After the disappointing prior episode, thanatos is both steps above its predecessor While being just as frustrating.
This episode grabs you by the throat and doesn’t ease up on the tension one iota. After his near death experience, Stephen is determined to figure out the word Thanatos. He has done some digging in Ultra files and found some vague references that have been covered up by his uncle. This leads to the plan to try and get into Jedekiah’s head.
It is a poorly planned endeavor that goes wrong rather quickly. It ends up with Jedekiah being held captive in the lair of the Tomorrow People. They attempt to turn this setback to their advantage and try to wring the information out of their captive despite the risks that having him entails.
While He is missing, Ultra is on high alert and brings in the founder to direct the operation to recover Jedekiah. This puts Stephen in a tight spot as he has to report in and assist in the search while still keeping an eye on the interrogation. To delay the inevitable, he throws his uncle’s mistress to the wolves. He then has to go on the mission to apprehend her only to discovery that she is in love with his uncle. He lets her go but just knowing of her existence provides the leverage necessary to get Jedekiah to open up and reveal the Doctor who is known as Thanatos.
The revelations come fast and furious at this point. We learn that Stephen’s father could stop time, Ultra was started to protect the Tomorrow People, and that John killed Stephen’s father. The show took off the breaks and let engine run wild and it was well worth it. I was glued to the set. When John spares Jedekiah’s life and is taken captive I was taken aback. When he reveals to Stephen what he did as he is dragged into Ultra headquarters, I was all, “What the Fuck?!?”
It was a damn good episode.
I know I said it was a good episode, and I stand by that statement. The problem for me was that there were points where everybody is stupid and this annoys the shit out of me and makes me yell at the screen.
Once Jedekiah is in their base, All bets are off. Not only is he the main face of the people hunting and killing your people, he is responsible for at least two years of pain for everyone in this place. We have already been shown that they do not have the moral high ground so playing coy with how he is treated is bullshit. You get the information you need and then you eliminate the liability.
We get the manufactured tension of whether Cara will accidentally reveal that she still has her abilities. This is annoying as it is a given that this will occur and it is predictable in how it finally occurs. It also further pushes forward the idea that he can not leave this place alive. That there is any discussion about this is fucking annoying. That they allow John to teleport him away to “deal with him” is pretty shitty because a bullet in the brain is just as effective as teleporting away.
My frustration crests when John spares Jedekiah’s life. We get the whole scene of why he is letting him live. It comes across all noble and transformational but the character has not been on this trajectory until this very moment. It takes what could be a powerful moment and makes it ring false. It just made me angry.
The previous episode gives us the idea that Stephen’s father is still alive. He just may be trapped in another dimension. The discussion with the professor in the cabin presents this as highly unlikely and then we get the confession from John in the end. It still feels like the show is going to make him be alive in some weird fashion which will be pretty ugly.
Stephen’s father being dead changes the direction of the show and puts it on a track to be much more interesting. If he is alive in another dimension, It makes this episode pointless and wastes a shit tone of dramatic cachet.
Also, if you are going to put the only Tomorrow Person into a fight for his life where his powers don’t work, He should at least kill a few agents. Him only roughing them up a bit is pretty shitty and another waste a good setup.
Despite the bad and Ugly, This was the best episode yet of The Tomorrow People. I am looking forward to the next episode to see which direction the show chooses.