The Tomorrow People Season 1 Review “All Tomorrows Parties”

As the Beastie Boys so eloquently put it, you gotta fight for your right to party. The problem is, if you’re one of the tomorrow people, you might end up fighting for your life just because you went to a party. Ultra is such a party pooper. This week’s The Tomorrow People had quite a bit more action than the last few episodes, but there were also a few pretty important revelations too.

Everyone at the tomorrow people basecamp was going a bit stir crazy because John refused to break protocol. He wouldn’t let anyone go out anywhere, and he publicly shamed Kurt for going back home to let his mother know he was ok. Cara could see how restless everyone else was feeling, so she tried to talk John into letting them have a night out. She ended up having to beat him in a fight, but everyone got their wish. Unfortunately for them, it was all a setup. Ultra actually threw the party in an effort to capture John. They set up a bunch of power inhibitors around the club, and then they started shooting. Three of the tomorrow people were killed, many more were wounded before Stephen was able to shut down the power so everyone could get away. Stephen feared that he was the one who accidentally revealed the details of the party, but it wasn’t him. As it turns out, Kurt is the one who betrayed everyone. After John told him not to go back to see his mother ever again, Kurt went back one last time to tell her goodbye. Ultra was waiting for him and told him they would kill her if he didn’t help them capture John. Cara was none too pleased about this turn of events, and she used what little power-stripping serum they had to strip Kurt of his powers. They then kicked him out and told him if he ever told anyone about them, he was dead.

In addition to finding out that Kurt was a traitor, Cara found out that John can kill. While he was trying to get everyone out of the club, he shot and killed one of the Ultra agents. Cara is the only one who saw it, but how she knows the truth. John admitted that the Annex Project had worked on him and he was genetically altered to be able to kill. He claimed he never told her because he wanted that part of himself to stay dead, but in truth he was afraid of rejection. He thought that if everyone knew, they would look at him differently. Cara was understandably pretty angry that John had kept that secret from her. You can’t be in a relationship with someone and not be honest with them. I get that John wanted that part of his life to remain int eh past. I get that he feels like he’s a freak. I get that he’s afraid of what others will think, but this is Cara we’re talking about. They supposedly love each other, and you can’t (or rather shouldn’t) keep secrets like that from those that you love. Which is the conclusion Stephen must’ve also reached.

Stephen finally decided to tell Astrid the truth. She was still kind of ticked at him for not being honest with her about what went down at the train tracks. He tried to make it up to her by asking her to go to the homecoming dance with him, but he ended up lying to her again after Jed showed up suddenly. Astrid was pretty fed up with Stephen’s lies, so she followed him to the club. Darcy stopped her at the door, but when Stephen got back home covered in blood Astrid demand he tell her the truth. Stephen finally showed her, and for a second she looked like she handled it well. Part of me is glad that Stephen finally revealed the truth to Astrid. She’s his best friend and I’m pretty sure she’s in love with him too. She’s always been there for him, and he knows he can trust her. However, another part of me is worried for Astrid now. I have no doubt Ultra will use whatever means they have at their disposal to make Stephen do what they want, and now they have Astrid. She knows about Stephen. I’m sure Stephen is going to fill her in on everything else, so now I fear Astrid is in danger. But maybe this could turn out to be a good thing. Depending on how she ultimately reacts to Stephen’s revelations, maybe Astrid could help Stephen convince John that it’s not impossible to live in harmony with the humans. I know. I’m an idealist, but I can’t help it.

Speaking of John. He was kind of being a butthead. He was adamantly against anyone going topside to do anything. I get that he’s afraid that they will be discovered and Ultra will find the secret lair. I get that he’s afraid that all of the recent run-ins with Ultra are just the beginning of what’s to come, and he wants everyone to stay in hiding. I completely understand his concern. He’s trying to protect the lives of 20 or so people and also find their Promised Land. That’s not an easy task. But what’s the point in surviving if all you do is skulk around in abandoned subway stations? What exactly are you surviving for? Cara told John that there’s a difference between living and surviving, and they deserve to live just as much as anyone else. It seems that somewhere along the way, John forgot that. Maybe it’s that he had such a crappy childhood that he doesn’t understand what it means to truly be loved. Since he never really had anywhere that was home, he doesn’t understand that it’s not so easy to just walk away from your life and the people who love you. It’s not that John is wrong to worry about the safety of his group. It’s not that John is wrong to have rules in place, but there needs to be a balance.

Jedikiah is becoming more and more intriguing. It seems that he’s not actually quite as in charge as we were led to believe. Jedikiah got a call that “he” wanted to talk to Stephen. I’m not entirely sure who “he” is, but Jedikiah claimed they were partners in this business venture. I’m gonna go ahead and call BS on that one Jed. Whoever “he” is scares the crap out of Jedikiah. Apparently, though, Jedikiah has gone to bat for Stephen with “he” so Jed is just as much on the hook as Stephen is. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure why Jed would go to bat for Stephen. I don’t buy that it’s because they’re family. I don’t think Jed cares about that at all. It has to be that he’s somehow convinced “he” that Stephen is somehow the key to eliminating the tomorrow people threat. Whatever the relationship between Jedikiah and “he” is, I’m pretty certain that is not an equal partnership. Something else that I’m noticing about Jedikiah is how spastic he seems sometimes when it comes to Stephen. He goes from nurturing and fatherly during training to cold and detached in the blink of an eye. Before Stephen went to see “he,” Jed seemed genuinely concerned. It only lasted a moment, but I saw a flicker of worry before he sent Stephen in. I don’t know if that worry was for himself or for Stephen, but it looked like it was for Stephen. He also seemed to be trying to protect Stephen during the ambush at the club. Jedikiah is just so shady that I can’t really tell.

Another decent episode. It seems that Stephen is learning how to control his powers better, and he’s getting stronger. I must also admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Stephen setting John straight. John has been really hard on Stephen even though Stephen is risking his life to help them. I think the truth is, John is kind of jealous. Stephen’s home life may not be perfect, but at least he has family that loves him which is something John never had. Whatever his motives, Stephen was absolutely right to stand up for himself. Good for him. One thing I will say is that I’d like to see more of the tomorrow people using their powers. They do a lot of teleporting and a lot of telepathy, but I wouldn’t be opposed to watching some telekinetic fights too. Just sayin’. So what did y’all think of this week’s The Tomorrow People?

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