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THE TOMORROW PEOPLE-The Slaves of Jedikiah
A boy named Stephen Jamieson walks in an open market, possibly in Shepard's Bush. He's being watched by two motorcycle thugs. He's also being tracked by a blond impish girl and a black boy who is atop London Bridge and who vanishes as he jumps off it when questioned by a policeman. Keeping track of the boy and girl is an older teen named John. The girl is Carole and the boy is Kenny. Stephen collaposes when they try to telepathically contact him. As he's taken to a hospital and his mum is called, Stephen is stalked by two motorcycle thugs, we later find out are Ginge and Lefty. The doctor finds nothing wrong with Stephen who is falling asleep, something John says is dangerous. He sends Carole to Stephen's bedside to calm him. She starts shouting at him that he might die if he doesn't listen to her and come out of it. He does. She explains that he is now one of the next step of human evolution called Homo Superior. They don't like to call themselves that so they call themselves the Tomorrow People. They are the only hope for mankind. They are peaceful and can't kill. It makes them vulnerable. Carol guides Stephen through his mind to open it and fully break out into one of them, images in his mind unfolding (this will become the opening credits for all future episodes with variations). After this, Ginge and Lefty break into the hospital, quite easily, pose as doctors and surgeons and get into Stephen's room. Carol disarms Ginge and takes his gun snake device but is stunned by Lefty, the smaller of the thugs. Stephen is stunned also even though he knocked the snake gun out of Ginge's hand with a kick of his bare foot. The men take Stephen out and load him on and steal an ambulance. Carol is called and she wakes up and teleports (which the TP call jaunting) back to the Lab, the secret base of operations of the Tp. They link when they get a call from Stephen. They want to amplify it and find him. John asks Stephen to recite a nursery rhym in order to complete this but an older, strange and alien man is listening in on them both. He seems to hynotically order Lefty to re-stun Stephen, which he does. Stephen stops transmiting. John calls to him telepathically but gets no answer.
Review: There's plenty right with this first episode. The makers of the remake should have gotten all of this right when they redid this show in 1991 but instead they got it all wrong and made a totally different series altogther and just called it THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. The Lab's mystery and the set is great; the jaunting and the terminology; the youth of the TP and frankly I would have made them younger than Carol and John, who both look too old; the hijinks of Kenny and the rebel feel; the psychedlic look; Stephen's sweaty look at turning into a Tp; the entire suffering of Stephen as he becomes one of them; and a human and alien enemy. Of course there's a lot wrong in this show and there always will be something wrong. Carol is in hysterics a lot of the time and just as John tells her to go easy with Stephen, she starts shouting at him, "You'll die if you don't listen to me!" Sammy Winmill who plays Carol might be a pretty blond in the right light but she's terrible as an actress and she has maybe one good scene...the one where the explains the TP to Stephen. Equally barmy is Kenny, who can't act but he does not get a lot to do. The idea of Kenny, a super powered younger Tp is a good one but his potential is never really realized. Equally barmy is Ginge and Lefty. As henchmen, I'd guess they were okay but as they slowly become allies, they really are a detriment to the series and they only feature in three stories, all from the first season of three stories. That said there's more right than wrong: the music, stock or not is fantastic; Stephen's illumination at the start is horrific in a way and mysterous; the Tp are introduced in a mysterious way, not all at once with huge info dumps; the whole idea is a fantastic one for flights of fancy and super heroism, setting up the series in style and with imagination. There is hope for the future and that's one of the best things about this series. It doesn't turn us into Toclafane or some such nonsense. It gives us hope. Nick Young might be likable but Peter Vaughn Clarke as Stephen really shines. He really makes me believe in him, even if his acting is a bit inexperienced. He also looks really good and draws you in. And there's that incredible theme tune that rivals even Doctor Who's theme tune. If any show could rival DW as a series, then this should have been it.