Thought its original shows have been a “hit or miss” affair, the quality programming that has emerged from the creative freedom and the sheer courage of its producers is by far some of the best entertainment on cable television. In this regard “The 4400”
USA, the land of the free and home of the brave. USA Networks have a most appropriate name. Thought its original shows have been a “hit or miss” affair, the quality programming that has emerged from the creative freedom and the sheer courage of its producers is by far some of the best entertainment on cable television.
In this regard “The 4400” does not disappoint. The basic premise is fresh. Four thousand four hundred people that had disappeared during a period spanning more than five decades, suddenly appear out of thin air. The show screamed “alien abduction” but it is later revealed that’s not the case (I won’t spoil it for you).
The show, consists of showing us two sides of the story, the side of the returnees dealing with their new lives and abilities; and the side of the Federal Agents assigned to deal with them.
Strong performances by most of the cast elevate this sci-fi drama from the norm. The relationships between the characters and its evolution is the key to this show’s success. Some people have dismissed this show as an X-Files rip-off, and while I’m a fan of the X-Files I must say that is not the case and if handled well The 4400 can even surpass that show.
This show is as about conspiracy as much as it is about human relationships as much adventure as it is drama. It has found the right mix, and while it is not perfect it is definitely on the right track.
I found the 4400 late. I ended up buying the first two seasons on dvd and watching episodes back to back which is how i watch alot of my tv. Anyway i really got into it and for the next two years carried on buying seasons 3 and 4...Then the bombshell. The show is cancelled and my investment is blown. Why? Well because the studio decided that it did not want to carry on so it cut the show. At this point the story was not concluded and we got left in limbo. I am sick of spending good money on these shows - investing my money and time only to be let down by the studios. All the fans of this show and many others ask for is that if a show has run for a couple of seasons or more at least provide the fans with a special episode to tie up the loose ends and provide an ending. I am sure most show runners would like this as well? Is it any wonder people are turning to torrents and downloading everything for free - i can understand it - why invest your money buying box sets when you never know if a show will get the ending it deserves. Anyway - THAT SAID,this is a superior sci fi show and one that is worth watching - just know going in it will not be resolved!
I never really got to watch the whole four seasons. Actually I only watched the first season. However, that season made me addicted to that freakishly awesome show. What i admired most was the directing truthfully. There were sometimes where I would get lost in the scenery, lights, backgrounds,.. etc, and forget what the actors were doing. "What is stopping me from watching the rest of the seasons if i liked it that much?" one might ask. Don't judge me ... I'm having trouble downloading it. So if anyone knows where i could download the whole 4 seasons please contact me. Sorry this is not much a review as it's a plea. Thank you
Firstly, I apologize for the length of this review written from a textbox that doesn't understand what and 'Enter' bar does, please continue. I've just watched The 4400 all in 2 weeks. Seasons 1 - 4. And let me tell you - I logged in to this site to leave a review. That should tell you something.
First, if you are thinking about watching this show I AM SO JEALOUS THAT YOU GET TO WATCH IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Second, The 4400 is so infuriatingly frustrating at times in the best ways imaginable.
Its characters are so incredibly flawed that we can (at times) forget that some of them are superhuman. Very meta. This vulnerability and depth allows for very three-dimensional characters. We feel sympathy for villains and hatred for heroes. This is necessary but oh so painful.
There are minor loose ends all over the place and the plot-lines are so tantalizing you'll believe that they've found a way to send crack through your DVR. I don't know if J.J. Abrams was busy but why was he not all up on this bitch?! They could have done a bit more with the 'wholeness' of the show had the writers been given a definite chunk of time by the networks instead of being strung along for years.
The series finale left my jaw open and my heart raw. I felt that it ended too quickly; that the writers were trying to wrap things up too quickly; that the characters were moving on too quickly. Thus is the way of the money machine that is the network.
That said, for a series which is mostly about trying to figure out the unknown, causing (and reacting to) fallout and living with your decisions...this is a sci-fi show about aliens and superpowers and good and evil and morality and reality and war and the future and hope...The ending was perfect.
All of these 'frustrators' are so perfect for the content and your enjoyment of the series.
I will be recommending this to all of my friends. I loved it. For me, the 'worst' parts of the show; what others may complain about, were my favourites. I had no idea that it existed when it was on-air. And that is a damn shame.
Awesome show. Wouldnt miss it for the world. Great Cast, great writing. Ejoy the storyline thorougly. Who would of thought they are from the future. Love the mix of different pasts balled up into one from throughtout the 20th Century. Top notch. Only wish more people would take the time to watch it.
Cant wait for the next series of this wonderfully gripping series. One not to miss. From the very beginning I was hooked. 4400 people returned at the same time and some of them have interestingly wierd abilities. Sort of a cross between superman with a paranormal twist. Highly recommended television.
i like to think of this show as the x-files meets heroes. the stories and characters are like a mix of the two when you look at tom and diane (mulder and scully) investigating 4400 people who have been abducted from various times through out history and then returned all at once - not aging a day. and some come back with powers and are like super heroes, or the freaks from smallville affected by kryptonite. then there is the added bonus of the ripple effect to keep fans hooked. i cant believe this show got cancelled and it should be given a movie- or tv movie- or anpther season on a different network.
The whole concept of the 4400 is unique. To create such an environment of mystery and strangeness (in the first season, when we didnt know the true abductors and when we first discovered the 4400's powers), is remarkable. Now, in the second season, the writers and producers are expanding their creativity. They are following the daily lives of the 4400 and investigating new cases dealing with the 4400, as these cases are brought up. Unbelievabley, unique.
I don't know why some shows have to finish when there are so many fans that like it. 4400 could be a film on cinema and I'm sure it will be a success.
The show is about 4400 people that disappear in different parts of the world and in different time. In fact they are abducted and one day they returned together in a big light. They came back with the same age when they disappear but with special abilities. They don't remember what happened in this time they were out and in some cases they returned so many years after, that they didn't have a friend or relative alive anymore.
That abduction was explained that people from future (it can be people from another planet?) came back to abduct some people and prepare them to make the world a better place to live.
4400 people are abducted over a number of years and then one day all returned together at the same location , the returnees all then develop certain abilities and the main reason for this is to make the world a better place but not everyone believes this and the returnees are in danger from those who would like to see this not succeed , one of the returnees uncles is a government agent placed to work with and investigate the 4400 , with each passing season the show grows darker and darker but this is a good thing , the show is awesome and only critisim i would have is due to the show being cancelled there was never really a proper ending so with the way other shows are going could a TV movie be a possibility to provide full closure on this fantastic story or will whats been given have to suffice. Worry not this show is amazing and anyone who watches this will not be disappointed.
Ps - Given the timing of this show the creators of Heroes may have tried to change their storyline a bit people who gain special abilities and the main aim is to save the world rip-off of the 4400 or what!!
A pretty cool show from start to the end.
Season finale of the 4400 was awesome.There are still many questions need to be answered.Characters were full of surprises and as time passed,a new way was found in the show,not only those kidnapped had a gift but also ordinary people were capable of having interesting abilities,i must say that this was an original idea as we see Baldwin in a dilemma whether to take the injection. I would want to see what would be his ability because he had a really important place in the fate of humanity. If there was a fifth season,we could see a lot of different events.but the 4400 will be in my mind cancelled or not cancelled.It was a show full of originality,creativity...
I love this show, the season finale was great. I hope the show gets renewed for a thrid season, I can't imagine not knowing what is going happen next. It is hard enough waiting until next summer to watch it again. I love that Richard has an ability now. The show has new concepts and it is refreshing to see each Sunday along with the Dead Zone. This season was better than the first and I hope the third is even better. This is one of my favorite shows and I believe it is very original, captivating and will continue to be one of my favorites.
It sucks that this show got canceled, it seems that any good sci-fi show never seems to last. However, moving on, this show is the predecessor to Heroes, and while it is written and displayed in a different manner than heroes, it is a great show. the 4400 is about 4400 people who get abducted from different parts of history, and are all returned to present day Seattle with no memories, and new extraordinary powers. There are a lot of political themes as well and while the story is not as faced paced as heroes, it develops the characters and plot very well. The 4400 is great and I recommend it to those rabid Heroes fans.
One of the best Sci Fi shows that I have seen in a long time. Such a comets shame that television companies are so quick to cut off shows and not allow them to finish them off completely. I loved season 4 and still really worth watching g but felt a season 5 could of given it more scope to finish it off as did feel it was rushed too quickly by the end of season 4.
I still can't understand how I did not watch this when it was on air. Finding this on Netflix has been a pleasure to watch, but such a shame that it got cancelled :-(
I caught this show late, unfortunately its been canceled. But this show really intrigue me so I watched the first episode and I just had to find out what happens next. The characters on this show were very well developed, great actors. It's very shocking why this show got canned, it was over too soon at least it could've went on for another 2-3 seasons they had that much material left. But good show to watch.
This show is great on so many levels, but its flaws are obvious. Its easy to see why this great show went down. The 4400 has a very dynamic appeal to it. The power use/special effects are excellent. The characters feel very real and the acting is believable. Plot twists were great and the realistic turn of events was even better. The show gives you a good sense of the desperation and urgency the 4400 experience. The villains are menacing, illusive, manipulative, and secretive making them another great piece to this show that are so lacking in many others. The 4400's abilities fit well with their psyches nicely adding another nice touch to show. Some of the things that really killed this show were Tom Baldwin, one of the most annoying and mentally challenged characters I've seen. Having an arrogant, annoying, and clueless federal agent is bad enough, but to make him one of the main good guys that the story revolves and the shows resident moral compass was unbearable. There was way too much dialog and character thought and not enough awesome usage of their powers. Another really bad point was that all the really powerful characters have mental powers that aren't much to look at and usually don't use their powers much. For a bunch of people enhanced from the future to change events in the somewhat recent past the 4400 aren't very active. Most of the 4400 just go and resume what they did before they were taken and use their abilities sparingly and in many ways that just don't really seem important. All in all a great show that got stuck in first gear and never adapted to be something more.
Season 2 of the 4400 is getting progressively worse. I'm not sure what happened to the writing here, but the latest episode was hard to watch it was so bad.
In the latest episode, Tom Baldwin and the public at large go bananas over a Rwandan 4400 who facilitated some killings during the Rwandan genocide. This was a fairly weak story line sine no one cared in 1994 made it hard to understand why so many people would freak out over a guy who didn't actually kill anyone.
But the Tom Baldwin character was particularly unconvincing. In the last episode he gained a wife of 8 years overnight because "he'll need her support" ... then she disapears completely in the subsequent episode. huh? The he freaks out over this Rwandan... but previews of next week's episode show him telling Kyle not to worry about wasting Jordan Collier.
What's up?? Writers working a a vacuum?!?
My advice... watch just about anything else and you'll be ahead of the game.
The 4400 had a great mix of complex story lines through out the four seasons of its run. The mythological story had certain and recognizable religious tones which may have made the show controversial to some viewers. I really enjoyed the production quality of this show and all the small touches. I was satisfied with how the show ended but believe it had a lot of unfulfilled potential. There were some aspects of the stories I would have liked to seen more of or learned more about, especially Isabelle and her powers. When Richard and Lily were on the run and the tree's were bowing to Isabelle, that was a cool yet unexplained phenomenon I would have liked to know more about. This series is very original and could be considered the original Heroes as that show is very similar to this. The characters really made this show what it became as the actors all fit and played their parts perfectly. This is one of my favorite shows and I enjoy watching it from start to finish at least once each year. I only wish there were more seasons!!!!!!!
Sigh the 4400 was a great show. I miss it. Especially now it is summer again. I wish they'd do a mini series and wrap up the dangling threads that were left when the shut it down before its time. The show was stylish, well acted, and well filmed. It had an interesting premise with all these people arriving inexplicably back to the present, having disappeared at various points through history. One of my favourite characters was Maia who disappeared in 1946. When she reappeared in the present with the other 4400, she like all of them had a special talent and hers was the ability to see into the future. Tom Baldwin, the lead was a great character too. I still don't understand why they canceled it. :-(
The 4400 is a fantastic sci-fi show what has could go on forever, or near it. With 4400 people and 4400 stories it would take a long time to run out. The stories are captivating and it is very mysterious. What more can you ask for in a sci-fi show?
This is my current favorite show. It has infinite possibilities--4400 people, 4400 possible stories. It is awesome! It is in the same genre as Lost, which is also another favorite of mine. I would not miss it for anything. All of my friends like it too. Long live The 4400!
Quite an amazing show. 'The 4400' certainly deserves it's Emmy nomination (and lets hope it wins it too!). The show that started as a mini-series is picking up pace as it enters it's 2nd season.
I think 'The 4400' has 2 major 'secrets':
1. Original story line, which improves with every
episode and have yet a lot of room for future developments in the confines of a serialised weekly drama;
2. One of the best cast on any show on US TV at the moment. The characters are believable,
credible and perfectly acted out; Full marks to the casting agency as well as the excellent
actors on this show. I care about the people on this show,
which is something fundamental to the success on any TV show.
Again like I said on other shows ('The Dead Zone', 'Entourage') I fail to understand why season 2 is not a full season (22-episodes) but only 12 episodes. It seems that US networks are slowly but surely taking a page from the old British TV book: a 'season' here in the UK is no more then 6 to 13 episodes. Mostly 6, I have to say. Honestly, what a joke!
Wonderful show, with great potential to stay on air for many seasons to come! (we hope!!).
I always wanted to leave a message of some kind after this amazing show was cut off but never came to terms with it. I think the 4400 story isn't finished.. Doh! we fans all know that. Why? getting too real, is it? giving new age ideas to the general public is pretty hard though each time more people are getting aquainted and open their hearts and imagination to a world yet to be seen, yet to be felt. We have such "advanced" means for communication, it seems certain people don't want the word to get out. The world is changing now and tremendous exciting new things will we have to face. Shows like this give us a glimpse of "what if" with future events? It's about time to produce something like 2 movies made for TV to finalize this show. Fans from all places, let's get together one last time - who keeps shows alive? we collectively do. The lips of wisdom are sealed except for the ears of understanding.
I don't know how this show did it but each character was complex and well developed and the actors were outstanding. In particular, Joel Gretsch, who played Tom Baldwin was magnificent on this show. The characters were easy to like and very diverse so that everyone had a favorite. The concept of the show is truly brilliant and allowed for a never-ending well of story-lines. The brilliance of the show and likability of the characters allowed the show to survive its more ridiculous story-lines, such as the utterly unexplained disappearance of Alana Mareava, the resurrection of Jordan Collier and the rather perverse death of Isabelle's mother, Lily.
Highlights of the show included any story-line relating to Maia and the aftermath of Jordan Collier's assassination, which continued to affect characters such as Kyle throughout the series. I was so glad they killed Jordan Collier. I hated him in season 1.
I give this show 9/10. I deduct 1/2 point for the bad story-lines mentioned above and another 1/2 point for the huge cliffhanger that ended the series that pissed me off so much. Why couldn't they have made 1 more season and bring the show to rest? They had the plot material to last another 2 seasons at least.
This show just starts in a big way and the as the story gets more complex, we begin to realize the 'real deal' behind they're kidnapings. What i found interesting was how the characters had to cope with after they got back, especially those who've been away for a long time. Alliances are made due to the people's discomfort with having to live next door to the returnees who have a supernatural ability. The thing that brought back the flare o the show, was revealing the real reason behind the kidnapings of the 4400. I think that it has more to offer if it keep airing, so just to say:"the best of luck"!
I really loved The 4400 in the beginning. It was a great show, an original show, and it was fascinating. Each episode seemed to get better and better. The stories were well written and the tension endless. You loved rooting for Tom and Diana, who make a great team. The various powers of the 4400s were intriguing, I wanted to know more about these characters, even the bad ones. Now, however, the show is disappointing me more and more. I watched my last episode on August 19, 2007. The whole issue of Jordan Collier has been pushed too far and now I simply find him annoying. Caution---SPOILER WARNING
Even though it bothered me that Tom forgot about Alana and was attracted to his boss, AND that Jordan Collier was still in the thick of things, I totally gave up on this show when Tom became evil. I know that he probably won't be like this forever, but I won't even watch one episode of him acting this way. I'm done with the show. I feel like the stories and characters are now lacking (Kyle's power is ridiculous, more like another ANNOYING personality) and I just can't be bothered anymore.
This is all, of course, just my opinion, but I think this show is getting worse and worse.
I had heard a lot of things about The 4400, so decided to check it out, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a semi-interesting concept, and it is executed well. It's about 4400 alien abductees who suddenly one day turn up again, all in one place. Some of them have been gone for a hundred years, some just a couple of months, and they have no recollection of where they have been. Some of them have developed some special abilities, and the show is very much based on their struggle of finding themselves again, as well as everyone else's concern of finding out what really happened to them.
It was great most of the time. We just watched all of it on ROKU but I fell asleep during one of the episodes and don't know which one it was. Are there any movies after the series that catch us up on things? I wish they would start a new series but it probably wouldn't be as good. The last few episodes sound a lot like information from the Bible in Revelation.
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