The 4400 - 07/22/2007 - S04E06 - "The Marked"

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  1. drew2k

    drew2k Drew != Drawn

    Jun 9, 2003
    Long Island, NY


    Shouldn't people from the future be smart enough to know NOT to go back and tease the NTAC agents that you are trying to hide your real identity from? If the "Bill Gates" character never showed up in the parking lot, Tom and Diana would have simply remained suspicious, but by showing up and saying The Marked are actually "heroes", all he did was confirm their suspicions.

    What I can't figure out is if Curtis Peck was bought off or not.

    I do like the plot twist though ... Tom is the last name on the list from to take promicin, and he now appears to be a sleeper agent of The Marked, and he doesn't even know it.

    I also liked that Shawn healed his opponent. I should have anticipated that, but didn't see it coming. I'm thinking that if news comes out that Shawn healed him, that will help Shawn's campaign, but if the news stays quiet, the other guy may get a bounce for a miraculous cure. The real question now is will his opponent change or not?
  2. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    I think it'll be more amusing when they all discover the Nazi-like scenario eventually occurs because Shawn won the election. :)

    As to the rich guy showing up to gloat, that's a classic behavior of someone who believes they're better than someone else. They can't just leave it alone. So that fits with the storyline.
  3. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    I don't think it was because he thought he was better than everyone else...he knew that they "knew" and was simply trying to give his side of the story...

    don't understand why buy the guy off when you can just kill him...
  4. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    I thought the acting in this episode mirrored the cheesey movies made by Peck; it was just awful. Perhaps they did it on purpose? :rolleyes:
  5. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL


    I wonder if the Robert Shaftoe/marine character (from the JFK film) was a reference to the Shaftoe marines in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon/Baroque Cycle characters?

    I still love the "original recipe" vs. "extra crispy" stuff. :D
  6. pcguru83

    pcguru83 RIP Misty

    Jan 18, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    Great episode. This reminded me alot of an episode from the first season and just reaffirmed my interest in this show. IMO, probably one of the best 4400 episodes.
  7. Family

    Family Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2001

    I agree. Even though the battlelines were drawn before (that there were two groups fighting it out from the future) it became even clearer here. And we really don't know who the good guys are for sure, though they're leading us to believe it is the 4400. Still Kyle strikes me as never being right so who knows?
  8. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy Active Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    high desert...
    I really loved the Pope complaining about having to be gone at Easter for the meeting. That had me laughing. The acting in those "movies" was so bad, it was indescribable. Even Plan 9 from Outer Space wasn't that bad.

    The only way to avert the consequences of one of Maia's visions is to change what you had been planning to do. Shawn saying that he was NOT going to change his plans leaves her vision intact. Someone has to change something BECAUSE of the vision.
  9. Rosincrans

    Rosincrans mad north-north-west

    May 3, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    His behavior toward the man changed: he warned him, he's watching him, etc. Plus, he told Colier about him, who probably did have him attacked.
  10. pkscout

    pkscout Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    Honolulu, HI
    I really liked this episode. I think the last season was really just a collective hallucination on our part. This is what the second season should have been.
  11. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    As I said last week, I'm pretty sure this is what last season was meant to be, if Billy Campbell hadn't gone it stands, last season was just a holding action until he got back and they could return to the story.
  12. Timbeau

    Timbeau Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2002
    Good episode.

    Does anyone think the NTAC director is one of the marked? She seemed to be poo pooing the whole 'marked' thing a little too much plus a couple of times she looked like she'd been caught at something.
  13. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

    Mar 5, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
  14. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Yep, I was definitely suspecting it with the way scenes in the episode played out.
  15. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    There was a small detail that is inconsequential but that did catch my off-guard...when the director was talking about the meeting in 2005, he said it happened in Tunis, not Tunisia...

    Tunis is the correct name...later, the NTAC people all said Tunisia...

    small detail...not sure why the writers wrote the script that way...
  16. UTV2TiVo

    UTV2TiVo Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    I was thinking the same thing. One thing that confused me about this theory however was that she had Shawn heal her 'father' recently. Maybe that was just a rouse to make her seem sympathetic to the 4400's but I would think the Marked wouldn't want to use or benefit from 4400 abilities, but maybe I am giving them too much credit.
  17. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    I don't see why...she is perfectly normal for being's a fantastic story that's quite not believable...
  18. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy Active Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    high desert...
    :up: I agree completely.
  19. jradford

    jradford The Jerkstore called

    Dec 28, 2004
    The acting in this show has been awful since episode 1. Tom is just terrible. Still, I watch every episode and enjoy the plot lines quite a bit.
  20. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

    Mar 5, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    What I liked most about this episode was the the interplay between Tom and Diana. One would say something funny and the other would react in a natural way... by laughing. IIRC it was the first time we saw them behaving like that.

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