First let me say that I have been with Johnny and crew from the very beginning. I count myself as a fan. I sat fascinated during the early episodes, marveling both at the storytelling and cool special effects. By Season 3, the series was slowly losing its way. The acting was spotty, but mostly it was the uneven writing that stood out. Seasons 4 and 5 continued the slide down.
I have mixed reviews of the sixth and final season. During this final installment, the new writers decided to just scrap the main Stilson story line and go off on one-show adventures. Each hour introduces some new dilemma that Johnny must confront. Unfortunately, all of the other cast except Sarah are essentially removed from the show after episode 1 (I don't want to spoil things, so I'll leave it at that). The loss of the supporting cast is unfortunate, because it was the character interaction (Bruce-Johnny, Rev. Purdy-Stillson, etc.) that gave the show depth.
There are some decent episodes (Big Top, Switch, Outcome, and Denouement) and some poor ones (Heritage, Ego, Re-entry, Interred). One thing I noticed was that anytime the new sheriff is on screen, the show suffers. I don't know if it is her acting or the terrible lines she was forced to mutter, but it is painful to watch. Also, Sarah's hot and cold behavior towards Johnny and God forbid Stillson is completely out of character. It makes her come off as a needy widow in search of a husband and father for her kids - I'm sorry to have to even say that, but it plays out that way. If anyone would have told me that she would kiss Stillson, I would have probably not even bothered with the season at all.
Overall, I think this final season is an improvement over the last one. But it ends with things basically where they all started - nothing resolved - the world's headed back towards armageddon, Stillson is still at the helm, and we the viewers are not quite sure what is going to happen next. Everyone looks a bit haggard, but I suppose the actors must feel that way after the ups and down the writers have put them through. I enjoyed the Dead Zone, but in truth I had hoped for something more from the final season.
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