This is the first article in a series that will look at past sci-fi shows that unfortunately didn’t stand the test of time, yet deserve to be recognized for their excellence. The first to debut this column is none other than The 4400 (pronounced forty-four hundred).
If there was ever a show that didn’t deserve to die such an early death, this was it. Back when it aired on a regular basis, I was practically glued to my television set each week watching the plot unfold.
Not familiar with this series? It revolves around 4400 individuals who were taken during various years starting from 1946, and none of them aged since their disappearance. They reappear near Mount Rainier, Washington, but none of them remember what happened from when they were taken to present day. It also becomes clear that they exhibit certain special abilities. These abilities cause a line to be drawn – there are those who support the 4400, and others who oppose them and the use of their special powers. It reminds me of the mutants in the X-Men movies in the fact that there was such strong opposition against them as well.
The main characters were two NTAC (government) agents who, along with Maia (a young girl who is one of the 4400 and was adopted by one of the agents during season two) try to make sense of why these people were taken and what happened to them while they were gone.
This show was absolutely riveting! It was extremely well-written to the point of being absolutely believable. The characters were perfectly cast, and their acting was impressive. Each episode had its own perfect amount of humor, suspense and action.
If you don’t already know, right about now you might be asking yourself “If it was so great, why was it canceled?” I’ll give you a hint; it wasn’t due to ratings. The 4400 ended their final season with a major cliffhanger. The show had every intention of continuing – but then the writers’ strike occurred in 2007 and caused the cancellation of this show and others that were phenomenal in their own right.
Unfortunately we (the viewers) never got to find out the mystery of the 4400. Don’t let that stop you from checking it out though! You can catch the first season of The 4400 on Netflix – click HERE to find out more.