I actually don’t watch Medium too often. I watched a few episodes in the first season and enjoyed it, but I just have never made an effort to sit down and watch it week to week. But now that it’s syndicated on Lifetime, I’ve had an opportunity to catch a few episodes that I missed. Most recently, an episode from season three, where instead of following Allison and her family, we followed Allison from high school who has visions of her future self.
Honestly, this episode was so intriguing. So much so that I stayed up until about 2:30 in the morning just to make sure I found out what happened. To give the cliff’s notes version, young Allison starts dreaming about the future–moments where they describe her meeting her husband, running into an old classmate at the grocery store, and most importantly, discovering that this old classmate raped and killed teenage girls. Unfortunately, young Allison can’t tell if these are dreams or visions, and she’s torn, as no one around her wants to hear about it. It all becomes that much more confusing when the classmate in question moves in down the street.
Plotline aside, the most interesting thing is the question of whether killing someone you know will do wrong is actually good in the end. We discover that Stephen, the classmate in question, had a moment where he was considering shooting himself as a teenager, only to be interrupted by his crush, Allison, unknowingly knocking on the door. In the end, Allison stops by the house but remembers that tidbit of information. She hesitates for a moment, then breathes a sigh of relief as no gunshots were heard. As she reaches to knock again, the gun goes off, shocking the poor girl.
However, through this act, we the audience find out that the girls he hurt–and the one he killed–were fine, so was it for the better?
While the idea isn’t new, it reminds me of the major dilemma that I’ve seen as I’ve been introduced to Dexter this summer: Is it right to kill someone if you know they will hurt others in the future? Sure, young Allison wasn’t the one that pulled the trigger, but she was certainly starting to believe her visions, and if that were the case, should she have run to his house and taken away all the guns on the premises, despite people thinking she was crazy? Well, if she had, we would have had at least one dead teenager on her hands and others that were raped.
Of course, the grey area was there. You really never knew the truth until the very end of the episode, so for a while, you wanted to be as innocent as Allison to think of the best in her neighbor. It was implied that he killed a cat, and he did almost rough up her friend, but nothing was proven to show her he was a bad guy. Only the audience was allowed to figure it out.
So given that, what’s right? Don’t get me wrong; I certainly don’t think anyone should be taking the law into their own hands, but it does intrigue me that the question of right and wrong and the blurred line is there right in front of us. It’s definitely something to think about, which I like. TV that makes you think: what a concept.