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The Tomorrow People, Ep. 1.06, “Sorry for Your Loss”: Focused approach delivers effective, strong ep

The Tomorrow People continues on its upward trajectory this week with a more or less successful episode. “Sorry for Your Loss” is far from flawless, but it demonstrates a continued prioritization of character that has served the series well. This week Russell is in the spotlight, as we get our first glimpse of his backstory. The Asian teen forced into serious musical study by domineering, strict parents is far from original (had Russell studied violin instead of piano, it may have tipped too fully into stereotyping), but Aaron Yoo for the most part makes it work, selling the emotion of Russell’s journey. He also does a surprisingly good job fake-playing the piano, a rarity on television, thanks to some effective and comparatively subtle editing. Demonstrating his burgeoning telekinesis in this way is neat and one of the more original touches this season.

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The Tomorrow People, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” an anticlimactic waste of time

After a summer dedicated to hyping up the launch of the CW’s series The Tomorrow People, we can safely say it wasn’t really worth the wait. While not a complete waste of time, the show feels less like an original idea and more a rehashing of Marvel’s X-Men franchise, only this time released for television audiences. The premise of the show, in case you somehow missed the adverts all through the summer months, is centred around a group of genetically advanced people who only want to coexist secretly with humans, while trying to avoid imprisonment by a highly secretive agency hell-bent on their destruction.

TIFF 2013: ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’ is an entertaining thriller buoyed by strong performances

The crime thriller is not an easy genre to tackle. The cinematic landscape is littered with movies that were unable to illustrate stakes worth caring about, characters worth emotionally investing in, or stories worth following. Good additions to the genre, however, are always fascinating to watch, as they show a side of things that very few people see otherwise, and put people in situations that reveal a lot about them.

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