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Monday, July 12, 2004
The 4400: Pilot
Leading up to last night's premiere of The 4400, you couldn't flip past USA without seeing a promo for it. But I have to admit that while all of the promos were quick to give-away the basic set-up for the series, they were kind enough to not give-away how really well-done the pilot was or how intriguingly it set up the series. Yes, they borrowed a lot of details from other shows--and there is definitely an X-Files like vibe to it. But I have to admit that I did enjoy it and I am hooked to see where this goes. Why did the aliens return the 4400? What is the significance of that number? And just why did certain people get some type of power and others didn't? (Or at least not that we've seen yet).

Interesting that the governmental agency here is the Office of Home Land Security. Also of interest is that William's life isn't much better than some of the 4400 returning--he seems to have no place and no home to really return to due to what happened to his son. It should be interesting to see if this set of incidents brings him closer to or widens the void between he and his wife as the series goes along.

So far, I have to admit that some of the plotlines intrigue me more than others. I really felt for Lily, especially when her husband couldn't take ten minutes out of his day to at least come down to where she was released and tell her face to face why she couldn't be back in his life. I've yet to figure out what her power is--same thing with Richard--other than somehow being able to magically find each other in a large city. Also of note is what exactly is Shawn's power? He can restore life--as he does to the bird--but was he taking it away from the bully in the fight at school? How dangerous is he? How dangerous are all of the returnees? And why are they all drawn together so?

I admit it--I'm in for the ride on this one so far. Sure, a lot of it was melodrama--if you can't see the fight over the cute girl coming between Shawn and his brother coming a mile away and if you didn't know Richard and Lily would somehow end up together by episode's end--but it was well-done melodrama. They gave us enough about these characters to make us care about them and their plight. Hopefully this series will pay off with answers that work instead of feeling like they're making it up as they go along as so much of the final season of X-Files felt.


posted by Michael Hickerson at 7/12/2004 01:21:00 PM | |
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