Spirit Guides Take The 4400 to Unpredictable Places

If you haven't seen this week's episode of The 4400 ("Fear Itself"), do yourself a favor and stop reading now.

As for the rest of us, let me offer a big sigh of relief and say, "Cassie (Tristin Leffler) was Kyle's ability after all!"

It looks like several readers of this blog were correct when they surmised that the enigmatic Cassie, who seemed to be feeding the oft-misused Kyle Baldwin some rather interesting facts and theories over the last two weeks, was in fact Kyle's new found 4400 ability, thanks to his dose of promicin.

Whether Kyle will retain this ability (more on that in a second) or whether Jordan will soon rip it from him remains to be discovered. Regardless, I think it's a brilliant twist in a series that has already proven itself to be unpredictable and dangerous. I was hoping it wouldn't be another mind trick from the future (god knows we've seen that enough), but rather a device to further Kyle's character and bring about a major plot twist in the process.

I'm a little confused as to what exactly Kyle's power is though. Cassie is somehow the embodiment of this power, a sort of red-haired, artistically talented spirit guide (if we believe Kyle to be the shaman prophesied by the White Light) or a manifestation of his fears/desires/beliefs? Is she his superego, his id, or his inner demon? Has someone on the staff of The 4400 been reading a little too much Philip Pullman?

I'm not sure where I weigh in on this one, but suffice it to say I do think that she is propelling Kyle towards something, whether he wants to go there or not. Kyle must have half-believed the promicin overdose would have brought Shawn out of his coma otherwise he wouldn't have listened to Cassie. But at the same time, Cassie seems to know many, many things (i.e., the existence of White Light and the prophecy) that Kyle couldn't possibly know. So is she what she claims to be or is she something far more dangerous?

This being The 4400, I'd probably opt for the latter but regardless of who or what Cassie turns out to be, I'm just as hooked on this series as ever.

Next week on The 4400 ("Audrey Parker's Come and Gone"), when a promicin-positive woman with a new 4400 ability to astrally project from her body is murdered, she must use her ability to lead Diana to her killer, while Shawn decides to begin using his healing ability again and reopens the 4400 Center.

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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.

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