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.

Quotes:

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

4 comments:

Bob B said...

I am watching this series through for the first time and just wanted you to know I love your reviews. I watch an episode and then come read your comments on it to see if they match with mine. They almost always do! I think this means we are both insightful and smart? Anyway, thanks for the reviews.

Billie Doux said...

Bob B, thank you so much! Yes, I will gladly accept the possibility that you and I are both insightful and smart. :)

Anonymous said...

a johnny and alex episode. this was a cute one with johnny falling in love with the beautiful alex as she is a psychic just like him. these two could've evolved more into the show but it was a fun relationship between them. the boy's father was so distraught with his son brain dead in the hospital where alex found those kids following her. johnny's passionate kiss with her was sweet as they have gotten involved and had a relationship together. johnny and alex in the restaurant was cute when she was eating off his plate and having drinks. alex was trying to get a vision at johnny's house and the only way that it worked was when she kissed him as he watched her being stung by bees.

Anonymous said...

johnny is driving to a stoplight when he spots alex sinclair next to him when he hits a man and that man turns out to be the boy's father whose brain dead son is in a hospital barely alive. he and alex start off nice until he learns that she's been stung by bees when she was a little girl while they kiss that triggers a vision of her lying on the ground not being able to breathe. alex meets him in a restaurant where she gives him a bite of her steak and they become friends as they know they're both psychics now. the boy's mother knows her son will die while the father is so distraught that he will kills anyone that gets in the way. johnny saved alex's life and she thanked him by kissing at the end outside the hospital where she said he's not what she expected.