"Endgame" is a head-scratcher on a few levels. Primarily, it leaves its characters (and audience, or at least me) unsure if up is still up, or if it's down. Since The Tomorrow People went sideways about the time that Stephen and Cara hooked up, "Endgame" also leaves me wondering if up and down matter, or if we're just marking time 'til the Bugle Corps plays "Taps." Mostly though, "Endgame" makes me question why a fledgling (and struggling) series didn't ramp up the intrigue (especially where Mark Pellegrino's Jed is concerned) like this, five to ten episodes ago.
"Endgame" opens where we left off, last week, at the end of "Superhero." Stephen finds his dad's tastefully obscured naked, cryogenically frozen corpse in Jed's butcher shop basement nerd hole, and Jed finds Stephen. This week, Jed explains that he and Roger were in on Roger's death, together, and that Jed is very extra special good, while Flounder the Founder is very extra special bad, so Stephen must convince John to kill Flounder.
Once the convincing is done, Stephen (with Jed's blessing) breaks Cassie (Flounder's daughter) out of the Citadel. While imprisoned there, Cassie has been subject to torturous experiments (on Flounder's orders).
Cassie helps Stephen and John gain entry to her father's hideout. Before John can shoot him, Flounder explains that he is very extra special good, while Jealous Jed is very extra special bad. Stephen starts to believe him, but Cassie doesn't. When the manchild tries to stay John's deadly hand, Cassie tele-tosses Stephen out of the way. John takes aim and fires. Flounder TK deflects the bullet, such that it shoots his own daughter, straight in the heart.
In the B plot, Cara's little sister, Sophia, is the newest breakout as well as Ultra's newest prey. She is also a ballerina attending a prestigious academy, and doesn't want her superpowers, or anything to do with either Ultra or the free range Tomorrow People, thank you very much. After much sturm und drang, Cara gives Cassie a suppression cuff, and promises her that Stephen will wipe her existence from Ultra's computers. Why is the suppression cuff necessary? Couldn't Tiny Dancer just stop using her powers? Ugh
"Endgame" ends with Stephen confronting Jed. He doesn't know what to think. And yes, this is usually where'd I'd say Stephen doesn't know how think, but for once, I'm right there with him.
I wish The Tomorrow People had foregone the love triangle, or at least hadn't delved into it, before we really knew or cared about the characters. It's not just that they went too deep, they went too cheap. I can't help think that that's where things started to fall apart. Imagine, if instead of consummating their supposedly profound connection, Stephen and Cara had continued to bond, and it was John who couldn't deal with their psychic connection, rather than their brief, groinal one. Imagine if John resigned as leader (instead of being kicked out by magical voting votives). I suspect those two things would have made me more sympathetic to Cara's leadership learning curve, and to Cara, in general. Ah well, what could have been.
I'll be back ASAP with the full weecap. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page, and then come on over to the show thread, where every single person is a Slim Shady lurking.
We open in flashback mode, 30 years ago. Young Roger (Radek Hewson) finds Young Jedikiah (Jared Ager-Foster), who has been badly beaten,
in a van down by the river. Jed is armed and blathering about how the bully who beat him up is right: Jed is week. Roger is able to grab the gun, but in the brothers' struggle, it accidentally discharges. Roger thrusts out his free hand. Instead of striking Jed, the bullet freezes, mid-air. They boys are all but speechless. Finally, the bullet falls to the ground. Kudos to the casting department. Messers. Hewson and Ager-Foster look right in their roles. Hewson also manages to look like he could be younger brother to Stephen and Luca. and We flash forward to...
Today. We pick up right where we left off at the end of "Superhero." Stephen has found his his dad's tastefully obscured naked, cryogenically frozen corpse in Jed's butcher shop basement nerd hole. It's clear Jed has just told Stephen the flashback story.
JED: Your father saved my life. I owe him everything.
STEPHEN: This is how you repay him?
JED: A Lannister always pays his debts. Um, I mean, I loved Roger. Everything I've done and studied was for the purpose of understanding and protecting him. He was more than my brother, he was my
lab rat life's work. This is all part of the plan.
STEPHEN: No way.
JED: Way. You want him back and so do I. I couldn't tell you about this earlier, because Flounder the Founder would have sniffed it out. This is nothing, in comparison with what Bathory had in store for Roger.
AUDIENCE: Who now?
JED: Bathory -- the Founder, i.e. Flounder.
RECAPPER: Now he gets a name?
JED: Would you believe Roger was in more danger from Flounder, than from being shot in the chest and frozen?
STEPHEN: Do I get an ice cream?
JED: Sure. See, Flounder invented this machine to amplify Roger's powers.
STEPHEN: Machine for what?
JED: I don't know.
AUDIENCE: YOU JUST SAID IT WAS FOR AMPLIFYING ROGER'S POWERS!
JED: The point is Roger risked death to stop it.
RECAPPER: He achieved death!