The Dead Zone: Deja Voodoo

Johnny: "What are you, the Vince Lombardi of existentialism now?"

This was like a cross between Groundhog Day and one of my favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, "Cause and Effect," the one with the repeating time loop. That long vision at the beginning (the one that we didn't know was a vision) really had me going. I actually jumped when she was shot. The second and succeeding times, though, I knew it was coming; I can see things when they're actually obvious.

There was a major clue during the first vision that it was a vision: Johnny wasn't getting more visions whenever he touched Natalie. I noticed it but didn't realize what it meant. During the second vision, he anticipated everything she did and said without telling her he was a psychic. The third time through, he told her everything, and he ended up going out a window. The fourth time was dialogue-free montage, which I found absolutely delightful. The final time showed us again what a basically good guy Johnny is.

The only thing I immediately picked up on was that Natalie was a target because of her job, the "big claim." But everything else was a surprise; each repetition made the story better and better. The final outcome – that it never happened – was poignant.

Bits and pieces:

-- I never thought about it before, but John could get laid every night if he wanted. All he'd have to do is brush up against women in a bar until he found the one he was supposed to go home with.

-- I'm assuming Dr. Larry is a Dr. Phil? I don't watch Dr. Phil.

-- Green apple martinis? Bleah.

Quotes:

John: "I just had a vision of her kissing me."
Bruce: "I have visions like that all the time. Except mine don't come true."

Tearful woman: "It wasn't the inner me that wanted to eat that chocolate cake. It was the outer me."

John: "I'm a consultant. Futures."

Natalie: "I don't think I've ever met anyone like you before."
John: "That's probably a good thing."

Dana: "Oooh, a 'cute meet.' I thought the Internet had pretty much done away with those."

Well written, and tremendous fun. Even the title was good. Four out of four stars,

Billie
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Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.

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