The Tomorrow People: Endgame review

The Tomorrow People is running out of steam, not a good sign with a competitive Monday night lineup...

Tonight’s episode of The Tomorrow People is entitled “Endgame?” Does this mean the end is in sight for this season? No? There are five episodes left? *ahem* Sorry, didn’t mean to get so excited. Let’s face it…The Tomorrow People has been moved to compete with Dancing With the Stars, a show that took in over 15 million viewers with its season premiere last week. Monday nights put it on after Star Crossed, a tepid CW midseason replacement. This doesn’t look like a huge vote of confidence from the network, and the show continued to shed viewers in its first Monday night installment last week.

So, Stephen’s dad Roger is being protected in a frozen chamber by his brother, Jed, as part of some larger plan that’s being kept hidden from The Founder. He’s finally resurfaced, although what happened to daughter Cassie remains unresolved. One thing is clear, however: Jed is the master of keeping his thoughts hidden, resorting to sticking a blade in his hand to keep from revealing what’s in his mind. Part of the plan involves John as well, who will kill the Founder. Turns out Cassie is in the Citadel, and is the only chance to find the Founder (who just recently strolled into Jed’s office…really?). Well, at least THAT whole thread hasn’t been completely abandoned. One of the most frequently recurring themes during the show has been family. Cara ends up saving her own younger sister from Ultra, after she’s identified as a breakout. “Can I make them go away?” Sophie asks, about her powers. The only way to do that is to go to Ultra, and I’m pretty sure Cara won’t let that happen. When John meets with Jed, he says, “You ruined my life. You made me into something I hate.” Jed reacts coolly…all part of the game. Guess someone who acted as your “dad” was more deceptive than John thought. Again, that whole family thing… Sorry but Cassie confronting her dad with her fake little acting scheme is pretty pathetic. And of course, breaking into the Founder’s house relies on deception and violence. This is the moment of truth…who is the real monster, Jed or the Founder? When Cassie gets shot by a deflected bullet (by, um, her dad), he is quick to blame Jed for all the violence…and once again, the backstabbing is too much to keep up with. There is a difference between genuine shockers, twists, etc. and just trying (and failing) to keep the pace high enough. Ultimately, this show fails at having any truly catch your breath moments. Everything feels hackneyed and, in the end, unimportant to the general idea of the show. And with several episodes left, it makes us wonder if they’re out of ideas. Final Review: Ok, I get it. Family is important. However, they are also sneaky, lying assholes who may end up getting you killed like Cassie, even without all the paranormal powers. My big problem is that the whole “family” theme lacks true emotion. They try, but it’s just not there. I’m starting to think this is just another show with another bunch of pretty people, with the real issues thrown in the background. 

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2 out of 5