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Cult | News | 07 September 2004

Review: The Dead Zone

Can a show about visions really be that good?

Everyone's been telling us that we should love The Dead Zone. It's far better than it should be, they say.

Anthony Michael Hall is really good, we're told. Yes, every show these days is about saving troubled souls using mystic powers, but this one rocks, we're assured.

Well, with the third series starting last night on Sci Fi, we figured we may as well jump on the bandwagon. And goodness, what an enjoyable ride it was.

Johnny Smith's visions have told him that he may cause the apocalypse. He's being dragged into the future, his visions are answering him back, and worse, they're causing him to lose his memory.

So, when a young woman goes missing and Johnny was the last person to see her alive, he has no choice but to use his powers to reveal himself as the murderer.

Wow. And there were we expecting it to be about saving young girls trapped in wells.

Wonderfully, this nightmare is all to do with the dastardly schemes of US Senatorial candidate Jason Patrick Flannery - Young Indiana Jones is still working! Hurrah! Cue smart political satire about rigged voting machines, sleaze, and vanishing interns.

On top of that, it's got Sarah Wynter (Hapless Kate Warner from 24 series two). Yes, she still looks pissed off.

Finding Rachel, Part One was breathless, dark fun. We can barely wait till next week.

The Dead Zone is on Sci Fi on Mondays

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