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Cult | News | 28 September 2004

Dead Zone 4

Review: Shock jock horror in Cold Hard Truth.

A really bad episode. Surprisingly so - as it starts well, with Richard Lewis marvellously nasty as a shock jock radio DJ, providing a venomous narrative to the episode...

But then that dies away, and we have (predictably) Johnny having to save the DJ's life. What's more, Johnny's going to make him a better person. Ouch.

This episode is star Anthony Michael Hall's debut as a director (what with being an exec producer as well, he's gradually taking over the credits), and, while everyone gives it their best shot, it's schmaltzy cud about family, relationships, and the DJ threatening to throw himself off a building.

The episode features a stunning moment when, as his listeners demand him to jump, the DJ hurls himself to his doom. Wow. Blimey. But then it's just a vision, and the ending wraps itself up with warm sharing and touching moments. Gah.

Single highlight: This episode features TV's most unintentionally funny death of a toddler. He's crawling towards an open window... Daddy looks away... Daddy looks back... we just see the open window. Guffaw!

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