“97 years ago, a nuclear apocalypse killed everything on Earth, leaving the planet simmering in radiation. But fortunately, not everyone was on the ground . . .”
So starts the new show The 100, showing on CW, the same channel that brings you the Vampire Diaries. I watched the pilot last night. The premise – the last remnants of humanity living on a dying space station orbiting Earth, send 100 teenage “delinquents” down to the surface of the planet to see if Earth is ready for re-population.
It had some fun effects, an okay (if not great), premise with potential and some familiar faces likes Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), and Alessandro Juliani (BattleStar Galactica). The writing and acting on the other hand tended towards excessive melodrama and predictability.
Granted, many fun shows started with shaky pilots so I’m willing to give this a chance but it seems obvious this show is targeted at a demographic much younger than I. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if a vampire appeared out of the mist for the female lead to fall in love with.
Check out the trailer, but be warned it pretty much distills the entire hour long episode down to four minutes . . .