The Tomorrow People (2013–2014)
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Stephen can suddenly teleport, do telepathy and telekinesis, like the voice in his head Cara, and others living underground. His missing father was their leader. His uncle Jed heads Ultra, who find and kill them or take their powers.

Director:

Danny Cannon

Writers:

Greg Berlanti (developed by), Phil Klemmer (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Amell ... Stephen Jameson
Peyton List ... Cara Coburn
Luke Mitchell ... John Young
Aaron Yoo ... Russell Kwon
Madeleine Mantock ... Astrid Finch
Mark Pellegrino ... Dr. Jedikiah Price
Andrew Stewart-Jones ... Damian
Jacob Kogan ... Luca Jameson
Jeffrey Pierce ... Jack Jameson
Sarah Clarke ... Marla Jameson
Nnamdi Nwosa ... Lead Agent
Mark Tallman ... Burly Guy
Derek Klena ... Dylan
Roberto Lopez ... Guard #1
Corey Pierno ... Guard #2
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Storyline

Stephen meets Cara, the voice in his head, her boyfriend John, martial arts expert Russell, and others living secretly underground. Despite his mother Marla's fears and doctors' meds, he is gaining three powers: telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation. His father left his family to protect them but angering them, led the refugees, then vanished. His uncle Jed runs Ultra, who seek and kill or remove Tomorrow people's powers. Jed blackmails Stephen to join, threatening to harm his mom and younger brother Luca. Stephen stops Jed's bullet, and time, to free his new friends. Jed kills Stephen's first partner for failing to keep control in their first assignment to bring in a breakout. Written by AnneToronto

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

While Stephen's student ID is for James Buchanan High School, the fictional Brooklyn high school created for Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), the interiors were actually filmed in a real school, Brooklyn Technical High School. The name of the school's football team, the Brooklyn Tech Engineers, is partially visible on the floor of the gymnasium. See more »

Goofs

Jedikiah's line, "No, you're threatening them if you don't help me contain the spread of your species," was looped in post production. His lips say, "You threaten them. If you help me contain the spread of your species..." before cutting away to Stephen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephen Jameson: [V.O] My name is Stephen Jameson.
[lights come on in bathroom, he walks in, reflected in the mirror]
Stephen Jameson: This is me.
[he takes a pill bottle of Cerebralolol from the medicine cabinet, takes some]
Stephen Jameson: This is my breakfast...
[walks into the school building]
Stephen Jameson: ...these are my friends...
[they watch him walk the hall, don''t approach]
Stephen Jameson: ...at least they used to be...
[...]
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Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Jaunt me in?
9 January 2014 | by skteoskSee all my reviews

I tried to approach this without preconceptions of the original.Apart from the silly use of a fake key card instead of just using their powers, I enjoyed it up until the point John started beating people up with kung fu moves and it turned into a remake of X-Men or Mutant X rather than The Tomorrow People.At least they kept the no-kill rule, although even that was overdone and turned into a limitation from on high rather than an instinct.

John, self-confessed dick, is played by Luke Mitchell, who has a history of playing unlikeable dicks, unlike the likable dick Nicholas Young played in the original.Maybe it works better when John's the cynic surrounded by innocents, rather than them all being cynics and him just lacking compassion.Sad they couldn't resist making him and Cora an established couple which just invites comparison with the original.(Liz maybe, but Carol?!)Despite the rebranding, I still want to call her Carol, same as I want to call the fourth one Kenny and can't even remember his name.(Was it only mentioned once?)

And then we have Jedekiah.Well, they call him Jedekiah but he's really Colonel Masters.Not that that's a bad thing since Masters was one of the best villains in the original but you just long for a shape-shifting robot. His moral ambiguity is somewhat lacking when he starts shooting people in the head for the sake of it but it'll be interesting to see how he develops.

Of course the focus is on Stephen, a typically unconvincing teenager with a best friend who used to be a nurse on Casualty, and an uncanny resemblance to Peter Parker.His character arc is one of the more interesting, and his dynamic with Cora a lot more convincing than hers with John(love triangle coming up?), so maybe he'll help me judge it as a show in its own right.It needs a lot more to be a good one though.


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