I don’t even know what to say about the final five minutes of “The 4400” finale last night. I love that show, but I hope it doesn’t jump the shark anytime soon. And it also seems as though their season is really short. How many episodes do they get? 11? The full 22?
Last season I didn’t see “The 4400” at all because I’m not a big fan of secondary cable station series (i.e., FX, TBS, USA). But I decided to give “The 4400” a whirl because it seemed like it might be a good sci-fi series in the same vein as “Taken” – the awesome miniseries from Steven Spielberg.
USA Networks aired all of Season One yesterday and then the opener of Season Two last night at 9 p.m. I’m now officially a huge fan and have a season pass installed to tape every episode and am grateful to have at least ONE good show to watch this summer during repeats.
“The 4400” involves 4,400 people who were abducted by aliens over the past century – all brought back to earth at a lake in Seattle at the same time. The 10-yr-old girl who was taken in the 1930s and comes home to find her parents long since dead. The black man who was taken in the 1950s and comes home to find blacks and whites living together in harmony. The teenager who was taken just three years before and comes home to find his “little” brother is now his age and the “little” girl next door is now a hottie. The new mom who gets abducted 12 years ago and comes back to find her husband remarried and her daughter unaware that her mom was ever missing (she thinks the 2nd wife is her mother).
But that’s not all – members of the 4400 come back with special abilities or issues. The 10-yr-old girl can see the future. The teenager can harm or heal people at will. The mom is several weeks pregnant – even though she wasn’t pregnant when she was abducted.
Each episode has a specific story about one of the 4400, but there is also a general story arc that threads through every episode. All in all it is good story-telling and worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet.