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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Review of The Tomorrow People 1.02- In Too Deep

Stephen begins to figure out just what he in in for, the Tomorrow People receive a wake-up call, and Jedekiah is suspicious...

Stephen is in over his head.  I get that he wants to do whatever he can to find his dad, but he is in trouble and he knows it.  He is caught in between a rock named Ultra and a hard place called the Tomorrow People.  Neither side seems to fully trust him, although the Tomorrow People seem to trust him more than Ultra does.  I definitely admire that Stephen is idealistic and truly wants what is best for everyone.  Seeing what Ultra is willing to do to people freaked him out and I am definitely surprised that he decided to stay.  Don't get me wrong, I think it is the right thing to do, but he'll have to be a lot more careful about what he does in the future.

Part of his problem is that he is very idealistic and does (or rather did) not understand what Ultra is truly about.  Sending in a kill team immediately definitely struck me as overkill.  I get what Jedekiah is saying about needing to control the criminal element present within the Tomorrow People, but you'd think that it might not be a bad idea to bring in some of them alive.  But, nope, he wants them dead.  Fortunately, Stephen managed to save the guy (forgot his name) from Ultra, but there was a price.  His supervising agent was killed because he could not control Stephen.  Somehow, I don't think that is going to cow Stephen, rather I think it will make him more determined and cautious.

The Tomorrow People received a much needed wake-up call courtesy of Stephen.  They have been on the run for so long that they are unwilling to stick their necks out to help people.  I get why they are this way, but it is a problem.  Fortunately, Cara and Russell were more willing than John to do the right thing.  Is it dangerous?  Sure, but as Cara pointed out, what is the use in being free if they don't do what they can to help out people who need it?

I am trying to figure out how exactly Jedekiah can justify (in his mind) the actions he is taking.  He has people killed without blinking an eye, orders surveillance on his nephew, and acts as if everything he is doing is the right thing to do.  I get that he views this as a war and that, as such, many things are justified, but the fact that only one side can really do any lasting damage to the other makes this an incredibly one sided war.  He is basically using the idea of a preemptive strike to make everything ok.  Since the Tomorrow People are only "one gene away" from being able to kill, it is ok to wipe them out before they can kill humans.

The other problem is that both sides look at the other as something wholly other and that, as we all know, allows each side to do horrific things in the name of self-preservation.  Stephen still looks at the Tomorrow People as gifted humans, which I think is closer to the truth.  Since they are all humans, all of the death is a bad thing that needs to be stopped.  I wonder if he'll lose this view or if he'll somehow be able to persuade others to follow him in this view.

Until next week!