REVIEW: Horror Channel’s The 4400 is a mysteriously captivating sci-fi series
On March 3, 1946, 4,400 people were mysteriously abducted in a blinding flash of light without any further explanation.
… Until August 14, 2004, that is.
50 years after the strange occurrence, a comet expected to fly past earth takes a sudden change in course and the very same 4,400 people are deposited in an explosion over Highland Beach. Despite having been missing for such a long period, it seems as though no time has passed for the returnees. None appeared to have aged, none have any recollection of where they have been for the last 50 years and, even more bizarrely, certain members of the group are manifesting strange paranormal abilities.
As the shock reappearance of these missing persons perplexes the entire world, federal agents gradually begin to discover the ways in which “the 4400” have been affected.
WARNING: Season one and two spoilers ahead.
Currently airing season three every weeknight, Horror Channel’s The 4400 is definitely a must-see for any sci-fi fan out there.
The third season is where all the pieces finally come together – and the impact on the storyline is huge. In season two, viewers discovered the source of the 4400’s powers: a neurotransmitter, promicin. Terrified of the group’s potential to overthrow, the government began to secretly feed the returnees with a promicin inhibitor, which could have the side effect of a fatal immune deficiency.
Season three sees the emergence of the “Nova Group”; a 4400 terrorist faction rising up against the government and their use of the promicin inhibitor. The growing tensions against the Nova Group and the government as well as the threat of terror attacks and violence lend this season real excitement, which makes up for the loss of the brilliant Billy Campbell (who plays Jordan Collier).
Highlights from this instalment include the psychic predictions of Diana’s sweet yet eerie adopted daughter Maia, more intriguing revelations on what exactly took and returned the 4400, and Isabelle’s sudden and strange character developments. With Collier gone, the show also has time to delve into certain subplots in more detail, such as the romantic relationship between Shaun and Megalyn Echikunwoke’s character.
Like season two, season three of The 4400 comprises 12 episodes and still retains the mystery and signature X-Men style powers of previous series. The captivating characters and constant sense of the unknown makes sure viewers want to stay absorbed in this fantasy world throughout all of the seasons. It is a show definitely worth the hype.
The 4400 continues weekdays at 8pm on Horror Channel.