‘The Tomorrow People’ Recap: Want to Learn Some Magic?

Discussing Season 1, Episode 11
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The Tomorrow People – "Rumble" -- Pictured (L-R): Peyton List as Cara and James McKay as Julian Masters -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- ©2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Tomorrow People – “Rumble” — Pictured (L-R): Peyton List as Cara and James McKay as Julian Masters — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — ©2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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 11 below]

Last week, we were treated to an hour of pure paranormal bliss. And thankfully this episode was equally as satisfying. A new villain took center stage and stirred up major chaos for the tomorrow people. Flashbacks helped flesh out Julian’s motives and his ties to Cara, the brazen, impulsive new leader who was once so very shy. I can’t help but want to hug Cara each time I see her pre-John Young days. She was frightened and timid and scared of herself. I hope we’ll be able to see the moment where she grew into the fierce woman she is now.

We finally got a little humor about all the tomorrow people living in the underground lair. I kept thinking, “Do these people ever get sunlight?” They are like “Flowers in the Attic” children. Only replace the attic with a subway “basement” and replace the crazy mother with Ultra. You get the idea. Julian made a few remarks about their living quarters, but I’m still curious about the sleeping arrangements. Where are the beds? Have we seen them yet? There are tons of kids residing in the lair, and I imagine all of them piling on top of the single sofa in the main room.

Hey, at least they have a pool table.

Let’s discuss the good, the great and the brilliant moments from last night.

The Good: John helps Charlotte heal mentally. After being held prisoner from Ultra, Charlotte was so psychologically damaged that her nightmares invaded the minds of all the tomorrow people, physically hurting them like a wailing banshee. John took Charlotte under his wing and tried to teach her how to harness that pain into power. By the end, we saw just how much John helped her as she overthrew all of Julian’s minions.

But I wonder why Jedikiah’s girlfriend had so much “say” in whether Charlotte was allowed to stay or leave the lair. She wanted to kick Charlotte out, but last I remember, Jed’s girlfriend was the new person living there. Maybe she’s the oldest so she feels the most entitled, but I was so proud of Cara for sticking to her beliefs, willing to keep Charlotte safe with them.

The Great: Stephen meets a new Ultra recruit. Played by the talented Alexa PenaVega, Hillary Cole kicked some serious butt in her training sessions against Stephen. He said she reminded him of Cara. They both are super skilled at outmatching the guys, but I like Hillary mainly because she seems in the realm of Stephen’s age-range for love interest material. Cara is like his babysitter. I will go down attesting this. Not because I love John and Cara together (even though, I do), but because Cara and Stephen feel so wrong. And not a taboo wrong. Just plain no-chemistry wrong.

But Stephen had quite a few moments with Astrid, and their friendship is one of the sweetest on the show. If Stephen opens himself up to the idea, I can see a future budding romance between the two.

The Brilliant: Julian. Hands down, the entrance of a new villain (who escaped!) was the most enthralling part of the episode. I didn’t think there could be so many ways to play on the tomorrow people’s greatest weakness. But the writers found another one. Julian is so sadistic that he likes to try to kill someone, feeling the high of the pain he gets when he’s physically not able to. It’s crazy. And genius. It makes him seem so inhuman, and quite frankly, terrifying.

I loved how we opened with Julian manipulating young, naive Cara as she tried to steal food using her powers. And it ended with Julian (now alone without his minions) doing the same exact thing to a new young girl. He’s like Magneto on crack, and I can’t wait to see where he goes next.

The Most Horrifying: Russell. Poor Russell! I had to look away as he was beat to a pulp by Julian and his minions. But the end made up for the gruesome act. Even hardly recognizable through the bruises and swelling, Russell manages to crack a joke that had me laughing (truly). His comedic nature fits perfectly with this cast of characters.

Now it’s you turn to have a say! Since Stephen is all over the map with his love life, I want to know where your thoughts lie about his future. Who should Stephen be with? Weigh in by voting on the poll below:

– Becca Ritchie

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