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"Tomorrow People" - science fiction worth viewing?


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 05:11 PM

The CW isn't my usual viewing choice. Yes, I do record "Hart of Dixie" which my wife and I watch in the Summer because it's silly, light, and airs some great music we don't hear elsewhere. But for the most part their shows lack depth.

 

I am curious about "Tomorrow People" because Executive Producer Phil Klemmer said in in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

 

I hope people are engaged on two levels. I hope it's exciting and action-packed. It's science fiction that I don't think you get to see on TV, or certainly not on network television. What I like about it is that it is something you can enjoy as hardcore sci-fi and an emotionally raw, honest coming-of-age story.

 

My first reaction when I read descriptions of it is to let it slide. Most descriptions read like this one:

 

Genetically enhanced humans vs. the government. It's one of the oldest sci-fi clichés in the book. But The CW's Tomorrow People, a reboot of the '70s cult classic, never feels dated. There are definite retro nods — such as their A.I. computer sidekick, TiM — but it has enough twists (and sexy, implausibly high school characters) to fit in perfectly alongside other CW teen fare.

 

The actual Tomorrow People are a group of very attractive, lippy young adults who are blessed -- or cursed, depending on whose side you're on — with superpowers. Without anyone to tell him differently, Stephen (Robbie Amell) understandably begins to think he's gone crazy when he hears a voice in his head and begins waking up in his neighbor's bed.

 

Teen angst over having special powers is a "thing" on The CW, but I still remember "Roswell" on the now defunct UPN which IMHO was scifi very well done. One can always hope.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 05:52 PM

I am hoping that it will be worth watching..... 


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:00 PM

Thanks for the post, I will check it out. It looks like it could be good.  My only thought is the basic concept might be being used too much, first we had Heroes, then Alphas, now Tomorrow People.  While it is somewhat of a stretch with the story line you could even include Haven in shows about people with supernatural powers


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 07:05 PM

I watched the fall preview show for CW, and it really makes me look forward to TP. It looks really good from the clips there. The SFX when they teleport are as good as any I've seen, but then CW has a rich history of that sort of quality with Smallville. I guess we will know pretty soon.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:54 AM

Thanks for the post, I will check it out. It looks like it could be good.  My only thought is the basic concept might be being used too much, first we had Heroes, then Alphas, now Tomorrow People.  While it is somewhat of a stretch with the story line you could even include Haven in shows about people with supernatural powers

The original Tomorrow People predated all of these by a big margin.  I watched it and was pleasantly surprised.  It followed the original to a point (as much as I remember that far back).


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:56 AM

So I liked it, but maybe not as much as I wished I would. It has that certain derivative CW patina about it, and a little of that goes a long way.

 

I like the cast a lot, and the story, but the writing is a little hackey. Greg Berlanti has produced very good shows (including Arrow for the CW), and very bad shows, and very good shows that devolved into very bad shows (Brothers and Sisters comes to mind). So the show has a shot, and has promise. Let's hope it begins realizing that quickly. This was a solid single to right, but only triples and homers can support a show for it to last the entire season.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 10:48 AM

I watched it last night

 

I liked the cast and special effects

 

I'm not sure about the story line, though. 

 

And don't like the title...have the Ziggy Marley song stuck in my head now.

 

I'll be watching it. Good enough so far.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 01:34 PM

Watched it with my 8 year old daughter. We enjoyed it. Definitely a CW type show. But now I can watch SHIELD and Tomorrow People with her.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 11:49 PM

Watched it with my 8 year old daughter. We enjoyed it. Definitely a CW type show. But now I can watch SHIELD and Tomorrow People with her.

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We watched it. My wife said it reminded her of "Roswell" without any prompting from me. It was a pilot done the way most pilots are done today - cram in a lot of story arcs to get things started. But it has a surprising supporting cast. I liked the premise of the show and hope it will grow a bit of an audience so they can give it more than one season.


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 07:28 AM

I didn't even know about the show but happened to be watching that channel in the slot before. Ended up setting up a series link before the show was over. If the remainder of the episodes go this route it will definitely keep me interested. There are a lot of story lines available to the writers and the cast did a good job of selling it.
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Posted 15 October 2013 - 03:59 PM

I am liking this show, and didn't have to get drunk to watch it.... J/K  :)


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 05:56 PM

I am liking this show, and didn't have to get drunk to watch it.... J/K   :)


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:17 PM

Re: J/K ... So you didn't like the show or you did have to get drunk to watch it?

 

I'm still laughing @ this question....  :rolling: Loved the show.. Joking about being drunk.... :)


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:08 AM

I've watched all the episodes so far...it's OK but whay are all the tomorrow people the same age? Where are the older people? Have they ALL been captured/killed by the bad guys? Did this phenomenon just start fairly recently? Maybe these questions will get answered.



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:53 AM

I'm pretty sure the reason all of the Tomorrow People are so young is because it's being shown on the CW network - nothing more, nothing less.
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Posted 11 November 2013 - 08:09 PM

There's an answer I can't argue with.

 

Some questions are just not worth asking, especially if they mess with your ability to suspend disbelief.

 

My suggestion would be to just not be concerned about how old they are and why, and just go with it. But true, if they were all 45, or 65, or were all 22 but not super good looking, it probably would not have been green-lit.

 

That said, I feel it is consistently good, and gets better with each ep. It's a must-see for me. If I really try, I still can't find much wrong here. I sure hope the little girl who got shot survives, she's kind of the "Felicity Smoak" character in this one, or at least has the potential to be that type of character (and Felicity is what makes Arrow better than it otherwise would be).


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 08:32 PM

. . . .

 

I am curious about "Tomorrow People" because Executive Producer Phil Klemmer said in in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

 

. . ..

 

I'm enjoying it. It is just another variation of what the next human species would be like. With just the jumping that's truly unbelievable for even next ten future human species.


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 08:38 PM

Oh, and I read today, that all three new CW shows been picked up for the whole year.


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Posted 11 November 2013 - 09:43 PM

I have 4 shows I watch with my daughter, and this is one of them.  It is the one she asks the least questions during as well!

 

We watch:  The Tomorrow People

                   Agents of Shield

                   The Middle

                   Once Upon a Time


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 12:01 PM

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