• Sun, Nov 8 2009

Review: Medium 6×07 – New Terrain

Holy product placement, Allison. Medium clearly has a new relationship with a certain big-name American car company that I do not feel the need to promote further, as they are not paying me a dime, and it definitely showed in this week’s episode. Allison’s car is involved in an accident, but surprisingly, she’s not the one causing it with her horribly unsafe driving habits. The accident is an excuse to get Allison into a brand-new, product-placed earth-killing SUV.

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Even though most of the plot that revolved around said SUV was little more than a heavy-handed commercial, there was a lot to enjoy: I thought the main idea of her satellite radio allowing her to hear the conversations going on in the cars around her was really fun, as was her desire to just dork out when “YMCA” started playing on the radio. Mostly, I enjoyed how much the technological advancements of her new car versus her old Volvo confused her. Her perplexed look when it came to the GPS is pretty much universal.

As for the main bank robbery plot, it was kind of blah for me. Todd Louiso, who was amazing in High Fidelity, was underused as the man who was forced into performing the robbery, and the resolution was a little bit unsatisfactory to me. I had a bad feeling about the bomb squad guy as soon as he showed up, but it kind of disappointed me that he was the one who masterminded the robbery.

At first, when we see it go down in Allison’s dream, it looked as though the bomb squad guy looked at the situation, saw a giant bag of cash, and realized he was in a unique position to get very rich, very quickly. An officer of the law getting greedy and taking over a bank robbery midway through is much more interesting to me than an officer who was just bad from the beginning and orchestrated the entire robbery.

What I found much more interesting in this episode was Ariel’s plotline, with her classmate Jaime, and her pill-popping mom. The whole scene with Jaime’s mom convincing her to tell everyone she was driving and explaining that her record wasn’t exactly clean, is kind of creepy, as was the newspaper article Ariel saw about Jamie’s mom eventually killing her in a car accident.

Here’s what I don’t get though: Ariel convinced Jaime not to drive with her mom to and from school anymore, and is helping her get her own license, but does Ariel honestly believe that Jaime will never be in a car again with her mother behind the wheel? How realistic is that? I’ve had my driver’s license for quite some time, and I still find myself in the passenger seat of my parents’ car fairly often.

How is Jaime supposed to tell her mother that she is never going to ride with her again, for the rest of their lives? Because Ariel’s solution only addresses Jaime: it doesn’t have anything to do with Jaime’s mother getting the help that she needs in order to stop being a danger to herself and others.

Joe and Allison have always been the kind of parents who encourage their children to be open and honest with them, and to come to them if they’re in a situation that they feel is frightening. So it’s weird to me that while Ariel emphatically told her parents that she was not going to be riding anywhere with Jaime’s mom anytime soon, she failed to mention why.

In all, while I mostly forgive Medium for the egregious product placement, I have to say this is the weakest episode of the season so far. Neither the A or the B plot completely worked for me– and while there were some fun moments (mostly provided by the newly funny Joe), I came away a little unsatisfied. However, there’s always next week, and it looks like it’s going to be a good one.

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  • Amy

    I thought it was a good episode. Pretty typical Medium episode. Definitely not one of Medium’s blow me away episodes though.

    I thought it was cute how Allison picked YMCA to rock out to while driving and then listening in on others conversations.

    Nice to see that at least Scanlon listens to Allison and her dreams until Devolis shows up.

    Once we figured out it was the bomb guy the rest of the episode was pretty simple to figure out.

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  • nansee

    I’ve just now had the chance to read through the site for last week and this week’s episodes.

    Well, I LOVED the Dawn of the Dead Halloween ep. So cool. Joe was great and I don’t think I’ve ever, ever typed that.

    I didn’t get to see the ending of this ep, but I’d figured it out pretty early on. The bomb expert was a bad guy, right? Duh. On the other hand, I completely didn’t notice the product placement. I think there’s something wrong with my brain.

    I must say, with both episodes, one of my favorite parts has been the ninety million good-looking suits Scanlon’s been wearing. There was even a gray one! Drool.

  • Linda

    I would agree about the bank robbery plot, since I guessed bomb squad guy’s involvement immediately this time around.

    I do think Ariel’s actions were quite typical of a teenager’s mentality. And with Allison being in a coma for three months, Ariel probably had to grow up rather quickly and try to resolve many things she might have asked her parents for advice with in the past. Maybe she’s still in that mindset, even if things are almost normal again in the Dubois household.

  • Shari

    Kind of ironic you have a New Terrain commercial that I have trouble turning off in the corner of this blog–shouldn’t they pay you for this. Advertising pays the bills.

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