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Ghost Whisperer (2008) is an excellent three season compilation of a paranormal series actually based on the work of two psychics, James Van Praagh and Mary Ann Winkowski. The series deals about an antique dealer who has the ability to see and here spirits. She has been this way all her life and has learned to let only certain people into her world, one such person is her husband, though she is let’s Andrea her business partner know about her gift or curse whatever it may be, she is reluctant to let her new friend Delia into this world as she knows that the general public can either view her as crazy or creepy.
Each week she deals with a ghost that has not been able to leave this plane we call earth because of unfinished business. By the end of the first season. Andrea leaves the show having been killed off in a plane crash and Delia is introduced. By the third season Delia is aware of Melinda’s abilities.
Melinda Gordon – Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jim Gordon – David Conrad
Delia – Camryn Manheim
Each episode is pretty much the same, Melinda meets the ghost, sometimes she understands why it has not crossed over and most of the time she must find clues and put the puzzle together, then contact the humans that ghost is haunting or wants to communicate with. Many times Melinda is in the room with the ghost that only she can see and hea, and the human. She relays the messages onto the human such as, “he is saying you must get on with your life,” and so forth.
Mended Hearts was one of my favorite episodes, here we have a ghost who refused to leave this earth until he would find out who received his heart. He was an organ donor. I would have thought that a ghost would be able to know this in the after world, but I guess they are not all seeing and all knowing after all. Melinda of course who is the star of the show can find out out things that the average person would not have pubic record of such as medical files. So here is where it becomes a bit unrealistic for my liking. Anyhow suffice to say she is able to connect with a a ghost nurse of all things and she gets the name of the donor whom is met by the ghost looking for his heart. A wonderful connection is made and our ghost friend can now pass over.
I am a firm believer in the paranormal and I do believe that ghosts do haunt this world when they still have unfinished business to attend to. I do believe there are people who can see and hear these ghosts, only in today’s society many of them are being treated in a mental hospital for schizophrenia unfortunately.
I am not so sure how realistic Hewitt’s role is though. I would imagine people with this ability would be reluctant to go out and bother strange people with strange tales of seeing ghosts and passing on messages, for the very reason I mentioned in the paragraph above. But nevertheless the series is very entertaining if not that realistic.