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The Tomorrow People: Pilot (PREVIEW)

The Tomorrow People

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Fall Wednesdays @9PM

Ever since the beginning of time the world has evolved, changed, and adapted for the next stage. Over the many years of human life, people have evolved to become stronger, faster, and smarter so that they can live on the planet. For the majority of the people on the planet, they believe that the human evolution has stopped but the truth is nature still has other plans for the human race. With the power of teleportation, telepathy, and telekinesis the next stage in the human race has been taken. Though not everyone is thrilled with this next step in human evolution. They will hunt down, study, and stop these so called homo-superiors, these Tomorrow People.

We are introduced to the main character Stephen (played by Robbie Amell) who believes he is going crazy after waking up in different locations and hearing a voice in his head. After getting introduced to this main character, the show quickly jumps into what the plot will be about, the people that have the powers of telekinesis, telepathy, and teleportation are being hunted down by a group known as Ultra who seem to want to kill them. Everything from this point is pretty typical for this kind of science fiction/fantasy story, the main character was once normal, finds out has powers, meets the people who want to help him, is told he is the chosen one, and then meets the guy who only wants to kill them. I can't forget the mother who is worried and the best friend that has always been there for the crazy friend but has her limits.

I'd never heard of the show The Tomorrow People but after doing a little research online I found out that this show was first developed back in 1973 and since then has been redone a few times over the years. Now it's the CW's turn to bring back the show that features a group of evolved people with powers that are being hunted down by regular humans. Will it last? I'm back and forth on that question actually. During the first minutes of the show I didn't think it was going to be good at all. The acting has no depth to it, the plot jumps right in without any explanation as to what's going on at first, and when I saw the teleportation I thought it was a copy of a movie that came out not too many years ago where the characters could teleport around the world. But when more characters were introduced and the story progressed I learned that there is more to the characters with the powers but the plot still remained the same, the ones with abilities are being hunted down by a secret group while the world don't know anything about what's going on.

But as the show continued on I started to get drawn into the show more and more. I think it's mainly because when I first thought the show was going to be about people who could just teleport around it was boring but with the different powers the show grew to become a little bit more. What I didn't like the most about this pilot episode is that it laid everything on the table instead of allowing the show to draw out the mystery. Before the end of it I was already told what was going on, who all the villains were, the heroes, the mystery that's not even a mystery because of their powers, and how the special hero is actually special. This pilot left no real mystery, which I think was done because of how quick shows get canceled so they put everything out there, but I would have liked to had been kept in the dark about some things. Though the acting still remained the same, flat, not too believable or that entertaining but the show has one shining gem of an actor, Mark Pellegrino as Jedikiah, the normal human who is hunting down the ones with powers. This actor does a good evil guy, he has the look of being the evil guy and he uses that to his advantage. I think The Tomorrow People could grow into a pretty good show and possibly a really good one, but the key term to take away from that is “grow into”. I like the idea, even though it's one that's old and been used in so many things, it's still can be entertaining.

Lee Roberts
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