4400: “Pilot” – Review

4400 airs Sunday nights on The CW.

By Ariba Bhuvad

If you’re a sucker for missing people returning from different points in time, then The CW’s reimagining of 4400 is going to be right up your alley. I went into the pilot with minimal expectations but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Back in 2004, The 4400 was a CBS show that told the story of 4,400 previously presumed dead or missing people randomly returning.

The CW does more of the same and does it in a rather intriguing manner. Admittedly, watching people from different points in time all descend into the year 2021 makes for some fun television. I love that the pilot is diverse with its character and storylines, and does not veer away from pushing its characters to the limit.

One thing I respected about the pilot was that it included characters of color that were originally from the 1950s, a time of racial segregation. With them having arrived in 2021, it’s interesting to see their reaction to the police and the people around them. It’s as if so much has changed, but yet nothing at all. It’s a profound way to shed light on the social issues of today through the eyes of someone in the past.

Given that it’s a show on the CW, there is always room for improvement, but I enjoyed what the pilot had to offer. There’s intrigue, mystery, and suspense, and a lot more stories that can stem from the pilot episode. I look forward to checking out more of the series in the coming months to see where the story takes us.

But for now, I’ll say–be sure to check it out! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

I give the 4400 pilot a B+.

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