The Dead Zone

Season 2 Episode 18

The Combination

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 10, 2003 on USA
7.7
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After Johnny sees a vision of a boxer dying in the ring, he sets out to try and save him. But soon it seems that Johnny may not be able to save this man as every vision Johnny has results in the boxer's death.

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  • A good fight, but not a lot of punch

    5.9
    One thing i will say for DZ, it never ceases to amaze me. Just when i think a particular episode is about to go over exactly the same ground in exactly the same way as they've done before they do just enough to appease my skeptical head and and allow me to immerse myself in the rest of the show without prejudice. But alas, all the creativity in the world didn't make this episode any more than just average. The unashamed Rocky theme running throughout this show begins with the lead up to the "biggest fight ever to hit penobscot county". Local boy Danny Avila taking on the champ, Daryl Tibbs for the middle weight championship of the world. Then comes Mr Doom (Johnny in case you were wondering) who touches Avila and sees his death in the ring at the hand of Tibbs. This show's theme is the self fulfilling prophesy (a far more appropriate title than 'The Combination' if you ask me). It explores the notion that if Johnny tells Avila he's going to die that he somehow creates the doubt in his mind that leads to it actually coming true. Nice idea but the one major flaw with this is that Johnny saw him dying before he'd told him anything. Anyway, whatever happens, Johnny can't seem to change the result of the fight. He tells Avila when he's going down, what punch will flaw him but still he envisions death. Until he finally resorts to the only tactic he has left, the lie. He tells the plucky contender his visions have changed and now he's going to win and knock the champ out, in the vain hope this will instill some much needed confidence back into Avila's gloves. Well, Avila leaves it late, and still loses, but doesn't die (although you knew that already) and thus ends a pretty mediocre episode. Why did i review it? Well not because it was a great episode (because it wasn't) nor because it was a particularly bad one, but because i doubted the DZ teams ability to pull of another original show, and in some way i saw my groundless doubt in the same way i see those who groundlessly doubt Johnny Smith's ability - as dam stupid, and couldn't have that.moreless
  • Johnny has to help a boxer who is going to die in a fight.

    8.8
    Johnny has a vision when he touches a Boxer who is going to fight for the middle weight championship, the only problem is that Johnny keeps on seeing him die in the boxing ring. Now Johnny is forced to try and change the future so the guy lives. Johnnny eventually finds a way but npt before he seriously damages his reputation, finally it appears that Johnny Smith is wrong. I'm sure this matter will be brought to light again later in the series. Overall this was an avergae episode, if anything a 'filler' story.



    With only one episode left till the end of this seaosn, i hope that some stories will be answered. Mainly the whole Greg Stillson thing. I have a feeling it gonna be a long time until they deal with the Stillson story.moreless
Greg Serano

Greg Serano

Danny Avila

Guest Star

Glenn Plummer

Glenn Plummer

Jimmy D

Guest Star

Ken Pogue

Ken Pogue

Nick/Vic Murphy

Guest Star

Frank Whaley

Frank Whaley

The Hooded Man/Christopher Wey

Recurring Role

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Rev. Gene Purdy

Recurring Role

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