Oct. 09, 2013
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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The Tomorrow People

They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities - the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future.

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John Young ~ "Astrid, when I kiss you next time, it's not going to be because the world is ending".

John Young is also a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. They are called The Tomorrow People. They are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra.

John is the cool rebel leader with a troubled past who is searching for his place in the world. John had a very troublesome upbringing. He was in a foster home with several other kids and an aggressive alcoholic father who abused him verbally and physically. He had to steal food just to feed his family while the state money was squandered on booze. John was taken to Ultra by Jedikiah where he was trained in all his abilities.

John is very disciplined, this could be due to his time spent training to be the best agent at Ultra. It is hinted that John's training was very rigorous. He is often very cautious, always remembering that his species is at risk. John is also very focused and rarely loses sight of the goal of his mission. He has good control of his emotions and can sometimes appear detached, though he becomes angry when the safety of his group are threatened. John can be stubborn, bossy and arrogant at times. However, when training Charlotte, he was very caring and kind, perhaps because when he was younger he didn't receive the same treatment. He cares for her like a daughter.

Spoilers Ahead!!!

In the episode Kill Or Be Killed, it is revealed that John has the ability to kill because he was part of a lethal experiment called the Anax Project. The prime barrier of his brain that stored his inability to kill was fried out through a serum called Dolofonium-6. This experiment was successful for him, unlike many other participants, but John soon left Ultra because Jedikiah manipulated him into killing Roger, something that haunted John for years.

In the Pilot, John is introduced to be the leader of the Tomorrow People. He has hope that Stephen will be able to find his father and lead the Tomorrow People to a safe land. When Stephen starts working for the Jedikiah, John becomes mistrustful of him. Towards the end of In Too Deep, John becomes more trustful of Stephen, suggesting that he should work Jedikiah as an inside man, spying for the tomorrow people.

In Kill Or Be Killed, Killian McCrane, an old friend of John's, comes out of hiding by blowing up a series of buildings across the US. At first it is thought that Killian was trying to kill Jedikiah, but it is soon revealed that the person he wants is John. John and Stephen track Killian to a warehouse adjacent to the Youth Orchestra auditorium. Killian plans to blow it up mid concert. Killian easily takes out Stephen and truns to fight John, asking him about why he left Ultra and what Jedikiah did to make John turn away from him. Killian proposes that John joins him, that together they can get revenge on Jedikiah and the company. John refuses and Killian leaves John and Stephen with six bombs to disarm simultaneously. John realizes that Killian had been testing him with the bombs, to find out if he was still a worthy adversary.

Jedikiah asks to meet with John in order to discuss how to take down their mutual enemy, Killian. John reluctantly agrees to work with him. John tracks Killian to a parking lot. John tries to persuade Killian to leave and go back into hiding. Killian points out that he will not go 'underground' like John, indicating that Jedikiah has always known John was hiding his group under the city somewhere. It turns physical. During their fight, Jedikiah sends in Alpha unit, a kill squad, to take out both John and Killian. Stephen is able to warn John in time and John and Killian relocate away from the Alpha unit and continue fighting, John trying to give Killian one more chance to leave. Killian bates John telling him that Jedikiah didn't give him 'the gift' that he gave to Killian, that John can't kill him so John can never win the fight. John then shoots Killian, revealing that Jedikiah did the same thing to him as he did Killian, that John can kill.

During this episode flashbacks reveal how John met Jedikiah.

In All Tomorrow's Parties, the Tomorrow People want to go topside, and get out of their underground hiding place in order to relax for the evening and have fun. John is against the idea, stating that it is too dangerous. He and Cara make a deal to jaunt, whoever won the jaunt would get their way. Cara wins and the Tomorrow People go out for the evening. John joins them, after some persuasion. Their night out is ambushed and three of the group are killed. During his escape, John kills a man in front of Cara, revealing to her that he was part of the Anax project. She becomes very angry with him for not telling her.

In Sorry For Your Loss, John accompanies Russell to his father's funeral in Oregon. We find out that John made a series of safe houses around the country for him to hide out in, most likely unknown to Ultra. Russell and John bond after a bar fight and continue their way on to the funeral. While John is gone, Cara sleeps with Stephen.

In Thanatos, Jedikiah is held hostage in the rebel's subway station. Through flashback scenes in this episode it is shown how John became a killer and that Johns first assignment was to kill Stephen's father Roger Price.

In Death's Door, John is captured by the company and tortured by the founder for information about where the tomorrow people are hiding. Jedikiah and Stephen rescue John. Later in the episode John is asked to kill Stephen in order to send him to Limbo, the place where his father is.

In Sitting Ducks, John is shot in the lower abdomen while protecting Astrid from the Ultra agents, who were about to kill her. He later bonds with Astrid after she pulled the bullet out of him and it's later detected that Cara is jealous.

In Things Fall Apart, John is still recovering from his wounds. When Ultra threatens Stephen, he goes against Cara's orders to assist him by delivering the Founder's daughter to Ultra as Stephen was meant to. However, this action, despite saving Stephen, led to Cara exiling him from the Lair as punishment.

In Enemy of My Enemy, After being kicked out of the Tomorrow People (by ex-girlfriend, Cara), John gives he's new friend Astrid some comfort, advice and assists her face her fears. In return, Astrid gives advice to John about facing his fears (which she didn't know about) and that leads John to go back and join the Tomorrow People.

In A Sort of Homecoming, John stuns Roger and takes his place to go blow up the "Machine" but it turns out to be a trap and John is captured by Ultra. There The Founder uses the serum to take John's powers. Since it has been remarked that John had a very strong will to fight --and was a very powerful Tomorrow Person in his own right-- it takes three injections of the serum (debated to be a mixture of the tracker and the power erasing serum), causing John to have a psionic episode, where his powers react to protect himself and telekinetically shoot out, sending objects and people flying across the room. Unfortunately, it is too late, and the serum takes hold, rendering John powerless.

In Son of Man, with the Founder dead and the Tomorrow People free, Jedikiah persuades John to regain his powers using Roger Price's DNA, which Jedikiah extracted after Roger had died. Jedikiah explains that, since John was originally homo superior, his body will permanently accept the infusion of homo superior genes via the same process that can temporarily empower a homo sapiens. Jedikiah also tells John that he is proud of the man John has become. While John undergoes the procedure, Cara senses him breaking out and undergoing severe distress. Two weeks later, John is seen working for Jedikiah, tracking down new paranormal members for an yet-to-be-named new organization. John looks very different than previously; he is now clean-shaven, with short, neatly combed hair, and is wearing a business suit, and he has suffered an unintentional memory loss to the point that he does not recognize Cara when shown her photo. He accompanies Jedikiah on a visit to a Senator, to whom they make an offer of a cadre of paranormal soldiers; they also warn the Senator to accept the deal on Jedikiah's terms.

Powers and Abilities

These are his Powers and Abilities when he was still one of the Tomorrow People. Since he was cured and then given his powers back, the full extent/limitations of his powers are unknown. However, because it is "Roger's Power" it is presumed that it is highly powerful.

* Telekinesis ~ The power to move things or people with your mind.

* Telepathy ~ The power to communicate with others through each other's minds.

* Teleportation ~ The power to teleport oneself or more people to another location. John specializes in teleportation. During his time at Ultra, he spent a vigorous amount of time training, which especially strengthened his teleportation. John has shown he can teleport at such speeds he can be in at least five places at once, although this seems to cause incredible disorientation and fatigue.

* Hand to hand combat ~ John is shown to be an extremely adept fighter, and is seen on many occasions taking down multiple opponents, usually Ultra agents.

* Killing ~ Due to the Anax Project John was given the ability to kill whilst he was working for Ultra, which ultimately led to him leaving Ultra.

Episode Screenshots

01x10 - The Citadel
Season 1, Episode 10
01x06 - Sorry For Your Loss
Season 1, Episode 06
01x12 - Sitting Ducks
Season 1, Episode 12
01x08 - Thanatos
Season 1, Episode 08
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