Shortly before the holiday mad rush, my hubby introduced me to a new TV show he found while surfing Netflix — The 4400. He was positively glued to the bed and the screen for HOURS one December Saturday. I was busy wrapping gifts, beginning to put up the decorations, and in general get ready for the end of the year holidays.
I tried to rouse him by various means and none of them worked. So, as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em…
Long story short? I became hooked. When he finished his marathon viewing session he brought me up to speed on Season 1 and I jumped in full force from Season 2 through to the end which is Season 4. There are 13 episodes each season. Can I tell you how many hours I was in front of the boob tube? I haven’t watched that much TV since childhood! But I’ve got to tell you this show was worth every moment.
The 4400 starts with the premise that over the course of 6 decades people were taken from their homes and their lives. Then, all at once all 4400 of them were returned in a ball of light. But they were not the same people they were when they left. Many of them came back with supernatural powers.
Really quickly…the returnees were quarantined upon their return by the government (of course!). While in quarantine, the scientists and other government officials began to notice unusual behaviors in some of the returnees. But after several weeks, the officials realized they could not continue to keep the returnees prisoners any longer and they released them.
A governmental agency called National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) was created to monitor (read: police) the returnees.
With nary a place to go, many of the returnees came back to Seattle (where they were returned) and settled down. People began noticing the unusual abilities exemplified by their returned loved ones and some kept quiet, others didn’t.
The two main NTAC officers, Diana Skouris and Tom Baldwin, begin working with the returnees. As time passes, each ensuing incident of supernatural activity sets the foundation for a love/hate relationship between this governmental arm meant to protect The 4400. Opposing factions arise within both camps that sets up conflicts that both excite and terrify the viewer and the people involved in each episode.
Some of The 4400 talents are: a little girl who could predict the future, young man who found he could heal any illness (even death sometimes!), a man who could direct sound waves, a woman who can make anyone do anything by just speaking to them in a normal tone of voice, a man who can remove anyone’s special abilities/talents with a simple laying on of hands, people with telekinesis and the list goes on.
Each episode focused on a slightly different area of concern in the day-to-day lives of The 4400 and the world that was growing more and more agitated by the new element of unknown that was encroaching upon the “normal” way of life they had experienced…up until now.
The writers of this show are/were phenomenal (sadly, the show was cancelled at the end of Season 4). The story line you thought would come next never quite materialized; there was always a believable twist. Reality was not thrown to the wind either.
One returnee, Lily, went home so happy to see her husband and daughter again. Even though her husband had not visited her in quarantine, she felt that maybe he didn’t know she had returned.
When she arrived on her doorstep, she was greeted by her daughter who did not know her and a husband who had remarried and did not tell his daughter about her true mother. Heart-breaking.
Everything about this TV show that aired from 2004 – 2007 is great even the theme song!
These writers inspired me greatly. I decided that I would start my next novel at the turn of the New Year. And I did. However, the novel did not move me. Thinking of the writers of The 4400, I knew I needed to find a topic that moved me as much as watching this show moved me.
So, one evening about 2 weeks ago, I just started free association writing and a nonfiction book began to emerge. Almost as if I had some kind of supernatural talent myself, I began writing (taking dictation, maybe??) for 12 hours straight!
The book and outline that emerged is called Single Mamas Guide to Being the Best Mom Ever: Getting Your Financial Life on Track.
I swear, I was more surprised by this book and topic than anyone. My last book, Fury From Hell, is a paranormal cop thriller — a piece of fiction. The book before that is a comprised of short stories about women and their tough choices in life. So — where did this book come from? <shrugging>
All I know is The 4400 had a big part to play in this new book which will be available in early February 2015. The excitement I felt whenever I saw an episode where a new returnee’s talent was revealed has spurred me to seek that kind of excitement in my mundane every-day kind of life.
We all get in a rut sometimes and we need something major to shake us up a bit and make us take notice that there are other things we could be doing with our current non-supernatural talents.
We are all endowed with gifts of voice, dance, music, writing, skating, skiing, drawing, painting, business acumen, etc. We need to lift off the mantle of apathy and put it up on an out-of-reach shelf so we can go back to living a full life.
This is one of the many reasons I love The 4400 TV show. It helped me to realized that things could be different if I only looked at them from a different (elevated??) perspective. I did not (and do not) have to follow social mores to the letter. In fact, if I do, I most assuredly will be unhappy and unfulfilled.
So, I leave you with one final thought. If I was an original 4400, I would want my talent to be perfect recall of all of my life’s moments — big and small. And, as my talent developed, I would want to be able to touch someone and help them see and recall all of their life’s moments as well. You see, if we live and forget the things that brought us to the point we are today we have lost most of the point of life. And, we are doomed to repeat things that may not have served us well.
What would you want your special 4400 talent be?
If you need a little help in visualizing the whole scenario laid out let me help you down the path of 4400 obsession and share episode 1, season 1 with you…
Ta-ta for now,