Based on the characters and story from the best-selling book by Stephen King, the Dead Zone is a unique psychological thriller that combines a rich mix of action, the paranormal and a continuing quest for justice. Contains... more » the complete third season (episodes 1 - 12).« less
Betty T. (BettySunshine) from WARNER ROBINS, GA Reviewed on 3/14/2010...
"Dead Zone" was a great series! In Season 3, Johnny gets a new love interest, Rebeccah. Finally he quits sniffing after Sarah. Rebeccah is definitely good for Johnny. He bonds with his son JJ. Some great episodes.
Season 3 - Seeing is Believing
Ned | Eldersburg, Maryland United States | 04/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny Smith was a high school teacher with a lovely fiancée. That all changed after a tragic auto accident. Johnny wakes up from a coma six years later. His mother has since died, leaving his stepfather, the Reverend Gene Purdy as executor of her estate and Johnny's legal guardian. Even after extensive physical therapy, Johnny will need a cane in order to walk. And Sarah, believing he would never awaken, has married Walt, the local sheriff, who has adopted the child Sarah conceived with Johnny on their last night together.
All this would be hard enough on a normal person, but Johnny is no normal person. He discovers he has the ability to see things. Simply by touching other people, or objects touched by others, he can sense things that have happened, things that will happen, or things that are happening elsewhere.
The set for season 3 will include all 12 episodes. Extras include audio commentary on all 12 by the cast, the crew. There are deleted scenes and three exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.
1 & 2 Finding Rachel (Parts 1 & 2) - Johnny pieces together his visions to figure out what happened to a Stillson's campaign volunteers who mysteriously disappeared while she was with him.
3 - Collision - Johnny's vision of Katie Mercer (an 11 years old missing girl) clashes with visions of his accident.
4 - Cold Hard Truth - Johnny helps a disc jockey that is beaten by a group of bikers.
5 - Total Awareness - Johnny is stalked by a woman who has already killed 3 other psychics.
6 - No Questions Asked - Johnny helps Walt with a problem from his past but Johnny can't ask any questions.
7 - Looking Glass - A couple of lawyer twins use Johnny but Johnny his visions of murder are real.
8) Speak Now - Johnny has visions of him interrupting a wedding and needs to determine if the wedding should or shouldn't take place.
9) Cycle of Violence - Johnny gets a vision of a student going on a shooting spree and must find out how the student is.
10) Instinct - Johnny why there are animal attacks in this one town.
11) Shadows - Johnny must figure out his visions of himself killing a man.
12) Tipping Point - Johnny's headaches and blackouts are getting worse and he is considering brain surgery to remove his dead zone."
Season Three: 12 (More) Steps Toward Armageddon
Mark Shields | Minneapolis, MN USA | 04/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Building upon the strengths of seasons one and two, the third season of The Dead Zone takes Johnny's visions of a future apocalypse to a new level as he has now been joined by another mysterious visitor with powers similar to his own. A new love in his life and a new change in the relationship with his son occurs. The creators of the show continue to have great fun turning the sci-fi fantasy genre on its ear with these amazing, wonderful stories. If you loved King's original book The Dead Zone, you will not be disappointed! There's a lot of great things waiting for you to see and I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Here's a summary of the episodes for this season:
Finding Rachel, Part 1: Johnny becomes a suspect in a case he's trying to resolve regarding Rachel Caldwell, a missing woman who also happens to be on Greg Stillson's election team.
Finding Rachel, Part 2: Johnny is arrested for Rachel Caldwell's murder. He must then convince the victim's sister that she must help him solve her murder, despite the fact that she is convinced Johnny is guilty of the crime.
Collision: A young girl's mysterious disappearance prompts Johnny to have visions about the night of his car accident. Somehow the two visions are connected and it is up to Johnny to resolve one vision before he can resolve the other.
Cold Hard Truth: A confrontational radio station jock draws Johnny to him. Unexpectedly, Johnny foresees the jock's death and, despite the animosity, decides to help him.
Total Awareness: Johnny teams up with a strange young woman with the ability to predict numbers. Together they seek to expose a 'total information awareness system' which threatens to put everyone's right to privacy in jeopardy.
No Questions Asked: Johnny offers to help Walt Bannerman with a crime from his past that has unexpectedly resurfaced. The catch? Don't ask any questions.
Looking Glass: Identical twin law students create a video depicting a murder in order to trick Johnny into having a vision about it. Things get more complicated when the ruse turns out to be a cover for something far more sinister.
Speak Now: While attending a wedding, Johnny has visions about the couple's pending future and must decide whether or not he should tell them about what he's seen.
Cycle of Violence: Johnny experiences visions of a Columbine-like school shooting while attending a school play. He cannot confirm the killer's identity. The principal of the school takes the opportunity to restrict the freedom of the students and starts making his own guesses about who the culprit is.
Instinct: Johnny and Walt investigate the unexplained, unnatural violent behavior of the wild animals that live around the city.
Shadows: Johnny has a vision of the death of a close friend and is nearly pushed to kill in order to protect them.
Tipping Point: Johnny's visions start causing physical problems and eventually threatening his life. He must decide if brain surgery is the right answer. Doing so would remove his Dead Zone causing him to lose the ability to possibly prevent Armageddon."
"I'm not here for the love, I'm here for the donuts"
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 06/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Medium" may be getting all of the press but "The Dead Zone" was doing it before and, quite honestly, better. Sure, "Medium" has a great cast and some great storytelling but it has nothing on the story arc presented here--the potential destruction of the world.
Although the 3rd season of "The Dead Zone" ran only 12 episodes(unlike the first which ran 13 episodes and the 19 of the second season), it had as much action packed into it as previous seasons and made outstanding use of visual effects to continue to heighten the story. The 3rd season opens with the stunning two-part episode "Finding Rachel". John (Hall) is the suspect in the murder of Senate candidate Greg Stillson (Sean Patrick Flanery). Meanwhile Stillson and his advisors are helping to rig the election so that he will have a better chance of winning. Reverend Purdy finds out that all is not well with John's trust fund that he has been administering. In the first part of this season opener we also get resolution to the cliffhanger from season two. We discover more about the mysterious visitor who shares a link with John from the future.
The extras as usual are top notch with a commentary for every single episode (some better than others but hey, I'd rather have too many extras that are extraenous than none at all). We also get deleted scenes, "Five Minutes 'Til Milch" written and directed by actor John L. Adams, the gag reel and three featurettes one of which discusses the challenges of changing from film to High Definition Video for the production (which fattened up their thinning budget). Another one takes us behind-the-scenes looking at food. Yes, food. The clever "Cooking Verite" shows us what the crew really gets to eat on location. Yum. The final featurette focuses on actor Chris Bruno (who plays Walt Bannerman) and how he stays in shape. Personally, I'd love to see a featurette devoted to the lovely Nicole DeBoer's career pre-"Deep Space Nine" (which when I became aware ofher) and Sarah Wynter ("24").
Buyers may want to be aware of a flaw in the first run of the series;there's a white line that appears at the top of the letterbox frame that can be distracting. It's not a big issue but Lion's Gate is in the process of fixing the problem and reissuing these discs. I'd suggest going to TVONDVD.com to see which players are affected. Lion's Gate has only found 15 or so that have been but neither one of mine is on the list and I saw the white line.
If you need a replacement Lion's Gate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm not sure what the time frame is for the remastered/re-released episodes. It's more than one or two episodes that are affected by the problem. If you don't have a DVD player on the list, then it's possible it might be noticeable on your player.
While the pricing for 12 episodes might be a bit high compared to some shows, it's actually quite reasonable overall. The first season of "Deadwood" and "Carnivale" listed for more than twice as much with less in the way of extras (although the packaging was superior for both those series). I'm also happy to see that Lion's Gate isn't releasing this series as dual sided discs with no extras and is continuing the slip jacket for the accordian style DVD holder. Great season! I'm not here for the donuts, I'm here for the storytelling."
Season 3 of the best show on television!
Eddie Lancekick | Pacific Northwest | 04/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Season one introduced us to Johnny Smith, a man who awakens from a coma to discover he has the gift of "second sight" by touching people or objects. Season 2 carried us further into the Greg Stillson storyline and also threw some Johnny & Sara dilemmas at us. Season 3 is really more of the same: Tightly written stories solo stories with some ongoing subplots coming in here and there, to not only further the troubles Greg Stillson is causing, but to also introduce us to a new major character in Johnny's life.
Episodes 1 and 2 are "Finding Rachel, part 1 and 2" respectively. These first to launch a great suspenseful storyline that is similar in approach to season 2. A journalist student who is doing a film documentary for Stillsons campaign ends up missing. Johnny was the last one to see her alive, but every vision he has he only see's himself, and what is behind the missing woman. Ultimately Johnny ends up being a suspect, and the missing woman's sister is sure he knows something. I don't want to tell what happens in the climax of the second part of it, but suffice to say there is some great acting and script being dealt out here. The show leaves its more monotone, safe zone and amps up the suspense, drama, and intrigue to allow us to hold our breath, cross our fingers, and hope for the best, which of course is an outcome that only Johnny Smith may know...or control!
Sarah Wynter plays the missing woman's sister, and she is a regular seen throughout season three. Her relationship with Johnny is an up and down one...again, no spoilers here. Wynters does a fantastic job in her role and Sean Patrick Flannery and his campaign of lies and deceit rolls into deeper territory with terrifying consequences. We see Reverend Purdy is even locked in the web of dirty laundry that surrounds the Stillson campaign.
Episode 3 is "collision", and has a great twist to it for the fact that a vision of a missing girl ultimately takes him back to the night of his accident. There was another man there who left the scene shortly before Johnny's car exploded...but who was he? And what did he mean when he talked of "great things"? Awesome space-time conundrums here that leave you going "wow" again and again. After all, it is "the dead zone" so what more would you expect?
Episode 5 is "Awareness" and introduces a girl from the same government program Johnny helped in season 2 when trying to find a target in Afghanistan. The girl knows numbers, telephone, credit card, ebay passwords, birth dates, and the whole shamoo. They bang into her brain like direct waves of water, and she must interpret, filter, and adapt to them in order to survive. The Feds are out to get her, claiming murder...but Johnny thinks there is more to the story, and ultimately goes on the run with the girl. Great episode with lots of chase scenes.
Episode 6 is "no questions asked" and is fun and interesting because we get to see into what appears to be a not so innocent past of Sheriff Walt Bannerman. I don't want to reveal spoilers on this one but suffice to say it was very satisfying to see his characters past revealed, especially since it is not what we would have thought or expected.
Episode 9 is "Cycle of violence" and is a show that has a premise of something that is terrorizing America more than ever before: School shootings. Johnny has a vision of a shooting and now must find out whom before it happens. The principal (played by another 80's teen star in Judge Reinhold!!) goes overboard with policy and procedure, as the school quickly becomes a prison, creating more fear from students and stirring up more animosity towards faculty. Johnny suddenly realizes there is something more to his vision...it won't happen for several years! A great twist in the end that shows how some things can change if they are altered years earlier...as Johnny often says; "If you change one small detail...all of life changes".
"Instinct" comes in at episode 10 of 12 and is pretty hair raising. There are animals of all kinds going literally rabid and attacking people. Some are domestic poodles, some wild bears, but all have the same intent. Johnny and Walt must get to the bottom of what is causing this strange phenomena...only to find out they have a much bigger problem on their hands! Reverend Purdy is again brought out in this one with his personality confliction between a whisky drinking businessman and a man of god. Soon he will have to decide when it is time to face his sins, and many come out in this episode. Great story that left us hanging in the end, so I can't wait to see the recap and finish of it with Season 4!
Episode 12 also leaves us hanging again for a season four, and with good reason! A doctor has discovered through extensive tests that are of Johnny's brain that is causing his severe headaches and blackouts. He wants to have a normal life with his new girl, and live happily ever after, by starting over again. However, he's worried because he knows that the surgery may alter it to where his second sight is no more than a memory. Without he, he can't prevent the Armageddon that he keeps seeing as a result of Stillson achieving his own political dreams. Meanwhile, Johnny's friend that we see in season 2, which is sometimes referred to as "futureman" has come again to speak with Johnny, and the message he sends from the future looks to leave Johnny in another pickle in the present. It is a heartfelt moment we endure on the sidewalk one afternoon when Johnny informs Sara of his decision for surgery, and that if he goes into a coma...to not let it go on. A very moving piece of the Johnny Smith mythos as well as the Johnny/Sara storyline that is necessary to continue to tie into the emotional side of Johnny's present situation while continuing to connect him and Sara with the past.
Season three didn't necessarily stand out to me compared to seasons one and two as a whole. However, we did see, as mentioned before, a ramp up in the suspense category. The storyline with Stillson, Purdy, Rachel's sister, and futureman (read my review of "The dead zone" season 2 for more details of futureman). The drama aspect was there as it seems that certain stories are becoming more intense...we are seeing quicker anger, longer cries, and adrenaline filled moments of suspense that last longer than one punch being thrown or one corner being rounded by a chasing automobile. Leaving us hanging with the ongoing storyline is superb to leave us salivating for season four all the more. The Dead Zone is again, in season three, great in the categories of cinematic appeal, music, and character development. We are learning more about the supporting cast, who we've loved and cherished all along despite the show centering on Smith. The cast really comes across more as family to us. Seeing Walts past, wondering of the earths future, learning more about Reverend Purdys ongoings, loathing Greg Stillson, understanding Sara's love for Johnny, and wondering what tomorrow brings is what makes us watch the dead zone's third season. Overall great season and looking forward to season four! "
Rebecca Carlson becomes a key part of Johnny Smith's future
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 06/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The flaw in the third season of "The Dead Zone" is seen when you compare the season finale from this season with the one from season two. A year previously we ended with Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall) confronting Christopher Wey (Frank Whalen), the mysterious hooded man in his future who shows him a devastated world tied to Johnny's visions of Greg Stillson (Sean Patrick Flanery) causing a nuclear attack on Washington, D.C. But it takes us until the end of the third season to really get back to this point and move forward. The good news is that it sets up a tragic choice for Johnny in the fourth season; the bad news is that we only assume it will get resolved at that point because almost from the beginning "The Dead Zone" has been playing out the Stillson plot line. That is because stopping Stillson was the climax of the original novel by Stephen King, and this series has never made it clear that would be its own end point or if it would go beyond it to give Johnny a live afterwards. Consequently, the Stillson bit is a two-edged sword for the series, because it is very important but not exactly on the front burner.
But there is a logic to the third season, which is apparent in retrospect, because it begins with the two-part "Finding Rachel," in which Wey shows Johnny a vision of future and a "Missing" poster for Rachel Caldwell (Sonja Bennett), who was working for the Stillson campaign. It turns out she filmed something she should not have filmed, but when Johnny talks to her he has another one of his blackouts, wakes up with a head wound, and Rachel gone. Johnny meets Rachel's sister, Rebecca (Sarah Wynter), but the more he tries to fill in the gaps the more evidence he uncovers that make him look like Rachel's killer. No wonder it takes Johnny two episodes to get out of this one.
But several key elements of the third season are being set up at this point, the most important of which is Rebecca as a love interest for Johnny. Of course this requires Johnny to make a concerted effort to move on with Sarah (Nicole de Boer), and we have an episode that specifically does that ("Collision"), although they will always be plagued by "what ifs" ("Speak Now"). There are also these recurring blackouts that Johnny is having, which will come to a head, so to speak, by the end of the season ("Tipping Point"). Then we have the involvement of Reverend Purdy (David Ogden Stiers) with Stillson's campaign and what that means for his Faith Heritage Ministry ("Instinct"), as well as for Johnny's estate. However, at the end of the season we come back to Rebecca as the key to the future and the grim truth that what is required by Johnny may well be an act of omission rather than commission.
One of the key things is that "The Dead Zone" is evolving over the years, which is something series like "Medium" and "Ghost Whisperer" will have to contend with as they go along (and it will be interesting to see what they do in this regard). By this point Johnny has been doing this so long with such success, that we have gotten to a place where the problem is that people take him seriously, so if he yells wild horses are coming he is believed ("Instinct"), but this also cause problems because some go overboard trying to prevent the future Johnny sees ("Cycle of Violence"). Even the truth of J.J.'s parentage finally ends out in the open ("Cold Hard Truth"). However, this means that there are people who believe in Johnny's gift who decide they can play with him to get away with murder ("Looking Glass"). So the dynamic of the show is certainly changing over the years, plus they are still coming up with new special effects for allowing Johnny to check out a frozen moment in time.
As executive producer of his series, Hall is well aware that he has a loyal fan following that makes a point of seeking this show out on the USA network. Fans have to be overjoyed that every single one of the dozen third season episodes contains a commentary track. On the one hand you do not have a lot of actors showing up for these commentaries, but when they do they are certainly more involved than what we hear from other actors on other commentary tracks. The writers and directors show up ready to make intelligent comments as well, because everybody in this series takes what they are doing seriously. You have to wish all of our favorite television series treated us this well."