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"The Tomorrow People" (The CW)
Biggest Flaw: If the biggest flaw of "The Tomorrow People" isn't that we're supposed to pretend that 26-year-old Robbie Amell is a high school student, it's probably that 90 percent of the pilot is absurdly familiar from dozens of people-get-superpowers TV shows and movies.
Our Helpful Solution: At the very end of the pilot, "The Tomorrow People" zags just a little bit where you might otherwise have expected it to zig. Of course, in zagging, it just zags away from "Heroes"/"Alphas"/"Jake 2.0" territory into "Alias" territory, so there's every possibility that it will go from one set of familiar expectations to another. But the key thing is that I temporarily don't think it's possible to do a generic superpower origin story without active awareness that audiences know the genre. Part of why the British drama "Misfits" works as well as it does is because the characters have self-awareness. Co-creator Greg Berlanti is great at writing characters with self-awareness, so I hope he'll approach "Tomorrow People" with that eye. It doesn't have to be excruciatingly meta. It just has to be smart enough to steer away from the predictable, which the pilot rarely does. Or they could just add Heather Locklear as a sexy mutant.