‘The Tomorrow People’ Recap: Heroes
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[Spoilers from episode 7 below]
“You kinda suck at being a superhero.” — Astrid to Stephen
Stephen made a lot of poor decisions. First he slept with John’s girl and said “it just happened.” It didn’t just happen, Stephen. Take some ownership. And then he decides to use his powers for selfish gain, only to be scolded by his uncle. Lastly, he confronted John but never apologized. All in all, Stephen looked like the little black sheep of this merry gang of superheroes. Like Astrid says, he kinda sucks at being one. But I have a sense that Stephen is struggling to truly discover who he is, not only part of the tomorrow people, but as a teenager. He’s not the hero. Yet.
Let’s discuss the good, the great and brilliant moments of the night.
The Good: Stephen reads Astrid’s mind! I learned last week that there’s a new ship in town. Many people are rooting for Stephen and his best friend, and their quick banter on the basketball court was enough for me to approve. But when Stephen “accidentally” reads Astrid’s thoughts, he discovers that she loves him. I give props to Astrid for not burying her head in a hole. Even though there’s plenty of awkward tension, she confronts Stephen for a chit-chat where they acknowledge her feelings and just let it be.
“Our powers don’t make us good. They just make us powerful. How we use them is up to us.” — John Young
The Great: Not all tomorrow people are good. This was a major rewind episode for me, and a large part was the plot. They were chasing after a rapist who happened to have powers. Cara was pissed. John was pissed. I was pissed, and I was rooting for Cara to inflict some serious pain. The problem — she can’t kill. None of them can. But in that moment, I really empathized with Cara. You could sense just how badly she wanted that guy to be gone. And yet, she just couldn’t do it.
“Fighting each other is a path to extinction.” — Cara
The Brilliant: John and Cara. Everything. They are married. (They really aren’t but doesn’t it feel that way?) The entire time, I was wondering why John was enduring Stephen when he knew he slept with his girlfriend. And I loved John’s response. I loved how this wasn’t the classic fight. The set-up was a slow-burn that made me question whether he would punch him or not. He teased Stephen at a basketball game and got in a few digs, telling Stephen all he had with Cara was sex, not love. So by the time a fist finally flew, I was on the edge of my seat, thinking yes!
Who thought Stephen would throw the first punch though? I didn’t think he was in the right to be attacking John when he was the one who slept with John’s girl, but you know, Stephen had a crappy day or week. And he’s still trying to process who he is in all of this. And I believe John recognizes that as well. He treats Stephen like a little kid, and in some aspects, so does Cara.
Still, Cara admits to having strong feelings towards Stephen even though she loves John. I do feel as though Stephen slept with his babysitter, and maybe that’s where the disconnect lies for me. How about you?
Now it’s your turn. Let your opinions be heard! Vote in the weekly poll below. This week we’re discussing the “you slept with my girlfriend!” fight.
– Becca Ritchie