My “It Clicked” Episode: The Tomorrow People “Kill or Be Killed”
When you start watching a show, each week you wait for something to hook you in and basically make you its bitch. So far this season, Sleepy Hollow is the only new series to truly make me want to dive into the mystery and the chemistry and its fandom. Until now. Consider me officially on board The Tomorrow People Express. Happy to be here. One big reason this show has finally clicked with me is that it gives great backstory.
I started to get the mad urge to set the season pass after last week’s episode, “Girl Interrupted.” Cara was deaf before she became “special?” Genius. I loved learning everything about this character. There’s more depth to her now that the layers are being added. She’s pretty awesome even as she finds herself in a sketchy place. She can’t let Jedikiah know she still has powers or that’s going to mean big trouble not only for her but for Stephen.
In “Kill or Be Killed” John gets the same treatment. The character becomes so much more fully developed thanks to flashbacks to his abusive foster kid past and the way he was brought into Ultra. Seeing what went down between him and Killian McCrane (Veronica Mars‘ Logan Echolls aka Jason Dohring) then and now is fantastic storytelling. Thanks to Ultra’s genetic experimentation and their handy dandy manipulation skills, McCrane can seriously put the “kill” in Killian. He can murder and he’s been doing a lot of that. But what surprised the hell out of me — in such a good way — is that Jedikiah didn’t stop at Killian. He “gave” John the ability to kill as well. And that’s what he does. He offs McCrane.
John (to Killian McCrane): “You want to know why I left Ultra? Because they turned me into you.”
Wow. Stunning development.
How amazing is that last scene in “Kill or Be Killed” between Jedikiah and John? We definitely get a better sense of what these two meant to each other in the past. And how much that has changed in the present:
John: “What happened to my ten-minute lead? I knew that you couldn’t resist backstabbing me.”
Jedikiah: “I’m very proud of you, John. You finally learned the consequences of living in a world with these dark, warped individuals. You had no choice but to respond in kind.”
John: “I left Ultra because you made me kill. I swore to myself I would never do it again.”
Jedikiah: “And you haven’t. ‘Til tonight.”
John: “You think it’s an imperfection. But I think there’s a reason we were born unable to kill. It destroys something. Part of your soul you don’t get back. I felt it today. Just like I felt it years ago. I hate you for what you made me.”
Jedikiah: “I made you strong, perfect.”
John: “We’re not running anymore. From here on, we do everything to stop you. We see you on the street, we don’t turn, we fight. Got it?”
Jedikiah: “Kill or be killed, John.”
John: “Kill or be killed.”
Mark Pellegrino and Luke Mitchell were so good. This car scene definitely means a turning point for the Tomorrow People. They’ve been hiding underground and strategically surfaced to save one of their own, underneath Ultra’s radar. But now it seems that tactic may be a thing of the past. They may start to get more bold and aggressive. Yes, I like the way the show is evolving already.
I can’t wait to find out more about Stephen’s dad and his past. And this week Stephen’s mom alludes to the fact that there are a lot of things about her that her son doesn’t know about. Is there something to this little exchange? Because Sarah Clarke plays Stephen’s mom. She’s frickin’ Nina Myers from 24, okay? Clarke is capable of being seriously badass. I hope she gets to prove that once again.
Revelations and putting the characters into shocking situations are something the show does well. The fact that Stephen’s friend, Astrid, has already caught him teleport makes me very happy. Now I hope she gets pulled into the fold somehow. I don’t want her to disappear into the background. And now that I’m hooked on all things John and Cara, the same thing needs to happen with Stephen. I like him. However, I’m not completely feeling him yet. But no worries. I know it’ll happen. The Tomorrow People is still so new so I’m giving them plenty of time to see where things go before making any negative judgments. Being prematurely judge-y is never good, right?
The Tomorrow People airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on the CW.
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