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Michael A. Magliulo | Los Angeles, CA United States | 07/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Medium is a great show, and this fourth season did have some excellent episodes. Unfortunately, the writer's strike split this season up on air and ended up cutting it rather short. In addition, the presence of Sofia Vassilieva (aka Ariel) in this season was mostly off-camera, with the writers/directors only half-handedly trying to explain her absence. In one episode, we see none of the daughters at all - Allison calls them for breakfast; they don't show up before the scene cuts away. It seemed like just kind of an odd, slumped season that no doubt was pushed around by the strike and the inevitable off-set needs of teenage actresses. That being said, I would still recommend the set - I have all the others because it is one of the most well-acted and directed (though not always written) series on television - just wait until it goes on sale."
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 10/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm so glad to have the fourth season of "Medium" on DVD. This has been my favorite show on TV for 4 years now. While I tried to watch each episode, I never saw "Car Trouble" during broadcast; so as Allison tried to catch a Hispanic killer, only to find he is a model who was on a poster completely engaged me. "Lady Killer" with Patricia Arquette's sister Rosanna Arquette starring as an author who writes a best seller about how older women can get guys turns into an exciting tracking of a serial killer. "Drowned World" that traces a story of a family's dysfunction as it is manifested into dreams of running water built with great unexpected turns. What Glenn Gordon Caron calls "story arcs," stories that span a number of episodes, brings Angelica Huston as Cynthia Keener, the representative of an organization Ameritips that try to find lost children. Huston's character builds until her final climactic episodes of "Wicked Games." The season had a tremendous setup from the previous season as both Joe Dubois and Allison find themselves out of work. Their struggle with family bills, trying to find ways to say no to the children who want money for special things, and having to ask for help from Joe's mother all give this show the duality of the fantastic element of the paranormal and the everyday life of an American family trying to make ends meet. Joe & Allison's love for each other shines well, particularly in the episodes where Allison gets jealous of Kelly Preston's character who plays Joe's boss on several episodes. The packaging on the box is excellent. I particularly appreciate watching the shows without commercial breaks. While shorter than previous seasons, Season 4 is a welcome addition that will come out from time to time for return engagements on my DVD. Enjoy!"
Inspired show, inspired season
Garance | South Pasadena Californie | 09/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have always loved this show, because one feels it is so sincere, based on real life events (fantastic bonus to watch about the real Allison in season 1) and extremely well written, well paced and inspired. I was prepared before watching this season 4 not to see the children too much, because of one reader's comment on this page. Be reassured, they are very much there, fantastic little actresses as well! Angelica Huston brings another shining star to the sky of all these remarkable talents. Medium is an incredible show and this season is a great success. Thank you and bravo to Medium's team!"
The Writer's Strike Shows
A. Glynn | Dublin, Ireland | 10/24/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Medium has been excellent and I was really looking forward to series 4.
However the writer's strike seems to have not only shortened the season (only 16 episodes here as opposed to 21 in season 3), but also some of the 'Medium' creativity was missing.
A few episodes seemed to have sort of weirdly 'scooby doo' endings. Much weaker than previous seasons.
Hopefully season 5 will see a return to the creative and quirky path for Alison. Still worth watching for the best written family and marriage on tv. And they all have lovely hair :)"
Medium -- The best series on TV
Kimberly S. Huff | Indianapolis, IN USA | 02/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been watching Medium since it first came out and I truly feel it is the best series on TV. Patricia Arquette and Jake Weber are so believable as Allison and Joe... they make the perfect married couple some times it is difficult to believe they aren't really married. The only reason I didn't give this FIVE stars is because of the writers strike, the season is kind of on the lite side. There are only 4 DVDs so you kind of feel like you were cheated on the number of episodes. BUT, there are some really cool behind the scenes footage (which I really love), and whether there are 4 or 40 DVDs this is some quality writing and acting.
So, if you are a fan of Medium and you haven't already purchased this DVD set, I strongly suggest buying it. I almost didn't because of the number of episodes, but I am so glad I did. If you haven't bought any of the season, I strongly suggest you invest in this wonderfully written and executed series. "