4400 on SYFY: what is the reboot of the cult series from the 2000s worth?

SYFY is broadcasting “4400”, the reboot of the cult series from the 2000s this Thursday evening. This series, which follows a group of missing people who mysteriously reappear years later, is it worth a look?

What is it about ?

Over the past century, thousands of young adults have mysteriously disappeared. Suddenly and inexplicably, 4400 missing persons reappear as they were when they disappeared. Even those that have been missing for several decades have not aged a bit. And above all, no one remembers what happened to them. They then try to resume a normal life in a world that has changed and is wary of what they have become…

Every Thursday at 9 p.m. on SYFY starting April 21. Episodes viewed: 2/10.

Well worth a look ?

We have to believe that the CW is seriously starting to lack inspiration for its new series. After the reboots of Charmed, Roswell and Walker Texas Rangerit’s the turn of the science fiction series The 4400 to be entitled to a new iteration.

Broadcast between 2004 and 2007 on USA Network, the science fiction series, carried by Joel Gretsch and Jacqueline McKenziehad very quickly received the approval of the critics, but the increasingly low audiences had convinced the channel to cancel it after only 4 seasons.

This new version of 4400 follows the same premises as the original with a few small changes. A group of 4,400 people, who have been missing for the past 100 years, suddenly reappear in a Detroit city park.

The ghosts, who have not aged a bit, come from all over the world and from different eras, but have no memory of what has happened to them during all these years. With the help of a social worker and a probation officer, they will try to understand the mystery that surrounds them.

For this more modern re-reading of the 4400, Anna Fricke and ariana jackson, the two showrunners, have chosen to place their work directly in the Black Lives Matter movement. To the mystery and science fiction is added a social dimension: all the people torn from their time to be transported to 2021 are black, and have had to face discrimination in one way or another.

4400 on syfy: what is the reboot of the cult series from the 2000s worth?
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Jaye Ladymore as Claudette, an activist for the American civil rights movement in the 1950s.

Through the fate of a doctor who served in the First World War (played by TL Thompson), an influential woman in the American Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi during the 1950s (camped by Jaye Ladymore) and a pastor straight from the 90s (played by Derrick A. King), 4400 strives to bring us a mosaic of characters who have each, in their own way, been confronted with a form of racism.

If some messages are a bit heavy – we think in particular of the white cops who martyr the victims – and if the acting of the actors – for the most part unknown – sometimes leaves something to be desired, the mystery surrounding the case remains one of the strong points. of the series, each episode offering us flashbacks on the past life of a character.

A mystery which, as for the original series, makes us want to chain the episodes to find out more about these disappearances and the origin of their powers.

The screenwriters of this new formula have therefore achieved the feat of bringing new life by focusing on current issues in a more or less subtle way. In short, 4400 is a series that aims to be ambitious but does not always manage to live up to expectations.

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