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The Dead Zone: Saved

Johnny: "Fasten your seat belt. I think Hell's about to freeze over."

And we finally returned to the Stillson arc, for which I was extremely grateful. There haven't been many good non-arc episodes so far in season four.

I knew fairly early that Miranda had somehow faked her own death, but there was still an omigod moment: when Johnny touched Stillson and saw Armageddon actually reverse itself. I mean, wow. The scandal that could have saved the world and sunk Stillson... now it will never be. Bummer. They implied that she did it to protect people, including Johnny. Which still made him the cause of Armageddon, didn't it? Sort of? How circular can you get?

That final scene with Janus leaving the Bible was extremely creepy. It appeared that Janus was offering Johnny power, the chance to be "the third ruler in the kingdom." (After Stillson and Purdy?) What I wondered was, will Johnny even consider saying yes? It would get him on the inside, and in a better position to stop the worst from happening. But it could be a trap. Maybe. Tough call.

Bits and pieces:

— I thought Miranda looked like a photographic negative of Sarah. I wonder... did they consider having Greg fall for Sarah? I thought there were some vibes going on there at some point.

— Proposing in front of reporters. Stillson is evil.

— Sean Patrick Flanery was good as always. But he didn't look too good, like he was ill or something.

— New Faith Heritage network. Now, in satellite! Reminding me of the vision with the satellite and the hand on the bed.

— The new, terrible theme music still bugs the crap out of me. I used to enjoy the credits, and now I can't wait for them to be over.

— The averted scandal mimicked Chappaquiddick, the incident that kept Ted Kennedy from following in John and Bobby's footsteps. I don't know a lot about it, but didn't his girlfriend drown? And didn't he fail to go back for her, or something?


Johnny: "I think Stillson really is in love."
Bruce: "Well, even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes."
I thought that was really funny.

Stillson to Johnny: "You really are creepy, you know that?" Geez, alert the media: Pot Calls Kettle Black.

There were only eleven episodes in this summer season. According to the official Dead Zone site at USA, we'll be getting new episodes in 2006. This demi-season definitely had its ups and downs. Unfortunately, it was predominantly downs. I hope the second half of season four, or season five, whatever, is better.

At least they went out with a bang. Three out of four stars,

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


  1. Like you, I picked up on the "Sleeping with the Enemy" ploy pretty quickly and I was very struck by how much Miranda looked like Sarah. There was also a scene in the motel where I though Johnny looked a lot like Stillson. I wonder if that was intentional. I briefly hoped that saving Miranda would somehow save Stillson's soul, but no, he is rotten to the core.

    Janus is even creepier and more evil than Greg. He's calculating, a puppeteer, the mastermind behind it all. Greg more gets beaten about by the winds, but instinctively grabs at power and has the morallessness to come out on top. He reminds me of someone...

    I've been wondering for a while now if Janus might be psychic. An anti-Johnny using his powers for evil. The bible scene, I think hints at this, though it's certainly not proof. And I agree, Janus was offering him power and a place in the hierarchy. Behind Stillson and ? Ellis? Or is Janus himself #1 and Greg just the frontman? I don't think it's Purdy; I think they seem him as a pawn. I hope they're underestimating him. KES

  2. miranda was greg stillson's girlfriend who needed johnny's help with finding her when she went missing. but she wasn't really missing as johnny found out when he saw her and saved her life in time as she was falling for him and wanted to be close to johnny. johnny spending the night with miranda in the motel room was cute as i thought they were going to be a couple. malcolm janus is a rat who along with stillson wants to make life miserable for johnny. johnny and bruce in the room and on the elevator was sweet.johnny had a vision of miranda getting a bus ticket and looking through accounts as stillson said he had too much to drink and got a little abusive with miranda.

  3. what was stillson really up to on the boat was he going to push miranda overboard and assume that she drowned while making everyone believe she died from drowning. johnny took her to a motel for the night while he was staying with her and the next day take her home in his range rover which i really liked by the way. malcolm janus went to johnny's house and offered him a bible because he knew what johnny was going to do.


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