The final season of The 4400
confirms what many fans of the show have known for some time: that this terrific, ambitious show has been one of the most interesting pieces of science-fiction to come out of America in some time, and it's one that's going to be very sadly missed.
Without wishing to give too much of the game away, this season of The 4400
finds brand new threats to face for a group of people who were suddenly abducted by aliens, and just as abruptly returned to Earth with all new powers. In recent times, this may sound a little close to something like Heroes
, but rest assured that The 4400
more than retains an identity of its own, with far more edge that its recent follower.
The eleven episodes of this fourth season spells tough times for The 4400
, further exploring the divisions between the abductees and the rest of the population. And as has become the norm, the show pulls few punches. Backed with strong production values, and a cast of actors who by this stage know their characters inside out, its a wonderful, grown-up slice of science fiction, and one that will prove hard to match in the years to come. For now, at least we get to watch it go out on a high with this fitting, accomplished final season, and its one that no science fiction fan will want to be without. --Jon Foster