Why I'm still watching 'The Tomorrow People'

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This summer, I took it upon myself to binge-watch a number of new shows. It’s not a choice I regret, but it’s one that has made life this fall even busier than normal. Instead of having one show a night and three on Thursdays, I have multiple shows each night and five on Thursdays. It’s a beautiful, very time-consuming addiction. So when I went to plan out my DVR schedule, I didn’t originally include The Tomorrow People. My Wednesdays were already full with Arrow, Modern Family, and Nashville. Luckily enough, however, there weren’t any conflicts with me recording The Tomorrow People and considering it already came on right after Arrow, what was the big deal, right? Right. So I gave the pilot a chance.

By the end of the pilot, I wasn’t quite hooked, but I also wasn’t turned off. And when the next Wednesday rolled around and my DVR recorded the show out of habit, I figured I’d keep watching. After all, I had an hour to kill that weekend. Now, a few weeks later, The Tomorrow People is still on my DVR schedule, but more than that, I can’t help but find it interesting how curious people are about this series. I don’t know what they’ve been hearing, but everyone keeps asking me about the show. I’m never quite sure what to say, because I’m still figuring out my level of obsession, but I do tell them the one thing I know for sure: I’m still watching.

That being said, I understand some people’s reservation. In general, it’s hard for another supernatural/superhero show to break into The CW. I get it. Myself, I’m already a big fan of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Arrow, and Supernatural, which is probably why I never intended to watch The Tomorrow People to begin with. But for those of you who haven’t given it a chance, I have a request to make: Instead of asking me about it, watch at least the first three episodes. Or, if you’re too impatient, skip right ahead to episode three. Why the focus on episode three? Because of the main reason — not only reason, but the main one — that I’m still watching this show: Peyton List, who plays Cara.

Of all the characters, I can’t get enough of Cara, which is odd considering my affinity for attractive men. Not only is Cara an incredibly strong female character, but she’s so very complex and so very likeable that I root for her more than I’ve rooted for a central female in a while, especially one caught in the middle of a love triangle. Female fans get what I’m talking about: A lot of times the women at the middle of the love triangle (unfairly) become the target of our hatred or our indifference. I pride myself on that not being the case with me — for example, I feel no hatred toward Elena Gilbert whatsoever — but even past the point of not disliking her, something’s different with Cara. She’s presented so wholly on her own that I think I would follow her if she left everyone behind and started a new life alone.

And that brings me back around to episode three — Cara’s back story. All of the Tomorrow People have their own sob story, more or less, but that’s not why I want you to watch this Cara-centric episode. Yes, her story did break my heart, but I love this episode because it shows her many layers, and because List is pretty incredible. This episode took Cara from being the strong, understanding leader and made her fragile in a beautiful way, while somehow also building upon her strength.

Maybe it’s because she’s a leader. Maybe it’s because she’s a fighter. Or maybe it’s just because she’s a great character portrayed by a great actress. Regardless, I’m invested. This girl is kickass, and every week, I tune in to follow her story. But that doesn’t mean she’s the only interesting character on the show. I love John, Stephen’s growing on me, and evil Jedikiah is just way too fun, but Cara is the reason I would tell people to tune in. I can’t quite put my finger on that thing that makes her standout from the other characters, but I know that I want more.

Like I said, I never know what to say to people when they ask me about The Tomorrow People, so maybe from here on out, I’ll just tell them about a character named Cara and explain that she’s a hell of a character, so if they get the chance, they should take the time to get to know her.

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