Tomorrow People Are Superior In One Respect: They Are Better At Dying

Sorry, but the Dalek quote seems way too apt in this situation not to use. We've been hearing for months about how superior the Tomorrow People are, while also witnessing their atrophied reasoning skills. At this point, not only are they mostly unfit to live, they're also terrible, horrible people. Spoilers ahead...

I think someone should build a "This show"-meter that measures how many times you are forced to shake your head and say, "This show," while watching a show. Fewer than four "This shows" per episode, and there may be some sanity and logic, or possibly you've dozed off or gone on a long bathroom break. Four to eight "This shows," in a single hour, indicates serious logic farts, or characters acting like lunatics. Nine or more instances of saying "This show," possibly accompanied by recreational intoxicants and maniacal shrieking, indicates that a show is drawing you into its vortex of madness.

I think I said "This show" about ten times while watching last night's Tomorrow People. Not lethal-exposure levels, perhaps, but way outside the safe range.

So let's review. The previous week, the new bitchy blonde (played by Leven Rambin, the "carrots and apples" girl from Sarah Connor Chronicles) decided to rebel against the Tomorrow People inner circle because she realized that Roger wasn't just going to lead the mutants to the magical promised land. She decided she was done playing along with Cara and John — which, fair enough. So she could leave town, or decide to go live her own life somewhere else, instead.

But no — instead Natalie decides that she's going to lead a group of mutants to Ultra headquarters, to — what? It's not even clear. To make their own peace with Ultra. This leads to Natalie and her group (plus Russell, their inept chaperone) getting injected with "trackers" in their necks, which attach to the brainstem.

So this week, it turns out that these trackers — which Natalie and her friends voluntarily had implanted — include a "kill switch," which allows the mutants to be killed by remote control, at the press of a button. That kind of sucks, but they brought this on themselves, right? They can't possibly blame the Tomorrow People for their own stupidity... can they?

But wait. They can. And after the Founder threatens to kill them unless they hand over Roger (so he can use Roger to wipe out the entire human race), they mutiny en masse. They wind up handing Roger over to Ultra, making themselves accessories to the murder of billions of people, and in the process nearly kill Roger's innocent son Luka. The episode ends with Roger strapped in the machine, which is gearing up to wipe out humanity (over the usual weepy acoustic guitar montage music.)

Meanwhile, a lot of the rest of the episode deals with John, who was stripped of his powers last week, adjusting to life as a human. He's mopey and kind of mired in self-pity, and his arc in the episode goes like this: 1) He's out of the fight, now that he's de-powered. 2) Astrid convinces him that he's not useless any more, partly by almost getting run over by a car. He's back in the fight. 3) Oh wait. Roger's gone, so it's too late. He's out of the fight again, he's just going to cuddle with Astrid.

What was the point of watching John spend a whole episode deciding that he was back in the fight, only to change his mind again and decide that he's out of the fight again? That was frustrating!

Meanwhile, Roger and Marla finally get some more time to talk about their relationship — and Roger, who ran out on his family, told his wife he didn't love her, and generally treated Marla like shit for years, accepts her apology. Marla is sorry because she didn't join the fight against nebulously defined enemies of our own creation sooner — she could have been down here in a basement, helping Roger train a bunch of ungrateful selfish teenagers to stick-fight. Instead of wasting her time raising Roger's sons.

Given that Roger apparently never explained to Marla about Ultra and about the whole "hunting down mutants" thing they were doing — she was really out of the loop on all of it, until she got shot at in a restaurant — she has absolutely no reason to feel bad about not being part of the Tomorrow People project that she was never invited to join.

I feel like this show has a really selective memory about its characters and their continuity — and certain characters, like Marla, have been turned on their heads so many times, it's impossible to tell what we're supposed to take seriously about them at this point. Contrast that with Vampire Diaries, which has ludicrous plotting and nearly random alliances, but a memory like a steel trap for characters and their pasts.

Tomorrow People Are Superior In One Respect: They Are Better At Dying

In another subplot, Stephen and Cara go off to the Adirondacks (on motorcycles, because they can't teleport?) to take down the communications network that allows the Founder to use his "kill switch" to kill mutants. They keep forgetting how to teleport, and Cara gets herself shot, because she doesn't teleport out of the way of a bunch of bullets. Seriously, how do any of the powers work on this show? And then they convince the guard to take down the network by using their mind powers to confuse him — because the Founder didn't bother to post guards who know about mutants.

And then Cara comes back to the Lair to find that John has ditched her for Astrid, because he's human now and it's been nice, babe, but he's got a new lady now. Seriously, that scene was really weird. I have been wanting John and Astrid to get together for months now, but not like this.

And finally, there's the other weird subplot — Jedikiah and Irene the super-genius whom we haven't seen in six months work together to stop the Founder's kill switch. Irene figures out that the kill switch is bonding to certain alleles — which means these are the base pairs that cause mutant powers! Jedikiah immediately realizes that this means he can at last realize his dream of stealing someone's mutant powers, and apparently steals Irene's.

Leaving aside that Jedikiah derails the "kill switch" research — which could have saved Roger from being handed over and thus saved the entire human race — there's the wonkiness of the science here. So Ultra has had a drug and D-chips that both neutralize mutant powers for a long time, right? So they know enough about how mutant powers work to turn them off — but not enough to activate them. Except that the Founder knew all along, and shared that knowledge with enough people to mass-produce and distribute the "kill switch" injections. Right? But somehow they kept this knowledge from their ostensible director, Jedikiah?

Okay, glad we cleared that up. In any case, Jedikiah gets mutant powers and immediately teleports to the street and starts tossing cars around. Good times.

I just don't see how any of these people are superior. Makes me want Captain Kirk to come slap all of these stepchildren of Plato around, instead of livetweeting their antics.