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The psychic with a bad memory who prompted a mass superstition
[Final Edition]
The Herald - Glasgow (UK)
Author: Bell, Ian
Date: Sep 14, 2005
Start Page: 17
Section: Features
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First up: is the fine city of Phoenix, Arizona, truly relying on a psychic housewife for its law-enforcement needs in the 21st century? If so, why has the mass impeachment of public officials not yet taken place? If doubly so - and Ms [Allison DuBois] may have seen this one coming - is modern American life really as badly-scripted as some of the TV shows America scatters across the planet like so much defoliant?

Apparently they think very highly of Medium. They believe that Patricia Arquette (as DuBois) is a fine actress (true) who brings an emotional resonance to the role of the working mum, ormom, grown accustomed to waking up with her husband's dead father in the bed beside her.

This viewer's problem with Ms DuBois, real and fictional, has something to do with the world view inherent in Medium. Death, God and assorted afterlives can be accepted as stock themes of western culture. But doesn't a psychic, even "a psychic with a bad memory", presume a sort of mass, witless superstition?

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