The Dead Zone

Season 6 Episode 9


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 12, 2007 on USA

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  • so, the extremely insufferable and hopelessly flat character Sheriff Turner spills the beans...who else would do such a thing?

    and the series yet again confronts the issue of faith as the church plays a unique role in Johnny's life.

    Johnny feels somewhat obligated toward the religious, as his mother was extremely dedicated to Reverend Purdy and his mission. But at the same time, Johnny feels that faith has let him down. Understandable...but at the same time, Johnny turns to faith for inexplicable reasons. He confides in father Brendan about his guilt, and he leads him to do the right thing - just a tad too late. The ever-obnoxious Sheriff Turner has ignorantly approached Sarah about some more issues about Walt and his death. But of course, she makes a lame attempt to comfort Sarah, by saying how she "knows how difficult this must be especially since Johnny..." knew that Walt was going to die! So yet again, something steps in the way of Sarah and Johnny's relationship. Faith, however, plays an interesting role in this episode. At first, faith seems to be the enemy - a religious man blatantly accuses the devil of performing evil through Father Tony. Johnny is in denial and continues to search for answers. But as Johnny comes to realize, Father Brendan's faith in Father Tony has been wisely placed and of pure motive. Although Father Tony himself cannot say he is of pure motive, as he commits adultery with a follower of the church. The woman's husband Bryan sees this as an ample opportunity to kill his wife and frame Father Tony, which works - for a little while. Though Johnny initially condemns Tony, he later realizes his mistake, and correctly leads the police to Bryan. But he faces on more problem - Sarah. She knows the truth, and in a moment of anger, she asserts that they have no future together. She feels as if she has been betrayed by Walt, who didn't tell her about a mysterious property he bought and was in the process of renovating, and Johnny, who lied about seeing visions of Walt's death. She's in a unique position as she feels as if she's lost the only two men she's ever loved. Life has been cruel to her, and only seems to pour salt in her wounds. meanwhile...we await the return of Bruce and Reverend Purdy...well, Bruce has gone away with his crazy, celebrity-filled, rakin-in-the-moola physical therapist job, somewhere...and Purdy? well...we don't know. But we do know that Bruce makes an appearance next week! woot woot!
  • The season threads are much better, but the stand-alone elements still need work

    With the season now marching towards a conclusion, it's time for some of the plot threads to start coming together. The most recent episodes have represented an important turn in the relationship between Sarah and Johnny, and as expected, what seemed like a foregone conclusion at the end of "Numb" has turned into a lost opportunity for happiness.

    Johnny's decision not to tell Sarah about his vision of Walt's death (or, in fact, his attempts to save Walt and change his friend's fate) has indeed come back to haunt him. The thrust of this episode is the revelation of this information. Without proper setup earlier in the season, the pieces couldn't have fallen into place in the current tragic configuration, and that planning is the strength of the season thus far.

    Johnny had to have the opportunity to open up with Sheriff Turner; that was the purpose of "Interred". Similarly, "Numb" (and to a lesser extent, "Outcome") brought Johnny and Sarah closer together, so Johnny would have to face his own doubts and guilt about Walt. Other episodes provided the context for Sheriff Turner's conflict in this episode regarding Walt and his secrets. While one could quibble about the consistency of the writing from week to week, it's clear that the new writing staff is making an effort to connect the dots.

    As if to illustrate the point about the stand-alone elements of this season's episodes, this installment reaches high but slightly misses the mark. All things being equal, this would have made for an interesting Rev. Purdy episode. Without the past history with Johnny, however, the exploration of faith and belief doesn't quite ring true. Also, had Purdy been involved, his decision to keep Father Tony's "exorcism" secret would have carried more weight.

    That said, it's interesting to see Johnny's own perspective on his visions. Given the past six years of his life, it could be a case of protesting too much. While there's an apparent genetic and scientific component to his visions, there's also an apparent purpose. Science can explain how the visions happen, but the question of why is still open to interpretation.