The Dead Zone

Season 2 Episode 9

The Man Who Never Was

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 09, 2003 on USA

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

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  • Johnny befriends a lonely elderly man, but when he returns to the man's house the following day he finds that any evidence of his presence has been erased - a family now reside in his home and the only other man to corroborate his story has been deported.

    An uneven episode that promises more than it delivers. It starts off strongly enough with an eerie vision of Johnny gradually disappearing then becomes an episode of intrigue as Johnny tries to track down the man he met. This is where it begins to fall apart though, as the agents behind the operation reveal themselves but the characters are as dull and unthreatening as they come. Later when Johnny finally tracks down Grissom, it appears we might get an interesting tale about his life of work for the government, but we are only treated to a brief glimpse of it, namely his account of the woman who betrayed him. This in itself could have made a neat story but here it is wasted in favour of another confrontation with the dull agents and a trip down memory lane with a bunch of reporters in search of Grissom's old house. The episode closely resembles the previous season's episode "Enigma", which also saw Johnny attempt to help a man rediscover a bit of his past, but as in this episode, the flashbacks were the most interesting aspect and in the end the stories ultimately fell short of greatness.