Let’s start at the beginning. What is this show even about? Well, the CW took us back in time with its historical drama Reign this past fall, and now it’s taking us approximately 97 years into the future with The 100. Picture a real world version of Wall-E, except instead of the Earth being taken down by garbage, it was taken down by a nuclear war that killed most of the planet and made it unliveable; or so they thought. Those that survived were shuttled off to live in a space station, err, the combination of 12 space stations, to wait out the 200 years until research claimed that Earth would be inhabitable once more.
The only problem with this post-apocalyptic plan was that with every generation, so grew the population on the ‘Ark’ (the not so original name for the station housing the survivors/only hope for the human race), leading to a shortage of essential life support systems. In order to sustain enough life support to keep all the inhabitants alive, the leaders were forced to establish some pretty harsh laws – namely capital punishment for all crimes.
The only loophole to this law was that you had to be over 18 to be “floated” (the cutesy term for being floated to your death, literally). This loophole gave the ruling body one hundred offenders to test their theory (read: last hope) that Earth might be safe enough to return. Given the limited remaining life span of the station, there wasn’t much of a choice except to look for a miracle.
You read that correctly – the survival of the human race as they know it basically depends on 100 teenagers. What could go wrong with that?
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It admittedly wouldn’t be very interesting television if they followed the rules, so before this group of so-so criminals reached the surface, there was already a consensus that there would be none – obviously. And, can you really blame them?
Even so, there are a few on board the shuttle that can see the merit of basic survival and immediately start to strategize. This party is headed by Clarke (Eliza Taylor), who has spent the last year in solitary confinement. She knew about the population control issues and is the daughter of the chief medical officer, which gives her absolutely no sway with the angry masses of anti-establishment teens now that they are back on solid ground. But, rest assured, for all intents and purposes the class system has survived the nuclear disaster.
Luckily for everyone, Clarke is more than just a pretty face. She’s got some brains behind that blonde, and an above average understanding of Earth. I’d vote for her to be my leader in this situation (given the lack of logical alternatives). Along for the 20 mile trek to where there is supposedly enough supplies to keep them alive for at least a few months, are Finn (Thomas McDonell), Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), Jasper (Devon Bostick), and Monty (Christopher Larkin). The last two apparently have a taste for plants that are illegal even in space. Naturally, they have also survived this nuclear disaster.
There are a couple other key characters that stay behind with the hoard whose names will be relevant in the long run – namely Wells (Eli Goree) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) – especially because the latter isn’t one of the 100. He jumped about the ship after finding out that his sister, Octavia, was being sent down on this secret (and toxic) mission. As you can imagine, they weren’t exactly taking applicants for additional passengers, so he’s here under dire circumstances. Another thing to keep in mind, there are no other siblings. The Ark went super conservative as part of their population control methods – one child is all you get to keep the species going.
The series premiere of The 100 basically introduced us to the characters, gave us a taste of their world, and just when we thought things were going to be a relatively simple piece of cake (giant man eating snakes and two-headed deer aside), it threw a spear through our chest – well, Jasper’s, but it was similarly shocking nonetheless.
There’s a lot about this series that is intrigues me, and I’m curious to see what the people that have been living on Earth all this time are like. They obviously haven’t mutated to an X-Men-like state, or they wouldn’t have resorted to a weapon as primitive as a spear, but I’m thinking maybe a third eye or an extra set of hands could be involved? At the very least, it’s a curious premise and I hope it finds an audience going forward.
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