‘The Tomorrow People’ Recap: New Leadership

Discussing Season 1, Episode 10
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The Tomorrow People — “The Citadel” — Pictured (L-R): Luke Mitchell as John Young and Peyton List as Cara Coburn — Photo: Jack Rowand / The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The Tomorrow People — “The Citadel” — Pictured (L-R): Luke Mitchell as John Young and Peyton List as Cara Coburn — Photo: Jack Rowand / The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Becca Ritchie
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Becca Ritchie
Becca Ritchie Becca Ritchie claims she's from Mystic Falls, but really, she lives in Atlanta where humidity is her greatest foe. She loves comic books, blue nail polish and Jonathan Taylor Thomas circa 1995. She frequents Twitter to dish about CW shows, and when she's not blogging, she reads too many YA and NA books. She's an Amazon Bestselling Author of the Addicted series, a New Adult Romance. Follow her on Twitter @Becca_Ritchie.

[Spoilers from episode 10 below]

“If you can’t see that she’s one of us, then you’re lost as a leader and we’re lost as a people.” — John to Cara

I watch a lot of TV. I also read a lot of books, but mostly, I watch television and pretend to take notes. I can, without a doubt, say that “The Tomorrow People” has become my favorite show of the television season. Each episode outdoes the next, the characters only grow and move forward, and the plot is ever-evolving and changing in such a brilliant, dynamic way.

So far, the worst episode was the pilot — our first insight into what has become so much more than a typical story about kids with powers. I am so deeply in love with each character. In ten episodes, I feel as though I know them better than five seasons of every choir student in “Glee.”

I cannot get enough. I’d watch John and Cara fight over milk. I’d watch Stephen banter with computer interfaces for hours. I didn’t realize I needed a show like this until it happened. And where I once thought “The Originals” would overpower my fandom-centric portion of my brain, “The Tomorrow People” kicked the vampires right on out. It has snuffed all logical reasoning and turned me into a TTP cheerleader.

I am forever in love. I trust these writers so much that I don’t think this show could enter a bad territory. They know what they’re doing. I can sense it with each piece of dialogue and the way they effortlessly build plot and character without talking down to us.

Case in point: Cara. Who we’ll discuss very, very soon.

And before I gush any further, let’s get to the episode. The good, the great and the brilliant moments of the night — here they are.

The Good: Something’s up with the boyfriend. The boyfriend is Stephen’s mother’s to be exact. Stephen can’t read his mind! Red flags are shooting up. Could he be Simon? The guy Jed claims he killed after he tried to steal Stephen’s father’s body (it’s a mouthful, I know). Theories?

The Great: Cara is nominated to lead. After John confesses to the tomorrow people that he killed the man they were all searching for, their savior (and Stephen’s father), they choose hot-tempered, reckless Cara to replace him. As Cara tries to break through a glass cell over and over again to free a little girl, I realized just how wonderful of a character she is. No one needs to tell us that she’s a feminist, that she’d die for another woman. We see it.

I hate to compare her to Rebekah from “The Originals” but both characters went on a “female empowerment” journey this season, so it’s very easy to draw similarities. And I can’t help but applaud Cara, who’s being shown in a multi-faceted light. Even though Cara is stubborn and impulsive and hot-headed, a character with deep flaws, she’s still willing to be equals with a man. I appreciate “The Tomorrow People’s” complex execution of female agency, especially by pairing Cara with John — to show that feminism is not anti-man or man-hating. But rather the balance between man and woman.

Cara is not a terrific leader. She’s the heat to John’s cool temperature. And he eases her down. Their wife/husband, dominant/dominant, leader/leader relationship is so new and refreshing that I don’t ever want it to go away. They both turn to each other when they’re trying to make decisions, especially in this episode, and for once in television, the girl is not whining or crawling at the guy’s feet. Instead, she’s fierce but still flawed. Sexy but still vulnerable. It’s a dynamic not regularly explored and one I am so glad exists on The CW. 

The Brilliant: The Citadel. The plot keeps expanding. I love the addition of The Citadel — a research and prison used to hold and experiment on people with powers. Errol escaped and died by protecting Cara and a young captured girl. And if John hadn’t shown up when he did, Cara would have met a similar fate. The Citadel opens the universe to more interesting and greater places, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting more revelations about The Citadel and The Founder. Are you hungry for more answers?

And now, it’s your turn to weigh in. Sound off below in the poll:

– Becca Ritchie

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