Tube Watch: The Tomorrow People – In Too Deep

by Cap'n Carrot on October 18, 2013 · 0 comments

in Television

In the second episode of the series Stephen (Robbie Amell) struggles with his decision to work for Ultra while struggling to keep his friendship with the Tomorrow People and hiding all of the changes in his life from his mother (Sarah Clarke) and younger brother (Jacob Kogan). The truth of just how ruthlessly his uncle (Mark Pellegrino) runs Ultra is made clear to Stephen after witnessing the attempts to kill a young man (Nick Eversman) using his new found powers to rob banks. Unwilling to be a party to murder, Stephen convinces Cara (Peyton List) and John (Luke Mitchell) to step-up and take the kid in before Ultra gets their hands on him.

“In Too Deep” reveals that all the members in the underground lair of the Tomorrow People have abandoned loved ones after coming into their powers. However, the show doesn’t do a very good job of explaining why none of the outcasts thought to bring a trustworthy friend or family member with them in their self-imposed exile. The idea of going into hiding makes sense, but surely their loved ones would be far safer with them then out in the world at the mercy of Ultra who could decide to use them for leverage at any time (just as they are doing with Stephen). It also misses the perfect opportunity for Stephen to use his new job with his uncle (which his family has to know about sooner or later, even if they don’t discover what he’s doing) to explain his prolonged absences.

Stephen’s discovery of what happens to his supervisor (Carter MacIntyre) momentarily gives him pause about the insane situation he’s trapped himself in. Given his arguments with his mother over his refusal to take his medication, and the danger both she and his brother are in because of his condition, it would seem obvious for Stephen to share his gifts with his family and let them be in on the truth about his situation and understand the danger they all find themselves in. For the show to be more than just middling sci-fi with passable special effects it’s these kinds of themes, rather than a Stephen/Cara/John love triangle, which need to be explored going further.

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