The Dead Zone

Season 1 Episode 9

The Siege

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 11, 2002 on USA
8.7
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Conrad Hurley, a disgruntled electrician fired by the town council, goes into the bank with a shotgun and a revolver, tries to rob it, and takes everyone present (including Sara) hostage. Waiting outside for Sara, Johnny gets a vision of a future massacre and goes in to try to alter the future he perceives. Guided by his visions and scrambling wildly to adapt to the altering futures he keeps seeing in which he dies, Sara dies, Conrad dies, and/or everyone dies each time he changes something, Johnny soon becomes Conrad's unlikely ally. Finally Johnny manages to earn Conrad's trust and manage to talk him into releasing the hostages and giving himself up.moreless

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  • Can't escape fate.

    7.7
    This episode is the prime example of how, even when you can see the future, changing its outcome to suit your needs and wants is never an easy task. When Smith senses a bank robbery in progress he rushes to intervene, in total Smith fashion. Oblivious to everything and anything.



    After being taken hostage, he desperately tries to steer the situation into an acceptable direction. To no avail. Everything he tries results in him sensing another disastrous outcome. Almost always ending in the death of everyone, or just the death of him. Neither are pleasant.



    Playing the psychic, working against the law, and telling a lie here and there, he eventually manages to save all the hostages, himself, and the disillusioned hostage taker. So in the end, everything works out fine, and the long forgotten life is rekindled. Too bad that's not enough.



    Too bad it didn't have much to add to the general storyline, or to the character's development. Other then the fact that being a psychic can honestly suck at times.moreless
  • Crazed gunman and a psychic.

    7.1
    This episode reminds me of an X Files episode: it's basically the same scenario; a gun man, everyone dies, but in the XF episode Mulder tries to prevent the disaster each time.



    Anyway, Sarah is in a dangerous situation and Johnny has to do everything in his power to prevent harm coming to her and everyone else inside.



    Overall, a decent episode. Although, the whole crazed gun man theory was not orginally their idea, having the psychic involved was.

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  • Nice episode, but this could happen anywhere in the series.

    7.0
    It's interesting to see how Johnny handles himself under stress but this has been done in any other episode too. No new information about his powers. No character development. The choice not to let anybody die is the same as the rest of the series. Talking a guy into giving up his gun has been done in other shows. Nothing special and nothing to elaborate about.

    Other than that - for the begining of a show it's ok - getting to know the characters a bit and it's not badly written. Just a little unimaginative.



    On the trivia of the episode - Johnny answers when being asked if he's a preacher - I am today. In the show The Pretender it was the line that Jarod says in the opening credits when asked if he's a doctor.moreless
Stephen E. Miller

Stephen E. Miller

Conrad Hurley

Guest Star

Fred Keating

Fred Keating

Henry Spahn

Guest Star

Walter Marsh

Walter Marsh

Mr. Stratton

Guest Star

Bill Mondy

Bill Mondy

Deputy Roscoe

Recurring Role

Kristen Dalton

Kristen Dalton

Dana Bright

Recurring Role

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