Originally Posted by oink
Frankly, I am not sure IT does either.
I do enjoy the show enough to keep watching, but that's my biggest complaint:
They seem to have painted themselves into a corner by centering the show so much on the dealings between Stephen, Jedikiah and Ultra. How many times can there be a real threat to Stephen, his friends or his family until it simply gets too stale to avoid the inevitable killing off of one of them? How long can Jedikiah realistically (and I'm not sure we're not past realistic already) hold off Ultra without becoming a target himself? Further, when are any of the new breakouts going to do anything more than pass through or become a cardboard standee in the background?
The original series brought in aliens, alternate universes and time travel. The traveled to other countries, since they...you know...could whenever they wanted. New breakouts that were found became part of the team, sometimes in place of previous characters. The whole Jedikiah thing was merely a small part of it all. In short, the series was interesting because the Tomorrow People actually did something other than hang out in the subway tunnels, waiting to see if there might be a breakout that day.
It wasn't just one group after the Tomorrow People, either. The military wanted a piece, too, along with foreign governments and criminal organizations. The new series feels like the A-Team being hunted down by Colonel Decker, only to have him flip his car at the last moment, allowing the heroes to escape.
Sure, there were some eye rolling episodes that took place that even the cast thought were awful, but it actually felt like all those powers had a real use when they battled alien races bent on destroying the earth or had to deal with enemies on other worlds.
Like many good shows, it incorporated issues of race and inequality along with the dangers of extremism (such as in the Blue and the Green serial).
In summary, the original was fun, even when things were serious. This isn't fun. It's compelling in it's potential, and has moments of being interesting, but it's not particularly fun to watch.