The newest show to join the line up of teen dramas is a show called The 100. It takes place 97 years into the future after a nuclear war has ruined the Earth. Now a space colony of humans are running out of time and must send 100 teenagers to Earth to test the environment.
The story follows a girl named Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), who has been held in prison for breaking one of the many laws created to sustain life on the space colony. She is selected along with 99 other juvenile delinquents to take a trip to Earth. Their goal is to see if the 100 can survive, so the rest of the human race can make the trip as well.
Clarke is joined on the ship by Wells Jaha (Eli Goree), the son of the chancellor, and as viewers soon learn, a boy that caused Clarke’s father to be killed. After the spaceship crashes to Earth killing two of the teenagers on board, the others soon realize that Earth is safe for humans to live.
Quickly and in Lord of The Flies fashion, a hierarchy soon forms. Clarke wants to find the military base called Mount Weather, where there are food rations and shelter, while a rebel named Bellamy (Bob Morley) wants all the teenagers to forget the space center and keep Earth to themselves. Each teenager is equipped with bracelets that transmit their vitals back to the space station. Bellamy figures out a way to take them off and many of the teenagers follow, making it appear that they died on Earth.
Clarke sets out with a small team of teenagers to find Mount Weather, but quickly realizes the dangers that lurk in the woods. Those dangers? How about a deer with a mutated head.
Once they continue their trek, a promiscuous girl named Octavia decides to strip down for a dip in a river, only to be attacked by a giant snake. Now while many would think that she would be a goner, she surprisingly comes away with only a smear of blood on her leg. Could the makeup artist only afford a bottle of blood for this show?
While many would turn around after a gigantic snake attack, the teenagers push on to try and cross the river by way of a swinging rope. Jasper (Devon Bostick) is the first to attempt the swing, and succesfully makes it to the other side. There is a celebration from the group of teenagers, which is quickly interrupted by a spear being thrown into his chest.
This show really surprised me. I was expecting a pretty cheesy CW show, but it was much more than your typical teen drama. The characters were compelling and the actors played each of their parts well. While I would have liked for better makeup and CGI, it comes with the territory of being the pilot of a show. I’m interested to see where this story is going to go – I just hope that they kill off some people. There’s no way all the teenagers would survive.
“Pilot” – B+
‘The 100’: Season 1 Episode 1, “Pilot” aired March 19, 2014 on The CW.
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