The 100, the story of how the CW found 100 beautiful teenagers and threw them in the forest. Well. At least that’s what I got out of the first episode anyway. Not that that’s a bad thing either – there’s nothing wrong with watching beautiful people cavorting in the woods, but that’s not what I watched this pilot episode for. I watched it because the premise held some promise of intrigue and entertainment. And for the most part that’s what I received.
The setting and structure for the series is well laid out within the confines of the first episode. Due to nuclear apocalypse, the remnant of humanity flees into space. This happens in at least the year 2051 (due to the t-shirt of one character which reads “Earth Day 2051”). A century passes, and a malfunction in the ship/station they’re located on will effectively kill all passengers in 4 months because of oxygen depletion. So naturally they send 100 delinquent teens down to the surface of the planets earth to see if they survive the radiation levels – test subjects if you will. Once on earth we find that the environment has changed drastically in the past century. Well that’s all great huh?
Wrong. Apparently they don’t read Lord of the Flies in the future. The kids they threw down were criminals. 100 criminals! Of course there’s going to be drama and anarchy. But I guess it makes sense to send them down and see if they live instead of all the good kids. At least the good kids can live another 4 months happily! But the issue is that they’re stupid friggin kids who start taking off their bracelets that show their vital signs, so upstairs in the ship they can only assume the kids are dying. Meanwhile, out of the 100 children set free onto an uncharted new earth, only 1, a young girl named Clarke, knows what she’s doing, and actually wants to help the rest.
The dialogue has thus far been atrocious at best. There’s even a point where most of the teens begin chanting “whatever the hell we want,” which appears to be the slogan for the new age. Unfortunately there are so many players involved in the story that are all as equally beautiful, that they all blend together after a while. Nobody stands out in particular. The one guy that does gets a spear through his chest. But by far the worst part of the series’ opener HAD to be when they first walked onto earth after 100 years. The show’s resident floozy, Octavia (terrible name for a floozy) yells out “we’re back,
bitches,” and then a procession of teens run out and jump around while Imagine Dragons ‘Radioactive’ blasts in the background. When shows use pop music to accentuate scenes that need them, instead of say… oh, I don’t know, composing a strong theme tune it dates the whole thing immensely.
Despite the nonstop obsession for YA dystopian futures we are buried to our eyes in these days, the CW has given us another directly in the vein of the Hunger Games and Divergent series. Based on the novel by Kass Morgan, does The 100 deserve our attention? Not yet. But it does have some really strong SciFi story aspects that many diehard SciFi fans may like. Albeit the fact I was disheartened to find the writing didn’t match the excellent setting and storyline, I half expected this going into the series. It’s the CW. It’s primetime television. I just wish primetime television would catch up to the rest, quality-wise. I’m sure there are some young adults out there that appreciate quality television – why not have quality young adult television as well?
I will continue to watch for another two or three episodes. If the writing remains stagnant, or if the story doesn’t get interesting enough, I’ll probably drop the show from my queue. Did you see the pilot for The 100? What did you think?