Disclaimer: Ahead are spoilers for the first episode of the show, The 100. Please don’t proceed if you haven’t read/watched it and you don’t want to be spoiled.
Hey, guys. Faye here. We’re going to start a new feature every Saturday where we will recap, rant, or rave about anything under the sun. For now, for the next 13 or so weeks, we will be focusing on the new show based on Kass Morgan’s book of the same name, The 100. So that I won’t bore you too much with my nitpicky ways (hardy har har), Aimee will be taking over with her opinion of the show every even-numbered episodes. For now, you’re stuck with me. Mwahahaha!!!
So, as you all know, I reviewed the book this was based on a few months ago. I read the blurb and fell in love with it. It seemed like the ultimate dystopia set in BOTH space and earth. Unfortunately, it was a severely disappointing read, as it was more of a overly dramatic romance story where everyone is concerned about who kissed who, who impregnated who, who hugged where, etc. etc. Like seriously, you’re in a potentially STILL toxic world and the you’re proud of the fact that you’re the first girl who’s been kissed in that planet for the last century? Man, you sure prioritize the important ones /sarcasm. The world-building, on the other hand, was not only weak but shady and vague as shit. Everything in it was just gibberish, so I rated accordingly: a 1 star. Here’s my review if you want to read it.
However, I was optimistic that the show itself would be a better version of the novel. After all, the book was only brought to life because the show was going to be aired on TV. I heard the author was only given the gist of things and then left in charge on how to write and mold the story. Not exactly the best way launch a novel, in my opinion.
Going back to the topic at hand, in a way, I was right. The premise of The 100 was presented better in a live action format. We get to see the Ark in space in its technological beauty, as well as the beauty of Earth, with its having no human contact for almost 100 years. Some things were changed, and for the better. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t have its share of stupid moments.
Behold: “The Good” and “The Stupid”
* There is no Glass character here. If you read the first book, she’s the fourth character with chapters on her own. Her name is Glass, and she’s the prisoner who escaped from the vessel going back to Earth and she managed to stay in the Ark. She was one of the most annoying characters in the book. Imagine just barely escaping a fate worse than death, and instead of going to your family for comfort and security… she goes to her ex. And then breaks down when she sees him with another girl. You can pretty much guess what her goals are for the rest of the book.
* Wells is more of a polished character now, and apparently he’s black, which I don’t think was said in the book (so you can imagine my surprise as well as my relief that we got a more diversified cast). Although I have issues with his appearing in the show so suddenly without any explanation why he’s there. At the opening scene, he was apologizing to our blonde main character and how he got himself arrested for her. If you didn’t read the book, you’d be wondering what the heck he was talking about. Also, he’s not shown as a lovesick, stalker-ish puppy who follows Clarke around, which he unfortunately was in the novel.
* It’s pretty obvious, but it’s easier to visualize the setting now. I’m not saying the show was beautiful, as its honestly pretty average compared to others, but at least it helps with the immersion.
Whoo, boy, here we go. There were a lot of stupid instances in the episode. I don’t even know where to freaking start.
* First of all, I have nothing against good-looking people. I appreciate beauty as the next person, and even I look in admiration at actors and actresses who have been blessed generously by the high heavens. What I do take offense, however, is the fact that almost everyone in the hundred prisoners sent to earth was good-looking. Like WTF? Statistically speaking, if you were to randomly pick 100 criminals to gather together, you’d find such a thing highly unrealistic. Not to mention, for criminals who have been jailed for some time, some of them since kids, they sure look well-groomed: rosy cheeks, rosy lips, stylish hairstyles.
“But it’s CW! They’re for teens!” Yeesh, hold your horses. I know that. But can’t we have a little bit of a reality check here? A lot people in The Walking Dead are good-looking, but do you see them walking around with a lipstick and brush-on in their hands? Hell to the no! They have dark rings below their eyes, they have grease on their hair, they have grime on their shirt and skin… a very realistic portrayal of people living in a lawless and zombie-filled society.
You say prisoners and delinquents but I don’t think you know what they mean.
* Second, why are almost everyone here Americans/Caucasians? It has been told that nuclear war left the earth completely laden with radioactivity, and that the people that comprised of the Ark came from the orbiting space stations owned by various countries. And no, one Black and one Asian teenager who speak awesome English teenage slang do not freaking cut it.
* Third, Octavia. I don’t remember her being this insufferable in the book. Do we really need another resident Queen Bee bitchy character who desperately craves for attention to the point of warning another girl that a particular boy is hers, despite the fact it’s the first time they met and talked to each other? Do we really need another one-dimensional character that don’t show any ounce of depth? Given, it’s the first episode, but first impressions last, and hers did not leave a very good mark.
* Fourth, it’s funny how civilization in this show has advanced to greater heights, to the point of easily sending information to and fro from earth to the space station with such efficient ease, but common sense has somehow devolved. The characters portrayed a lot of stupidity that I couldn’t even get mad anymore. Everything was just beyond ridiculous that I was left laughing at every moronic shit they did.
Here are some examples:
1.) They were miles away from their original destination, and thus, miles away from their only source of food and medicine. But what did these morons do first upon landing? Why, they cheered, partied, announced they would rule, and decided to give the space people a big, fat EFF YOU (just to give a background, they were sent to find out if Earth was still livable. If it’s found out that it is and they survived, they will be pardoned of their crimes and the rest of the space people will join them). Also the fact that they sent only five people to trek the wilderness and to retrieve possibly tons of supplies, while they shout and jump around in a potentially still-dangerous planet. Common sense, you do not have.
2.) You’re walking in the wilderness and see a deer grazing at a distance. You come closer and freak out when it turns and you find out it has two heads, obviously meaning the planet is not completely free of radioactivity. So what do you do? Find a lake, take off your clothes, and jump into the water which may or may not be full of toxic materials and mutated animals! YAY FOR STUPIDITY! Here, come wear the Moron Crown will ya? Well, what do you know. It fits just right.
3.) So, yes, one of the girls jumped into the lake for a swim, lashing her eyelashes at the very-much-amazed boys, when suddenly an eel-like monster fish appeared, dragged her down and across the lake several times, trashing her like how a dog would trash a rag doll. After all that seriously violent trashing and dragging, you’d think she would be severely wounded, maybe even the whole leg chewed out, but noooo. All we got was a laughable, measly scratch that apparently didn’t hurt much as she stood and walked just fine a few scenes later. Dude. DUDE. She should have died. In a realistic scenario, her organs should have been eaten, her intestines should have drooped out of a big hole in her abdomen. But yeah. We got a scratch instead. A. SCRATCH.
4.) You’re the last 4000 people of humanity. You’re living in a space station that’s wearing thin, that’s about to run out of oxygen. But instead of using your resources and manpower, you kill them when they commit a minor crime/when they find out a flaw in the station’s system that would result to its eventual breaking down/when they use a little bit too much anaesthesia while saving someone from a fatal gunshot wound.
What. The. Flying. Fuck.
Seriously. What is wrong with you people? Are you seriously going to kill the experts who are pretty much the foundation of your entire community? An engineer who was able to find a flaw when nobody else was able to? A doctor who saved someone’s life? You seriously think a dose of anesthesia is much more important and worth the life and skills of someone else? What kind of drugs are you guys smoking????
And seriously, you’re putting your lives in the hands of a hundred delinquents? Why not send real experts who can really analyse data in the planet? Heck, with our technology today, you can guess the components of planets light years away and you can’t see radioactivity going on in Earth? Also, Geiger counter. Ever heard of it?
I’m not buying it, guys.
I am very unimpressed. The bad stuff overshadow the few good. Couple that with immature and juvenile writing, bad acting, seriously cliché tropes, big plotholes, and it all comes down to one more TV show that thinks the viewers are a mindless audience. Gone are the days when sci-fi used to be awesome. Gone are the days when sci fi shows were well though-out, with an intelligent plot and intelligent dialogue. I’m still going to continue this series, with a very dim hope it will get better. I’m not betting on it though.
Final verdict: 1.5/5
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