STUDIO: Paramount
MSRP: $72.99
RATED: Not Rated
RUNNING TIME: 967 minutes
• A Conversation with the Living featurette
• Grandview Graveyard o-back-tuaries
• Melinda’s Closet fashion featurette
• Ghostly Visions make-up featurette
• The Other Side webisodes
• Jennifer Love Hewitt Speed Painting Video
• Crystal Ball mind game
• Limited Edition Tarot Cards


The Pitch

“Jennifer Love Hewitt’s breasts detect ghosts.”

The Humans

Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Jay Mohr and Tyler Patrick Jones

The Nutshell

Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is back for her second year of helping earthbound spirits settle their undead business. While all of this is going down, a dark force has seized her tiny town of Grandview. Can Melinda rely on her new employee Delia and her husband Jim to see her through?

The Lowdown

Ghost Whisperer – The Second Season carries on the adventures of Melinda Gordon from her first year of adventures. The dark man in Grandview had killed her friend Andrea, thus trapping her on Earth. In the Season 2 premiere, Melinda has to deal with the guilt of not being able to save Andrea from the dark force that penetrates the town. After dealing with the Andrea case, she moves onto her new pal Delia. Delia quits her boring job and fills in the Andrea role with her new best bud Melinda.

My name is Jennifer Love Hewitt and if you’re like me, you’re one of a million Americans living with a Manitou.

It’s almost as though no one left. But, before you can say cookie cutter, the creative staff pulls out Dr. Payne as the strong Professor figure to help answer those questions that make the viewers’ heads hurt. Everything is fine and dandy, as long as you can buy Jay Mohr as an academic figure. That still doesn’t top this weird season. Gabriel Rance gets thrown in as the new scary villain for the people who can’t remember the wide brimmed hat man that killed Andrea last season.

I keep all of my old SNL clippings. I met Sandler. He let me touch his red hooded sweatshirt. It was sweeeeet!

Apparently, he’s challenging Melinda into a standoff to see who can save the most souls. Faster than you can say trivial morality play, the fight is on. By the end of the sixteen hours and seven minutes that make up this show, my mind had started to crack. The closest thing I can compare it to is listening to a small child trying to retell a very intricate story that they heard from a friend. You want to be nice and follow along, but after the constant restarts and do-overs…your patience is wearing very thin.

Several times throughout the course of the show, I wanted to metaphysically reach into the show and shake it around. Pick what you want to be. It’s the scourge of the supernatural show explosion, as they can never figure out what to do once they cross that first year threshold. Do we do season-long super standoffs or can we get away with twenty-two standalone cases? But, between testing and a constant desire to appease the middle of the road…we’re left with the most generic of solutions. They do nothing.

Dear Penthouse, I was in an antique store when this freaky chick who talks to ghosts approached me. She grabbed me by the waist and asked if I wanted to feel Paul Lynde from the inside out. Then, it got sexy.

By the end of my viewing, that’s what I was able to take away. It’s practically CBS filler viewing material to keep old people awake in between diabetic comas on a Friday night. There’s nothing too stimulating to rile the blood and they don’t have to worry about kids saying the curse words and the hip-hop. They can turn their brains off and go back to a time when Fred Flintstone could star in cigarette commercials on television. Unfortunately, I can’t do that.

The Package

Ghost Whisperer – The Second Season is typical of the Paramount TV on DVD offerings. Six discs are packed into three slimline cases to make for a rather compact offering. Still, don’t let the size of the set fool you. The powers that be went out on a limb to pack these DVDs with a wide-range of special features.

William Hurt knew that his days as an Oscar winning actor were over. Now, it was time to take his Giant brother out on the road and charge rubes a buck a head to see the freak.

You’ve got four episode specific audio commentaries, a collection of webisodes and a pack of Tarot cards bundled in with the set. Then, there’s the featurettes that run the gamut from production insight to trivial. For a show like this, do you really need a lengthy breakdown of the clothes that Hewitt wears as the Ghost Whisperer. The rest of the features are strictly EPK material, except for the Crystal Ball game which bears a striking similarity to a special feature on the Heroes: Season 1 set.

If you’re a fan of the show, nothing I’m going to say will keep you from picking it up. But for all others, I can’t recommend this set. It could make a great stocking stuffer around the Holiday Season for the folks that consider Friends to be grand comedy, but you’re not going to want this. So, I say to avoid Hewitt’s television opus. That is unless you’re morbidly curious.

Hey good looking! I’ll be back later to eat you!

5.9 out of 10