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Actors: Chad Faust - Conchita Campbell - Jacqueline McKenzie - Joel Gretsch - Patrick John Flueger. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 560 Mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 4. Rating: Unrated. Genre: TV. Release Year: 2004.
I have just finished watching Season's 1 & 2 and I was astounded that I had heard nothing about this excellent show. I happened across it when Amazon recommended it to me based on previous searches - thank you Amazon! The show is superbly acted by a large cast of different characters and filled with nuance and religious allusions. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time waiting for the next batch of revelations about why the 4400 were taken, changed and then returned. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is on the fence about giving it a try.
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4400 - Season 2April 13 2006
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Ever since the second season ended on TV, I've been scouring Amazon and Best Buy at least twice a month for the release date!
The second season of the 4400 begins a year after the events of season 1, not counting the small interlude with Richard and Lily in hiding, and Lily going into labor with her baby.
Since the end of season 1, Baldwin has been stuck behind a desk while Skouris, rotating through a number of incompetent partners, has made little to no progress investigating the 4400. Skouris is also adopting the clairvoyant girl Maia as her daughter, and Baldwin's son Kyle, out of his coma, has been in quaratine for the past year, much to his frustration. Jordan Collier, billionaire and 4400 member, is attempting to build a seperate nation or some such for the 4400, and he's not above breaking the law to do it. His search for Richard, Lily, and their six-month-old baby Isabelle also continues, while Richard & Lily are on the run from the US government, and zealots who believe the 4400 to be a harbinger of doom. The cast took a bit of a blow with the departure of Peter Coyote as boss Dennis Ryland, who was replaced by Samantha Ferris as the new boss, Nina Jarvis. Star Trek fans receive a bit of a treat this season with appearances by Jeffery Combs (DS9's Weyoun, Brunt & Enterprise's Shran) and Robert Picardo (Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram).
With the third season set to begin this summer (with Combs appearing in half of the episodes!), I'm eager to see the second season again, without commercials.
The 4400 is the best sci-fi series on TV these days, IMHO, since the loss of Star Trek: Enterprise and The X-Files, which is why I'm proud to add this set to my collection.
Twelve episodes make up the 2nd season, and they're 12 good hours to spend. :-)
But if you plan to spend summer watching reality shows, I pity you.
4 of 0 people found the following review helpful
Let the birth of the catastrophe begin!May 26 2007
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Earlier I mentioned that it took me nearly a year to get through the first season of "The 4400", a series that I thought had potential, but didn't fully grab my attention until later. Well, I jumped into this second season unsure of where the writers would take us - unsure of how the 4400 fit back into the existence of the world, and what "ripple" effect they may be having on the future. Having learned that they were returned, not from an alien race, but from our own kind in a future world, to stop a massive "catastrophe" from happening - I was hooked. I don't mean like I would casually pick up an episode here or there, it was a dedicated three hours every night until this second season was completed and then an immediate buy of the third season. My wife and I couldn't get enough of the duo of Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris, Richard and Lilly's arranged marriage, and that father/son relationship between Shawn and Jordan Collier that teeters on madness - we gobbled it all up then asked for seconds.
The words direct from our mouths were, "This show is 100 times better than X-Files", and I will stay true to that thought and saying. What made the "X-Files" both enjoyable and irritable was the power of the individual episode, yet the overshadowing of the BIG government conspiracy. It was innovative at the time, but got old rather quickly. With "The 4400", the blend of both the individual episode (i.e. each character struggling with their own personal dilemma) as well as the HUGE underlying tone of "why" were these individuals brought back. Sides begin to develop due to the return of Jordan Collier, who wants nothing more than to create a shelter for these uniquely challenged. This poses both trials and tribulations for the Seattle NTAC team that want to control and survey whatever the 4400 may be doing. The "ripple" effect is explore further and with more detail and the slight idea that everyone involved from both those that are returnees to those that may be lending a helpful end (aka Tom and Diana) are also essiantial players in this fight for the future. The great element to all of this, the idea that surrounds every episode, is who is on the "good" side and who is on the "bad" side. A war is about to be waged, and what keeps me gripped to each episode over and over again, is that the lines of truth are not distinctly drawn. Is Jordan as bad as we think? Is Dennis Ryland really fighting the good fight? The trust has not been established yet, and that keeps me on the edge of my couch during each episode.
Then there is Isabelle - an entire paper could be written on what she is or isn't. I am afraid to tackle that subject even here, because knowing what I know about season three, she was a small hint of glory in this season.
I have two, very small, and very insignificant issues with this series. I hate to use these words because there are so many great elements to this series, but with every good there is always one very small bad. With "The 4400"it teeters upon the religious. I kept thinking of the "Left Behind" books for a bit, and giggled at the thought of Kirk Cameron suddenly appearing on screen, but it is such a small issue that it passes quite quickly. When you deal with faith, and the understanding of purpose, you can easily transform yourself into a deeply religious television series - and for a couple of episodes here it does just that, but it doesn't remain that long. Also, again small gripe here, but Jacqueline McKenzie has moments where she slips in and out of her character. Her facial expressions at times seemed forced or forgotten. Her interaction with the other characters seem like typical conversation or studied lines, she isn't the strongest player and at times it weakens the surrounding storyline or character development. Only two gripes I have, I will be quiet now.
Favorite episodes from this series:
"Wake-Up Call" - a prime example of the "ripple" effect in full swing.
"Life Interrupted' - my personal favorite episode of the series - just the fact that a lifetime can happen in just a few moments impresses me.
"Lockdown" - just loved the way this episode was shot cinematically.
"Mommy's Bosses" - just the title of this episode alone gave me shivers up my spine. Season 3, here I come!
Let the birth of the catastrophe begin!
Grade: ***** out of *****
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Truly OriginalJune 9 2006
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This is one of the most innovative series to hit television since the days of the original Star Trek and the Time Tunnel. Rather than being the same ol' space alien stuff, the 4400 presents viewers with a genuine mystery -- Where have the 4,400 returnees been? Who, if anyone, took them? Why were they selected in the first place? And why have they been returned now?
The answers to these and other questions are not all revealed in the second season, but we do get some ideas about who took the 4400 and why. I won't give it away in case any of you have not yet seen the series, but suffice to say that the answers are not the standard space opera stuff.
I didn't happen to catch the first season of this series when it was originally broadcast, so ended up watching seasons 1 and 2 back to back on DVD. This is, in many ways, the best way to see the shows for the first time, as seeing them all in sequence makes the plot more sensible and also aids in helping viewers speculate about what is actually behind the "takings." If you like to puzzle out mystery stories and also enjoy top-of-the-line science fiction, The 4400 is for you.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic!June 5 2006
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My husband and I just finished a marathon viewing of Season 2, and it is FANTASTIC. While Season 1 seemed a bit slow in terms of telling the individual stories, the ending (especially with the trees bowing to the passing car carrying an in-utero Isabel!) held much promise.
What I found fascinating (this was in the Return of the 4400 Featurette) is that Season 1 was a mini-series and that it wasn't certain if it would become a TV show. In fact, a writer mentioned that it wasn't supposed to come out that the 4400 were humans sent back from the future until Season 5 or so...about 100 episodes into it! So when The 4400 was given the green light for the production, the writers had to figure out how to proceed with the proverbial "cat already out of the bag".
Personally, I'm glad the cat was let out of the bag! I have felt strung along by the show LOST and stopped watching it. But at least with The 4400, you know what you're dealing with. HOWEVER, we don't know who, exactly, sent them back...and what their motives are!
While the plot lines are solid, the characters and relationships (and, of course, the writing) are what really makes this show stand out. Season 2 shows plot elements I've not seen elsewhere (Tom and his new love!) and compelling scenarios. My husband and I were so blown away by Season 2 (especially Mommy's Bosses) that we've re-started our satellite subscription just so we can see the premiere of Season 3 on June 11th on USA!
I wish there were more extras on the Season 2 Discs, but it was interesting to hear what inspired The 4400 (9/11) and Jacqueline McKenzie's (who plays Diana) accent. I would have never guessed in a million years that she was Australian based on her preformance on the show! What an amazing actress...
I also enjoyed the Stitch in Time Featurette featuring astrophysicists talking about wormholes and the spacetime continuum--and how time travel could be possible.
Despite not having a lot of extras, Season 2 is worth getting just for the compelling stories and acting. I thought LOST (used to) have great writing, as well as The Shield, but honestly...I believe The 4400 is better than both of those shows!
I missed seeing more of Jordan Collier (found out in the Featurette that Billy Campbell insisted on sailing on a tall ship as a crewman!), but the actors playing Kyle, Tom, and Shaun are top-notch. Kinda neat seeing Kaj Erik-Eriksen (who plays Danny, Shaun's brother). Remember him from The Commish?. He played Scali's son in that show.
P.S. The final scene is amazing. Interesting that Jordan Collier's initials are J.C...
The second season of the 4400 packs a solid punch of entertainment. The ingenuity of the writing creates a plot that develops in unpredictable and refreshing directions.
The premise is that 4400 people have been disappeared over the last 80 years. They all return at the same time and place with no memory of having been gone and some have incredible powers--such as healing, esp and more.
Initially the public has a hard time with these returnees. They are frightened of their powers. Through the public relations efforts of a very wealthy 4400, Jordan Collier, the tide changes and a cult springs up around these gifted 4400's.
The first season was a mini-series consisting of the pilot and four episodes. This mini-series established the history of the 4400 and laid the groundwork for the episode formula--the focus of each episode is the two NTAC agents, Tom and Diana, who investigate issues resulting from an individual 4400. These two agents are also involved personally--Tom has a nephew who is a 4400 and Diana adopts a 4400 child. The series also focuses on the plight of a 4400 couple, Lily and Richard, and their possibly alien child Isabella who has many advanced, sometimes frightening, abililities.
The second season expanded to 12 episodes that continue to explore the ramifications of persons with these advanced abilities entering the population. The story unfolds in interesting and unexpected directions building to an excellent and surprising season finale. The actors are fairly good and all the regular actors settle into their roles by the second season. Patrick Flueger, who plays Shawn Ferrel, provides the most charismatic and relaxed performance.
If you are looking for an innovative Sci Fi program this is the one for you--highly recommended!