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The Tomorrow People - (S01E01)

Sci-Fi . Action . Science Fiction . Drama

When Stephen Jameson begins hearing voices and waking up in strange places, he starts to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People — John, Cara and Russell — a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. The Tomorrow People inform him that they are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra, led by Dr. Jedikiah Price. Meanwhile, Stephen gets another surprise that leads him down his own path, which he hopes will help him uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance.

Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2013-10-9 at 09:00 pm
  • David Wiegand

    Silly as the set-up may seem, it works because of competent writing and convincing performances.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    From "The Mod Squad" to "Being Human," TV's young misfits find it [family] where they can, and Tomorrow is that next step, too. Scripter Phil Klemmer wrote for "Chuck" and "Veronica Mars," good arguments for promise here (and "Undercovers," a bad one).

    Newsday Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    It’s an episode of television that exists at the intersection of Marvel’s superpowers-as-puberty metaphors and the half-baked cultural upheaval of True Blood—with a Whedon-esque anti-authoritarian streak thrown in for good measure. The show could devolve into a grab bag of familiar themes and tropes down the line, but its pilot does a remarkable job of synthesizing a cohesive introduction out of those disparate parts.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sydney Bucksbaum

    This won't be a show focusing on teenage angst, which is a healthy breath of fresh air from a network that capitalizes on brooding male protagonists.... One major aspect the pilot lacks is character development, as the fast-paced action and plot dominate the first hour to set up the series.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The CW has established a reliable [network formula]: beautiful young things plus alienation plus supernatural powers plus slim-fit leather jackets. It works again in this new series. [11 Nov 2013, p.40]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    With so many powers, the Tomorrow People seem near invincible, and the measures Ultra uses to thwart them seem flimsy. The idea that a prohibition against killing could be genetically encoded seems both convenient and implausible — and also lessens the stakes.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    There’s enough set in motion here to perhaps lure a small, loyal audience from week to week.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    It’s competently assembled and has a bland stylishness. What it lacks, at this point, is any kick in its storytelling: There are alienation, daddy issues and a looming love triangle, but they’re all pro forma.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Indifferently acted and badly plotted, Tomorrow cries out to be ignored.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Like all the CW series, The Tomorrow People has a gorgeous, young ensemble and a fresh (though not original) premise. But it's going to have to significantly broaden the scope of the story and the size of the cast if it hopes to succeed as an episodic.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    They’re remaking The Tomorrow People and the results are just kind of “meh.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    Yet another in the assembly line of fantasy/sci-fi shows, it offers little in the way of thrills, suspense or drama.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Derivative of sci-fi and superhuman dramas we’ve seen plenty of times before, up to and including the slo-mo 'Matrix' bullets flying out of a gun.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Teen shows and sci-fi shows often get a bad rap for being ridiculous or campy or stupid, and Tomorrow People isn't any of those things. Unfortunately, it's just boring.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    There's nothing in the pilot that feels particularly like today, much less like tomorrow.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The atmosphere is bland, the special effects and fight scenes are underwhelming, and the tone is mostly humorless.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Even though the fate of the world is presumably at stake, as tends to be the case in these fantasies, this one just doesn’t feel very rousing.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Tomorrow People simply feels too much like a knockoff of more familiar genetic superhumans.

    Variety Full Review
  • Cody Ray Shafer

    The Tomorrow People, which is a remake of a 1970s British show, is completely bogged down with rushed exposition, stale acting, and pointless action scenes that leave not much to look forward to.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The CW’s newest wallow in adolescent angst.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This subculture specializes in the "three T's": teleportation, telepathy, telekinesis. They forgot "tired," "tepid" and "too too derivative," which much better describes the experience of meeting these lost kids.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It has a stupid title and a stupid premise and, among its many transgressions against watchable entertainment, it really doesn’t make much sense (you know, on top of the acting and the writing and whatnot).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review

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