A series that built a cult of devoted fans over its four seasons, "The 4400" was cancelled by the USA network despite viewer protest because of budgetary issues and ratings that were not up to expectations. The series focuses on a group of people called "The 4400" that found themselves unexpectedly returned to Earth after - in many cases - many years after being mysteriously abducted.
It was soon learned that each of the ones returned had a different superhuman ability. The government creates a branch to follow those returned, called the The National Threat Assessment Command (NTAC). Two particular agents - Tom (Joel Gretsch) and Diana (Jaqueline McKenzie) - are the focus of the series as they try to follow different cases of the 4400. However, things are complicated when the chemical responsible for their powers, promicin, is released to the public, where members of the population choose between a 50/50 chance of not surviving the promicin injection in order for the potential to have powers. The fourth season does follow the two agents as they find new cases of humans with powers, but it also follows the two as they confront the rise of charismatic 4400 leader Jordan Collier (Billy Campbell) who, as the season comes to a close, has taken an increasing amount of Seattle for his own.
33. 17 Jun 07 The Wrath of Graham
- A high school student develops the ability to make people worship him like a god after taking promicin. Now it's up to NTAC's new director, Meghan Doyle (Jenni Baird) to bring him back down.
34. 24 Jun 07 Fear Itself
- People's phobias are coming to life and Tom (Joel Gretsch) and Diana (Jaqueline McKenzie) race to find the person responsible.
35. 1 Jul 07 Audrey Parker's Come and Gone
- After taking promicin, Audrey Parker (Constance Towers) develops the ability to astral project, but she's stranded in limbo when she's murdered. To catch the one responsible, she must somehow contact Tom and Diana.
36. 8 Jul 07 The Truth and Nothing But the Truth
- April (Natasha Gregson Wagner) takes promicin and develops an ability that puts her life in danger.
37. 15 Jul 07 Try the Pie
- Jordan Coller and his followers are discovered in a small town, and Tom must stop his son from joining the charismatic leader's movement.
38. 22 Jul 07 The Marked
- Curtis Peck is a 4400 filmmaker who discovers a conspiracy that threatens the world, forcing him to go on the run.
39. 29 Jul 07 Till We Have Built Jerusalem
- Jordan Collier's movement settles in Seattle and takes a major step forward. Meanwhile, when Maia goes missing, Jordan panics.
40. 5 Aug 07 No Exit
- Waking up trapped in NTAC without any recollection of what put them there, Tom, Diana, Jordan and others must work together in order to find a way out.
41. 12 Aug 07 Daddy's Little Girl
- In Promise City, Richard pays a surprise visit to his daughter Isabelle, but things take a turn for the worse when he kidnapps her.
42. 19 Aug 07 One of Us
- Richard and Isabelle are persued by the NTAC. Elsewhere, a test is developed that determines if people can be killed by promicin.
43. 26 Aug 07 Ghost in the Machine
- A suspected member of the Marked owns a software company that's attacked by a computer virus. After visiting Promise City, Maia is given an unexpected birthday gift.
44. 9 Sep 07 Tiny Machines
- A small band of promicin positives are recruited by Shawn to free Kevin from Promise city. After a face-off with Tom, Diana has to take drastic action.
45. 16 Sep 07 The Great Leap Forward (director's cut)
- It is discovered that Danny Farrell's ability to spread promicin has caused many deaths.
VIDEO: "The 4400" is presented by Paramount Home Entertainment in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Picture quality is generally first-rate, as the image remained crisp and bright throughout the show. Finer details - hairs, etc - were also visible in some scenes, as well. Some minor artifacting was spotted at times, but the picture was largely clean and clear, with accurate colors and solid black level.
SOUND: The Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation was fairly engaging, considering the fact that the series is a TV drama. Surrounds did get fired up during a few more intense sequences, but normally were used just for minor ambience. Audio quality was fine, with crisp dialogue and no distortion or other faults.
EXTRAS: creator Scott Peters offers commentaries on "Till We Have Built Jerusalem" and "The Great Leap Forward" (director's cut). We also get the "Season IV: Factions at War" featurette, "Jordan Collier: The Grey Man" featurette and deleted scenes.
Final Thoughts: "The 4400" comes to a close too soon, as the intriguing sci-fi series ends with a powerfully acted, very compelling set of episodes. The DVD set boasts very good audio/video quality, as well as a nice set of extras. Recommended.