The Tomorrow People – In Too Deep

Jed having a chat with Stephen

Jed having a chat with Stephen

This was one of those episodes that starts en media res only to quickly backtrack three days. Other than my annoyance with this type of opening as it often serves as a false hook, the episode stands well. We could have easily started with seeing Kurt controlling the bank robbery without spoiling an end that obviously would have occurred.

The Tomorrow People as a group are a spiteful bunch. Sure, they do have reason with Ultra breathing down their necks trying to eliminate them. The group has learned the hard way about who to trust and who not to, but Stephen is just a teenager. A teenager who’s entire understanding of the world has been completely rocked. For the group to expect Stephen to turn his back on his family, when he knows it would put them in direct harm is a lot different than them leaving their families to protect them.

Mark Pellegrino’s Jed is diabolically evil. It is disturbing how good Pellegrino is at playing the bad guy with layers. I get the feeling that Jed really wants to find out more about this other breed, just as much as he wants them gone. The way Jed throws of derogatory phases like: He isn’t a kid, he isn’t even human. What makes Jed truly interesting is he seems to care about Stephen even though he is willing to allow Stephen to die because of who he is. As long as we continue to see the layers reveal of Jed, we are in for an interesting character with little morals. His ability to be cold-hearted even toward the people he cares most about shows how dangerous he could be toward those who he has no affiliation to. Jed is intelligent, crafty, and dangerous which will provide a great antagonist for the season.

Stephen made his choice to work for his uncle at Ultra, but his ideals clearly clash with those of the organization. My main issue with Stephen is his constant flip-flopping of emotions. This is in pat because of The Tomorrow People’s desire to hide at all costs. Stephen wants to save Kurt and when he realizes Ultra intends to put a bullet in Kurt’s head, he turns to The Tomorrow People. Once he is promptly denied help, claiming Kurt is too much of a risk, he takes it upon himself. Ultimately, the Kurt story line fell a bit short of good as I didn’t feel invested or really care about Kurt.

John training in The Tomorrow People lair

John training in The Tomorrow People lair

The show gets credit for character development. With each episode, I am seeing more and more of these characters and my understanding grows. John is rather distrustful, despite him saying otherwise. As far as internal conflict within The Tomorrow People, it’s clear Stephen and John will be butting heads as they are both alpha males. It will be hard for John to give up the security of The Tomorrow People as Stephen risks their location and safety.

The question of the hour is why Stephen’s father never told Marla what he was. If he had, things would have been a lot easier. Also, it seems really irresponsible for Stephen’s father to have had two kids, who stood the chance of inheriting his genes, and leave them in harm’s way.  Oh and dear lord why did his father call him “Honey” in the end of that episode?

What did you think of the episode?

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