The Dead Zone

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 15, 2007 on USA

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  • Terrible..did a child write this episode??!!!!!!

    So disappointing! DZ was such a good show TWO seasons ago. Tonight's ep. so so AWFUL.....a child could have figured out who was the "bad" guy etc. So MANY "lame' things happened. All they would have had to do was CALL the guys cell phone and tracked him. OMG.....I'm so pissed that this show has really gone down hill. A WASTE of talent!
  • Better than the previous installment, but still struggling

    By now, the status quo for the season has been established, and the initial creative boost of rearranging the pieces on the board has transitioned into the necessity of telling new kinds of stories within the context of those changes. The previous episode was an example of how several minor issues with a story can lead to a disappointing installment. The question is: was that a blip on the radar, or a sign of things to come?

    This episode focuses on Johnny’s evolving relationship with Sheriff Turner. The original status quo forced Johnny and Walt into a somewhat friendly relationship, despite the love triangle with Sarah. The introduction of a hostile new sheriff, especially an attractive young woman with something to prove, was an interesting move. Having her investigate Walt also places her in an adversarial role, which makes Johnny work harder to make his abilities useful.

    All of those changes are put to the test in this episode, and in general, it works. The crime in question was a bit predictable, right down to Johnny getting buried alive, but there were enough twists in the visions to keep it interesting. It might have been better if Johnny had been confused about the context of the visions a bit more. It seemed as though Johnny could easily distinguish between the current crime and the sheriff’s memories and intentions, and with a bit more confusion about the overlap, it would have made the mystery less conventional.

    While I find Cara Buono very attractive, her acting is somewhat uneven in this particular role. Some scenes are very strong, but others seem tentative, as if she’s having problems delivering the dialogue convincingly. Of course, I also felt the same about Chris Bruno on several occasions, so it might have been a bad episode for the actress. The supporting players, however, were hardly inspiring, especially Deets.

    One other recurring annoyance is the investigation against Walt. While it’s obviously a main component of the season arc, whatever that may eventually turn out to be, the unnecessary attempt to keep it as mysterious as possible is turning into a weakness. The characters keep referring to an investigation and allegation of wrongdoing that is serious enough to defame the former sheriff, but there’s not one hint as to what Walt was supposed to have done.

    Considering that this might be the final season for the series, I’m a bit disappointed by the apparent lack of a strong season arc. While that’s never been the hallmark of the series (the mythology has always been rather loose), the circumstances would justify it. Thankfully, even without the overarching plot threads, the quality is generally better than in the previous two seasons.
  • This episode was somewhat slower but hit different issues that the show is only beginning with.

    This episode brought Johnny and Turner to a closer terms and understanding of each other. As of so far viewers have not had an opportunity or maybe to some a need to want to know Turner better. She has as of so far been somewhat distant to the other characters of the show and determined somehow to undermine and prove that Walter had done something illegal prior to his death. But according to this episode there is another side of her with her own past problems in life that she is trying to recover from and maybe with Johnny's help she will be willing to listen to real evidence to prove Walter's innocent. To me, this episode focus was more about Johnny and Turner and not about the job that they actually solved together.