When it comes to people having a sixth sense, there are skeptics and believers. Believers get divided into two groups as well, those who wish they had the ability and those who can imagine the heartache and headache that it causes.
At a quick glance, Allison Dubois, the main character on the TV show “Medium”, might seem to have it made. She has a beautiful family, a great job utilizing her paranormal abilities, and many friends and supporters. When you get into the show deeply however, you start to get a feel for the anguish that Allison has to endure because of her ‘gift’.
Allison struggled with alcohol abuse from an early age. It was the only way she could turn off the visions and catch a break from her reality. You can hardly blame her. She is constantly hounded by nightmares of gruesome death. As she aged and became more adept at dealing with her horrid visions, she seemed to get a grip on her use of alcohol.
Just when Allison seemed to be getting a handle on things, her eldest daughter Ariel, who inherited her mother’s gift, fell into a similar trap, using a school friend’s prescription medicine to clear her head. Allison finds herself in a predicament. She understands her daughter’s pain and yearning to self-medicate, she has a hard time playing the role of a hypocrite, but it is her daughter and she doesn’t want her on drugs either.
There’s also Allison’s ongoing battle with skeptics which make her life more difficult than it should be. Even her closest friends and family throw their doubts at Allison from time to time. Her methods have been tried and tested. She has stopped countless crimes and helped to put a plethora of killers where they belong, yet the people she loves the most continue to question her abilities. This has to be the hardest thing that Allison deals with.
Of course there are the dreams, nightmares really. Poor Allison rarely gets through a peaceful night of sleep. Everybody has nightmares once in a while, but Allison has them always. What’s worse, Allison’s are not merely make-believe in her head. If someone dies in her dreams, they will likely be dead in real life…unless she can stop it, bring on the pressure!
To the true “Medium” fans, it’s easy to get caught up in feeling sorry for Patricia Arquette’s character, Allison Dubois. Since the show is based on the real-life saga of an actual Allison Dubois, it’s hard not to pity the human being behind the show as well.
I say to anyone who wishes they possessed the abilities of Allison, think again. Watch the show and you will likely change your mind in a hurry. There are just some ‘gifts’ that aren’t worth receiving.