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'Ghost Whisperer' - 'The Children's Parade' Recap (Series Finale)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 22nd 2010 12:15AM
Ghost Whisperer(S05E22) "Melinda is not here." - Melinda to Delia

The fact I had to write "series finale" in the title of this post is scarier than the series finale itself. This season has been one of the darkest for the show and the bad guys of the season, the Shadows, seemed to be the ultimate evil. Therefore, I expected a rather dark episode that would contain one hell of a showdown to send the Shadows away.

Instead, we were treated to a way too quick and far from epic face off between the Shinies and the Shadows. What a let down! The upside of the episode? We got closure, which I didn't expect since I thought the series Powers That Be learned too late that the show was getting canceled.


The "Melinda is not here" line we've seen in the teasers had me expect an action packed episode. Yes, there was action but it fell flat due to how quickly the Shinies destroyed the Shadows. The latter have been a great foe all season long. Even in this week's episode, they showed how powerful and twisted they are when they took charge of Eli but, more importantly, of Melinda. "Melinda is not here" was scary, no?

I didn't except the Shinies, children who crossed over, to use force and weapons to battle off the Shadows. After all, the Shinies are peaceful children. However, I expected the Shadows, who are extremely powerful evils, to fight back at least for a minute or two even if they were outnumbered. The Shadows have been fierce and twisted all season and never backed down, why now? Instead, the Shadows were quickly destroyed in thousand of pieces and went away. The End.

Another tiny letdown was that Bedford was nowhere to be seen. The Shadows used him to do their evil doings for months and now that they have to face off their sworn enemies he is not there? It would have been nice to get a quick shootout to know that Bedford was alright in the end. Maybe have him be in the town square watching the faceoff and, when the Shadows were destroyed, have him see the light and cross over to join his mother.

That said, there are some things I enjoyed about this finale. First is the fact that Aiden didn't let go of his gift even if Melinda and Jim tried to convince him that ghosts did not exist. As Melinda and Jim told him at the end, Aiden's gift makes him special and should be respected and used to do good. Secondly, Jim, Melinda and Aiden have a happy ending where they bond together and agree to support one another and not keep their gifts a secret to them. Together, they'll be quite the team to help souls cross over. Of course, they will not be alone as Delia, Ned and Eli will surely still be around to help.

When CBS announced earlier this week that it was canceling the series, I expected the series finale to be filled with cliffhangers since it had been shot weeks ago with no time to wrap things up properly. I was pleasantly surprised that we got a happy ending and no cliffhangers. It does look like the shows' Powers That Be sensed that they may get canceled and decided to offer fans some closure. Thank you.

'Ghost Whisperer's' fans, there is still hope that our favorite ghostly show will not have to cross over as ABC is pondering picking up the series. If ABC decides not to pick it up, at least we got closure and all the characters are alive and well.

What did you think of the series finale? Should ABC pick the series up? Share your final thoughts on the series in comments below.

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oceanluv1997

I love ghost whisperer the ending could have been a little bit more exciting, It would be amazing if they did continue it, but there really isn't much left to do, they've covered almost everything they could, it would be cool if they switched to coering Adens life and him growing up with his gift and him actually fightning off a terribl evil.

January 06 2012 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hill_hills

if they hadn't killed of the husband and brought him back in that awful way they would still be filming the show. it lost a ton of viewers bc of that

November 30 2011 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shania

Yea, I totally agree. I expected the shinies and shadows to fight. I love ghost whisperer but the end...was well not that great.

July 07 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

I guess I'm in the minority. This show sort of lost me as a regular fan/watcher when the husband got killed and came back in another guy's body, etc. :-/
From that point forward I just sort of tuned in when there wasn't anything else worth watching. If this was the end, fine with me. If it gets picked up by ABC, as long as it doesn't interfere with "Castle," I'm fine with that too. :) Cheers.

May 24 2010 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davin.peterson

According to Deadline, negotiations for Ghost Whisperer possibly moving to ABC started on last Tuesday afternoon and are still in motion. Word is that they are going well though there are a number of points to work out.

It's positive that the showrunner for next season is already in place and producers have signed on. That means that the show is ready to go back into production. The Ghost Whisperer writing staff have all been asked not to take other jobs until a final decision is made.

May 24 2010 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

There is always some who will gripe about the ending of a show. I have to remind people of Stargate and its Atlantis spin 0ff. Both "ended", but didn't actually end. For both series, it was another mission complete and "what's next?" at the ennd of their runs. I think Ghost Whisperer did exactly the same thing.

May 23 2010 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zippy_zip74467

You can go to CBS.com - show list - "Ghost Whisperer."
They have watch episodes now.

May 22 2010 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
starwarsboi101

Ghost Whisperer' should be saved, they should play it on Friday,instead of Secret Millionaire that will be on this fall season on ABC it looks dumb. YUCK Friday 8:00pm -"Secret Millionaire"(reality). YUCK

May 22 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MARY

I MISSED THE LAST ONE BECAUSE OF WEATHER IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN SEE IT

May 22 2010 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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