The 4400 Episodes

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The 4400 Episode: "No Exit"

Season 4, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: A lockdown at NTAC traps everyone, including Collier and his group, forcing an unlikely alliance.
Original Air Date: Aug 5, 2007

"No Exit" Season 4, Episode 8

I wanted to like this episode, really I did, but was there even an episode there? All I can remember is what seemed like hundreds of commercial breaks. Perhaps I'm just profoundly disappointed in this episode. It was such a great setup: The NTAC-ers and Collier & Co. wake up in NTAC headquarters with the place in lockdown with no knowledge of how any of them got there. Before we've even reached the end of the first half hour, Megan and Shawn are dead. And then, with bated breath we wait for the big reveal (Is it the people from the future? The Marked?), only to find out that it's all the work of... PJ's dream? PJ, the third anonymous member of the NTAC geek squad? It almost made me want to flip to the rerun of that Pussycat Dolls show. PJ, despite being a government agent with access to sensitive materials regarding the 4400 and Jordan Collier, apparently decided a couple of months ago to take the shot for no discernible reason whatsoever. His power allowed him to put together people who hated each other (first victims: his fiancée and his mother) in a video-game-like dream sequence in order to make them cooperate. So, with this admirable "can't we all just get along" thought, he decided to do the same thing for these two groups, with mixed results. Nothing has really changed, after all, with the exception of Tom and Jordan now being on a first-name basis, and PJ himself being put in jail for being Promicin-positive. Like I said: profound disappointment. I couldn't help but notice that the title of this episode - "No Exit" - works on several levels. Obviously, they couldn't get out of NTAC, a) because it wasn't real and b) because the goal wasn't to get out, it was simply to kill the building. Beyond that though, it's the title of a Sartre play in which hell is other people. We had several former couples all stuck together, not to mention Jordan and Kyle (who, if I didn't know better, I would describe as certifiable nut jobs), and a tween born in the 1930s. As much as it was a relief to find out that no one had actually died, it also made me wonder why I'd just spent the previous hour watching this show. What purpose did this episode serve? There is a silver lining to this episode, and it's that it's over. It was the weakest of the season by far, and so there's (hopefully) nowhere to go but up. I don't want to give anything away, since I know there are many out there who strain to avoid those spoilery previews at the end of each episode, but an old favorite is returning next week, and it'll be interesting to see how that plays out. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts (especially if any of you strenuously disagree with my assessment of this episode), and especially what your hopes are for the rest of the season now that we're officially on the back half. show less
I wanted to like this episode, really I did, but was there even an episode there? All I can remember is what seemed like hundreds of commercial breaks. Perhaps I’m just profoundly disappointed in this episode. It was such a great setup: The NTAC-ers and Collier & Co. wake up in NTAC headquarters with the place in lockdown with no knowledge of how any of them got there. Before we’ve even reached the end of the first half hour, Megan and Shawn are dead. And then, with bated breath we wait for the big reveal (Is it the people from the future? The Marked?), only to find out that it’s all the work of... PJ’s dream? PJ, the third anonymous member of the NTAC geek squad? It almost made me want to flip to the rerun of that Pussycat Dolls show.PJ, despite being a government agent with access to sensitive materials regarding the 4400 and Jordan Collier, apparently decided a couple of months ago to take the shot for no discernible reason whatsoever. His power allowed hi... read more

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Premiered: July 11, 2004, on USA
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Premise: This classy sci-fi hit revolves around the sudden reappearance of 4400 missing people. All were presumed dead or reported missing over several decades, and many return to their former lives on Earth---but with startling powers. Among those assigned to unravel their mystery is an earnest crime investigator whose nephew is one of the returned. The cable drama, originally slated to run only as a five-part miniseries, garnered big ratings for USA and was added to its regular roster.

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