Recap: "Apocalypse...Now?"

Apocalypse, let's hope not! This was a fantastic Medium jam-packed with doom, stuffed to the gills with gloom, involving a huge ick factor and a Camp Rock look-a-like. It just doesn't get any better than this.

It all starts with Joe leaning over a ham radio trying to find his wife, or really, any sign of life - to no avail. Ariel, looking younger and much more innocent with tear-stained eyes, asks whether he's had any luck finding Allison. He tries to be hopeful for his daughter, but leaves her to go in search of sustenance for the girls who have eaten all of the survival bars. All we know is something catastrophic has happened. Then Allison wakes up and an earthquake shakes the house. (I didn't even know they had earthquakes in Phoenix.)

Having your day start with a very bad dream and then topping it off with a nice dose of earthquake is enough to make even the most grounded person a little frantic and Allison is no exception. It gets juicier as she is called in to work to view the murder scene of a family, The Donlins, killed in their own home. There are no bodies to be found, but a good deal of blood. (Dexter would have had a field day!)

As if this isn't enough, and by gum, don't you think it ought to be? Ariel is singled out by the campus stud-muffin, Gavin, for "tutoring". Slap a pair of white-rimmed sunglasses and a chastity ring on him and he could be the fourth Jonas Brother. He says he wants help on the upcoming geometry test, and even asks her out on a date, but we soon come to realize he's just a cheating sack of teenage hunkiness. Unbeknownst to our little Ariel, Gavin has illegally procured a copy of the mid-term and asks for her help. When the teacher hands out the exact same set of problems, she is more hurt than mad. She confronts him, (good for Ariel), but she doesn't tell the teacher about it, (bad for Ariel). One would hope that if she'd gone to the teacher, he would have been understanding since she is such a good student. But that's neither here nor there, because back in Allison's world, there are more delicious visions.

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