An old premise repackaged for current day consumption. This show is the namesake of a 1970′s British television series. The plot from what I understand remains more or less the same. Now I don’t expect many of you to recall an ancient British series so in terms of a more recent association, think of it as a teenage X-men. The basic premise of the show is that our species is evolving and more and more people are discovering powers such as telepathy, teleportation, and telekinesis or the three Ts, if you will. The evolved species is called Homo-superior (full points for originality!). Although, I think this terminology was retained to establish a connect to the original television series. The same may stand true for the title of the series as well.
Now, what good are these three Ts if you have no one to use them against? Enter, Ultra, a covert organization tasked with the job of curing/eliminating the Homo-superior species. Ultra uses agents who themselves are Homo-superiors for the purposes of hunting and eliminating threats posed by the ‘Tomorrow People’. For them these people are nothing but a competing species which will edge out humans. On a separate note, the architecture of the Ultra HQ reminded me of the Massive Dynamics HQ from the television series Fringe.
With this background the plot focuses on the life of a teenager by the name of Stephen Jameson. Stephen is a regular school going teenager blissfully unaware of his special abilities. He hears a female voice in his head and and wakes up in strange places, like between his neighbor and the neighbor’s wife! He chalks this up to sleep walking and is undergoing therapy for both the voice in the head and sleep walking, until he is finally inducted into the so called gang by John, Cara and Russell, other prominent homo-superiors. The voice in his head was Cara all along and his waking up in strange places was teleportation without him knowing it.
Stephen discovers that his father, who he until now thought had abandoned him and his family was in fact one of the most powerful tomorrow people and their leader. He left on a mission and never returned. At this point you are introduced to the AI (Artificial Intelligence) simply known as TIM. It was quite fun to hear the banter between TIM and the others. I am looking forward to more of it. Stephen also discovers that Ultra is led by Dr. Jedikiah Price, his uncle, who wanted to cure his father. An acrimonious entanglement with Ultra involving John, Cara and Russell also establishes that he is very powerful. To ensure his family’s security and against the hopes and expectations of the tomorrow people he joins Ultra as an agent but the sub-text is plain to read that he doesn’t intend to do their bidding.
The plot is hardly new but the narrative seems fresh. From where I stand the plot was never going to be the selling point for this one. It will always boil down to the special effects and how convincing they come across as. From the looks of it, this show is not going to disappoint. As long as it is backed by decent progression in the story line I don’t expect this show to face any troubles. I am saturated with all the teenage drama available these days but the sci-fi fan in me is ready for more!
Stephen Jameson is played by Robbie Amell. Cara Coburn is played by Peyton List. You may remember her from the series Mad Men as Jane Sterling. John Young is played by Luke Mitchell and Russell Kwon is played by Aaron Yoo. Dr. Jedikiah Price is played by Mark Pellegrino and I remember him from all over the place, especially Supernatural. I quite like his portrayal of the characters he has played in the past. Astrid Finch, Stephen’s high school best friend is played by Madeleine Mantock.
Verdict: If you are a fan of science fiction and the cool special effects that come as a part of the package then this is staple fare for you. You should definitely give this one a chance. I doubt it will go down in the history books but it will definitely be worth your time, at least as much as any other show would!
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2660734/
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 from 1,652 users as on 17/10/2013.
Official Site: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-tomorrow-people/about