In the sixth-season finale, visions of Walt
lead Johnny to his father and a shocking revelation. - TV Guide
Johnny: "All this time, we
thought he was a puppet. We thought wrong, Gene."
See, I knew
Greg was still evil.
How would marrying Sarah have stopped Greg from causing the
Apocalypse? Does Greg truly have feelings for her? Would he have
tried to be a better man for her sake? Or would she have discovered
his true nature and found a way to stop him? (I'm guessing that last
one.) After Johnny told her the truth on the phone, I knew Sarah
would confront Greg and throw him out, and I actually thought he
would hurt her. (Keeping in mind that long ago vision of a woman's
bloody hand on a bed.)
We got several more big dramatic payoffs, too. J.J. has been slowly
developing psychic abilities of his own, and when Greg knocked him
down, J.J. saw Armageddon instead of stars. (Good dramatic timing,
because hitting J.J. guaranteed that Sarah would never, ever marry
Greg.) The season-long arc about Walt's death was finally resolved,
too. Walt's final farewell to Johnny, holding the photo in his hand
that he hoped Johnny would touch, was really moving. Yes, I cried.
I'm a wuss, what can I tell you.
The revelation about Johnny's father kinda sorta worked, and I
didn't expect that. His life as a sort of an imprisoned oracle
living in an underground recreation of the Smith mansion was rather
sad. For one horrifying moment, I thought they were going to tell us
that Greg was Johnny's half-brother, and I just wouldn't have
swallowed that. But fortunately, no.
So we had a quasi-happy ending. Johnny and Sarah were reunited, but
Armageddon still looms. So I assume we're getting a seventh season?
Bits and pieces:
-- Gold acting stars for Anthony Michael Hall. His work in the scene
where he found out his father had been alive five years ago was just
excellent. He made me feel it, and that was impressive considering
how convoluted the subject matter was. Gold stars for Chris Bruno,
too; he did a great job in what I can only assume was his final
-- In the opener, the woman at the restaurant complimented Greg on
his beautiful family. She knew he was the vice president, but not
that he was a single man whose fiancee died on their wedding day?
With the sort of media circus we have these days? Come on.
-- I was ticked at Gene for what he did. Yes, he had valid romantic
motivation to let Vera think Herb Smith was dead, but I thought he
was a better man than that. Ah, well.
-- Johnny hit Sonny Elliman in the face with a shovel. That was
-- More Visa product placement. Get thee behind me, Satan.
Another terrific season finale. Four out of four stars
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Behind The Scenes:
In his latest
coloum, dated August 1st, he spilled some beans on the
Major-ass prattle alert! One of the
three major male actors from the original Dead Zone film is
guest-starring in the season finale. If you can't remember
who else aside from Christopher Walken was in the thing,
you're in luck: Here's a handy-dandy link to the cast list.
Cast and Crew:
Written by: Ann Lewis Hamilton
Directed by: Michael Robison
Starring: Anthony Michael Hall (Johnny Smith), Nicole deBoer (Sarah Bannerman), Chris Bruno (Walt Bannerman), Connor Price (JJ Bannerman).
Guest Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery (Greg Stillson), Tom Skerritt (Herb Smith), David Ogden Stiers (Rev. Gene Purdy)