John Doe

Season 1 Episode 21

The Rising

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 25, 2003 on FOX
9.3
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John begins to experience an onslaught of bizarre visions and images then blacks out – the visions lead him to a faceless murder victim and a cannery where the Phoenix Organization and the remote viewers were situated.

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  • The Last John Doe Episode?

    10
    When John Doe first came out, I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. After watching the first couple of episodes, I was hooked. Me and my Fiance would snuggle up on the couch, hanging on every episode. I will say it was a very original show, and very intense. Very seldom does a TV Show come along, that draws me in like that. I'm not going to lie, I wished Death On Fox, when I found out, they pulled the plug, on my Beloved John Doe. I am still filled with anger, towards The Fox Network, when John Doe comes to mind. What really upsets me, is they pump all that money into American Idol, which, I never watch, ever. Reality TV, Hello? Not looking to watch someone else live better than me. I like TV shows, that can help me forget about reality, even if it's only an hour. John Doe did that, it was suspenseful, and entertaining. Although I never learned about the order of The Phoenix, or who Digger was. Darn you Fox, a Thousand Curses on you......moreless
  • Why did they have to stop just when it was all coming together? I can appreciate wanting to keep the suspense, but it is just wrong to get us going and then just dump us off without putting it all together.moreless

    10
    I like a lot was not a huge fan of "John Doe" from the beginning, but once I actually gave it a chance, I really started enjoying the different aspects and angles that the show had to offer it's viewers. I believe the show had a lot to offer and many paths that it could have taken before it would have started seeming redundant or lost its ability to keep the viewers interested. I do know that I would have liked to see them take it at least a few more episodes to show if "Digger" had planted himself in a position to befriend "John Doe" or if it was another "Phoenix" trick to keep "John Doe" from understanding his real purpose, this is definitely one question that will keep me wondering for some time. I am more than sure that if "John Doe" were to be brought back to complete the series, there would be plenty of steady viewers to make sure that the "Rating's" are worthy of selling commercial time to more than cover the cost of finishing or even extending this particular series. I would like to see how many people agree that if "John Doe" were to be brought back that it wold be a very popular show.



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  • I think the powers that be at the Television company need to have their heads examined. They end the show with what could be a great run the next season, but no they had to go and put the stupid reality show American Idol on. What a bunch of moronsmoreless

    10
    I think the powers that be at the Television company need to have their heads examined. They end the show with what could be a great run the next season, but no they had to go and put the stupid reality show American Idol on. What a bunch of morons. The last scene where John was on the floor with the woman and he looks up was a great scene, its to bad that the show was given up on like many others like it.



    I knew that the lady on the ferry was connected to Doe, I was thinking his significant other thats why they kept her around to get to John Doe. I knew Digger was up to something because after Karens abduction that person in Diggers bar was sitting there unoticed while they watched him going nuts trying to locate her.



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  • A great way to end the series and a great way to end the show. While annoying that the series is no more the episode was very well done.

    10
    This epsiode, like the one where the police station is taken hostage, is directed exceptionally well. From the get go you knew there was something fishy about Digger, especially with his knowledge of a spy satellite being masked with a weather satellite, but you never could quite put your finger on how wicked he was. For him to be quite influential within the Phoenix group is brilliant.



    The questions you\\\'re left with at the end of the episode are along the lines of, how will the gang proceed without Digga? Will it raise suspicions about other members of the gang? How will John continue with Theresa, will he keep the name John Doe or take up his original name? What will happen with the sceptre, will the show move abroad to chart the trail of the sceptre and what possible insights into the character of John Doe will we learn?



    As it is, we\\\'ll never know the answers but the series did end on both a good and a bad point. John found Theresa but found an enemy at the same time. It\'s annoying the show got cancelled, but it was a good way to leave the series because it left you desiring the answers to questions without being wholly obsessed with the possible answers.moreless
  • Last ever episode of JohnDoe continues but never concludes the overall ,"Who am I? Where do I Fit into This Conspiracy?" story-arc and leaves only a taster for further proposed Season2 plots.Disappointing & not enough answered questions.moreless

    6.7
    A John Doe Phoenix-centric story-arc Episode; also involving Sam the Mysterious NSA Government-man (who becomes very prominent in this episode),the Trench coat Man (who is captured) ,Teresa (who is the Psychic Damsel in Distress),Michael(the Further the Plot Device Man.)and Digger (who declares his undying help and comradery to JD).

    The remaining series characters Frank (nice moustache)and Lieutenant Avery play only filler rolls in this episode ,they provide JD with a plot link in the form of a Gruesomely Horribly Mutilated Body found under power-lines in a ditch and not much plot substance thereafter (Jez,thanks to the Writers JD can only see in B/W).

    In my opinion this episode should have been combined with the previous episode, Remote Control, concluding with the rather unsatisfactory cliff-hanger, leaving the way open for a precursor Season 2,"Quest for the Holy Relic & My Destiny as a Messianic Chosen One/Matrix Computer Clone" type episode before going off-air for its hiatus.



    The Government Conspiracy element rears its head in the form of Sam the G-man as John and Digger uncover him spying on them and the recently rescued Michael from the burning Seneca Institute. Similar plot lines involving (old abandoned) Government Black OPs Projects (containing Psychics), resurrected for terrorist/criminal means are much more ably handled on TV by the likes of the XFiles and Alias. This episode leaves us with a sense of,"too late & not enough", which only hints and does not answer enough questions brought up in this and previous episodes.

    Can Sam be trusted? Well, yes and no .We are given the cliché,"I work for a (secret) subdivision of a government organization (Nsa)" which envelopes, controls and structures Sam and how he can interact with John Doe. When JD and Sam just happen to capture the rather security sloppy Trench Coat Man, they enter into an uneasy truce.

    Sam keeps hinting that HE would like JD to join his NSA department, giving me the impression that he wants JD to become a SPY and use his civilian life just as a cover.Hmmm.

    JD to ditch the cops and become a globe trotting spy maybe?

    Sam introduces him to an old colleague of his (more BLACK Ops) and JD is classified as Category 1 Receiver in Remote Viewing.



    The Mad Software Scientist Moretti element is covered in episode, Save AS John Doe, and is eluded to here on a few occasions’ .More mystery or red herrings? An answer

    or is it a psychic wifi link to John Doe's hard drive

    in his head?

    Who Knows?



    The Terrorist/Mystic element is handled by the appearances of the Trench Coat Man and the Stocking-Cap Man. Trench Coat Man, who for someone who has JD watched constantly (oh, by someone very close it is revealed) has become rather sloppy with his own personal security, is captured and is used to Recap on plot-line information (for those of us who fell asleep and missed the meager morsels peppered in the Season story-arc) and to deliver a New Plot Device.

    Wow! Mega! Yawn! Super Villains, Super Powers anyone?

    The Phoenix Group, led by the mysterious Stocking-Cap Man (do we know him/her?), have found the location of the mysterious, Phoenix Staff, the mystic relic, that they have long been searching for, at the Vatican of all places.

    Not at a yard sale or on loan to a museum ...no?

    Hmm, new locations not in the Pine swept North North American Continent.

    Did the network pull the plug because of this, too expensive even for the stock footage? Could the series have gotten the chop because of this? :)



    JD has painful visions and subsequently finds out they are psychic messages from Michael and Teresa. Michael and Teresa are woefully under used in this episode (you cannot do much acting constantly strapped into a chair ,I must add) and alas Michael uses up all his own plot points after giving JD his psychic road map clues. Teresa, the potential next season love interest, just screams a lot once freed.



    Which leads me to the love interest part; the workaholic cop Lt Avery, the attractive geeky overlooked Stella, that British brain scientist Rachael and the not often glimpsed Teresa make for an intriguing lottery of potential

    "Who gets John Does virgin troubled heart?" scenarios. Alas we will never know who gets that winning lottery ticket, Boohoo! For someone who knows nearly everything, John Doe really is not up to scratch when it comes to That Love Thing concept. If anyone is thinking why I left Karen out of the equation ...A) she was murdered (which would have made Anyone’s blood boil and scream for revenge!?!) and B) the father/daughter relationship was there and well ...cannot be tampered with. You can also leave Frank (nice moustache and nice jacket) and Pauline (intelligent computer vixen) out as well.



    On the whole, Season1 of John Doe was okay, intriguing to begin with, losing its way early on, and then going back on track a few times with its sub plots but not its main stories. It felt like it was trying to find its purpose too often than not without getting too complicated (which I am sure is a Network hang-up,"This material must not be too complicated, it must appeal to the John & Jane Does out there in our demographic audience, who dip in and out of the TV schedules like children picking their noses....."Etc.



    Questions? Answers? Clones? Brother of...? Digger ? Rubber Mask? Maybe I will watch more Alias Xfiles et al...



    Read the summary for my concise view of this episode....



    Now, anyone got the scripts for Season2 under their beds???

    I would really like to know what happens next...



    Your wish is my command.........................

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Matt Winston

Matt Winston

Sam (Samuel Donald Clarkson)

Guest Star

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Lucas Doya

Guest Star

Ona Grauer

Ona Grauer

Theresa

Guest Star

Gary Werntz

Gary Werntz

Trenchcoat Man

Recurring Role

David Lewis (IV)

David Lewis (IV)

Stu

Recurring Role

Michelle Hart

Michelle Hart

Nance

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (19)

    • In the last episode the noise that shattered the interview room's window and broke the light fitting did not break the glasses on the table as John gave the prisoner a drink of water using one of them. They were still on the table.

    • Was the agent really undercover at the cannery long enough to get a case of bursitis? It's established that Phoenix moved shop every few days. Plus...it seems that if he were working undercover, he'd be among the bald men in suits - not a cannery worker. How would working as a cannery worker undercover let you get close to a bunch of guys in suits running remote-viewer operations and making sure they weren't seen?

    • In one scene, Doe has green in one hand. In the next, his left hand has painted a blue mark on the canvas.

    • There is no way Doe could have built a pyramid that perfect with his bare hands. And it would be stuck to the table when he was done. It is also shown as being way too light in his hands.

    • Wouldn't Doe have felt the heat from the hot stone?

    • Sound gets louder, not higher in pitch, with increased decibels.

    • The sound was loud enough that even those protected by a pane of glass (which shattered) had to cover their ears. Trenchcoat's eardrums would have burst and bled. He certainly wouldn't have been able to communicate normally immediately afterward. John and Sam don't seem to find his resistance unusual.

    • Eyes dilate as an emotional response to what is being said. Wouldn't a deaf person have the same response from reading lips?

    • A secure interrogation room has swinging doors on it?

    • Sam the NSA agent hits a 3" moving target dead center with a handgun at at least 50 feet and no time to set himself. This would be a great shot for a sniper with a scope!

    • The whole point of "never more than one night in the same tent" is that you never go back to the old tent in case you're being tracked. Why would Trenchcoat have gone back there? And would such careful, tidy people have left a psychic drawing behind? (editor's note – one gets the impression these may have been done deliberately by Phoenix to set up John in some manner . . .)

    • How did Doe know which cannery to go to from only a valve and a fish scale? In a later scene, Hayes says that he and Avery have been "searching every cannery in town," indicating that there are many.

    • Wouldn't Nance the coroner have noticed the fish scale?

    • Nance the coroner hasn't dissected the shoulder of the acid-burned man - how can she diagnose bursitis?

    • Maui Wowie is a kind of marijuana. Marijuana doesn't produce hallucinations as Digger implies.

    • Why wouldn't the remote viewers transmit an image of a real power line instead of a legend symbol? If they can remote-see the murder site and try and clue John in, why not just send a vision of the site or the real power line?

    • Why is Phoenix showing Michael and Theresa pictures of Doe? They're supposed to be focusing on finding the Phoenix Staff.

    • Why does the Phoenix Organization remain in Seattle? They don't seem to think the Phoenix Staff is in or near Seattle (and in fact, it's half a world a way - distance doesn't seem to be a problem for the remote viewers). John lives in Seattle, and seems to be their biggest threat. So why do they hang around in his backyard? Apparently only because it's Stocking Cap's stomping grounds - is it really so important to have the operation near him that they put the organization at such risk?

    • So did Phoenix leave the piece of paper and the cyanide case behind? Or did Trenchcoat bring the cyanide with him? If the latter, then why does he leave a device designed to keep him from being captured so far away from himself? (editor's note: again, this might be a subtle hint that Trenchcoat wants to be captured and his effort to try and kill himself is a ruse. But no one on the show notices the discrepancy... :) )

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (4)

    • A major spoiler: A year after the series was canceled, the show's creators revealed that John Doe's abilities came from the fact that John died in a boating accident (which is where he got his scar) and met God. According to the show's mythology, when you die you are blessed with all of God's knowledge.

    • Stella gets mentioned even though Rekha Sharma does not appear.

    • "Stocking Cap" has now been played by three different actors - David Richmond-Peck (in "Idaho" and "Ashes to Ashes"), Keith Martin Gordey (in "Remote Control" and most of this episode), and William Forsythe.

    • We find out "Yellow Teeth"'s real name - Sadina Tokla and assorted aliases.

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