The Dead Zone

Season 4 Episode 1

Broken Circle (2)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 12, 2005 on USA

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

out of 10
145 votes
  • Letdown to a great cliffhanger. Too much going on to give the most important characters enough screen time.

    a bit of a let down after the exciting tipping point part one from season 3, but this at least gives closure to the rachael caldwell murder. The problem is that there are too many things going on in this episode. Johnny is on the run, Prudy is in jail, Stillson is trying to get close to Rebecca, Rebecca wants justice, Walt is chasing Johnny, etc. This could have been a better episode if it just focused on Rebecca, Johnny and Stillson. As it is the three most interesting characters get short-changed for an exchange between Walt and Stilson\'s henchman and the really uninteresting (fbi? secret service?) guy who doesn\'t know who is telling the truth.

    Because we don\'t get a lot of quality time with Johnny and Stillson especially, when Stillson explodes at his father for trying to control him, and when Johnny throws the cane in the river, it seems more sudden than it should be. I don\'t think we got a detailed enough sense of why Stilson hated his father so much or why Johnny thought throwing the cane into the river was his only choice. Plus, the Stilson flashbacks seemed stuck on to the plot in order to quickly develop a relationship between Stilson and his father that should have been more slowly developed/explored in previous seasons.
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