The 4400

Season 3 Episode 11

The Gospel According to Collier

5
Aired Unknown Aug 13, 2006 on USA
9.3
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The Gospel According to Collier
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NTAC and the 4400 Center work together to find Jordan Collier. Kyle Baldwin gets a surprising visitor at the state prison.

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  • The Gospel According to Collier

    10
    The Gospel According to Collier was a perfect episode of the 4400. I enjoyed this entertaining episode because Jordan Collier has returned. After disappearing from Shawn and Isabelles' wedding Tom and Diana begin to search for him and discover he has been all over the country if not the world. Eventually NTAC gets their hands on him and question him. I thought it was cool that Tom got the ok to bring Alana back to help Collier remember who he is. What was learned about his time away was not only interesting but quite disturbing. April makes a surprise visit to Diana and Maia with good news. Maia has a prediction that will change Diana's life forever. I enjoyed watching as she gave in to fate. This episode show cased the skills of the writers, directors, and actors. Kyle is finally released from prison, and Jordan confronts Isabelle in a very awesome scene. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Return of a King

    9.4
    This episode is the one that not just resolved certain plot points in the show but also the one that help turn the show in a new direction. The Jordan character was always a cypher, he always seem as though he has good intentions but from certain things he said you can't help but think there is something more behind them. Another thing about him is he has a bit of psychologically considered a god complex. He sort of a character similar to the main villian in Alan Moore's "Watchman". The episode is sort of a mediataion about belief and fate vs. free will. How can one trully believe in the truth or even one's true role in the cycle of life? Do we really control are own destinies or has our lives already been written out for us like a predetermined set of moves in chess? As we watch the episode you can't help but constantly question what were seeing. As usual Jordan is doing some good in the world. He comes off as a meshah figure and supposedly had powers to take him on some metaphysical time travel trip where he was able to see the future which was of course bad. Even though the details could be dismissed as a simple halusination we can't because most of what he said was on the mark with Shawn's visions. He also wants to help free Kyle, which is a good thing since Kyle is innocent and there is weak evidence against him. All I can say for Jordan's record so far so good. But in the final facinating scene both Isabelle and Jordan confronted each other and Jordan kicked her out of the 4400 institute without using powers but instilled fear in Isabelle when Isabelle tried to intimidate Jordan it backfired. But during that scene there was a arguement about whether Isabelle is good or evil. She says shes wants to be good and to do good things, but unfortunately there is a blindness she seems to lack ethical bounderies and moral direction plus dangerously developing a god complex herself. Her record is not so good, killing people without any justice behind the blows but worst of all making Shawn love and marry her. Taking away a persons free will is a moral sin toward humanity. Yet does she conchiously see her errors and can she learn from them or is her self awareness weak and she will truely walk toward the dark side? Is Jordan truely on the side of the angels as were suppose to believe him to be or could he be a false prophet?



    This plot is of course paralleled with the sub-plot with Diana and Maia in the case of April's new boyfriend Ben. Maia says Diana will get married to Ben according to her prediction, and of course Maia is never wrong. Or could she be, after all the future is not a straight line and it could be just an alternate scenario she saw or may'be some how her prediction could be mixed with a psychological desperation for a father figure? This is where the issue of free will vs. fate comes in. Ben also supports Maias vision when he of course dumps April for no good reason all because of what a precog said. But just because of two peoples prediction did it really mean it had to be true, could Ben just be forcing it to be true at his own will. Of course Diana and Ben run into each other on at the grocery store and at an art galery. Is it fate or just a simple case of right time and place. I'd hate to see the Diana and Marco couple up come to an end, I always thought Marco was a funny and interesting character which was why he was a good significant other for Diana, thats why I find for now the Ben character a bit iffy.



    All these question in the episode have no answers to them, it's really up to the viewer to decide.moreless
  • Jordan Collier has returned

    9.1
    What a great and exciting episode.



    Last week's cliffhanger was correct, Jrdan Collier has returned from the dead or at least the presumed dead.



    Diana, Tom, Shawn and Richard all cooperate in the search for Jordan Collier and they manage to track him down but he's suffering from partial memory loss.



    Tom then strikes a deal and Alana is allowed to return and help Jordan regain his memory.



    When Jordan's followers show up en masse, NTAC doesn't have much choice and has to release him. Jordan accompanies Tom to the court and Kyle is released. I really loved that scene.



    Then the initial face-off between Collier and Isabelle, which promises to continue in the next two episodes.moreless
  • Finally! The series takes a turn for the better. I think the first 10 episodes of this series was bleeding it to death. Now with Collier coming back in the picture, the will to watch is back!moreless

    9.2
    I wrote my complaints the other day about the series going the wrong way, bleeding to death etc. But with the coming of Collier, it put the series right back up where it belongs. With the rest of my favorites. Finally there's an opening towards beating the bad guys and a good twist in the story. This episode and the end of the previous one, really wants to make me look at the next one soon! That's what I was missing earlier.



    This is just what the series needed, a good guy against the evil spoilt girl. Now let's hope they can continue this work in the fourth season!moreless
  • When I get my religion on a Sunday, it's usually sometime well before 9 PM.

    8.9
    So last episode, Jordan Collier made his grand return to the center, with no knowledge of who he was. He kept his beard, but his hair was suspiciously longer. No big deal.



    Then, once he gets his memory back, JC (where have I seen those initials before?), with his long hair and beard (surely a coincedence) claims to have been resurrected from the dead (wait a second, this is starting to sound familiar), and that his death had to happen (o...k, now it's getting creepy), and that the final war between good and evil was coming (man, it's on the tip of my tongue).



    OK, enough sarcasm and hinting: let's face it, this episode is chock full of more religious undertones (and overtones) than a CS Lewis book. Aside from Jordan's obvious role as the Christ figure, there's also a clever reenactment of God banishing Lucifer from Heaven. Hell, we've even got Kyle in the role of Judas Iscariot and pretty much everyone else playing the Doubting Thomas.



    Do I mind? No, not really. I had been saying that the show started going downhill when Isabelle became the Anti-Christ. Now that someone has stepped up to stop her, things can get interesting.moreless
Tom McBeath

Tom McBeath

Will

Guest Star

Jill Morrison

Jill Morrison

Liza

Guest Star

Judith Maxie

Judith Maxie

Judge Van Kirk

Guest Star

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson

Devon

Recurring Role

Natasha Gregson Wagner

Natasha Gregson Wagner

April Skouris

Recurring Role

Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Jordan Collier

Recurring Role

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