If the time ever does come when the world is revealed to be full of super-powerful mutants, it is going to be no big deal, so accustomed have we become to the idea.
"The Tomorrow People," which premieres Wednesday on the
Perhaps you watched then and are excited now. Or are wondering why anyone would have bothered to bring it back — again.
Who bothered are
The new "Tomorrow People" resembles the first "Tomorrow People" more than it does the second. Here as there, a small band of young "homo superiors" (cf. Bowie, David, "Oh! You Pretty Things," 1971: "Gotta make way/ For the homo superior") have gathered together for mutual support in an abandoned subway tunnel. Here as there, they have a talking computer named Tim.
As before, they call themselves the Tomorrow People ("We didn't choose the name, I swear," one swears, in a bit of meta-humor) and refer to the homo sapiens as "saps." They study the "three Ts": teleportation, telepathy and telekinesis. They are genetically powerless to kill.
Prominent in this scrappy band are John (Luke Mitchell), who has attitude; Cara (
"Lately strange things have been happening to me," Stephen says, "and they're only about to get stranger." It is all a giant metaphor for puberty, of course: "Your latent powers are starting to appear," Cara tells Stephen, adding, as if addressing every adolescent ever, "You think you're a freak — you're not."
Of course, where the actors in the original series were actually teenagers, here they are the sort of TV "teens" who look as if they're in their 20s, because they're in their 20s.
The pilot also introduces Madeleine Mantock as Joseph's "normal" friend and
Although predictable in predictable ways, there are enough twists and turns and, relatively speaking, complexities of character to keep things interesting, and a pivot at the end that I did not see coming. Which bodes well.
'The Tomorrow People'
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Rating: TV-PG-DLV (may be unsuitable for young children with advisories for suggestive dialogue, coarse language and violence)