The Tomorrow People, starring Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino, and Peyton List, premiered last night on The CW and, it’s just what the TV doctor ordered. It strikes the perfect balance between including lots of exciting superhero stuff and developing characters with depth. Actually, the word around town is that just as the show was about to begin, the heavens opened up and every viewer’s TV set descended from the sky gently and angel-like, blessed by the science fiction TV gods above. We haven’t heard from them in a while, so I was starting to think they’d abandoned us for good. But nope, they were just waiting to give us The Tomorrow People. What pals.
The show goes a little something like this: Stephen Jameson (Amell), a normal high school kid who has been taking medication to treat, what everyone believes is, schizophrenia, discovers that he has superpowers. No warning, or anything. He is just on the train one day and is teleported to an underground lair, which he learns is the hiding spot of the Tomorrow People. And, if that didn’t make him quiver in his Converse, he discovers that he’s one of their kind and that their kind is being hunted and killed by an organization called Ultra. I guess Ultra is ultra jealous of their telekinetic, telepathic, and teleporting abilities. (Heh, heh.) To top it all off, Stephen finds out that the Tomorrow People need his help to find his absentee father, who was also a Tomorrow Person and who is either MIA or dead. They hope it’s the first one, obv.
Some might argue that it’s merely a copy of the 1970s show of the same name, after which it’s modeled, but then I’d just point out the fact that there are about 3 and a half original sci-fi stories out there that just keep getting recycled. And, to be honest, I don’t have a problem with that, as long as there is something original and fresh about the new thing. Otherwise, it’s just like someone trying to clean their floor with dirty mop water: pointless and enough to make me judge the person responsible. So, since I wasn’t around when the show first aired, it’s all new and fresh to me! One point for the unaware youth.
I want to not call it cool because that’s a lame word, but it really is just very cool. The superpowers, which are the main focus of the show, are handled well and manage to be a plot device without overshadowing the plot. The storyline is captivating, and I spent a lot of the time thinking purely in exclamation points. It sets up a story that I am positive will have insane twists, which, as long as my pacemaker is functioning, I’m looking forward to. Another biggie is that the characters are interesting and I’m excited to see how they grow and all of the bad things that will happen to them that will upset me for an absurdly long time. Like, even in the first episode, Stephen goes from being a bullied high schooler to working with Ultra (which, we learn at the end, is run by Stephen’s estranged uncle, Jedekiah), while in cahoots with the Tomorrow People and with, I imagine, a lot of dirty tricks up his sleeve.
Way to go, CW network; I know that you love your supernatural shows, and you nailed it with this one.
(Photo: The CW via IMDb)