Futuristic and Dystopian Shows You May Have Forgotten About, But Shouldn’t

The 4400


(clockwise) Chad Faust, Joel Gretsch, Patrick John Flueger, Billy Campbell, Mahershala Ali, Laura Allen, Jacqueline McKenzie, and Conchita Campbell


Without warning, 4400 people are deposited by a ball of light in Washington state, near Mt. Rainier. Each of these people had been abducted from various points in history, starting in 1946.

Now, they’ve all returned, but for what purpose? Why haven’t any of them aged a day?

The Department of Homeland security assigns agents Tom Baldwin (Gretsch) and Diana Skouris (McKenzie) to find out. Eventually, some of the returnees begin to display certain gifts such as telekinesis, precognition, and healing abilities. The public, not surprisingly, doesn’t take too well to that.

Why It Was So Good:

Overall, this is one of those shows that was  a victim of poor ratings. Airing on the USA Network, The 4400 started strong but seemed to get waylaid with how it wanted to present itself. Was it a sci-fi show? Or was it a show built on the narrative of humanity and how to save it?

Either way, certain aspects were much better than others. The initial idea that 4400 abductees were suddenly returned to Earth made you wonder about aliens (spoiler alert: it wasn’t), but the gifts these people brought back with them was what really drove the narrative.

Some were truly that, gifts, while others ended up invariably being a curse.

Billy Campbell plays a messianic figure for the returnees, but it’s the performances of Faust, Flueger, Conchita Campbell, and Ali that will probably stick with you most.

With only 44 episodes spread out over 4 seasons, be prepared to feel a bit let down when it ends, if only because it’s a cliffhanger that never gets resolved.

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