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'Ghost Whisperer' - 'On Thin Ice' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 3rd 2010 1:30PM
Ghost Whisperer
(S05E17) "What is happening to me?" - Damon

What's happening to you, Damon? You are the haunted character of the week that Melinda and company try to help. Same old, same old. This week's installment of 'Ghost Whisperer' was pretty much a filler episode that didn't offer character or show mythology development. I know, I know, not every single episode can move the year's main storylines along.

Luckily, the culprit of the week was not that easy to pinpoint and the comic book theme was pretty cool, especially when the last shot before each commercial was comic-book panel style. Sadly, these cool tidbits were overshadowed by a really badly done fantasy sequence.

Let's deal with the fantasy/vision sequence during which Melinda and the town turn into comics and she sees Shane under the iced lake. If that was really supposed to be a comic book sequence, the show really did a poor job. It looked more like a "Second Life" type of sequence. Melinda looked so weird in that sequence; it felt like they superimposed a real image of Jennifer Love Hewitt on the cartoon version of Melinda.

The poor quality of the sequence took my focus away from the reveals and I almost missed seeing Shane underwater. In order to stay in comic-book mode, that sequence should have been made as a comic book and the camera should have moved from panel to panel so to reveal everything that had to happen in that vision. It would have been a cooler -- and I'm sure cheaper -- way to show us the vision while truly staying in comic-book style.

As I've mentioned before, I didn't find it that easy to find the culprit of the week. However, as soon as Colin showed up, I knew he was involved somehow. I thought that he may have killed Shane out of revenge. They thought that Damon killed Shane. Of course, I never thought of the real deal: Damon fell through the ice by accident. The twists and turns as well as the comic book panels used throughout the episode helped make this storyline interesting.

It was fun to see Avery tag along. As I watched her this week tap into her comic book knowledge to help Eli and Melinda while freaking out a bit that a ghost could attack her or possess her, I was thinking of how much fun Avery is compared to Delia. The latter, even if she now accepts Melinda's gift, has turned into a not-so-lovable character and when I see her on screen, I can't wait for her scenes to be over.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Camryn Manheim, but Delia, not so much anymore. Lately, she is often whining and complaining, and not smiling. I know she went through a lot, but I need a Delia who smiles more to compensate for the show's dark storylines.

Suggestion to the writers: have Delia find a man in the next town and have her move there, have Ned stay so he can finish his studies, make Avery a recurring character. Do you agree?

Last but not least, it does look like Melinda and Jim will have a second child. We all know Aiden is more powerful in some ways than Melinda is, so he could have seen a brother in the future, no?

What did you think of this week's episode? Do you agree with me that the vision sequence was terrible? Do you think Jim and Melinda will get a second child?

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Baba Das

Guest Star Nathan Halliday's "Passing over" scene at the end added a very powerful energy and redemptive quality to this episode. A powerful and heartfelt performance!

April 03 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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