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The 100 S01E02: "Earth Skills"


The first rule of post-apocalyptic teen sci-fi is to not openly disobey the angry douche bag who thinks he holds all the cards. The second rule of post-apocalyptic teen sci-fi is to not get frisky with said douche bag's little sister. "Earth Skills" wasn't as strong as the pilot as it focused a bit too much on the romantic couplings of various characters, but it was still an entertaining experiment in merging The 100's two settings of the ground and the Ark into one storyline. The introduction of the Council and Raven, in particular, continued to explore the deteriorating systems on the Ark, which might actually be far more interesting than the class warfare and deteriorating social structure of the Hundred on the ground right now. The CW's season-long preview last week spoiled the reveal that Jasper—who was skewered like a deep-fried ball of cheese at the state fair at the end of the pilot—actually survived the attack, and for the first time in my life I wished The CW was a bit more like Matthew Weiner and Mad Men

By featuring him in promotional materials for the rest of the season, they retroactively ruined one of the finest closing scenes of any of their pilots to date. Not knowing whether or not Jasper lived or died (and most people would have assumed he'd died because HI, A SPEAR THROUGH THE CHEST IS NOT A FLESH WOUND YOU CAN FIX WITH A POULTICE) raised the stakes of the show and would have made more people return for tonight's episode. Undermining that moment was a big mistake on the part of the marketing team, and I don't want to sound like a jerk, but they're basically on par with Bonnie Bennett in terms of how well they do their assigned jobs. No one was shocked when it was revealed Jasper was still alive in tonight's episode, and I actually wish he had died.

If we're supposed to believe these teenagers are living in a dangerous world full of wild animals and even wilder human beings, then his death would have sold it. As it stands, the brutal and unforgiving world that was depicted in the pilot has been undermined by the fact the series kept him around. One might argue that the show needed him alive because they wanted to lure and trap the rescue party, but the only thing that came from that scene was Bellamy's second-guessing of whether or not to save Clarke. If he'd let go of her hand, she'd have been impaled on the spikes below and his main opponent would have been dead, but he hesitated long enough after his initial reaction to grasp her hand that the rest of the teens were able to pull them both back to safety. That was a pivotal moment as you saw the decision weighing on his mind, but I do feel the series could have found another way to have that scene play out that didn't involve the rescue team.

Jasper's living status wasn't the only thing that troubled this episode, though. I praised the pilot for only making subtle hints at teen romance rather than putting them at the forefront of the story, but that was quickly squashed this week as Finn's status as a romantic lead was even more cemented by the fact he felt the need to protect and help Clarke, Wells' feelings for Clarke (which we'd all suspected anyway) were revealed, and Octavia fooled around with Bellamy's right hand man Adam. Romantic relationships, or even just sexual relationships, can be an asset to a series, but they shouldn't be a main storyline in a series where humans are being hunted by other humans, and I fear the series might soon be headed down the path tread by so many former CW series. 

If you focus on the romantic aspects of a series for too long, you risk an audience backlash, similar to what's currently happening on The Vampire Diaries as it barrels towards the end of its fifth season of love-triangle bullshit. Focus on them not enough and there's the possibility that the series doesn't adequately portray human existence. The teen love storylines of The 100 aren't out of place given the Hundred's newfound freedom to do whatever they please, but the focus on them may have come a bit too early in the series' quest. It was their second day on Earth, nobody had eaten, and a fellow teenager had just been skewered and captured. All of this combined to make Octavia and Adam's hookup under the fluorescent butterflies (is this one big long bad acid trip?) feel out of place. It highlighted the loneliness the prisoners felt, and it proved their selfishness, but the series probably could have benefitted from finishing laying the groundwork of the series before pairing characters off into couples who make out in the woods and steal food for one another. 

Of course, the most interesting part of that story wasn't the budding relationship itself, but rather Bellamy's reaction to it. By tying Adam up and leaving him in the wilderness—maybe to die—Bellamy was making a statement. He's an angry leader who rules with violence and who isn't against turning on his friends if they disobey him (if that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because it's basically where we found Marcel at the beginning of The Originals, and it's also a common trait found in both fiction and non-fiction). Unfortunately for Bellamy, he's not nearly charismatic enough to be a leader. His rallying of the troops at the beginning of the episode pointed out that the Hundred is fractured along class lines, as characters like Clarke and Wells came from a world of privilege because of their parents, while most of the rest of the criminals were from the poorer working class, but I still have a hard time buying into everyone following a leader who has less charm than sandpaper.

The Hundred were looking for a leader after arriving on Earth, and Bellamy decided to take it upon himself to fill that role, but he seems to be a bit confused about what that means. He champions a world where chaos reigns, but he also desperately wants to be in charge and make the rules. How long will it take the rest of the characters to see through his abusive reign of terror in which he'll string a man up by his wrists because he caught him kissing his little sister? I'm very interested in the social structure of the Hundred, but I wouldn't be upset if Bellamy was mauled by a panther or impaled on a bunch of stakes. Part of this stems from the fact I think his character was miscast, but part of it is probably just a human reaction to the fact he's a douche bag. 

On the Ark, the situation wasn't much better as the Chancellor was facing down the possibility that his son was dead, the people of the Ark would soon begin to suffer the signs of oxygen depravation, and a growing faction had begun supporting Kane. As I mentioned last week, I can smell the mutiny on Kane, and I love it. Henry Ian Cusick is the kind of charismatic man you need to fill the villain role, because he's so charming you can't help but like him. He honestly believes he's doing the right thing by wanting to send people to their deaths in order to save the rest of humanity. I also liked that Abby recruited newcomer Raven, the youngest mechanic in 52 years, to help her fix an escape pod so she can make it to Earth's surface. Will it work? I don't know, but Raven seems like a woman who doesn't put up with anyone's shit and I like that.

Overall, "Earth Skills" was a fine second outing for the 100, and although there were parts that could have been better, the episode continued to build upon the alliances and friendships forged in the pilot. I wish I could go back in time and stop the writers from forcing the romantic aspects of the series for a little bit—at least until we really get to know the characters—but I can't. As the two groups of the Hundred continue to split further and further down the middle, it'll be interesting to see which side Octavia eventually chooses. Will she stand by her brother, the person who would do anything for her, or will she side with Clarke and the only people who seem to recognize the danger they're all in? If the grounder perched in the tree watching the Hundred like a predator at the end of the episode is any indication, there's plenty to be afraid of in that forest. 


VITAL STATS


Current Population of The Hundred: 98

– I cannot remember the name of Bellamy's other minion, but because of his ridiculous jacket, I shall probably be referring to him mostly as Shoulder Pad for awhile.

– Monty is basically the Hundred's version of Gilligan's Island's Professor. If anyone can make the wristband receive or send messages its him. But as soon as I see him attempt to fashion something out of a coconut, I'm calling shenanigans.

– Clarke finally told the rest of the group about the fact the Ark is dying. It'll be interesting to see if anyone changes allegiances because of this knowledge.

– Naturally, Raven knew in about two seconds that the Hundred weren't dying and were simply removing their wristbands. It's common sense that a teenager will do exactly the opposite of what they're told to do.

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AIRED ON 5/19/2016

Season 3 : Episode 16

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Great comparison with TVD, because that was exactly what I was thinking, when watching the obvious quadruple angle of Clarke/Finn/Wells/Bellamy. The problem for me is that I tend to resent it when everyone seems to fall for one chick who IMO, has a pretty self righteous/sanctimonious attitude. Clarke for all her prettiness comes off cold, a know it all and bossy. She is probably right in most cases, but her deliver sucks. Not a favorite character so far, so when she almost fell to her demise, I don't think as a viewer I would've missed her. And I thought the young people were suppose to be the interesting ones, but it turns out for me, I'm more interested in the adults and the power struggle they're going through.
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I imagine Clarke is supposed to be the stereotypical "ice queen" that eventually loosens up. If I had to make a comparison, I would say she reminds me of Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You (the movie, not the series). And just like the movie, it will be the rugged guy(Finn) who gets her to mellow out. Unfortunately it looks like they are following the age old teen cliche of Finn's girlfriend showing up to complicate things even more. I could really do without these love triangles. We need more forest trekking adventures.
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Okay, I said I would watch once Teen Wolf was done (its a matter of how many freaking characters names I can keep in my head...its like I love, shamefully, Big Brother, but I am not terribly upset if I miss almost the first two weeks, those people are rarely important unless you have like a Season 10 where Brian and his moves in the first week had ramifications on Dan and Ollie's games moving forward..I'm sorry that was pathetic). But first as to romantic entanglements, because it isn't committed yet, I hope Raven reveals soon that Finn his her boyfriend if that wasn't too subtle. I sort of have hope that this show might benefit from how Teen Wolf managed to totally avoid a love triangle or even a quadrangle and really the Originals has pretty much avoided it since I really think Marcel's connection with Cami is just to hurt Klaus and give him someone else not to trust and his true feelings are still for Rebekkah and I don't think Klaus has any romantic feelings toward Cami and the whole Hayley/Elijah/Jackson thing is going nowhere since Jackson is going to be at Klaus' disposal.

I think they are trying to decide exactly how Lord of the Flies they want to get or how Lost they want to get. Presumably the introduction of the Grounders gives more of a Lost vibe, so they will have a common foe that will unite them so they won't break down to killing each other off and it will be red shirts for the next little bit. I must say I didn't even see that Bellamy really considered letting Clarke drop, I have a feeling he is going to prove to be excellent at the rebellion leader role but when they realize they have to figure stuff out and survive, that is likely where people will turn to Clarke. I think the more interesting dynamic will be what happens to Wells with his exposure to Bellamy (oh, I watched them back to back and I was so sort of hoping Wells had killed some of the guys cornering him) and how that changes him (especially because, Shoulder Pads, as you call him, is also Julien on Continuum and from what I understand he likely has an important role in Carlos' story this season, so I am kind of guessing he's the next casualty and Bellamy really adopts Wells as his number 2). But Wells is clearly a leader himself, but exposure to Bellamy could make him a harsher version of Clarke which could appeal.

I was confused about the whole Jasper thing too, I wasn't even sure what was happening with that when I would see the previews for this season and then the previews for this episode.

So...you supposed Kane and Kelly Hu's character (was she in this episode, I can't sort it out) have a kid? You suppose that kid would fall into the gap between the 209 and even say the 320 that would be culled in 10 days. The Chancellor (Thelonius? Really?) seemed to indicate they would be killing children first (which I hate to say this, but don't you actually go for the oldest first? of course I didn't see any old people on the Ark...so maybe there already is some sort of policy).
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Surprisingly, I thought the 2nd episode was somewhat better. Octavia wasn't as one dimensional as she was in the pilot.
There are still way too many characters in this show. I think it's time for starvation, disease, forest animals or the Grounders to descend upon camp to reduce the numbers. Or at least have Clarke break away with a smaller group. There's no point in having all these "extras" if they are just there to yell "yeah, yeah, right on!" whenever Bellamy speaks.
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"i hate Bellamy, but he is so hot i cant stop watching"


That.

The plot in this teenangst schlock is irrelevant. This is a program about bimbos whose target targeted viewers are: wannabe bimbos.
The people in it ( I refuse to further denigrate the art of acting by calling anyone who takes a check to appear in this dross, an actor - model is a more appropriate description of the skills required; yet much of the 'talent' would struggle in an commercial selling dog food to starving wolves) don't have to do anything just look good and follow a couple of standard conventions.
Rule number 1: every average looking female (e.g. Clarke - note also minor convention of giving lead 'girls' misspelt men's names) must have two 'hot' males vying for her attention at any one time. (see that movie series about the girl with the bow n arrows set)

If we were actually following the Monty Python format which the 'rule number one' thing is based upon, rules number 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. . .etc would be a blanket ban on gay males, but since this is twenty-teens schlock one can feel fairly certain that a couple of the 100 will be portrayed as gay males. Such an important demographic will not be ignored by the focus group focus of contemporary network scripting.

I hasten to add that it is not the sexuality of the characters that I'm deprecating, it is the by numbers style of the plot & characters.
Dramas in this show may have a little novelty about them from time to time, but they will always be underpinned by the security of the familiar.
Safe viewing for the witless.

In some ways it is amusing to see what is rapidly becoming a twenty-teens industry standard -early on, kill off an actor who seems to be a lead, getting sent up by injuring a lead with a massive must be fatal wound at the end of ep 1, then bringing the character back quickly enough to have a lead role in ep 2 .

But I doubt the satire was intentional when everything else smells like incompetent formulaic production standards we must conclude that the log through the chest resurrection was up there with putting a tourniquet on a light graze in ep 1 - just a combination of ignorance and lack of attention to detail.

Its been a very long time since I was a teen much less a tween, but aren't the target audience put off, even just a little by the fact that despite the entire 100 of em having to be under 18 to qualify for 'the trip of a lifetime' the actors haven't seen the other side of 18 for at least a decade?

I can remember dismissing the great bulk of the 'cutting edge heavy metal musos' back in the day because despite being touted as the new big thing just about all of em had a serious case of middle aged flab -photojournalists didn't have the serious fashion industry skills back then, much less access to photoshop.

imo Old people pretending to be young is just plain creepy to tweens of whatever era.

I dunno why but this take on our out of control rapidly decaying culture is far more viscerally offensive than the worst of the fey young men with too much eyeliner vampire shows.
Perhaps because it seeks to normalise life in a facist state where most accept they have no say in their society's governance.
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Is two episodes too early to give up on a show? I feel like it is but there really isn't much to keep watching for. The Ark stuff is interesting but mostly because of the actors involved and it's not interesting enough to carry the show by itself. The show has potential to be a lot better than it is but the writing can't quite match up to the premise.

I don't actively dislike any of the teens, they just haven't made me care about them. And with Jasper alive the stakes on the show feel incredibly low. It seems the only big dramas will be break-ups and frustrating love triangles without any of the main cast actually being at risk. They're a bunch of teenagers sent down to Earth, which is supposed to be deserted but - oh wait, it's not there's dangerous groundpeople there. Surely the entire show should feel more tense?

Disappointing. I'll give it a couple more episodes I guess.. I find Finn completely uninteresting as both a romantic lead and a character in general (he and Clarke are the worst thing about this show so far) but I did enjoy his 'I thought there were no rules', accompanied by a hard stare. That was kind of badass.

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i hate Bellamy, but he is so hot i cant stop watching
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The 'angry douche bag' is the reason I'm watching :)
LOL at the Bonnie Bennet comment :)
So far, the show is far from stellar, but I'll stick around for a bit longer :)

PS Raven is spacewalker's girlfriend, right?
(if so - we have a triangle situation...)
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I enjoyed this episode it was good, I liked bellemy's 3rd in charge he was nice just hope he doesn't get eaten or taken by the "grounders" all beacuse he fell for his sister. I liked the addition of raven to the cast I wonder who she has on the ground. The wonna be chancellor needs to get punched in the face every time I see him I just want to hit him. I hope this show just keeps getting better.
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I know we're supposed to give a new show 4 episodes.
But that's not going to happen. I tried. I really tried. But I couldn't get through more than 10 mins of ep 2.
I'm done.
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"The Hundred were looking for a leader after arriving on Earth, and Bellamy decided to take it upon himself to fill that role, but he seems to be a bit confused about what that means. He champions a world where chaos reigns, but he also desperately wants to be in charge and make the rules. How long will it take the rest of the characters to see through his abusive reign of terror in which he'll string a man up by his wrists because he caught him kissing his little sister? I'm very interested in the social structure of the Hundred...." Katlin Thomas--


Clearly, the reviewer has not learned anything from the Great Cultural Revolution or Camus' The Rebel: An Essay On Man In Revolt. It is completely possibly to be the leader of a movement that is directly opposed a specific power-paradigm. In fact Camus would say the very nature of rebellion is in fact a rejection of any specific relationship of power between members in society. For example if you were a consumer and decided to revolt against the corporate-consumer paradigm model in our present society it could take on the form of merely not purchasing anything from a corporate source. Revolt itself can be in fact a type of leadership; this is true even if it on the surface as no direction other than revolt itself.

Bellamy, is in fact an anti-leader. He is attempting to control through continual revolution. Mao attempted to do the same. The steps are simple:

1) Create a position in opposition to some specific power paradigm. In this case Bellamy is presenting total freedom in contrast to the ordered and metered life of the Ark. This is the perfect power relationship for total freedom to stand in opposition to.

2) Focus the public on a specific group of people who stand in their way of freedom-- i.e. "The Adults On The Ark"! They represent the ordered and metered life style of an authoritarian society that Bellamy has already created a battle cry against "Whatever the Hell We Want".... which doesn't necessary meaning chaos. It might seem chaotic at first but actually all revolutions against some idea have a period of internal chaos as the public is brought to focus on specific ideology of the revolution. Look at the nature of Revolution in Libya or Egypt two years ago.

3) The next is purge the community of supporters of the old ways. This is clearly what Wells' represents an extension of the power-paradigm of the Space Station dynamic on the surface of the Earth. So, clearly Bellamy has to do two things: 1) force him recant his position about the space station society in public, thus accepting the value of "Whatever The Hell We Want" and 2) then kill him quietly and declare him a hero of the new regime!

4) In a revolution that is continual the idea is that each generation is subsequently focused on purging the old values from the previous generation of people. Hence the reason the Cultural Revolution of 1960's and 1970's China on the surface appeared chaotic and uncontrolled to the casual observer. It however was totally orchestrated and controlled by Mao (and the gang of four). And that is critical to this type of revolution. You need to have the appearance of chaos, but not actual chaos. It seems paradoxical, but in reality it is similar to how Hitler controlled the youth of Germany. He focused their social tensions on the previous generation. It is a great way to control people actually.

Now, of course this is a complex idea so the CW cannot really talk about it. So, sure they have turned Bellamy into the "School Yard Bully" beating up the weaker smaller kids for their lunch money.


This is a great way to view the CW's writing edict when it comes to this show. So, I agree with you that Bellamy is a poor character. However, that is not because he doesn't understand leadership or what to do-- it is because the writers don't trust the audience to stick around for a serious decision about a leader who is a Maoist at heart. Ronald D. Moore did the same thing in BSG-- and went off into simpler tangents to pacify the audience while bamboozling them at the same time into thinking it was smarter than it was. At least the CW doesn't have the problem they started in a reduced capacity to begin with and they are only going down fast!




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The thing is, he's not just leading a revolution. He's a full on dictator and a hypocrite.
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Moa was a dictator and full on hypocrite during the entire Great Cultural Revolution... He didn't care about changing the Chinese Culture for some greater goal of achieving a more perfect communist regime. He wanted maintain control through a controlled state of chaos.
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The french revolution would have been an easier example. Or the Russian communist revolution (which is the best documented rebellion).
Most people doesn't know much about Mao and his Long March.
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I'm not talking about the Communist Revolution that put Mao in power--I'm talking about the second Revolution Mao (and The Gang Of Four) started in the 1960's and 1970's to create a society in perpetual Revolution. That is what writers seem to be referencing with Bellamy's "Whatever The Hell We Want" but they don't seem to want to get into the really good parts of what happens in this sort of revolution. Instead they turned Bellamy into a school yard bully...
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I meant if someone doesn't even know who Mao was or how he got into power, then how should that person know what the second revolution or the gang of four is that you are talking about?

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Groan... suspension of disbelief is strained on this one. How long can teens go without food? How can one 'leopard' fee 100 people? Why would anyone follow someone whose entire plan is "No rules". After about four hours aren't people hungry? Isn't someone going to ask "Hey leader... where's the food?"

You have lived generations on a space station and arrive in a forest. No one has any outdoor skills, wilderness knowledge, or experience with even the most trivial task of climbing a tree, running, jumping, etc. You are likely terrified of any insect, radiation, disease, infection, etc. You have no weapons, food, water, shelter, etc. You arrive with 100 criminals. One person wants to go to a bunker which likely has food. Someone else wants to sit around and do nothing. Further, repeated violence in camp from the leader would probably make it less safe. Yet... for some reason the most pressing issue for them is teen romance and what their parents thousands of miles away in a space station might think?

Sorry... after four hours they would be hungry. After twenty-four they would be starving. One pistol and a few goons can't enforce control over 98 people. If someone didn't have a plan to get 1,000kg worth of food within the first few hours... everyone would leave -- either on-mass to the mountain or in small groups to try hunting, fishing, harvesting plants, etc.
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The entire plot is nonsense... That is what makes it so much fun to watch. They try to make it dramatic, but it is purely nonsensical teenage tripe. However, I will say this actress that plays Octavia is pretty damn hot... I see a big future for her in low-grade B Grade Softcore stuff on Cinemax.
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Thank you! There is only so much of the "Duh" factor that one can ignore!
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Really digging this show. Quality sci fi. Well done CW! However, promos for the next episode are why I always scramble to kill the TV at the end. Such a dumb idea.
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Agree re: Jasper. I like the character well enough, but the death of a supposed main character in the first episode would have been a lot more compelling and (as you said) really "sold" the premise.

Disagree re: romance and the Douche. I didn't find the "romance" particularly significant this episode (except maybe the ham handed efforts to create a tension over the princess). Plus teenagers think about sex every 7 seconds and they have all been locked up for a prolonged period. It is a bit surprising they aren't all having sex.

In terms of the Douche leader, I think he has leveraged the class divide effectively in a universe where it means life and death not just rich and poor. Also, I don't think he actually cares about being leader (at least not to begin with, although he may come to like it). It is all results based right now. If the adults come down they'll kill him for trying to assassinate the Chancellor. So his whole motivation on that front is to get the wrist bands off for self preservation. I thought hanging the other guy up was framed as a power issue but was actually his way of trying to protect his sister.

To get what he wants he needs to lead the lowest common denominators for now and he has to frame things in a way that appeals to them. He can't say "you need to take off your wrist bands to save my life" or "my sister lived her whole life under a floor - I don't want you shirtless hugging her". He has to play instead on the class divide and looking like a totalitarian leader to get the results he actually wants.
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I can't complain about the show so far because I wasn't expecting Lost or anything like it. I think The 100 has some potential and after this two episodes I'm wanting to know more about plot and character development even if it's not the same eagerness I felt everytime I finished an episode of Breaking Bad.
Also, I must say that after reading a couple of comments I'm curious about Teen Wolf because I gave up after the first two episodes of season 1.
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I nearly gave up on Teen Wolf after a couple of ep's too but it is now one of the best shows on tv imo. Each season gets better. Give it another go.
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You will love teen wolf that show has transformed itself into tv brilliance season 3 especially the second half was mind blowing heart wrenching compelling viewing. If you can Watch all the seasons but if times an issue go straight to season 3, you'll be surprised about how grown up this show actually is.
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Mmm I found the action on the Ark more interesting than what's going on with the kiddies planet side who are supposed to be almost 18 but are acting like 12-14 year olds.

I'd like to read the books to see how bad/good the original material is...

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Because this is the CW...


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I think it is more like:
They should really work on their war face.
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Bellamy's other minion is Alec's step brother Julian from Continuum. He is an actor to watch imo. He makes you want to hate the character more than the actor who portrays said character.

No coconuts, but he's going to power the comm system by bicycles.

Clarke does not have the charisma to win over a mob of teens. She might gain one or two but not by the dozens which is what she needs. Teenagers do not care about others. Most of them looked like orphans, so they have no one back on the ark.

Who does Raven have down on Earth is what I am wondering. it's probably Bellamy or Julian (shoulder pad).

No Gaeta this episode. I like Octavia and Monty so far. Clarke Welles and Finn are okay. Welles kicked Julian's (shoulder pad) ass twice, but still got no respect. Welles killed the creature but Bellamy took the credit? WTF?? Bellamy no longer has bullets, so his gun is useless. Also, Welles took it from him, so Welles took his symbol of power. Welles has potential to be leader if he weren't such a stickler for the laws of the station. That is the only reason I have Welles in the second tier. He could be leader if he would rewrite the rules for the situation.

Bellamy has no leverage. He is just a jerk. Kill him now or put him on the front lines in the heaviest fighting. Octavia will see that, when she finds Adam strung up. Maybe she will call him out. I do think she has what it takes to be a leader.

These are my rough impressions of the show and its characters. I think this show has potential. At least this week they didn't interrupt the immersion with an out of place song. I love Paige Turco, so I will continue watching. So far I am giving it a B- with room to go to a B+. I think they need to cull some of the extras so that we can get a better grasp on who's who. Or at least give them some kind of identifiers. flags or bandanas. We do know that they go to whoever feeds them, but what about tomorrow?
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but I think you are mistaken on several things. As the show is predictable I don't really want to go into it, don't want to spoil the fun. Only this one: the pistol was not the simbol of his power. It was his only real power, his boost of confidence. Without it he will feel the mantle of a leader too big for an uneducated janitor, even if his pack is relatively small. So he will start to overcompensate for his inferiority complex and become more and more cruel and violent.
A villan in making. Sadly the show failed to capture the "lost sheep" starting point and only shows his incapibilty and insecurity. His transformation could have been an interesting plotline and it probably is in the book version - I have not read it.
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The gun is useless anyway. Welles used all the bullets, unless someone has an extra clip. I doubt they have a way to make more on Earth, unless Monty makes some coconut bullets, not sure about the ark.

I used the word symbol a bit loosely. Bellamy had his henchman because of the gun. His henchman are clear betas, Bellamy is not really an alpha, but he thought that the gun made him one. If in his mind, he thought the gun made him strong, then it is a symbol. The repercussions of his losing it should be dealt with.

I do agree that this show lacks some backstory. Right now all I see are a bunch of hooligans that are thrown down to a radioactive planet to test the waters. No clear leader and no one to care about. If I knew more, I might care more. They imply that Clarke is supposed to be the leader of one faction and Bell the other, but why? What makes them leader material? How are they going to help the group survive? Clarke has a plan, but can't get a majority to follow her. Bell gets the followers but has no plan beyond tonight.
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Octavia's my favorite out of all the characters
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well, so far so good

you`re right about jasper dying...it is a big cast..they can kill off people to make a more suspensful show
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Okay, my BullShit meter is now officially at the end of the yellow mark.
Agree on almost all points with Kaitlin's review. I only refute Bellamy's rule with violence. He only barks and act violent towards his own people. He is nothing but a bully. A bully who is a siscon. If he was a leader who rules with violence, then he would have cutted Martha Stewart 2.0's hand off (previously mentioned as childhood friend), when he refused to take off his bracelet. He would have hung Atom in front of everyone to show power; to show he is not afraid to use violence against those who do him wrong.

And Kaitlin forgot to add, that the group still behaves like kids gone wild at Spring Break California Beach party. They even set up a love-tent, for God's sake!
And how they forgot to show in the pilot, that there is actually a big class difference between Princess White and Janitor and his hate is not entirely comes from inferiority complex.
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a. They are kids but on a jail break instead of a spring break.
b. The class differences and life on the Ark are clearly more interesting. Maybe they should try flashbacks? Works on other CW shows and this one won't even need wigs. Or of course, they could just show more of current life on the Ark but that would mean more non-teenage characters and oh the horror of that!
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Okay then they are on a jail-break forest party with 'relaxing" flowers. No surpirse they see blue glowing forest and butterflies.

It's not the problem of how, but the when. The wide gap between the classes was only hinted at the second episode by how Raven was acting. If we knew that the priviliged got way better treatment than the rest (extra blankets, second servings, chocolates on the pillow), than it would have been more understandable why Martha 2.0 (sorry pal forever locked in friend zone) and Princess White got all that hate and no help in the first episode.
Actually it would have explained a lot of things. Why they didn't listen to Princess White's reason, why they ignore Janitor and co bullying Martha 2.0 and why they rally behind a sistercon and start chanting like idiots. Or how freedom means more than being outside of their cells and why they don't really want the others to come down. And still consider it even if it means that everyone dying on the arc.
And it would have foreshadowed a more intersting twist to the fight for leadership of the Ark (starting from the pilot). Like real mutiny the moment Dark Lord Kane gets hold of power. He may be supported by the upper class, but they are probably not in the quota that is needed to be floated.

So all I'm saying that the show is constantly burying itself with badly placed plot elements. If they don't want this to be a decent sci-fi then at least they could be thriving to be a decent drama.
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Oh also, Wells isn't in the friend zone. Him & Clarke were an item till he betrayed her secret to his dad in the book. And since he did the same in the show, she definitely hates him here as well.
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Wells in the Oh-Shit I'm Sorry I Got Your Daddy Spaced! See I used to watch a lot of B5 back in the day. I mean floated-- I like spaced better myself...
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Okay that is entirely new information. I remember that it was said that they knew each other since childhood, but not them beeing an item.
If they really want to force the love-troubles angles that much, I think they should have mentioned it. Another point on how the show buries itself.
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So I read the book (takes a couple hours tops) and you're right, the class war stuff should've come up already. Instead they just took all the action and covered the entirety of it in episode 1 (book ends with the discovery of the grounders' existence) and then chose to explore romantic pairings of all things in episode 2.

Anyway, back to the point, seems the 12 stations making up the Ark aren't equal (Hunger Games much?). People working menial jobs and the like are relegated to the outer stations that got to space after the apocalyptic stuff and contained dying grounders at the beginning. Its their kids and the ones in the foster system (most with parents floated by the Council) that end up jailed. Wells and Clarke were the only ones from the main station and are in fact, privileged. Their parents are important to the Ark and so get paid better, have better living spaces and so on.

More importantly, Wells' dad is in charge of the Ark so in their eyes he's the one that killed their parents and/or locked them up which is why all the hate is directed at him. There's not as much towards Clarke but she is still a representative of the "well-off" class.

Unfortunately, none of this comes through in the show, probably bcoz they're trying to keep it as different from the Hunger Games as they can. So the only hint you'll get is Shoulder pad trying to kill Wells and shouting " your dad killed mine". No mention of the fancy parties and market days and "Earth-made" luxuries in the inner stations. Or the radiation exposure experimentation on poor kids from the foster system in the outer stations.
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The act of reading is a blasphemy in itself. Those who read will be forced to use their imagination - they will be forced to use their brains! Such things are not needed for the people of tv-land. Others will imagine things for them; others will think for them. They just need to fix their dull stares on the tv, which will fill their head with thoughts.
Picture books are allowed for kids, but they should also watch Barney the dinosaur or Teletubbies instead.
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Oh and if it makes you feel better, the book is less than mediocre so quality-tolerance levels remain safe. I suppose it was a near thing though.
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I actually thought it'd work better if they showed more of daily life on the Ark. The book has this somewhat silly storyline with one of the 100 (an extremely annoying space-Juliet from the inner stations) escaping the ship just before take-off and then being pardoned by Kane (who is nowhere near as interesting as the show version) coz her mom sleeps with him or something. It's through her and some flashbacks that we learn about the class stuff.
Like you said, the actors would have to be real talented to convey tensions over past incidents and since CW "teenagers" tend to be hired based on looks.. well, lets just say there's a reason why most CW shows use flashbacks as a storytelling device.
Anyway, since the writers no longer have space-Juliet and aren't using flashbacks, their best bet now is to use the adults to support the class-warfare story instead of having poorly thought out B-stories about fixing 100-yr old space junk in an unnaturally short amount of time.
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Almost forgot:
You read the book?! Such blasphemy! Reading is not needed in the world of moving pictures! After comitting such sacrilege what comes next? Demanding quality entertainment perhaps? No Sir! We can't let ideas like that spread. Not after we managed to develop tolarence against mediocre entertainment. Years of work and millions of dollars would go to waste!
Stop this madness while you can and return to your seat infront of the television now!
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It could have worked, if they didn't show any of the happenings on the ark after they were dropped to Earth. But then it would have been up to the writers and actors to deliver the same tension, which they clearly are not able to do.
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I don't like what they are doing to Bellamy's character. He was my favorite character in the book. I know they will have to change things but Im sad anyway.
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Pretend Finn is Bellamy, its what the show writers seem to have done anyway. Then again, this is still episode 2. Plenty of time for both or even all the characters to do a complete about-face.
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dunno about this one. If it reverts to teenies going all kissy face-huggy bod then I'm out of here. If the wanted a BSG hit then at least three people should have died tonight - including Jasper. The blonde babe should have fallen into the pit and been impaled on the stakes and then the rest of them could retrieve her. Make it darker in other words. They have no food, no real tools, and only one weapon which is now out of ammunition.
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Well I'm still intrigued so I'll continue watching.

And Kaitlin I think you missed 2 things:

1. Your count is wrong, there are 99 people still on the ground. Bellamy sneaking on board made 101 going down and with 2 dead that's 99 left.

2. Since your review centred around romance and you didn't mention this I think you missed the potential love triangle they teased. Finn seems to be interested in Clarke(and she in him) but in the end there the show hinted that he is the boyfriend Raven is willing to risk a re-entry in Russian junk to get to.
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Well, obviously, you don't settle for a triangle when you can make all the possible shapes that geometry can offer. Just finished the book (takes like an hour and contains th entire 1st episode and nothing else) and apparently Clarke-Bellamy and Wells-Octavia are possibilities according to the author.
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I don't include Bellamy in the number because he wasn't actually part of the Hundred.
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Ok :)
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Well, i hadn't watched any preview, so everything is new for me. So far looks really interesting.
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The most interesting thing about this show are the people (or whatever) who have survived on Earth this whole time.
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I agree. I want to know if they look like normal humans or if they are mutated like the Morlocks of The Time Machine and the survivors in The Omega Man.
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"No one was shocked when it was revealed Jasper was still alive in tonight's episode, and I actually wish he had died. One might argue that the show needed him alive because they wanted to lure and trap the rescue party, but the only thing that came from that scene was Bellamy's second-guessing of whether or not to save Clarke"

Having not seen the advanced previews, Jasper's rescue wasn't lost on me. And while I initially thought that he should have died, in retrospect (of course pending in what direction the show takes), I'm actually okay with him living. Given how the episode ended, in terms of threat level, The Others (or Grounders or whatever they're called) are lowest on the totem pole. When it comes to intelligence, they're the highest with their medical abilities, trap laying and strategics. They nearly killed Clarke and allowing the group to leave with Jasper allowed that scout to figure out where their camp is.

Conversely, the 100, save for a select few, have established from day one that they're dumber and FAR more dangerous. Between stupidity, arrogance and degrees of douchebaggerie, we've got 2 deaths, an attempted murder, a conspiracy to commit murder and various assaults. I wouldn't worry about body count 'cause I think it's gonna be HIGH on this show.

Various creatures falling somewhere in the middle, though I wouldn't be surprised if they were smarter than most of the 100 too. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but allowing Jasper to live sets the tables nicely for just where exactly the real dangers is. Thus far, it's with Bellamy, Shoulder Pads & The Gang.

On a side note, am I the only one who was hoping those Avatar'esque butterflies would be poisonous?

"I wouldn't be upset if Bellamy was mauled by a panther or impaled on a bunch of stakes. Part of this stems from the fact I think his character was miscast, but part of it is probably just a human reaction to the fact he's a douche bag."

I don't know why but I don't recall disliking two villain factions more than Kane and Bellamy and their various minions. Perhaps because Henry Ian Cusick is so good, Bellamy is so douchey and Shoulder Pad creeps me out...but I already what them to get their comeuppance.

"I also liked that Abby recruited newcomer Raven, the youngest mechanic in 52 years, to help her fix an escape pod so she can make it to Earth's surface. Will it work? I don't know, but Raven seems like a woman who doesn't put up with anyone's shit and I like that."

Of course they'll make it. I imagine 10 days will be plenty for Clarke and Finn to establish some quality chemistry before, oh oh, Raven comes to earth and sees her man all over some blonde chippy who happens to be the daughter of the woman she hitched a ride with. Instant conflict not directly related to the arc or the earth.
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I think the real danger is from STDs' from the natives (grounders)!

Why is everyone vilipend the feminine health care product-- "The Douche" or "The Douche Bag"??? I'll tell you myself (this might be due to my porn addiction) but if the Hindi Religion is correct (and I'm in for trouble) I want to return to Earth in the form of a Douchebag! What better way to spend a life time than in the service of feminine healthcare and well-being? Besides doesn't calling someone a douchebag really sound childish and show how patriarchal Americans truly are? Everytime I see it being used I cringe at the thought that Americans are once again slipping to a pro-phallic society! What is next will resurrect the idea of the vagina denta?

Finally, I'm just glad to see that Humans have evolved in space 97 years to their lungs where the appendix used to be! That is most reassuring.
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I'm really liking this show. Allthough I would like to see it get a little more real, more representative of the high stakes they are facing. Being a teen show it's obviously going to be a bit soapy (and don't get me wrong: I don't mind that at all), but they don't seem to be as scared as they probably should be. Most of those kids don't seem to be the least bit impressed by the danger they are in, I love how instead of being productive they mostly just party and hook up. That's what you get for setting a bunch of rowdy hormonal teenagers loose on the world after locking them up for years. A lot of build up sexual frustration there. Well at least repopulation won't be an issue ;)
But seriously, I'm looking forward to seeing what happends with the aliances, especially if Octavia dicides to face off against her brother. And with those love traingles/ squares/ pentagons forming there is probably going to be plenty of drama.
There is potential in this show, for sure. Let'd just hope they don't mess it up by letting go of the more serious side of the story.
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I like this show for now; but I also think that it was disappointing, that Jasper is alive - VERY unrealistic!
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When that kid got a spear through the chest that knocked him back about 10 feet, I thought that we had a show that meant business and had some realistic, meaningful stakes. When they not only showed that he was still alive, but that his wound was fairly superficial and easily treated with a "poultice", they crapped all over what piqued my interest in this show. Add in the typical "teens ignoring reality (in this case food, water and shelter) because they are horny" schtick and they took a giant step back from the goodwill they paved with a descent 1st episode. It's as if the people in charge of the show were replaced after the pilot or the network talking heads got involved and meddled with it way too much. Sadly, I feel like we are on the verge of another Terra Nova here.
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Wait a minute you actually thought this was going to be anything but watching 20 something hotties attempting to get laid? Remember this is the CW formula-- and it is working so don't screw with it. They gladly turn "A Christmas Carol" into a tale of young hotties getting it on in Victoria England with a backdrop of Poverty and Classism. The CW likes big ideas just so long as they don't actually get spoken of or affect the writers ability to throw in five or six pointless romances.
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& preferably 5/6 romances involving any geometrical shape more complex than a line
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If they want to do a relationship structure that looks like an icosagon-- I'm cool with it.
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Now that you mentioned it, isn't the premise almost exactly like Terra Nova but with only teens and minus the dinosaurs...
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Yeah. Force equals mass times acceleration, so multiply the weight of the spear by the speed it was traveling and now I wonder what absorbed the shock as it hit jasper's chest. No way he could've survived. At least if it'd been an arrow... Even then...
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Mass is not interchangeable with weight. Weight is a force in itself- it is some mass x times the pull of gravity 32fps/fps or 9.8msp/msp . That is why my lard ass on the Moon is 1/6th of the weight it is on Earth. And acceleration is not speed. Acceleration is technically speaking a change in speed: i.e. going from 30mph to 10mph is a deceleration of 20mph and the converse of that would 20mph in acceleration.

What is more interesting is that some how Spacewalker ( How cute) knew that a person threw a spear of 300 feet.
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I know perfectly well mass and weight are not the same thing, and neither is acceleration and speed, Mr. or Mrs. Smarty Pants. I was just trying to rephrase the idea I had just presented in a post I wrote in a hurry and didn't see the need to be technical since this is a comment about a TV show, not a class in physics, though you might not realize the difference. And my flawed expression didn't invalidate my point, which is, the spear was going fast enough to exert enough force to cause more than superficial damage.
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Mr. Smarty Pants and myself both like things exact.
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Don't forget the fact that he hit a boulder. He could have flew backwards a couple of more feet. I don't know if this makes it look better or worse...
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Worse. Heavy impact's on both sides in that case.
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The premise is there just not sure if its potential can be met. So far it doesn't look good..As people have pointed out you can almost see the CW mandate on screen while watching and its very annoying.
Some of the main characters are decent but are not being given enough to work with or react tp. Maybe the next few episodes will remedy this.
To be fair there are shows that are still going that started off alot worse than this. Arrow (which turned it around spectacularly), Vampire diaries and a few others.
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From now on, "Shoulder Pad" shall be named Theseus by me, as a tribute to a better science fiction show. By the way, why does he always have to look like he's dozing off?

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Marie Avgeropoulos is my new TV crush, in spite of the complicated last name I can't pronounce and have to copy from somewhere else and paste. She's the sexiest of the one hundred. But what a tough break dating Octavia, with a miscreant of a brother like that!

Glowing butterflies? Beautiful, especially landing on Octavia's arms as if she were a post-apocalyptic Snow White. But nah... Totally wrong. Butterflies that glow in the dark so predators can see them more easily? Natural selection dictates that the only weapon butterflies have is mingling with the environment. Where would they hide? In the glowing forest on the glowing mountains? OK, if they show that, I'm convinced.

Raven "They removed they bracelets on purpose."
Guy: "Why would they do something so reckless?" No, the correct term should be "so recklessly stupid."

The chancellor's son (I can't recall his name and that speaks volumes of his acting) wasted all bullets in the weapon shooting aimlessly trying to kill that werepanther and save the chief douchebag. Oh, great. Where's Daryl when we need him?

Speaking of which, they could start making bow and arrows and lances, that kind of stuff. They can't have many bullets left.

OK, depending on the way the council votes in ten days, they'll eject loads of people into space. But if conditions on Earth prove to be livable, then the people in the station supposedly will move to the surface. Why not then, send to the surface the people they are supposed to kill? At least they would have a chance. But that would destroy the show's premise, I guess.

The escape pod seemed to have made from old parts of a VW Beetle. Perhaps it was manufactured by Volkswagen. Good, at least it's reliable and low maintenance.
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Unless the butterflies are the predators and use the light to lure their prey.
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That would be so awesome!!
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Anything is possible in a make-believe ecosystem, but if there are werepanthers, they hunt smaller animals, and those would eat butterflies.
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Make-believe world logic = don't address questions, just let the viewers discuss it to death and when a halfway decent one turns up on forums, steal it & pretend it was the plan all along.
So in this case, glowing butterflies with on-off settings?
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Good one. Well, the visual effect was nice and creative, I give them that. To me they chose it just because it looked eerie.
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Completely agree about reducing population by sending them to earth, seems much less cruel than sending them off into space to die. But we all know that would just be way too practical and reasonable for the CW.
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Oh is Marie in that? She was arguably the second best thing about Cult last season?

The first being Robert Knepper, as always...
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I couldn't get past the idiotic premise and the pilot of Cult. But knowing Marie was in it, I might take a look. I'm mesmerized.
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She's in it a lot.

And the premise isn't really that idiotic: it kind of grows on you as they develop it more. If you want real idiocy, watch any given episode of the similiar-but-not-really Following.
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I never got to the "later" part. I never got past the pilot of Cult. Sometimes I do that. Clean cut.
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Also, as I recall, there weren't that many killings. It was more of a mystery/conspiracy show than a "killers run amuck" show like The Following.
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Actually, they explained that later. The people who were killing weren't doing it because of the CW show. The CW show was based on them killing, even if no one except the secret head writer knew it.

Now, if you couldn't swallow the premise that any show on the CW would be that insanely popular, well, then you might have a point... :)
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Some shows you get past the premise, others, you simply can't. The Following is totally over the top and pure fun. Not meant to be taken seriously by a long shot.

Maybe I'm just a bit more tolerant with the idea of a bunch of strangers following a psychotic literature professor who respects Poe over the premise that people would kill for a CW show... Really, I can't reconcile that. It's like you say people killing in the name of Honey Boo Boo.
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I'm still intrigued by the series, so I certainly keep on watching for another few episodes.
I agree with most of you that the romance bits are the weakest part so far (mainly because there ARE romance bits), but at least there no love triangles yet, unless both Jasper and Adam survive and still wanna go after Octavia.
In this particular episode I found the story in space much more interesting. Raven seems like an interesting addition (apart from that name, ugh). And to be honest I'm already hoping that some adults get on the ground to set those tedious teenagers straight.
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Here is what makes absolutely no sense in this premise. You need to get x number of people off the station for the rest of the humans y on the station to survive. So if X is equal to 309 or 1009; why would send 1/3 of the number essentially the surface? That makes no sense at all. If you send 100 and you find out the planet is safe you still have to send 209 more down. To establish the community. If you send 100 down and they don't make it-- you still have to dispose of 209 people in some fashion. At least this way you can tell the population that these people are heroes and they sacrificed their lives for the greater good of the community and the hope to return to Earth sooner! People would eat that crap up. A random lottery drawing of people to kill off 209 or more won't go over well the community. It would be very unpopular and it would probably create a series of riots and do more damage to the planet. A simple cover story could be create easily enough.

Secondly, If the planet is in fact habitable you will need to create the infrastructure necessary to survive on the planet: i.e. a village with a secure water supply, food supply, shelter and protection. This requires an investment of raw supplies and training. They would need rations for at least 72hrs for all person in the group... There is no way to know the condition of Mt. Weather after 97 years in space. And if it is a facility that is supposed to secure they might have to figure out how to access it if possible at all. The point is you cannot count on anything at all on the surface other than the things and people you bring along.

So, do you bring along a group of brats with criminal records only? Or do you bring along those people plus 200 adults with specific low-level skill sets to build a community on the planet? It would be like the brats were sentence to a very long period of "Community Service" in this case instead of cleaning up the roads-- building irrigation ditches, fences, planting seeds, ect and so on. That is what you want to do do in this scenario. It would be like sending a company of Seabees (CB) to the surface to build a new village. You would also want security elements i.e. against wild life (meaning guns-- but where they would get these guns is not obvious. I would give them more credit if they had a couple of M2HB's in this show-- what can I say teen romance is always better with a Heavy Machine-gun in 12.7 NATO--- Remember the original "Red Dawn" now that was TEEN ROMANCE AND AN AMERICAN WET-DREAM FOR KILLING RUSSIANS! Oh God Do I Miss The Early 1980's-- Nothing like the threat of Nuclear War To Make You Feel Alive!!! ) .

Some one needs to tell the director that the FNH Five-Seven is not a double action pistol-- so when Wells pulls the trigger on it and the chamber is empty-- the hammer will only fall once! Also when a modern automatic pistol-- and this goes back to well the birth of automatic pistols in the late 19th century-- the action stays open after the last round is fired! You would have actually manually close slide of the pistol on an empty magazine...

Notice how the gun at the end of magazine left the slide open.... So Wells should never have had a reason to pull the trigger and hear a click... It was not dramatic just laughable...

What this show does need more of however are ORGIES!
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I agree with you that it makes more sense to send more people down with some adults and even some military. However the show is called "the 100" so I just to accept the premise. With that acceptance, the show is quite entertaining and exciting for the 2 episodes.
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I don't think they are there to set up the return of civilization. These "expendable" kids are the proverbial canaries in a mine shaft, nothing more.
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Again, they don't have enough people or resources to send down multiple missions to Earth. So they have to make each one count for more than just a test run. Not to mention the fact that you need to remove 309 people form the space station anyway for the other 3601 to survive the 6 months until they can repair the space station. The best option is to send down all 309 people at once as an expedition to establish the basics for survival on the surface in the first place.
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Did you not notice that letting the 100 people go down was a massive secret? It is common knowledge aboard the station that Earth needs 3 more generations before it's safe for them to go back down. The fact that the station is dying is also a secret. What do people in power try to do? Stay in power. Do you think these things would stay a secret if all of the sudden 5% of the population is gone or would the general population start to ask questions? All of the sudden every "low level" worker is down on Earth with political dissidents, that wouldn't raise any red flags at all would it.

The best way for these people to stay in power and not let anyone know about the life support issue is simple: send the 100 down to the planet in secret. If they survive and don't show evidence of radiation poisoning announce the success of your plan to repopulate the Earth. Then, start sending down the number of people necessary to keep the station alive. Is this more complex than simply sending down the 300+ people needed to keep the station alive? Yes, but it also keeps the people in power, in power.

Do you honestly think the population would get extremely suspicious if all the "unnecessary and expendable" people were sent to Earth? Considering the important nature of the work they would be doing, the most qualified people should go down to Earth. But as you said, that can't happen since they are needed on the station. The plan (aka the premise of the show) is overly complex, but it keeps the people in power safer than admitting the big problems on the station.
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Amigo, you're clueless! Why do you think we have wars when populations have excessive amounts of expendable people??? Why do you think the Roman Empire spent more money on blood sports to maintain entertain a population that was essentially surplus... because they wanted to distract them from their generally poor standard of living. It is the same reason the British Empire in the late 19th and early 20th century was mostly comprised of illiterate poor members of society. It is the reason why after the 1960's the US Military became a purely volunteer situation. It is all about misdirection power.

You would make this a volunteer operation. Except for the prisoner's call it a new method of punishment far more humane in that gives them a fighting chance of survival and after say a 3-4 year period on the planet in service they can be free. The odds are you will get all the people who are discontent with the society in the first place. In fact you might have more than 300 people volunteer for relocation. It works this why our American Armed Forces are all volunteer-- they put out an incentive that is just attractive enough to people who are on the bottom rungs of the social ladder. It works you make the incentives appealing only to those who are the most vulnerable in your society. Take a look at the demographic make up of the US Army today and you'll see it primarily made of poor whites and minorities. It is the perfect social catch all for people who have been left behind in our society!

Actually, no if you do it correct no on in the "Ark" would be suspicious at all if people who are on the bottom rung of society joined up for a mission like this. In fact people wouldn't question it all. They will feel that they are doing something for the greater good of the human race by attempting to recolonize EARTH.

Now, what will further heighten the discontent between the power elite and the lower rungs of the society is a lottery that ends in the death of members. That will only help to draw the distinction between the classes in the society. In fact it would probably lead to open revolt. My Solution is actually far more realistic.
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You don't seem to understand, The 100 were not sent to start recolonizing Earth. They are Guinea pigs. According to the show's "science" they still need 3 more generations before Earth is habitable. If they were going to restart a place for people to live your objections are correct, but the 100 are not the vanguard of the people on board the space station.
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The station needs to shed x number right? In this case that number is about 300 people. So, how do you get 300 people to leave a station and its relative safety for the good of the community? The best way is put them on the planet. So you see my point is no matter what the kids were going because they needed a supply of cheap labor on the planet. The next 100 would be people who do low level work: janitors, general maintenance, ect and so on. The third group would be people you want to get out because they are politically inconvenient i.e. opposition groups that might be on the edge of breaking the society. They will want to go because you they want to be free of the societal controls found in the station.

So, yeah, you give them enough resources to start a colony, not because that is the ultimate goal--but it is a good cover story. This way you don't have to deal with the backlash of having to select 200 people from your society to throw out the airlocks in a mass culling of the population. Because again the culling cannot look like it is rigged but it has to be rigged if the space station is going to survive. That means no one with a skill set that is valuable to the survival of the human race will be jettisoned out the airlock. Meaning that basically only the underclass of humans that would exist in this society would be sacrificed. This would most like cause a major rift in the societal functions of the space station. Where as if you send away these same people to Earth even if it is a suicide mission you still have the pretense of giving these people a fighting chance of survival on the surface of the Earth.

And if the Earth is suitable for living you already have the ground work being established for the eventual mass exodus from Space back to the surface. Either way it is a win-win scenario for the power-elite of the Space Station.

So, that is why I think this entire premise is flawed. It just isn't well thought out at all.
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Meh. I'm not liking it too much, but it's also about what I expected from a CW drama featuring a shit-tonne of teens. I'll keep watching, I guess, until an episode absolutely turns me off... but so far, it's okay.
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Having watched 'Episodes' I can visualize the pitch meeting in my head.

Creator: 'It's about a group of highly intelligent, trained teens being the first humans sent to earth after an apocalyptic event. It will be about camaraderie, and the struggles they face to re-build civilization'

CW: 'Nah, let's sex it up, add an unusual amount of douchebag hottie mchotterson's with attitude problems. Let's have 2 hot chicks, a semi-intelligent blonde and a brunette troublemaker. No survival skills whatsoever - it's gonna be awesome....'

Hubby checked out after Ep 1, I came back and drank the kool aid, maybe just one more.....
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I'll tell you how the pitch went:

Jason Rothenberg: " SEX, SEX, SEX," It is one big orgy in Sherwood Forrest!
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The douchier of Bellamy's two minions is called Murphy.
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Why does Bellamy have minions anyway? These people are supposedly not willing to follow anyone so why would these minions follow Bellamy...
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Because they are just stupid and impressionable kids?
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Yeah, but they already have a gang leader? That pouty kid with red paint on his shoulders... Personally, I think if he were a badass-- he would kill Bellamy in his sleep and take his pistol and whack Wells in public.
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Meh. I'll stick with Shoulder Pad.
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The other one is called Atom, not Adam. I remembered him, because Astroboy's original name was Atom too... Astroboy would have probably been too ridiculous after calling cool-hair spacewalker, so they went with the Japanese version, which probably less people know.
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Maybe his mother was a big fan of the Floyd?


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I'll call him Theseus (from Continuum).
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That's what I call him, too! I really hope his role on this show doesn't prevent him from appearing in Season 3!
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I think all he needs is a little love like the Beatles song!
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These 'troubled kids' are more like the cast of the entitled CW's 90210 remake, than inventive and/or criminals in any way. I'm hoping for many more giant eel love bites - as that's the sexiest thing on here, namely silent!

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I wonder how many times that show will get resurrected?
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Wasn't it Kaitlin Thomas who criticized the new Crisis show for being unrealistic and full of inconsistencies? - I wonder how she can accept this plot without no protests at all?
1. How likely is it that a community in space - at the brink of distinction - send a bunch of convicted teenagers to a polluted Earth without any training - without a clear leadership structure or clear tasks to accomplish? - The only task they were given was to find some bunker
2. How likely is it that these 100 youngsters arrived on Earth with no special means of survival? - No food - no tents - no weapons or other equipment - Just the clothes they were wearing when they departed
3. How likely is it that at least the female part of the expedition look like they've bought their clothes in a fashion shop looking all sexy? - Yeah - how likely is it that these youngsters could wear a variety of clothes - It's not likely that these space stations were equipped with clothes manufacturers or a stock of various clothes to fit youngsters
4. How likely is it that youngsters who've lived their whole life in an artificial surrounding start to party as soon as they've arrived to Earth and have all sorts of aggressions against each other and love stories going on? - Surely a lot of whole other problems would have kept their minds busy to start with? - Remember - they had no food nor water supplies
5. How likely is the notion from the space station inhabitants that no one could have survived the nuclear disaster on Earth in one or another way?
6. How likely is it that the survivors of the catastrophe would be hostile towards 100 young and unarmed people - Isn't curiosity towards the newcomers a more likely scenario? - Unless of course the survivors on Earth had turned into cannibals - *lol*
This show has a more insane plot than Crisis for sure and the creators of the plot must be real morons to pull a show like this and believe that the audience just swallow that crap - A high school student with some fantasy could have written a better and more believable plot *lol*
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7. How likely is it that a bunch of juvenile delinquent teens would be completely undisciplined? For the Ark society to have survived in space for 97 years, it would have taken great planning, attention to detail, organization, and regimentation. Many astronauts come from military backgrounds so a large number of the Ark community would have been very familiar and comfortable operating in a hierarchical society. Surely this mindset and process would have been instilled in the children. I have no problem with there being a detained bunch of JDs, but not with the 100 being sent to earth with no clear command and control established. Now, if the first three who had died had been the designated top leaders from the outset, then some disorganization as a result of the deaths would be understandable. But there would still be organized sub groups each with their necessary tasks of establishing shelter; exploring the immediate area; looking for food; testing plants, animals, and water; and otherwise getting organized.

8. How likely is it that the Ark doesn't seem to have an exit strategy? So they apparently have only 4-6 months of sustainability remaining. Regardless of the success or not of the 100, I think if I were the Chancellor I would be throwing all my available pool of talent and resources into doing everything possible to get as much of the Ark as possible to survive re-entry with Earth's atmosphere (well, that's not very likely I know) or repairing all available shuttles and escape pods for this journey. The Ark surely has enough instrumentation to find a patch of Earth that appears least affected by (or most recovered from) nuclear fallout and provide the most optimal chance of survival for those who make it to Ground.
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It's really pretty simple really: Crisis is supposed to be based in the real world, in present day. And I believe the term I used was "ridiculous."
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*smiles* - Can anyone write a stupid plot with the excuse that it doesn't happen in the "real world"? - I'm all for imaginary situations with no support in the real world at all but their must be some logic in the story - Obviously "The 100" has not
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I don't know which plot I find more boring. You know what is ridiculous about Crisis is that anti-human Alien factions' greatest assets are High-Schoolers and the greatest anti-alien assets are an aging bunch of Duck Dynasty Fans! These two groups do not make me think of WORLD DOMINATION!
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So, aliens landing in Louisiana totally ridiculous-- Adam Ant's grandfather running around Westchester County NY-- TOTALLY ABOUT THE CHARACTER!

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I love sci-fi, I love mystery, I love character development but mostly I love the idea that I can understand what happens and I am able to put it in the framework the writers give us. If the action fits the framework, it works for me. So, I wanted to give this show the four-episode test as the premise sounded great.
Regrettably I have to say that after two episodes I will not be able to make the complete four episodes I meant to. but I am not a fourteen year old female that enjoys the fact that youngsters at the end of their twenties, playing kids ten years younger (everyone is supposed to be younger then 18), sometimes have the wisdom as if they're in their thirties and sometimes act like they're under ten (do not say teenagers do as they do not have that wisdom), who doesn't mind the logic of anything as the romance in the story is more important than anything else and believe that most adults are idiots or power hungry except for the parents of the heroes within the children's group.
In conclusion, I'm not part of the target audience and that's ok with me. I'm just so very disappointed that such a great premise is dealt with in this way.
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Then I advise never read the book Hunger Games. Or watch the movie. I comitted the first, and imagine the moive could only be worse.
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Of all the stupid things of this episode, I love this one the best.



Where the hell did he get this spade from? Even if there would have been a reason to have some on the space station (which I doubt, please also do not say there are areas to grow food on because you don't need spades for that), they would not have sent one down with the kids.

And for something so useful (even as a weapon), why did he leave it with the graves?
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He took out his plasma cutter from his pocket, then cutted the right size of chunks from their landing ride, then took out his welder from his other pocket and made a beginner level spade. (Yeah he has magical pockets, which will come in handy in later episodes, I bet.)
And what the others did accomplish? Prisoner 101 shivs. They even used up all their duct tape.

And you missed the obvious. The backpack on the bottom right corner. He figgin sew together a perfect backpack! This guy is officially renamed Martha Stewart 2.0
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I had a whole one page long nitpick list for the episode but decided not to use it and just make one statement. It's better everyone has the opportunity to have some fun.

But your break down of this scene is probably a 100% correct.
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It's not a spade, it's a piece of pipe and elbow joint attached to a piece of metal. Given the ship they came down, I'd say the odds are pretty likely that something like this would make itself available.
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I see where you're going. In that case, thank God they had a hacksaw or cutting torch to get such a nice spade-like piece in one piece from the ship or even a welding torch in case they had to put parts together.
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Meh, there was enough damage upon landing that I'm willing to entertain that it was ripped off the wall or floor or whatever. This or any other sci-fi show is going to need some level of belief suspension.

Personally, I'm having a far greater issue with the basic principle of sacrificing the few to save the many. Sure, numbers on the arc need to be reduced, but why talk about sending people out of the airlock to certain death rather than send them down to earth just because you don't know for certain that it's safe?

If my name got chosen, damn straight I'll take my chances with radiation.
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I mentioned the saw etc. because of the nice straight rectangular shape. I'm with you on the other argument, but it's one of the many problems I and many others have with the show. It is not aimed at any logical framework and anyone who likes a logical and believable framework. See my comment above where I describe the audience I believe this show is for. I am not one of them.
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DIY.com obviously. And it's a 'Use once. Pass it on' spade - popular in Kibbutz, according to my New Age parents, sheesh, Kebab!
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He ordered it from Amazon.
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omg, I think I love you. marry me.
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And so a new Under the Dome is born
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Nope, nope. See, Under The Dome takes itself seriously. So the enjoyment comes from it trying so hard to be good it becomes laughably bad. The 100 is not even trying because it assumes the audience is as brain-dead as the show is.
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I disagree-- Under The Dome is better because it has a soldier named Barbie... Who is shacking up with his victim's wife!!!! See that is why it is better-- Porno-logico Philosophico need I say more???
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Underdome is so much better they have a Soldier named Barbie (Doll)...
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Wow. My barber's is called that.
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Bellamy is hot. But he still has horrible ideas, is bossy, and the worst kind of leader. I would 100% start a fight with him.

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Do you jump his bone first or fight him first and do the whole angry sex thing? I'm just trying to figure out the inevitable progression of things here.
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Uh I identify SO much w Clark in this show! This group mentalitty is so annoying. This is why I HATED Lord of the Flies. Everyone listens to the person with the worst ideas.
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If people feel lost, hopeless, then they will converge around those who acts responsible, know what they are doing, shows authority - basically those who look in charge. (Jack in Lost, Ralph in LotF)
If people are scared and feel threatened/vulnerable then they will gravitate towards those who show power and decisiveness. (Lock in Lost, Jack in LotF).
And all these are severly amplified by the groupthink effect.

That's human nature. That's why soldiers follow their leader in battle and this is why cults could work.
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I definitely get the "Jack Shephard" vibe when I watch Clark. She's holding it together for now, but just like Jack she will probably reach that breaking point when the responsibility gets to be too much.
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In my opinion she will never be a leader. The reasons:
- She is from the upper class whose grip is faded as soon as they lost communications. Even if they manage to set it up again, she is an "enemy of the state", so won't get much personal support. And while the chancellor's son is also there, he will be a better choice for the leaders of the Ark.
- She is constantly saved by Finn. And that is why I call her Princess White.
- From the point of the others she is doing things becuase she cares for the people of the Ark, not for them.
- While she was the leader of the small packs she ventured out with (get food journey, rescue Goggles) she is more inclined to be a shepherd than a leader for the whole. She wants to protect them, but not mingle with them. It seems the hate between the classes is a two way street.
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It's called "group-think"....
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I have high hopes for this series and I will keep watching. But if they focus on romantic liaisons I will flip a damn table!!! Have it in the story just not the main plot.
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I like that the writer introduced the requisite CW potential romances in a way that's highly relevant to the plot. Bellamy only holds power because Clark isn't interested in pursuing it- at this point. I think the fact she's a girl makes him feel safe because he knows he can physically overpower her, but Finn (also not a threat yet because he too is uninterested in leading), is a problem when his obvious affection for Clark is roused, providing her with the physical strength to stand up to Bellamy.
Seeing the way the wind is blowing, Bellamy tries a new tack, attempting to win over Wells by forcing him to acknowledge the attraction between Clark and Finn, creating a love triangle that might otherwise have gone unspoken - either Clark rejects Wells and Bellamy uses his anger as a way to slowly win him over, or Wells wins Clarke over, and she loses Finn's support as a result, removing her as a threat to Bellamy because Wells doesn't have the adoration of The 100 the way Finn does (another reason Bellamy won't directly confront Finn just yet).
Plus, it's a high pressure situation, so of course a lot of instant bonding is happening, but I like that Belamy's keeping careful note of the interactions round him and trying to manipulate/use them to his own advantage, like a true sociopath.
Even better, the 2 female characters I found annoying, Octavia and the mechanic Raven, have now been placed to have great impact on the power struggle - Bellamy is too blinded by affection for his sister to realise she's already slipping from his leash (as shown by her donation of her cuff to the attempt to communicate with the Ark) and if Raven is Finn's girlfriend, her arrival could create the rift between Finn and Clark that Bellamy needs to render them relatively powerless.
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I totally agree. This is how I have interpreted it. I think I might be crazy but I do like Bellamy :) There is more to it that we are not made aware of yet..
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...GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!

(Except I love all the bad ass ladies. But I feel like Raven will be Finn's g/f b/c Bellamy seemed very quick to jump into a 'new' relationship given it's been 2 days. Where Finn is interested in Clark, but in no rush.)
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A second review of this crap? This is the worst show I've seen in a while... If this gets a full season I'll scream.
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I'm going to try watching it with copious amounts of LSD next time (Dr. Leary You'd Be Proud Of Me)--- I'm sure it will get better!
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Sure! Just keep the dosage up :)
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It could be a mind altering experience or the most boring trip of one's life! I could actually be found dry-humping my sofa thinking it was Octavia and I Emperor Nero.
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stop whining and change the channel!!!
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yea stop watching it , its not for you.
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Then why did you watch two full episodes?
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beats me!
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I’m confused, is Finn the brother or lover of Raven? He got referred to as lover boy by her colleague but he’s flirting like mad with Clark.

Still can’t stand Octavia and hope the others kill her, along with some other criminals who I can’t bother to know the name of.

I actually like Raven, get her to earth. But let’s face it they’ll land on the right mount and still be separated from the 100.
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He can't be her brother - only Octavia has a brother.
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Right, forgot about that, thanks.
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I hated the pilot, and this episode was better, and it was still bad. The CW sold this as a show everyone would enjoy. But anyone above really young or really stupid, No. Totally agree with reviewer about how the so-called romantic teen entanglements are just too soon. But add to that how the so-called teens who grew up in a metal box in space suddenly know how to track in an open forest and know how to field clean and cook an animal (though they never seen real meat). Sorry, I have a brain, and cannot expect this show will improve at this point.


Or better yet....

To watch better shows than a weak television YA ripoff of The Hunger Games.

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If anything this show is a rip off /futuristic version of Lord of the Fly. Not even close to the Hunger Games. You may as well call in the CW'S Survivor edition then.
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If anything this show is not, then "a rip off /futuristic version of Lord of the Fly". Please don't insult a classic literature piece.
And Princess White is the same characer as Catniss in Hunger Games. Even the framework of the story is almost the same. (If you have not read the book I can explain the similarities and differences.)
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Yes hunty! All credibility left the surface of the earth, when not-so-hunky-teen survived that spear. I keep watching the bad cw shows or shows that had potential, but turned bad onwards. Not making the same mistake again.
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This show is carelessly, thoughtlessly, unnecessarily, and inconsiderately stupid. It is a cheap insult to the CW's fanbase who deserve better.

Please don't mistake me for some merciless and ruthless critic of anything but the purest, most hardcore sci-fi. I'm a huge fan of genre television that a lot of the "upper crust" love to hate: I look forward each week to Vampire Diaries, the Originals, Supernatural, Arrow, Bitten, Lost Girl, Continuum, and---especially---Teen Wolf (a show whose most recent season rose to heights not seen since Buffy or Firefly).

But "the 100" is just awful. Every plot point is transparently groan-worthy. Let me list the ways:

  1. "Hey, most of the kids are perfectly---PERFECTLY---healthy, while some of them are dead. Clearly, a global blanket of radiation is killing them all."
  2. Impaled through the torso by a four-inch-wide spear? Thankfully, they have bandages, hot water, and a poultice.
  3. The bracelets: Masterfully crafted to accurately transmit kilobytes of real-time medical data... but not "I was pried off" vs. "my wearer died". And forget about two-way communication; apparently SMS fees are just as expensive in the future as they are now.
  4. Everything about the villains: This show seems to be blissfully unaware of the fact that villains have to be likable in some ways; "deliciously evil" is how I describe my favorite villains. The psychotic kingpin and his loathsome henchman make me want to vomit every time they enter the frame.
  5. One engineer couldn't possibly retrofit a century-old... oh, frak it.
Really, this show is insulting your intelligence. You poor, poor fools who "can't understand the hate" have sold yourselves out to the barrel-bottom expectations the CW evidently has of your standards.


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Fun fact: Two years later, The 100 is easily one of my favourite shows on all of television---period, full stop. My excoriating review in 2014 is of this show before it demonstrated its full message: as a tale of gritty, real, no-holds-barred apocalyptic perfection. I stand by every word I said in my initial post---the science and plotting in those first few episodes was truly terrible and poorly-conceived.

But holy Hell did this show turn itself around. If someone held a gun to my head right now and asked me "what are the three best sci-fi shows currently on air," I'd immediately answer: Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and the 100.
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(... and Teen Wolf, of course, but that's obviously implied.)
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My ... such hate ... I find it wonderful, mindless fun and hope it continues. I notice you are developing a numerical following. Congrats. I will remain a contrary voice.
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I guess I won't bother to watch this series since its pilot wasn't good. I care not about romance.
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