The original Tomorrow People, a British series from ITV that aired from 1973 to 1979, revolved around a group of young people that were the next stage in human evolution.
This current incarnation, airing on the CW, is the fourth version of the series.
From what I recall from the original, the world knew nothing of their special talents, though in this more recent version they are known to the government (and an organization called Ultra, which employs them for nefarious purposes).
The series is pretty much a revamp of “Heroes,” which aired in 2006, and lasted four years.
The reboot isn’t terrible, though unlike the series it’s based upon, has a significantly larger budget for sets and special effects.
So why is it significantly less interesting? Part of it has to do with the Tomorrow People themselves, who all seem very attractive. In the original series they actually looked like children – which they, for the most part, were. Here they’re supposed to be high school age – though they look signifcantly older. They’re also very attractive, both the men and the women, like some screenwriter’s version of high school.
As I wrote earlier, the series isn’t terrible; it’s also not terribly inventive. Or original. Or interesting, despite the presence of Mark Pellegrino, as Dr. Jedikiah Price, the head of Ultra, who does evil like no one’s business.
Having watched the first episode, it begs a question: Teleportation is a trait that most of the Tomorrow People seem to have, which they use with abandon. The problem isn’t so much one of instant transportation in and of itself more than knowing what’s on the other end. For instance, two of these beings transport from their base, hidden in a subway station, to a empty street. How they they know the street would be empty, and they wouldn’t transport in front of, or even worse, into the engine block of a car?
Or into a wall. If you don’t know what’s on the other end, the ability to transport about becomes a significantly riskier proposition.
Though a few of those shortcomings could have been mitigated if it had least had some variation of Dudley Simpson’s theme music from the original series, which it doesn’t.
So I had to do some mitigating of my own.