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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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cody November 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

just watched all the seasons in two weeks. wth do u mean cancled bs, this is unexceptable, there is sooooooo much more that could happen. more seasons need to be done.

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Anonymous November 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Just found and watched all 4 seasons and agree there should be at LEAST a wrap up. I get into a lot of series that get canceled too and its so disappointing. There SHOULD be a vote…

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Anonymous November 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

i vote more seasons:-P

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theresa grant September 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Ioved the show im so maf that their are nomore episodes they should put it back on tv

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Jan D Wright September 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

DAMN SHAME HOW THIS ENDED, I WANTED THEM TO SHOW HOW THE WORLD WAS BEFORE THEY HAD TO TAKE THE 4400, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD STORY TOO. IT KIND OF REMINDED ME OF THE MATRIX BUT WITH MORE THAN JUST THE ONE. MAYBE SOMEONE IN TV LAND WILL REALIZE THIS STORY NEEDS TO BE REVISITED.

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119ENG March 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

I have to agree it was a real disappointment the way they ended it. A movie to end it properly would have been ideal. In Real English what were they thinking letting it end that way?

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Anonymous June 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I thought it was cancelled because of the writers strike. Lots of shows couldnt get back on track after it because of all the changes. Things couldnt go back to normal after 6 months. i miss this show. I was really intrigued by it.

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Tammy Haley January 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

It seems like everyshow I get into ends up being cancelled. It is not right… Why can’t there be a website where we can vote before they cancel these great shows???

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sweetmeaness January 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

tired of them getting a great story going then leaving it’s fans hanging . they show us really how much the don’t care about their veiwers. they could at least give us a two hour special. that closes the story and get everyone off those cliffhangers the caused in ending the series. they did it her and the sarah cronicles. they will till they start listening to us the fans and viewers of t.v. series. I IS NOT FAIR TO US ANY MORE.

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AtomicDryad December 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Of all the times I’ve been burned by cliffhanger cancelling, this was both the worst…and the best. Worst because this show is up at the top of my alltime list (next to Twin Peaks and BSG^2), and was murdered before it could reach it’s full potential…and the best because it wasn’t harsh cliffhanger that left me anxious to find out what happened to characters seconds after something goes boom…and yet, it did leave me wondering…

It was a cliffhanger that left me wondering and imagining over what happens in Promise City tomorrow…in a week…a month…100 years, etc. The shortsighted decision of money-hungry network execs has dropped a -very- interesting situation with -tons- of potential for all sorts of geopolitical paridigm shifts in the laps of fans, when they left us hanging with John Collier at the helm of a city populated by people with ‘superpowers’….effectively ceceding from the US.

…Even the title of that last episode encourages creative thinking …

I have no doubt that this ‘what next’ has spawned many forum debates, fanfics, and tabletop RPG games.

…and yet, writing this has made me yearn for another season…DAMN YOU TO THE DEEPEST PITS OF HELL, USA NETWORK EXEC PIGS!!

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Karen July 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I read that both “4400” and “The Dead Zone” were cancelled because they were too expensive to make and the network could produce shows like “The Closer” and “Psych” much more cheaply. Although I like both of those shows, they can’t hold a candle to “4400” and “The Dead Zone.” They were well-written and very well performed and I was very, very disappointed to learn they were being cancelled. There’s nothing on TV as good as they were.

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Chris June 27, 2009 at 1:51 am

The problem is they dont care, and as it seems never will.
Even just a one off final episode or movie would be a hell of a lot better than cutting it at the end of the session like this.
So many people asks for answers, shows how much they care.

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mick June 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

they were just carry about money,when they bring out the movie,they should make it until the end,not just keep make us feel disappoint

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scott tager June 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm

i think this was better than heroes. they need to finsih it or tell me where the book is so i can read it.

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Pieter May 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I can’t believe this!!!

These people just cancel the shows based on some ratings by a few people. They have canceled so many good shows, it’s not fair!

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Marcus December 18, 2008 at 3:02 am

Has anyone else noticed that some very similar “4400” plots are now taking place on “Heroes”? Lets give everyone the “formula”, lets give everyone powers. What a shame they have to borrow from “4400” plots now, instead of using their creative thinking for original ideas.
I really miss my favorite show, “The 4400″. Guess I’ll have to settle for the books for now and hope that some sort of finale will be created at a later date either on TV or the Big Screen.

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mike November 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm

These execs have no concept of quality nor any commitment to an audience. 4400 and the Dead Zone were two of the best produced and acted shows on television. They deserved clean conclusions. I’m sorry and surprised the Sci-Fi Channel didn’t pick them up.

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