Monday, February 18, 2013

Ask JKM a Question: The 4400? (2004 - 2007)

My friend, the great Troy Foreman, writes:

"I saw Joe Maddrey did a post about some of his favorite TV shows and he listed The 4400 as one of them. I loved that show. Did you ever watch it? Have you ever done a review on the series? If not, I think it's something you may want to check out."

Troy, I did read Joe's excellent post, "Television Takeover."  

But I've never written about The 4400 (2004 - 20007), and I've never seen even a single episode of it, for some reason.  

For those who may not remember the series, it aired on the USA Network and ran for four seasons and forty-forty episodes all together.  The premise, as I understand it, involves a comet that returns 4,400 people to Earth.  They are all folks who disappeared in the last fifty-sixty years, but their mysterious return raises all kinds of questions. Where did they come from? What happened to them?  What does their return mean now, to the rest of us, here on Earth?

I remember being intrigued by the premise of the series, but apparently not enough to commit to it at the time of broadcast.  But also, Joel was born during the span of the series, and not to use that as an excuse, but for about two or three years, I missed a lot of new TV series.  Since then, I've caught up with Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, Torchwood, Primeval, and I am now on Season Six of the revived Doctor Who.  

Perhaps The 4400 needs go in my queue (after Fringe?)


  1. I love the ASK segments.

    This is a great question because I've had The 4400 on my watch list but I've always been a little concerned about pulling the trigger on it.

    Two great opinions in Troy and Joe. For whatever reason I missed Joe's post and will take a look.

    Yes, the birth of a child can certainly take your undivided attention.

    In fact, it's a bit like you become missing in action for a time like the 4400.

    All the best,

  2. John,

    Just like SFF, I also enjoy the ASK segments as well! I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question John.

    The birth of a child is definitely a reason to slow down your television consumption. So, it's definitely understandable!

    Your synopsis of the series is pretty much accurate. Over the past 60 years, thousands of people have been abducted and all at once, 4400 were returned back to earth not having aged a day. The premise just blew me away and I was hooked from moment one. The first season was kind of the returnee of the week scenario, but was still entertaining. Billy Campbell was fantastic in the series, but they had to scramble around the end of the second season/third season because he left for a while to do some year long boat race.

    Some very intriguing episodes and concepts during it's run. I think it's available on Netflix, if not you can get the series set pretty cheap. Once you get the time John, I highly recommend checking out the 4400. Oh and the theme song is awesome!

  3. I have never seen an episode of '4400.'


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