One of the things that has seemed the most tragic to us personally about the titular Tomorrow People on The CW’s new super powers drama is that those who represent the evolved stage of human evolution are the ones that are looked at as “different” and therefore hunted. Whether out of fear or envy or a combination, these people have been abused enough to want to strike back out of revenge and/or run underground just to stay out the firing range. And John Young (Luke Mitchell) might just be the most tragic case of them all– a young man who is different even when among his own people because [Spoiler Alert] Ultra experimented on him and managed to tweak his DNA enough to give him the ability to kill, which his fellow Tomorrow People cannot. John is keeping that secret– for now– but with his promise to Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) to stand and fight rather than turn and run should their kinds cross path in the streets, it doesn’t seem like he will be able to hold it in for long.
“It’s a turning point for John standing up to Jedikiah for the first real time. I think it’s more the thing of ‘You know what? I’ve been weak in the past, and I’m not going to be weak anymore.’ It’s that kind of insertion, I think. Obviously it will get very complicated very quickly in terms of what it means for the Tomorrow People, should they find out that John can kill– especially for Cara and John and what that means for them as a couple moving forward,” Mitchell said to LA TV Insider Examiner about John working with Jedikiah again and learning their bond was not enough to keep from being backstabbed.
“How’s that going to affect the way they see him? Will they still see him as a leader even though he’s essentially different and he’s been lying?”
Question of acceptance by his peers aside, the darkness within John that led him to the car confrontation with Jedikiah holds other potential pitfalls for his kind. After all, he is the only one of his gang that can kill, so to stand and fight against Ultra could mean a lot of potential casualties on the Tomorrow People end of things. Additionally, Mitchell acknowledged that John is still very much trying to be of the mindset that just because he can kill doesn’t mean he should.
“That’s a really interesting dilemma. There’s also the side of it where he may have been changed; he may be able to kill; but by choosing not to maybe he feels like it’s less of a lie to his people. If he was leading his people and killing people left, right, and center just ’cause he can, that would obviously underline a huge difference between them, but because he’s not, I think that’s partially his way of dealing with the situation and telling himself that he’s not that different or making it okay that he’s lying to everyone,” Mitchell said.
Former friend and mentor Killian (Jason Dohring) wasn’t John’s first kill, but the pain on his face at the act seemed to ensure he desperately wants it to be his last. There may be a contingent of people who learn what he can do and want him to take out Jedikiah himself, but for John things are not nearly that easy. Jedikiah was the only real father figure he had growing up, and Jedikiah’s words to him in his old foster home about being the only human who will ever accept him for what he is certainly seeped into his subconscious and did a number on him. Their relationship may be a bit twisted, but Mitchell pointed out that it is not one of pure hatred from John’s perspective, no matter how “south” things went for him at Ultra.
“I think there was, once upon a time, a real fondness and a real love between them in a father-son kind of way, and I don’t think that emotion has fully disintegrated– as much as John would probably never admit it. I think he will always have some level of gratitude toward Jedikiah for taking him out of a really crappy situation when he was a kid and nurturing him and training him up until a certain point, you know, before he was obviously warped and changed permanently,” Mitchell said.
And that relationship is only going to prove to be more complex as the show unravels more about John’s past at Ultra a little bit later this season. Episode eight will offer more insight into the time of experimentation, training, side effects, and John’s first kill– but from Jedikiah’s flashback perspective.
“[John]’s a complicated character that’s constantly evolving into someone who likes to take care of the people close to him, even though he may not be the best person for the job. That goes for looking after the Tomorrow People [but] he’s doing it for a reason. It’s a tricky situation,” Mitchell said.
The Tomorrow People airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on The CW.
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