The Dead Zone (2002–2007)
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John gets visions about his father and why he was hospitalized.


Mike Rohl (as Michael Rohl)


Michael Piller (creator), Shawn Piller (creator) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Johnny Smith
Nicole de Boer ... Sarah Bracknell Bannerman (credit only)
Chris Bruno ... Sheriff Walt Bannerman
John L. Adams ... Bruce Lewis
David Ogden Stiers ... Reverend Purdy
Michael Cudlitz ... Herb Smith
Frank Ferrucci ... Hector the Foremanm
Kai-Read Friedman Kai-Read Friedman ... Young Johnny (as Kai Read-Friedmann)
Anita Adams Anita Adams ... Younger Vera
Suzie Payne Suzie Payne ... Mildred / Receptionist
Alexus Dumont Alexus Dumont ... Ally / Little Girl
Don MacKay ... Dr. Jenson - Age 70
Michael Daingerfield ... Dr. Jenson - Age 40
Bruce Harwood ... Rogers - Administrator
Doris Chillcott Doris Chillcott ... Nurse Davis - Age 75


Johnny begins having strange dreams about his father, a man he hardly knows that might be hiding something. Johnny begins investigating his father's past and why Herb Smith was committed to a mental hospital. But Reverend Purdy as well as everyone else are reluctant to talk about Johnny's father. Johnny strikes out on his own and comes to realize that a disaster will happen in the near future just a few days away. Written by matt-282

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14 September 2006 | by mbkfoxSee all my reviews

What an exciting new chapter in Johnny's life this show was. Of course it will end up being more of a sidestory than a new chapter full of possibilities but one can pretend. It's crazy how huge revelations are made and then dropped to go on to the next story in so many episodes of this program. Well, regardless, if treated as a show in itself the resolution will frustrate you as you will wish for the story to have new chapters continuing from it afterwords. If you lie to yourself as you're watching it, though, and tell yourself that this is a new beginning of new stories unfolding then you will easily be able to enjoy a wonderfully put together 42-60 minutes. After getting my wish for a Stillson main-arch episode and then realizing I can't understand a word of it, I was happy to see that we keep things simple yet fun and full of twists and turns. If I were Johnny, though, I would not be pleased with what I discovered in the end. I don't understand the need that TDZ writers have for closure in almost every episode but they force it upon us each time and I keep venting about it. Regardless, my enjoyment of this show matched the good mid-season episodes of season one or two, which means it was well done.

Just want to give a quick shout out to the production department. After watching the DVD extra, they really do work their tails off to give us some spectacular picture. This episode demonstrated that, as well, with effects regarding a large building, a mental home, fire and other fun. And props to props. Just wanted to say that.

And what an idiot I am. I just predicted after watching the last episode that one day Johnny will have to go see a shrink and lo and behold… Of course, I was expecting him to see one for his trauma of everyone around him always dying, and unfortunately that doesn't bother him (Alex Conners who?), but maybe I have some psychicness of my own. As I have no clue what awaits us in the final two episodes, I will reject that idea, but it looks like they will be good ones. I can just feel it… No, I'm not psychic, I actually feel the DVD in my hands and am about to play it. Geez

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14 August 2005 (Canada) See more »

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