Ghost Whisperer, season 4 (TV, 2008/2009)


Reviews from Death Ray #16 and #18.

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.

And here’s part 2:

THREE STARS

Ghost Whisperer‘s fourth season advances, with faintly equine beauty Jennifer Love Hewitt as winning as ever as the medium Melinda Gordon.

Poor Melinda’s love life has been complicated by her husband’s death and problematic resurrection (his ghost got into the body of an accident victim, called Sam, causing Jim to become a composite of the two men, an amnesiac composite at that, who is not sure who he really is). It’s an attempt to bring the original problems Melinda had with her double life back, and though amnesia is the single hokiest way of doing so in romance *and* in SF, it works quite well as the pair try to rediscover their love.

Meanwhile, those ghosts won’t leave her alone. Hewitt’s directorial debut, Slow Burn, is well-executed mystery/tear-jerker about parental love. Man, pass me the Kleenex!

Ghost Whisperer works best when it is both slushily romantic and slightly mawkish ‘Slow Burn’ has spades of both, so Hewitt has picked a winner to show off her directing chops, and she does a fine job.

Otherwise, the series does it’s pretty little thing. We tough old boys at Death Ray are never going to be owners of all the Ghost Whisperer DVD boxsets, but it continues to tingle all the right bells of our softer, feminine sides.

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