Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Another series review for you. At the moment I’m typing this on Monday, although you won’t see this post on Friday, but I’m ahead of schedule for my NaNoWriMo. Ok, granted I had a couple of days off from work which helped me a lot and unfortunately I have to go back to work tomorrow so we’ll see how that goes.
But enough about me, and more about the tomorrow people:
Synopsis according to the official CW site:
They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities – the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future.
Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager – until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People — John, Cara and Russell — a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication.
The Tomorrow People are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra. Led by Dr. Jedikiah Price, Ultra sees the Tomorrow People as a very real existential threat from a rival species, and the outcast group has been forced to hide out in an abandoned subway station just beneath the surface of the human world. Trading in secrets, Jedikiah offers Stephen the chance for a normal life with his family and best friend, Astrid, if he will help in the struggle to isolate and eradicate the Tomorrow People. On the other hand, Cara, John and Russell offer Stephen a different type of family and a home where he truly belongs.
Unwilling to turn his back on humanity or the world of the Tomorrow People, Stephen sets out on his own path – a journey that could take him into the shadowy past to uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance, or into an unknown future with THE TOMORROW PEOPLE.
The series stars Robbie Amell (“Revenge”) as Stephen, Luke Mitchell (“H20: Just Add Water”) as John, Peyton List (“Mad Men”) as Cara, Aaron Yoo (“Disturbia,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) as Russell, Mark Pellegrino (“Lost,” “Supernatural”) as Dr. Jedikiah Price, and Madeleine Mantock (upcoming “All You Need is Kill”) as Astrid.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE is from Bonanza Production Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions, FremantleMedia, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY”) and Phil Klemmer (“Political Animals,” “Chuck”), and co-executive producer Melissa Kellner Berman (“Arrow”). Danny Cannon (“Nikita,” the “CSI” series) directed and served as executive producer on the pilot, which was written by Klemmer.
Ok, I am not familiar with the original series, so I won’t compare the two of them. I can only take in account the vast majority of series and movies I have seen so far and this new series.
I like it, but unfortunately I am one of the few. Entertainment weekly wrote the following on their website as a part of Fall TV 7 flops: What went wrong?:
Why it might have worked: Ensemble of super-powered young hot heroes: When isn’t that idea a hit?
Why it so didn’t: When it’s the thousandth time and nothing new is brought to the table and all the stars look like every CW actor you’ve seen before and the title sounds like a ride at Disneyland that closed in the 1980s. The Tomorrow People mixes The Matrix and Jumper and X-Men and every other other project of this kind, including its own original series, the British 1970s version of The Tomorrow People. Look, when it comes to The CW, ratings get super fuzzy and what constitutes a “flop” becomes an esoteric question for the philosophers; this is the lowest-ranked show on this list, and it will probably still get a full-season order because, well … have you looked at Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast lately? But it sure ain’t a hit. Plus, the casting of Arrow star Stephen Amell’s cousin Robbie Amell just added to everybody’s unspoken-yet-distinct impression that The CW’s actors are bred in some secret underground Canadian lab.
So I do agree with them on the whole, it looks a lot like the movie Jumper mixed with the Matrix and X-Men and just about every other series or sci-fi based movie that consists of time-jumping stuff. And of course I also agree that I suspect CW breeding hot looking actors in a secret underground Canadian lab. I mean, have you seen them?
But this series, for me at least, brings also something new. That is the detailed background story. And I know it’s sort of the hunt of the week for a renegade teenager coming into powers. And the bad guys layer name Ultra could have been better chosen. It sounds a bit too diabolical for my taste. Everything about it screams bad guys!! You only need a neon light arrow pointing towards it.
But I do enjoy watching the fight scenes, the AI presents in the underground hide out, Lucifer as Jedikiah (sorry, I can’t see Mark any other way as Lucifer from Supernatural, and he does play the evil guy really good).
And although it reminded me a lot of Jumper, I really like that movie. I think this series shows what people would do with powers like that. A few would use it for good things, but the majority of the people and that’s just human nature would abuse it for their own gain. I like that dark twist in human psychology.
So for now, I’m sticking to the series and I hope they continue on the same pace and it won’t be a drag towards the end of the series like Revolution did. And a word of advice towards CW. Don’t be like the BBC, using just about 10 actors for everything. Although I like to see certain actors being used in different series, it’s getting on my nerves just about now.
Have you seen it? Have you seen the original series? What do you think comparing old to new?
Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy