The Dead Zone: Big Top

"Whoever's doing this clearly hates mirrors."

Weird. Not necessarily in a bad way, though.

What I found most intriguing was the flashback to Johnny and Sarah at the carnival at the beginning of the series. That was the night of Johnny's first serious psychic flash at the wheel of fortune, J.J.'s conception, and Johnny's near-fatal car accident. I think they went back to the inception of Johnny's gift because they just revealed that J.J. is also psychic. Clearly not in Johnny's league yet, but who knows where it will go? When Johnny was small, he had flashes, too.

I'm not wild about circus stories. The innocent man framed for a crime he didn't commit, with many broken and bloody mirrors, managed to be strange and different as well as predictable. Johnny's old friend Lorenzo felt like the bad guy from the moment he was introduced, and Dan guessed early that Johnny's visions were of the past, not the future. But at least it wasn't boring. I didn't mind J.J.'s obsession with a fourteen-year-old acrobat, either.

This season has been good so far, but different. Where are they going with Sarah, with J.J., with Stillson? I'm not complaining (well, except that I want Bruce back) and I'm enjoying the Sarah-J.J.-baby stuff more than I thought I would, but I'm still curious about our ultimate season six destination. Are we going to get all stand-alone episodes? Are the long-standing story arcs, especially the Stillson arc, really over? Are Johnny and Sarah going to get married, after all?

Bits and pieces and shards of glass:

-- All the Alice in Wonderland and through the looking glass stuff was transparent symbolism, pardon the pun. And the victim, Alice, really did go through the mirrors.

-- Speaking of mirrors, one scene showed both Lorenzo and Sheriff Bitch with their reflections distorted by broken glass. Lorenzo turned out to be the bad guy. What about the Sheriff?

-- Sarah again told Johnny he wasn't J.J.'s father, but least she backtracked this time and said that Johnny wasn't Walt. Sarah and Walt kept J.J.'s paternity a secret for a long time, after all, and that wasn't Johnny's choice.

-- Shawshank prison was mentioned. A fun Stephen King reference.


Sarah: "She doesn't have diaper rash."
Johnny: "Listen. I touched her butt earlier, okay? She's gonna."

Johnny: "There's a fine line between admirer and stalker."

Johnny: "Okay. Older woman, fourteen, acrobat..."
Sarah: "Oh, stop. I'm so not ready for this."
Johnny: "Sound familiar? A girl, a boy, a carnival..."
Sarah: "But better this time, right?"

I think this fell somewhere between two and three stars,

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


Mattface said...

I felt like there was a grievous-- if subtle --continuity error, here.

This was meant to be the same carnival which Johnny and Sarah attended all those years ago, right? Just... revamped? Ten years ago?

But didn't that selfsame carnival show up in that episode with the big storm, and pretty much get destroyed thereby?

...less than ten years ago?

I dunno. Maybe it's just picking nits. But it bugged me when I watched it and it bugs me now still.

Billie Doux said...

Hi, Mattface: You're probably right. I reviewed The Dead Zone while it was running, not in a DVD marathon (which is usually a whole lot more fun than waiting for each episode).

I'm enjoying your comments, BTW. Back when I was reviewing The Dead Zone, the reviews went up on the old site and there was no way to post a comment. The Dead Zone reviews are in dire need of good comments!

Mattface said...

Happy to be of service! (Well, happy that it is a service, I never could resist putting my two cents in.)

I missed this show pretty much completely when it first aired. I saw the tail end of the episode where the mall blows up, that was it. My wife and I had been watching the series all the way through on Netflix's instant service-- I hadn't considered that keeping track of details across years of seasonal broadcasts would be easier than a few weeks of diligently clicking "next."

I'm a big fan of what you've done with this series, and it's helped me get more than a few extra grins and chuckles out of something that's become very near and dear to my heart. Thank you.

(I hope you don't mind, but I namedropped and linked you in a page on referencing "The Dead Zone Mantra" as a "Catch Phrase." Seemed like the thing to do.)

Billie Doux said...

I'm honored, Mattface. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

"you are not his father"
I mean i just wanted to slap her face. If i was Johnny, that would hurt really really bad. He didnt want to stay in coma for 6 years. At least i am happy that, that bit** isnt his wife