The Tomorrow People Revitalizes Mythology
As a good Nickelodeon watching nerd kid growing up the early 90’s, I watched the entire series of The Tomorrow People that aired then. Was it great? No. But it did have kids with superpowers eluding capture from nefarious adults. So, score. And when I heard that The CW was trying its hand at updating the series, my boyhood interest was piqued.
Still, I watched the updated version of The Tomorrow People very tentatively. It is airing on The CW after all.
And like most sci-fi shows (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to mind), the pilot was largely a mythology dump. We learned all about who The Tomorrow People (or homo superior) are through the experiences of Stephen Jameson. He believes that he has a psychological issue that causes him to wake up in strange places, but the truth is that his powers have just emerged (or “broken out”).
Though there are thousands of Tomorrow People around the world, most live in hiding. A small faction of them covertly bring Stephen to their lair in an abandoned subway tunnel. And it is there where we get all the mythology and are introduced their advanced computer intelligence TIM.
Long story short, his father whom he thought was just your average deadbeat dad, is actually the strongest of the Tomorrow People who vanished years ago when trying to find a safe place for the Tomorrow People to live. It is believed that he is dead. His long-lost uncle is running ULTRA, the organization whose sole purpose is to eliminate The Tomorrow People, and Stephen doesn’t know who to trust. So to get his own answers and protect his family, he signs up to work with his uncle at ULTRA. But Stephen is no ordinary Tomorrow Person. His father,
You’ve got mystery. You’ve got intrigue. You’ve got agents on both sides with powers of telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation, not to mention that Stephen somehow managed to stop time. But perhaps the most intriguing and intelligent twist is that the Tomorrow People lack the capacity to kill. They have genetically evolved to a point where the act of killing causes them intense physical pain. Everybody’s got to have a weakness, right?
Sure it comes off as a mix of Marvel’s X-Men and The Morlocks groups. And any CW show is bound to have teenage angsty plotlines. But even in a mythology heavy pilot, The Tomorrow People is showing what is most important for any new show: potential. It all comes down to execution, capitalizing off of the platform it has built. And from the looks of the opening numbers it put up, this show just might stand a chance at survival.
What did you think of the show?
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