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The Tomorrow People S01E04: "Kill or Be Killed" 


Who knew that The Tomorrow People would turn into Lost, and so quickly? I'm kidding, but only partially. Another week, another solid flashback into the lives of one of our heroic Tomorrow People. Although this show's flashbacks aren't as evocative or compelling as the ones we saw on Lost during its early run, The Tomorrow People is doing a great job of providing the important information the audience needs in order to connect with the characters, and that the show needs to give us in order to push the story forward. And unlike what some might say about Lost, this show continues to answer some of its initial big questions while introducing others that will hopefully keep people coming back for more. I know I am. 

This week's focal point was John, and just like with Cara, we learned a bit about his childhood. But perhaps more importantly, we got some insight into his early experience with Ultra and how Jedikiah took the youngster under his wing. It's not surprising that this is a show about orphans; so many shows like this are. But whereas Cara was forced into orphanhood because of what happened when she activated, we met Young John when he was already living the foster kid life, stuck with a bunch of other hopeless children in the household of a deadbeat, drunk asshole who took the gig just for the money. (And of course, Stephen is partially an orphan himself, thanks to his father's disappearance, something I'm sure the show will continue to emphasize as it moves forward). Of course, the big question here is whether or not John's real parents are meant to play a bigger role in the show's overall story. It didn't seem like this episode went out of its way to tug at that thread, but any time there are absent parents, there's room to bring them back as necessary. That's probably something we should keep an eye on in the future.

Young John was a lot like Current John: angry, but very willing to protect those he cares about. Jedikiah was able to take advantage of that pretty quickly, teaching John how to build up his abilities while giving him the kind of paternal structure that John simply never had with the deadbeat. Jedikiah basically became John's father, a bond that the present-day stuff in this episode further reinforced. The flashbacks in "Kill or Be Killed" weren't as strong as last week's, mostly because the show went back further into John's life than it did Cara's, meaning the character had to be played by an actor who wasn't Luke Mitchell. The kid was fine, and Mark Pellegrino certainly carried his weight in those sequences, but the scenes didn't have the emotional heft that Cara's story did. What we saw here wasn't as tragic, though what happened in John's past certainly means that he and his kinda-ladyfriend could easily compare war stories. Nevertheless, the flashbacks worked because, like last week, they so clearly informed every single thing that was happening in the present. That's such a simple concept, but there are many shows that fail to use the flashbacks with any real purpose, particularly in the early going. Similarly, just as last week's story about Cara dovetailed with Stephen's constant empathy for humanity, John's troubles here were directly connected to Jedikiah's central role in all of this—as a geneticist, as a mentor, as an uncle, and as a killer.


See, because as it turns out, the Tomorrow People do have the capacity to kill, and not just in the "Oops, I didn't save you so it's an 'accident,'" Batman style. Well, I should rephrase that; certain Tomorrow People can kill, and those are the ones who Jedikiah trained/programed/evolved into killers. Of course, at the moment, it appears there are only two such Tomorrow People: this week's villain, Killian McCrane (Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars fame), and John. "Kill or Be Killed" tried to build to a surprise in the final act, revealing that Killian wasn't the only murderous Tomorrow Person, but it was pretty clear from the beginning that this was the reason that John left Ultra and vowed to take down Jedikiah and his crew of baddies. John is unsurprisingly haunted by both his pre-Ultra past and all the things that Jedikiah did to him while he was an employee, but the most fascinating thing about his situation is that he still has a modicum of affection for good ol' Jed. He knows that he can't trust Jed, but he's also willing to try, if even briefly. 

Furthermore, although you might expect that John would shy away from his additional Jed-given ability, the episode made it very clear that he's willing to kill if it's necessary—which it was, with Killian on a rampage. This is John's biggest secret, more than the things he did as an Ultra agent. His relationship with Killian wasn't especially fleshed-out, nor was Killian an especially interesting character; "Kill or Be Killed" got by on Dohring's natural charisma and name alone, and I think we can agree that Killian was mostly just a tool to facilitate the show's important reveals. And that's fine, because this is the kind of information we need to have, and it's exactly how the show should be moving forward with the story. I'm a little surprised that we already know that the ONE THING that Tomorrow People can't do is actually possible, but that kind of move takes some gumption, which I can respect. 

More importantly, this was a really solid showcase for Mitchell and Pellegrino to do their thing and to highlight the fact that, while the battle lines may be clearly drawn between these different forces, there's going to be a lot of crossing over along the way. Mitchell did a nice job of keeping John's angst inside until the right moments, playing it cool with the rest of the crew but letting the facade fall a little bit with Jedikiah. And Pellegrino turned in a typically Pellegrino-y performance, showing us a slew of sides to what had previously been a mostly villainous character. Jedikiah's relationship with John is supremely unstable, mostly because Jedikiah can't not be an ass. There's a sense that he wants to let John deal with Killian and clean up their messes, but he simply can't bring himself to miss out on the opportunity to just kill them both. 

Similarly, I got the impression that Jedikiah has a pretty good idea of where John and the rest of the TP in NYC are. Killian mentioned reading about it in the files, and Jed told Stephen to set up the meeting with John in the first place. So he has an awareness of where his greatest rivals are, the supposed threats to society, and maybe he's willing to let them hide underground. Meanwhile, Jed showed quite a bit of concern for Stephen's well being, initially by not allowing him to go into the field, and later by agreeing to have dinner with Stephen's mom to help cover up the job. Now, helping Stephen lie to his mother clearly keeps Jedikiah and his work out of someone else's crosshairs, but he didn't have to make that effort. I wouldn't say that the show is interested in fully humanizing Jedikiah; he is the current villain. But he's definitely more than that too, particularly because he has such close connections with two of the heroes. This is all much more complicated than it originally appeared to be, which is an impressive feat for a show that's only in its fourth week. 


But hey, The Tomorrow People just keeps impressing. This was another strong episode that mixed the past and the present together in an effective fashion. There's no reason to keep talking about how the show doesn't do anything particularly original because by now, it's pretty clear that it's set on doing things well, regardless of whether we've seen them before or not.



ULTRA NOTES

– Despite all that praise, it's a little odd that there wasn't any sign of Astrid this week. I guess we can chalk it up to her being off investigating Stephen's secrets, but outside of a casual mention, her presence was not felt. 

– So apparently if they focus correctly, Tomorrow People can teleport into multiple spaces at once. Well, at least John can. His ability to stop five of Killian's bombs at once was pretty cool and it's nice that the show is fleshing out the characters' abilities. 

– Stephen's mom was unsurprisingly suspicious of his work with Uncle Jed, but she also emphasized the notion that there's stuff Stephen doesn't know about the past. Obviously we know that he knows more than she thinks, but there are probably dozens of other secrets as well. You don't hire Sarah Clarke to just play a mom.

– This means that we get a Russell flashback episode next week, right? RIGHT?


What'd you guys think of John's flashback and the reveal about the Tomorrow People's murderous ways?


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AIRED ON 5/5/2014

Season 1 : Episode 22

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Does anyone else have the feeling that John will turn out to be Jed's son or something?

I am a little annoyed that they are so reckless. They should have moved hideout by now.
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*SPOILER*

All Tomorrow’s Parties crossed the line :-( They killed a bunch of people, in a 'childish' show; imo there will be nowhere to go from here. Not to mention a couple of people blasting away from automatic weapons, in a confined space, and the whole result was: 'so you let them kill three of our own instead'. Completely ridiculous, meh. Fun while it lasted.
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Really like this show, thumbs up to CW for this one. I like Stephen as he is only ment to have just found out about his powers so let's give the lad a chance and lets hope CW sign up for the second season now so we can relax and enjoy this season with out the fear of it being cancelled.
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I liked this episode, overall. I felt like they should write out the Astrid character long ago. I never did like her. Yes, I want a Russell flashback next week. Pellegrino was wonderful as always. John has cool powers. 5 places at once, NICE. I always thought that Stephen's mom knew more than she let on. She has played a top spy on more than one occasion. ;) Stephen is getting irritating. I just hope it breaks soon. I found it odd that the top telepath did not pick up on Stephen warning John during his fight with Killian. I think they know that Stephen is a double agent, and are playing him.

The Tomorrow People is getting to be better and at the same time more irritating. I just hope that it makes the cut and grows out of these child stages quickly. We all know how networks like to cancel shows without giving them a chance to grow. It has passed my 4 episode test.
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OMG he is one character that makes the least sense! He's seen how awefully these people treat others as well as told by them and the Tomorrow People and yet still acts to surprised and like "What are you doing uncle Jed?!" EVERY time he pulls that surprised face I wanna slap him.
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Well, the show is not supposed to be original. It is a remake, after all. But it is doing well, and John is doing a great job, but Stephen is becoming more and more unbearable, specially because the actor doesn't seem to know what he is doing.
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This show is quickly moving to the top of my must watch list, I've loved Luke Mitchell since his Home & Away days (as embarassing as it is to admit I've watched that show)
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Ah here, Home and Away is a great show! My university has a Home and Away Society. Its the staple of the college daytime tv diet over here!
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First off, lets establish that, Im glad I endured all the episodes til this. Occasionally we all gave up on shows too early. Anyways I enjoyed the ep much better than Cara. To me, its more refreshing than Cara's story.

I read through the reviews and agree that there are so many plot holes here. Like
-how did the crane guy teleport into Ultra's building when its protected,
-is he also some kinda hacker thats why he can just access the computer system in Ultra,
-why dun John just kill Jed in the car towards the end when he declared war although imo i think its cos when people usually declare war, they start the war/killing with a time lapse after that declaration.. Anyways its 4th ep only plus its a TV show plus they confirmed that Jed is 1 of the lead actors here so he will need to stick around for a bit more
-they mentioned only Cara can communicate with others directly, yet John & Stephen communicated just fine..
-sending normal armies to kill Ultra-trained teleporters.. what were they thinking right?
-why didnt Stephen just stop time and disarm the bombs. maybe cos its a John's moment, not Stephen

Theres more but im tired of typing. From the trailer for next week, it seems like Russell is getting a pass from the russell-centric flashback eps.. Hopefully im wrong. And why did they let the q of what kinda name is Jedikiah be answered. I wonder if it was ever answered in the original series.

Despite all these, i think the show currently looks promising. Should be watching the next few eps at least.
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I had liked this show from the beginning and now it is on my "must watch" list every week. I liked this episode too but it felt a little "Star Wars" ish. By that I meant the relationship Jedikiah with the 2 boys. Jedikiah even has the word Jedi in it.

I might have missed it (I don't remember seeing it) but at least I now know why TTP cannot killed. When they try to, they have a ringing in their ear.

I don't think what Cory mentioned, that they have the capacity to kill is correct. They are NOT born killers. In actual fact, they are all born without the ability to kill and if they try,it would hurt themselves. However, Jedikiah found a way to rewire their brains or some body parts so that they could. I think this was mentioned a few times in the episode.

John actually hated that Jed reprogram him to kill and he does not want to so he left.

I really do hope next week or some point in the future we see a flash back of Russell. They must as Russell is so cool. We could also have a back story of Tim. As I mentioned in my previous comment, he is a one of the best non human character I have seen on TV for a long time.
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Loved how they focused on John this episode, because of that, we learned so much...
Only thing what i don't get is...that Stephen seemed so powerfull the first episode, but now he is in training and learning...and not so powerfull afterall...
Crane guy kicked his ass....
Loved how John took out all the bombs at the same time...that was neat!!
Wonder about who the next episode will be about...the chinese guy???
Loved the mother of Stephen...like he said, she is a badass and i wouldn't be suprised if she had powers too...
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Frankly this show is getting better and better. A lot better than expected.

The only real issue I have (besides the whole Astrid not remembering Stephen already told her everything in the first episode - and neither is Stephen apperantly) is that super agents are anything but super on this show.

Really Jed? You don't bother putting GPS chips or anything in people?
No use of gas or any other means of fighting other than guns or punches?

That is part of the problems translating a show from the 70s to 2013. Technology has improved vastly.

Moreover than that, if all it takes to take someone's powers away is just giving them a single dose, then why don't they find a way to inject it long distance? (like bullets covered with the stuff etc) heck, for that purpose, one might also ask if John and Crane were fighting at such a close range anyway, why couldn't John just stick a needle in him?

That sort of takes the whole "had to kill" to a whole other level isn't it?
I mean take Crane's powers away and he's got nothing.

Unlike the stupid ending of Avatar, this actually would solve the problem.
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totally agree on the point regarding shooting people with the injection! it was in X-men 3 when they shoot needles with the syringe. Maybe Jed should have mentioned casually somewhere that they have that in development or something..
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Contrary to popular opinion, there is no safe, reliable way to incapacitate someone without killing them, and chemical agents are probably the worst of the lot. The drugs and dosages must be carefully tailored to individual targets or there's an excellent chance that they'll either be ineffective or lethal.

The delivery systems suck, too. Gases are too imprecise for use outside of controlled environments and liquids must be injected into major blood vessels in order for them to take effect in a timely manner.

And that's why cops carry firearms instead of tranq guns or gas grenades: unlike animal control, they can't afford a 10% fatality rate and a 10-minute wait for the drug to take effect.
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Better and better I think.
Boring ads from Samantha753. Get rith of those
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I'm really trying to hold on watching this show, but my interest is slowly evaporating. Lucifer....I mean Jedekiah is enough to keep me hanging on, but maybe I need the tomorrow people to be able to do alittle more in the superhuman department.
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It's starting to become a running theme that everytime Jason Dohring guest stars on shows that he's killed off. First with SPN and now TTP.
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Only on the CW. How long before he goes on either Arrow or TVD?
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I'm loving the episodes and this one was no exception. Even though Jedikiah is a something of a caricature of a villain, Mark Pellegrino has enough talent to pull it off and make him relatable. Yeah, he can't *not* be a dick and that's why we love him.

I've always thought this whole idea of "not being able to kill because it gives me migraines" idea kind of stupid. Real evolved people wouldn't kill because they choose not to, not because they are psychically incapable of. It's a moral and ethical issue, not a genetic one.

For instance take the case of Agent Nichols:
"I can't kill, but I'm taking this stun gun to knock down McCrane. And since I'm still evil and hate my own species, I'm handing him to humans so THEY do the killing."

Things are a little too black and white to my taste, but I can get past that. So, John killed as a last resort measure, but didn't kill Jedikiah because he won't if he has another alternative. I can live with that.

Now i just want to see how that affects Stephen. Since he is the most powerful of the TP, some sort of Neo, he should be able to kill as well so that he's subjected to the same moral conundrum.

All in all, the show is doing fine and is still quite promising.
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I'll take it even a step after that. In Buffy, they put a chip in Spike's head that gave him a headache everytime he thought about attacking someone.

The problem with how stupid that is, as eventually was the case, that at some point, once he gets angry enough he will just risk having the pain and kill anyway.

That's what make this idea so absurd.
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Was it that obvious that John could kill...? I missed it *sigh* Loved this episode though :)
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Jason Dohring is so beautiful, watching him die was painful!
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Hopefully Astrid doesn't do *too* much snooping. We know how Uncle Jed handles humans who discover things they shouldn't.
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You mean snooping on a secret Stephen already told her in the first episode?
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Exactly. She's dumb.
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But Stephen is even dumber because he doesn't seem to remember that he told her anything either.

What's even dumber, is that why wouldn't he confess to her?
Just because he fears Jed? That just seems totally stupid. He already spends so much time with her, it's not like it would be suspicious if they have private talks here and there.

(Since apperantly super agent Jed doesn't really bother trying to bug Stephen's room or anything.)
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It does seem silly, but it's the same overall concept of the Marvel universe, where the general populace hates and fears mutants just for existing.
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Sorry, can't reply to yours directly...


Not telling his mom out of rejection is silly, but I'm willing to accept the fact that his mom wouldn't want him to be a secret agent - She already notices he is getting bruised...
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I figured he was just dumfounded by her memory lapse, and thought perhaps she'd had her mind wiped? I don't know. I think it's the same reason he doesn't tell his mom. Sure, there may be some fear of rejection, but there's a chance Jed could have one of his people read their minds. In Astrid's case, I could see her accidentally blabbing it.
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Glad to see John can teleport into 5 places at once but he could of just asked Stephen if he could stop time again, then they could cut some wires, take a coffee break, swap Ultra water cooler stories and finish the rest, probably easier to stop Killian if he's caught in slowed down time too... anyway, backstory dealt with, John's a badass in his own right, next episode the asian guys backstory right?
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Right? I was like "they're making this way too complicated."
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I wish the writers didn't put the characters in dumb situations. Jedekiah really should be dead! Twice!
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Well, the first attempt was explained in the show when Stephen got razzed by the others for being a little too quick to jump in and save his uncle.

As for John, not only does Jed still have some pull on him, but the show also explained that John feels like he's lost a part of his soul each time he's been forced to kill. For all we know, that's what happened to Killian--he was forced to kill one too many people, and he snapped. We all have the ability to kill, but very few of us actually do. There's a reason for that.
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But that's one of the few problems of the premise of the show.
So they can't kill, who gives a darn? Just teleport him into a locked cell and leave him there for the rest of his life.

It's not that they can't hurt anyone, they specifically can't kill.
They can easily override that and still feel all happy about it.
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There are obviously loop holes, since Cara managed to kill her would-be rapist when she awakened. It seems there's got to be some killing intent? So I guess teleporting him into a cell would work as long as the one doing so believed they'd be keeping him alive for as long as was naturally possible?
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I considered the Ultra angle, but figured they would have nabbed her at that point, which they didn't.

The mutation angle is interesting. I could see them going that way with her. Nice call.
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There are several explanations for the Cara situations.
1)She didn't mean to kill, which is a bit odd if we're talking genetics.

2)Jed told Stephen that they are only one mutation away from being able to kill. Ergo, it is quite possible that Cara already has that mutation. That would mean that she can kill even if she is not aware of it.

3)That was a lie, and someone else, possibly from Ultra, came and killed the kid because he saw her using her powers.
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thank you ^

I was nearly crucified for saying the same very thing.
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"You don't hire Sarah Clarke to just play a mom" She is a bad ass for sure! The Jason Dohring fix was great but I wanted more of him in this episode. I wasn't impressed with the pilot episode but the show is getting better and better. I don't really feel for Stephen though I care more for the others which is not good since he is the lead...

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We better get some Russell backstory next week. Or hell I'd be happy with more than just 2 scenes of him. They really need to use Aaron Yoo more.
And why bring in Jason Dohring and have him be such a non-factor? I know the episode was more about Jed and John's history which was fine. I dug the backstory on John. That was pretty well done, just like Cara's. But Jason Dohring is awesome and could have had a much bigger role, in my opinion.
This definitely did the job of showing that John is a real hero and leader. I'm liking him more and more.
I also liked seeing the "good" sides of Jed. Yes he is the bad guy but humanizing him more will make things very interesting down the road.
Pretty good ep this week. I think the show is doing the right things and headed in a positive direction.
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You don't just hire Sarah Clarke to be a mom?

I cite Twilight lol...
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AND THAT TURNED OUT SO GREAT
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And she was just a mom lol.

Nothing too terribly exciting about her
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To me Sarah Clarke will always be Nina, the mole from 24. I don't trust her.
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I think a big story thread will be when one of them can kill and it's NOT because of Jed's tampering. While "nefarious Mark Pelligrino" is aces, I keep thinking we're going to see SOMETHING relatable as to why his hatred is so deep for the Tomorrow People and even if we aren't on his side, we can at least see WHY he thinks that way (The "Lex Luthor" perspective, though even Pelligrino's character on the US version of Being Human had much more depth).

I keep thinking they're going to set up a Steven-Cara-John love triangle, but it seems they may avoid that cliche for now as Steven clearly CARES about Cara, but I don't think has the same affection for her. That's good. It's an entanglement this show doesn't need so early on.
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good cause I hate love triangles
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I got it as a sisterly kinda vibe.. not attraction..
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I enjoyed the episode, although there were some moments that were really questionable logically. But probably tv-logic applies and everything is possible. It;s just on the edge and for me, obviously, just within the limits.
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With the whole "There are things about my past you don't know" line I started wondering if she had the powers or knew about the powers...

Also, Jason Dohring. His presence alone made this episode awesome. (And I know him from Moonlight - still haven't seen Veronica Mars.)
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Don't make me sad over Moonlight.. lol
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I loved that show so much...
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Well, she DID work with Jack Bauer...
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Same!
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"Despite all that praise, it's a little odd that there wasn't any sign of Astrid this week. I guess we can chalk it up to her being off investigating Stephen's secrets, but outside of a casual mention, her presence was not felt."

This was so weird to me. After last week I was looking forward to her investigation or his explanation. Oh well. Maybe she'll pop up next week. Maybe... *shrugs*

Aside from Astrid missing, I enjoyed this ep. I knew one of them would have the ability to kill. I didn't know who (although I thought perhaps Super Stephen would be the "one") but it was a nice twist having it be John. It gives his character something more to do (than just Cara) LOL!!! I kid, I kid. But no, he'll have his own s/l other than being the 3rd in that damn triangle they're gonna do. *eyeroll* And judging by that preview, it'll be in full swing next week. Blech!

Still, I'm looking forward to the next ep. Keep up the good work Tomorrow Peeps.
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ive been wondering the same bout Astrid. But perhaps there just wasnt enough time to add in her scenes this week with John's story being so powerful..
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I enjoyed this one as they are still setting things up for what could be some really cool episodes. Too bad the English version was about 1000 times better.
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Are you certain it's a 1000 times better? Children show nostalgia's a pretty tough nut to crack, but if you take off the rose-colored glasses & do a recent side-by-side comparison, it's like comparing apples & oranges.



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  1. I thought the Ultra base was protected from people teleporting in? So how did Killian teleport in so casually?
  2. I thought Cara was special, excelling in long range telepathy. But based on this episode, it seems John is even better, communicating with Stephen at the Ultra base while he was at the tomorrow people's subway base.
  3. Why send in a full assault team to take down John and Killian when they can obviously simply teleport away? Wouldn't they have been better off sending in snipers to pick them off before they were detected?
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1 - Had the same thought. Perhaps the parking garage downstairs isn't protected? It would make sense if you have teleporting agents to have a place to TP near the property where they can't be seen. Though why you'd leave your car there is anybody's guess.
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Plus, why give the order right in front of Stephen when he was the one who contacted John with the location in the first place?
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Stephen: You're kind of a badass mom.
Mom: I should be. I'm Nina f***ing Myers.
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Im loving how we see flashbacks of their lives. Its not just a show about people with super powers and showing the struggles of them finding out they have them and what they dealt with all their lives i love this show it needs a full season pick up
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I loved this episode because I find that the relation between Jedikakia and John is the most interesting of the show.
Jed pulls John from a hellish foster home, supposedly to offer him a better place to live but in the end, this place turns out to be even worse. Jed is a substitute father to John but he is also the man who used him and made him into a killer.
Of course John can't kill him !
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Worst episode ever!!!period
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do explain
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Hi! *waves*

I'm surprised that this wasn't brought up in your review but - Why didn't John just kill Jedikiah? And while we are on the subject - Why didn't Stephen let Jedikiah die? He wasn't killing him by letting him die...it makes no sense to me.

Surely, it would have solved all of the Tommorow People's problems; would it not?

I realize that I started watching this show fully knowing Julie Plec was involved but my God, this is only episode four and I'm already annoyed at how bad the writing actually is.

#Julie Plec logic
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Stephen did not let Jedikiah die, because:

Firstly, you don't kill off the show's villain in the fourth episode. You just don't! As we have learned, there is a higher authority above Jed. But a mere replacement will not be the same for the audience ; we are not acquainted yet with this "big bad boss", which means we have to stick with Jed for a while. And there is a lot more to his story than we know up to now (I wouldn't be surprised, if he will get his own flash back story sooner or later).

Secondly, Stephen is still too innocent to be a cold blooded murderer. Furthermore, I guess the rescue of his uncle was more of an instinct than a deliberate plan; it served the plot well to strengthen his position within Ultra, though.

Thirdly, Stephen is convinced that Jed will ultimately lead him to his father, so keeping Jedikiah alive is his best bet, as kanniball pointed out below.

Fourthly, John did not kill Jed, because he wanted him to know that the Tomorrow People are on morally higher ground than Ultra. (Which is why the good ones die first and the bad ones rule the world, but these silly arguments do not apply for tv-shows and - what the heck! - we don't care for logic here, it's Hollywood and we are all in for a happy ending...).

Last but not least: Same advice goes for you as for all the people who feel annoyed quite so easily: Stop watching it, nobody forces you to watch a show you consider to be crappy. As for myself, I rather enjoyed it so far.
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lol, okay.

apparently mentioning obvious surface flaws with the show gives people the right to attack me.

"Stop watching it, nobody forces you to watch a show you consider to be crappy."

1. You can't tell me what to do.
2. Your reasons are just as illogical as other people's are.
3. You are entitled to your opinion as I am to mine.
4. My questions in my first comment were rhetorical.
5. Don't feel the need to respond.

Good day.

/peace
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Fair enough, we just differ in our opinions, which is pretty much okay for me.

Anyway, apologies, I didn't mean to offend you and wish you all the best. And peace. (And I am not being sarcastic now, but mean it.)
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My guess, is deep down he knows that his Uncle is his best shot at finding his father. They have resources, satellites, etc.

Meanwhile if the Uncle died, Ultra would be after him and his family 24/7. His Uncle is a jerk but his relation to him is probably one of the few things keeping Ultra from killing, imprisoning, or injecting him. The devil you know...
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Don't dismiss the fact that Greg Berlanti is also involved. That clown wrote the Green Lantern movie... Nuff said!
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I'd say other people's answers below are valid, but also: It's a TV show. These things happen.
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well stephen claimed that he isnt that kind of person to let someone die but i agree with the john statement. He pretty much claims they are now at war and yet he leaves the big bad enemy boss to live and go on messing up everything
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They didn't kill him because
A) Stephen wants to stop the war with zero losses on both sides
B) John feels like losing a part of himself every time he kills somebody.

And no, Jed's death would make no deference. He already mentioned that he is not the big boss. Thus somebody else would be hired in his position. Moreover, even if they found the big boss and killed him, they wouldn't be safe. Somebody else could take his position.
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iathen, are you sure you are not Julie Plec herself? lmao

Because no rational thinking person can make any sense of what you are saying.

1. John declares war and says "Kill or be killed" yet he lets Jedikiah live.

2. Stephen finds out his uncle is a cold-blooded murder and perhaps a psychopath but he saves his live because he "wants to stop the war with zero losses on both sides"?

I mean, really? Does any of this sound logical to you? Because it does not.
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First of all, I don't think that having an opinion different than yours makes me (or anyone that agrees with me) a lunatic. What you said is at the least insulting.

On the topic, I just sait that I understand their motives. After all, I've never killed anyone in my life and I don't think that I would be able to live with myself if I did so. But even if you don't take the mental part under consideration, just think of the effect killing Jed would have. Somebody else would be hired in his position and they would resume the war. Just killing him will not make any difference. The same way killing the big boss won't make any difference. They should make a bigger plan that will be more diplomatic than killing one person. As long as there are people believing in Ultras' cause, they won't stop hunting the Neos. Thus, they have to come up with a plan to either take the leadership of Ultras (eg kill the big boss and put a Neo in his position) or dramatically reduce the credibility of Ultras making less people believe in their cause.
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I don't know her. You said:
"no rational thinking person can make any sense of what you are saying".
End of story. I won't reply to anything else you say as it's clear you are not worth it.
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hm, asking if you are Julie Plec is insulting because you think she's a "lunatic"...

I don't follow your train of thought. Anyway, my intent was not to offend.
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Not bad. Glad they broke the rule this soon.
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Waited all day for the Astrid/Stephen confrontation... I'm so upset.
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At least she was mentioned. It would've been worse had they said nothing at all.
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Mentioned by mom that she was/would be missing that episode. Either a great way to keep her story alive or a great way to cut costs. Both ways work for me, although I like her to be back soon.
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