Make room on your DVRs, nerds! ‘The Tomorrow People’ are coming, and you’re going to love them.
I already put The CW’s The Tomorrow People on HollywoodLife.com‘s Top 10 New Fall Shows list, but because it’s premiering tonight at 9 p.m., allow me to give you five more reasons to tune into what I’m sure will be your new sci-fi addiction. Robbie Amell stars in this remake of the ’70s British series, the story of a teen who discovers he has super-human abilities — and that he’s not alone. With executive producers Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec at the helm, The Tomorrow People is one of the coolest shows of the new season.
‘The Tomorrow People’: 5 Reasons To Watch
1. Robbie Amell: I’ve enjoyed Robbie in previous projects — he was always a highlight of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, V.P. for me — but I feel The Tomorrow People is the perfect vehicle to showcase his wide range of talents. He gets to be angsty, he gets to be funny, he gets to be shirtless (more on that below) and he gets to kick ass all at the same time. I believe a new action star has officially been born.
2. The LOLs: “We’re called the Tomorrow People. … We didn’t choose the name, believe me.” That line, spoken by Peyton List‘s Cara, is one of the funniest lines from the pilot — but it’s certainly not the only funny line. For as intense as the show can get at times, there’s also an air of comedy that serves to balance the mood.
3. The special effects: Bad CGI can be the kiss of death for even the best sci-fi/fantasy TV shows, but fortunately, that’s not something The Tomorrow People has to worry about. Whether the Tomorrow Peeps are teleporting, levitating or slowing their enemies to a screeching halt, nothing looks silly or forced or fake. By the end of the pilot, you will find yourself trying to make things move with your mind. Trust me.
4. The backstory: Like all good origin stories, The Tomorrow People hinges largely on complex characters with even more complex relationships, especially when it comes to Stephen. And just when you think you know how the pilot is going to end, based on what you learn throughout the episode, a pretty big curve ball is thrown. And it’s a cool one.
5. The nip slips: I’m not saying a CW show has to show skin to be successful, but in the case of The Tomorrow People, it certainly isn’t hurting. Much like his clothing-optional cousin, Robbie mysteriously loses his shirt approximately five times throughout the course of the pilot — and I don’t anticipate too many people complaining about that.
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— Andy Swift