The CW sent me 5 disks with the pilots of their new shows
for me to review. I have to say that I enjoyed them all!
This one doesn't premiere until probably January at least.
I think that's because it's not quite as good as the others,
and it's more scifi than most of them. Still, I did like it
and I hope to see more of it.
The show is set in the future where we have had to leave
Earth because of nuclear wars; humans live in space stations
high above the planet. However, overpopulation has
become a problem, among other things. Anyone over 18
who commits any crime at all gets put to death. Anyone under
18 is locked away. In the first episode, the people in
charge have decided that Earth may be okay to return to now,
so they are sending 100 of the delinquent teens planetside
to see if they survive, to test it out before anyone else
goes there and risks their lives.
What makes the show the most interest is the politics
involved. The main teen, Clarke, is very smart and
responsible. Her mom is a very important doctor who is
friends with the president. Something happens to the
president just as the teens are sent to Earth which
complicates things quite a lot, and we get to see the
politics between the people in charge. Clarke has a
good friend to help her out, but she resents him for
something he did. She has other friends there as well, but
most of them are not friends. They are criminals, or at
least delinquents. It feels a bit like Lord of the Flies or
The Hunger Games, which I'm sure is intentional.
Of course, lots of unexpected things happen to the teens
on the planet. Some die. Things back on the space
station don't go well, either. Check it out. It's quite
I think most of the cast is quite attractive, especially
the young man that is obviously a love interest for Clarke.
The cast is filled with very good actors. The
weird-looking kid Julian from "Continuum", Richard Harmon,
plays one of The 100. The president is played by "Grey's
Anatomy" vet Isaiah Washington. Clarke's mother is
actress Paige Turco, who has been in many things. You may
remember her from her recent recurring role on "Person of
Interest". Henry Ian Cusick from "Lost" and many other roles
plays one of the politicians that clashes with the president
and the doctor. Kelly Hu, another TV vet (recently from
"Arrow", also on the CW), plays his wife.
Update: the show debuts March 19. Here are some more videos.
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