When the 2013-2014 television season kicks off this fall, the CW’s will be heavy with science fiction. One of their new original programs is The 100, and though the debut is still some months away, we’ve got the first trailer and clip for the show.
The 100 is set 97 years after a global nuclear war wiped out much of human civilization and rendered the surface of Earth uninhabitable. Luckily for the human race, there were 400 survivors, the inhabitants of 12 space stations orbiting the planet. After three generations there are now 4,000 living humans stuck in space. Their lack dwindling resources led to a tyrannical government, one that does things like exile a group of 100 young prisoners back to Earth.
The story looks to be a little bit Lord of the Flies, with a little bit of Logan’s Run thrown in for good measure. You also can’t help but think of upcoming movies like Elysium and Snowpiercer. And because this is the CW, all of the cast members look like sexy twenty-something catalog models, rather than juvenile delinquent outcasts. Maybe that was their crime in the first place: being too dreamy. That would certainly make them expendable, being young and pretty in a cramped world full of uggos.
When the kids touch down they find all sorts of wonderful things. They’ve never seen a tree, or taken a swim in a crisp mountain lake, or come across a mutant, two-faced deer. You know, the usual stuff.
That’s where first clip from The 100 comes in. The video picks up just as the group of exiles touches down, becoming the first humans to set foot on the surface of Earth in almost a century. As soon as the doors open, the “teens” have an “it’s party time” moment with lots of wooing and hooting and hollering and rock music. With no parents or space station overlords keeping a eye on them, they’re on their own, and that means it’s time to get wild.
While the concept of The 100 sounds pretty cool, this clip doesn’t particularly make me want to watch it. It looks terrible. The emphasis appears to be too much on the teen melodrama, not enough on the science fiction. I guess we’ll have to wait until fall to find out for sure.