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4400 Review – The Way Were Were (1×05)

The past always comes back to haunt you. 

Everyone learned that the hard way on 4400 Season 1 Episode 5, particularly Keisha, who was given a rather intense backstory. 

While she initially seemed rather one-dimensional, it turns out her stoic disposition comes at the price of great loss. 

Keisha lost her sister, Kenya, who was her world, and since then, she’s dedicated her life to keeping the streets safe. 

Of course, Kenya’s husband, Tarik, doesn’t see it that way. He butted heads with Keisha on several occasions throughout the episode, especially after informing her that the man who killed Kenya wants to talk as he feels reformed in prison. 

It’s understandable that Keisha wouldn’t be interested in hearing him out after the pain he caused her and her family, but Tarik also had a point about letting go so that he doesn’t steal any more of her happiness. 

The moment was important for two reasons: Keisha is finally seeing that the 4400 don’t have to be the enemy. She can let them in, open up, and treat them like humans instead of pushing everyone away. 

Secondly, it allows her to care deeply for Hayden. His character has been tough to crack, but since he’s a minor, he needs someone to look out for him. 

The fact that Logan has agreed to be his guardian is fitting because it means that there is still a connecting point to Shanice even if she decided not to move in with her ex-husband and his new wife. 

And who can blame Shanice? That’s one hell of an awkward situation. 

It wouldn’t be healthy for her, and it wouldn’t be healthy for Mariah. 

Logan has spent 16 years thinking that Shanice walked out on him and Mariah, so he clearly has a lot of resentment towards her. 

While it’s heartbreaking for Shanice since their relationship is so fresh to her, you can’t exactly blame Logan for being skeptical or struggling to accept a reality in which she’s back again. 

Having Shanice move in would be much too much too soon. 

Plus, I think a part of her stuck around for Andre. They have a good thing going whether they want to remain friends or pursue something romantically when she’s ready. 

I don’t exactly understand why Logan was so rude to Andre when they met. Was it a jealous thing? He saw the pride flag, so questioning Andre about “all the clubs” he frequents was pushing it. 

And why are the guards so hostile towards the 4400? I know that the idea is that they are being held against their will and treated like prisoners, but the hostility from the white cops doesn’t exactly add up with what’s being presented by Jharrel, Keisha, and the government. 

It just feels rather forced rather than a natural situation indictive of the current realities between cops and minorities, a point that Soraya honed in on when talking to LaDonna. 

I know she emphasized that she was being cautious because she’s a Muslim queer woman working for the government, but I do wonder what they did to her during the questioning. 

Gone was the bubbly “texpert” that made such a powerful impression; she was sullen, invisible, and almost looking over her shoulder. 

Did they threaten her? Does she know too much?

Based on the new head honcho in charge, Mr. Greene, they’re eliminating anyone who might potentially jeopardize their mission or get in the way. 

Soraya was scared into silence, and Jess was reassigned to Ypsi Med, where Mildred and Noah are currently locked up. And based on the preview, it seems like this might be taking a Stranger Things turn rather quickly.

We haven’t even seen what’s going on within the halls of Ypsi Med, but we all know that it’s not good. 

The question is — will Jess see the light or will she help Greene keep tabs on the 4400. He may have spearheaded the effort to release them into the world, but it’s just a positive PR illusion. 

As he mentioned, they’ve just been given bigger cages. But since everyone was outfitted with trackers, the government will be able to get deeply engrained in their personal lives. 

It’s only a matter of time before they find out about their powers if they don’t already know. 

My guess is that Soraya’s findings about the singing on Belle Isle paired with what they discovered about Mildred and Noah (which is why they aren’t releasing them) is why Greene was even brought into the mix in the first place. 

Of course, Keisha confirmed what she thought she saw during her first outing with Claudette when she got into a bar fight and her wound healed instantly.

Keisha then confided in Jharell, who formed a pretty close relationship with Claudette himself and even allowed her to rent Manny’s apartment. It’s a convenient way to connect the storyline to Manny, plus, it allows them to form deeper connections with the 4400. 

Jharrel has always been on their side, so I’m glad that he’s still supportive and trustworthy even with this knowledge. 

And is it crazy that I’m rooting for Claudette and Jharrel? He was really smitten when he saw Claudette in her element talking about baking cornbread and listening to sinful men on the record player. She’s a warm soul that doesn’t deserve what’s happening to her.

Speaking of what’s happening… the mystery is still “why” these people. Why the 4400? Were they chosen at random? Or do they have in 2021?

Keisha and Jharrell were able to piece together that Claudette isn’t the only one with powers after Soraya suggested it wasn’t as much about the singing as the singer. 

And we saw that even without these powers, the returned are already being viewed by the public as a threat. You always fear what you don’t understand, and simple-minded men at bars simply can’t comprehend that something as complex as time travel could possibly exist. It’s easier to call them alien lizard people, I guess, which goes back to that “the nation is more divided than ever” situation. 

I couldn’t be the only one cheering on Claudette when she punched the guy. He deserved it. 

However, since the government is supposedly always watching a la Big Brother, why wasn’t this situation flagged? Why weren’t Andre and Shanice caught when they snuck out?

For a menacing force hoping to keep them all prisoners, they really aren’t doing such a good job. 

It’ll be interesting to see who can be trusted, who sides with the wrong team, and where “freedom” takes our time travelers in the future. 

Up first — a prison break to Ypsi Med where Hayden is determined to break Mildred out. You know Mariah is going to get involved, which means Logan, Shanice, and Keisha will also find themselves smack-dab in the middle of the drama. 

But maybe they’ll finally be able to bring the truth to light?

What did you think of the episode? Let us know your thoughts about the 4400 in the comments below! 

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The past always comes back to haunt you.  Everyone learned that the hard way on 4400 Season 1 Episode 5, particularly Keisha, who was given a rather intense backstory.  While she initially seemed rather one-dimensional, it turns out her stoic disposition comes at the price of great loss.  Keisha lost her sister, Kenya, who was
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