The Tomorrow People Season 1 Review “Enemy of My Enemy”

I don’t really know how I feel about this episode of The Tomorrow People. It not that it was a bad episode because it wasn’t. I enjoyed it quite a bit actually. It’s just that it left me asking myself quite a few questions and waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Julian showed up again, and he was just as psycho as ever. He strolled into Ultra HQ and, without warning, attacked the agents. Needless to say, he was captured but before Jed stripped him of his powers, Julian made an offer. He told Jed that he got captured on purpose because he wanted to use Ultra to hunt down Cara and the rest of the tomorrow people. Jed accepted his offer, but with one very big condition. Julian only had 18 hours to find Cara and the others or the explosive device that Jed implanted in Julian’s brain would explode. That’s motivation for you. Julian cornered Cara, Russell and a few others while they were on a food run but Stephen was able to get them all free. Jed ultimately found the Lair after he captured and tortured Charlotte, but his plans to kill Cara and the others didn’t work out so well for him. So long, Julian. Can’t say I’m sorry to see you go.

You can’t outrun your past. It will always catch up with you. That’s a lesson it seems that Cara never learned. Her past came back and, once again, put everyone in jeopardy. It’s no secret that I’m not a big Cara fan, and she’s not doing very much to make me change my mind. I’m not saying that every bad thing that’s happened to the tomorrow people is Cara’s fault because it’s not. But it seems that Cara’s poor decisions more than anyone else’s negatively impact everyone. Last time it almost cost Russell his life, and this time it almost cost Charlotte hers. After Julian lost Cara and the others at the grocery store, he found Charlotte as she was out looking for John. Julian took her back to Ultra HQ and essentially tortured her to find out where Cara and the others were hiding. It was brutal watching Julian take such pleasure in torturing Charlotte while she screamed out in agony. Cara seemed too afraid of Julian to truly stand up to him, but lucky for her, she didn’t have to. John and Russell refused to leave her there to face him alone, and together they were able to corner him and the kill squad. I keep waiting and hoping that Cara will learn that being the leader doesn’t mean you do everything on your own. Being the leader doesn’t mean you have all the answers. Being the leader doesn’t mean you tell people what to do and demand that they blindly follow your orders. Being a good leader means you realize that you don’t have all the answers, and you surround yourself with people who can help you make the best decisions for your people. Basically, Cara needs John and she needs to listen to him.

It’s such a stark contrast between John and Cara as far as leadership goes. Cara doesn’t seem to understand leadership at all while John seems to be a natural leader. Russell and Charlotte have truly missed John since he’s been gone. Charlotte probably most of all. When no one else could get through to her, John did. He’s the one who helped her figure out how to control her powers and made her feel safe. He did the same thing with Astrid. After everything that Astrid has gone through with Stephen, she was having trouble sleeping and was afraid to leave her house. I can’t say that I blame her. The last couple of times she left her house, Ultra tried to kill her. John listened to her and helped her conquer her fears. He seems to have a natural ability to connect with people and make them feel safe. I can’t say that I always agreed with John’s decisions when he was in charge, but I do feel like he was a much better leader that Cara. I really liked the sweet moments between John and Charlotte and John and Astrid.

The biggest surprise of this episode was Jedikiah though. It appears that his heart isn’t actually gone. It’s just buried way, way, waaaayyy deep down. When Julian was torturing Charlotte, Jed was standing there watching, and it became too much even for him. When you’re too much of a psycho even for Jedikiah, then you know you’re off the deep end. Jed also was very panicked when Julian let him know that Stephen was going to be in the blast radius if Jed didn’t shut off the bomb. He truly looked sad when he thought that the bomb had gone off and killed Stephen, and the look of relief on his face when Stephen walked into his office was kind of jarring. It’s not something we see from Jed very often.

I liked the last conversation between Stephen and Jed. Jed was relieved that Stephen was alive, and he admitted that he’s tired of the war. I don’t know how much of that admission was brought on by the stress of thinking he’d gotten his nephew killed and how much of it was the truth. You never can tell with Jedikiah. But Stephen made a valid point about Jed. He claims that he’s fighting to protect humanity, but at what cost? Do the means justify the ends? Is it acceptable to sacrifice your humanity for the greater good? If so, then what’s the point? What are you fighting for when you sell your soul off a little piece at the time and justify it by saying that you’re saving the world? You’re saving a world that you can no longer be a part of because you’ve given up everything that makes you human. Jed has been on the path for so long that I don’t know whether there’s enough humanity left in him to save. The real question, though, is does he even want to be saved? Does Jed even recognize that monster he’s turned into? We’ll just have to wait and see how things with him play out because the truth is, you never can tell what Jedikiah is going to do. Just when you think you have him figured out, he reveals a new, unexpected layer. Mark Pellegrino continues to do such an impressive job with making Jedikiah into a complex character who seems to fall squarely into the gray area. Every time he does something to make me hate him, he counters with something as human as showing love and concern for family.

All in all, pretty solid episode. I’m still not a big fan of Cara as leader, but at least it looks like John is back so maybe he can talk some sense into her. It’ll be interesting to see whether this experience changes Jedikiah at all. I have a feeling it won’t but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The Tomorrow People Moves to Monday nights starting on March 17th, so let’s hope they can keep up the momentum on Mondays. So what did y’all think of this week’s The Tomorrow People?

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