Ghost Whisperer changed a lot in its second season. Frankly, the level of changes took me by surprise, considering that the show was pretty successful as it was. These are the kind of wholesale changes you see when a borderline series is retooled for a second, and usually final, chance to connect with enough viewers. It was risky, and while I’m not too happy about a couple of these changes, I was for the most part impressed with the final result.
The show’s most basic premise remains intact. Melinda Gordon is a newlywed and owns the antique shop in a quaint
In the first season, Melinda was joined by her friend and business partner Andrea (
I need to warn you that the box contains the following disclaimer: “Some episodes might be edited from their original broadcast versions”. I tried to get an answer from the studio but was never given one. I did watch these shows when they originally aired and cannot find any blatant changes. I certainly don’t remember every moment, but it does not appear anything drastic has changed. Still, I’m concerned about a trend here, as I’ve now discovered the same disclaimer on each of the CBS sets I am currently viewing. I suspect that this may refer to music being substituted, and if I get an answer from CBS I’ll pass it along here.
There are some very fine moments to be found in this second year of Ghost Whisperer. The season opener Love Never Dies ties up the plane crash and Andrea storylines left over from the previous year. It’s truly a good wrap up and sets the pace for the coming year quite nicely. The Curse Of The Ninth was a great episode to watch as a musician. This was one of those weird timing things. The episode aired just days after I was talking to someone about that particular curse. It really is why most of us will not put 9 tracks on an album or CD. Here a dead musician wants to finish his unreleased 10th track written for his girlfriend. Deja Boo is another superior episode. A ghost faces constant reincarnation and could end up becoming Melinda’s baby. It’s quite the thought provoking script. There are others, but these standout episodes only got better on the second viewing.
Disc 5 contains the following features:
A Conversation With The Living: This 23 minute piece includes pretty much the entire cast and crew of the series. They each explain the changes in direction the show has taken and drop some hints as to where the show might be going in its third year coming soon. I’m afraid like most of these features it succumbs to the “everyone is so nice” syndrome. I’m not really looking for folks to down their colleagues; still, this constant flattery really doesn’t come off as very sincere anymore.
Ghostly Visions: Kandace Westmore is the main makeup person for the show and is your guide to the ghost makeup used to drive the story forward each week. The ghosts undergo physical transformations to match their emotional evolution in each episode. The makeups were pushed to higher limits of gore this year. I must admit that watching the show I never really thought about the makeup stuff, which is the best compliment you can probably pay them. You also get to see one of the guest ghosts undergo the transformation one step at a time. Good stuff.
Disc 6 contains the last of the extras.
Melinda’s Closet: Joseph Porro, a costume designer, takes us for a tour of the distinctive clothes worn by Melinda in the show. Honestly, I’m not really into clothes, so this was not a particularly interesting or even entertaining piece for me, but it is a full 16 minutes and covers a lot of, what else, clothes.
The Other Side: CBS aired 8 short web episodes, or webisodes, of a Ghost Whisperer type story from the perspective of a ghost. Mark Haplau stars as Zack, a recently murdered ghost. Many of the shorts deal with his discovery of being dead and confronting his killer. You can view each webisode on its own or together as a 24 minute full story. There’s also a trailer for these internet nuggets as well as a 3 minute Behind The Scenes video diary from Haplau.
Jennifer Love-Hewitt Speed Painting Video: This is a music video of “Strange Education” by The Cinematics set to a new kind of animation. A computer painting of Love-Hewitt is being constructed in speeded up time lapse style. Yawn!
I confess that I rather like the show, even if it does tend to be emotionally over the top. The characters are always interesting, and it’s a quick 40 plus minutes. In the first year there was a lot of talk of basing Melinda on a “real” ghost whisperer, but I really don’t buy into any of that, and you need not to enjoy the series. When