The Dead Zone

Season 3 Episode 5

Total Awareness

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 04, 2004 on USA



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Government psychic Sylvia Tesich returns after appearing in last season's "The Hunt." This would be her final appearance.

    • Lauren Lee Smith also played a psychic on Mutant X, although she was an empath, not a seer.

    • As of this episode on, the regular series intro intro explaining the core events of the series is changed. Instead of Johnny saying, "My son doesn't know who I am," he says of Walt and Sarah, "...and they're raising my son."

  • Allusions

    • Johnny: This is very 1984.
      When finds out that Argon has access to his home security system. A reference to being watched by Big Brother.

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      Neal chooses to hide in Keyhole because it is the only town that is not covered by the surveillance network. Ironically, Keyhole is the name of a class of actual reconnaisance satellite.

    • Character Name: Gibson and Pynchon
      These characters appear to be named after writers William Gibson and Thomas Pynchon, respectively. Gibson is considered the modern-day father of "cyberpunk" and fictional future computer- and security-system hacking. Thomas Pynchon wrote such novels as The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow,, and Vineland, all of which had vast and incredible conspiracy theories.

    • Episode Title: "Total Awareness"
      The episode title refers to the "Total Information Awareness" program initiated by John Poindexter from the newly founded Information Awareness Office of the Defense Department. It's meant to operate much as shown in this episode, by bringing together a number of different databases of information to gather more information on anyone living in America.

      The head of the program, John Poindexter, is a convicted felon, with five counts to his name: conspiring to obstruct official inquiries and proceedings, obstructing Congress (two counts) and false statements (two counts). The convictions were later overturned on a technicality. This background is quite possibly the basis of the black ops nature of the TA organization, as opposed to the kinder, friendlier gov't psychic program seen in _The Hunt_.