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4400 -- “The Kaminski Experiment” -- Image Number: FFH108fg_0018r -- Pictured (L-R): Cory Jeacoma as Logan and Brittany Adebumola as Shanice -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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The final 4400 episode of 2021 took things up a notch by showing the world they were right to fear the returned. 

Despite everyone’s best efforts to portray the 4400 as innocent humans and victims of an unexplainable situation, their powers were made public in a very intense way. 

Shanice, Keisha, and Jharrel figured out that the government’s plan — with Bill Greene at the helm — was to use the press event to reveal their powers in an attempt to trigger their conservatorship. 

If the public thinks that the 4400 are dangerous, they’ll support keeping them under the watchful eyes of the government, right?

By figuring out the plan, they were also able to shake things up. By the time the camera was rolling, Bill couldn’t find his fire starter anywhere, while the Rev was enlightened by Shanice’s revelation that the contracts he was encouraging his followers to sign were the equivalent of a trap. 

Once the Rev assured the public that they were harmless, Logan’s family took center stage to showcase that the 4400 and the non-4400 can live side-by-side as a normal and blended multi-cultural family. 

It was going well until Mildred decided she was going to teach Bill a lesson. 

Her powers got the best of her, and poor Bill went flying right out the window.

 Thankfully, the Rev got to her and talked her down before she could smash a levitating ceramic vase over Bill’s face. 

And yep, all of this was caught on live television. 

Bill’s plan didn’t pan out as expected, but the end result — aside from his concussion (I don’t think she killed him?) — was even better than he expected. 

Mildred’s anger did the opposite of what everyone wanted for the 4400; in exposing their powers, it made the public think they are complete monsters. 

The Rev was somehow able to mute her powers, which might be the first display of his powers this season. Unfortunately, they didn’t get to explore them further because he told her to “run,” thus proving that he is definitely on the side that could be trusted. 

There’s already plenty of paranoia and hatred aimed at the 4400, so it’s hard to see this pan out in a way that doesn’t negatively impact them. 

It’s hard to blame Mildred, however, as she’s seen the very worst of humanity. She was locked up, prodded, and experimented on. She’s seen unimaginable things, so it’s not surprising that she wants to get revenge. 

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4400 — “The Kaminski Experiment” — Image Number: FFH108fg_0021r — Pictured: Autumn Best as Mildred — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

However, it is concerning that she’s not able to stop herself or think things through. She seems consumed with rage, which begs the question — are the 4400 dangerous?

When pushed into an uncomfortable situation could their powers become weapons?

Noticeably missing from the “happy family” dynamic was Shanice. Yet her relationship with Logan was devastatingly at the heart of the episode.

We got a glimpse of the pain and suffering Logan went through when Shanice disappeared. His life fell apart and he struggled to pick up the pieces in the aftermath while being a father to a baby girl. 

Mrs. Grover helped as much as she could, but she also encouraged him to move on and live his life, which is something he avoided for a really long time. 

Through Shanice’s powers, we also saw the moment the cops gave him her note about leaving. It’s at that moment that Logan realized that Shanice’s disappearance may have been planned. 

The more complicated a situation becomes, the better it is for television. 

Shanice and Logan’s situation is as complex as they come. 

Logan was trying to navigate his feelings and emotions; her return is a moment he has only ever dreamt of hundreds of times. 

And, as Keisha and the grief group pointed out, it’s a second chance — something so many people hope for every single day. 

But too much time has passed and the damage has already been done. 

Logan and Shanice can’t erase these past 16 years no matter how much they want to. 

Logan moved on, remarried, and started a family. It wouldn’t be fair to Bridget, himself, or Mariah to implode that now, especially because Bridget is being verrrrry understanding about everything. 

Therefore, while every bone in my body wants Logan and Shanice to get back together, realistically, they can’t. 

Instead, he accepted that his second chance comes in the form of closure. He’s able to forgive Shanice, accept what happened, and say goodbye. 

And he’s being pretty cool about it by allowing Shanice to be so involved in Mariah’s life. It definitely helps that he now knows that Shanice never meant to leave him. 

It’s an unfortunate situation because it also doesn’t prioritize what Shanice needs or wants. Logan gets the final say, but he never acknowledged just how hard the situation is for her. 

For her, it’s only been a few weeks. He’s had 16 years to process his grief, but she woke up one day holding a newborn and in a happy relationship, and the next day, she met her teenage daughter and found out her husband remarried. Telling her to move on as if that should be so easy seemed insensitive. 

Her whole life was flipped upside down, and I wish Logan considered that before informing Shanice that their second chance was closure when all she likely wants is a sliver of normalcy. 

She’s likely grateful to have her daughter back, but it still feels like she’s the one losing the most.

The 4400 are all just doing the best they can with their new reality, which means finding comfort in each other. 

Shanice found a comforting soul in Andre, so the two are pursuing “the vibes” even though it’s obvious Logan still has her heart. She would’ve ended things with Andre if Logan suggested they give their relationship another shot. 

But I’m glad that didn’t happen because Andre is quite the romantic. I mean, taking Shanice “back” to the 1920s voa drinks and dancing was immensely sweet, even if it was overshadowed by a scandal that likely puts Andre under a conservatorship and Shanice fighting to protect him.

You have to find the good in the little moments. 

Andre also teamed up with Jharrel to find the rest of Manny’s work at Claudette’s apartment, which brought him and LaDonna (off-screen) closer to the COBOL code. Will they find some answers in Manny’s work? Did the same thing happen to Manny? Because if so, that means there are more 4400 out there! 

Will there be another “event”?

Other Musings

  • Andre calling out Jharrel for being with Claudette, and, in turn, Jharrel telling Andre to mind his own business was hilarious. 
  • Does anyone else miss LaDonna?
  • Andre signing the contract to protect the 4400 and offer them non-government medical care is why he’s the MVP of the series. 
  • Logan is a great dad. He said all the right things to Hayden who was terrified that he would be given up because of his powers. 
  • Will Logan’s view of Shanice change now that he knows about the powers? Will he be more inclined to be involved in her life?
  • How awkward was it when Mariah said “mom” and both Bridget and Shanice responded?

What did you think of the 4400 midseason finale?

The series returns January 17, 2022, so we’ll see you then, Cravers! 


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    4400 Season Finale Review – Present is Prologue (1×13)

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    4400 Season Finale Review - Present is Prologue Season 1 Episode 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. 

    4400 Season Finale Review - Present is Prologue Season 1 Episode 13

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    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. 

    Despicable. 

    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. 

    Other Observations

    • 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)

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    4400 Review You Only Meant Well Season 1 Episode 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!


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    4400 Review – Give Up The Ghost (1×11)

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    4400 Review Give Up The Ghost Season 1 Episode 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. 

    4400 Review Give Up The Ghost Season 1 Episode 11

    4400 — “Give Up The Ghost” — Image Number: FFH110a_0032r — Pictured: Sophia Echendu as Mariah — Photo: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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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