital to ask them where Robert was. As far as I know, the girlfriend was never explained Melinda's gift, so one would expect that she would react a bit, no? Plus they were in the middle of the hospital and yet no one stopped and looked at them funny?! Then again, it's not the first time the show has people accept Melinda's gift without questions and/or reactions, but this time it bugged me most because it was really in the middle of a crowded place and without giving any hints about her powers. Robert was quick to accept that Melinda could talk to ghost too, but I can cut him some slack since he thought he was crazy.
One thing I enjoyed was the fact that Ned pushed Melinda's beliefs and knowledge about good and evil a bit. You can see he's been studying and that he may even be focusing more on the evil side of things. Do I sense more dark episodes coming up in which Ned will play a key role in opening Melinda's eyes about how the dark side works?
What did you think of the episode? Do you agree with the fact that there was way too much going on? Share your theories and thoughts in comments below!
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