The Dead Zone

Season 4 Episode 8

Vanguard

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 07, 2005 on USA
8.8
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Johnny must help a former student, now a researcher for a plastics company, with a future of destruction setting off the doomsday of Johnny's visions.

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  • This definatly has been the best episode so far this season.

    9.9
    Plot wise you have to agree that this was a great episode. We finally learn a little more about how Stillson will bring about he end of the world. But we also find out that he is gonig to become president of the United States. So Johnny feels he has failed but also we learn about how the end will come when Johnny's old student develops a weapon in a lab which he dies trying to distroy. But little does he know that his lab partner has coppied all the data. So overall i think this is a very inportant episode for the series. I really look forward to the next episode.moreless
  • A step foward for the show in a great way!!

    9.4
    This episode is by far one of the better ones that I have seen recently and is defiantly better than any of the episodes that have aired this season. I was glad they brought the whole Armageddon thing back into the series since it gives the show a sense of direction and as far as I can tell it is Johnny’s destiny to stop it. One thing that I really liked about this episode is that they used Johnny's background as a science teacher and even used one of his former students as the focus of the episode. It also revealed a lot more about Stillson since they show him as president, which explains how he is connected to visions of death that Johnny sees.moreless
  • Got me back into the show

    9.5
    This episode was written, filmed and acted beautifully. Guest star Danny Masterson proved to everyone that he is more than just a comedic actor with this role. The ending totally caught me off guard but because of this episode it made me love the show again.



    Also, this is a little off topic but if you ever saw the movie \"Suicide Kings\" (go see it if you haven\'t amazing film) Sean Patrick Flannery (Stillson) dates Laura Harris (Miranda Ellis) in the film and it looks like they are doing to be a \"couple\" again in this show!moreless
  • Strap yourselves in

    9.0
    This episode is definitely why I am glued to the show in the first place. The main storyline continues on here. Nice story that reveals more about what stillson could have done to destroy the world and I have found my familiar friend of the show in the battle of wits between Johnny and Stillson. This episode has quench the curiosity of a lot of viewers after the main story was dropped after the first episode of the season. However, it still leaves more, like the mysterious man that is now helping Stillson, epescially at the end of the episode, he has acquired the near finish prototype. It is extremely painful to see that, and of course not to mention, interferring Rev. Purdy when he nearly found salvation. Mysteries grow here and it will leave any Dead Zone fan wanting more in the upcoming episodes.moreless
  • A welcome revisit to the the X-File-sian mythology arc.

    9.5
    That\'s the great thing about this show, like The X-Files before it, we get standalone episodes(some filler, some prime examples of human drama)to keep the non-regular viewers happy, then we longtime viewers are rewarded with an installment of the series defining \"mythology arc\". The Stillson/Armageddon arc has almost as many twists and turns TXF\'s Conspiracy arc, but still manages to put the characters first. Here, Johnny is reunited with former student Alex Connors (Hyde from That 70s Show), who is working on an experimental polymer. Johnny keeps seeing visions of the apocalypse when he touches Alex, and he faces the moral dilemma of whether or not to sabotage his work to prevent Armageddon. Along the way, we learn that Greg Stillson will become President of the United States, and we are introduced to the woman who will be his First Lady. We also get a return appearance of Malcolm Janus, the Illuminati member introduced in the season premeiere. It seems like it will only be a matter of time before Janus forces Reverend Purdy to turn against Johnny. All in all, intriguing ep, can\'t wait for the next mytharc ep.moreless
Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson

Dr. Alex Conners

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Judith Peck

Guest Star

Neil Grayston

Neil Grayston

Trey Walters

Guest Star

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Greg Stillson

Recurring Role

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Rev. Gene Purdy

Recurring Role

Spencer Achtymichuk

Spencer Achtymichuk

Little Johnny Bannerman

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