The 4400

The 4400 is a science fiction program on the USA Network, Space: The Imagination Station and Sky One. It began as a miniseries of five episodes, which aired weekly from July 11 to August 8, 2004; a second season of twelve episodes began airing on June 5, 2005 and concluded on August 28, 2005. Production on thirteen new episodes for a third season has begun for a summer 2006 premiere. It was created and written by Scott Peters and René Echevarria. It stars Joel Gretsch and Jacqueline McKenzie. The theme song of the show is "A Place in Time" written by Robert Phillips & Tim Paruskewitz, performed by Amanda Abizaid. The 4400 is produced by Paramount Network Television in Association with Sky Television for Sky One, Renegade 83 and American Zoetrope for USA Network.

The series is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

In the pilot episode, what is originally thought to be a comet deposits a group of exactly four thousand, four hundred people in the Seattle, Washington region. All of the 4,400 had disappeared at various points starting from 1941 in a beam of white light. After their return, none have aged, all are disoriented, and they remember nothing between the time of their disappearance and their return.

National Threat Assessment Command

NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is formed in response to the return of the 4400. There are a multitude of agents assigned to the case. The series mainly follows two of them, as well as their immediate superior:

  • Tom Baldwin: Baldwin's nephew is Shawn Farrell; Shawn was with Baldwin's son Kyle Baldwin during the abduction. Kyle was in a coma for three years, and after being awoken is troubled by blackouts.
  • Diana Skouris: Tom's partner. The eight-year old pre-cog Maia asks to move in with her at some point in season 1. In the first episode of season 2, Diana adopts Maia Rutledge.
  • Dennis Ryland: Baldwin's and Skouris's supervisor and director of the Seattle bureau of NTAC during season one.
  • Ryland is succeeded by Nina Jarvis in season two, but he takes his role back as a guest star on the 11th and 12th (season finale) episodes of season two.

(A real-life NTAC now exists as well; however, it is specifically part of the Secret Service division of the Department of Homeland Security, and the "C" stands for "Center" instead of "Command".)

The Returnees (The 4400)

Most have trouble trying to get their lives back on track after being separated from their world for years. More significantly, a small number of the returnees begin to manifest paranormal abilities, such as telekinesis, telepathy, precognition, and much stranger ones. In addition, one of the 4400 had become pregnant between her disapperance and return.

At the end of the first season, we learn that the 4400 were abducted, not by aliens, but by someone in Earth's future, and that they were returned in order to prevent some sort of catastrophe.

At the end of the second season, it was revealed that all 4400 had a new neurotransmitter called "promicin" in their brains; it was this which gave some of them their powers. The government, afraid of what this large group would do with such power, secretly dosed all 4400 with a promicin inhibitor. (It worked on the majority of the group, but not those who were later seen with powers.) The inhibitor caused a potentially fatal immune system condition in the returnees, forcing the government to inject all surviving returnees with replacement promicin; it is hinted that all of them will now exhibit powers.

The series follows the lives and stories of a select few of the 4400. The main characters are:

  1. Richard Tyler, disappeared May 11, 1951, at age 29, while in South Korea during the Korean War. Originally from St. Louis, MO. At the time, in a relationship with Lily Moore's grandmother, Lily Bonham. Father of Lily Moore's second daughter, Isabelle. Paranormal abilities: apparent telekinesis
  2. Lily Moore, disappeared in 1993, at age 26, from St. Louis, MO. At time of abduction, married to Brian Moore, mother to Heidi Moore. Returned pregnant, but not by Brian, rather by Richard Tyler. Paranormal abilities: None Known.
  3. Shawn Farrell, disappeared April 22, 2001, at age 17, from Highland Beach, WA. Paranormal abilities: Healer and life taker.
  4. Maia Rutledge, disappeared March 3, 1946, at age 8, from Crescent City, CA. Paranormal abilities: precognition.
  5. Jordan Collier, disappeared April 10, 2002, from Seattle, WA area, a former real estate mogul. Paranormal abilities: unknown. Possibly enhanced power of suggestion over other people, but this could just be a personality trait. Also, after being assassinated, he disappears and reappears alive at the very end of the second season finale.
  6. Isabelle Tyler-Moore, born post-return, daughter of Richard Tyler and Lily Moore. Technically not one of "The 4400" returned (she was still in the womb at the time of the count). As the only 4400 not affected by the ability-inhibitor, she provides blood used to heal Shawn Farrell and consequently all 4400s, activating their abilities. At the end of the season finale she ages considerably and shows up in Shawn's office, naked. Paranormal abilities: Telepathic communication (with Lily Moore, Richard Tyler, and Jordan Collier), mind control, materialization projection, alteration (Jordan Collier's injury, Lily Moore's first daughter's spleen) and/or acceleration of biological growth (the growth of berries in one episode and herself in the Season 2 finale), precognition (warned Lily of a bomb before it exploded), telekinesis (the bending trees in the final scene of Season 1). Note that many of these powers duplicate those from among the 4400.

Several other members of the 4400 feature in specific storylines:

  1. Carl Morrisey, disappeared February 16, 2003, from Seattle, WA. A supermarket employee (Deceased). Paranormal abilities: Enhanced reflexes and strength.
  2. Oliver Knox, disappeared August 22, 1983, from Friday Harbor, WA, a suspected serial killer. Captured and imprisoned in soundproof cell. Paranormal abilities: Mind control/suggestion via speech.
  3. Tess Doerner, disappeared April 3, 1955. A mental patient. Paranormal abilities: Ability to compel others to help her build a device, the plans for which have been planted in her head.
  4. Gary Navarro,disappeared January 5, 1973. A baseball player. Paranormal abilities: Is able to hear the thoughts of others.
  5. Trent Appelbaum, disappeared May 18, 1989. A telemarketer. Paranormal abilities: Saliva contains an agent that rapidly accelerates the metabolism of others.
  6. Orson Bailey, disappeared June 11, 1979, from Tacoma, WA. Insurance Salesman and partner in Kensington & Bailey. Paranormal abilities: Telekinesis of a magnitude to cause tremors in immediate vicinity and shatter objects (e.g. glass, bones). The ability does cause Orson to suffer nosebleeds, and he has shown an inability to control this power. He was shot during apprehension, but lived.
  7. Alana Mareva, disappeared September 5, 2001. Artist (and debatably museum director). Paranormal abilities: Ability to create an alternate reality. Given to her by the future so she can develop a relationship with Tom Baldwin to sustain him through the "coming troubles."
  8. Mary Deneville, disappeared August 4, 1999. (Deceased) Paranormal abilities: Could revive dead plants.
  9. Eric Papequash, disappeared August 5, 1955.
  10. Heather Tobey, school teacher, disappeared March 2, 1974. Paranormal abilities: Unlocked artistic potential in certain students in her classes.
  11. Jean DeLynn Baker, disappeared October 27, 1999. (Deceased) Paranormal abilities: sores on hands released plague-like disease (airborne, disappears in about half an hour, goes through biohazard gear).
  12. Edwin Mayuya, aka Edwin Musinga, doctor, disappeared February 24, 1996. Paranormal abilities: Could heal fetuses in utero (but causes progressive damage to self).
  13. Roger Wolcott, disappeared March 6, 1987. (Deceased)
  14. Sara James, disappeared November 5, 1971.
  15. Laurel Bryce, disappeared January 7, 1982.
  16. T.J. Kim, disappeared February 2, 1998. Paranormal abilities: Increases the levels of adrenaline or other hormones (causing elevated levels of rage) in males within a certain radius through sonic means.
  17. Rose Woodard, disappeared December 1,1991
  18. Matthew Lombard, disappeared May 30,1977
  19. Werner Loecher, disappeared April 19,1973
  20. Nate McCullough, disappeared September 8, 2000.

Promicin

The abilities of the 4400 derive from activating dormant neural pathways. Apparently the body produces four main neurotransmitters that control and regulate everything. Every 4400 produces a fifth neurotransmitter called Promicin that enables him or her to use parts of the cerebellum no human has ever had access to. Promicin's behavior and effect are unpredictable, potentially giving any ability.

This plot element uses the "Ten Percent Myth", which modern science has disproven.

The promicin-inhibitor would piggyback on glucose. It entered the brain through facilitated diffusion. It's a binding protein. A serum was created that contained pure promicin. This serum neutralized the charge so the inhibitor isn't able to cross membranes and can be flushed out of the body.

Episode List

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Production of a third season is scheduled to begin in Vancouver in early 2006, and will be premiering in the summer.

Allusions to Scientology

The 4400 Center run by Jordan Collier seems intended to resemble the real-world Church of Scientology. The 4400 Center promises supernatural abilities to those who follow its training through for-pay courses, much as the Church of Scientology promises, though Scientology is not as forthcoming about its promises of supernatural powers. At least one 4400 Center attendee has had his psychological medication confiscated, much as the Church of Scientology is opposed to psychology and its medications. The 4400 Center includes technological devices strapped onto its members during courses, similar to Scientology's E-Meters. The 4400 Center targets celebrities for inclusion and promotes them through the program faster than non-celebrity members; the Church of Scientology definitely intentionally draws celebrities with its "Celebrity Centers". One former member of the 4400 Center accused it of making him take endless for-pay classes until he was bankrupted, at which point he was ejected from the program; Scientology has had similar accusations pointed at it.

Allusions to Judaeo-Christian Texts

The name of the show itself might be an allusion to the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that only 144,000 people will be allowed into heaven. The 4400 people who disappear do so in a rapture like fashion. The show's content has subtle Christian undertones, although not in a way that one would take it to be proselytizing. The baby Isabelle, believed by some to be the future savior of mankind, has no qualms about violently killing people who get in her way. While Isabelle might sometimes seem like a Christ-like figure, she is certainly not. In the same vein, Jordan Collier (note his initials JC), whose intentions and methods are also grey, is killed by a sniper, and after his funeral, his body miraculously disappears. He is then reborn (albeit in a currently unknown fashion).

Trivia

  • Vehicles from DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group, such as the Dodge Durango and Chrysler 300, appear frequently in the show being driven by members of NTAC.
  • In Australia and New Zealand the first series was shown as a miniseries of 3 episodes. The second season was aired weekly but taken off air halfway through the season, but continued to air in New Zealand.
  • Early marketing for the series included stencilled graffiti in public places across San Francisco, Houston, and Boston raising ire among residents. [1]

Broadcasters

  • Canada: Space
  • Switzerland: TSR
  • Australia: Network Ten
  • France: M6
  • Germany: ProSieben
  • United Kingdom: Sky One
  • United States: USA Network
  • The Netherlands: Talpa
  • Norway: TV3
  • Brazil: NBC's Universal Channel.
  • Turkey: CNBC-e
  • New Zealand: TV3 (New Zealand)

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The show's content has subtle Christian undertones, although not in a way that one would take it to be proselytizing. These Central American ambers are formed from the resins of Legume trees (Hymenea) and not conifers. The 4400 people who disappear do so in a rapture like fashion. Blue amber is recorded in the Dominican Republic. The name of the show itself might be an allusion to the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that only 144,000 people will be allowed into heaven. A fluorescent amber occurs in the southern state of Chiapas in Mexico, and is used extensively to create eye-catching jewellery. One former member of the 4400 Center accused it of making him take endless for-pay classes until he was bankrupted, at which point he was ejected from the program; Scientology has had similar accusations pointed at it. Amber and certain similar substances are found to a limited extent at several localities in the United States, as in the green-sand of New Jersey, but they have little or no economic value.

The 4400 Center targets celebrities for inclusion and promotes them through the program faster than non-celebrity members; the Church of Scientology definitely intentionally draws celebrities with its "Celebrity Centers". It was re-created in 2003. The 4400 Center includes technological devices strapped onto its members during courses, similar to Scientology's E-Meters. It is presumed lost. At least one 4400 Center attendee has had his psychological medication confiscated, much as the Church of Scientology is opposed to psychology and its medications. What happened to the room beyond this point is unclear. The 4400 Center promises supernatural abilities to those who follow its training through for-pay courses, much as the Church of Scientology promises, though Scientology is not as forthcoming about its promises of supernatural powers. The room was hidden in place from invading Nazi forces in 1941, who upon finding it in the Cathrine Palace, disassembled it and moved it to Königsberg.

The 4400 Center run by Jordan Collier seems intended to resemble the real-world Church of Scientology. The Amber Room was a collection of chamber wall panels commissioned in 1701 for the king of Prussia, then given to Tsar Peter the Great. Production of a third season is scheduled to begin in Vancouver in early 2006, and will be premiering in the summer. Amber was carried to Olbia on the Black Sea, Massilia (today Marseille) on the Mediterranean, and Hatria at the head of the Adriatic; and from these centres it was distributed over the Hellenic world. This serum neutralized the charge so the inhibitor isn't able to cross membranes and can be flushed out of the body. Some of the amber districts of the Baltic and North Sea were known in prehistoric times, and led to early trade with the south of Europe. A serum was created that contained pure promicin. Amber has indeed a very wide distribution, extending over a large part of northern Europe and occurring as far east as the Urals.

It's a binding protein. On the shores of the Baltic it occurs not only on the German and Polish coast but in the south of Sweden, in Bornholm and other islands, and in southern Finland. It entered the brain through facilitated diffusion. On the other side of the North Sea, amber is found at various localities on the coast of the Netherlands and Denmark. The promicin-inhibitor would piggyback on glucose. Cromer is the best-known locality, but it occurs also on other parts of the Norfolk coast, as well as at Great Yarmouth, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe in Suffolk, and as far south as Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex, whilst northwards it is not unknown in Yorkshire. This plot element uses the "Ten Percent Myth", which modern science has disproven.. Rolled pieces of amber, usually small but occasionally of very large size, may be picked up on the east coast of England, having probably been washed up from deposits under the North Sea.

Promicin's behavior and effect are unpredictable, potentially giving any ability. It is still believed to possess a certain medicinal virtue. Every 4400 produces a fifth neurotransmitter called Promicin that enables him or her to use parts of the cerebellum no human has ever had access to. Beads of amber occur with Anglo-Saxon relics in the south of England; and up to a comparatively recent period the material was valued as an amulet. Apparently the body produces four main neurotransmitters that control and regulate everything. A remarkably fine cup turned in amber from a bronze-age barrow at Hove is now in the Brighton Museum. The abilities of the 4400 derive from activating dormant neural pathways. It has been found in Mycenaean tombs; it is known from lake-dwellings in Switzerland, and it occurs with neolithic remains in Denmark, whilst in England it is found with interments of the bronze age.

Several other members of the 4400 feature in specific storylines:. Amber was much valued as an ornamental material in very early times. The main characters are:. True amber is sometimes coloured artificially. The series follows the lives and stories of a select few of the 4400. Amber has often been imitated by other resins like copal and kauri, as well as by celluloid and even glass. (It worked on the majority of the group, but not those who were later seen with powers.) The inhibitor caused a potentially fatal immune system condition in the returnees, forcing the government to inject all surviving returnees with replacement promicin; it is hinted that all of them will now exhibit powers. This pressed amber yields brilliant interference colours in polarized light.

The government, afraid of what this large group would do with such power, secretly dosed all 4400 with a promicin inhibitor. The product is extensively used for the production of cheap jewellery and articles for smoking. At the end of the second season, it was revealed that all 4400 had a new neurotransmitter called "promicin" in their brains; it was this which gave some of them their powers. The pieces are carefully heated with exclusion of air and then compressed into a uniform mass by intense hydraulic pressure; the softened amber being forced through holes in a metal plate. At the end of the first season, we learn that the 4400 were abducted, not by aliens, but by someone in Earth's future, and that they were returned in order to prevent some sort of catastrophe. Small fragments, formerly thrown away or used only for varnish, are now utilized on a large scale in the formation of "ambroid" or "pressed amber". In addition, one of the 4400 had become pregnant between her disapperance and return. Cloudy amber may be clarified in an oil-bath, as the oil fills the numerous pores to which the turbidity is due.

More significantly, a small number of the returnees begin to manifest paranormal abilities, such as telekinesis, telepathy, precognition, and much stranger ones. Two pieces of amber may be united by smearing the surfaces with linseed oil, heating them, and then pressing them together while hot. Most have trouble trying to get their lives back on track after being separated from their world for years. When gradually heated in an oil-bath, amber becomes soft and flexible. (A real-life NTAC now exists as well; however, it is specifically part of the Secret Service division of the Department of Homeland Security, and the "C" stands for "Center" instead of "Command".). During the working much electricity is developed. The series mainly follows two of them, as well as their immediate superior:. In working amber, it is turned on the lathe and polished with whitening and water or with rotten stone and oil, the final lustre being given by friction with flannel.

There are a multitude of agents assigned to the case. Some of the best qualities are sent to Vienna for the manufacture of smoking appliances. NTAC (National Threat Assessment Command), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is formed in response to the return of the 4400. The variety most valued in the East is the pale straw-coloured, slightly cloudy amber. . It is regarded by the Turks as specially valuable, inasmuch as it is said to be incapable of transmitting infection as the pipe passes from mouth to mouth. After their return, none have aged, all are disoriented, and they remember nothing between the time of their disappearance and their return. Amber is extensively used for beads and other ornaments, and for cigar-holders and the mouth-pieces of pipes.

All of the 4,400 had disappeared at various points starting from 1941 in a beam of white light. The sea-worn amber has lost its crust, but has often acquired a dull rough surface by rolling in sand. In the pilot episode, what is originally thought to be a comet deposits a group of exactly four thousand, four hundred people in the Seattle, Washington region. The nodules from the blue earth have to be freed from matrix and divested of their opaque crust, which can be done in revolving barrels containing sand and water. The series is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The pit amber was formerly dug in open works, but is now also worked by underground galleries. The 4400 is produced by Paramount Network Television in Association with Sky Television for Sky One, Renegade 83 and American Zoetrope for USA Network. At the present time extensive mining operations are conducted in quest of amber.

The theme song of the show is "A Place in Time" written by Robert Phillips & Tim Paruskewitz, performed by Amanda Abizaid. Systematic dredging on a large scale was at one time carried on in the Kurisches Haff by Messrs Stantien and Becker, the great amber merchants of Königsberg. It stars Joel Gretsch and Jacqueline McKenzie. Divers have been employed to collect amber from the deeper waters. It was created and written by Scott Peters and René Echevarria. Sometimes the searchers wade into the sea, furnished with nets at the end of long poles, by means of which they drag in the sea-weed containing entangled masses of amber; or they dredge from boats in shallow water and rake up amber from between the boulders. Production on thirteen new episodes for a third season has begun for a summer 2006 premiere. Pieces of amber torn from the sea-floor are cast up by the waves, and collected at ebb-tide.

It began as a miniseries of five episodes, which aired weekly from July 11 to August 8, 2004; a second season of twelve episodes began airing on June 5, 2005 and concluded on August 28, 2005. Although amber is found along the shores of a large part of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the great amber-producing country is the promontory of Samland, now part of Russia. The 4400 is a science fiction program on the USA Network, Space: The Imagination Station and Sky One. In the Dominican Republic exists a type of amber known as the Blue Amber. New Zealand: TV3 (New Zealand). Bony amber owes its cloudy opacity to minute bubbles in the interior of the resin. Turkey: CNBC-e. The so-called black amber is only a kind of jet.

Brazil: NBC's Universal Channel. Enclosures of pyrites may give a bluish colour to amber. Norway: TV3. Impurities are quite often present, especially when the resin dropped on to the ground, so that the material may be useless except for varnish-making, whence the impure amber is called firniss. The Netherlands: Talpa. The abnormal development of resin has been called succinosis. United States: USA Network. Sometimes the amber retains the form of drops and stalactites, just as it exuded from the ducts and receptacles of the injured trees.

United Kingdom: Sky One. Fragments of wood frequently occur, with the tissues well-preserved by impregnation with the resin; while leaves, flowers and fruits are occasionally found in marvellous perfection. Germany: ProSieben. Even hair and feathers have occasionally been represented among the enclosures. France: M6. In most cases the organic structure has disappeared, leaving only a cavity, with perhaps a trace of chitin. Australia: Network Ten. The resin contains, in addition to the beautifully preserved plant-structures, numerous remains of insects, spiders, annelids, crustaceans and other small organisms which became enveloped while the exudation was fluid.

Switzerland: TSR. It is improbable, however, that the production of amber was limited to a single species; and indeed a large number of conifers belonging to different genera are represented in the amber-flora. Canada: Space. Goppert named the common amber-yielding pine of the Baltic forests Pinites succiniter, but as the wood, according to some authorities, does not seem to differ from that of the existing genus it has been also called Pinius succinifera. [1]. R. Early marketing for the series included stencilled graffiti in public places across San Francisco, Houston, and Boston raising ire among residents. H.

The second season was aired weekly but taken off air halfway through the season, but continued to air in New Zealand. Relics of an abundant flora occur in association with the amber, suggesting relations with the flora of Eastern Asia and the southern part of North America. In Australia and New Zealand the first series was shown as a miniseries of 3 episodes. It appears, however, to have been partly derived from yet earlier Tertiary deposits (Eocene); and it occurs also as a derivative mineral in later formations, such as the drift. Vehicles from DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group, such as the Dodge Durango and Chrysler 300, appear frequently in the show being driven by members of NTAC. The Baltic amber or succinite is found as irregular nodules in a marine glauconitic sand, known as blue earth, occurring in the Lower Oligocene strata of Sambia in Kaliningrad Oblast, where it is now systematically mined. Nate McCullough, disappeared September 8, 2000. It enables the distinction between baltic amber and non-Baltic varieties because of a specific carbonyl absorption and it can also detect the relative age of an amber sample.

Werner Loecher, disappeared April 19,1973. An effective tool for Amber analysis is IR spectroscopy. Matthew Lombard, disappeared May 30,1977. Its specific gravity varies from 1.05 to 1.10. Rose Woodard, disappeared December 1,1991. Succinite has a hardness between 2 and 3, which is rather greater than that of many other fossil resins. Paranormal abilities: Increases the levels of adrenaline or other hormones (causing elevated levels of rage) in males within a certain radius through sonic means. True Baltic amber is distinguished by its yield of succinic acid, for many of the other fossil resins which are often termed amber contain either none of it, or only a very small proportion; hence the name succinite proposed by Professor James Dwight Dana, and now commonly used in scientific writings as a specific term for the real Prussian amber.

Kim, disappeared February 2, 1998. The aromatic and irritating fumes emitted by burning amber are mainly due to this acid. T.J. True amber yields on dry distillation succinic acid, the proportion varying from about 3 to 8%, and being greatest in the pale opaque or bony varieties. Laurel Bryce, disappeared January 7, 1982. Heated rather below 300°C, amber suffers decomposition, yielding an "oil of amber", and leaving a black residue which is known as "amber colophony", or "amber pitch"; when dissolved in oil of turpentine or in linseed oil this forms "amber varnish" or "amber lac". Sara James, disappeared November 5, 1971. Heating amber will soften it and eventually it will burn, which is why the German word for amber is bernstein.

(Deceased). The average composition of amber leads to the general formula C10H16O. Roger Wolcott, disappeared March 6, 1987. As amber matures over the years, more polymerization will take place as well as isomerization reactions, crosslinking and cyclization. Paranormal abilities: Could heal fetuses in utero (but causes progressive damage to self). Labdanes are tetrameric terpenes (C20H32) and trienes which means that the organic skeleton has three alkene groups available for polymerization. Edwin Mayuya, aka Edwin Musinga, doctor, disappeared February 24, 1996. Amber is a macromolecule by free radical polymerization of several precursors in the labdane family, communic acid, cummunol and biformene [1].

(Deceased) Paranormal abilities: sores on hands released plague-like disease (airborne, disappears in about half an hour, goes through biohazard gear). Amber is heterogeneous in composition, but consists of several resinous bodies more or less soluble in alcohol, ether and chloroform, associated with an insoluble bituminous substance. Jean DeLynn Baker, disappeared October 27, 1999. During the fourteenth century, the Teutonic Knights controlled the production of amber in Europe, forbidding its unauthorised collection from beaches on the Baltic coastline under their jurisdiction, and punishing breakers of this ordinance with death. Paranormal abilities: Unlocked artistic potential in certain students in her classes. There is also strong evidence for the theory that the Baltic coasts during the advanced civilization of the Nordic Bronze Age was the source of most amber in Europe, for example the amber jewelry found in graves from Mycenaean Greece has been found to originate from the Baltic Sea. Heather Tobey, school teacher, disappeared March 2, 1974. Tacitus in his Germania talks about the Aesti people as the only ones to gather amber from the Baltic Sea.

Eric Papequash, disappeared August 5, 1955. Pliny the Elder complains that a small statue of amber costs more than a healthy slave. (Deceased) Paranormal abilities: Could revive dead plants. Amber was mentioned by Homer, Aristotle, Plato and others. Mary Deneville, disappeared August 4, 1999. The German word is Bernstein. Given to her by the future so she can develop a relationship with Tom Baldwin to sustain him through the "coming troubles.". The Old Hebrew חשמל hashmal seems to have meant amber, although Modern Hebrew uses Arabic-inspired ענבר `inbar.

Paranormal abilities: Ability to create an alternate reality. By Latin writers amber is variously called electrum, sucinum (succinum), and glaesum or glesum. Artist (and debatably museum director). This property, first recorded by Thales of Miletus, suggested the word "electricity", from the Greek, elektron, a name applied, however, not only to amber but also to an alloy of gold and silver. Alana Mareva, disappeared September 5, 2001. True amber has sometimes been called kahroba, a word of Persian derivation signifying "that which attracts straw", in allusion to the power which amber possesses of acquiring an electric charge by friction. He was shot during apprehension, but lived. The name comes from the Arabic عنبر, ʻanbar, probably through Spanish, but this word referred originally to ambergris, which is an animal substance quite distinct from yellow amber.

The ability does cause Orson to suffer nosebleeds, and he has shown an inability to control this power. . glass, bones). Most of the world's amber is in the range of 30–90 million years old. Paranormal abilities: Telekinesis of a magnitude to cause tremors in immediate vicinity and shatter objects (e.g. Although not mineralized it is sometimes considered and used as a gemstone. Insurance Salesman and partner in Kensington & Bailey. Amber is a fossil resin much used for the manufacture of ornamental objects.

Orson Bailey, disappeared June 11, 1979, from Tacoma, WA. Most of the Burmese amber is worked at Mandalay into rosary-beads and ear-cylinders. Paranormal abilities: Saliva contains an agent that rapidly accelerates the metabolism of others. Burmite and simetite agree also in being destitute of succinic acid. A telemarketer. The Burmese amber is yellow or reddish, some being of ruby tint, and like the Sicilian amber it is fluorescent. Trent Appelbaum, disappeared May 18, 1989. The mines were visited some years ago by Dr Fritz Noetling, and the mineral has been described by Dr Otto Helm.

Paranormal abilities: Is able to hear the thoughts of others. It occurs in the Hukawng valley, in the Nangotaimaw hills, where it is irregularly worked in shallow pits. A baseball player. It is found in fiat rolled pieces, irregularly distributed through a blue clay probably of Miocene age. Gary Navarro,disappeared January 5, 1973. Until the British occupation of Burma but little was known as to its occurrence, though it had been worked for centuries and was highly valued by the natives and by the Chinese. Paranormal abilities: Ability to compel others to help her build a device, the plans for which have been planted in her head. Burmite is the name under which the Burmese amber is now described.

A mental patient. The amber of Sicily seems not to have been recognized in ancient times, for it is not mentioned by local authorities like Diodorus Siculus. Tess Doerner, disappeared April 3, 1955. Moreover, yellow amber after long burial is apt to acquire a reddish colour. Paranormal abilities: Mind control/suggestion via speech. It has even been supposed that amber passed from Sicily to northern Europe in early times - a supposition said to receive some support from the fact that much of the amber dug up in Denmark is red; but it must not be forgotten that reddish amber is found also on the Baltic, though not being fashionable it is used rather for varnish-making than for ornaments. Captured and imprisoned in soundproof cell. It has been conjectured that the ancient Etruscan ornaments in amber were wrought in the Italian material, but it seems that amber from the Baltic reached the Etruscans at Hatria.

Oliver Knox, disappeared August 22, 1983, from Friday Harbor, WA, a suspected serial killer. Amber is also found in many localities in Emilia, especially near the sulphur-mines of Cesena. Paranormal abilities: Enhanced reflexes and strength. It is remarkable for its fluorescence, which in the opinion of some authorities adds to its beauty. A supermarket employee (Deceased). This beautiful material presents a great diversity of tints, but a rich hyacinth red is common. Carl Morrisey, disappeared February 16, 2003, from Seattle, WA. It occurs in Miocene deposits and is also found washed up by the sea near Catania.

Note that many of these powers duplicate those from among the 4400. Simetite, or Sicilian amber, takes its name from the river Simeto or Giaretta. Paranormal abilities: Telepathic communication (with Lily Moore, Richard Tyler, and Jordan Collier), mind control, materialization projection, alteration (Jordan Collier's injury, Lily Moore's first daughter's spleen) and/or acceleration of biological growth (the growth of berries in one episode and herself in the Season 2 finale), precognition (warned Lily of a bomb before it exploded), telekinesis (the bending trees in the final scene of Season 1). According to Gheorghe Murgoci the Romanian amber is true succinite. At the end of the season finale she ages considerably and shows up in Shawn's office, naked. Sulphur is present to the extent of more than 1%, whence the smell of sulphuretted hydrogen when the resin is heated. As the only 4400 not affected by the ability-inhibitor, she provides blood used to heal Shawn Farrell and consequently all 4400s, activating their abilities. The nodules are penetrated by cracks, but the material can be worked on the lathe.

Technically not one of "The 4400" returned (she was still in the womb at the time of the count). Roumanite, or Romanian amber, a dark reddish resin, occurring with lignite in Tertiary deposits. Isabelle Tyler-Moore, born post-return, daughter of Richard Tyler and Lily Moore. Allingite, a fossil resin allied to succinite, from Switzerland. Also, after being assassinated, he disappears and reappears alive at the very end of the second season finale. Krantzite, a soft amber-like resin, found in the lignites of Saxony. Possibly enhanced power of suggestion over other people, but this could just be a personality trait. Glessite, a nearly opaque brown resin, with numerous microscopic cavities and dusty enclosures, named from glesum, an old name for amber.

Paranormal abilities: unknown. Beckerite, a rare amber in earthy-brown nodules, almost opaque, said to be related in properties to gutta-percha. Jordan Collier, disappeared April 10, 2002, from Seattle, WA area, a former real estate mogul. Stantienite, a brittle, deep brownish-black resin, destitute of succinic acid. Paranormal abilities: precognition. The name comes from Gedanum, the Latin name of Gdańsk at the Baltic Sea. Maia Rutledge, disappeared March 3, 1946, at age 8, from Crescent City, CA. It is often covered with a white powder easily removed by wiping.

Paranormal abilities: Healer and life taker. Gedanite, or brittle amber, closely resembling succinite, but much more brittle, not quite so hard, with a lower melting point and containing no succinic acid. Shawn Farrell, disappeared April 22, 2001, at age 17, from Highland Beach, WA. Paranormal abilities: None Known. Returned pregnant, but not by Brian, rather by Richard Tyler.

At time of abduction, married to Brian Moore, mother to Heidi Moore. Louis, MO. Lily Moore, disappeared in 1993, at age 26, from St. Paranormal abilities: apparent telekinesis.

Father of Lily Moore's second daughter, Isabelle. At the time, in a relationship with Lily Moore's grandmother, Lily Bonham. Louis, MO. Originally from St.

Richard Tyler, disappeared May 11, 1951, at age 29, while in South Korea during the Korean War. Ryland is succeeded by Nina Jarvis in season two, but he takes his role back as a guest star on the 11th and 12th (season finale) episodes of season two. Dennis Ryland: Baldwin's and Skouris's supervisor and director of the Seattle bureau of NTAC during season one. In the first episode of season 2, Diana adopts Maia Rutledge.

The eight-year old pre-cog Maia asks to move in with her at some point in season 1. Diana Skouris: Tom's partner. Kyle was in a coma for three years, and after being awoken is troubled by blackouts. Tom Baldwin: Baldwin's nephew is Shawn Farrell; Shawn was with Baldwin's son Kyle Baldwin during the abduction.

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