The Tomorrow People have special powers, but is The CW’s new drama — based on an old UK series of the same name — super enough to capture your attention?
Before you chime in with your snappy judgements, a brief refresher of the pilot:
Stephen (Robbie Amell, one half of The CW’s new Amellsday) is a confused high schooler, like most teens – except for the fact that he looks like Robbie Amell. And instead of crushes — which his bestie Astrid (newcomer Madeleine Mantock) totally has on him — and exams, the source of his teenage angst is a sleeping disorder that’s really a case of awkward teleportation. Plus, the voice in his head isn’t a bout of schizophrenia or a sexy daydream; it belongs to Cara (Mad Men‘s Peyton List), a member of “The Tomorrow People,” superpowered, homosuperior and awfully telegenic individuals who wield the three Ts – telepathy, telekinesis and teleportation. They explain to Stephen that his latent abilities are starting to manifest themselves and if he inherited even a fraction of his father’s talents, they might be connected. Oh yes, his MIA papa was the leader of the group and the strongest of their kind.
But there’s another group that wants Stephen – Ultra, a government agency that hunts down the Tomorrow People and forces them to work against their own kind. (An innate checks-and-balances keeps the superpowered folk from being able to kill). Ultra is led by Dr. Jedikiah Price (Lost‘s Mark Pellegrino), who captures Stephen. Cara, her boyfriend John (Home and Away‘s Luke Mitchell) and their pal Russell (The Bedford Diaries‘ Aaron Yoo) come to the rescue, but are hindered since they can’t use their powers within the facility’s walls.
Good thing that rule doesn’t apply to Stephen, who somehow teleports out of his restraints and even manages to bust out a new ability: He stops time when Jed tries to shoot John. (Side note: Anyone else’s mind turning crazy with theories after John’s comment about “not getting caught by him again” and Jed remarking that John “decided to come home”? They’re totally father and son, right?)
Although Stephen escapes, he ends up back at Ultra after discovering that Jed is really his uncle. He wants to find out the truth about his dad – Is he really dead? (Yeah, right.) Was he good? – and thinks that becoming an Ultra agent is the way to do it.
Now it’s time for you to weigh in on The Tomorrow People. Are you already dreaming of an Amellsday crossover? Grade the premiere below and then hit the comments with your thoughts!Follow @VladaGelman