The Tomorrow People Season 1 Review “In Too Deep”

The plot thickens on The Tomorrow People. Stephen is more determined than ever to find his father. Jedikiah is suspicious of Stephen’s allegiance. And the tomorrow people decide it’s time to go on the offensive.

Stephen went on his first assignment with Ultra. Ultra was tracking a seventeen-year-old breakout tomorrow person named Kurt who was robbing banks. He would take control of a security guard’s body and force the security guard to do the robbery, then Kurt would collect the cash and casually stroll out of the bank. Unfortunately for Kurt, his extracurricular felonies landed him on Ultra’s radar. Jedikiah sent one of his agents, Vaughn, to locate Kurt and Stephen asked to tag along. In his naivety, Stephen thought they were going to grab Kurt and help him. Given everything that Stephen has seen and heard about Ultra, I’m not entirely sure why he thought that’s how things were going to go. But anyway. Vaughn had orders to kill the kid, but Stephen helped Kurt get to safety with John and Kara. Jedikiah was none too pleased with this turn of events, and Stephen was horrified to find that his actions cost Vaughn his life.

It looks like Stephen is beginning to see that he really is in over his head. Working with Jedikiah is going to push Stephen to his limits, and I’m not entirely sure he’s ready for that. Stephen went into this situation with an over-simplified view of Jedikiah and Ultra. It’s as if he’s seen one too many spy movies, and he thought he could just walk in and take the organization apart. That’s not how it works, kid. In order for Stephen to successfully take down Ultra, he’s going to be forced to do things that he finds disagreeable. He’s going to have to make hard choices. Not to mention that Stephen doesn’t really have a firm grasp on controlling his abilities yet. This is a dangerous game that Stephen is playing and his adversary is both smart and ruthless. This mission is going to require a lot of him physically, but it’s going to require even more emotionally and psychologically. I guess only time will tell if he’s truly up to the challenge.

The relationship between Stephen and Jedikiah is already on the rocks. I’m still not convinced that Jed was telling the truth about being Stephen’s uncle, but I’ll let that go for now. Assuming he was telling the truth, I’d hate to be related to Jed. He doesn’t even see Stephen as a person. When he looks at Stephen it’s as if he’s looking at a cockroach and he can barely stand being in the same room with him. I wonder how much of that has to do with Stephen being a tomorrow person and how much of it has to do with whatever happened between Jedikiah and his brother. I’m just glad Jed isn’t my uncle/boss/enemy. Jedikiah also mentioned in passing that Ultra “polices itself” and I’m very disturbed by that. Basically, Jedikiah said that there is no meaningful oversight of Ultra. He may have a boss, but for the moment it looks like Jedikiah is the one who gets to decide who lives and who dies. Jedikiah is the one who gets to decide what’s right and what’s wrong. It is never, I repeat, NEVER a good thing for any person or organization to be answerable only to themselves. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Just as an aside, I don’t get why any tomorrow person would willingly choose to work for Ultra unless they were trying to take down the organization. I mean, Ultra’s sole purpose is to round up and exterminate tomorrow people. What exactly do the tomorrow people working for Ultra think is going to happen to them after they’ve helped to capture all the other tomorrow people? Do they think Ultra and Jedikiah are just going to thank them for their service and send them on their way? They have to know that the endgame for them is death, so why help Ultra at all?

I feel like the John/Kara relationship is being set up for a John/Kara/Stephen love triangle, and I’m not particularly thrilled about that. Kara has, admittedly, spent way too much time in Stephen’s head and she’s developed a connection with him. But at the same time, it feels like she’s so connected to him because she cared so deeply for his father. Because of her connection with him, she now has a soft spot for Stephen. I don’t mind that so much, but I’m not overly interested in watching John and Stephen fight (either physically, passive-aggressively, or telepathically) over Kara. It’s quite early in the series though, so I’m hoping they decide to sidestep the love triangle trap.

This was another solid episode. Stephen has his hands full with Jedikiah and being the tomorrow people’s inside man at Ultra. The tomorrow people have their hands full with Stephen. He’s young and lacks the best judgment, but his heart is definitely in the right place. Let’s just hope that he can learn some control before he gets himself or someone else killed. Jedikiah is seriously starting to creep me out. It’s bad enough when a villain is scowling and angry. It’s even more disturbing when the villain is overly calm and feigning sincerity. Stephen should definitely watch his back around dear old Uncle Jed. So what did y’all think of this week’s The Tomorrow People?

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