The 4400 hit the ground running after the winter hiatus.
Jharrel got fired, Keisha quit, and Soraya seemingly betrayed Andre and partnered up with Jess — all in one hour!
4400 Season 1 Episode 9 picked up with the aftermath of Mildred’s outburst that saw Bill plummeting several stories on live television.
The narrative was pretty clear: the 4400 have powers, so that makes them a threat to the public.
We’ve seen this narrative play out countless times throughout history typically with minorities, but now we’re seeing what fuels the fire and ignites the flames.
This is exactly what the government wanted. They wanted to instill fear so that they could justify stripping the 4400 of their rights and keeping tabs on the all in the name of public safety.
And the paranoid public was all for it. In fact, they eagerly called the tip line to report any suspicious behavior.
We saw firsthand the dangers of a tip line as the security guard Steve got mistaken for a 4400 and his whole persona was destroyed online simply by a false report.
And while you would think that Steve, who has experienced discrimination and unjust profiling because he’s asian, would know better, Soraya explained that he was also acting from a place of fear and self-preservation. He didn’t want this situation to harm him or his family, so he chose to side with the security guards who felt as though “round them up” was a sound idea.
It’s honestly a vicious cycle. Hate breeds hate and fear.
It’s incredibly heartbreaking, but it’s wonderful that the 4400 has found a way to put a spotlight on these issues while still sticking to their core plot and providing entertainment.
And just when the 4400 thought they won by gaining refugee status as time travelers, they unearthed a world without the government’s protection.
It’s a lose-lose situation, honestly. With the government poking and prodding, they were nothing more than prisoners, animals, and test subjects, but without the government, they have become exposed to the world’s wrath.
Of course, in the final moments, we find out that this is yet another step in the governments big plan.
The idea here is that the 4400 will experience all the hatred of the world and round themselves up, ergo, doing all of the heavy lifting before the government swoops in once again.
Plus, they already have a handful of the returned that they are running their tests and experiments on.
It’s comical to think that a skinny white woman in a pantsuit and heels is one of television’s biggest villains, but then again, it also kind of tracks.
And she is. Jess is pure evil. I don’t know why Keisha wasted any of her time and energy trying to find the good in Jessica because it was clear that it didn’t exist.
Jess prided herslef on making the 4400 targets; she truly believes they are evil people and that the government is protecting the vulnerable public.
I found myself simultaneously cheering and wondering “what’s next” when Keisha quit. She and Jharrel have been on Team 4400 since the beginning, however, with Jharrel fired, she was the only one on the inside.
Now that they are both gone, they won’t be able to have any inside intel, which seems like a disservice to the people they are trying to protect.
Of course, there was bound to be a breaking point where Keisha was going to have to choose sides rather than straddling the middle line.
Jess’ power moves extended beyond Jharrel’s firing as in the final scene, he is arrested for stealing government property.
Why do Jess and Bill have it out for him? The poor guy is just trying to find his missing brother, Manny.
I’ll be honest, I think Jharrel is onto something with the idea that Manny is trying to send him a message. Manny is the glue in all of this.
Though, I can’t figure out if he’s sending this message from the future or if his power is invisibility.
Either way, I think it’ll be up to Keisha and Claudette (where has she been?!) to solve this mystery as he deals with the government.
With the reality so wacky, why wouldn’t Keisha even consider the possibility that Jharrel is onto something with his Manny theory?
It’s not that far-fetched when you have a bunch of time travelers with super powers surrounding you.
I need Keisha to get on board and help Manny out!
If he is from the future, his information could be crucial as he can help them stop the events from happening and change the course of history.
Could you imagine what a win that could be for the 4400?
Another character whose actions were a complete letdown? Soraya.
Much like Steve, Soraya has felt like a target numerous times, including when she the government suspected her of leaking LaDonna’s video.
It’s not entirely surprising that she would now do anything the government wants in order to protect herslef, however, I can’t see her just betraying them by turning over all the stolen files from Ypsi Med.
Soraya strikes me as someone that’s trustworthy and wants to be on the right side of history, so it’s one thing to say no copies of a flashdrive were made, but it’s another thing to actually follow through on it.
She’s a tex-pert — there’s no way she just turned over crucial information to the government, especially when it contains information about ZMT, the anomaly found in all of their blood.
My guess is that Soraya is keeping her friends close and her enemies closer. And with Jharrel and Keisha on the outs, she’s going to be the one with one foot in at all times. Her intel is definitely going to come in handy.
Otherwise, if I’m wrong about her, that’s the ultimate betrayal and my heart can’t take it.
We got to see a more human side to the Rev finally. It’s easy to be mad at him for having all of the returned sign a contract that basically gave the government conservatorship over them, but it’s another to hear him out as to why he did it.
And the sad truth is that he trusted the wrong people. He thought he was helping his people and doing right by them, but instead, he led them right into the lion’s den.
What’s important is that he truly tried to make up for it by working with Shanice to find a way out for everyone.
He also admitted that he didn’t think he could be the leader anymore because his power was that he could strip the returned of their powers. It didn’t seem right for someone who champions the powers given to them by god.
However, Shanice helped him reframe his thinking by showing him that he’s giving the returned something they never had.
And her choice was that she no longer wanted to be burdened by these invasise powers.
Do you think the Rev really took her powers away? Or was it a temporary fluke?
Is Soraya going to betray Andre? Will we ever see LaDonna again? What’s Jharrel’s next move? What does he know tha the government wants? How is Manny involved? And what is he trying to tell his brother?
Who is patient 48 that Bill is referring to? Is it Soraya? Or Keisha’s sister? And what is Jess’ plan with the Ypsi Med files?
What did you think of the episode? Let us know 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!
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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