The Tomorrow People Season 1 Review “Kill Switch”

When I was a kid, my father used to spend Saturdays watching old cowboy pictures. Sometimes, I’d spend most of the day watching with him, and one of the movies I remember we watched was a Henry Fonda film called The Ox-Bow Incident. It’s a really good movie and I highly recommend it. Basically, it’s a story about mob mentality and how terrible things happen when people are either too afraid or too weak-minded to go against the crowd. Sadly, this episode of The Tomorrow People was reminiscent of The Ox-Bow Incident.

The Founder survived Hillary’s assassination attempt (unfortunately) and sent John with a message for Cara. He told Cara that either she gave him Roger or he would kill everyone. He explained how the trackers also serve as kill switches and demonstrated by killing one of the tomorrow people that had gone with Cara to the meeting. Naturally, Russell and all the other idiots who got those trackers implanted in their brains were afraid they were going to be next. They told Cara to just hand Roger over, but she wouldn’t do it. Instead, she called Irene and Jedikiah to see if they could figure out how to disable to tracking chips. Irene discovered that the chips were basically using some sort of cell-phone type frequency to transmit. I’m not entirely clear on how all of that worked, but it amounted to Stephen and Cara breaking into a government facility to destroy whatever equipment was transmitting the signal. Unfortunately, they apparently weren’t working fast enough for the other tomorrow people because while Stephen and Cara were gone, they decided to turn Roger over to The Founder.

I’m very much disturbed by this turn of events. Not just because of what it means for humanity in general, but what it means for Russell in particular. This seems very much out of character for him, and I’m having a hard time accepting that he would be so cavalier about people’s lives. This is the same guy who wanted to become a superhero a few weeks ago because he liked being able to save people, but now he doesn’t care about humanity at all? He turns Roger over, knowing what The Founder plans to do with him, and doesn’t so much as bat an eye? Even more than that, this is the same Russell who has been completely loyal to John and Cara but all of a sudden this Natalie chick comes out of nowhere to tell him to step up and lead so he tosses his loyalty away? I don’t know what the powers that be are trying to set up with Russell, but whatever it is, they’ve done a very poor job of it. This is much too abrupt a turn of events and it doesn’t jive with anything that has happened with his character up to this point.

The tomorrow people have to be the whiniest, most self-absorbed, idiots in the world. First of all, they’re blaming Roger for something that is entirely their fault. The Founder wouldn’t have any leverage to use against Cara if Natalie and the other idiots hadn’t gone rushing to Ultra to get that tracker implanted in their brains in the first place. They went to Ultra because they claimed Roger abandoned them, but it looks to me like he was trying to save them and humanity. And what were they doing while Roger was trying to save the world? Whining about how Roger wanted to spend a few hours with his family and about how he hasn’t led them to the promised land. Second of all, the tomorrow people must have bricks for brains. The Founder has proven time and time again that he is not to be trusted, yet they continue to take him at his word. Why? The only thing he’s done is lie and manipulate people. Just because they turned Roger over to The Founder doesn’t mean that he’s not going to use the kill switch in their brains to take them out at a later time. The last couple of episodes have really left a bad taste in my mouth for the tomorrow people. They are a bunch of cowards who whine and throw hissy fits when they don’t get their way. They haven’t done anything to help anyone other than themselves, and when they’re presented with the opportunity to do something heroic, they show themselves to be spineless weasels. Just as an aside, I honestly don’t get why anyone was listening to Natalie. She’s the one that talked everyone into going to Ultra to get the trackers in the first place. She’s the one who got them into this situation, and I don’t see her doing anything to help fix it. She’s not doing anything other than sowing seeds of doubt and discontent. She’s got issues and she’s projecting her issues on everyone else and pretending like she’s showing them the light. Naturally, the weak-minded and cowards were eager to follow her. Y’all will get your comeuppance. Just wait and see.

Unfortunately, it looks like The Founder has stripped John of his powers. John was so distraught over it, he pretty much walked away from Cara and the rest of the tomorrow people. He told Cara that he was no use anymore, and he went topside to warn Astrid about The Founder’s plan. Astrid being the wonderful person that she is reminded John that he’s not who he is because of his powers. She reminded him that she’s only human, but she saved his life so being human does not equal helpless or useless. She basically told him to quit feeling sorry for himself and save the world. I agree with Astrid, but I can understand where John is coming from. He’s had these powers most of his life, and they’re as much a part of him as his arms or his eyes. It’s a part of what makes him who he is, and to suddenly have that stripped from him is a hard pill to swallow. But Astrid is right. There is more to John than his powers, and I’m glad that she was able to help him realize that. I love Astrid. I really do. She’s smart and resilient and a better friend than Stephen has ever been. I just wish she would quit falling for guys that are unavailable for one reason or another. As an aside, it looks like Jedikiah and Irene’s discovery is paving the way for John to be able to get his powers back. I don’t know whether he’ll come back exactly the same as he was, but it at least provides an avenue for him to get them.

Just as I was beginning to trust Jedikiah he goes and screws everything up. This is precisely why I didn’t want to trust him. I knew it was just too good to be true. He’s gone and made himself into a tomorrow person and I don’t think that’s a good thing at all. My dad always says that superpowers don’t fundamentally change the person. They simply amplify what you already are, and Jedikiah already isn’t a good person. He’s always craved power. Hungered for it really. He’s unstable and he’s cruel. Those are not good qualities to mix with tomorrow people juice. He was dangerous before, but he’s even more dangerous now. I suppose he’s going to go after The Founder now, but that would be a mistake. Jedikiah, in essence, just broke out and he’s no match for The Founder. Although, I wouldn’t mind seeing him try. This development raises so many questions though. Is Jedikiah’s transformation permanent or will his body reject the DNA at some point? Is he only as powerful as the tomorrow person he stole the DNA from or does it amplify Jed’s DNA? Will the foreign DNA cause him to go crazy (or crazier than he is already)? There are a lot of unknowns here, and I think Jed was so focused on getting the power for himself that he didn’t stop to think all the way through this. It’s probably going to bite him in the rear.

All in all, not a bad episode. Cara took a few minutes to pour her heart out to Stephen while they were on their supersecret mission, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care. I wanted to, but I just couldn’t. Marla is kind of a bad MOFO. When she walked into the lair and saw the tomorrow people manhandling her husband, she went off! I was just wishing she had done more damage to Natalie. Oh well. Natalie will get hers eventually. At least I hope so. Thanks to Russell and Natalie, The Founder has Roger and the first thing he did was put him in the machine. That’s really not a good thing. It’s also not a good thing that Stephen has decided to take The Founder on head-on alone. He’s not strong enough. He’s motivated, but he’s also inexperienced. He’s not going to be able to do it alone. Last week I thought we only had one more episode left in the season, but I was wrong. This was the last episode before the season finale next week. Let’s see how things turn out. So what did y’all think of this week’s The Tomorrow People?