Love blossomed on the 4400 Season 1 Episode 7.
Three ships made it official official much to the delight of fans all around.
Andre and Shanice explored their feelings for each other, after he apologized for using Mariah as a getaway car during the Ypsi Med heist, Soraya and Keisha got together after a few drinks following Keisha’s breakup from Jess (bye, girl. She was only useful for information and she barely gave us any of that), and Jharrel and Claudette locked lips after he helped her get her first real job.
That’s a lot of progress for one hour, and puts the 4400 — who are more than just a number — on the same side officially as their case workers.
This also sets the stage for the battle between team 4400 and the government. You know it’s bad when government workers no longer trust the people that employ them and side with time travelers who may or may not be human.
Soraya, Keisha, and Jharrel have all done something the “higher powers” haven’t — they’ve gotten to know the 4400.
While they might have powers, powers that are potentially dangerous, they are so much more than that.
They are people with feelings, emotions, and a world of backstory.
Claudette’s backstory was explored, which helped paint a better picture of the woman who spent most of her life saying “yes” and “sorry” to a misogynistic, narcissistic husband.
While others called her a lucky woman for being married to the man of a leader of the revolution, he was the lucky one to have been married to a woman with such a spark.
And yet, he tried to silence her spark. When she finally spoke up and suggested taking the fight to the white devils, he scolded her for being out of line and called her a divergent woman.
He tried to get her committed, which is when the green light came to the rescue.
We’re seven episodes in, and aside from wondering what the 4400 are, the big question has been “why them.”
It’s at this moment that I thought of my latest theory — they are all connected because they all needed to be saved.
They all needed an out from the lives that they didn’t want to lead.
Claudette was about to be committed and stripped from her freedoms, La Donna was falling to her death after being trapped in reality TV show hell, Andre almost lost the love of his life after getting her into what he hoped was a groundbreaking trial, the Rev was torn between choosing his family/the church and the mother of his future child, and Hayden was in a place just like Ypsi Med after his mother’s death.
They all needed a second chance, and it’s hard to deny that 2021 has been just that.
Of course, Shanice’s story doesn’t actually fit the narrative because she had just welcomed a baby with Logan and was returning to work from maternity, however, she did have a moment of weakness where she wrote a letter about leaving, so maybe there’s still something to this theory.
Either way, it has been a second chance, for better or worse.
Claudette made the most of her second chance thanks to Jharrel. She got an apartment, which previously belonged to his missing brother Manny, and decided she didn’t want to rely on anyone else for money, so she got a job at a bar.
And she was damn good at that job.
The difference between Claudette and Barney was that she cherished the job as if it was the most glamorous gig in the world.
She knows what it’s like not to be able to have the freedom to work, so she took joy in the things that other employees scoff at including cleaning and taking out the trash.
Claudette got a slice of freedom. And when she found out her friend, Barb, because the leader of the Black Panther movement following her disappearance, well, that empowered her to take a stand against Barney.
She exclaimed that the years may have changed but times didn’t, but she was wrong. It may still be difficult being a person of color — especially a 4400 of color as that’s double the fear for the white man — but at least women have a voice.
And Claudette found hers with the backing of her returned friends.
Barney’s bigotry was put on full display, and he was quickly stripped of that job. Good riddance.
The series focused on Barb’s obituary and noted that she died in 2005, so there’s a chance that Claudette’s husband, Jimmy, is still alive.
I hope, for her sake, that she tracks him down and finally gives him a piece of his mind.
She deserves it for all that he put her through and wanted to do to her.
As for the powers, her healing abilities also seem to be connected to the injury she sustained right before disappearing.
However, Andre’s powers were explored on a deeper level as he became violently ill following the episode at Ypsi Med.
As a refresher, he accidentally healed a guard that Mildred was taking her frustration out.
Up until now, Andre has always been a healer, but that healing was making him sick. The next person he touched — which just so happened to be that arrogant guard — was injured in the same way the Ypsi guard was.
Andre and Shanice later tested the theory and proved that Andre heals the injured and then becomes violently ill himself until he passes on the injury to someone else.
I don’t know what the purpose of that power is, but it proves that he, and likely the remainder of the 4400, are able to cause a lot of pain when in distress.
Keisha, Jharrel, and Shanice also dug deeper into the contract allowing the 4400 to stay at the hotel if they so chose.
There was something seriously “sus” about the contract as the 4400 weren’t encouraged to read it on a deeper level, and by the end of the episode, we found out why — it was the groundwork for a conservatorship (yes, like Britney Spears)!
Anyone who signed it could legally be stripped of their rights and freedoms.
The worst part is that the Rev was in on it. We know he talked to Bill Greene, so my guess is he made some kind of deal with the devil. Shanice always suspected that the Rev couldn’t be trusted, but I wonder what Greene promised him in return for helping him secure souls.
The Rev has to know that the government cannot be trusted.
If everyone else figured out how they are mistreating patients at Ypsi, I don’t believe for a second that he’s blind to the truth.
He’s leading his flock to damnation, which might be worse than what his father was doing by lying and abusing the trust of his congregation.
Elsewhere, LaDonna also got a call from her father and decided to leave. I truly hope she’s not gone for good because she was such a force of nature. She shook up the 4400 in the most positive of ways.
And I was really looking forward to her friendship with Claudette blossom and the whole “wonder triplets” situation.
What did you think of the episode? Will Shanice feel guilty about getting with Andre since her marriage to Logan is still so fresh?
Is Jessica going to retaliate against Keisha? What does she know about their bloodwork that she claimed they weren’t human?
Are you enjoying The CW version of the 4400? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments below!
4400 Season Finale Review – Present is Prologue (1×13)
Everything was blown up on 4400 Season 1 Episode 13.
Thankfully, not literally, though if Manny has his way, the Bois Blanc would’ve gone up in smoke.
The season 1 finale picked up right where it left off — with the 4400 like sitting ducks while Manny explained to Jharrel that he traveled from 2064 with a plan to basically let all of them die in order to create a change in society.
He definitely sounded like a lunatic, but he also wasn’t wrong about his desire to evoke real change; a change that would stick.
The measures seemed extreme to someone like Jharrell because he was only thinking about his closest friends, while Manny was thinking big picture.
The bombs he was planting were to serve in addition to the wrath inflicted by the 4400 haters.
However, Manny never anticipated meeting so many obstacles, including Keisha, who managed to land a shot even when he triggered his invisibility.
Manny was seemingly one of the victims of the raid at the Bois Blanc, along with Logan, Hayden, and Rev, but in a time-warping twist at the end of the episode, it’s revealed that the green light may have restored them all to their rightful timeline without any memory of what transpired.
Manny walks into his place and comments about being gone for a “few hours.” He doesn’t seem to remember the raid, his desire to kill everyone for the greater good, or even Claudette.
And if that’s the case for Manny, then it’s safe to say that it’ll be the same situation for Logan also.
Obviously, Manny was already a 4400 (or a stowaway), so he was returned to the timeline of when he was taken.
But what about Logan? Will he go back to the day Shanice disappeared?
In order to shake up the plot, it would only make sense for Shanice to get home to take care of Mariah only to find Logan there and thinking that she’s still his wife.
If that’s the case, I can’t wait to see this plot twist pan out.
Shanice had every right to declare that she was done with all 4400 business and wash her hands of it. While everyone’s lives were uprooted by the green light, she’s suffered the worst of it.
She never got to see her daughter grow up, she lost her husband yet still had to be around him, she carried the burden of everyone’s hardships, and then she had to watch Logan die again.
Her desire to cut herself off from all 4400 business allows Andre to pursue his real mission of working for Sienna Stone on the time machine.
Stone, the founder of BHN, has a vested interest in the 4400 because she’s from the future.
Her goal was to keep Andre safe from the raid knowing that in every version of their timeline, it doesn’t end well for him. And she had an ulterior motive — she needs him to help her build the time machine.
It’s unclear if Stone is a good person at the present moment, but she knows much more than she’s letting on, so it’s a good “in” for Andre to find out more information. Particularly, what is ZMT, how the 4400 were chosen, and what their actual mission is.
There’s a grand scheme that we haven’t been privy to just yet, so we have to remain skeptical.
Though, I’ll say that Stone has shown the 4400 more kindness than Bill Greene so that’s saying a lot.
Mildred was pretty badass during the episode as she rallied the troops to stand their ground and fight for themselves. Even though she couldn’t make good with her sister, Milicent, at least we know that it’s possible in the future because Millie saw the light.
She saw, with her own eyes, that the anti-4400 terrorist groups were only using her to lure the remaining “iguanas” so that they could kill them.
Mildred got an assist for LaDonna, but I couldn’t really get behind the oversized dancing iguana bit, even with that Dua Lipa bop playing in the background.
Why did she have to resort to such silliness? It ruined the whole tone of the episode. The iguana was on-brand, but it just felt like a mockery of the seriousness of the situation.
Though the anti-4400 were put in their place, the fight for the truth and justice is far from over.
- The future looks really cool.
- Millie’s power is that she has an iron fist. She should’ve used that to knock some sense into these men!
- Jharrel and Claudette shared a sweet kiss!
- Jessica finally came around — better late than never. This whole time she thought she was on the right side only to find out Bill was the actual iguana.
Do you think Manny had a point in acting so irrational in order to help humanity? Or was he too impulsive and ruined everything?
Season 2 can’t come soon! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below now!
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4400 Review – You Only Meant Well (1×11)
Sometimes, the person you think you can trust might not be so trustworthy after all.
4400 Season 1 Episode 11 dug further into Manny’s return and revealed that he might not be the man Jharrel thinks he is.
Even worse — he might be more sinister and dangerous than the government itself.
Manny and Jharrel’s reunion was short-lived as the latter seemed to be keeping secrets from his brother. And while Jharrel wanted to believe him, Soraya and Claudette both suggested that maybe he should keep his guard up.
While Manny told Jharrel that he arrived at Belle Isle with the other 4400 and quickly realized his power was invisibility, that wasn’t exactly the case.
Manny, as he revealed to Claudette when he introduced himself as Jorge and recruited her to join the resistance, explained that he wasn’t a 4400 but somehow closely connected.
He took Claudette under his wing so that she could harness her powers and fight back when the time came.
So, when Jharrel introduced Claudette to his brother, the two of them already had a pretty deep history. Only this was the first time that Claudette found out Jorge was actually Manny.
When she confronted him, he informed her that Jharrel wasn’t ready to hear the truth thus putting her in a truly awkward situation.
The thing is — if Manny doesn’t want Jharrel to know the truth, why did he want to make his presence known? It surely has to do more with just making sure that his brother can be trusted, right?
Soraya’s warning was a bit more detailed than Claudette’s blanket statement to Jharrel. As a triple agent, Soraya did her due diligence to find out exactly why the government is so interested in finding Manny and she learned that Manny is connected to ZMT, something in the blood that makes the 4400 unique.
Apparently, Manny is holding all the answers and can fill in all the blanks that the government has about the 4400 — namely why they all just showed up.
And, if we didn’t already think Manny was shady as hell, upon learning that the Rev took away his powers, he grabbed the cake knife and stabbed him in order to regain them.
Of course, this triggered everyone else’s powers to return simultaneously.
When Logan found the Rev, he was bleeding out while Manny, now invisible again, slipped away after explaining that his actions were for “the greater good.”
This could be a situation where Manny is actually trying to help everyone and is choosing the lesser of two evils.
He needs his powers to remain off of the government’s radar, and if the only way to get them back was by stabbing the Rev, then maybe it was justified.
He seems determined to help Claudette build up the strength to fight back against the haters and the 44orum’s, so maybe he has seen the future and knows exactly what needs to be done?
If Manny is the one who invented this green light, maybe we shouldn’t dismiss him as a bad person immediately without getting the full story?
Speaking of full stories, we also saw what happened to LaDonna after she left the hotel to reconnect with her father.
While things were going well for them, her father believed the conspiracy theories being thrown around by those who wanted the world to fear the 4400.
After seeing Mildred in action, her father decided that the people on the radio brainwashing him to hate the 4400 were surely right, so he turned against his daughter.
Even when LaDonna shared a deeply personal memory, her father figured that whatever stole his daughter’s body also stole her memory.
This narrative is not only dangerous but, like most conspiracy theories, spreads like wildfire.
LaDonna booked it at the first chance she got, but the sting of her father turning against her isn’t something she’ll shake soon.
She informed Andre that the reality is that the world is an ugly place right now, and all that anger and hatred is directed right at them — the people they consider to be mutants.
With only two episodes left this season, a war is brewing, and they need to be prepared.
I don’t necessarily know if they can trust BHN and this Sienna Stone lady that keeps sending them money, but I guess they have to take anything they can get at this point.
While the wedding didn’t end on a positive note, at least Shanice and Logan got to dance to their wedding song one more time. I don’t think it was a good idea considering that it’s a deeply vulnerable position to be in that could reignite memories and feelings, but it was a sweet moment to see pan out.
I know that Logan is married to Bridget and that he’s happy, and alternatively, that Shanice has moved on with Andre, but a part of me really wants Logan and Shanice to take back what was taken from them.
Are you rooting for Logan and Shanice? Did LaDonna’s backstory make you sad? Are you happy she’s back?
Do you think the 4400 can trust Manny? Is he the key to finding out all the answers?
Sound off in the comments below!
4400 Review – Give Up The Ghost (1×11)
In the words of Kevin Pearson — who is not related to this show whatsoever — “Manny say what?!”
While the war between the 4400 and their enemies is bubbling up to the surface in the background, 4400 Season 1 Episode 11 focused solely on the mystery of what happened to Manny.
Jessica was determined to break Jharrel so that he would tell her what Manny was working on before he vanished.
She tried to convince him that the government had Manny is in custody and that Jharrel would be helping her keep him safe, but he quickly caught on that if that was the truth, she would just ask Manny himself.
Her interrogation methods were pretty weak. Sure, blasting obnoxiously loud music was meant to drive him to the truth, but Jessica cracked out of desperation way before Manny did.
And eventually, she brought in Soraya for an assist.
While Soraya’s allegiances were questioned after she turned over a thumb drive to Manny, I let out a sigh of relief when it was made clear that she’s simply playing Jessica and the government while still assisting the 4400.
I hope she forgives me for losing faith in her.
Using the “Wrinkle in Time” book to not only get facetime with Jharrel but also to show him that she cracked the wall-clock code was brilliant.
They have a secret language that keeps the government in the dark.
Jharrel was able to use what she learned along with his memories to piece Manny’s messages together — and he found him in room 437.
So, where has Manny been all along? He’s been in the space within the space, which seems to be some kind of like the liminal space like on Nancy Drew.
It was clear that Manny’s power was invisibility, but I thought that Jharrel and co. were going to have to try to pull him out of this space and into their timeline, but I was wrong.
It turns out, Manny can reappear and disappear whenever he pleases. And I can count all the ways that is going to come in handy when fending off enemies and the government.
This means that Manny has been here this whole time simply trying to get Jharrel to a safe space where he can reveal himself.
It also means that answers are coming!
Through flashbacks, it was revealed that Manny and Jharrel’s relationship wasn’t always as solid as it is now, but the COVID pandemic definitely brought them together.
When Manny finally opened up to Jharrel, we found out that the former works for the government. Not only that, but Manny was unclear about what his job actually was.
Right before Manny disappeared, he confided in Jharrel about the golden ratio, the Fibonacci sequence, and the space between reality. Basically, I think Manny is the creator of the green light.
And I think when Jharrel moved the pineapple and picked up the seashell, he unintentionally set it into motion, which is when he saw the green light flash and Manny disappeared.
Manny is the key as he has all the answers, which explains why the government is desperate to get its hands on him.
It’s also concerning that this was a position within the government in the first place. Were they testing time travel?
Wouldn’t it be something if it turned out that the government is responsible for creating the 4400 and yet, they’re purposefully making the public fear them?
I can’t wait to see how Manny plays into the plot moving forward as this only juices up an already exciting series that’s hitting all the right notes — it’s entertaining while being an excellent commentary on issues of race, LGBTQ, and more.
The government was determined to make the 4400 suffer, so they killed the power at the Bois Blac hoping that they’d run back to them out of desperation.
They never expected that some organization would singlehandedly fund a fundraiser, but, as Andre pointed out, it’s also slightly concerning that some group by the name of BHN is willing to shell out that much money on them.
What do they want in exchange? It’s almost like they are trying to buy them from the government.
Shanice should be very weary, even though it’s understandable that she just wants to celebrate something good happening for once.
BHN could be tomorrow’s problem.
Her relationship with Andre seems to be heating up, and it looks like she has both Logan and Mariah’s blessing.
There was quite a bit of tension between Andre and Logan when the latter showed up to help the returned after learning about the power outage.
Andre thinks Logan is trying to get closer to Shanice, so he’s in overprotective mode. A part of him is likely also jealous considering the deep history between Logan and Shanice.
However, from the looks of it, there’s nothing left to revive there. They seem to have both given up on the idea that they could go back to how things were, and Shanice is much more focused on the here and now, which includes forming some kind of relationship with her daughter.
And Mariah opening up to her about having a crush on Mildred is not a bad start. It takes a lot to come out to a parent, so it was a very special moment for the two of them.
Speaking of Mildred, there are definitely some anger issues for her to work through if she wants to get her powers back and make amends with the 4400. Her anger is understandable given everything that happened at the hospital, but it’s also not good to hang onto it and let it fester.
She needs a proper outlet for it — she needs to turn that rage into action, and there’s no better person than Claudette to inspire her.
Claudette understands a thing or two about fighting back against the opposition, plus, she gave Mildred a killer makeover. But though unrecognizable, I don’t think she necessarily blends in. And that may be a good thing. If the 4400 need motivation, Mildred is the poster child for fighting back.
Elsewhere, the Rev and Keisha were trapped in an elevator together when the power went down, and I could not think of a worse experience.
The Rev was very thrown off to find out that Keisha was gay. He’s old school, so he still views homosexuality as a “sin,” which didn’t sit well with Keisha in the slightest as she made it clear that those who hate are sinners and not those who love.
And then she knocked him down even further when she told him that he would’ve vanished from his son’s life even if he hadn’t vanished from the green light.
That one hit home, but it was true.
The Rev has been one of the most unlikeable characters, and while he has redeemed himself ever so slightly over the last few episodes, if he doesn’t get with the times and practice acceptance, he’s going to be turned away by his own people.
After everything he’s been through, he should know better than to hate someone for being different.
There’s an energy leading into the final three episodes that indicates the 4400 will not go down without a fight.
What did you think of the episode? Are you glad Manny is back? And is he their secret weapon? Sound off in the comments!
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