The Dead Zone (2002–2007)
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It's July 4, and Bruce and Johnny are headed to Boston for the harbor fireworks. On the way out of town, Johnny foresees Bruce's death in a car accident. Later, the pair are stuck with a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Bruce Lewis
Felps / Massey
Diner Waitress
Jake Phillips (as Nolan Funk)
Chelan McKenzie ...
Biker #1
Brian Griffith
Nikki Griffith
Ryf Van Rij ...
Ice Cream Truck Driver


It's July 4, and Bruce and Johnny are headed to Boston for the harbor fireworks. On the way out of town, Johnny foresees Bruce's death in a car accident. Later, the pair are stuck with a few hundred newfound friends on a locked-down stretch of Interstate 95. Johnny's visions begin to foresee a multiple fatality pileup occurring, and tries to stop people from leaving. But elsewhere, a dangerous escaped felon is loose somewhere near the highway. Written by Keith Tyler

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25 June 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Dylan Bruno, brother of show regular Chris Bruno (Walt), plays the bad guy. See more »


When John drives the cop car off the road the hood is popped. A minute later when he flips the car the hood is down. See more »

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I'll judge this show Independently
25 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

After viewing the season opener I wrote that there was no possible way to just jump to standalone episodes after the cliffhanger they just ended off with. Well, TDZ has a knack, I guess. Frustration welled up inside me faster thank Johnny can say "There's still time," (or Bruce, apparently, in this episode). Right away, though, I remembered my new seasons resolution promising that I will get over the fact that this is how this series writes its shows for some reason and I would just shut up and enjoy. So, I set off to do that. I resolved to get over the fact that the last time we saw Johnny Smith and Bruce, Gene Purdey was crying about discovering a killer with major power intentions and the three of them had a huge dilemma on their hands, I convinced myself to get over the fact that yet another woman close to Johnny just tragically perished and he would need time to grieve, and to get over the fact that Johnny's Armageddon vision is getting closer to occurring than ever. Getting over all this because just one episode later, Johnny and Bruce are getting ready for a Harborfest fireworks display with seemingly no cares in the world to ponder over. No mention of Gene, Greg, Janice, Miranda, or even how "this trip will be a great way for us to take a break from all the craziness." Nothing! Well, as I said, I'm over it.

So, we get ready for a new story. It was basically another formula Dead Zone standalone, Johnny gets himself involved in a murder mystery and has to save the world. The sidekick is Bruce and his skill is medicine knowledge. There's some twists, turns, and some real bad humor. Welcome to my favorite show in the world.

The buildup was a bit different in this one than the others, though. I'm more used to a solid 10-15 minute climax. This episode ran very slow towards a climax that lasted in what felt like 5 minutes. This was not a bad thing, as it gave some kind of uniqueness to what was otherwise a same-old episode. I let myself to enjoy it and get caught up in the fun, though. No sense complaining, we're given what we're given. And it wasn't so bad.

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