One of my favorite shows is The 4400. It’s a show about 4400 people who were kidnapped by people from the future, genetically altered and seeded back into the present day in order to save the world from catastrophe. They haven’t aged a day but some have been put into a time that is far into the future from when they were taken. Many of the people they knew are either dead or several years older than they last remember. They try to rebuild their lives despite being out time and out of place. Many try to pick up where they left off but find it impossible. Too much has changed.
As the story continues the people become commonly known as “The 4400”. Eventually, they begin to display special abilities which make others fear them. Rebuilding their lives becomes even more difficult. Some are attacked out of fear, many have no where to go and still others feel so isolated by their experience that they simply cannot adjust. Many begin to group together finding sanctuary among those with similar experiences. They organize under the leadership of a successful businessman and the story continues…
I love the show for obvious reasons. There’s so much to relate to in the sense of isolation, of ostracism and the need to find a purpose for all they’ve experienced. Within the subplots, there are stories that involve human nature, one of which is the need to belong, to find those who share their experiences and understand their feelings. In a group, they find strength and support, courage and purpose.
Another thing that got my attention is that there’s one character who’s experience doesn’t fit with all the other 4400’s. The process of his kidnapping went terribly wrong causing him to instead go into a coma for three years. Though others see him as victim of the same circumstances, his experience was very different and left him even further isolated. He was neither “normal” or an actual 4400.
I wanted to jump up and down screaming, “That’s me! That’s me!” But currently he’s sitting in prison awaiting trial for the murder of the leader of the 4400s. Ugh. Just my luck.
Okay, boring post, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.