Amell Wednesdays: 6 Ways Stephen's 'Arrow' Differs From Cousin Robbie's 'Tomorrow People'
Stephen Amell in Arrow and Robbie Amell in Tomorrow People
With this week's premiere of "The Tomorrow People," The CW is serving up a double dose of Amell on Wednesdays.
Stephen Amell's "Arrow" is the lead-in for his younger cousin Robbie's new superhero adaptation of a 1970s British series (and its 1990s revival). But while Stephen's Oliver Queen is a mere mortal — extraordinary abs and mad archery skills aside — Robbie's character (named Stephen!) has true superpowers, like telepathy, teleportation, and the ability to stop time.
How else do the Amells' super shows differ? Yahoo TV got the scoop from Robbie and his co-stars on a press junket to the new Vancouver set of "The Tomorrow People."
1. Fight scenes.
"We use teleporting in our fight sequences," explained Peyton List, who plays Robbie's love interest (complicated by a love triangle, natch). "It's a different type of fight — it is extremely technical. Especially when we are fighting other people who have our powers. That makes it really interesting."
"I'm getting my ass kicked!" said Robbie, adding that "The Tomorrow People" shares its stunt team and choreographers with his cousin's show. In the seventh episode, he teases, "there's a scene where I'm getting totally beaten to hell. Plus I got some blood packs in my mouth — it's like every kid's dream. The episode almost killed me, but it was really fun."
While Stephen spends an ungodly amount of time on a pull-up bar to prepare for his action sequences, Robbie has a different approach, joking, "I wear a lot of padding!"
2. Tomorrow People don't kill people — people do.
Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino, awesomely evil as usual) has a significant advantage over the Tomorrow People: They are unable to kill. "That is one of my favorite parts of the storyline," enthused Robbie. "It separates it from most other superhero stories" — especially "Arrow," in which killing is a central storyline in his cousin's character this season. "You find out some really interesting information about the gene within us — it's called the prime barrier — that stops us from killing."
3. Flash drive.
As in "Arrow," flashbacks drive much of the "Tomorrow People" storylines. (Without Oliver's awful wigs. Hopefully.)
"We're shooting in sequence, and we're also flashing back a lot," said Peyton List. "We don't just do the backstories once. We'll fill in the gaps more and more throughout the season."
4. Love triangle.
The love triangle in "Arrow" collapsed when one of the trio died last season, but the one in "Tomorrow" is just beginning — and it's complicated by telepathy. In fact, that's how Cara and Stephen first meet.
"There's that connection between Cara and I right off the bat in the first episode," Robbie explained. "She's the first person to be inside of my head talking to me. She's the one who brings me in. ... She's trying to sort out what those feelings are, and it's complicated because she's already in a relationship with someone else" (group leader John, played by Luke Mitchell). "But she definitely feels something that's not just friends. And that's confusion."