Another archive review: Ghost Whisperer

Posted: February 5, 2014 in Archive posts, Journalism, Reviews

A review of Ghost Whisperer from Death Ray 16. Yes! You guessed right, my internal gear stick is out of the “can’t be arsed slot” and we’re into first gear, trundling through old Death Ray articles. Only a handful of big interviews and four issues to go, then done! Huzzah.

TWO AND A HALF STARS

Directors: Various

Writers: Various

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Jamie Kennedy

The show about beautiful girl who can communicate with ghosts coasts on into another year. Rick Payne (Jay Mohr), ghost-whisperer Melinda Gordon’s professorial accomplice and series regular for two years, bows out in episode one, leaving a slot free for another male believer – step in Eli James. Like Payne, he’s an educated man, giving some backbone of learning to Melinda’s folksy wisdom and feminine intuition. Only this one is a modern-day medium too! Eli can only hear spooks, not see them, and lacks Melinda’s experience, but his training as a psychologist gives him both medical knowledge and insight into the minds of the dead. He’s a good mix of greenhorn and pro, the writers (and actor Kennedy) have done well to make the character well-rounded. It’s too often the case with supporting males these days that they are either hunks, troubled hunks, or nerds. A nice addition to the cast.

Other than friends new, it’s business as usual for the fragile beauty. Melinda is trying for a baby in between solving the woes of the departed. In episode two she has to confront her upsetting high-school past, and there are dark hints of a new, series-arching menace to her. In this case it is not a powerful ghost or dark whisperer, but the revelation that her abilities may bring with them a touch of death.

If soapy, heartwarming, forgettable drama is your thing, Ghost Whisperer continues to deliver.

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