The 4400

Season 1 Episode 3

Becoming

4
Aired Unknown Jul 25, 2004 on USA
8.7
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Becoming
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Tom and Diana are sent out to investigate a homicide that resembles the MO of a serial killer who was never caught nor heard of for 21 years. The first suspect is Oliver Knox, a member of the 4400. However, Knox has an alibi for the night of the murder and another man confesses to the crimes. Tom and Diana suspect that Knox is luring people to kill for him and try to lay a trap on him. Meanwhile, people begin to turn hostile towards the 4400, and Jordan Collier decides to organize his fellow returnees. But Richard feels uneasy about Collier's interest in them.moreless

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  • Becoming

    9.0
    Becoming was a superb episode of The 4400. I really enjoyed watching this episode as another 4400 comes to attention when a string of serial murders begins again. I thought this was a cool story and it raised an interesting question in the theory room. This story is but a small part of a bigger picture which remains a mystery. Sean can't help but feel quilty and in the end he surprises his Uncle. I thought it was cool how Jordan Collier introduced himself to the others and invites them to his place for gatherings. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!moreless
  • A 4400 serial killer

    10
    Knox was hard to read. He was nice, charming and I would have never guessed he'd be capable of killing anybody. But the facts made it clear it had to be him. It just took me awhile to figure out his master powers of persuasion were responsible for the deaths.



    A 4400 serial killer is definitely an interesting topic. It brings up all sorts of questions about why the 4400 were truly brought back. There's Milo's ripple effect theory, that the 4400 were brought back with powers to positively affect the world. But then why would anyone send back a serial killer? The powers only helped Knox kill more people. Maybe the 4400 weren't necessarily meant for good?moreless
  • The 4400 serial killer

    8.1
    This isn't my favorite episode but it was one of the better one up into this point of the series. At first I thought the season was off to a slow start, but after this episode it started to pick up a little. I thought the storyline was great. A serial killer with special powers to get inside the minds of average men and make them mysteriously commit murders and confess to murders that they did not commit. Shawn healing Kyle and bringing him out of acoma was definitly a turning point in this series. It was an alright episode. I hope they get better from this point onmoreless
  • One of the 4400 may turn out to be a serial killer.

    7.9
    Interesting episode, mainly because of the storyline. When one of the 4400 returns, the police quickly keep track of him as he was a suspect in a series of murder investigation before he disappeared. When the murders start again, he turns out ot have an alibi and two other men confess to being the original killer, even though they couldn't have been.



    A story where a killer controls the mind of someone else to do his killings for him is not new, but this is excellently executed.



    The Collier storyline will be interesting to watch and Shawn finally seems to have 'healed' Kyle.moreless
  • Ryland: “It means we have a 4400 serial killer on our hands, and if that’s not a worse case scenario, it will sure as hell do for one.”

    7.5
    Knox was hard to read. He was nice, charming and I would have never guessed he’d be capable of killing anybody. But the facts made it clear it had to be him. It just took me awhile to figure out his master powers of persuasion were responsible for the deaths.



    A 4400 serial killer is definitely an interesting topic. It brings up all sorts of questions about why the 4400 were truly brought back. There’s Milo’s ripple effect theory, that the 4400 were brought back with powers to positively affect the world. But then why would anyone send back a serial killer? The powers only helped Knox kill more people. Maybe the 4400 weren’t necessarily meant for good?



    We were formally introduced to Jordon Collier, who appears to be trying to get the 4400 community to join together. At first glance he appears to have good intentions, but something about him nudges me the wrong way. Maybe because he’s too much of a sweet talker; everything he says sounds too good to be true. I’m betting there’s more to him then meets the eye. But maybe I’m wrong. I’ve been known to be.



    4400 Of the Week:



    Oliver Knox

    Disappeared: August 22, 1983

    Power: Master Powers of Persuasion



    Final Notes and Quotes



    - Collier took a sudden interest in Lilly and Richard once he found out about the baby.



    - There are nationwide protests for Homeland to reveal the names of the 4400. Someone leaked them on the internet. Is there a mole within Homeland?



    - I really hate Danny for selling out his own brother.



    - Barbara Yates was a fun character. She and Ryland have good onscreen chemistry.



    - From the flashback is looked like Kyle was originally supposed to be taken.



    - Carl’s neighbors have formed a watch committee for Bradley Park.



    - The sheriff referred to Tom and Dianna as from NTAC. Have we heard of that branch before? I thought they worked for the Department of Homeland Security.



    - Kyle’s awake! Did Sean use his powers again?



    - Sheriff: “This is the spot where we found Theresa Baron's body. We went over everything pretty good.”

    Diana: “Yeah, well, we have the toys. We like to take them out of the box every now and then.”



    - Ryland: “That hypocritical, self-righteous, irresponsible ****

    Dianna: “I take it he doesn’t like her show.”



    Final Rating: 2 out of 4 stars.



    - Tim Bronx

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Peter LaCroix

Peter LaCroix

Sheriff Jim Conrad

Guest Star

Shaine Jones

Shaine Jones

Cop

Guest Star

Helen Shaver

Helen Shaver

Barbara Yates

Guest Star

Richard Kahan

Richard Kahan

Marco Pacella

Recurring Role

Lori Ann Triolo

Lori Ann Triolo

Linda Baldwin

Recurring Role

Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Jordan Collier

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: NTAC stands for "National Threat Assessment Command".

    • Featured 4400s

      * Oliver Knox, disappeared 22 August 1983 from Friday Harbor, Washington. He has the ability to plant ideas into peoples' minds by his speech, making them do whatever he desires.
      * Jordan Collier, disappeared 10 April 2002, from the Seattle, Washington area.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Kyle: (raspy, strained voice) How long... have I been in the dark?

    • (in Marco's office)
      Tom: Goddamn serial killer. This guy murders eight people before he's abducted. They send him back, he picks up where he left off.
      Marco: In 1983, Knox was your garden variety psychopath. They sent him back enhanced. Big difference.
      Diana: Well, it makes whoever took him sound pretty nasty.

    • Barbara Yates: (on television) The rash of violence involving the 4400 continues. Sources tell us Homeland Security is investigating a possible connection between the Friday Harbor murders and an undisclosed returnee.
      Ryland: That hypocritical, self-righteous, irresponsible bitch…
      Diana: I take it he doesn't like her show.
      Tom: He doesn't like her.

    • Jordan: Well, what can l do for you this afternoon, Lily '93? Don't worry, it's not a line. Though you're the most attractive abductee I've met all afternoon. I'm Jordan Collier. l'm throwing this party.

    • Jordan: (to a fellow 4400) 1969, huh? Well, the good news is your bell-bottoms are back in style.

    • Shawn: There's this one guy one was just talking to, and he's been gone for forty years and he came back and picked everything up without missing a beat, and then, there's me, I'm gone for three years and it's like my whole life is falling apart.....everything's different.
      Jordan: I know, Shawn, remember that most of us feel the same way you do.

    • Ryland: I want Barbara Yates's coverage of the 4400 to stop.
      Gibson: What do you mean "stop"?
      Ryland: I mean it ends, she stops covering the story period.
      Gibson: Listen, Mr Ryland, Barbara has sole authority over her editorial content. Barbara says what Barbara wants, there's nothing I can do.
      Ryland: You're her Producer, produce.
      Gibson: I don't think you know what it's like in this business these days. We're not Walter Cronkite here.
      Ryland: You want to talk about the old days? In the old days, I would need a warrant to tap all your phones, to freeze all your assests and to prevent you from ever being a passenger on any airline in the world. But like you say, it's not the old days anymore. Now you've worked for Barbara Yates for a long time, since the beginning, and I'm guessing that you know where the bodies are buried. Draw me a map.

    • Jordan: How are you guys managing, got everything you need?
      Richard: Everything, except a job. I was a pilot in the air force and I'm supposed to be drawing a pension, but that hasn't come through yet. I've applied for flight instructor jobs, and even the Seattle PD, but, every time they find out I'm one of the 4400, the job suddenly goes away.

    • (Richard looks shocked when he sees two teenagers kissing on the street)
      Lily: Richard, you can't tell me that teenagers didn't make out in 1951?
      Richard: Yeah, in a parked car by the lake.
      Lily: Oh, in a parked car by the lake, that's very cute.

    • (Jordan sees Lily and Richard together)
      Jordan: Do I detect a little romance brewing among the 4400?
      Richard: You have a good eye.

    • Diana: Maybe he can't control everything they do. What if Knox can force people to kill, but only by convincing them they really are the Friday Harbor killer?
      Tom: In for one murder, in for them all.

    • Sheriff Conrad: This is the spot where we found Theresa Baron's body. We went over everything pretty good.
      Diana: Yeah, well, we have the toys. We like to take them out of the box every now and then.

    • Diana: So, I guess we're taking a trip up to Friday Harbor?
      Ryland: Bring me back a t-shirt.

    • Maia: Breakfast is ready.
      Diana: Shouldn't I be saying that to you? Maia, thank you very much. This beats a can of Coke and a slice of cold pizza. And I promise, I will get better at being the grownup in this relationship.
      Maia: It's okay. I like being the grownup.

    • Jordan: I have no agenda, but someone had to put a human face on the 4400. We've been demonized enough by people like you.
      Barbara Yates: Well, if you're implying that this is a witch hunt, I disagree.
      Jordan: You're not the one being burnt at the stake.

    • Richard: (to 4400 Assigned Therapist) Look, you wanna help me? Help me find a job. Tell me what to say when they ask me how old I am. Or about my work experience, or or or, tell me how to explain that 58 year old gap on my resume. Everyone says that the world has changed for the better, and that people don't judge you by the color of your skin. Well let me tell you something, I'm still being judged, and you're sitting there asking me... about my relationship with my parents?

    • Oliver: Look, I know how tempting the math is on this on this murder. I disappear in '83, the killings stop. Here I am, a- and the poor girl is dead.
      Tom: We noticed.
      Oliver: And if I were in your shoes, you know, I'd probably want me to be guilty too. It would be so convenient. But... I almost feel bad I can't oblige you. I did not kill that woman.

    • Ryland: D.C. is calling for your head. I want you to dial back on the 4400.
      Yates: Not gonna happen. I'm a journalist, I answer only to my viewers.
      Ryland: Don't you hide behind freedom of the press. What you do isn't journalism, it's shouting "Fire!" on a crowded theater. And you're gonna stop before the stampede begins.
      Yates: … Yeah. You have a really strong face. Seriously Dennis, you should come on my show.
      Ryland: You're getting in the way of my job Barbara. If you're going to continue to interfere with the Department Of Homeland Security, I'd advise you to tread lightly.

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