The 4400: Gone, Part 1
One thought struck me as I was watching The 4400
last night--is Maia being written out of the show? I wondered this since the actress is obviously growing up (she's at least two years older in the real world now), while in the world of The 4400
, Maia has only been back for about eight months to a year. I'd noticed that Maia is looking a lot older in the past few episodes, but yet they were still writing her as being 10 or so.
Anyway, onto the episode itself.
Hard to come away with too many conclusions about it since it's part one of two and we're not sure yet where all this is going. So far, what we know is the future The 4400
were sent back to avert hasn't been averted yet. You know, this really reminds me a lot of Enterprise
's time war plotline where factions from the future were coming back to manipulate the past and create a different outcome. I wonder if we've got two or more sides here competiting to create a new future or to keep the current future on track. I have to wonder how much Jordan Collier plays into all of this, since this might be a reasonable explanation for his suddenly appearing alive and well in the cliffhanger last year. Is Jordan the lynchpin?
I do have to wonder if, without Jordan's mentoring if Shawn is going down a path to destruction. He's given funding to terrorists, he's distracted by Isabelle (which I have to think she's being manipulated in order to drive a wedge between Shawn and Richard, whenever Richard finds out about the relationship between Shawn and Isabelle) and now he's slowly being manipulated out of power.
Meanwhile, we find out that Alana is sharing her talent of going outside reality with others, something Tom doesn't take very well.
Lots of threads dangling out there, which should make for an interesting second half.The Dead Zone: Indepedence Day
Well, it was better than last week, but it still wasn't great. Johnny and Bruce are headed somewhere for the 4th of July fireworks and get caught in a huge traffic jam. Johnny has a vision of Bruce's death, which is tied into this whole traffic jam. Turns out police have shut down the highway to search for an escaped fugitive.
As a concept, it works pretty well, though this one had to work hard to tie in all the cliched characters to the vision--pregnant girl who goes into labor, bikers with a heart of gold, cute girl in a bikini, drunken rednecks, etc. I wil give the episode some credit in that I never guessed the deputy was really the escaped prisoner in disguise until Johnny had his vision about it.
That said, while the characters and situation was a bit cliched, what I did like was Bruce and Johnny's conversation about how Johnny knows all of Bruce's deep dark secrets just by touching him and having visions. That's an interesting aspect of the show and to see Johnny write down a list of equally deep, dark secrets and give it to Bruce was a nice tough. It's nice to see the character-moments still work five seasons in, even in the main plot ain't a lot to write home about.
And on a related note--will we ever see Walt and Sarah again?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/26/2006 09:23:00 AM