A flashback, a fake out and a double cross make "Girl, Interrupted" one packed episode of The Tomorrow People.
Viewers learned of Cara’s past and the situation she was in when her powers emerged – and I never would’ve guessed how hard of a life she’s had since that night. And then her father abandons her without one care in the world?!? Awful.
I did like the beautiful symmetry to Cara’s origin story. The girl who could read lips, but couldn’t hear, is now able to hear her surroundings and the thoughts of those around her. She retains her relative anonymity but gains an entirely new life. The new life can’t erase the memories and heartache of her old one, but at least Cara can redefine what is important to her.
Much like John, she cares about her family – The Tomorrow People – and she definitely cares about Stephen. Cara’s experience with that jerk of a teenager and her father was the night she shed most of her humanity. But Stephen isn’t willing to just stay underground and hide; his outlook resonates with Cara.
Stephen: It's not about playing God it's about being human. | permalink
Stephen putting it all on the line for Cara and stopping time was pretty extraordinary. I don’t want his ability to become a plot crutch, but it does make for good Jedekiah foolery. I’m curious if this act of company “obedience” changes Jedekiah’s opinion of Stephen at all; Jedekiah’s still using Stephen, there’s no ambiguity there... yet his guard might lower if he thinks Stephen is a good Ultra man.
Astrid’s confrontation with Stephen at the end left much to be desired. Stephen was trying to tell her about what was going on with him and what he could do, and she completely brushed him off, thinking he was crazy. How short is her attention span? This is her best friend and she’s not even willing to think back a few days?
It’s interesting, Stephen is continually pushing to retain his humanity, but the more he finds himself embroiled in this world, the less humanity wants to do with him. Jedekiah is using him as a map to The Tomorrow People and Astrid is all of a sudden going to search for answers that Stephen was willing to give her, without any input from Stephen.
What did you think of the episode? Is The Tomorrow People Season 1 still holding your interest?