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The Dead Zone: Valley of the Shadow

Bruce: "You understand you're turning into a regular stalker, right?"

We got Stillson, but only for a few tantalizing minutes at the beginning of the episode. Long enough to see him develop a letch for Sarah. But I'm sure there will be more to come.

This time a boy was kidnapped, and Purdy immediately sent for Johnny... which, interestingly enough, was what the kidnapper wanted. This looney thought Johnny was the second coming, here because we've turned our backs on God. Unfortunately, it looked very much as if the Stillson Armageddon vision blew out Johnny's batteries.

What I liked most about this episode (I wasn't wild about the kidnap plot), was the way Johnny and Walt have bonded. Walt is now a total believer; he backed Johnny up several times, no questions asked. I particularly liked this exchange: Other cop: "We don't touch evidence. If he's in our system, we'll have an ID in two hours." Walt: "Go ahead, let him touch it. Seriously. If it's in his system, he'll have an answer in, like, two seconds." I wonder – is it possible for Walt and Johnny to be real friends? Probably not. This may be as good as it's going to get.

I was unclear about Francis' motivation. God sent Nebucanezzer to punish the people for breaking their contract with God. Would that be Greg Stillson, perhaps? And God also sent Daniel, i.e., Johnny, to save them? That made no sense. Okay, Francis was a space cadet. Maybe all he wanted was to tell Johnny he was a prophet and God's modest messenger, which Johnny didn't believe, before committing suicide, continuing the theme of Johnny as savior per Reverend Purdy. But it still didn't make a lot of sense to me. Maybe I'm just slow today.

Bits and pieces:

— Same cast, same credits. Johnny's son is now being called J.J., though; that's new. Good call. Two Johnnys cause confusion.

— There seem to be no rules for when Johnny can feel something and when he can't; it's driven by the requirements of the story.

— Johnny didn't hesitate to lie to Walt in order to save the boy's life.

— Loved the little vision with the bank manager opening the vault.

— Chicken Little had a run-in with the Colonel, huh?

— The photo of Markoff with Bill Gates was most likely an inside joke/tribute to Anthony Michael Hall.

— In this week's hair report, what's with Johnny's new do? It doesn't work for me. Anthony Michael Hall, comb your hair back!

— Francis: "I mean, if we can't believe in Martha Stewart, what's left, huh?"

Two out of four stars,

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

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