by Billie Doux
High school student Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell, who looks like Oliver Queen with black hair) has to tie himself to his bed every night because he teleports uncontrollably while he's sleeping. He's taking drugs for his diagnosed schizophrenia that don't seem to be working because he keeps hearing a voice that no one else can hear.
The mysterious John and Cara show up and teleport Stephen to a secret underground lair under Manhattan and tell Stephen he's one of the "Tomorrow People." (They didn't choose the name for themselves, which is good because it's kind of stupid.) Stephen isn't schizophrenic; he's a genetic mutation like John and Cara and the other people in the lair, and Stephen's latent powers (teleportation, telepathy, telekinesis) are erupting uncontrollably, "breaking out" like a really bad case of acne.
Of course, there are bad guys. There is a shadow war between the Tomorrow People, who are referred to repeatedly as a new species, and a government agent called "Ultra" (I wonder if they didn't choose the name for themselves either, because it's also kind of stupid). Agents of Ultra hunt down and do horrible things to the Tomorrow People. And Stephen is appalled to learn that his absent, supposedly deadbeat dad wasn't so deadbeat -- he was the leader of the Tomorrow People, and possibly a prisoner somewhere.
Five minutes in, and I was thinking, they're not even pretending this isn't a giant X-Men ripoff. And Stephen, who is of course the strongest mutant of all almost instantly, is so Neo that he can even bullet-time. I did sort of like John, who was snarky and fun, but Cara, unfortunately, reminded me of Kristin Kreuk. (The CW suits must have a type.)
The bad guys were more interesting than the heroes, because Mark Pellegrino as Jedikiah, the head of Ultra, instantly added weight to the show -- evil, but with just the right touch of ambiguity. I'm not sure this is the property I want for Mark Pellegrino, though. And everything else was just way too predictable. The only real surprise was the ending, when Stephen went to work for Jedikiah, who turned out to be his uncle. Is Stephen infiltrating Ultra to get information about his father? Of course he is. That's a plot twist that probably should have waited a season or two.
At least they don't seem to be taking it all too seriously. That might be this show's saving grace. But when I'm writing a review and the only words that come out are flavored with snark, that's a sign that the series might not be for me.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.