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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching.
This story centres on 4400 people who, at various times throughout the last 60 years have gone missing. One night a huge ball of light appears by a lake in Washington state. The light disappears leaving behind the 4400 missing people. They have no memory of where they have been or what has happened to them. As far as they are aware, no time has passed.
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Published on 8 Feb. 2005 by Ms. H. Sinton

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but not quite as good as it ought to be
The basic premise to the 4400 is a pretty good idea that opens up a whole host of possibilities. If you imagine 4400 people being randomly chosen from society, it would probably contain all sorts in there - gangsters, clowns, deep sea divers, hippies - most of whom would be more interesting than the people that do get abducted in this 1st series. One of them is a...
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching., 8 Feb. 2005
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Ms. H. Sinton "dragondrums" (Ingleby Barwick. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The 4400: The Complete First Season [DVD] (DVD)
This story centres on 4400 people who, at various times throughout the last 60 years have gone missing. One night a huge ball of light appears by a lake in Washington state. The light disappears leaving behind the 4400 missing people. They have no memory of where they have been or what has happened to them. As far as they are aware, no time has passed.
The tale unfolds as various key characters are introduced and the realisation hits that the 4400 are now 'different', they have strange gifts or powers. What remains to be discovered is where they have been, why they were taken and, most important of all, what is the purpose of their return.
This dvd set features all of series 1 over 2 discs. There are no extras except for subtitles for the hard of hearing (definitly there on my set although a previous reviewer says there are none). In spite of there being no extras this is a set still well worth buying, the story alone is worth the purchase price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get through it just to get Season 2, 24 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The 4400: The Complete First Season [DVD] (DVD)
As the title says, if you can make your way through this series (and are either interested or entertained by the idea and plot) then the second series gets a whole lot better.
This fairly short (episode-wise) series starts with an 80 minute long Pilot in which we see the abduction of various people (from the 1930's through to 2001), followed by a skip ahead in time to 2004,when all the abductees, all 4400 of them, are returned all at once in Seattle. They are soon carted off to a quarantine area controlled by a government organisation called NTAC, where we are introduced to a couple of the 4400s (one of which is the son of an NTAC agent) who will appear in almost every episode of this, and the next three seasons.
The Pilot carries on to show what happens after these 4400s are released from quarantine and how they start to try and adapt to their new surroundings.
The next four episodes (each 40 minutes long) explore the lives of the few 4400s we met in the pilot, as well as the two NTAC agents assigned to watching over all the 4400s still living in Seattle (there are a lot of them) and adding a new 4400 character each episode (one who usually dies or goes away for some reason or another by the end of the 40 minutes).
Though, as other reviewers have said, there aren't many big special effects scenes in this first series, they were obviously saving the budget for the season finale.
Basically, the season finale (which arrived much too quickly in my opinion) cranks up a bit of tension through-out before telling you just about everything you wanted to know about the 4400s (why/where they went and who took them). The end, however, does set up the idea for the next season which, as I said in the title, is much better than this one in my opinion.
For ten quid I think this is worth buying and watching, and if you do enjoy it(even just a bit) then you should definitely check out the second season which is thirteen 40 minute episodes long and improves a lot on the idea explored in this short season.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They've returned, 23 Jun. 2006
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The 4400: The Complete First Season [DVD] (DVD)
The last year had a lot of creepy-suspenseful shows, sort of crosses between "X-Files" and "Lost." But before those shows came out, there was the most underrated one: "The 4400," a suspenseful, intelligent show that looks not at mysterious abductions -- but mysterious returns.

1946: A little girl vanishes in the woods. 1951: A black GI vanishes from a tent. 1979: A corporate head vanishes from his car. 2001: A teenager vanishes from a camping trip, leaving his cousin in a coma. In 2004, a comet is on a collision course with Earth, causing widespread panic. But instead of crashing, it hovers over a Seattle lake -- and leaves 4400 bewildered people around the lakeside.

These people all vanished over the past sixty years, and have been returned without any aging, and with no memory of what happened to them in the time they were gone. Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch), whose son is the one in a coma, is desperate to find out what did happen, so he rejoins Homeland Security to keep tabs on the "4400," as they are now known.

Some like his nephew Shawn (Patrick Flueger) return to their old lives, only to find that they are reviled. And some like ex-GI Richard (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali) and his girlfriend's granddaughter Lily (Laura Allen) find that they have no lives to return to. Ostracized and threatened, they start to draw together. But the strangest thing is that the 4400 are starting to show signs of X-Men-like powers: super speed, clairvoyance, telekinesis, healing, and mind control.

Tom and his HS partner Diana Skouros (Jacqueline McKenzie) track down both rogue abductees, and try to prevent harm from coming to the innocent 4400s. But when Shawn heals Tom's son Kyle (Chad Faust), Kyle comes back changed -- and his strange behavior holds the key to the 4400's purpose on Earth.

Okay, the complete first season of "4400" is only five episodes long, making it about the length of a miniseries. But unlike most shows on TV, its writers cram a whole season's worth of plot into only six hours. In most movies and shows, people who vanish and then are returned are always welcomed back. This time, they are treated with suspicion and even hatred, and many are completely alone.

There are standalone "4400 of the week" stories, like the one about a 4400 serial killer, or a vigilante who is using his powers. But there are also intertwining plots about how the 4400s try to survive in a new world that fears them. We see Shawn trying to fit back into high school, and Richard and Lily finding that they have no homes left, and building a home together.

And the final episode is absolutely mind-blowing, with sudden shifts in Homeland Security's power, a sinister megamogul, and Tom desperately trying to save his son. While the mystery of the 4400s is partly solved, there are lots of questions left over for the recently released second season. It's satisfying, but will leave you wanting more.

The acting is kind of stiff in the first episode or two, but when the actors settle into their roles they do a solid job. Gretsch and McKenzie have good-cop/bad-cop chemistry, and they do a good job playing off each other's personalities. Flueger soon does a good job as a a tormented teenager, and Ali is nothing short of brilliant with his confused, bittersweet Richard. The one real problem is Conchita Campbell, who spends most of the season playing the Smiling Little Kid Who Makes Creepy Pronouncements.

"The 4400" is one of the more intelligent new shows on TV, with a new spin on the typical "abducted by aliens" plot. Suspenseful, smart and well-written, this is one to keep an eye on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising sci-fi series, 19 Oct. 2010
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There is only one problem with this show - Series 1 was WAY too short. The premise is intriguing - 4400 people who have disappeared over the last century are returned - from where, nobody knows. They have not aged and they have no memory of where they have been, nor are they aware that any time has passed. Instead of being allowed return immediately to their loved ones, they are held in a detention centre until they have been assessed as a threat to national security. Thanks to the legal system they are eventually released - and then the fun begins. After the pilot episode, each episode deals with a single individual who is displaying unusual powers. The questions for the security teams monitoring the returnees are; what has caused these changes, are they dangerous, and how many more of the returnees have unusual powers?

However, the series doesn't just deal with the fantastic, it also deals with the very human emotions of someone who has been returned - how do they cope with the fact that they are still the same age as they were when they disappeared, whereas their friends and family have all grown up or, in some cases, died? How does someone look for a job when they have a 40 year gap on their resume? How does a returnee adjust to the social and political changes which have occured while they were gone?

Looking forward to getting my hands on series 2!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4400 reasons to buy this!, 21 Jan. 2005
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Mr. D. J. Campbell "Thrasher" (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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Don't worry I am not about to actually list 4400 reasons here. I just want to say that this is a refreshing take on alien abduction/ sci fi drama. This is like the flipside to the "X Files" or "Taken" where they concentrate on abductees coming back to earth. OK 4400 return at once but they just focus on a handful and take it from there. Why have they returned, where have they been etc, the usual questions asked and probed in this brilliant series. Only 1 complaint! Only 5 episodes in season 1 and ends in a cliffhanger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but not quite as good as it ought to be, 3 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The 4400: The Complete First Season [DVD] (DVD)
The basic premise to the 4400 is a pretty good idea that opens up a whole host of possibilities. If you imagine 4400 people being randomly chosen from society, it would probably contain all sorts in there - gangsters, clowns, deep sea divers, hippies - most of whom would be more interesting than the people that do get abducted in this 1st series. One of them is a fishmonger, and I'd say that his episode was probably the best because it concentrated on him and finished with him in one episode (X-Files style), with only brief mention of all the usuals in it. The slow ongoing threads of the main characters, perhaps too many simultaneously, is what kills the pace. The acting is all ok, the sparse special effects are ok, the theme music is ok, but no one thing is all that special. As someone else here says, the audio is rather mumbly and hard to understand.
Just about a 7/10 if I'm feeling generous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding writing, acting and filming, 13 Sept. 2009
This review is from: The 4400: The Complete First Season [DVD] (DVD)
I just watched the whole 1st season of the 4400 in one day with home made popcorn. What a treat! The location shots including the lake where the returnees re-appear are beautiful. The plot is written at Stephen King level: all clearly planned, lots of suspense, each character defining a particular set of issues and emotions credibly. Great actors like Peter Coyote (ET) and a few familiar faces from Stargate SG1 (also filmed in Canada) excited me as they appeared. Peter Coyote is the boss throughout the first season and we see him run a team that reminds us of X-Files' Mulder & Scully, characters who blur the boundaries between career and private life as they hunt for the truth. Mark Valley (Boston Legal, Fringe) guests as the ambitious guy from Washington trying to bust the team up; he is often cast as a good looking bad guy, against type.
This is not just a rehash of X-files. It's more like John Wyndham's the Midwich Cuckoos but it also mounts an exploration of the changes in treatment of black people in North America since the 1950s (the character of black soldier Joseph has an important story arc in the season). There is such richness in the writing that no review can do it justice. It's more about human relationships than about science. Very intelligent TV that deserves a much bigger audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series, 1 Feb. 2011
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Tina (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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The plot has been well described by other reviewers so i won't cover it again.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes sci fi dramas.

I loved the series, finished it in two sittings and have series 2 on the way which I can't wait to start.

Only downside is that series 1 is short, the pilot episode lasts 80 minutes, with 4 other episodes lasting 40 minutes each.

But overall an excellent series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, plausible, thrilling series that will trigger many feelings, 6 Jan. 2011
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No, I won't list the full plot and characters. That's all for you to discover. I just want to say that I love this first season. Well designed, excellent choice of performers, thrilling plot, moving personal stories. I completely recommend this first season and am looking forward to watching the rest!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing series, 27 Dec. 2004
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Just finnished watching this series and must say it was brilliant. Keeping us asking questions from beginning to end with out being confusing. And amazingly enough it answerered the majority of the questions it raised so you weren't left with that disappointed feeling you can get from x-files and such shows. If you haven't seen it buy it.
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