The 4400: Ghost in the Machine
Of course, it didn't take very long for Diana and Meghan to figure out that Tom isn't actually Tom anymore. But The Marked would have to be fools to think that their hosts' friends and family wouldn't figure it out eventually. Particularly about Tom Baldwin, who was told what The Marked were before he became one of them. I gave Meghan credit for doubting she'd be able to continue an intimate relationship with somebody who was no longer Tom.
One complaint: There should be a law against previews for the next episode promising us that Tom is going to get medieval all over Kyle with a shovel and then that turning out to be nothing more than a fantasy. That was a total ripoff.
This episode did leave me with a question: If Imroth is dead now, how will The Marked maintain control of his company, which funds their efforts? I'd say that it isn't very important, except that Alter Ego Tom was pretty determined to kill Walter Trask in order to stop the computer virus from tanking the company's stock. (Note to Alter Ego Tom: I don't think Tom gives much thought to his pension, so in order to just being a little off, that was probably a big red flag). So, although it's very cool to think of Jordan Collier being taken over by one of The Marked, if only to watch the fun Billy Campbell will get to have with the role, I thought it was contradictory plot-wise to have Imroth die. I'm sure The Marked has accounted for it-- but we didn't get an explanation of how.
Patrick Flueger (Shawn) has had a pretty thankless role this season as well, but considering how much heavy lifting he had to do last season, maybe it's a bit of a relief. I loved it when he decided to call in Tess to get Kevin back: We will undoubtedly see some fireworks in the season finale now. Especially now that Isabelle has her abilities back.
It has been great to see Isabelle as a normal, powerless person this season. I wonder if that will make her kinder, gentler, and wiser now that she has her abilities back. Do you think she will really turn on Jordan? I thought she had a touching monologue about power and loneliness. The scene in which she and Kyle were reunited and finally kissed each other, was great too. Perhaps last season she thought she had genuine feelings for Shawn, but she was being so ruthlessly manipulated by Matthew Ross (who is now The Marked inhabiting Tom Baldwin) that it's hard to be sure. Especially given that she didn't have the maturity to be having an adult relationship. She has had the chance to mature and to experience emotions without the confusion of ultimate power, and I think that will redeem her in the end. Do you buy the thought that there is a kill switch in her if she tries to strike down Alter Ego Tom? I think that is bull, but she did have to have an IV drip to get rid of her allergens to promicin, so who knows?
I wonder what, if anything, will come of Maia's being able to visit with her parents again? It's interesting that they don't want to interfere with her homework-- but they don't say anything about her new mother. Is it possible that they don't know about Diana? And will Maia's joy at being reunited with her parents cause a rift between her and Diana, that will separate them even more than the tiny cracks in their relationship caused by adolescence and the fact that Diana works for NTAC, while her daughter is a 4400?
I don't know how the season will be resolved. If there is an ultimate battle next week, that doesn't leave a lot left to happen in a new season. But it doesn't seem like they will be able to resolve the battle between the haves and the have nots in one simple episode. That means maybe there will be a cliffhanger!
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