The 4400 - The Complete First Season
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Produced by Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope and created by Scott Peters (The Outer Limits), The 4400 is set in Seattle, where the 4400 are returned. The principal characters include Dennis Ryland (Peter Coyote of E.T.), the local supervisor of Homeland Security. He's joined by agents Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch of Taken), whose nephew was one of the returnees, and Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie of Romper Stomper), who takes in one of the youngest returnees.
Guest stars include Michael Moriarty (Law and Order) in "Pilot" and Lee Tergeson (Oz) in "Becoming." Billy Campbell (Once and Again) also appears in several episodes as Jordan Collier, a real-estate magnate and returnee who becomes an advocate for others like himself, many of whom are having problems adjusting to a changed world. Like Lost, one of the biggest success stories of 2004, The 4400 debuted to strong ratings and was renewed for a full season. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Two federal agents, Tom and Diana, are assigned to investigate. Tom's nephew is one of the returnees who has been missing for three years. Diana develops a relationship with a now parentless child who was abducted several decades ago. The writers do a nice job of combining threads that continue from episode to episode with the new situations that arise. This show has been described as "X-Files meet X-Men". Recommended for sci-fi or fantasy fans.
I hunted around the internet for some information about the DVD. I found [...] which says that the Pilot and four episodes is included on the DVD set. The artwork doesn't mention any extras, which is disappointing if that is the case.
1. Pilot (2 hour movie): What scientists believe is a comet is actually a ball of light that leaves behind 4400 missing persons. The 4400 are quarantined and finally released.
2. The New & Improved Carl Morrissey: One of the 4400 becomes a vigilante trying to clean up the crime in his neighborhood.
3. Becoming: An M.O. used in a homicide is the same as the M.O. of a serial killer from 25 years ago. As the public turns hostile toward the 4400, one returnee, Jordan, decides to organize.
4. Trial By Fire: When a reporter makes the names of the 4400 public, the returnees are targeted by fire-bombers. Jordan tries to provide shelter for his fellow returnees.
5. White Light: The federal agents make a discovery about what had really happened to the 4400.
It's been a while since an episode aired, and I had some question about its future status. I've read that Season 2 has been ordered and will have 13 episodes starting in June 2005.
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. In spite of there being no extras this is a set still well worth buying, the story alone is worth the purchase price.
Well, having seen all of it now, I can safely say it's the greatest thing to ever come from the USA Network (along with a superior adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining). The stories all move at a good pace (if you hear it's slow, these people have the attention span of a shovel) and the stories are all interesting. It sucks that all you get is the shows, but that's not going to knock my grading down at all. I like extras, but they aren't the be all, end all of my viewing experience.
Can you imagine if this weren't successful and would've ended after these five episodes? It would've been horrible. The 4400 takes you into a great, believable world, with lots of plots and action and twists along the way as the mystery of these people, and their return, is followed.
I can't wait for Season 2!
The case Baldwin and Skouris are investigating is "What happened to the 4400?" That is what the entire series centers around, the Orson Baily phenomenon, the Oliver Knox copycat, and the arsons that sprout up are all parts of the larger question.
The acting in this series itself is supurb, for example you have Richard Tyler (Ali) who was abducted in the 1950s in South Korea. When Richard returns he is first seen looking through a magazine saying "The Secretary of State is black!" And eight year old Cochita Campbell who plays Maia Ruteledge displays such courage and toughness having been abducted in 1938. An example is in the pilot when the foster parents that Maia was set up in bring her back to quarentine and Ryland talks to her opening the conversation with a remark on the weather, Maia responds with "You didn't come out here to talk with me about the weather."
There is also a great score to scenes that signify importance, like in the scene where the abductees return. The score is so bone-chilling that it terrifies the viewer.
There is also a romance factor to the story as well as Richard Tyler and Lily Moore hook up because Richard knew her grandmother.Read more ›
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Was not disappointed all all! The quality of the DVD was great and I had no problems playing it.Published 1 month ago by Catwoman=^..^=
Its OK I only bought series 1 to see what it was all about.I won't buy any more series as I think that the rest of the series will follow the same pattern as series 1 & become... Read morePublished 7 months ago by duncan finlay
I loved this series. The concept was very interesting it kept my attention!Published 10 months ago by Darkfiremn1
I found this series an intriguing sci-fi series. After seeing the pilot I was hooked and continued to watch it for four more seasons.Published 12 months ago by Aneudi D.