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"Ghost Whisperer" Pilot (2005)

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

Outstanding pilot

8/10
Author: xredgarnetx from Connecticut
10 February 2007

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The pilot involves a long-dead Vietnam vet haunting Melinda so that he can get in touch with his son. Melinda, played by the ever-fetching Jennifer Hewitt in peasant dresses, lots of costume jewelry and low-cut tops, is a spiritualist who can see, hear and talk to ghosts. Trained by her equally sensitive grandma (June Squibb), she helps these lost souls cross over into the light, a la POLTERGEIST. Melinda points out early on that spirits may appear in rather shocking, raw form, and this is borne out when the Vietnam vet first appears: he looks like hell warmed over. As the episode progresses, the "solidifies" and transforms his appearance, so that by the end of the episode he is the tall, dark and handsome dad who left his young son to go off and fight in a war. It is a very touching moment when the soldier walks side-by-side with his now-grown son, an arm loosely draped on the son's shoulder. Melinda's odd career is complicated by being married, although hubby (David Conrad) is mostly sympathetic to her ongoing crusade. She also has a partner in an antiques business (Aisha Tyler) who gets more and more involved in the wackiness as the first season rolls on. A well-written first episode, well acted, and just "off" enough to keep one coming back.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Just-Married

6/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
11 November 2007

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Melinda Gordon has seen, heard and talked to ghosts since she was a child with the guidance of her grandmother, helping spirits to cross to the other side. On her wedding day with the paramedic Jim Clancy, the ghost of Sergeant Paul Adams, who was missing in action in Vietnam, comes to her, asking Melinda to contact his son Michael Adams. Michael believes Melinda is a fraud, but when his wife forces him to call the Pentagon giving the leads Melinda gave them, the army finds the remains of his father.

The pilot-episode of "Ghost Whisperer" promises an interesting series supported by the sweet Jennifer Love Hewitt. The simple story is beautiful, but predictable and without any surprises or twists. It is difficult to understand why the soldier of a war of the 60's and 70's has expected so many years to contact Melinda. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Pilot"

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