Does The 100 Have What It Takes to Survive?

The 100 Series PremiereNinety-seven years after a nuclear armageddon left Earth uninhabitable, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent back down to search for resources and secure the future existence of the entire human race. What could possibly go wrong?

As evidenced by the new drama The 100, which premiered March 19 on The CW, the answer is literally everything.

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From the moment the 100 98 step off their ship and experience nature for the first time, their excitement is palpable. It’s like watching Dorothy crossing into the technicolor land of Oz — only instead of witches and munchkins, this new terrain is crawling with far worse dangers. Like two-headed deer. And vicious sea beasts. And raging hormones.

Good-natured Clarke (Eliza Taylor) attempts to lead the group to salvation, but her best efforts are often thwarted by stowaway Bellamy (Bob Morley) and his sister Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), who have their own ideas about how to survive.

And then there’s the kicker: Are the 100 actually alone on this seemingly barren planet? In the final moments of the premiere, poor Jasper (Being Erica‘s Devon Bostick) gets impaled by what appears to be a homemade javelin, sending his fellow convicts into an understandable panic.

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The 100 Series PremiereOf course, there’s also plenty of drama back on the ark, including the attempted assassination of Chancellor Jaha (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Isaiah Washington), the near execution of Clarke’s mom Abby (Person of Interest‘s Paige Turco) and the maniacal behavior of wannabe-chancellor Kane (Scandal‘s Henry Ian Cusick).

Undoubtedly one of The CW’s most ambitious projects this season, The 100 is certainly a gamble, but I believe it’s one that pays off. Not only does the pilot establish strong characters and high stakes, but the momentum builds with each subsequent episode as new dangers are introduced and the existing mysteries deepen.

You’ll find yourself caring about these characters without even realizing it; more importantly, you’ll find yourself imagining what you’d do in their position — and that‘s a scary thought.

Grade The 100‘s first episode via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your selection.

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74 Comments
  1. Robby Horine says:

    Okay, so instead of sending down some security personnel or some Marines or whatever, they instead send down juvenile delinquents who came out of Ambercrombrie and Finch and then everyone is shocked when things go horribly wrong?

    PASS!

    • nateddog says:

      Have you never watched a CW show before? A&F is kinda their thing.

    • amy says:

      I’m so not with this plot. It makes 0 sense to not send people with at leastore

    • dude says:

      The point is, they’re expecting them to die so they send their most expendable people (bratty teens with “issues”). This is a last ditch effort to survive.

    • jason says:

      you know what else is shocking. everyone has a cleft chin.

    • James says:

      Well, I haven’t seen the episode, but the novel implies the Government knew something was wrong on Earth, that’s why they sent criminal teenagers as they were the most expendable. Makes sense if you think about it, why waste an Army if there are risks?

  2. Aleana says:

    It was pretty good I’ll give it a shot just hope the ratings are good

  3. igo says:

    So, is it true what isaiah washington said about the 100 being the best show on tv?

  4. Kate says:

    I’m not into seeing a CW version of Lord of the Flies. Maybe I’ve outgrown the network, but watching the pilot episode didn’t instill in me the desire to see more. Instead of the adventure and trepidation of returning to a renewed Earth, the show was a bunch of juvenile delinquents acting out in such a predictable manner. Who in the world thought the premise of sending only “criminals” 18 and under to determine whether Earth was inhabitable was a good idea for a series? So not even one adult who knew the stations peril would volunteer to supervise? There were some interesting moments, like the glowing forest and plants. If adults come down to the planet next week, maybe I’ll tune in to see if the show can get beyond it’s obvious parallels.

    • Ben says:

      I feel like I’ve outgrown the network sometimes too. And then I watch something like Gilmore Girls and realise, that’s not really what has happened here. Mind you, I’m going to stick it out with the 100.

  5. Rook says:

    Will 100 survive… um no.

  6. ABC says:

    That was a terrible pilot. Will not be watching this show again. I think this, TTP, and Star Crossed should (and will) all be cancelled.

    • MP says:

      I stopped watching TTP a few months ago, but I think it has a shot at renewal from what I’ve seen of the ratings. I like Star-Crossed, but I wouldn’t be sad if got canceled. I watched The 100 and felt meh about it. I’ll give it another few weeks to see if it improves. I liked the adult cast. There are some fine actors on this show from Isaiah Washington to Paige Turco to Henry Ian Cusick.

      • Brandy says:

        TTP is one of the lowest rated shows still airing( other than SC & HoD) .You must note looked at the ratings in a few months either.

      • Ben says:

        The adult cast of the 100 is stellar – that’s why I’m sticking with it. I also ‘stopped watching’ TTP (I have that in inverted commas because I have it on the DVR, I’m just not really sure whether I’ve given up on it or not yet. A cancellation would determine it for sure).

    • Eli says:

      If only Reign would’ve been canceled too.

    • Michael Westen says:

      That’s funny, because your name is ABC…

  7. bella M says:

    Seemed like an average show and I don’t think in in the target audience for the cw anymore. I’m 26 and I feel like centering the show around 100 teens was a mistake . I think it will get a .6 of .7 for the premiere and go down from there

    • Ben says:

      Same basic premise, but not teens, and on the Syfy channel or something, and with the main adult actors still attached? This show could have been truly great.

    • Harry says:

      Actually, they may try and aim this at teens but I, as a teen think this show is predictable and boring. The characters and events seem to be almost cliche to the post apocalyptic genre. Honestly, I think this show will not survive, nor would the characters if this show was at all as realistic as it tries to be.

  8. arianeb says:

    I agree with the review, looking forward to future episodes. For the most part this is the kind of show that I like, speculative sci-fi with a lot of “what if?” scenarios to keep you guessing. The only problem with the show so far is that there seems to be a lot of arrogant bastards on the show, but I’m fine with that for now knowing that arrogant bastards tend to be the first to bite it in a survival situation. At least I hope that’s the way the show goes. Can’t wait to find out.

  9. James D says:

    I would of given it a C if it wasn’t for the last few minutes. I really tired of watching dolled up teens trying to act it rarely works IMO. Eliza Taylor’s not terrible don’t get me wrong but they all seem out of place to me especially the dark haired girl i have a feeling she will get annoying really quickly as will the Lord of the Flies wannabees. with that said their is enough story there to keep me interested for a few more episodes. as for the pilot it’s self i’ll give it a B-.

  10. Eli says:

    Look, at the very least it should get points for daring to kill a character in the first episode. But omg, after watching that first episode I just wanted all 100 of the 100 to get eaten by something big. Why does CW insist on making almost every character on almost every show they have be so incredibly dumb. “Oh look, we’re stranded on an unknown earth, in an environment we are completely and utterly unfamiliar with, but hey there’s a river here so lets just go swim in it instead of worrying about food, shelter or any other necessary survival issues. UGH!

    I know I’ve pretty much outgrown the CW’s target demographic, but I do feel like their target demographic is getting increasingly younger and fitting the lowest common denominator, namely tween girls. It’s just such a shame, cause the premise of this show really does sound appealing to me.

    • ejdax37 says:

      I don’t think it was too much of a shock that they killed off someone, I was expecting it from the moment the 5 went off by themselves. I did think something was going to eat him so the spear thing was a surprise but come on the minutes it looks like the scrawny, goofy kid is going to get the hot girl he has to die, I believe it is a law.

      • Dennis says:

        yeah i’m a little confused about the “dead” character, in the upcoming previews, I clearly hear someone yell “shoot Jasper” which is the dead kids name. so are they telling jasper to shoot or are they yelling for someone to shoot Jasper

  11. Sebastian says:

    The judicial system on this show is crazy. The stations should be imbued with enough magic that it/they should have self-sustaining life support, making capital punishment for everything stupid, which it is, because of apocalypses and gene pools. Sending kids down to an uninhabited planet to test the waters is stupid. They’re not, generally, wise enough to figure out how to survive. That’s if they don’t just turn it into Battle Royale.
    I hate Cusick. I don’t know why, I just do.
    Nothing I saw in this episode made me think of anything differently, except for Clark not being a stupid kid, so this show needs to change or it fails.
    That all said, I’m going to continue watching it, probably hoping that they kill Cusick’s character.

    One More Thing. That deer wasn’t two-headed. More like one-and-a-half.

    • John NYC says:

      History has examples of capitol punishment or exile (transept to Australia) being set for rather trivial things: such as stealing a loaf of bread.

      Probably more a statement of how authoritarian the station’s governance is rather than strictly “resources”.

  12. jason says:

    why does every kid have a cleft chin? thats a (Butt chin)

    • ejdax37 says:

      That is Hollywood for you. I watched “Delivery Man” a few days ago and remember thinking “This man has great genes! Over 500 kids and not one of his daughters had an ounce of fat on them!” I mean come on, out of that many 20 somethings not one of the girls eat her feelings? or got the chubbiness from her mom?
      It is the same on this show, like they all have perfect teeth. You are telling me that in a society where you are put to death for giving the head honcho more meds to save his life, that they waste resources of orthodontia? I mean really braces for everyone! But oops no more oxygen for half the population. :(
      (I really did like the show I am just nit picking because that is what we do on the internet.)

  13. Bryce says:

    It’s funny how good of a score the poll indicates but then the comments are so negative.

    • Bored Now! says:

      Not really, Bryce! That’s one of the unwritten rules of the internet and why everything in comment sections seems so damned negative. It’s always the ones who want to say something bad that will go out of their way to comment. The majority of the people who liked it will simply not bother. If you use internet commentary to gauge a show’s popularity, Supernatural would have been cancelled years ago! ;)

    • Jane says:

      I’ve always wondered about the high level of A-Awesome votes on most pilots. Pilots are rarely awesome. They usually are trying to cram too much information in or are still working on plot themes or introduce all of the characters. I can probably think of only about five pilots in my whole life I would have given an A but pretty much every pilot that gets a poll on TVLine gets an A or B+. I sometimes think the networks must send in people to vote their shows up.

  14. Dennis says:

    The adult acting was good/great while the younglings were horrible it almost felt like it was cast wrong the “princess” who it seems is supposed to be the smart, thoughtful leader type seems really fake and miscast. the “wild” girl seems like she’s pretending to be wild with really bad acting another miscast

  15. Marcinho11 says:

    This will get cancelled along TTP, B&B and S-C. It’s a surprise Reign was the one to make it.

    • S S says:

      Reign is a surprise if you watched it. I wasn’t expecting much from it but I have to say, it’s been one of the most engaging and entertaining shows I’ve watched this season. Crazy stuff happens in each and every episode. I am so glad it will be back for a second season.

  16. Maryann says:

    Excellent show! Refreshingly good. I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the weeks to come.

  17. Aimee says:

    It was OK. Not terrible but not great either. It was interesting enough to make me want to check out the second episode.

  18. Jackson says:

    The cast on the space station is fantastic. I will continue to watch the show because of them. (the actors playing kids on the other hand….yikes!)

  19. Belle says:

    Has potential….so many awesome show ‘s pilot was/is/are horrible!! You need to watch 3-5 episodes to give an informed decision. People are way too ADHD with their tv viewing theses days…

  20. Baz says:

    Utter Utter Crap – Great premise, but abysmally executed, abysmally written and abysmally acted. Forget survival so long as I look cool – God give me strength!!!

  21. Linda says:

    It’s interesting how the poll above suggests that it’s ‘awesome’ or ‘above average’ and yet almost all the comments here say differently. Did you vote people??

  22. JB says:

    I just couldn’t get over how incredibly dumb the kids are. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out you will need food and water to survive. Yet, this only seems to concern a handful of the kids.

  23. Rachel Scribbles says:

    My first question was, how are there 100 juvenile delinquents living on a space ark 97 years after the earth became uninhabitable? Umm, given that they were born and raised on said space ark, wouldn’t they have limited opportunity to BECOME juvenile delinquents? Did they spray graffiti on the Chancellor’s bedroom door? Did they bully other kids at the neighborhood playground?? I watched the show, and I get that it’s SciFi, but can’t they make their fiction a wee bit more logical? Other than that, I like the show and I’ll watch episode two.

    • James says:

      The most simplest of wrongdoings could probably compromise existing life-sustaining supplies like food, water, as well as vital resources to keep the ark going. Probably an evil parent’s dream-come-true for disciplining unruly kids.

  24. Ally Oop says:

    I haven’t had a chance to watch yet. The 100 is on Netflix in Canada and episodes are being shown 24 hours after the U.S. airing. I’m not surprised about the negative comments regarding the pilot. I heard there were problems with it. Apparently they made some adjustments starting in episode 2.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      That’s my understanding too regarding the pilot. It’s hard to gauge any show just by the pilot anyway. People are to quick to judge things IMO. If after a few episodes you still can’t get into it then stop watching but at least give it a fair shot.

  25. kate'shomesick says:

    I’m sorry but I really liked it (and I’m really picky). I didn’t feel bored once- I thought the casting was pretty perfect (the acting was CW-ish okay) and I think there are so many ways this can go…It reminded me of Lost with the mystery elements…

  26. Dominique says:

    omg this was so so bad. after watching this episode, i don’t even understand how they managed to survive the first 100 years, they are dumb as rocks.
    won’t be watching this again. they should’ve tried to at least make one of the teenage characters likeable, other than the one they killed off in the last minute.

  27. Sawyer says:

    Enjoyed the pilot. Finally liked a teenage lead in a sci-fi show. The adult actors are very good. Desmond from Lost his facelift is terrible. Paige Turco was awesome. I think we will see more of the adults in coming episodes. I agree with the comment, history has always sent prisoners and lower class, expendables to do the exploring, get slaughtered before the powers that be
    sweep in and take the resources for the chosen ones. The show is based on the Book The 100.
    I watch BaB on the CW also fan of Revolution neither shows look like renewals for a season 3. Here is hoping the CW has a plan for the show, hopefully some of the teens won’t get on my nerves. I have to admit I was impressed with the CG and the writing.

  28. MikeyM says:

    Boy, this show was really horrible. I wanted all the teens to be eaten. I’m out.

  29. azu says:

    I’m really enjoying this show

  30. Bart says:

    All the characters are idiots and it’s “Return to the Lord of the Flies”

  31. Nick says:

    Everything about this show is utterly terrible. It fails on everything from acting, plot, dialogue, etc. The concept I guess is half decent but its delivery and presentation is so awful that I couldn’t even watch through 2 episodes (of course giving its pilot the benefit of a doubt.)

  32. HITGI says:

    This serie is deeper than all that! It deals with how does new generation we know is all in her comfort thing can cope with a threatening environnment! The fact that they’re young symbolizes the fact that they are mankind’s final hope and the fact that they are delinquants means everyone deserves respect! Can’t you see a serie is not only about having fun but also thinking?Like about the possibility of such a future and of how you would have reacted?

  33. HITGI says:

    Excellent show, love it

  34. Ian says:

    Pile of crap, style over substance , predictable drivel. But I guess that’s what the masses want these days :-/. All perfect, healthy and good looking with full make up after being locked up! And don’t get me started on the sustainability of a space station. It seems to have artificial gravity everywhere also, how clever. I know it’s sci fi but it’s sloppy.

  35. Harry says:

    I despise te fact it can be compared to lost. This show is just repititve rubbish, lost is exciting and intriguing. The 100 may try to be these things but it’s main plot let’s it down competely.

  36. Nicholas says:

    The acting is pretty horrific, the blond girl looks 25+ years old, and no teenager acts like that.

  37. Denis says:

    High school drama, badly written, characters obvious. Bet my partner the leader would be a black man the hero a white woman and the bad guy a white man. Who would send a bunch of spoiled brats to earth when you can ‘float them’.

  38. Dedan kim says:

    it’s da best series i have ever watched. Every body in kenya is talking about 100 keep it up guys

  39. Zoey Bird says:

    The 100 had killed off some of it’s characters and now they are back. That really makes no sense, because I watch it last year. They got rid of all the black characters such as the son of the leader and Isiah Washington, but brought everybody else back. What are movies trying to tell us they only have black character to show us they have some and keep all the Hispanic and Asian characters, because they want the world that way or what? I for one will not be watching it again. Even my husband saw that coming!

  40. Zoey Bird says:

    The 100 brought back all the people who died on the last episodes, and killed off all the black characters such as the son of the leader Isiah Washington. They always do this in movies. I for one will not be looking at another episodes of the 100.

  41. Sheryl says:

    Love the show, can’t wait tell the next episode.

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