The 4400
The Official Companion - Seasons 1 & 2

Author: Terry J. Erdmann
Titan Books
RRP: 9.99, US $14.95, Cdn $19.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6473 9
ISBN-10: 1 84576 473 0
Available 27 July 2007

When 4400 missing people, who were apparently snatched over a period of time by aliens, are returned all at once, the US government launches an investigation into the phenomenon.
It gradually becomes clear that the 4400 have returned with strange new abilities, and that their presence will change the human race forever. This official in-depth companion to the first two seasons of the show is packed with behind-the-scenes interviews, exclusive pictures and a comprehensive episode guide...

Ah, another "official" companion is published by Titan Books. When it's done properly (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Farscape, Firefly) these books are a welcome addition to any fan's collections. When it's done poorly (Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis) the results are only of any interested to die-hard fans.

Thankfully there are more hits than misses in Titan's catalogue. Sadly, this 4400 Companion falls into the later category. I can't help feeling sorry for author Terry J. Erdmann. He's obviously done a lot of research and (I assume) conducted all the interviews himself. It's just a shame that this book is released so late (by the time this book goes on sale the third season will be available to own on DVD in the UK).

And then there's the usually complaint that this is a very dry affair, with a paper stock that is not the best choice for reprinting the numerous black and white photographs on. Not only that, but the typesetter must have something wrong with his eyes. I felt that I was reading this book while wearing sunglasses - the photos are all far too dark. We do get 16 glossy colour pages in the middle of this collection - but they are nothing special really, just publicity stills.

The NAC Information Archive is about the most interesting aspect of this collection - revealing lots of bits of trivia that fans may not be aware of. Everything else is available to read on a million and one fan-based websites.

The end result is a fairly disappointing affair that is just too dry. I think most people will realise this if they flick through it before buying it. One for hard-core fans only.

Darren Rea

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