Sort of a "Touched by an Angel" for the 18-34 set, "Ghost Whisperer" stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon, a young woman who has been able to talk to spirits since she was a child. The spirits she comes in contact with are Earthbound, and have unfinished business left to attend to before they are able to cross over into the afterlife. Melinda lives in a small town with her husband, Jim Clancy (David Conrad) and runs an antique store, but her true calling is helping those who need closure.
Melinda is reportedly based upon spirit communicator Mary Ann Wintkowski, and spirit communicator James Van Praagh is an exec producer on the series. Van Praagh also keeps a blog about the series that can be found on the CBS website at: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/ghost_whisperer/blog.php
One of the nice things about the series is that the characters are actually nice about Melinda's abilities, and don't treat her like a complete lunatic, as characters in other shows might. In the first season, she gained a friend in Andrea Moreno (Aisha Tyler), who she shared her secret with. The first season finale involved a plane crash, and as the second season opens, Melinda has to face the death of Andrea and the arrival of Romano (John Walcutt) , a hooded figure who wants to keep the souls of the plane crash victims on Earth, for a very dark reason that Melinda soon finds out. He torments Melinda, and warns her that it's only a matter of time before he has her, as well. The series also adds two new characters this season - a skeptical university professor (Jay Mohr, who seems like a poor fit for the show but actually works well here) and Delia Banks (Camryn Manheim), a local real estate agent who comes to work with Melinda.
The season continues the formula of the series - Melinda encounters a lost spirit and has to figure out the message that it is trying to deliver or the problem that it has that is keeping it from passing over. Eventually, she puts the puzzle together and allows the spirit closure. This time, however, there is the element of Romano, Melinda finding another with her powers and a season finale that looks to lead towards a darker third season.
Additionally, while the show is understandably a bit somber, there are some appropriate moments of comedic relief, such as a scene where Hewitt's character visits with a woman played by Hewitt's former "Party of Five" co-star Lacey Chabert. The two share a "Don't I know you?" moment before continuing with the scene. Also, the performances from the ensemble cast are solid in the second round of episodes, as well. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable sophmore season for the series.
23. 2- 1 22 Sep 06 Love Never Dies
24. 2- 2 29 Sep 06 Love Still Won't Die
25. 2- 3 6 Oct 06 Drowned Lives
26. 2- 4 13 Oct 06 The Ghost Within
27. 2- 5 20 Oct 06 A Grave Matter
28. 2- 6 27 Oct 06 The Woman of His Dreams
29. 2- 7 3 Nov 06 A Vicious Cycle
30. 2- 8 10 Nov 06 The Night We Met
31. 2- 9 17 Nov 06 The Curse of the Ninth
32. 2-10 24 Nov 06 Giving Up The Ghost
33. 2-11 15 Dec 06 Cat's Claw
34. 2-12 5 Jan 07 Dead to Rights (a.k.a. Dead Reckoning)
35. 2-13 12 Jan 07 Deja Boo
36. 2-14 2 Feb 07 Speed Demon
37. 2-15 9 Feb 07 Mean Ghost
38. 2-16 16 Feb 07 The Cradle Will Rock
39. 2-17 23 Feb 07 The Walk-In
40. 2-18 30 Mar 07 Children of Ghosts
41. 2-19 6 Apr 07 Delia's First Ghost
42. 2-20 27 Apr 07 The Collector
43. 2-21 4 May 07 The Prophet
44. 2-22 11 May 07 The Gathering
VIDEO: "Ghost Whisperer" is presented by Paramount in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture quality wasn't without a few concerns, but was generally quite good. Sharpness and detail were not exceptional, but the image was reasonably well-defined and the show's intentionally somewhat "soft" look seemed handled nicely by the presentation. Some minor artifacting was spotted in a few scenes, but no edge enhancement or other concerns were seen. Colors looked warm and rich, with nice saturation and no smearing or other issues.
SOUND: The show's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack was a bit more lively than most TV show soundtracks, with the surrounds kicking in for some mild sound effects and ambience during the show's more intense sequences. Audio quality was fine, with crisp dialogue and score.
EXTRAS: "A Conversation With the Living" featurette chats with cast and crew about the story of the second season and what their goals were for the sophmore season of the show. "Melinda's Closet" has the show's costume designer discussing the style for the show, while "Ghostly Visions" has the show's make-up artist discussing her work creating the look of the dead. We also get a "Speed Painting Video" with Jennifer Love Hewitt, an interactive game, a series of webisodes and a section that offers character backstories as told by the writers and producers.
But, that's not all: we also get commentaries on - "Love Never Dies" (from John Gray and Kim Moses), "Mean Ghost" (Ian Sander), "Children of Ghosts" (Kim Moses) and "The Collector" (Ian Sander). Finally, we get a small deck of tarot cards.
Final Thoughts: "Ghost Whisperer" remains entertaining in its second season, as the characters develop nicely, the stories remain interesting and the ensemble cast is very good. The DVD set offers a nice supply of bonus features and fine audio/video quality. Recommended for fans.