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Monday, August 02, 2004
The Dead Zone--Speak Now
Had there been someone around nine years ago who could have told Sarah that Johnny would eventually wake up and return to the land of the living, would she have waited for him? That question has hung over the Dead Zone since the very first epiosde and while the producers have given us tidbits of how the decision might have gone, we've never really had a definitive answer--that is until now. Finally, we get the answer to the question in an epiosde all about characters and where they've been and, more importantly, where they're going. Certainly, Johnny has had the chance to move on past Sarah several times the past few years (Dana, anyone? Sorely missed and not just cause Kristen Dalton is great eye-candy!), but has he taken advantage of it? As Bruce points out early in the episode--if he was as over Sarah as he claims, why won't he call Rebecca? (Gotta love Bruce!)

For an episode that started off as lightly as it did--it really could have gone down as wacky fun with Johnny trying to get vision of Bruce's future bride and the reason he might object to the ceremony--this one took a sharp left turn after the first act and really dug into some core issues. It was intereting to see the debates between all three sides of the Johnny/Walt/Sarah triangle weigh on what Johnny should do and should he tell the bride that her original boyfriend who was presumed dead is now alive? Also, seeing Johnny's visions of how things turned out each time he did or didn't decide to tell her worked nicely. In the light of last week's episodes where we get the impression that Johnny only gets to see the negative side of things, it's good to see that maybe affect his actions here. I have to admit, I loved Walt's point--I wish someone had told me.

It's also interesting that, in the end, the bride is presented with all her choice and feels so overwhelmed by them that she asks Johnny to tell her what to do. To touch her and see how it all comes out. Unfortunately, as is stated at times, Johnny's visions are only one possible outcome and can be affected by many decisions and emotions. So, seeing Johnny refuse to look into her future anymore and say who she should or should not marry was nicely done. And seeing how things all worked out--she still ends up marrying the guy she was marrying but is given away by her old boyfriend, was a nice coda. Certainly, of all the outcomes we saw for the future, this was the best one. It also makes you wonder--would Johnny have stepped aside for Walt in a similiar situation? (My thought--not so much.)

So, the question now is--have we finally put some closure on the Johnny/Walt/Sarah thing? It seems as if season three has been about putting some closure to that, but you never know where things might go from here. It may come back to haunt them in a new and unique way as the season finale draws near. And since I'm staying away from the Internet version of Johnny's visions--aka SPOILERS--I can't say one way or the other.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/02/2004 11:26:00 AM | |
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