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More of the same, and will it answer any questions? Or just ask more?
on 17 June 2015
For three years we've had to go on wondering who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, and this really deflects us from the big question: do we really care? The series was better when it followed the lives of indivdual abductees, seeing how they pulled together the strings of their former lives, rather than following the good guy/bad guy divide. This fourth season focuses on the Big Question, who is for us and who is against us, or does the series end in a cliff hangar...you'll need to watch to find out.
As TV series go this is about middling, modest scripts, so-so-acting, attractive male and female leads and a supporting cast who appear on all these series, from Firefly to Stargate. Now and then there's an apocryphal moment as an actor gets an exceptionally good dialogue line, or the SFX department pulls and unexpected rabbit out of the hat, but by and large its all run of the mill. All the cliches concerning alien abductees gathered together in one easily accessible TV series...nothing new, everything old, and you get to see supposedly on-location shoots all taken in and around Seattle, so at the very least the landscapes are good. If you want all your questions about the 4400 ansered, you'll have to watch right through to the final episode...and then maybe not have those questions answered, who knows.
"Previously on the 4400" introductions take up about a minute and a half of every episode, but at least you can flip on to chapter 3 to skip these.