So I missed blogging on last week’s “The Truth and Nothing But the Truth” Ã¢â‚¬â€ otherwise known as The Return of April Skouris (to me, at least). Under the weather and all that. Never caught up during the week.
But if the episode had been as good as this week’s “Try the Pie,” I would have made the time.
Truth (ha!) be told, the first four “extra-crispy” episodes were a little boring. Not nearly enough of the original 4400s in those episodes, just a focus on all these new people and their new powers. I understand the need to explore some of these, but given the relatively short seasons of The 4400, four episodes seemed a bit extreme. And “The Truth” just kind of bored me.
“Try the Pie,” however, was an excellent return to form and an excellent bridge. First, it linked all the extra crispies to Jordan Collier and it had lots of Jordan. And Kyle. And Tom. A decent does of Shawn and Isabelle (separately). And the most of Maia we’ve had all season.
So let’s start with Maia.
First off, Conchita Campbell’s growing up. She is looking less and less like the waif who was the first among the 4400 to be abducted and more and more like the pre-teen she’s become. Maia’s not a little girl anymore, and she pointed that out to Mommy/Diana yesterday
As for her dream/visions: We know Maia’s dreams are not merely dreams. Or do we? She usually gets her visions while she’s awake. Perhaps these dreams are a mix between vision and nightmare; perhaps some of it is true, but her subconscious is exaggerating it for nightmare effect. Even in her online diaries (Entry #7), it’s clear that even Maia doesn’t know if these are truely visions.
And what of Diana going to Shawn about his political opponent? It raises the age-old time travel/soothsayer conundrum: If you find yourself in the position to change the future, can you actually do it? If Shawn chooses not to run for City Council because of the fear that his opponent could get a national stage, does that mean his opponent will win and will more easily be able to climb the political ladder and achieve his goals of rounding up all those who are Promicin-positive? If Shawn stays in the race, is that what will make this future happen?
There’s no way of knowing until it happens, though Maia in her vision didn’t look any different than she does now, if that’s even a hint at all. Could easily be explained away as Maia being unable to imagine/view herself as anything other than how she appears at the time.
I say Shawn should go for it. The 4400s need to start taking some power for themselves and fight the attempts to keep them under the government’s thumb. And that includes the extra crispies.
Speaking of, Evanston (Washington, not Illinois), was a fun detour. First off, it showed Cassie is dead-on and Kyle needs to keep following her directions. That means Isabelle is one of the good guys now.
That shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, though, as Isabelle once upon a time did really want to be good. She tried to kill herself to prevent herself from causing harm. She killed the guy from the future who was her “handler” when he was telling her she was to kill all the 4400s.
Did she have any choice in how things ended up? Perhaps. But it wasn’t as simple as just choosing to do good. She should get some points for having tried. More than once. I truly believe her misguided attempts to force Shawn to marry her were her lasts-ditch effort to remain a good person.
She really wants to have this second chance at being a good person. And it’s not just to avoid being in prison for the rest of her life. I truly believe Isabelle wants to atone.
Jordan, however, is not so willing to forgive, though he did forgive Kyle once upon a time, for killing him. I’m thinking that the fact that he’s not dead is part of why he’s able to forgive Kyle.
Anyhow, I also appreciated the fact that Jordan does not believe himself to actually be a messiah, but rather sees religion as a means to an end to spread the word of promicin and its benefits. One can see him as a rather cynical manipulator of the masses using religion for what some could say is his benefit. One might be able to say that about many religious leaders throughout human history, as well.
I had to say I was shocked when I believed Tom was being injected with Promicin. I really didn’t think Kyle had it in him. And one thing I’ve liked about Jordan through all this Promicin-ocity is that he refuses to force anyone to take it. Even after Kyle tells him these 200 people must take it in order to reach the tipping point, Jordan’s not going to force anyone.
If the world Kyle has found in this religious tome is to become a reality, Jordan truly believes these 200 people will indeed take Promicin at some point. He’s not going to make them do it. They have to choose it.
Which, I have to say, I don’t exactly understand why Tom is so all-fired opposed to it. He’s been working with the 4400 from the beginning. His nephew is one. His (missing) wife is one. His partner/best friend’s adopted daughter is one.
He’s seen the good they can do (and, yes, the bad), but knows they are more often good than bad. He tried the pie, and shared wonderful memories with these extra crispies of Evanston, and enjoyed it. He shed his worries in talking to an extra crispy.
He’s only had a few bad experiences with the 4400. Kyle’s assured him he won’t die if he takes it. Is it just his sense of duty? Does he believe it would kind of be cheating to take it? He’s so vehemently opposed to it; even Kyle couldn’t convince him to do it, though that would mean they’d be together. Finally.
He broke Kyle’s heart by saying no. Even if he takes it at some point in the future, this will always stand between them. This was their last, best chance for being a family again.
Is that it, perhaps? That the 4400 interrupted Tom’s life? Put his son in a coma and disappeared his nephew? Even when Kyle came out of the coma, he was not Kyle. And even after he became Kyle again, he still wasn’t totally Kyle. Then he was in prison, then he went away. Tom lost his son a very long time ago, on a beach on a lake in Washington state. And no matter how much they try to find their way back to each other, something, it seems always gets in the way.
And that something is the future; the future that brought us the 4400.