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13 June 2006 @ 06:41 pm
The 4400: 3.01- "Yes, Shawn, you made a boo-boo"  
Wow... just wow. Shows like The 4400 and BSG remind that television can not only be good, it can be damn awesome. What a ride!

More indepth comments bellow the cut-- be warned: here there be spoilers, and they shall eat your flesh. ^_^;;

So much happened in those two hours, almost all of which blind-sided me, that I think I'm gonna have to separate things by character. So, here we go:

  • Isabelle: First and most obvious. I was really leery of this whole aging thing, but the consequential draining of Lily's life force was unexpected. It was nice to see something that's usually such an obvious plot-device actually *cost* something, aside from the obvious childhood of said aged kid. I also liked that Isabelle wasn't immediately savvy about the world around her-- that she had to read and learn, even at an increased rate. That said, I still don't really *like* her aged character, though I had some moments of empathy for her. She was much more interesting as a killer baby.
  • Kevin: Is a total fruitcake. As in, hanging around with Guias in a bar for group therapy sessions fruitcake. "I know I had a clean cup around here somewhere." Somebody needs to go find Tess and get her to take care of him. Also-- Kev? Teeth falling out? BAD SIGN.
  • Lily: They killed Lily! *sniffles* Damn it, I *liked* her, and Lily/Richard was the 4400 OTP. They were two of the few people who actually got to be happy sometimes. Her character went out with awesome grace, though. Still-- *more sniffles*
  • Richard: Poor Richard! He already has intense issues with Isabelle, now he has to deal with the fact she vampiricly drained her mother to *death*. And when Lily gave him his birthday present so early? You could see it was going to break him to lose her.
  • Ilana: Yup, still annoying. Also, not much for dealing with reality, is she? Not that I wouldn't exercise the power if I had it, but she seems a little over eager.
  • Tom: I find him much more likable now that he doesn't trust the government implicitly. He's Tom, you know? He's THERE. But that last bit with him and baby!kyle? Despite being really cute, it reveals just how issue laden he is. X_x;;
  • Diana: I think it's gonna be interesting watching her play semi-unwilling assistant to Dr. Schizo. And, as always, I love the way she is with Maia.
  • Marco: Didn't see much of him in this ep, but what we did see was cute. I like how concerned he is for Maia, and his comments during the Game of Life were adorable.
  • Maia: Marco's right-- reruns of the day would be extremely boring. I always love Maia, though. I was especially pleased with the last scene between her and Tyler (lightswitch!boy). It was so characteristic of kids, and I loved the little smile she sent his way.
  • Shawn: Dudes, Shawn, NOVA was a misstep. Tsk, tsk. But other than that, I have much love for Shawn, because he shoulders so much for such a young man. Also, he's so unassuming and low-key, like when he told Lily healing was "all in the wrists". I was relieved to see that he was mostly weirded out by Isabelle's "we're relating, aren't we?" spiel, but I'm still nervous. I don't really trust TV writers **cough**Stargate**cough**Smallville**cough** not to screw things up, and Shawn/Isabelle would make me scream and throw things. SHAWN/KYLE OTP, YO.
  • Kyle: Where is my Kyle? WHERE? (In prison, duh. But I'd like to see him. ^_~)
  • Gary: (the telepath) Totally don't blame him for turning on the govt. I would, too.
  • Ryland: This guy seems to think he's living in an X-Men movie. Humanity vs the 4400? Dudes, only if you push them into a corner.

I'm ticked off with Isabelle for not telling her daddy about the guy who was smacking her around. I'm also mad at her for chickening out at the last minute, even though no one knew for sure if her death would help Lily. Shawn's "well, I slept with my brother's girlfriend" line was great, too.

Next week's episode looks a little weak, but I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Because a paranoid Tom is always mildly entertaining.

Off to comment in Amber's LJ now!
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Amberminttown1 on June 14th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Ryland: This guy seems to think he's living in an X-Men movie. Humanity vs the 4400? Dudes, only if you push them into a corner.
I wasn't the only one seeing a parallel, then? Heh.
(Are you a fan of the X-Men films? I'm way late to the game, but if you are, maybe we can have pointless email exchanges about them. I really love those movies.)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: familygarnettrees on June 15th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
You weren't the only one at all! I kept telling my brother I wanted someone to develop powers like Shadow Kat and be able to go through walls. ^_^

(I've been a fan of X-Men since I was a little girl. I used to collect all the trading cards. I like the films a lot too, except my one bone to pick with the 3rd movie. But yeah, I'm a fan. I love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine-- it's perfect! And I'd love to have pointless email exchanges with you. I love Amber emails anyway. ^_~)

Speaking of which, did you get my email about the hair recipe?
Amber: x-men | kickass art teacherminttown1 on June 15th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
(I loved the 1990s X-Men cartoon when I was a kid, but I forgot about it for the most part until the weekend before last, when I marathon'ed all three movies. I didn't like the third nearly as much as the first two, but I still liked it well enough.
Oh man, Wolverine... I have crazy love for him. For most of them, actually, but especially for him. I loved Rogue an absurd amount in the first two films, too.
So, what was your one complaint about the last movie? If you want to use that as the jumping off point of the silly email exchange rather than cluttering your comments, you can. It's up to you; I just want someone else to giggle fannishly with.)

And yes, I got the hair recipe, I meant to mention. Thank you. :)