We’re weeks deep into the fall television season and so far, I’ve been pretty happy. I’ve been watching shows I already loved and watched like Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, and watching new shows like The Originals, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Reign, and the subject of this blog post, The Tomorrow People!
I saw a commercial for The Tomorrow People during an episode of The Vampire Diaries, I think, and I decided to watch it, because I just try everything and cull out those shows that just don’t grab my attention.
There’s been three episodes so far, and I’m completely addicted.
The show was originally broadcast in good ‘ol Britain in the late ’70s and was rebooted in the 1990s, and also for audio as well. Now we have our 2013, US version. The story follows Stephen Jameson, played by the delicious Robbie Amell, who thinks there is something wrong with him, because he hears voices and falls asleep, and wakes up in different places. He’s tried medication, therapy and nothing seems to be working until he meets Cara, and her friends, who call themselves The Tomorrow People (and they didn’t think of the name). They are a group of people that have a little extra oomph as a result of genetic evolution, an oomph that gives them the three “T”s: telepathy, teleportation and telekinesis. Cara brings Stephen aboard because he is one of the Tomorrow People, like his dad before him, who disappeared out of his life when he was a child. Now, he’s been enlisted by them to help them find his dad, and trying to fight Ultra, an organization run by his uncle, determined to take down the Tomorrow People and neutralize their powers.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? Not convinced yet? Okay, well then I guess I’ll just have to convince you guys with these five reasons!
This is something that I bring up a lot on this blog, and its something that I remind everyone always over and over again that shouldn’t be a problem. Diversity should just BE there. But its something that I start to notice, because I’m just so aware of it. I love seeing people of various different walks of life, religions, races, sexual orientations, and all that in a story, especially on television, when its right there in front of your face and its so obvious. Every episode seems to make me think that diversity is not going to be a problem at all in this show and I love that. There’s a character for everyone in this show, and it makes me smile. You want to be able to relate to someone in a show and I think that’s definitely possible in this show.
4. Live Tweets During the Show
Seriously, this part is what makes the show even better than what it already is. I was on Twitter last week, while watching the show and noticed that Robbie was tweeting during the show, as well as Luke Mitchell and Aaron Yoo and others. It was hilarious and I found myself glued to the television and my Twitter feed, watching as they interacted with each other and the fans as the episode’s story unfolded. It is SUPER fun, and some of the tweets seriously crack me up, AND the actors really interact with the fans. I’ve had Robbie and Luke answer me several times during the live tweets. Its like an interactive way to enjoy the episode and its seriously fantastic.
A nice plus: the actors all take a shot (in twitter-verse, of course) whenever someone is shirtless in the episode. Which, happily, happens quite often.
3. Great Stories, with Real Issues, Romance and LOTS of Action
I LOVE the story so far. I love that there’s so many layers to it. There’s a ton of action, there’s humor, a bit of romance, some drama, and there are real issues there too. The Tomorrow People brings up an issue that can be applied in so many different situations: The Tomorrow People are different, and because of that, they’re hunted and they have to hide and they’re scared and there’s a whole division of people who are determined to neutralize them and make them like everyone else. It sounds like every other story when it comes to issue of race or gender or religion or sexual identity. This isn’t anything new, its just represented in a way that is fun and relatable and action filled. Its a way to open up different issues and make the accessible to people in the form of entertainment and I love that. I hope that people can apply the sort of things we learn in this show to real life. But I swear, I’m not just being serious too. Its SO much fun! There’s so much action, and that can be so much fun when you involve teleportation (teleport fights!), and telekinesis. There’s also some dramatic moments, and some steamy moments, and there’s plenty of drama to keep you addicted for each and every episode.
2. Young People with Badass Powers
You guys know I’m more of a reader and less of a TV watcher, but when you involve young people, I am usually immediately on board. I feel like, if this was a book, it would DEFINITELY be YA. ANd you all know how I feel about YA. I think there’s something powerful about telling a story when you tell it in the point of view of a teenager or a twenty-something. This is a time where there’s a lot of change, a lot of self-doubt and overwhelming emotions. This is the time when you’re figuring yourself out, when you’re learning who you are. Throw in some crazy superpowers with that, and it makes for some SERIOUS drama. Superheroes are great and all, but teens with superpowers? That’s even better, and that’s enough to make me watch every week. This show makes you care about each character, as you learn more of their stories, and as we continue to learn more of them, and I’m eager to see how this makes them, and how they evolve as characters as the story continues. Its exactly what makes me enjoy a good young adult book, and I’m going to enjoy it about this show.
1. Robbie Amell
Yeah, I got a little superficial there, but if all the AWESOME reasons I already listed above don’t convince you, then this face totally has to. I watched the show Arrow for a few months, and while it didn’t quite grab me, Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, totally did. But I think I discovered the Amell boy that I like…and that is definitely Robbie. He’s a wonderful piece of eye candy and come on, he takes off his shirt quite a bit during this show (take a shot!). Plus, I just like him as an actor. He’s genuine, and he plays the part of Stephen really well. He’s so believable as this kid who is so good, and wants to help people, and who is confused on his own place in the world. I really like him, and he’s a huge reason why I love the show so far, both as eye candy and as an actor. There’s also the fact that he’s very involved with the show, with his live tweets, and tweeting fans back. I love that. Maybe as the show gets more popular, that’ll change but for now, I’ll enjoy it, and I’ll enjoy this show.
* * * *
So what are you waiting for? Get on board with this show now! We’re only three episodes in, and you have a few days to get those under your belt before the fourth episode premieres on Thursday.
Okay, one more picture of Robbie Amell ;)
* * * *