Review: The Tomorrow People Episode 1
The Tomorrow People debuted on the CW last Wednesday following Arrow, and it has me hooked. It has similar themes to various comics and movies, which makes this for an entetaining new series. The show doesn't follow a predictable pattern, which is what I liked most about it, with the reveal at the end.
The series stars Robbie Amell (cousin to Arrow's Stephen Amell) as Stephen, a high-school student with what appears to be mental health issues. He is taking various meds as he seems to be sleepwalking, and we also learn his father appeared to share the same infliction. Robbie hears voices in his head and awakens in strange places, and the meds don't seem to be helping.
It's quickly learned that the voice in his head is real as Cara (Peyton List) has been trying to get in contact. Robbie ends up getting teleported by John (Luke Mitchell) to their hideout, which is filled with a rag-tag bunch of rebels all a part of "The Tomorrow People." These people share similar powers: teleportation, telekinesis and telepathy to varying degrees. What are they rebelling against?
There is a secret covert (government?) agency known as Ultra that wants to study The Tomorrow People and recruits others that have the ability to do so. Actually, Ultra basically forces them, where we see some bloody and serious moments ensue. Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino, Jacob from Lost) plays the ruthless, sadistic and sociopathic leader of Ultra.
The episode provides a lot of background as Stephen's father was considered to be one of the strongest Tomorrow People in existence, which is why the rebels want Stephen's help to locate him. Add some teen angst to the show as Stephen hates his father for having left his family years ago, but it turns out that was to protect them. Can Stephen get over his resentments? That remains to seen.
Stephen ends up getting kidnapped by Ultra. Cara along with Russell (Aaron Yoo) and John go to save their new found friend. The Ultra building is reinforced with some kind of tech that dampers the Tomorrow People's powers, so there are some cool fight scenes as they must fall back to using hand-to-hand combat. So as we see the fight unfold, Stephen is strapped in a chair struggling to break free. Poof! Stephen teleports! No one has been able to do that before - as remember - the building acts as a damper. Not for Stephen! Stephen, Cara, Russell and John make their way to the exit, but not before Jedikiah and his goon squad surround them. Jedikiah pulls a gun. It's insinuated he has some sort of previous relationship with John and pulls the trigger! The bullet stops in mid air! Stephen is The One! Stephen has stopped time, a new power that The Tomorrow People haven't seen before (and "time" starts with "t")! He then teleports them to safety.
Following that, John takes Stephen home. They say their good-byes when Stephen goes into his house thinking he is going to get reprimanded by his mother for being gone for so long. Nope! Turns out his father has an uncle - it's Jedikiah! Jedikiah wants Stephen to join Ulta! His uncle then shows him what really happened to his father, and we see a video of his father going into a car with it exploding.
Stephen is now upset and accuses Cara of lying and hiding stuff from him. He tells her he knows what he is doing and says good-bye. Next we see Stephen at Ultra! He has accepted his uncle's offer and now works for Ultra!
The first episode The Tomorrow People was a really fun episode. If you are a fan of X-Men or movies like The Matrix, you should enjoy this one. There is some added drama as The Tomorrow People are not capable of killing humans, and this series seems to really place an emphasis that The Tomorrow People are a different species than humans, which should play out in coming episodes. The powers and effects are cool, as well, event taking a page out of various anime-related shows and series (Hadoken). What's most interesting is the fact that Stephen didn't go the predicatble route and join the rebels, but chose to go with the bad guys and his uncle. Or are they the bad guys? Guess we'll have to tune in to find out.
The Tomorrow People airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET on The CW.