“ Genre: Television - Ghost Whisperer / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Christoph Sanders, Jamie Kennedy ... / DVD released 2011-03-21 at Walt Disney Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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After the hugely disappointing "jump the shark" moment in the previous year of Ghost Whisperer, where a character was resurrected by jumping into another body, I had lost interest in this show. However, a recent episode switched me back on and I've just completed this recently purchased final season.
It's fairly obvious that Season 5 was not intended to be the last of this show, hence no emotional fairwell ala Medium, or the recently departed Desperate Housewives. Instead, its business as usual for Melinda Gordon, as she continues to battle with the will of the dark side and some nuisance ghosts who just need directed into the light. This is never an easy task though as many have unfinished business, and need Melinda's assistance in resolving issues with loved ones, or seeking forgiveness from those who have been hurt by them.
The series takes off five years after the previous year ended, with Melinda's son Aiden now five years old, and moving to the forefront of the plotlines. Aiden has the same gift as Melinda, although finds himself caught in the middle of a conflict between a set of ghost children who protect the light and a group of shadows that are made up of the left over bits of the dead. Throughout the year, Melinda finds herself and her son in more danger as the shadows get stronger and threaten to take over. In the end, she has to make a choice between the safety of her family or whether to protect her and her son's gift for the sake of good.
Melinda has assistance from Eli, who has his own personal grief in this series, Ned, who is studying the occult at university, Delia, her best friend who seems to find the increasing dangers of ghost whispering too dangerous to be involved in, and a watcher named Carl who haunts the other side and who might or might not be in cohoots with the shadows. Although Melinda's group of researchers start to make the show look a bit like an episode of Scooby Doo, they each have their own purpose and therefore are a valuable addition to the cast.
There are various continuity issues in this series, not least that plots are abandoned for entire episodes and then brought back to the forefront a little later. This made it more difficult than normal to follow, although it was an intriguing way to unfold the plotlines of the series. It also felt that various small elements of those plotlines remained unresolved. I would rather the show have just carried on each episode from the previous episode without losing strands.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is back for her final stint as Melinda, and cries and weeps on command. She does look a tiny bit bored by the whole thing though, and barely gets to do anything different until the final couple of episodes where her character has a bit of a personality overhaul. David Conrad continues his stint as Jim Gordon, or Sam Lucas as he is now known in a still-bizarre twist to the show. I really like Camryn Menheim, who actually steals many of the scene's that she is in, and Jamie Kennedy who provides solid support as a ghost whisperer who only hears rather than see's.
The episodes on the discs are:
BIRTHDAY PRESENCE / SEE NO EVIL / TILL DEATH DO US START / DO OVER / CAUSE FOR ALARM / HEAD OVER HEALS / DEVILS BARGAIN / DEAD LISTING / LOST IN THE SHADOWS / EXCESSIVE FORCES / DEAD AIR / BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE / LIVING NIGHTMARE / DEAD TO ME / IMPLOSION / OLD SINS CAST LONG SHADOWS / ON THIN ICE / DEAD EYE / LETHAL COMBINATION / BLOOD MONEY / DEAD RINGER / THE CHILDRENS PARADE.
My biggest gripe with this season, which is decidedly darker than previous runs, is that it pretty much leaves us in the middle of Melinda's life. There's no resolution or suggestion that it has come to an end. The final episode feels like the final episode of a show that has another four years to run. This is nobody's fault though as the decision to cancel came after the show had aired, although talk of another network picking it up a few months later also feel through. I feel that I should set up a facebook page to bring it back.
You can buy this DVD set on amazon.co.uk for £12 NEW!