Ghost Whisperer: The Second Season (2006)
|Genre(s): Drama / Fantasy|
|Paramount || NR - 967 minutes - $72.99 || September 18, 2007|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-09-30|
Writer(s): John Gray (creator)
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Jay Mohr
Theatrical Release Date: NA
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Plot Outline (from DVD back cover): Melinda Gordon has the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of people who have died, providing deeply moving and important closure for them and their loved ones.
“Ghost Whisperer” is a show that I’ve always wanted to try, one that has been on my TV radar since it premiered in 2006 (mainly because of Jennifer Love Hewitt), but much like “Charmed”, I enjoyed the idea and concept, but neither show was something I wanted to commit an hour to every week.
So, season two of “Ghost Whisperer” is actually my initial exposure to the Hewitt-starring series. I mention only so those reading who are in the same boat as me, might give this a shot as the third season has already began. The basic concept of a young woman named Melinda Gordon (Hewitt) who can see and speak to ghosts. Melinda helps the spirits, a.k.a. Earth-bound spirits, cross over by reconciling any lingering issues they’ve left behind. It is this second season, though, where writers expands Melinda’s mythology and really flesh out the character overall.
The season two opener is a continuation from the first season as a plane has crashed in the little town of Grandview, Massachusetts, an accident that probably was not, maybe something to do with a dark and evil plan. The season premiere “Love Never Dies” finds Melinda’s best friend, Andrea (Aisha Tyler), as one of the victims of the ground casualties. Melinda must now help Andrea cross over while also try to figure what dark force isn’t allowing her to do so.
“Ghost Whisperer” mixes mystery and suspense-thriller with tear-jerking drama. I’m man enough to admit that certain episodes did get to me and while sometimes the show gets repetitive, even the routine things are compelling.
Camryn Manheim joins the cast this season as a real estate agent (later would be Melinda’s co-worker) and Jay Mohr as Rick Payne, a cynical professor who joins Melinda’s clue crew to help her solve her ghostly issues (Mohr is now a series regular starting in season 3).
No, the show isn’t anything special but it does tug at your heartstrings and with Jennifer Love Hewitt at the helm, it’s at least a compelling drama that will keep you watching one episode after another.
Audio Commentaries - Four commentary tracks are included on these episodes: ‘Love Never Dies’ with creator/executive producer John Gray and executive producer Kim Moses; “Mean Ghost” with director/executive producer Ian Sander; Kim Moses on “”Children of Ghosts”; and Ian Sander again on “The Collector”. These tracks are OK but I prefer multiple commentators and a couple cast members would’ve been nice.
A Conversation with the Living (22:32) - This is a recap of “Ghost Whisperer” as a series, comparing it between this season and its freshman year in terms of tone and stories. Everyone involved with season two get their say (including Hewitt, Manheim and others) and even though it doesn’t shine any light onto the show, it’s still at least semi-interesting.
Ghostly Visions (10:35) - Featurette covering the makeup effects done over the course of season two between guest star David Paymer’s burns to the skull mask in “Speed Demon”.
Grandview Graveyard (18:22) - These are mini-featurettes (each about 3-minutes long) that goes over five of the more memorable victims in Grandview, MA. Most of them just show clips cut with sound bites with producers.
Melinda’s Closet (15:14) - A featurette that covers the costume design on “Ghost Whisperer” that may interest some, but as someone without an ounce of fashion sense, I could care less. One thing I did get out of it was the work the costume designers go through per episode, quite a workload.
‘The Other Side’ Webisodes - There are three items related to the special webisodes that aired on CBS.com. First are the 8-part webisodes themselves totaling around 25-minutes, the trailer and a behind-the-scenes look as star Mark Hapka actually appeared in an episode of “Ghost Whisperer”.
Last is a Crystal Ball Mind Game and Jennifer Love Hewitt Speed Painting Video where an artist uses a computer program to create a portrait of the “Whisperer” star.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
The show is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks just about perfect. Since this is a darker series, I didn’t really notice anything off during those scenes and the softer colors during the daytime come across fine.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds as good as a show like this. This is more dialogue heavy at times with the occasional fright moment or dramatic music overlaying a scene. A Stereo Surround track is also available.
“Ghost Whisperer” is a show that rides a fine line between sappy drama along the lines of “Along Came an Angel” to creepy and corny ghosts/villains of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. No, it’s not a great show that will win awards or even be mentioned by the TV-centric viewing audience, but I enjoyed this second season. Hewitt brings a certain grace and sweetness to the part and the additions of Camryn Manheim and Jay Mohr rounds out a fine cast.