Violet recaps Season 1 Episode 2 of The Tomorrow People, titled In Too Deep, where Stephen goes on his first mission as an Ultra agent, but soon finds out just how far Ultra will go to get what it wants. Meanwhile, the Tomorrow People try to bring in a new recruit — the same kid that Ultra is after. Who will win? Read on to find out! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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The Tomorrow People Episode 2: In Too Deep Recap Overview
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- Stephen goes to school, then works at Ultra afterward. A teenage boy uses his powers to rob a bank.
- The Tomorrow People aren’t too happy with Stephen for working at Ultra. Stephen sees his mother’s memory of the night his father left.
- The Tomorrow People identify the bank robber as Kurt Rundle. Cara gives Stephen a watch containing a D-chip, which will block others from reading his mind. The Tomorrow People confront Kurt, but he teleports away.
- Ultra identifies Kurt, and Stephen helps Ultra find him. However, he didn’t know Ultra planned to kill Kurt.
- Stephen tells the Tomorrow People about Ultra‘s plans to kill Kurt. John doesn’t want to get involved, but Cara and Russell later convince him they should bring Kurt in
- Stephen tracks Kurt down to convince him to join the Tomorrow People. Vaughn shows up, but Stephen knocks him out, and the Tomorrow People bring Kurt in
- Stephen has to go to a debriefing with a telepath–without the D-chip watch. But he is able to hide the truth by filling his head with a memory, per Cara‘s suggestion
- Stephen passes the debriefing, and Jedekiah tells him he blames Vaughn for Stephen’s misconduct. Stephen discovers Vaughn’s dead body, tells John he wants to quit Ultra, but John says they need an inside man
- Stephen and Cara meet, and he shows her the memory he used to keep the telepath out. Jedekiah secretly plans to use Stephen to get to the Tomorrow People and kill them
The Tomorrow People Episode Recap: In Too Deep, the Details
Stephen Gets Used to His Powers, But So Does Another Teenage Boy
The episode begins with Stephen chasing a teenage boy on the roof of the building. The boy uses his powers to push Stephen to the edge and he is about to fall off — but then Stephen’s alarm goes off, and we flash back to 3 days earlier. Stephen’s mom says she’s working a double and asks him to take care of his brother. Instead of taking the bus to school, Stephen teleports there and ends up in the janitor’s closet, with his foot in the mop bucket. His friend Astrid greets him, and they make plans to hang out that night.
After school, he goes to work at Ultra, where he trains his three powers: teleportation, telekinesis, and telepathy. He makes an excuse to leave in order to prevent his trainer from seeing memories he doesn’t want him to see. But Jedekiah stops him in the hall and brings him into their mission control room, where they track potential Tomorrow People.
Cut to a bank robbery scene where the teenage boy from the beginning of the episode is controlling the security guard to rob the bank. He has the guard place the money in a trashcan while no one is looking, then after he makes the guard walk outside to surrender, the boy takes the money on his way out.
The Tomorrow People Aren’t Happy With Stephen, and Neither is his Mom
Stephen goes down to the subway and mentally tells Cara they need to talk. He doesn’t get an answer, so he teleports down to the Tomorrow People’s hideout. They’re not too happy to see him now that he works for Ultra. He warns them about what happened during his telepathy training. Stephen explains that he’s being forced to work there to protect his family, but John angrily points out that they all made sacrifices, and he knows from having worked at Ultra that as long as Stephen is down there, the rest of them aren’t safe.
Stephen returns home and gets in trouble for not babysitting his brother, and for throwing away his meds. Astrid is also there and mad that he stood her up. She leaves, while Stephen and his mom argue. He promises her he’ll go back on his meds. As he hugs her, he gets a flash of a memory from her, of when his father left them, telling her he doesn’t love her anymore.
The Tomorrow People Identify and Try to Recruit the Bank Robber
Down in the Tomorrow People’s lair, they are using Tim to run facial recognition software. The bank robbery boy is identified as Kurt Rundle, who went missing two weeks ago. Cara won’t be able to communicate with him telepathically until his breakout is complete, so they plan to wait until he commits another bank robbery. When John leaves the room, Cara begins searching for a D-chip. Tim guides her to John’s watch.
Cara telepathically contacts Stephen, and they meet at a restaurant, where Cara gives him the watch. While he’s wearing it, no one will be able to know what he’s thinking. John contacts Cara telepathically to tell her that Kurt has knocked over an armored truck. John, Cara, and Russell confront Kurt at the armored truck, and ask him to come with him, but he teleports away.
Stephen’s First Mission
The next day at Ultra, they’ve just identified Kurt Rundle. Stephen convinces Jedekiah to let him go on the retrieval mission.
Meanwhile, down in the Tomorrow People lair, John and Cara are sparring. Cara admits she gave Stephen his watch, and tries to convince John that they need Stephen. But John says he won’t let Stephen take the rest of them down with him.
Stephen and his trainer, Vaughn, show up at Kurt’s mother’s house to question her. Stephen gets permission to search Kurt’s room, and he hears Kurt’s thoughts in the crawl space above his room, telling them just to go away. Stephen telepathically tells Vaughn where Kurt is. Vaughn thanks Kurt’s mother, then tasers her, as several black SUV’s pull up to the house, and men with guns run into the house. Stephen freaks out about what’s going on. Vaughn explains, “We can’t kill people. They can.” The men shoot at the ceiling of Kurt’s room, but Kurt is no longer there.
Stephen expresses his anger to Jedekiah, but Jedekiah defends Ultra, saying they only kill people they can’t help, train, or bring into line. Jedekiah thinks that the Tomorrow People are only one mutation away from being able to kill, so Ultra is protecting humanity.
Stephen Informs the Tomorrow People about Kurt
Stephen meets with Cara, John, and Russell, and tells them that Ultra is going to kill Kurt. However, John says now that Kurt’s on Ultra’s radar, it’s too dangerous to get involved. Stephen tries to argue, but John emphasizes that Stephen’s dad had their survival in mind, and the three teleport away.
That evening, Stephen tells his mom he wants to know the truth about his dad. She tells him his father was out of control and in trouble. They were on the run, moving from city to city. She thought they were done running, but it turns out he was done with her. Stephen promises she’ll never go through that again.
A Teleportation Chase Scene
Stephen teleports to an empty building across the street from Kurt’s house, and finds Kurt there. He tries to convince Kurt to join the Tomorrow People, but just then, Vaughn shows up and punches Stephen in the face. Kurt uses his power to throw Vaughn across the room, then runs off, teleporting through a wall. Vaughn chases after him with a gun. Stephen tries to run after them too, but he runs into the wall. He tries again, and is able to teleport and join the chase. Stephen is able to knock Vaughn down with a long thick piece of metal, and continues chasing after Kurt.
This brings us to the scene at the beginning of the episode, where Kurt uses his powers to push Stephen to the edge of the roof. As Stephen is about to fall, Kurt teleports away. Luckily, John teleports in just then, and saves Stephen from falling. Cara teleports into the building, where she knows Kurt is, and tries to talk him down. They get into a short fist fight, and Cara knocks Kurt out.
Back at Ultra, Jedekiah scolds Stephen for what he did, and informs him that he will be attending a debriefing, which is done by a senior telepath. But first, he notices Stephen’s watch, which he recognizes as having belonged to Stephen’s dad. He opens it up and finds the D-chip, then sends him into the debriefing without it. Stephen mentally contacts Cara and asks what he should do. She tells him to fill his mind with something else. The telepath repeatedly mentally asks Stephen if the Tomorrow People assisted with today’s Breakout, and he keeps mentally replying no, while thinking about the memory of his father leaving.
Vaughn’s Desk Job
After his debriefing, Jedekiah gives him back his watch, and congratulates him for passing the debriefing. He tells Stephen that he holds Vaughn responsible for what happened, and we find out that there are people above Jedekiah. When Stephen asks what happens to Vaughn, Jedekiah tells him “he’s being put on a desk.” Stephen tries calling Vaughn, and hears his phone ring. He follows the sound, and finds Vaughn’s dead body lying on a table.
Stephen goes down to the Tomorrow People’s lair to tell John he was right, that he can’t work for Ultra. But John admits it was he who was wrong, and that they need Stephen on the inside. He tells Stephen to keep the watch.
Stephen Shares a Memory with Cara, Jedekiah Has Big Plans for Stephen
Later, Stephen and Cara meet at the same sushi bar before. We find out that John isn’t Cara’s “boyfriend.” Stephen thanks her for talking him through a bad situation. She asks how he did it. He tells her he focused on the most painful thing he could think of, and he mentally shows her his own memory of the night his father left. He resolves to do what his father asked him to do: take care of his family, and be a better brother, son, and friend — to both species. He decides to keep working for Ultra, in order to stay one step ahead of his uncle.
However, he’s not fooling Jedekiah, who noticed that Stephen’s debrief was “too clean” and is sure that Stephen is still in contact with the Tomorrow People. He tells the senior telepath that Stephen will eventually lead them to the Tomorrow People, and Ultra will kill them.
Violet’s Thoughts on Episode 2 of The Tomorrow People: In Too Deep
I actually kinda liked this episode, more so than the first episode anyway. I thought the story was really interesting, not only with the new “breakout” kid who’s just discovering his powers, but also with the overarching backstory of Stephen’s father. The show did a great job of integrating the two stories into one, so as not to distract too much from the main storyline of this particular episode, but still giving us a lot of useful information. One of the reasons that I wanted to keep watching the show was because of the mystery of Stephen’s father, and the show has kept me sufficiently interested thus far.
As for this episode, I was a little surprised at Stephen’s naivete, and his excitement to go on the mission. Seriously, what did he think was going to happen? Now that he knows just how bad Ultra is, how will he handle this knowledge going forward? What will he do when another case comes up of someone that Ultra wants to kill? Jedekiah knows Stephen is still in touch with the Tomorrow People, so wouldn’t he be expecting them to show up and help out?
The casting still bothers me, especially when Stephen expresses his anger to Jedekiah about killing “a 17-year old kid.” Um, isn’t Stephen supposed to be about 17 too? Yet, he speaks about the “17 year old kid” as if he himself is much older. Indeed, if you put Stephen next to Kurt in this episode, Kurt looks the age he is supposed to, while Stephen looks way older. No wonder, considering that Robbie Amell is 25. But I guess I’ll just have to learn to live with it.
At this point, I’m more optimistic about the show than I was last week, and much more willing to see where the show takes us.
Josh’s Thoughts: The Tomorrow People, Episode 2: In Too Deep
I think I liked this episode of The Tomorrow People better than the first I think. The story with this kid who is using his abilities for nefarious reasons made for an intriguing story. Especially when this kid is proving Jedikiah’s point while Stephen is working for him.
What was kind of weird is Astrid’s seemingly big change in relationship status from this episode from the last episode to this episode. Last episode she seemed like just a friend, and this episode it seemed like she was all over him. It was kind of weird, I thought. I guess it is a small thing to complain about though.
I guess a bigger problem I had with the episode was Jedikiah’s apparent acceptance of Stephen’s disobedience. He clearly knows that Stephen helped the kid get away, and knows that Stephen was wearing the mind blocking device from his father. Just because Stephen was able to fool the psychic, he gets away with it? Perhaps Jedikiah is playing the “long game”, and realizes Stephen may be up to no good, but is willing to deal with it–for now.
It was kind of sad how John wants Stephen to stay within Ultra. Sad because who knows what Stephen will be forced to do as an Ultra agent, when other people are in Ultra’s sight. Not all may end up in just a happy situation as this episode.
Overall, I am willing to give this show some more episodes to see where it goes. The acting is a little wobbly for me, but hopefully this show will find its feet like Arrow did, and it will be a good show.
Scenes from The Tomorrow People, Episode 3: Girl, Interrupted
Here are scenes from the next Tomorrow People episode, titled Girl, Interrupted: