The Tomorrow People is finally picking up some rhythm with last night’s episode “Brother’s Keeper”. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, I’ll go ahead and warn you that several spoilers are to follow. To recap, Stephen’s mother is a TP, Cara finally admites her feelings for John, Jedekiah shows a shred of humanity for Stephen’s safety, and Jedekiah (not surprisingly) has Roger’s body in Ultra. The reveal definitely killed Jedekiah’s conversation in the last episode where he said he’d “never lied” to Stephen even though he told him his body was cremated..
Anyway, “Brother’s Keeper” revolved around the ultimate killing duo in twin brothers. One with supernatural abilities and one without. They teamed up to perform as hitmen to earn cash by the supernatural twin, Cyrus, teleporting his brother, Nathan, to whoever they were killing and then getting out before anyone saw them. Jedekiah took special intrigue in the case and who can blame him despite his ill intentions? One brother who’s human and one with powers. Sound familiar? Jedekiah claims to fight for the human race but does he really? Or is he in fact jealous of and envious of everything TP can do? He’s already proven he can mutate the gene to give TP the power to kill, so is he looking for his own way to make it happen? Jedekiah offers Nathan the TP powers with the catch that he needs a donor, his brother Cyrus. Doing the procedure however would mean death for Cyrus. Nathan takes the deal but it all turns out to be a ruse created by Cara to take out Jedekiah. She’s given Cyrus a gun which Nathan pulls out when they hug before the procedure and uses to kill several agents before being shot himself. Nathan tells Jedekiah that he would never betray his brother like that before he finally dies. The brothers may not have had the best of intentions but there’s no denying that they were one heck of a team who also knew that family came before all else. Jedekiah breaking down and crying over Nathan’s death was what was unexpected out of the whole thing..
We’ve seen Jedekiah conflicted between his loyalty to Ultra and his feeling for other people like Morgan but never has he shown so much emotion as he did when Nathan died, his perfect test subject. Nothing intrigued him more than to be able to study twins. However, if there is any sense of humanity left in him at this point, could he have been crying out of more personal reasons than anything? Maybe he hoped there was a way to bring Roger back from the dead? Either way, it feels as though there’s more than just sentimental reasons for him keeping his brother’s body locked up in Ultra in an ice box. Jedekiah even takes the time to tell his brother that Stephen is getting closer every day to finding out where his father is. So why does Jedekiah continue to hide the fact from him instead of telling him?
I’m loving Stephen’s development at this point in the game. He realizes that even though his mother has hidden her abilities from Ultra so far and wants to leave to keep them all safe, it’s not the best move for them. How obvious would it have been for them to just suddenly up and leave? Jedekiah even showing up to check on Stephen and his family after The Founder ordered the hit on Astrid was surprising. Stephen is really learning to stand up for himself and not be bullied into things he doesn’t believe in. He has no problem in telling Jedekiah that they’re on thin ice and he’ll leave in a second’s notice if Jedekiah pulls anything else (more like WHEN he does..). He and Hillary are learning to work as partners slowly rather than as competitors. He and John are able to put aside their rivalry to work together and John even manages to help Stephen out in the investigation of the twins while John stays at his house following Cara kicking him out of the TP lair. Stephen even stands up to Cara and tells her what a horrible decision it was to kick John out considering all that they had going on. John’s presence in the house has even been able to alleviate a little of the tension between Stephen and his mother. He’s able to understand why she kept her abilities from him but to drug him all those years to suppress his abilities and to make him feel alone and crazy is not the best parenting tact. John makes Marla understand why Stephen is so dedicated to what he’s doing even though it reveals that he’s not just an “intern” at Ultra but a double agent. As if she didn’t have enough to worry about but at least now she understands that he’s doing good for all of them and is only taking after his own father’s footsteps to be the hero they all need.
John finds Cara at their usual bar and briefly talks to her. He notes how much she’s changed since becoming leader of the Tomorrow People and that she even believed it was okay to take down Jedekiah. John may have his issues with him as well but John also knows the difference between going and not going over the line. She tells him that she had time to think about who she was willing to sacrifice everything before and that it was him. She wants him to come back to the TP because she misses him but he rejects the offer no matter what his personal feelings are. He doesn’t believe in how she’s handling herself and won’t stand for anything but the best for the TP.
The episode was one of The Tomorrow People’s best to date. The character developments are starting to shine and it finally feels like the storylines are coming together in a coherent manner. There’s a lot at stake in the series with Stephen being a double agent and trying to protect both sides of his families while also searching for his father. Jedekiah is in a spiraling dilemma where he has to choose between Ultra and whatever “morality” he has left. John has gone rogue but he’s still there to help. It’s all going to come together in one heck of a battle over the next few weeks! Are you ready? What did you think of the episode? Got any ideas or theories about where we’re headed? Be sure to let us know by commenting or tweeting me (@lmfsrush) or us (@ThreeIfBySpace)!