The Dead Zone: Double Vision

Johnny: "You're a..."
Alex: "Starts with a P, ends with a C. It's on the tip of your tongue."

Two psychics out-visioning each other. Now, that's more like it.

The Dead Zone Powers That Be have been pretty careful not to flood the series with other psychics; they've kept Johnny unique, as he should be. The only others we've seen in three seasons were future head injury guy Christopher Wey, the numbers girl, and the much-less-talented-than-Johnny psychics in the remote viewing program. Well, they finally brought in a psychic as powerful as Johnny, and they did it right.

I really liked Alex. She and Johnny had a sort of playful chemistry. I particularly liked the silly scene in the restaurant where he was clearly uncomfortable with her eating off his plate, and the scene in his house where she was walking around picking things up and he was obsessively replacing them. She made Johnny look a bit older, more of a curmudgeon to her free spirit, but in a cute way. Yes, a relationship between two super psychics would be difficult: imagine "Dinner with Dana" times two. But I loved "Dinner with Dana." Wouldn't it be fun? Hard to write, perhaps, but fun.

The assassination plot was mildly confusing. Was Alex seeing dead kids or unconscious kids? Charlie's mother said in the end that she'd decided not to sign the papers. Did she really decide to keep Charlie alive, even though he was brain dead?

Bits and pieces:

-- I still hate the new theme music. It sounds discordant, as if it were recorded poorly.

-- Johnny is sure getting around now. Did they decide his handicap was limiting the character?

-- Are psychic powers hereditary? Could Johnny and Alex make lots of little psychics? Would they have to sting them with bees or clonk them on the head at some point to make it kick in?

-- The guy with the gun scenario was reminiscent of the original book and movie.

-- According to the maitre d', Johnny wears a 42 long. Johnny: "How do I look?" Maitre d': "Sporty."

-- The first bug we saw (on Johnny's hand in a vision) was a fly, not a bee, hinting at demonic possession. But nothing happened with the flies. I wonder why.

-- This episode was written by Karl Schaeffer, who also wrote one of my favorite episodes, "Deja Voodoo."

-- Nicole deBoer and John L. Adams were not in this episode.


Walt: "I've got to stop taking these calls."

Alex: "Wow. I'm impressed. I half expected you to live above a storefront with a giant neon palm print out front."

Alex: "You're not what I expected."
Johnny: "Back atcha."

A little muddled, especially the overlapping visions in the beginning and the slightly confused Terri Schiavo plot, but very good. Three out of four stars,

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

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