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The Tomorrow People Midseason Report Card: Grade It!

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At its midway point, The Tomorrow People Season 1 has been quite the roller coaster ride.

A bit of inconsistency is not unusual with shows in their opening season, of course, as every series has to learn to find its stride. But overall this drama has had more positive points than negative ones.

Let’s take a look at the first half of Season 1 in our latest TV Fanatic Report Card...

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Best Episode: The Tomorrow People Season 1 Episode 8. After John, Jedikiah is my next favorite character on this show so giving us an episode where he is captured by the paranormals and forced to get in touch with his feelings was like giving me an ice cream sundae. It was purely delicious and I couldn’t gobble it up fast enough. Jedikiah’s capture led to us learning a lot more about him, including how much he cared for John and for his girlfriend Morgan. It was then we understood that he wasn’t just a heartless guy working for Ultra, but a man who still had the ability to love in his own, if sometimes odd, way.

Worst Episode: Not being a big fan of the John/Cara/Stephen love triangle, The Tomorrow People Season 1 Episode 7 became my least favorite when it showed us that this was going to be an ongoing thing. Stephen and Cara discovered they had a connection and slept together, but then Cara decided to go back to John and it was all complicated and annoying again. Speaking of annoying, I also didn’t enjoy the childish version of Stephen we saw as he used his powers to become the big man on campus.

Stephen's In Trouble

Best Character: John. If you’ve been reading my reviews of this season then I’m sure that my pick for best character has come with no surprise. John intrigued me from the very beginning, but it wasn’t until we found out about all of his (pseudo) daddy issues that I truly fell in love with him. He’s strong, he’s loyal, he’s intelligent, but he’s also not without his failures, which only make him even more likeable.

Worst Character: Stephen. I know some people might hate me for this one, seeing as how he’s the star of the show, but know that I say this out of love. You know how parents will sometimes tell their kids that they are being hard on them because they love them and expect more from them? Well, that’s how I feel about Stephen. I like his character, but I want so much more from him. I know he’s basically a kid, but as the Chosen One, I want him to grow up a bit.

Best Relationship: John and Jedikiah. When this series began, I would never have predicted that the best relationship would come from two men who were basically sworn enemies, but once more and more of their past was revealed, the complexities of that relationship became very clear. Jedikiah, for all of his faults, is a man who loved (and still loves, in my opinion) John like a son. Theirs is a father/son relationship that has been through more than most, even in the world of TV.

Best Paranormal: Russell. He might be the comic relief most of the time, but he’s also got a ton of heart hidden under all of those laughs. He’s also the guy that seems to have the most fun with his powers, but somehow isn’t a jerk about it.

Hopes for the Rest of The Tomorrow People Season 1: While it’s true that some aspects of the show have been disappointing, these are far overshadowed by those aspects that I enjoyed. I hope that we see Stephen mature in future episodes and that the "will they/won’t they" dance between him and Cara is put away for a little while at least. I’d also love to see the relationship between John and Jedikiah continue to be fleshed out.

Overall Grade: B+

Now it's your turn, TV Fanatics. Grade The Tomorrow People Season 1 so far:

 

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PORR HOLYWOOD CHURN IT OUT REWRITE OF THE ORIGINAL TOMMOROW PEOPLE SERIES

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I bailed on this show after the 5th or 6 episode. I just couldn't develop any interest in any of the characters.

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I like the show very much and I hope it gets a second season. That said, I too think it needs a lot of improvements, some already mentioned here. I'm not a fan of John and the guy is far from a Saint. I''m also bored with this constant critic about Stephen's immaturity. Although I agree he needs to step up I think his attitude until now is normal. You don''t become the Chosen One just because people tell you that, you have to experience things, make difficult decisions, be strong. John has had time to develop, accept his powers, he had time as a leader. Stephen is just a kid who one day finds out he has powers and is the "Chosen One", I don t think he actually realizes what kind of responsibility goes with it and you don't become a hero over night. If Stephen's attitude persists the same through season 2 then yes I will agree with the reviewers characterization but for now I find it too harsh and blinded by her love for John. Worse character for me: Cara

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Worst Character: Cara. She finds out John can kill? "OMG, your daddy-figure experimented on you and fried a portion of your brain so you could be his personal assassin! Why, this inconveniences me in some minor, non-specific way! Let me now go have retaliatory sex with the underage boy that I've been lusting after since episode 1!" Almost Worst Character: Stephen. Looks 30, acts 12. If he's the only hope for the Tomorrow People, extinction is at hand. Best Character: John. Why isn't he the lead? He has a compelling backstory, a strong, appropriately angst-ridden relationship with Jedikiah, and he's played by a better actor. Best Relationship: John/Jedikiah. I'm not entirely convinced that Jed isn't his real father. Prognosis: Cancellation. The show needs to come back from the hiatus with a strong episode, that washes the taste of the stupid love triangle out of the audiences mouth, but instead we'll be treated to yet more "Look how awesome Cara is!!". Whee. Whatever audience follows them to the Monday night death slot, will bail, and this show will go the way of the Neanderthals.

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As I watched the previews I was really psyched about the show, but as it progressed it got messy and I really don't like were it's headed . And you are to kind with your grade it deserves barely a C in my opinion.
Best episode: Cara's back story ep. It was really a good, who would guess she was deaf especially with her being such a strong character.
Worst episode: I agree ep 7, Limbo. Just terrible.
Best character: John is really strong but the only thing that bugged me is what a jackass he was to Cara about the affair thing. I mean the whole storyline was rushed and the writers just wanted to push the story without having the proper back for it.
Worst character: No one in particular, maybe Astrid was the worst used character she could be a lot better and get deeper into the story to mess things around.
Hopes: That they get a bit back to the orgins, I mean Stephen traveling between life and death??? Come on. I get Stephen being special but let us dig deeper into his character, he struggled with his powers for like 1&1/2 ep. I would love a late break out for Jedi to happen, would really mess with the story.

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