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The 4400

The 4400Network: USA
Episodes: 45 (hour)
Seasons: Four

TV show dates: July 11, 2004 — September 16, 2007
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Jacqueline McKenzie, Joel Gretsch, Patrick Flueger, Conchita Campbell, Chad Faust, Richard Kahan, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Bill Campbell, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Samantha Ferris, Kavan Smith, Laura Allen, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Jeffrey Combs, Karina Lombard, Jody Thompson, Jenni Baird, Peter Coyote, Chilton Crane, Garret Dillahunt, and Jordan Lasorsa-Simon.

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TV show description:
A group of 4,400 people are suddenly deposited, by what appears to be a comet, at Highland Beach near Mount Rainier, Washington. All of them had disappeared in a beam of light at various times as far back as 1946. None of them have aged or remember anything of what happened to them while they were gone.

A division of Homeland Security is set up to deal with the return and multiple agents are assigned to investigate. Two of them are Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch) and Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie). Their superiors on the project include Tom’s former friend, Dennis Ryland (Peter Coyote); Nina Jarvis (Samantha Ferris); and Meghan Doyle (Jenni Bairdand). Tom’s son Kyle (Chad Faust) has been in a coma since the disappearance of his cousin, Shawn Farrell (Patrick Flueger), but awakens when Shawn returns with the 4400. Both young men have developed the ability to heal people.

Others in the 4400 include persuasive Jordan Collier (Billy Campbell); telepathic widow Alana Mareva (Karina Lombard); and Maia Skouris (Conchita Campbell), a precognitive eight-year old.

Former abductees Richard Tyler (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali) and Lily Moore (Laura Allen) have a child, Isabelle (Megalyn Echikunwoke), who quickly ages to an adult and has mysterious telekinetic powers.

It’s later learned that the 4400 were abducted, not by aliens but, by humans from the future. They are returned with special abilities to help avert a catastrophe. Kyle, not Shawn, was supposed to have been taken and was intended to be the group’s leader.
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Series Finale

Episode 45 – The Great Leap Forward
Tom (Joel Gretsch) is put into a truck where Diana (Jacqueline McKenzie), Meghan (Jenni Baird), Marco (Richard Kahan), and Shawn (Patrick Flueger) are waiting. Marco injects Tom with Polonium that burns the nano-machines inside him and destroys the body snatcher. The process ultimately kills him but Shawn saves Tom by healing him. Tom still retains all of the memories from being marked and is horrified about what he’s done. He tells Diana and Meghan that he needs to go back to free Collier. Because they believe he’s marked, Tom says that he’s the only one who can succeed.

Danny (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) goes with his mother (Chilton Crane) to the hospital. He notices that people begin to exhibit the same symptoms and begin dying, as if they’d taken a promicin injection. Danny realizes that he’s developed the ability to spread promicin like an airborne virus. As a result, he ends up causing hundreds to either die or develop abilities. He goes to the 4400 center to ask for Shawn’s help, to tell him that he is the one responsible for the deaths/abilities, and that their mother has died. Kevin (Jeffrey Combs) gives Danny an inhibitor so that he’s no longer contagious.

Meanwhile, the people of Seattle are being infected. The outbreak wasn’t contained to the hospital and it’s spreading through the police force and the NTAC. The NTAC is forced to work with the Promise City residents to try to control the violence and chaos that is taking place.

Strangely, Diana is the only survivor at NTAC who hasn’t tested positive for promicin. Marco attributes this to the fact that earlier, Kevin had given her a series of promicin shots. This has somehow made her immune to it. She goes to the 4400 center and Kevin determines that an enzyme called ubiquinone is what is allowing her to resist the promicin exposure. Fortunately, the enzyme is contained in a common over-the-counter drug. Diana sends an order to have supplies of the drug made available to those in Seattle who have not yet been exposed to the virus.

Meanwhile, a marked Isabelle (Megalyn Echikunwoke) tracks down Kyle (Chad Faust) who has become the new leader of the Promise City residents. The marked are not pleased. The effects of Danny’s ability are ruining their plans to terminate 4400s and prevent people from gaining abilities. Tom returns to try and free Collier (Billy Campbell) but is unsuccessful. When he hears that Isabelle was sent to kill Kyle, he flinches and gives himself away.

Isabelle resists killing Kyle and instead returns to free Tom and Collier. She kills the marked bodyguards and Rebecca Parrish (Penny Johnson) but is ultimately killed herself. Tom and Collier escape and learn how the city has changed.

Back at the 4400 center, the inhibitor is working on Danny but the promicin is building up in his body. Since it’s no longer being released, it’s slowly killing him. He tells Shawn that he doesn’t want to stop taking the inhibitor because he knows that others will die. He would rather be the last. Danny begs Shawn to kill him and, heartbroken, Shawn complies.

With over 9,000 deaths and as many newly empowered people, Seattle has really changed. We see Meghan turn a pen into a flower, Agent Garrity (Kavan Smith) create an energy-clone of himself, and Marco unintentionally teleport himself from NTAC to Promise City.

Seattle is renamed Promise City and is now under the control of Collier and his followers. Maia remarks to Diana that she believes that it’s better this way. Kyle visits his father and tells him that, even though he has killed people, he must move on and leaves him a shot of promicin.
First aired: September 16, 2007

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What happened next?

The show was cancelled after four seasons. There have been no reported plans to revive the series or wrap up the story.

 

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Crystal July 24, 2014 at 1:25 am

I just watched the 4 seasons on Netflix & I for one feel incomplete… I can’t believe they wouldn’t at least show Tom taking the shot & then his ability. .. I mean I would have been happy if at the end, when they showed the welcome to (marked thru) Seattle promise city sign… that he, oh… I don’t know… maybe… flew past it… now that would have been a cool ability…

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Anonymous July 29, 2014 at 2:40 am

I feel the same way! This show was amazing and to me had a very solid story line. It was easy to comprehend as well as to catch on to in case you missed an episode (which is impossible now because it’s on Netflix!) They really need to consider bringing this show back on the air. The cliffhanger really upset me. I have to know if Tom took the promicin shot and what his ability was.

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Sirrom Etnom May 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I think the 4400 deserved a revamping if it was needed.The network used poor judgment for retiring this series. If you look at any show that is s comparable to the 4400. The story line and chemistry is not there. 2014 is a new frontier of viewers and scifi fan base. Some of the of the scripted shows that on the network now is not worth watching. They had a gold mine and got rid of it. Poor choices made heads of network,truth be told you guys really don’t know what the people want.

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leigh May 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm

For all looking for closure, there are 4 books based on this series. Two of those books are set after the series finale. Check Wikipedia article for titles and authors.

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Danielle April 25, 2014 at 1:13 am

I just watched this series on Netflix and realized it ended with a cliffhanger due to cancellation?!!! Then I read how fans were outraged and petitioned to keep the show alive and sent sunflower seeds to the network etc. It seems like a real kick in the teeth that all that effort was ignored… I guess we really have no power over what is aired on Television. It is very disappointing…

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John Schmid March 5, 2014 at 2:50 am

This is bull shit I wanna slap the person who cancel this show

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Bill April 6, 2014 at 1:52 am

Totally agree, I just finished the 4th season on NetFlix , and was looking forward to another season myself. lets scream at Hollywood loud enough , to put these actors back to work , and give us all some closure !!!! With enough people we all could fiance it and have them produce more !!!!!

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Vero February 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

Agree with all comments , all this cancelled shows need to have an ending , it is so frustrating and annoying.

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Sistermarybling February 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I am disappointed 4400 just stopped
without fulfilling the storyline. How
ridiculous these Networks base what is
viewing worthy on mega viewer shows.
At least finalize a series for the fans. This
show is really good. ♡ Just like Nikita was
cancelled and that show was synergistic
loved the characters, they got shafted
as well.

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Lucinda Crespo January 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I watched this show when it was on and thought it was a good show. I didn’t watch all the episodes thou cause I think they either took to long to bring the show back or I just forgot when it came back on. I forget its been so long ago. Since I have Netflix I wanted to see the episodes I missed and wanted to see how it ended. So I started from the beginning cause I forgot a lot of what happened. I remembered that it was a really good show and was excited to see what happened. Get to season 4 last episode and was disappointed that story lines weren’t ended. This show definitely could of did another season to tie up loose ends. I even wonder if they could bring 4400 back. Everyone is 10 years older. Would be nice thou. Collier is on another show now on SYFY called Helix which is a pretty good show. So idk how they would work that out if they brought 4400 back. Well maybe they will see our comments and bring it back. It worked for a show I use to watch called Jericho. The fans complained about them canceling the show and the network brought it back because of all the fans angry at them canceling the show cause of low ratings. They brought it back for the fans cause they didn’t have a ending. I guess sometimes it can work to complain especially since social media is big now. I could only wish they bring back 4400 so we can have an ending.

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AJ January 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I really liked this show & someone needs to give serious consideration, to bringing it back!

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Anonymous January 31, 2014 at 11:56 am

Especially since people can watch it on Netflix. It did need an ending thou!!!

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Justin January 23, 2014 at 5:21 am

Should be a law to make tv shows make ending. sick and tired of shows cancelled with no conclusion…….

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Anonymous January 31, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Me too!!! I hate it when they do that. I’ll get all into the show and then it’s canceled. That’s happen with a few shows I watched ABC!!!!

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Tamica January 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I can’t believe this show was cancelled please bring it back. I just started watching it on Netflix and I couldn’t turn it off I watched all four seasons. I’m addicted it can’t end like that it needs to be one last season to at less finish the story.

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Anonymous January 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Omg. I just finished the last show. I can’t be leave it’s the end. So many ways this could and should come back. Please bring back.

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Carol December 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I really need to check to see how many seasons and if they are finished or not before I watch anything good.

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Anonymous December 7, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I knoe Carol! Me too! My husband and I were so obsessed with this show! We watched the last episode tonight. I wish they would bring thisshow back!

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wendy September 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

need to bring this show back

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