Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Episode 1 – “The Embodiment of Stupidity”

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”

The Good

* 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.

The Stupid

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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  1. says

    THANK YOU. I was excited for this show when I saw a trailer for it, only to be let down epically. None of the characters were likable, and I found myself wishing they’d all die from their own stupidity.

    “Oh look! Potentially radioactive water! Let me just jump in and show off my hot bod to the boys. What could possibly go wrong?” Octavia suffers from Too Stupid Too Live. ._.

    The only character I liked was Wells, but that showdown between him and that other guy (forgot his name) was ridiculous. With all of that dramatics, I thought the poor kid was about to die, but they just take off his bracelet. Unless I misunderstood that scene. . .

    Anyway, great recap! Like you, I’ll continue to watching it, but I doubt it will get better.
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    • FayeFaye says

      AGREE. Too Stupid To Live is the exact adjective that describes her. As for Clarke, she’s a little goody-two-shoes for me at the moment so I hope she shows some serious non-typical depth soon.

      HAHAHA. I know what you mean! They go all this “I need you to die” and then dun dun duuun it’s actually the bracelet he wanted. I forgot to put that here. Oops.

  2. says

    LOL. Can’t say I expected much out of this. It’s the CW after all and they ruin every good idea they have with stupid characters. Still though, your review actually makes me want to watch it so I can laugh at how horrible it is. I never actually read the book because it didn’t receive the best feedback but I was hoping the show would be good. I should have known better. That Glass girl sounds awful. I’m glad she wasn’t included in the show. She’d make me want to throw my computer away. -_-
    LOL at the chick that decides to show off her hot bod by jumping into a lake with a giant sea monster. Gosh, that things should have just eaten her. It would have made for such an entertaining scene. Was she one of the MCs? I hope not. An idiotic main character isn’t something I want to watch on my screen.
    I really hope it improves for your sake, but from the sound of it, this isn’t a show that will last very long.
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    • FayeFaye says

      I’m not surprised why they go that route… they’re only meeting what their intended audience wants, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t walk the extra mile to make their shows meaningful and intelligent :(

      Yeah, Glass was the most useless character ever. I don’t even understand how she was useful to the plot in the book. All she did was fret about her ex and how everyone else will think of her, and all she ever went to were parties and shopping with friends. OTL

      She was unfortunately one of the main cast, I think, yes. And you know how it is. The resident queen bee won’t die that easily (and early ><)

  3. says

    Oh god, this sounds absolutely terribad! I watched the trailer on youtube and it looked ok, but after this review, I trust you enough to stay FARRRRRR away from this crap. I mean, I enjoy watching teenage tv shows (PLL heh), but this just seems like cheap thrills thrown in. It sounds rushed, trying to stay ahead of the sci-fi craze that will no doubt be replacing dystopian soon. Blergh! Fantastic review Faye, I had a great laugh hehe
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    • FayeFaye says

      Hah, I reckon PLL is a far better read than this one. Isn’t that a mystery show? That premise has more potential than this one. It’s more of a show that’s overflooding with teenage hormones, and you just know nothing good will come out of that.

  4. says

    You know if everyone was good-lucking… then blah. We have a problem?! YES WE DO. And who would jump into the water to give hot boys something to look at? I mean is your brain made out of air?! You don’t know what could be in there :O HORRORS OF HORRORS. Yes, we also know that a lot of Americans/Caucasians are good looking. But there are other people like us around the world you know! Thumbs up for racial appreciation.
    But great review of this… stuff, Faye! :D You gave me a good laugh to make up for the idiotic-ness of the show ;)
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    • FayeFaye says

      I know. My jaw dropped when I saw her jump into the water. And to think moments before that, someone said, “there isn’t supposed to be a lake here.” um, isn’t that supposed to put you on red alert already? Stupid girl!

      Thanks! And I’m happy I made you laugh!

  5. says

    I’m trying so hard not to fall from the chair right now but boy THIS IS HILARIOUS. Sorry I know you’re annoyed and frankly this sounds as annoying as it can get but boy are they stupid. Like seriously all prisoners are pretty. Have they seen any jail or anything I don’t remember it having beauty salon there. I haven’t read the book and I won’t bother with the series, but I’ll be expecting more of these reviews! Great post, Faye :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Haha! I’m happy to know I made you laugh. I didn’t want to sound overly snarky so I took the more-funny route instead. I wish they were given more brains than this :( Not all criminals have to be so simple-minded!

  6. says

    Um, yes I did wonder wtf was up with that guy? Why is he apologizing etc? CW is never. NEVER. about bad-looking people (though beauty is in the eyes of the looker)–they’re always drop-dead gorgeous. The Octavia girl really pissed me off. She was insufferable. Hahaha! I was so impressed by how she only got a scratch from that river monester haha. What in the world? Yeah. I’ll tune in for a few episodes and if things don’t get better? Bye-bye!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Right? they should have cleared that one up. You get it if you read the book but if you didn’t, then you wouldn’t be able to get why he’s apologizing to Clarke. I hope they have flashbacks in the next episodes because otherwise it’s going to turn downhill.

  7. says

    Oh my God, I couldn’t stop laughing and I didn’t count how many times I nodded my head while reading this post, Faye! XD Really confused in the scene where they wanted to go swimming in the river. Like, what the fuck? And I remember someone saying, “There isn’t supposed to be a river here.” And of course, swimming was a great idea at the time, huh? AND OH GOD OCTAVIA. I JUST WANTED TO DUMP HER OFF THE PLANET. Plus I really didn’t get why the hell they would want to kill people off! Dudes, there are like 4000 of you left opposed to the BILLIONS there used to be! Do you want to go extinct and shit? Fantastic post, Faye. xDD
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, yes, and yes. It’s better to use your resources to fix the problem, rather than killing people with skills that may contribute to the solution. The stupidity is just so mindblowing.

      And don’t forget, you’re doing the next episode!

  8. says

    I love this post Faye, I haven’t actually read this book yet, but the issues that you had with the show would definitely put me off. From your bad points some aspects just became more and more unrealistic, like being dragged by an eel faced monster and only ending up with a scratch and to be honest some of these people sound as if they lack basic common sense. But at least that annoying character Glass isn’t anymore, here’s hoping that she doesn’t make an appearance later on! I look forward to reading your future posts! :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      They do lack basic common sense. They don’t even know what’s going on in the planet and they wanna cut off all ties with the Ark. Good luck asking for help when you need it, suckers.

  9. says

    DAMN I should have read your review of this And I should have realized the word “recolonize” in the blurb. *sigh* I bought the book a while ago out of curiosity but I haven’t read it yet… Now I’m not sure if I should — it seems so silly!

    I totally agree about making the actors’ appearance realistic! Considering that there are dangerous things out there and they’re in the wilderness, why would they be good-looking and CLEAN (just went to youtube and saw the trailer). At least make their hair messy or what.

    But seriously, your rant on this series’s stupidity IS SO HILARIOUS XD I can’t wait to see Christie’s recap! The series is already too stupid and horrible it can’t possibly get any worse lol.
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  10. says

    Ha! This is an awesome review Faye! This is the first I’ve heard of the book and as I don’t watch TV as often as I want to I didn’t even know about this series. I’m think I’m going to stay away from both book and TV Show from here on out. Eek.
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  11. Kay says

    I didn’t see this in your review, but you do realize that even with all the different nationalities, they all have to work together and thus have to be able to communicate? Everyone was probably taught English too, that first generation.

    There are flaws in most of the shows of today, and I agree there are flaws in this one. Thank you for the honest review.

  12. SoMysterious says

    My thoughts watching this episode:
    Considering how ‘advanced’ their science is supposed to be, why is there no synthetic or lab created oxygen? Why isn’t there a back up supply of at LEAST a year or two?

    For never having been on earth, all these kids were unaffected by gravity. Their eyes also adjusted fairly quickly to the abundance of light but I digress.

    So you’ve never been on earth but you can breath completely fine? No one is having any allergic reaction considering they’ve never breathed in actual earth air? No? Okay.

    They use probes to test oil content and life of the ocean floor after the BP oil spill but all this advanced technology can’t sent a robot to earth with cameras and the ability to send back readings?

    Sending unqualified individuals to earth is supposed to tell you what exactly? That’s like asking a kindergartener to fix a NASA space shuttle. What will sending a bunch of semi criminal teenagers to earth with no prior training or skill set accomplish or teach the scientists?

    If they’ve never been to earth, why would a map even be helpful? Wouldn’t it be outdated? Even if it isn’t dated, Clarke shouldn’t know how to read one. She has no compass. How does she know that they didn’t land next to a random mountain? How does she know they are only a few miles off course? They could be on the wrong side of the globe.

    They crash landed and no one is panicked? Adults panic, teens should DEFINITELY be freaking out, not partying. If this were real, the majority of them, if not all would have kept their bracelets on out of fear of not being found and not going back home.

    Hiking on the terrain wouldn’t have been that easy for them. Aside from the fact the are in unfamiliar territory entirely, they should be extremely fatigued dealing with the gravity. They should also be having trouble breathing. Where they landed looks like it has damp moist air. That smell of nature would overwhelm their virgin senses. Again, allergies everyone?

    Two kids died on board and theirs no emotional reaction to it? From ANYONE?

    No adults there at all? How convenient.

    So you’ve never learned to swim and you decided getting into a body of water is smart because? Jasper shouldn’t have been able to save her either because none of them should know how to swim.

    You get thrashed through possibly radioactive waters by a giant eel and you have no internal damage?

    Yeah, I’ll stop there. I foresee that common sense has to be suspended along with disbelief in order to enjoy this show which i can”t do for to long before i go insane

    not sure if i will continue watching

  13. Andrew says

    Lol, good recap. What threw me was the amazing tans that these people have given they have never been exposed to the sun.

    Also when someone returns from living in ISS they can’t stand due to the deterioration of muscle etc, and takes months to recover however these people are jumping around like they’re in a rave.

    Was going to give it up however the last scene drew me in, might try one more…

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