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**I was expecting a review for this episode but we got none, not even a thread to discuss about it. So I decided to open this thread and make an attempt in writing a review. I’ll review the review by admitting that it’s nothing special. The writer doesn’t have good knowledge of the English language. However, it is accurate for the most part. Feel free to deride it!**

I liked this episode a lot not only because it offered as an overly enjoyable hour but also because it was really educational. You don’t know what I mean? Don’t worry, I will explain.

At the start of the episode Stephen hunted a Neo with his supervisor, whose orders he ostentatiously ignored. While he was about to succeed in capturing the Neo, he froze because the Neo was a girl, thus Stephen got caught off guard. The Neo nearly killed Stephen but thankfully (or not?) this was just an Ultra’s exercise. Then this happened:


Real Life Lesson no.1: Guys should definitely hit girls.

After that we got to learn that the females in Stephen’s life appear to love him just as much as the majority of the audience. Specifically, Astrid admitted that she would like to punch Stephen in the face too, after being informed that a girl has hit him and Cara pointed out that the punch was well deserved because Stephen referred to the girl as “a chick”.

Real Life Lesson no.2: Girls don’t like being called chicks. Seriously, don’t do that.

We were also introduced to a new character. Meet Irene who is a 17-year-old Genetics Expert. She apparently graduated when she was 14 and was about to finish her PhD a year ago. How can someone finish a PhD in 2 years is beyond my imagination. They could at least say that she is 22, it would still be extreme but she could have finished high school at 14, university at 16 and spent 4 years for her PhD. Now it’s just impossible. But anyway, let’s not try to put logic in it and ruin the fun!

Besides being somewhat cocky, Irene seemed like a fun person. What she proposed was that Stephen should take a rip-powers-serum to her so she can analyze it and find an antidote.

And then we got introduced to a second new face. Now, they were calling him Curt or Kurt. To be honest I don’t know how this is written so I’ll just call him Mr. Idiot and we shall hate him. Mr. Idiot visited his mother so as to let her know he is alive, jeopardizing everyone’s safety on the shelter.

All this leaded to an argument between Cara and John. Cara was of the opinion that they should sneak out more often and have fun because surviving means nothing if you don’t get to live, while John reckoned that they shouldn’t risk losing their lives just to entertain themselves. No one mentioned that parting is not the only way of living which leads to the following inference:

Real Life Lesson no.3: Life is nothing if we don’t party with strangers.

Regarding the stealing the serum plan, it wasn’t so hard a challenge after all. Apparently, they always have a second serum bottle available because… because… no clue really. But they had two bottles so it was easy for Stephen to get the one without anyone noticing. Obviously, they never notice small things like a missing serum bottle. I guess it should be easy and cheap to produce.

Then Cara and John decided to solve their problems by fighting. The bet was that if Cara won, everyone would go to a club and party, but if John won, Cara would never mention going topside again.

Real Life Lesson no.4: If you can’t solve a problem with rational points, then you should definitely fight.

For some reason this

is escapable.

But this

is not.

Don’t ask me why, I don’t know the rules of this fighting club. The point is that Cara won and everyone would go party!

This dynamic fighting scene was followed by a boring one where Astrid tried several dresses for the school dance. Stephen and we had to endure her stupidity as she continued complaining about Stephen not telling her the truth. Thankfully, this ended soon as Stephen had to go to the Head Quarters. The surprise was that the big boss is a Neo, who sneaked into Stephen’s brain and possibly learned something. Stephen shared his concerns with Cara but she assured him that everything was under control.

Then Jedikiah stole Stephen from Astrid for the second time in this episode. Astrid wouldn’t let that go that easily, so she followed them. However, she backed off when she met Darcy. That’s when the Tomorrow People realized they had no powers inside the club and we found out that Jedikiah lured Stephen into the very same club so as to watch his own species’ genocide. It was so weird to watch the Ultra killing the Neos in cold blood. Stephen saved the day by shutting down the electricity. The Ultras couldn’t hit in the darkness as they were afraid of accidentally killing their partners. Thus, the Neos managed to escape with only 3 losses on their side (and many injured people). But for John to save his and Cara’s life, he had to kill one of their hunters, so his secret was revealed to Cara.

Honestly, I was expecting that Jedikiah would be present when Cara was about to teleport away, so she would have to choose between risking her life by staying or exposing Stephen. It would be interesting to see what she would do. But I guess this may happen in a future episode.

Everyone who was still alive teleported back in the shelter. Irene didn’t look well. For some reason John insisted that they shouldn’t get her to a hospital. Like it would be too much of a risk to just drop her there and teleport back. Fortunately, Stephen ignored him. When he returned from the hospital, each one was being interrogated by Cara as they were searching for the traitor. Mr. Idiot confessed his crime before his turn comes. His defense line was that the Ultras were threatening his family and the deal was for him to betray only John and not everyone. Like you can trust somebody that threatens to kill your mother (who is a human) that he won’t hurt any of your friends but John (who are Neos). Everyone was pissed but more that anyone, Cara. She got the serum and was determined to rip Mr. Idiot off his powers. Only Stephen defended him pointing out how hard it was to steal this bottle.


But he didn’t manage to convince her so she did inject the serum in Mr. Idiot and followed her action with a threat. Now, you may have got distracted by the incessant movement of her earing and haven’t heard the threat. What she basically said was that she would magnify his pain and drive him crazy. And then all I could think of was: CAN SHE REALLY DO THAT?

I mean, I really thought that our brain was like a computer. More than one people could access it for read only but only one could write. So, as long as the brain is in use, no one can edit its contents (but maybe Mr. Idiot is an exception because he didn’t appear to use his brain). Until now we had no signs that the Neos can do anything more than reading thoughts and communicating telepathically. Nevertheless, it was nice to see that Cara had this side too.

Everything was over and Stephen decided to return to his house but Astrid was waiting like a ghost in his room (again) and demanded the truth (again). I didn’t really catch the whole dialog because in my head I had only 5 words on a loop (can she really do that), but it turns out that Stephen decided to share his secret with Astrid. However, if he is planning to tell her that he is a double agent, can’t Ultras just sneak in her brain? Moreover, they will most likely kill her, just like John’s surrogate father.

- What did you think of All Tomorrow's Parties?
- Do you think that Stephen will risk telling Astrid the whole truth including that he is on the Neos’ side?
- Can she really do that?

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Why did they have the to make the main character a scum bag. Sleeping with the guys girlfriend.....despicable..then the girlfriend lying about it.....double despicable. Had to take a break from the show after that.
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I just watched all six episodes and I have to say, not what I expected.

This feels like Alphas meets TVD. Superheros with teen angst - that is basically what I took from this series so far. maybe I'll look in from time to time, but it seems..... I am to old for this :D

Otherwise, nice review!
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That's what I feel, too – about being too old, I mean... ;-)

I kept watching the show even though I like none of the characters and am constantly bothered (like I already wrote in another thread) by the flashy look of everybody (like, do they have to go shirt-off in *every* episode?!), but at the moment, at least the show doesn't bore me. I stopped watching S.H.I.E.L.D after two or three episodes cause I didn't know where it was heading, while I'm still curious about how it will go on with The Tomorrow People. I wonder for how long I'll stick around, though....
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I really want to like this show, but one of the things that keeps bothering me is the teleportation. Or lack thereof. When the people who can teleport are getting shot at, they start running. Why wouldn't you just instantly teleport away from the bullets? Or if they're getting chased, they'll just keep running instead of teleporting. And how can they follow each other when they're teleporting? And if they can follow each other when teleporting, how has Ultra not found Stephen/Cara/John's base yet?
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Thank you for asking those questions, cause that's what I was wondering about, too! However, I thought that was explained somewhere at sometime and I just missed it...?!

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Unfortunately, I don't think they did. That said, I haven't gone back to re-watch any episodes to see if they explained it, but that's a pretty huge explanation to miss.

I think they just haven't explained it. The following-someone-who's-teleported part bothers me a lot. There is zero explanation of how you can follow someone who just teleported. They should have just disappeared; so how do you know if they've teleported 20 feet away or 2 miles away? And in what direction? Makes no sense.

At least the not-teleporting-when-you're-getting-shot-at can be explained with, 'they are just plain stupid'.
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Great review! I loved the new side of Cara that we got to see in this episode while continuing to roll my eyes every time Astrid appeared on the screen. Bloody hell that girl is annoying.
Hope Irene managed to survive; she rather reminded me of Felicity Smoak of Arrow which is always a good thing in my book.
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Great review - thanks for that :)

Until John fired the gun I was convinced that they had aired this episode and last week's out of order - the whole John hates Stephen thing seemed like such a throwback, but no, they're sticking with that incredibly boring triangle thing.
Also I'm not a fan of massive stupidity, so this was my least favorite episode.

Stephen is the goody two-shoes on the show, which means he's automatically the most boring character to watch. All good, with no shades of gray just isn't compelling to watch.
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I just want to do a shout out for the actress who played Irene. I am so glad to see her here. Her name is Laura Slade Wiggins. She is famous for her role in Shameless US version. I am so glad she did not die at the end of the episode and hope they make her a regular.

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Good Job. I myself have thought of writing reviews that was NOT covered by TV.com. Scandal would be a very good example. I never took the plunge yet so I am very glad you did it !
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I thought this episode was a big improvement from last week. But part of that is because I am the type of person who likes quick-pacing and story lines, and less exposition and more danger. (For example, they waited two episodes to finish the Astrid/Stephen plot,which is probably not thoroughly done yet).
And our characters were put in the middle of a massacre, which was intense and downright cold. I liked Irene and kind of lost it when she was shot. Like, no... I think she'll be a great addition to TTP. I think Cara had to let off a little steam from her argument with John. Whatever. It was bad ass nonetheless. John should rethink keeping things from her or she'll make him go insane, apparently.

Creative review! :D
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The episode and review was great. I do realize that every now and again someone has to do something dumb and this outing was it. I guess wanting to go wasn't bad but Kurt screwed them all over. The ultras gunning them down was madness. But who is the head honcho at the mansion and why does he want to kill folks? What if its Stephen's dad? That would knock everyone's socks off. *shrugs* I guess we will just wait and see. Thanks for the review!
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Honestly speaking, your review was more entertaining than the episode ;)
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Very cool that you wrote your own review. Good job as well. Writing reviews is not easy. "what do you mean. not easy? Even Tim can do it!"

But this episode, in my opinion, was just awful. The whole premise was 'lets do something stupid which is obviously a bad idea and completely unnecessary'.

And how many times do we need a scene where Jedikiah and Stephen talk about his (obviously zero) loyalty?

Please get smarter, show.
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I'm glad the OP took it upon himself to do a review...this show is good enough to maintain regular coverage, no matter who it is :)

Thanks for this, Dude!

The Biggest thing that happened in the whole episode (imo) was Cara's snap on Kyle (or whatever his name is) for narc'n to Ultra & her reaction to him. THAT ALONE made the entire episode for me. It tells me beyond a shadow of doubt that the writers are truly fans of the original as children & aimed from the start to make the present show more than it ever was before.

the original was pretty dark overall for its time & age group, but this one keeps uppin' the ante for my present expectations week after week.

Rock :)



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Nice review !
Glad to see I'm not the inly one to find Stephen as interesting as watching paint dry. Robbie Amell is a terrible actor ...
Indeed, why not teleport on a beach somewhere and party here ?
If the serum was so important, why waste it on Mr Idiot ? Apparently, the TMP don't have the same laws : when someone do a bad thing, he doesn't go to jail, he becomes human. What's so wrong with being humain thse days ?
It would make the show more interesting if Cara could really make people crazy.
A good episode !
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I thought his cousin was terrible when he first started (Arrow), but he is slowly improving. I think the writers just don't make Stephens personality particularly interesting or consistent. Its altogether quite confusing for the audience and we have such better, interesting characters with more compelling backgrounds breaking out, like John. Who is going to be more interesting? Someone who comes from a loving family who will most likely accept him for whatever, or someone who has to overcome adversity like abusive foster parents and having to grow up too soon, break out of an evil corporation when you have a strong bond with the evil person who "saved you" and still do the right thing and be a decent person who cares for those who need protecting like he did for the other foster kids when he was a child himself. Stephan is soooo irritating most of the time. stupid decisions maker.
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Mr Idiot was introduced in an earlier episode--he was the one who was robbing banks with his new powers but the Tomorrow People saved him from Ultra.

Good review!
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Just a few notes:
  1. Irene the genetics girls reminds me so much of Felicity Smoak. From hereon in I'll be calling her Fauxlicity.
  2. I don't get why they need to crash a party to "live" and have a good time. Couldn't they just teleport to a secluded beach somewhere or some tropical island and party there? Teleportation is wasted on these people.
  3. CAN SHE REALLY DO THAT? Your guess is as good as mine. They really should define the extent of the tomorrow people's power more. It's inconsistent at best week to week.
  4. I'm thinking the Ultra's big boss with powers is related to Stephen. Maybe it's his "real" father or maybe even his grandfather.
  5. Love Cara's little blue dress.
  6. Nice hadouken to blow up the circuit breaker. But wouldn't it have been quicker to just turn the switch off?
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1. I second Fauxlicity. I myself noticed some similarity (especially after taking that photo) but was afraid to mention it in case my mind played games on me.
2. I guess they wanted to interact with humans/strangers, otherwise they could just plug in a stereo, steal a disco-ball, and have fun. I don't get it either. I'd choose to at least go to a club in another continent if going to a club was that essential. (TV wise, they made the best decision. Otherwise Mr Idiot would have to lead the Ultra in their shelter and this would be much harder to solve).
6. I guess being a club, they may had the switches gathered in that box, not allowing any visitor to play with the lights. But even if there were switches everywhere, a) Stephen may had no easy access to them because he was on the 1st floor and b) I guess it would be that easy for the Ultra to switch the lights on as well then.
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The actress who played Irene is Laura Slade Wiggins. She is famous for her role in US version of shameless. I am totally smitten by her even though she is suppose to be a teenager. She is actually 25 years old. I think she is very pretty and can act very well. Felicity Smoak is also hot.
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