The 4400: Graduation Day
(S03E06) Last week there were arguments. I said the wrapup was too neat. Some of you said no, I just didn't get it -- there was complexity. Things might not be as they seemed. And I'm happy to ring the bell of correct-ness. Ding ding ding! az1324 called it: Matthew was sent back from the future to work for the "other side." Whatever the other side, is.
Indeed, much to my delight we're given ever more conundrums in The 4400. It does seem as if Isabelle has redressed her "angel of death" moniker, although she is causing quite a bit of murder and mayhem as she turns the gifts of the Nova Group members against them. Perhaps we should replace the "of death" in her title, in fact, with "avenging."
Add Alana -- who through her work with students in the 4400 school, finds the man who killed her first husband and son -- to the list of AA members. And when we're talking 4400, AA stands for Avenging Angel.
I found this episode to be startling, arresting, full of mystery and question. In short, exactly what I love to see in the 4400. Still I was left with ideas haunting me. Here are just some of the aching questions that nagged me as I went to sleep last night:
- How can Alana not become hopelessly exhausted with the lives she's living in her mind and those of her patients? It seems as if she's not only prepared to relive a whole childhood with the teenager she meets with, but that she's done it before. Can she really be going to work in the morning and coming home 10 years later?
- Is Isabelle good or bad? Were those who sent her good, or evil? And is Matthew a 4400? We were promised a dead 4400 (it's not who you think!) in the always-too-purple previews. Sure, we had two others die but we didn't even know them, how could we have thought it?
- Catastrophe, or not? Is there a coming crisis in the future? I don't buy that the 4400 is the crisis -- that's clearly the spin of a truly evil man (I think we can all agree Matthew was evil through-and-through, his characterization was painted without a hint of grey). And clearly, killing them all would be bad. For the show at the very least. But what exactly are these two future groups, and is the one who unlocked the promicin in these 4400 brains good, evil, or undetermined?
- Will Shawn still love Isabelle despite her unblinking manner as she murders others?
- When will Jordan Callier come back? Is he now aligned with the good, or bad future group?
- What does Isabelle want with Dennis Ryland?
- Am I actually starting to like Isabelle? I am, I think I am!