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The Dead Zone: Symmetry

Johnny: "It's like I'm stuck in a vision. Some kind of vision loop."

I got through most of the teaser before I realized it wasn't Johnny we were seeing.

There were things I liked about this episode. I liked the idea of Johnny stuck in a "vision loop" and not knowing what was real, and who he was in the vision. The definitive shot of Johnny at the point of entry into the vision loop, when he was all four of them at once but then they all became themselves, was very well done. And yes, I really like it when the visions are so freaking complicated that I don't know what's going on at first.

But, and I'm sure you knew there was going to be a but, I wasn't all that thrilled with the denouement. The episode was confusing and kept jerking us around, and frankly, it even got boring. Yes, we finally learned how Johnny got the original "hit" and how the whole thing worked, but the episode was still difficult to track.

The title of the episode, "Symmetry," referred to Johnny being able to save a mother and daughter because he was in turn saved by his own son. But I was especially confused about J.J. and the penknife, and I watched the episode twice. J.J. has done some pretty cool things so far this season. Were they implying here that J.J. polished up Herb's pen knife and gave it to Johnny because J.J. knew Johnny would need it? If so, that was kind of cool.

Bits and pieces:

— Bruce played an annoying part of Johnny's subconscious. Necessary, yes, so that vision Johnny could do dialogue with someone about what he was thinking, but I didn't like seeing Bruce so annoying.

— Vision Sarah got to spend more time at Johnny's bedside while he was unconscious. I'm sure if it had been real, it would have been very unpleasant deja vu-ing.

— Was the doctor the same woman who was Johnny's doctor in season two?

Two out of four stars,

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


  1. a very funny and great episode. johnny going in and out of different visions. bruce giving him a birthday party. the little girl was adorable.

  2. Great episode, a little bit confusing but great nonetheless. It appears that Johny is trapped in some kind of loop where he keeps moving from one person to the other, being in their shoes sort to speak. At first, Johny was being a helpful boyfriend to a woman who was harassed by her ex husband who wants to se his daughter as he lost his visit rights. That character named Cole was particuarly interesting, as Bruce put it, “this man is like twelve angry men wrapped up in one” (forgive me if I got that quote wrong, it’s been a while since I watched that episode). Indeed, he appears to be Johny’s subconscious, I find the fact that he was really obnoxious in certain scenes very amusing! The event occurred a day after Johny’s birthday and JJ’s present turned to be what saved his life. As I mentioned above, Johny keeps switching persons and it becomes very hard to understand what triggered these visions in the first place. The twist was great as everything starts to make sense and we understand that Johny couldn’t breathe, the lack of oxygen is the reason he kept getting visions from the other characters’ perspectives who were all touching one other. As Johny said: “one touch, three lives” and then Bruce corrects him saying: “four if you count yours.” Maya’s fall (the ex wife) was really frightening and suggested a sad ending. Really enjoyed it! 7/10


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