The 100: Earth Kills

“To be human is to catch the falling person.”

John Green

Unless there is a pretty major television famine in the next couple of months, I think this will be the last episode of The 100 I bother to watch. In Earth Kills (sequel to Earth Skills, geddit?), the 100 find that things on Earth are not quite what they appeared to be. For one thing, there’s some radioactive fog flittering around Mount Weather, killing all those in its path. (That’s original, isn’t it? It’s not as if any dystopian YA series has used that before…) We also discover why Clarke is annoyed at Wells, the boy who followed her to Earth, and meet Charlotte, a thirteen-year-old girl plagued by nightmares, unconvincingly and cloyingly sentimentally played by Izabela Vidovic.

Oh, and as a kind of bonus it’s also made clear what “floating”, the mysteriously-named death penalty aboard the Ark, actually is. Turns out you get sucked out into the vacuum of space, like in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but without the Heart of Gold turning up to save the day. I have a question about this (because I’m an SF nerd who thinks too much about these things): surely, if you’re in space, on a station you’re intending to inhabit for a good while longer, and your life support systems are already failing, the last thing you want is to be throwing organic matter away like that? It’s not as if executions are rare aboard the Ark, since every crime is capital. This is the kind of detail which annoys me, because we’re given a world which is supposed to be authoritarian, tightly-run, scientifically controlled, all so that the station can be kept going, and yet there’s this blatant hole in the social design of the thing. It undermines the entire basis of the Ark’s government, and all possible sympathy for anyone who administers that government.

And this is why SF dramas are so often disappointing. They’re just not well enough thought-out, and any meaningful discussion of, well, anything is undercut by lazy, sentimental scriptwriting. Like I said, I don’t think I’ll be watching The 100 again, which is a pity, because I think there was some real potential there.

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