The 4400

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

8
Aired Unknown Jul 11, 2004 on USA
9.2
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A comet is due to pass by Earth, but its trajectory changes to a collision course, causing widespread panic. When the comet appears to slow down — as if it's coming in for a landing — 4,400 people are deposited in an explosion over Highland Beach.

The returnees — "the 4400" — have been missing from months to years. None have any memory of where they've been, none have aged, and a small number are beginning to manifest paranormal abilities. Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris, two Homeland Security agents, are appointed to find out what happened to the 4400.

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  • I loved this episode great way to start a series

    10
    This was the first episode in the series 4400 people abducted 4400 people come back all the same age as when they left and some of them even have powers sort of like The X Files in a way that is why i started to watch this show all because of the great X Files show both shows have simularatyies but this episode was great it was great it turned out to be two hours and also two hours for the season 2 premere a great sci-fi show that any sci-fi fan would enjoy especially if u love to watch The X Files so if u r interested in watching this show this episode will help u understand the series better so if u want to watch it try to catch a rerun on usa network or buy the season 1 dvds enjoy the show.moreless
  • The 4400 Pilot Episode

    10
    The 4400 Pilot Episode was a perfect introduction to the series as it introduces most of the main characters 4400 and otherwise, it established and laid the groundwork for a few plot lines, and it moved at a great pace. I think the whole idea of this show is awesome and unique. There is a mystery to be solved as people from different times suddenly reappear from what was thought to be a comet with no knowledge of where they were or what was done to them. It was interesting to see some of the characters develop special abilities or powers and what they had to face upon their return as time has passed them by. The music of the series blends perfectly with the cinematography to create a unique tone which fits perfectly. I am hooked and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • strong first episode.

    9.0
    While this pilot didn't show a fantastic amount of originality in its approach, it enchanted me for its full hour-and-a-half. There were lots of nice characters that shouted development and history so that was really easy to get into fast. The addition of the child, Maya, looks to me a real gem too. She could be the bringer of some of the best mystery and suspense elements to this show.



    I'll definitely continue watching The 4400. I'm always in for some long and plotty show with interesting people and actions and this seems a definite example of that category. A nice start, though the two "leads", Diana and Tom, weren't sparkling enough to my taste. A lot of the dialogue and acting between them needs fine-tuning but I'm pretty sure that it'll all work out. Considering this show ran for 4 seasons, they had a lot of time to work out the flaws and smoothen up the formula. Can't wait to watch the rest!moreless
  • A very strong and solid first episode.

    9.0
    While this pilot didn't show a fantastic amount of originality in its approach, it enchanted me for its full hour-and-a-half. There were lots of nice characters that shouted development and history so that was really easy to get into fast. The addition of the child, Maya, looks to me a real gem too. She could be the bringer of some of the best mystery and suspense elements to this show.



    I'll definitely continue watching The 4400. I'm always in for some long and plotty show with interesting people and actions and this seems a definite example of that category. A nice start, though the two "leads", Diana and Tom, weren't sparkling enough to my taste. A lot of the dialogue and acting between them needs fine-tuning but I'm pretty sure that it'll all work out. Considering this show ran for 4 seasons, they had a lot of time to work out the flaws and smoothen up the formula. Can't wait to watch the rest!moreless
  • The pilot episode for "The 4400"

    9.5
    Okay, I know I am a late bloomer for this show but what can I say. I'm a busy girl. I didn't think I would like it, but after asking a few people about the show, they made me want to watch it. The way I judge a TV series is on the Pilot episode. if I don't like the Pilot than more than likely I wont like the show. I loved the Pilot for the 4400. The show just got better and better every episode. I think I watched three series in three days. It was awesome. And it all started with the pilot. All the characters were great and they made it so that all the characters had some personal issues which made you want to know more about them. It was great.moreless
Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Orson Bailey

Guest Star

Craig March

Craig March

Security Guard

Guest Star

Jason Low

Jason Low

Sid Stradner

Guest Star

Andrew Airlie

Andrew Airlie

Brian Moore

Recurring Role

Chilton Crane

Chilton Crane

Susan Farrell

Recurring Role

Lori Ann Triolo

Lori Ann Triolo

Linda Baldwin

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Featured 4400s

      * Maia Rutledge, disappeared 3 March 1946 from Crescent City, California. She has the second sight ability of precognition.
      * Richard Tyler, an Air Force pilot, disappeared 11 May 1951 during the Korean War.
      * Orson Bailey, disappeared 11 June 1979 from Tacoma, Washington. He has the ability to exert extreme telekinesis.
      * Shawn Farrell, disappeared 22 April 2001 from Highland Beach near Seattle, Washington. He has the ability to heal others.

    • Goof: Titan II missiles have not been used by the US since 1987.

    • Goof: Diana gives the projected location of the comet as "47 north longitude, 122, maybe 123 west latitude". This is not possible: latitude coordinates are north or south and longitude coordinates are east or west. The proper location would be 47 north latitude, 122 west longitude.

    • Goof: As the comet heads towards Earth, the Chinese and US launch missiles at it, and a near real time countdown is presented. This would mean intercepting the object at least near the atmosphere, as the missiles were not designed to target things in space, but when it is revealed that the missiles failed to destroy it, the comet is now passing by the moon, which even if the missiles were designed for outer space, would have taken much, much longer to intercept.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Tom: Shawn, uh... do you remember anything? Anything at all about what happened that night?
      Shawn: Nothing. Nothing. One minute I'm sitting there with Kyle on the beach, the next, it's three years later and I'm standing next to some mountain with a couple thousand strangers around me. Listen, Uncle Tommy, some people are saying that we were abducted by aliens.
      Tom: We can't rule anything out yet.

    • Diana: So the red dots mark the spots where the American members of the 4400 originally lived.
      Tom: You mean the returnees.
      Diana: Not according to the press. It's the 4400. You know, you have to admit, it's a bit strange, a nice round number like that. I wonder if it has any significance.
      Tom: Oh, so you're saying that if 3,781 people had suddenly showed up that night, it wouldn't have been as strange?
      Diana: I'd say...slightly less strange.

    • Diana: Well, it was more of an attempt at bonding, via a shared similar experience. Can you open the door?
      Tom: How long did you go out with this guy?
      Diana: Nine months.
      Tom: Nine months. So you're equating your nine months of dating, with my nineteen years of marriage?
      Diana: You're right, ok, forget it. You want me to drive?
      Tom: What for?
      Diana: I don't know. So you can brood?

    • Diana: You know, I had a boyfriend once. Every time...
      Tom: Boyfriend?
      Diana: Well, don't look so surprised. God!

    • Diana: Is this all that's left when you're done, a box of trinkets?
      Tom: They're not trinkets, they're memories, the kind you leave behind, you know, for family and friends.
      Diana: Hmm, I should get to work on that.
      Tom: I'm not going there.
      Diana: Well, believe it or not, some of us are happier alone.
      Tom: No one's happy alone, if they are they're kidding themselves.
      Diana: I thought you weren't going there.

    • Tom: So between you and me, what do you think happened to them? Where do you think they've been?
      Diana: I don't know, but there had to be some kind of intelligence behind it.
      Tom: As in the hand of God, or little green men?
      Diana: I'm not discounting anything.

    • Diana: Here's where the 4400 are right now, two weeks after their release. (shows Tom the computer screen)
      Tom: Sixty-five percent are still in Seattle.
      Diana: They're just not going home, and none can come up with a good reason as to why.
      Tom: You think it means something?
      Diana: In the CDC, we call this a statistically, significant, disease cluster.
      Tom: Yeah, well in the FBI, we'd call it a freaky coincidence.
      Diane: I don't believe in coincidence. Disease clusters, I believe in those.

    • Diana: I got it on SeaTac radar. It's slowing down.
      Ryland: What?
      Diana: It's at Mach 7, Mach 2. It's going subsonic. It's leveling off and continuing to lose speed. It's as if it's coming in for a landing.
      Ryland: Landing?
      Sid: What, like a plane?
      Chen: No, more like the mothership.

    • Diana: Can I ask you a question?
      Tom: No!
      Diana: Well, I'm gonna ask you anyway. So, your son, how long has he been in a coma?
      Tom: Three years.
      Diana: Three years, that's a long time.
      Tom: You have no idea.
      Diana: Maybe you and your wife can work things out?
      Tom: You know one day, Kyle is going to wake up and I'm going to have to tell him that his family is falling apart. I go to that hospital everyday, and tell myself that makes me a good father.
      Diana: Oh, you are a good father. Kyle is lucky to have a dad like you. Not every one does, you can trust me, 'cause I know.

    • Tom: For future reference, if I want to play good cop, bad cop, I'll let you know.
      Diana: Which one do I get to be?

    • Lily: You look so lonely standing there without an ID number.
      Richard: I'm supposed to be eighty-two years old. There's no one here waiting for me.

    • Richard: (to Lily) Lily's dead, and I'm sitting here with her granddaughter. It doesn't make any sense, no goddamn sense at all.

    • Shawn: They're just jealous that I get to enjoy two more years of high school.

    • Richard: My friend, her name was Lily, too. Lily Bonham.
      Lily: That's my grandmother's name.
      Richard: Lily Bonham from St. Louis?
      Lily: You knew my grandmother.
      Richard: Is she still alive?
      Lily: I'm sorry. She died before I was born.

    • Shawn: I just told you the truth! Is that what you've been thinking, this whole time? That I gave Kyle something that messed him up and then I just took off? Screw you Uncle Tommy! I just told you everything I know!

    • Richard: The Secretary of State is colored?
      Shawn: You mean Black. I'll take your word for it.
      Richard: And the National Security Advisor, too. Lord, the world sure has changed since we've been gone. You should try and relax, son. You're not going to get out of here any quicker by wearing a groove in the floor.

    • Skouris: Well, good luck, Maia.
      Maia: You'll see me again.
      Skouris: Yeah, next week.
      Maia: Sooner than that.

    • Sid: Sir, it just changed course and accelerated again.
      Skouris: A comet cannot change course.
      Ryland: This one has.
      Skouris: Then it's not a comet.

    • (Orson and Maia are watching the news network argue about them)
      Maia: She doesn't like us much.
      Orson: The feeling's mutual.

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