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14th May '16 2:33:14 PM StFan
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!!''The Dead Zone'' provides examples of:



* AbsenteeActor: For a show with only four main cast members it's surprisingly rare to find episodes featuring all three, Nicole de Boer (Sarah), Chris Bruno (Walt), and John L. Adams (Bruce)! Usually just one or two of them - there are even episodes where none of the three are featured! The only cast member to appear in every single episode is Anthony Michael Hall.
** Sarah in particular is noticeably absent for most of Season 5--seemingly due to Nicole De Boer starring in a MadeForTVMovie at the time. In Season 6, Bruce is PutOnABus, seemingly out of a desire to cut production costs.
* AbortedArc: The Christopher Wey arc of Seasons 2 and 3 seems to be building up to some major revelations about what leads to Armageddon. Ultimately, however, [[spoiler: the mental and physical strain of these "super-visions" causes Johnny to throw away his cane at the beginning of Season 4, thus severing contact with Wey and his own future self.]]
** More blatantly was how the promise of an epic fate-of-the-world final duel in the Season 5 finale between [[spoiler: Johnny and Janus]] was unceremoniously thrown away in the first episode of Season 6, which has [[spoiler: Janus killed in a fire and Armageddon seemingly prevented, just like that.]] The worst part was [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks this is presumably part of what led to the]] [[SeasonalRot declining ratings of the season.]]

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* AbsenteeActor: For a show with only four main cast members it's surprisingly rare to find episodes featuring all three, Nicole de Boer (Sarah), Chris Bruno (Walt), and John L. Adams (Bruce)! Usually just one or two of them - there are even episodes where none of the three are featured! The only cast member to appear in every single episode is Anthony Michael Hall.
AbortedArc:
** Sarah in particular is noticeably absent for most of Season 5--seemingly due to Nicole De Boer starring in a MadeForTVMovie at the time. In Season 6, Bruce is PutOnABus, seemingly out of a desire to cut production costs.
* AbortedArc:
The Christopher Wey arc of Seasons 2 and 3 seems to be building up to some major revelations about what leads to Armageddon. Ultimately, however, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the mental and physical strain of these "super-visions" causes Johnny to throw away his cane at the beginning of Season 4, thus severing contact with Wey and his own future self.]]
** More blatantly was how the promise of an epic fate-of-the-world final duel in the Season 5 finale between [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny and Janus]] was unceremoniously thrown away in the first episode of Season 6, which has [[spoiler: Janus [[spoiler:Janus killed in a fire and Armageddon seemingly prevented, just like that.]] The worst part was [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks this is presumably part of what led to the]] [[SeasonalRot declining ratings of the season.]]]]
* AbsenteeActor:
** For a show with only four main cast members it's surprisingly rare to find episodes featuring all three, Nicole de Boer (Sarah), Chris Bruno (Walt), and John L. Adams (Bruce)! Usually just one or two of them -- there are even episodes where none of the three are featured! The only cast member to appear in every single episode is Anthony Michael Hall.
** Sarah in particular is noticeably absent for most of Season 5 -- seemingly due to Nicole De Boer starring in a MadeForTVMovie at the time. In Season 6, Bruce is PutOnABus, seemingly out of a desire to cut production costs.



* BigBadDuumvirate: From the Season 4 premier to [[spoiler: the Season 6 premiere]], Greg Stilson and Malcolm Janus.

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* BigBadDuumvirate: From the Season 4 premier to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Season 6 premiere]], Greg Stilson and Malcolm Janus.



** Johnny's mother is revealed to have died during Johnny's coma--[[spoiler: by suicide, out of grief over losing her son]]. In the book, she's the voice of "faith" for Johnny...which Rev. Purdy supplies in the series.

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** Johnny's mother is revealed to have died during Johnny's coma--[[spoiler: by coma -- [[spoiler:by suicide, out of grief over losing her son]]. In the book, she's the voice of "faith" for Johnny... which Rev. Purdy supplies in the series.



* DownerEnding / GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:They manage to break up Stillson and Sarah, but by doing that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is put back on track; it had previously been averted.]] Thanks both to a WGA strike and declining ratings, this cliffhanger is not resolved.
** Potentially a BittersweetEnding, as [[spoiler: Johnny's father notes that if Johnny doesn't marry Sarah the world will end. Just before he dies, he tells Johnny that Sarah still loves him, despite the rift.]] Further, an arc over the course of the season has culminated in [[spoiler: JJ discovering his own "dead zone" abilities--which may be even more powerful than Johnny's.]] As such, the fact that [[spoiler: Sarah and Johnny are on the path to reconciliation in the final scene]] implies that things might be on the right track, after all.

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* DownerEnding / GainaxEnding: DownerEnding: [[spoiler:They manage to break up Stillson and Sarah, but by doing that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is put back on track; it had previously been averted.]] Thanks both to a WGA strike and declining ratings, this cliffhanger is not resolved.
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resolved. Potentially a BittersweetEnding, as [[spoiler: Johnny's [[spoiler:Johnny's father notes that if Johnny doesn't marry Sarah the world will end. Just before he dies, he tells Johnny that Sarah still loves him, despite the rift.]] Further, an arc over the course of the season has culminated in [[spoiler: JJ [[spoiler:JJ discovering his own "dead zone" abilities--which abilities -- which may be even more powerful than Johnny's.]] As such, the fact that [[spoiler: Sarah [[spoiler:Sarah and Johnny are on the path to reconciliation in the final scene]] implies that things might be on the right track, after all.



* GrandfatherParadox: Played with in "Visions". Johnny meets a man from the future who tells Johnny that he needs to figure out how he ended up in a coma (and activated his own Dead Zone). The dilemma is if Johnny does, the man never goes into a coma to have a vision to tell Johnny about it. [[spoiler: Ultimately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] as the man ultimately changes priorities to saving his family--which Johnny does.]]

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* GrandfatherParadox: Played with in "Visions". Johnny meets a man from the future who tells Johnny that he needs to figure out how he ended up in a coma (and activated his own Dead Zone). The dilemma is if Johnny does, the man never goes into a coma to have a vision to tell Johnny about it. [[spoiler: Ultimately [[spoiler:Ultimately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] as the man ultimately changes priorities to saving his family--which Johnny does.]]



* HopeSpot: At one point, it seems like a broken and tearful Stilson has been defeated, though a potential scandal involving double-homicide. And then [[spoiler: Janus shows up, and takes charge as his new mentor.]]
** Season 6 has one with [[spoiler: the death of Janus, and Johnny shaking Stilson's hand and seeing a perfectly fine Washington, D.C.]] Turns out [[spoiler: Stilson--and presumably Janus--have been using Johnny's father as a drugged advisor to help them anticipate future events--and when he dies, Johnny sees the Armageddon vision again.]]
*** For the characters, the season also builds up to Sarah and Johnny [[spoiler: falling in love again.]] But then [[spoiler: Sarah learns that Johnny lied to her about the circumstances of Walt's death, and a rift occurs which doesn't heal until the last moments of the season finale.]]

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* HopeSpot: HopeSpot:
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At one point, it seems like a broken and tearful Stilson has been defeated, though a potential scandal involving double-homicide. And then [[spoiler: Janus [[spoiler:Janus shows up, and takes charge as his new mentor.]]
** Season 6 has one with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the death of Janus, and Johnny shaking Stilson's hand and seeing a perfectly fine Washington, D.C.]] Turns out [[spoiler: Stilson--and [[spoiler:Stilson -- and presumably Janus--have Janus -- have been using Johnny's father as a drugged advisor adviser to help them anticipate future events--and events -- and when he dies, Johnny sees the Armageddon vision again.]]
*** ** For the characters, the season also builds up to Sarah and Johnny [[spoiler: falling [[spoiler:falling in love again.]] But then [[spoiler: Sarah [[spoiler:Sarah learns that Johnny lied to her about the circumstances of Walt's death, and a rift occurs which doesn't heal until the last moments of the season finale.]]



* TheIlluminati: Malcolm Janus sports a ring with the all-seeing eye, implying that the Illuminati is what's behind Stilson. [[RetCon Ret-conned in Season 5]] where Janus's group is implied to be [[spoiler: a relatively small group of former soldiers]].

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* TheIlluminati: Malcolm Janus sports a ring with the all-seeing eye, implying that the Illuminati is what's behind Stilson. [[RetCon Ret-conned in Season 5]] where Janus's group is implied to be [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a relatively small group of former soldiers]].



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Walt and Malcolm Janus]] in the beginning of Season 6. In the finale, [[spoiler: Stilson's former [[TheDragon dragon]] Sonny.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Walt and Malcolm Janus]] in the beginning of Season 6. In the finale, [[spoiler: Stilson's [[spoiler:Stilson's former [[TheDragon dragon]] Sonny.]]



'''Johnny:''' (''fighting tears and kneeling down to hug JJ'') "Johnny". Just "Johnny".

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'''Johnny:''' (''fighting ''[fighting tears and kneeling down to hug JJ'') JJ]'' "Johnny". Just "Johnny".



* NebulousEvilOrganization: Malcolm Janus's "Coalition for a Better America", which may or may not be a branch of TheIlluminati. (We learn the name in Season 5, [[spoiler: as part of the RetCon that implies that it may not be, after all.]])

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* NebulousEvilOrganization: Malcolm Janus's "Coalition for a Better America", which may or may not be a branch of TheIlluminati. (We learn the name in Season 5, [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as part of the RetCon that implies that it may not be, after all.]])



* NoirEpisode: Season Six's "Switch", which involves Johnny trying to protect a FemmeFatale from being thrown off a train. Bonus points for most of the action taking place at night--with the train stations seeming lit specifically for noir.
* OddlySmallOrganization: Initially, it can be pretty hard to believe that Janus's "Coalition for a Better America" [[spoiler: consists of the small group of former soldiers in the photo Johnny and Walt discover late in Season 5]]--until we realize that 1) [[spoiler: aside from Janus himself, we've barely seen ''anyone'' from his group]], and 2) [[spoiler: those in the photo could easily be explained as the ''leadership'' who formed the Coalition out of an elaborate con game]].

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* NoirEpisode: Season Six's "Switch", which involves Johnny trying to protect a FemmeFatale from being thrown off a train. Bonus points for most of the action taking place at night--with night -- with the train stations seeming lit specifically for noir.
* OddlySmallOrganization: Initially, it can be pretty hard to believe that Janus's "Coalition for a Better America" [[spoiler: consists [[spoiler:consists of the small group of former soldiers in the photo Johnny and Walt discover late in Season 5]]--until 5]] -- until we realize that 1) [[spoiler: aside [[spoiler:aside from Janus himself, we've barely seen ''anyone'' from his group]], and 2) [[spoiler: those [[spoiler:those in the photo could easily be explained as the ''leadership'' who formed the Coalition out of an elaborate con game]].



--> "I had the perfect life--until I was in a coma for six years. When I woke up...I found my fiancée, married to another man. My ''son''...doesn't know who I am.[[note]](After "The Cold Hard Truth", changed simply to "And they're raising my son".)[[/note]] Everything has changed.... ({{Beat}}) Including me: One touch...and I can see things. Things that happened. Things that ''will'' happen. You should see what I see."

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--> "I had the perfect life--until life -- until I was in a coma for six years. When I woke up...I found my fiancée, married to another man. My ''son''...doesn't know who I am.[[note]](After "The Cold Hard Truth", changed simply to "And they're raising my son".)[[/note]] Everything has changed.... ({{Beat}}) Including me: One touch...and I can see things. Things that happened. Things that ''will'' happen. You should see what I see."



** "Babble On" has a memorable one where Johnny discovers that [[spoiler: his father didn't die when he thought, but at some point gained the same abilities Johnny did, only ''stronger''...which seemingly drove him insane.]] This leads to another one in the Season 6 finale, where he discovers that [[spoiler: his father's alive, and being held by Stilson as an unwitting advisor.]]
** The Season 5 finale reveals that not only dos Janus ''know'' about [[spoiler: Johnny's visions of Armageddon...he and his crew actually ''want'' it to happen, so as to rid the world of the old order and bring in the new.]]
** The RetCon concerning Janus's organization can count as this: [[spoiler: They may not have been the Illuminati after all -- but a band of crooked former soldiers ''posing'' as a grand, evil cabal so they can intimidate people into giving them what they want.]]

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** "Babble On" has a memorable one where Johnny discovers that [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his father didn't die when he thought, but at some point gained the same abilities Johnny did, only ''stronger''...''stronger''... which seemingly drove him insane.]] This leads to another one in the Season 6 finale, where he discovers that [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his father's alive, and being held by Stilson as an unwitting advisor.adviser.]]
** The Season 5 finale reveals that not only dos Janus ''know'' about [[spoiler: Johnny's [[spoiler:Johnny's visions of Armageddon...he and his crew actually ''want'' it to happen, so as to rid the world of the old order and bring in the new.]]
** The RetCon concerning Janus's organization can count as this: [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They may not have been the Illuminati after all -- but a band of crooked former soldiers ''posing'' as a grand, evil cabal so they can intimidate people into giving them what they want.]]



** A loose story arc beginning in Season 2's "The Storm" and continuing on to the premier of Season 4 has Johnny regularly contacted by [[spoiler: future counterpart Christopher Wey, who survived Armageddon and is just as desperate to find out how it happened as Johnny is.]] Ultimately, [[spoiler: Johnny breaks contact because of the harm it's been risking to his brain.]]
** Also "Collision" Johnny finds out [[spoiler: his future self appeared to him in a vision right after the car crash and saved his life]] otherwise Johnny wouldn't be alive.

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** A loose story arc beginning in Season 2's "The Storm" and continuing on to the premier of Season 4 has Johnny regularly contacted by [[spoiler: future [[spoiler:future counterpart Christopher Wey, who survived Armageddon and is just as desperate to find out how it happened as Johnny is.]] Ultimately, [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny breaks contact because of the harm it's been risking to his brain.]]
** Also "Collision" Johnny finds out [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his future self appeared to him in a vision right after the car crash and saved his life]] otherwise Johnny wouldn't be alive.



* TookALevelInBadass: The Season 6 finale indicated this has happened with [[spoiler: Stilson. Janus may be dead but Stilson seems to be running the organization in his place--and doing a disturbingly good job of it.]]
* TheWatson: Poor Bruce, who must be spending every spare moment away from his physical therapist job helping Johnny on his various adventures. Sarah also fills this role on occasion throughout the series--most blatantly in Season 6, following Bruce leaving town.

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* TookALevelInBadass: The Season 6 finale indicated this has happened with [[spoiler: Stilson. [[spoiler:Stilson. Janus may be dead but Stilson seems to be running the organization in his place--and place -- and doing a disturbingly good job of it.]]
* TheWatson: Poor Bruce, who must be spending every spare moment away from his physical therapist job helping Johnny on his various adventures. Sarah also fills this role on occasion throughout the series--most series -- most blatantly in Season 6, following Bruce leaving town.



* WhamEpisode: Most of the season finales, naturally--but also "Babble On", where Johnny investigates what ''really'' happened to [[spoiler: his father]], culminating in a WhamLine as he confronts Rev. Purdy: [[spoiler: "WAS MY FATHER ''LIKE ME''?!"]]

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* WhamEpisode: Most of the season finales, naturally--but naturally -- but also "Babble On", where Johnny investigates what ''really'' happened to [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his father]], culminating in a WhamLine as he confronts Rev. Purdy: [[spoiler: "WAS [[spoiler:"WAS MY FATHER ''LIKE ME''?!"]]



* WorthyOpponent: Both Stilson and Janus view Johnny as this.



* WorthyOpponent: Both Stilson and Janus view Johnny as this.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Okay! So [[spoiler: Janus is dead, Stilson tells Johnny he's going to change his ways, and Johnny sees Washington D.C. perfectly fine.]] Happy ending--wait...[[spoiler: there's a whole season left?!?]] More apparent when you watch it on DVD, or otherwise know that [[spoiler: Season Six is the last, and thus there isn't going to be a new big arc to replace Armageddon.]]

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* WorthyOpponent: Both Stilson and Janus view Johnny as this.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Okay! So [[spoiler: Janus [[spoiler:Janus is dead, Stilson tells Johnny he's going to change his ways, and Johnny sees Washington D.C. perfectly fine.]] Happy ending--wait...[[spoiler: there's ending -- wait... [[spoiler:there's a whole season left?!?]] More apparent when you watch it on DVD, or otherwise know that [[spoiler: Season Six [[spoiler:Season 6 is the last, and thus there isn't going to be a new big arc to replace Armageddon.]]
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9th Jan '16 3:11:33 AM jormis29
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* CameBackStrong: Johnny is critically injured in a car accident and is in a coma for five years. When he wakes up, he has PsychicPowers, including [[{{Seers}} precognition]] and psychometry. Averted with his physical state, though. It takes few operations, implants and months of rehabilitation for him to be able to even move on his own. He's well-aware and informed many times that he will be never as strong as before the accident.

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* CameBackStrong: Johnny is critically injured in a car accident and is in a coma for five years. When he wakes up, he has PsychicPowers, including [[{{Seers}} precognition]] and psychometry.{{psychometry}}. Averted with his physical state, though. It takes few operations, implants and months of rehabilitation for him to be able to even move on his own. He's well-aware and informed many times that he will be never as strong as before the accident.
3rd Jan '16 3:03:03 PM RushLimborg
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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Okay! So [[spoiler: Janus is dead, Stilson tells Johnny he's going to change his ways, and Johnny sees Washington D.C. perfectly fine.]] Happy ending--wait...[[spoiler: there's a whole season left?!?]] More apparent when you watch it on DVD, or otherwise know that [[spoiler: Season Six is the last, and thus there isn't going to be a new big arc to replace Armageddon.]]
9th Dec '15 1:42:00 PM FlowerofMay
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* YouCantFightFate: In an episode guest starring [[Series/{{Charmed}} Lochlyn Munro]] and [[Film/TheBreakfastClub Ally Sheedy]] as old friends of Johnny's who are brother and sister, he kept getting visions that ended up in the same way; [[spoiler:the sister committing suicide in order to give her heart to her brother, who is in desperate need of it]]. He tries desperately to change the events, but is forced to let it happen at the end.

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* YouCantFightFate: In an episode guest starring [[Series/{{Charmed}} Lochlyn Munro]] and [[Film/TheBreakfastClub Ally Sheedy]] as old friends of Johnny's who are brother and sister, he kept getting visions that ended up in the same way; [[spoiler:the sister committing suicide in order to give sister, with whom Johnny shares a mutual attraction, getting into a fatal car accident so her heart goes to her brother, who is in desperate need of it]]. He tries desperately to change the events, but is forced to let it happen at the end.
1st Oct '15 8:50:08 PM ClatoLawa
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* RogueJuror: The episode "Unreasonable Doubt", a WholePlotReference to ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'', right down to the fact that Johnny votes initially not guilty ''not'' because of anything his powers tell him about the case, but because he knows that the accused is facing a death sentence (in this case, being shanked in prison) and wants to be sure they've done their job properly.
17th Aug '15 3:52:45 AM StFan
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* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Maine has a pretty distinct accent, which is absent (or tend to be CanadianAccents due to the actors probably being [[StargateCity on the other side of the continent]]). In "Descent," in a flashback showing miners (or [[FunetikAksent "minahs"]]), they all try. It's very obviously not their native accents.
16th Aug '15 4:52:58 PM nombretomado
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* AmericanAccents: Maine has a pretty distinct accent, which is absent (or tend to be CanadianAccents due to the actors probably being [[StargateCity on the other side of the continent]]). In "Descent," in a flashback showing miners (or [[FunetikAksent "minahs"]]), they all try. It's very obviously not their native accents.

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* AmericanAccents: UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Maine has a pretty distinct accent, which is absent (or tend to be CanadianAccents due to the actors probably being [[StargateCity on the other side of the continent]]). In "Descent," in a flashback showing miners (or [[FunetikAksent "minahs"]]), they all try. It's very obviously not their native accents.
26th Jun '15 12:17:50 PM beack7
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* ModestyBedsheet: Dana, Sarah, and pretty much any love interest for Johnny or Stilson or whoever that has a bed scene.

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* ModestyBedsheet: Dana, Sarah, and pretty much any love interest for Johnny or Stilson or whoever that has a bed scene.



* TookALevelInBadass: The Season 6 finale basically indicated this has happened with [[spoiler: Stilson. Janus may be dead but Stilson seems to be running the organization in his place--and doing a disturbingly good job of it.]]
* TheWatson: Poor Bruce, who must basically be spending every spare moment away from his physical therapist job helping Johnny on his various adventures. Sarah also fills this role on occasion throughout the series--most blatantly in Season 6, following Bruce leaving town.

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* TookALevelInBadass: The Season 6 finale basically indicated this has happened with [[spoiler: Stilson. Janus may be dead but Stilson seems to be running the organization in his place--and doing a disturbingly good job of it.]]
* TheWatson: Poor Bruce, who must basically be spending every spare moment away from his physical therapist job helping Johnny on his various adventures. Sarah also fills this role on occasion throughout the series--most blatantly in Season 6, following Bruce leaving town.
20th May '15 8:47:40 AM RushLimborg
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** The RetCon concerning Janus's organization can count as this: [[spoiler: They weren't the Illuminati -- they were a band of crooked former soldiers ''posing'' as a grand, evil cabal so they can intimidate people into giving them what they want.]]

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** The Season 5 finale reveals that not only dos Janus ''know'' about [[spoiler: Johnny's visions of Armageddon...he and his crew actually ''want'' it to happen, so as to rid the world of the old order and bring in the new.]]
** The RetCon concerning Janus's organization can count as this: [[spoiler: They weren't may not have been the Illuminati after all -- they were but a band of crooked former soldiers ''posing'' as a grand, evil cabal so they can intimidate people into giving them what they want.]]
20th May '15 8:34:12 AM RushLimborg
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* NoirEpisode: Season Six's "Switch", which involves Johnny trying to protect a FemmeFatale from being thrown off a train. Bonus points for most of the action taking place at night--with the train stations seeming lit specifically for noir.
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