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« on: March 20, 2014, 07:56:22 PM »

It's the CW's latest attempt to cash in on a popular young adult theme - this time it's the dystopian future.  The premise is kind of cool  About 100 years after a nuclear wipeout of the planet, the only survivors are on a big space station above the earth.  Problem is they are running out of resources, so they have to cull the population accordingly.  So they send down 100 teenage "criminals" to the planet to see if it's viable or still radiation plagued.  Each is wearing a health monitor/transmitter.

Unfortunately our teens are sent to the wrong location, so one group (the main stars) sets out to look for the supplies that were supposed to keep them alive.  The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately, and don't seem to have any notion or care that they don't have any food.  The main team (including a built-in love triangle in the making) is filled with hotties, surprise!  But they start to encounter things that aren't what they were told and soon find they aren't alone (dun dun dun)!

The setup is actually quite interesting, both on the planet and on the ship where they are wrestling with impending starvation of humanity's last survivors.  Unfortunately the writing and dialog is just a little too CW-esque, which really hurts the show IMHO.  As an example, when the teens survive their crash landing and take the first steps onto the planet, one of our lead females hits the ground and yells out "We're back bitches!!!" - soon enough we're listening to "Radioactive" blaring in the background.  Ugh, seriously?

In spite of that, I still found it more enjoyable than that dinosaur show (Terra Nova?) that was on a couple years ago.  Will give it a couple more episodes to see how it shapes up.

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 07:59:55 PM »

Only 1/44th as good as The 4400.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2014, 12:27:24 AM »

I thought it had some potential. It wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. Its a good set up. The problems are that I don't really care much for the main characters. They're cardboard cutout characters at this point - "the do-gooder", "the rebel", "the anarchist", "the mystery girl", "the cool kid", "the nerdy kid". None of them really stand out in any unique way so I don't care about any of them. That means the only thing driving the show for me at the moment is the plot - which is a decent one. I'm in for another few shows at least.

But the main problem I had with the show though is kinda superficial but it bugs me. They didn't go all in with the setting they created. Here is a colony of people living in space for 100 years. Things are not so great up there. Clothes are being reused and have holes in them. Shit is breaking down. Of the 100 kids that were prisoners some of them have been living in those cells for years. But apparently everyone gets to visit with the best hair stylist in the galaxy. While the clothes looked completely used the hair on everyone was perfect. The mystery kid who was in prison for like 10 years or something, her hair was fantastic - and her body was in great shape. The main "do-gooder" girl had this complex braid thing going on with her hair that there was no way she could do her self. Even those not in the cells had nice and well maintained haircuts.

That just kinda ruined the believability of the whole thing.

Speaking of believability, the show "Believe" so far gets my pick for best new sci-fi type show. That one is worth watching for just the chemistry of the two main characters alone.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2014, 11:51:19 AM »

Quote from: Crawley on March 23, 2014, 12:27:24 AM

Of the 100 kids that were prisoners some of them have been living in those cells for years. But apparently everyone gets to visit with the best hair stylist in the galaxy. While the clothes looked completely used the hair on everyone was perfect. The mystery kid who was in prison for like 10 years or something, her hair was fantastic - and her body was in great shape. The main "do-gooder" girl had this complex braid thing going on with her hair that there was no way she could do her self. Even those not in the cells had nice and well maintained haircuts.

That just kinda ruined the believability of the whole thing.


I'm going to wager that you haven't yet seen the CW's Starcrossed.  It's basically a television version of District 9, except the aliens crash land in Louisiana instead of Africa.  Oh, and instead of being giant disgusting bugs addicted to cat food, all the aliens are Abercrombe & Fitch models.



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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2014, 12:02:01 PM »

This show is terrible.  Its a patchwork cliche driven CW show for out of work 20 something models.  So yeah pretty much like every other new show theyve thrown at us.  The sad thing Ive found about the CW lately is that they are willing to go with some decent concepts but it always ends up being window dressing for agnsty pouty kids and never follows through with decent plots. I had to laugh when they had a pretty average looking guy in the show.... who got killed off rather quickly.  Sorry bub, youre just not pretty enough to survive, see ya!  Ive learned my lesson and unless the CW can prove they are willing to actually do something different, Im done with them.  After the gouge my eyes out badness of the Tomorrow People, followed up with this crap, yeah theyve gone too far.
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2014, 05:26:45 PM »

Quote from: rshetts2 on March 23, 2014, 12:02:01 PM

This show is terrible.  Its a patchwork cliche driven CW show for out of work 20 something models.  So yeah pretty much like every other new show theyve thrown at us.  The sad thing Ive found about the CW lately is that they are willing to go with some decent concepts but it always ends up being window dressing for agnsty pouty kids and never follows through with decent plots. I had to laugh when they had a pretty average looking guy in the show.... who got killed off rather quickly.  Sorry bub, youre just not pretty enough to survive, see ya!  Ive learned my lesson and unless the CW can prove they are willing to actually do something different, Im done with them.  After the gouge my eyes out badness of the Tomorrow People, followed up with this crap, yeah theyve gone too far.

lol I love that phrase "gouge my eyes out badness"!!!  I actually like Tomorrow People, there's just enough going on to keep me interested.  And then whenever I start to get bored one of the main guys takes his shirt off lol.  Seriously, though, while I wouldn't recommend it, they did some fairly interesting things with the main guy's family (mother, father, brother and uncle) and best friend, and now with his partner.  It's a lot better than when it first started, I'll just put it that way.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 06:10:32 PM »

This show will die a quick death..  See TWD for how to make characters look believable in a end of world setting.   
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2014, 06:26:24 PM »

The targeted CW demographic wouldn't like what a real post civilization would look like, and smell like.  Norman Reedus would never be cast on any of their shows.     
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2014, 05:32:12 PM »

Bah you all are just afraid of hot young studs taking their shirts off for no reason, which is essentially the entire CW playbook!
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2014, 09:44:54 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 24, 2014, 06:10:32 PM

This show will die a quick death..  See TWD for how to make characters look believable in a end of world setting.   


In fairness, The Witcher Diaries has its own set of problems.  I'm as big a fan of Jeffrey Coombs as anyone, but he's a *terrible* choice to play Geralt.

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2014, 05:53:04 PM »

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The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately


I read a story where the Lord of the Flies was the "inspiration" for this show.
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2014, 05:11:23 PM »

Quote from: Scuzz on March 27, 2014, 05:53:04 PM

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The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately


I read a story where the Lord of the Flies was the "inspiration" for this show.

It's really a shame about this show.  It feels like one of those shows that has 2 or 3 conflicting producers/visions, and almost plays out like 2 different shows running simultaneously.

There's a pretty dark sci-fi story, including elements from Lord of the Flies, that kind of weaves in and out of the show.  One episode had a very young girl cutting the throat of one of the main cast members to end her nightmares, because she blamed his dad for killing hers (and yes he died).  Next episode she was being hunted down by some of the others who wanted revenge, and eventually threw herself off a cliff.  Last episode over 300 members of the space station crew ended up volunteering to die in order to help the remaining people survive longer.  Up until the last minute I was expecting a save, but nope, they all dead.  Pretty heavy stuff.

The problem is the show drifts in and out of CW-isms: awkward teen romance, love triangles, random hookups, etc.  There's not a lot of it but just enough to make the show lopsided.  It's too bad because I think had it been on Syfy or another channel, it could have been a really good "hard sci fi" show.
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2014, 12:40:27 PM »

I'm loving the show so far. I wasn't expecting much out of it and didn't plan on watching past the pilot episode, so maybe coming in with such low expectations helped with that.

Of course there aren't many "teenagers" on CW's shows. Bellmany's teenager sister is really 27 or 28 in real life. He looks like he's in his 20s as well.
And the reference to Star Crossed. The main actor in Star Crossed (Roman?) is 31 I believe. I just find it funny to see 30 year olds playing as high school students. CW is famous for that.

Aside from the obvious age gap between characters and reality, I'm throwing The 100 in my "Top 3" current TV shows. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of the grounders.
Reminds me a bit of Terra Nova, another good show, cancelled before we could find out what really happened. You can't end a show like Terra Nova the way they did, leaving people hanging for more and then cancel.
Hopefully the same doesn't happen with The 100.
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2014, 06:09:30 PM »

I thought for certain the show had been cancelled, but apparently it survived the cut!  Season finale is a 2-parter that concludes next week.

I'm happy to see it coming back because while it certainly has it's faults, I think they've definitely done a good job keeping the show compelling, both on the Ark and on the ground.  And there's plenty of material to mine going into next year.  Looks like they will attempt to bring at least some of the adult cast to the ground for season 2, which should make for some interesting conflict.  And the introduction of the "reapers" (or was it "reavers"?) looks like a good villain.

Here's hoping they can maintain the darker sci-fi tones of the show.  I do enjoy looking at my pretty/hot boys, but this show doesn't need them to succeed.

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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2014, 09:41:30 PM »

Finished watching the final 4 episodes today. I really liked the show, which doesn't bode well for it.... Every recent show I like and watch gets cancelled...  crybaby
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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2014, 04:03:31 AM »

Started watching this again. Wow, what a really good show. Thought the pilot was just ok, but was pretty worried about the series being brainless. But to my surprise it has a brain and does quite a few unexpected things - including killing off regulars. Its turned in to a must watch. About half-way through the season now and didn't expect to be loving it.
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« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2014, 08:11:00 PM »

Quote from: Mystic95Z on June 13, 2014, 09:41:30 PM

Finished watching the final 4 episodes today. I really liked the show, which doesn't bode well for it.... Every recent show I like and watch gets cancelled...  crybaby

Pretty sure The 100 got renewed for season 2, hopefully it will pick up more fans over the summer  icon_smile
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