The Dead Zone: Numb

Dr. Cole: "Lions and flowers and the sheriff."
Sarah: "Oh, my."

Johnny and Sarah back together again, after twelve years apart. That was sort of major.

This season is starting to feel like a re-set button. For six seasons, nearly everything revolved around two major plot points: Johnny losing Sarah while he was in the coma, and Johnny's vision of Armageddon via Greg Stillson. Now Stillson is no longer Armageddon guy, Walt's dead, and Sarah is back with Johnny? Maybe this whole season is just one of Johnny's visions.

Okay, so six season (probably) isn't a vision, but most of this episode was. I had to go back and rewatch stuff to figure out when the extended vision started, which was when Sarah kissed Johnny, and the vision woke him up. (Sort of a gender-reversed Sleeping Beauty moment.) I thought it was different and interesting, having a Sarah-centric episode for a change. She got to be feisty crime-solving superwoman, both in and out of Johnny's vision.

There were two call-backs to the pilot episode, too: Johnny's second (and fortunately, drug-induced) coma, and Johnny and Sarah in a car, kissing. Like I said. Re-set button.

Bits and pieces:

-- Did we even think for a moment that Johnny's brand new coma was caused naturally?

-- Did Johnny also say "Freezing in Reno?"

-- In this week's hair report, Sarah's longer do looks really good on her.

Good episode. It certainly kept me awake. Three out of four stars,

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just got done watching this episode - and yes, Johnny did indeed say "It's freezing in Reno."
I thought it was clever what "Reno" actually turned out to be. I didn't see that coming, even though it was right there in front of us in several scenes.
I also liked having Sarah take center stage as the main protagonist, saving Johnny, especially since we've seen so little of her in seasons five and six, too many episodes where she doesn't appear at all.
I like it when a show steps out of its usual formula and does something different (except for re-tellings of A Christmas Carol or episodes where the regular cast play different characters in a story set in the past, both of which are things that way too many shows have done too many times.
And no, didn't think for a second Johnny's coma was natural. Hospital, doctor and nurse were all way too creepy for that.
In fact, this whole plot revolving around Johnny's coma reminded me of, uh, Coma. the movie.
Overall, a cool episode.