The Dead Zone

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 13

    Denouement

    Aired 9/16/07

  • S 6 : Ep 12

    Ambush

    Aired 9/9/07

  • S 6 : Ep 11

    Exile

    Aired 8/26/07

  • S 6 : Ep 10

    Drift

    Aired 8/19/07

  • S 6 : Ep 9

    Transgression

    Aired 8/12/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony Michael Hall

    Johnny Smith

  • Nicole de Boer

    Sarah Bannerman

  • John L. Adams

    Bruce Lewis

  • Chris Bruno

    Sheriff Walt Bannerman

  • Connor Price

    J.J. Bannerman

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  • Johnny Smith has been leading an idyllic small-town life. Employed as a science teacher, Johnny takes great pleasure in showing his young students the wonders of the natural world. He is also newly engaged to Sarah, a fellow teacher he's known since childhood, and is a good son to his widowed mother, who lives nearby. Johnny's life is nearly perfect... until a near-fatal car crash that leaves him in a deep coma. Six years later, Johnny finally regains consciousness and discovers that the life he once knew is gone. His mother has passed away, and Sarah has gone on to marry someone else - and the child she and her husband, the local sheriff, are now raising is Johnny's son. But Johnny himself is also not the same person he once was: he now finds himself in possession of amazing psychic powers which allow him to see into the lives of anyone he touches. Before he even leaves the hospital, he helps save the life of a nurse's daughter after having a miraculous vision, in which he sees the young girl trapped in the middle of a raging house fire. Now, as Johnny attempts to reacquaint himself with a life he has been away from for six long years, he must also begin a quest to come to terms with his new abilities - abilities that may turn out to be both a blessing and a curse. Helping Johnny make a fresh start are his physical trainer Bruce, who also becomes a close friend; his mother's minister, Gene Purdy, who sets up a trust fund for Johnny but may not be looking out for Johnny's best interests; and Sarah, who must find a way to make Johnny a part of her life again without risking her relationship with her husband and son. Based on characters from the novel, "The Dead Zone" by Stephen King.moreless

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    • Johnny: I'm not going to Atlantic City with you, Bruce. Bruce: Okay, okay, that Indian Casino in Connecticut is closer, just one day. Johnny: No Bruce: A few hours. Damnit, Johnny Boy, with your talents and my twenty bucks...

    • Johnny: Still teaching? Sarah: Subbing now and then. I left to do something with my music. Johnny: Good for you. Sarah: I wrote some country songs, but it didn't work out - so much for being the next Shania.

    • Johnny: Who's President now ? Bruce: George Bush. Johnny: George Bush? Again! Bruce: The son - long, long story. Damn, you missed O.J too, didn't you? Johnny: O.J Simpson? Let me guess, Ambassador to the United Nations? Bruce: Not exactly!

    • Dr. Tran: The brain is not really precognitive. It just plays tricks on us sometimes to make us think so. We know less about how the brain works than any other organ in the body. What seems to be clear is that your brain has found a new way to work. It's taking a detour around the damage and tapping into a region of the brain that humans don't normally use to handle sensory perception. In anyone else, this part of the brain might be considered a dead zone. In your brain, the dead zone is suddenly very much alive.

    • Johnny: (answering his phone) Yeah, Sheriff. Walt: How'd you know it was me? Don't answer that.

    • Sarah: Johnny...what are you doing here? Walt: Uh, just a little police business. Nothing to worry about. Johnny: He rousted me. Walt: I didn't. Johnny: He told me the town wasn't big enough for the two of us.

    • Bruce: (about Johnny) He sees things. Like a psychic, but times a hundred. He sees things. He saved a baby from a burning house. He found a man's mother that everybody thought was dead. Do not, under any circumstances play poker with him, okay?

    • Johnny: (answering his phone): Hey Bruce. Bruce: Your new brain must come with Caller ID Johnny: What's Caller ID?

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    Notes (183)

    • As part of the 4 DVD Season 1 Box Set that was released, there was a limited time offer included. "Dead Zone" fans were able to attain an extra disc that included the Unaired Pilot and extra special features if they sent in their receipt showing that they had ordered the box set before 9/20/03. The offer expired on 10/20/03.

    • The Bangor Strangler is probably based on Frank Dodds from the book The Dead Zone. He was a cop who raped and murdered several women and one 7 year old.

    • Lions Gate Home Entertainment released the entire First Season of The Dead Zone in a 4-DVD Disc Set on June 17, 2003.

    • It is revealed later in the season that Johnny Smith awoke from his coma on September 1, 2001--exactly 6 years, 2 months and 27 days after his car crash.

    • The first DVD/Video of the series that was released on November 5, 2002 combines both "Wheel of Fortune" and the second episode, "What It Seems" into a two hour movie. This version entitled in the opening credits, "The Dead Zone: The Beginning" aired on January 5, 2003 on USA during a marathon that led up to the start of Season 2.

    • Johnny and Sara make out in the car to the music Sleepwalker. Stephen King also wrote the movie Sleepwalkers.

    • Premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel on Friday: July 12, 2002 at 8 P.M.

    • The viewer numbers broke the record which the series Tek War previously had as the highest rated debut of a series on USA. Also, the show has broken the best ratings record in history for a series on cable, which was previously held by The Shield.

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    Trivia (68)

    • Trivia: Johnny's car accident was June 6, 1995 (D-Day).

    • Trivia: It is revealed later in the season that Johnny Smith awoke from his coma on September 1, 2001--exactly 6 years, 2 months and 27 days after his car crash.

    • At 8:34 as Johnny exits the room, the reflection of the room, visible in the TV, are wrong. It shows Johnny's face, when it should reflect the back of his head.

    • At 37:08, when Johnny said "I'm not going to Atlantic City". The camera used to film him from the side is very visible outside his window.

    • The song playing while Johnny is playing the Wheel of Fortune is Do It Again by Steely Dan.

    • When Johnny comes to see Walt, Walt doesn't recognize him until he tells him who he is. But, we see in future episodes that Walt already saw Johnny with Sarah at the hospital while he was in a coma.

    • At 12:32 when Todd lifts his face guard, the glove on his right hand is off. Yet, a second later it is suddenly on his hand.

    • When Johnny got up from his chair at the hospital to hear the doctor's findings, he did not use his cane to get up. Every other time that he got up in this episode, he relied on his cane to assist him to his feet.

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    Allusions (54)

    • Johnny: Not bad, Carnac. This is a reference to Carnac the Magnificent, a turbaned psychic played by former talk show host Johnny Carson, who could answer questions in letters before seeing them, simply by placing each envelope against his forehead. For instance: "Gatorade." Then he would open the envelope and read the question: "What does an alligator get on welfare?"

    • Juror: You are about to enter another dimension... A reference to the popular anthology series The Twilight Zone hosted by Rod Serling, who uttered these words.

    • Winters: Hand it over, Apu.
      Directed to the Middle Eastern store owner, a reference to the store owner in The Simpsons.

    • Johnny: Since when did I turn into Boo Radley? A reference to the reclusive character from Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Radley was subject to many rumors about his life and the local children were afraid of him, but drawn to him as well.

    • Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850 by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is one of America's classic novels. The book is set in Puritan New England in the 17th century, and tells the story of Hester Prynne, who commited adultery and refuses to name the father of her child. Throughout the book she struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity for herself and child.

    • Alice in Wonderland Louis Carroll was a devoted opium user in the days when it was popular. It's suspected that much of the tale was written in an opium haze.

    • Johnny: After this we can sing a few choruses of Puff the Magic Dragon. Refencing the children's melody written by Peter Yarrow in 1961 and performed by the musical trio of Peter, Paul and Mary.

    • Bruce: This is Johnny's dead zone. This is Johnny's dead zone on drugs. Scrambled eggs. Reference to the much-recognized "This is your brain on drugs" ad that was on TV several years back.

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  • Fan Reviews (109)
  • DEAD ZONE

    By mamaang32, Jun 25, 2014

  • Good Show worth watching

    By jeffosoft, Dec 07, 2013

  • the dead zone season 4 episode 4; still life

    By miastrandman3, Apr 27, 2013

  • visionary show

    By unexpressedrage, Jan 30, 2008

  • Good idea, bad execution.

    By da_dunker, Apr 28, 2007

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