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
returns for its fourth and final season. The 4400
explores the challenges of the 4400 people who all at once returned in a ball of light to Earth. Though the returnees had not aged physically, many of them reappeared with dramatic abilities ranging from enhanced reflexes to precognition. NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command) is the government agency responsible for keeping track of the returnees and investigating all things related to the 4400. The season opens with the episode The Wrath of Graham
, where widespread distribution of the drug Promicin has created a dangerous new world, a world in which special abilities are no longer the exclusive province of the 4400. Fifty percent of those who take the shot pay the price with their lives, while those who survive are now ostracised by a government determined to rid the world of Promicin forever. The NTAC faces off against a high school student named Graham Holt who took Promicin and developed the ability to make people worship him like a god. But Promicin distribution was only the first step, and what's next on Jordan Collier's (Billy Campbell) agenda will require an even bigger leap of faith on behalf of believers and non-believers alike. Meanwhile, Tom visits Isabelle in prison, hoping she can shed some light on Alana's disappearance, Kyle meets a mysterious girl named Cassie, who offers him information that helps him wake up Shawn from his coma, Jordan Collier wrestles with his conscience as the death toll from Promicin continues to rise and Diana, upon hearing her sister April took Promicin, decides to leave Ben and Maia behind in Spain and temporarily return to Seattle to find her.