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Could Tomorrow People just be the Mark Pellegrino show? Please??

Check out the above video to see just how much of an MVP Mark Pellegrino was in last night's Tomorrow People. He's a father figure to the young John Young, an uncle to Stephen, a deadbeat brother-in-law to Stephen's mom, and the boss of Ultra's kill squad. And he just makes it all so... great.


Not only is Tomorrow People better when it's featuring Pellegrino's Jedikiah heavily, but it's also better when Pellegrino is morally ambiguous rather than just a mustache-twirling baddie. The show seems to be unable to keep from doing the latter, but occasionally flirts with the former.

In any case, the most interesting bits of last night's episode were all about Jedikiah's relationships — like, he seems like he really cared about John, his sorta foster son. To the point where he maybe sort of winces when the grown-up John says he's not Jedikiah's son. The point of this episode is that Jedikiah is proved right — he trained John from childhood that it's a "kill or be killed" world, and in the end John seems to agree that that's true, when he kills Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars and also vows to destroy Ultra by any means necessary. But did Jedikiah turn John into a killer to use him as a better weapon in the fight against other Alphas? Or did he do it to protect his son? Or both?


The notion that Alphas can't kill — sorry, I'm just going to call them Alphas from now on, because it's less dorky than TPs — has seemed dodgy from the beginning. John, who has secretly gained the ability to kill, wants to believe that the enforced non-lethality is part of what makes the Alphas "special." And Logan Echolls is definitely a sign of what can go wrong when you turn an Alpha into a killer — he becomes a mad bomb

But in the real world we live in, of "depraved individuals," doesn't really reward that. There's a rare moment of subtlety at the start of the episode, where John tells Stephen he's having trouble teleporting because he's using Jedikiah's training, which is focused on "battle tactics" instead of touchy-feely instinct and spiritual woo-woo whatever. But like I said, the end of the episode totally vindicates Jedikiah and proves John wrong.

Mentioning Alphas so much in this recap really underscores how far Tomorrow People has to go. Just imagine if Jedikiah were allowed to have more moral ambiguity, so he could become something closer to a Lee Rosen-type character. Mark Pellegrino could work miracles with that kind of material — and honestly, it's a very CW move anyway. Jedikiah is this show's Damon Salvatore, after all.

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I'm not sure I agree that being able to kill is the automatic advantage it was assumed to be here. I think that when people see killing as their go-to solution, it limits their creativity at finding other options. Sure, it makes them dangerous, but straightforward, unquestioning brute force won't necessarily prevail against someone fighting imaginatively and thinking laterally. (Hey, it worked for MacGyver.)

I'm also disappointed in the show for giving us exceptions to the "Prime Barrier" only four episodes in. If you're going to establish something as a fundamental rule of your universe, you should wait a while longer before you reveal the shocking exception. But then, they've been hamfisted about it from the pilot. It was hard to respect Stephen when one of the first things he did after discovering his powers was to try to use them to kill a school bully. Really? Attempted murder? Isn't that an enormous overreaction? And they'd already established the TPs' inability to kill earlier in the episode, so there was no reason for the scene.