The Tomorrow People Review: Sacrifice Runs in the Family

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Boy, there sure was a lot of heartache to be had in The Tomorrow People Season 1 Episode 6. Starting with Russell's father dying and ending with Darcy sacrificing herself to save her sister. 

This hour let us get to know Russell's story and I never would have thought that, under the class clown routine he has going, there was once a guy who wore suits and was forced to play piano all day.

Then again, with a background like that, it's easy to see how Russell became the guy that he is today.

Even if he hadn't been a paranormal, chances are Russell would've rebelled against his upbringing, so it's only natural that he would've taken off the first chance that he got. But there was a lot more to it than that.

Russell's father wasn't so much a cruel tyrant as he was a guy who misunderstood his son's wishes and when push came to shove, he did what it took to keep his boy safe. 

Finding a New Break-Out

I loved the fact that John went along with Russell as he went back home. He provided just the right amount of support, mixed with just the right amount of butt-kicking to keep Russell going. I doubt anyone else would've been able to get Russell back home and it was clearly something he needed to do. 

The group found another paranormal, but the case was anything but routine when it turned out that Piper was Darcy's sister. John of course wanted them to meet and Cara of course though it was a bad idea and, of course, Cara was right. It was noble to Darcy to give up her life for Piper but let's not forget that her sacrifice wouldn't have been necessary in the first place had Darcy not called Ultra on her own sister. 

Stephen and Cara had a lot of interesting moments in this one and I'm still trying to decide exactly how I feel about them. I've made no bones about the fact that I am deeply in love with like John, so of course I was taken aback by all the kissing when they were trying to evade Ultra. 

I could've written that off as a one-time thing, except they kept getting closer as they spent more time together - sharing stories and flirting. Cara and Stephen definitely have shared a bond since they first met and by the end of the episode, they had decided to stop fighting it and just gave in to their feelings. 

One thing's for sure after that last scene, Stephen isn't a "televirgin" anymore. 

With Cara and John going through their troubles and Cara and Stephen feeling a connection, I guess it was a natural progression that they would end up sleeping together. But since Cara and John never actually broke up, it still counts as cheating and I'm sure John will be less-than-pleased when he finds out. 

It's funny that Cara kept telling John that she wasn't bothered by the fact that he could kill, but more about the fact that he was keeping secrets. I wonder, when John returns, will she be ready to tell her secret?

My favorite bits:

  • Russell and Stephen getting their butts kicked by the she-ninja. 
  • Stephen calling Cara out on doing whatever John said, even when he wasn't around. 
  • John asking Russell why they were going to the funeral if his dad was such a tyrant. 
  • Stephen finding a unique way to stay hidden from Ultra. A way that involved their lips and a fair bit of tongue. 
  • Russell talking about the big guy's stink breath. Oh yes, there was no doubt that was going to start a bar brawl. 
  • The above mentioned bar brawl. 
  • The whole stripper name conversation Cara and Stephen had on the subway. 
  • Finding out that Cara had only ever been with John. 
  • The "televirgin" conversation.
  • Russell's father enduring torture to keep his son safe. 
  • Piper and Darcy's reunion. You know, before all the shooting and the dying. 
  • Russell playing for his father one last time.
  • Cara pretending that she forgot she and John made out.


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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (23 Votes)

Apparently I think like most people about this episode Hated it. Cara and Stephen should not be together and Cara should not have cheated on John. I know this is considered a teen drama and it’s on the CW but really why so soon into the show (or at all) does it have to revolve around romance and cheating?
Personally out of the 5 main characters the one dislike the most is Stephen (I know he’s the star of the show)
Ah well I’ll give it couple more episode and see what happens but seriously if they take it down a ‘teen romance/drama’ 90210/gossip girl crap I’ll turn it off and not look back


This was one of the worst episodes in TV history. I don't even wanna explain, but I will try to since you gave it 4 stars. 1. Cara/Stephen. WHAT THE HELL. Six episodes into the season and THAT happens? I think everyone saw it coming, but it felt really unnatural and illogical. 2. As far as character development goes, Jed's doing really good. He has been portrayed as a sadistic villain, but this episode revealed something much better. Here's my like, but how about the OTHER characters. The funeral scene was real crap and where is ASTRID? 3. This ep had no goal at all save the hormonal parts. John will probably become the evil villain and Stephen and John have to fight for Cara' or something like that. End season. What a nonsense.


I hate that they just threw Stephen and Cara into the sack the way they did. It's too soon for one thing and she is still with John. I was really hoping Stephen would fall in love with Astrid after all she's gorgeous too and is his best friend. He's known her way longer than he's known Cara. Just don't seem right.


This episode was terrible.Two of the main characters were ruined and its going to take alot of redeeming to make them likeable again.The sad part is not all triangles have to ruin a show.Do it right like ouat, reign, or the originals.All three of those shows have triangles that both couples are rootable.This show just really shot themselves by doing this cheating thing.The good thingis theres still time to turn it around.


I also agree with the many comments about how wrong cara and stephen are.first she looks way to old for him and second shes in a relationship!even if its not officially dating they are still in a relationship. Not to mention john adores her and has put up with her crappy treatmentof him.if cara and stephen continue im done.there are enough shows ruined by triangles and crappy storylines...ahem tvd, gg, and lost.


I hated the episode. I can not believe we have to endure another stupid triangle centered show on the CW:( I hoped the show would center around John and Cara as the leaders of the Tommorow People & Stephen would be with Astrid. I am so disappointed because I wanted to enjoy the show but instead I have deleted it from the dvr. So unoriginal and hugely disappointing...thumbs down writers...thumbs down.


No one has mentioned Jed and his girlfriend yet. What do you guys think of that? I was surprised, very surprised. How is he keeping this from his superiors? I guess they trust him because he is so driven to catch the other TP. It will be very interesting to see how this turns out.

@ letswatch

To me, this was the biggest reveal of the night. Jed is the story I want to follow and learn more about. I am surprised it was left out of the review.


I don't like Stephen and Cara together, and not just because it's statutory rape. Stephen is underage, Cara. Also there was a level of distaste so soon after Darcy died. I get that death often makes people randy and all that but still. And also Cara is with John. So Cara has become my least favourite of the good guys, John and Russell being my two favourites. Honestly I never really shipped Cara and Stephen so I am a little biased. I missed Astrid.

@ GeneralRapunzel

I agree. What kind message does this send? I know it's television, but regardless television influences people. Cara should know better.

@ letswatch

I agree, as well. Part of the problem rests with the fact that, let's face it, Robbie Amell does *not* look like a teenager. The actor's what, 25 or so? But Cara's cheating on her boyfriend (while he's away helping a friend through an emotional crisis, no less) is just incredibly wrong on its own.

@ Dreamrose

Exactly. John and Stephen are already at odds. This will an even greater wedge between them, which is not good for the group. Especially now that John declared war with Jed. I can't blame John for being furious when he finds out about it. Again, Cara is an adult, she should know better. She's in a relationship with John and Stephen is underage.

Spindae 2o

I dislike the whole She died and lets forget it sex. The death of any character should leave bigger scars. First the 3 TP died and they pretended like it wasn't anything and than this with Darcy. Okay Stephen was sad for 2 minutes and bangged Cara(and one episode if bonding is enough for Cara to betray John, they are rushing the story to have something to air) Look what an impact Tommy's dead left on Oliver Quern. Copy that.

@ Spindae 2.0

I could not agree more.

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