Welcome to The Tomorrow People's pilot. Phil Klemmer (Veronica Mars) has teamed up with Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Greg Berlanti (No Ordinary Family) to bring us the second reboot of the 1970s British children's series of the same name. I've watched neither the UK original nor the Nickelodeon reboot (wrong place, right time; right place, wrong time), so like most of you, I'm a blank slate, if we discount how many hours I've spent (personally or professionally) obsessing over the works of Klemmer, Plec and Berlanti.
The Tomorrow People centers on Stephen Jameson (Robie Amell, Revenge), a young man who, despite strapping himself into bed at night, wakes up in strange places -- like in between his neighbors, in their bed -- leaving his mother, Marla (Sarah Clarke, 24's Nina Myers), to smooth over the neighbors, while Stephen's little brother, Luca (Jacob Kogen) who (yeah, let's go there, might live on the second floor) thinks big bro's nighttime episodes are awesome, because the neighbor lady is hot.
Since his abilities started surfacing, Stephen has been seeing doctors, taking meds and losing friends, except for Astrid (Madeleine Mantock). I'm immediately suspicious of Astrid, because she's remained loyal, which probably says something sad about me that I don't want to think about right now. Anyhow, Stephen thinks he's going crazy, but actually, he's just so genetically advanced that he's one of a select few who have evolved past Homo sapiens to Homo superior. Let's let that breathe, shall we?
Stephen also hears voices, one of which belongs to Tomorrower Cara Coburn (Peyton List, Mad Men's Jane Siegel Stirling). Don't drop any acid with her, okay Stephen? Cara and fellow Tomorrowers John Young (Luke Mitchell) and Russell Kwon (Aaron Yoo) show Stephen that he's not crazy, but rather a member of their genetically advanced race, which has been gifted with the three Ts. Since this is a CW show populated with a different sort of genetically gifted people, you might have already guessed the three Ts are titillation, titillation, titillation, but it turns out they're defined as telepathy, telekinesis and teleportation.
I'm not a fan of pilot episodes, but I am sympathetic to their plight. They have to do so much heavy lifting -- establish a premise, while introducing all new characters. That said, The Tomorrow People's pilot acquits itself well. It's pleasant to watch, and not just because the people are so pretty. It also delivers some decent intrigue in the form of Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino, Lost's Jacob and Supernatural's Lucifer), who turns out to be the Homo sapiens brother of Stephen's Homo superior deadbeat dad, who might also be a hero, rather than an ass. I did not anticipate the twist of Stephen deciding to work for Price's anti-Tomorrower organization, Ultra, which would have me tuning in for episode 2, even if I wasn't getting paid to do so.
I'll be back tomorrow 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 we all hear voices.
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Welcome to The Tomorrow People's pilot. Phil Klemmer (Veronica Mars) teams up with Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Greg Berlanti (No Ordinary Family) to bring us an updated take on the 1970s British children's series of the same name. Details (like links to the cast and crew's past shows, etc.) are in the recaplet, so if you're looking for that, please click that little link, just above this paragraph. From here on out, it's mostly story. Are you ready? Okay.
Robbie Amell narrates over shots of his character (originally shirtless, because this is the CW), Stephen Jameson, starting his day. My name is Stephen Jameson. This is me. These pills are my breakfast. I'll tell you about the huge jar of Vaseline, later. Right now, let's go to my high school, where I once had friends, but am considered an outcast by my pimply, awkward classmates, despite the fact that I look just like the buff 25 year old actor who brings me to life. A long time ago, we used to be friends. Here's my house. There's my mom, sleeping on the couch. She used to be Nina Myers in another life. The worst part of my day is when I belt myself into my bed. Lately, strange things have been happening to me, and they're about to get stranger. No, the problem isn't the straps and Vaseline. It's that now I have professional TV writers planning my days. Some of that is possibly paraphrased.
After Stephen is strapped into bed for the night we cut to Withers Medical Center. Someone swipes a worker's key card (marked "COMPLETE ACCESS") and we cut to a stairwell. John Young (played by Luke Mitchell) trots up the stairs as Peyton List's Cara Coburn tells him (telepathically) to proceed to the 12th floor Psych Center, where he'll find the file they seek. John trips an alarm in the process. Cara warns him he's alerted Security and should abort, but John's having none of that. He proceeds straight to the Psych Center, lets himself in the Medical Records room, steals a file and exits through a door that conveniently leads to a roof. When the Security Guard closes in on him, John looks like he's going to jump off the building, but instead he teleports away, leaving the poor guard to pick his own jaw off the ground.