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“We are not alone.” [Review: The 100 Series Premiere]

I don’t think it needs to be said, but just in case, look out for spoilers ahead.

Today I’m kicking off a new series on the blog, in which I watch (or read) and review TV, movies, and books that fall into the dystopian, apocalyptic, absurd, or just plain sci-fi genre. This is one of my all-time favorite genres (duh) but it’s also one that’s rife with opportunities for criticism, so this should be fun.

I do have to mention the fact that I watch old TV. I am not one of the uber riche who can afford to fritter away money on frivolous things like cable television, so if it’s not available on Netflix or Hulu, I’m not going to see it. Fortunately for me, that seems to be the norm these days, so let’s all settle in and binge-watch our faces off together.

The first show I want to talk about in this series is The 100, which came out in 2014 and has four seasons so far. Here’s the description from IMDb:

Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

Okay, let’s get cynical with it, shall we?

Pros
  1. I love that it takes the kids less than five minutes on earth before they turn the situation into The Lord of the Flies. I hope they continue with this parallel until they all go feral.
  2. The deer with 1.5 faces is awesome and I hope it’s a recurring character. He would make a great Lord of the Flies.
  3. “Octavia, what are you doing?” My best Neve-Campbell-in-Wild-Things impression, obviously! 
  4. Isaiah Washington’s full name is Thelonious Jaha. That’s just fun.
  5. As I was watching, I kept wondering what happens to all those people that get ‘floated’. Then I found the promo art for the series and I think I got my answer. Does this mean there’s a reunion for Clarke and her father on the horizon?
Cons

Okay, I promise I won’t nitpick too much. There were a ton of questions raised and a lot of things that would not be feasible in a real-life scenario, but that’s the nature of sci-fi, so I’ll do my best to build a bridge and get over the majority of it.

  1. These kids are fourth generation Arc residents who have always lived in space. Their parents have always lived in space. How can they know with any confidence how many faces deer are supposed to have?
  2. Octavia is clearly only here to be the token sexpot, but she’s one of the juvenile delinquents so she must be underage, right? I don’t have many moral objections in this world, but sexy children is one of them.
  3. Dr. Griffin’s crime is administering more than the allotted quantity of blood to the chancellor, so they’re going to ‘float’ her. Does the vacuum chamber she’s put into also harvest her blood and vital organs? Because if not, those are valuable medical resources they’re just shooting into space.
  4. This aired in 2014 so I assume the current political climate would necessitate a rewrite, but it only took these kids 40 minutes to start appropriating Native American culture. That’s faster than Columbus.
  5. Wells? Clark? Kane? That’s some heavy-handed naming.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty entertaining pilot and I’m definitely interested to see how Jasper manages to survive impalement and go on to grace the promo art for the series. I’m probably also going to continue thinking that Kane is played by Gerard Butler, Eliza Taylor is a young Ali Larter, and Thomas McDonell is a not-funny teenage version of Trevor Moore, but that’s just my face blindness talking.

See you again in, ooooohhh, eight and a half hours when I’m done binge-watching and ready to talk about season one.

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