I've Febrezed the seats on our bus, which smell curiously like Cheez-It farts. I'm not pointing any fingers, y'all, I'm just saying.
We have arrived in
We left off with made-for-television King (NBC's Carrie remake), and as we resume, we're still staring at the proverbial boob tube, this time looking at
The Dead Zone season 2
broadcast on USA, January 5-August 17, 2003
As I mentioned when discussing the first season of The Dead Zone, it is my stated belief that the second season took a dip in quality. The first had been quite good, introducing an ongoing set of plotlines that could be put on pause for large stretches of time in favor of having Johnny solve a problem in episodic fashion most weeks. For example, one week he served on a jury and used his psychic powers to try to help persuade people to do the right thing. In another, he becomes trapped in a cave and communicates via his visions with a centuries-dead Native American shaman.
Your mileage may vary in terms of how much you enjoy the episodes, but my contention is that by the time the second season was over, the strain had begun to show when it came to finding usable concepts to showcase Johnny's powers. In other words, The Dead Zone turned into an average television series.
The second season episodes were:
- 2.01 "Valley of the Shadow" (January 5, 2003)
- 2.02 "Descent" (January 12, 2003)
- 2.03 "Ascent" (January 19, 2003)
- 2.04 "The Outsider" (February 2, 2003)
- 2.05 "Precipitate" (February 9, 2003)
- 2.06 "Scars" (February 16, 2003)
- 2.07 "Misbegotten" (February 23, 2003)
- 2.08 "Cabin Pressure" (March 2, 2003)
- 2.09 "The Man Who Never Was" (March 9, 2003)
- 2.10 "Dead Men Tell Tales" (March 16, 2003)
- 2.11 "Playing God" (March 30, 2003)
- 2.12 "Zion" (April 6, 2003)
There were also seven additional episodes which began airing three months later. If I remember correctly, these episodes were commissioned by the network due to the strong ratings the series was bringing in; they wanted to use the series to drive viewership during the summer months. I'm going to separate these last episodes out from the rest, because an argument could be made that they almost represent a different season altogether. Here's a list of those episodes: