‘The Tomorrow People’ Recap: To Be A Hero

Discussing Season 1, Episode 20
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The Tomorrow People -- "Modus Vivendi" -- Pictured (L-R): Alexa Vega as Hillary and Robbie Amell as Stephen -- 
Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Tomorrow People — “Modus Vivendi” — Pictured (L-R): Alexa Vega as Hillary and Robbie Amell as Stephen —
Photo: Diyah Pera/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 20 below]

“My whole life, I wanted to be a hero. And I finally found a way.” — Hillary

Speechless.

If you’ve already watched Monday’s newest episode of “The Tomorrow People” then you know how easy it is to be lost for words. There was a death, TTP fans — one that I did not see coming.  Not this early and definitely not that way. Let’s think back to when Hillary was first introduced. She was a strong-headed female who was diligent about her work at Ultra. The more we saw Hillary, the more we understood her. She lost her whole family in such a brutal, horrific way. All she wanted to do was be a hero, to do the right thing and save people.

I never, ever expected her character to go down this road, and maybe that’s why I’m sitting her, still unraveled  by it, chilled to the core. I loved Hillary with Stephen, but I commend the writers for taking her character on such a dark, haunting journey and never wavering from it.

I could spend hours thinking about that last scene, but I’ll save you from the boredom of my silence. Let’s get to the rest of the episode and discuss the good, the great and the brilliant moments.

The Good: Roger returns! “Welcome back, Roger” was all over my Twitter feed, and for good reason — Mr. Price’s presence has been felt through flashbacks and strange apparitions. It’s nice to finally see him in the present. And his chemistry with his wife is off the charts. I can’t think of a “parent” relationship on The CW that has that much spark. Maybe Karen and Keith from “One Tree Hill” — but Roger and Marla can give them a run for their money.

The Great: John Young “fights” Roger for the leadership title. If you’re a John Young fan like me, this whole episode was just torture on your emotions. By the end, I needed Stephen to stop time so I could literally inhale some much-needed oxygen. I was holding my breath for John. But it’s not the part where he’s on the brink of death that earned a spot on this list. It’s the one where he painfully asks Roger to fight him. And from the sidelines Cara says out loud that John wants to be beat up. He wants to feel that pain because he killed Roger, and he felt like he needed to pay for what he’d done.

How sad is that? John Young just may be my favorite CW character of all-time. His complexity just grows and grows every time he’s on-screen. I love the writers for shaping such a unique and tortured soul. I want to reach through my television screen and give John a giant hug.

The Brilliant: Hillary. Hands down, she was the most brilliant part of this entire episode. I think we all could tell that she was feeling remorse for “betraying” Stephen, and in order to show him, truly, that she was good, she took her own life and tried to take The Founder’s. By strapping a bomb to her chest, Hillary was able to work around a tomorrow person’s greatest weakness: the inability to kill.

My only worry: Did The Founder really die? He does have the power to teleport, so how much time did he have to blink right on out of that office before the bomb exploded? Since Hillary sacrificed herself, I really hope he didn’t make it.

Some other things to consider: Russell was injected with some sort of liquid made by Ultra. Is this a good or bad thing? And what repercussions are going to come of it? I’m guessing bad but hoping for good because Russell is one of the best parts of TTP. I need his comedic interjections like I need TIM to keep playing chess with John and telling people to “suck it.”

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– Becca Ritchie

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