Maybe a post-apocalyptic world doesn't have to be all dust and cannibals. According to the CW, it could boast pretty teens, too.
Consider the scenario given to us in The 100. Oh, things appear bleak at first. Civilization was obliterated by nuclear war nearly a century ago, and the remnants of humanity floated above their one-time home on a collection of space stations called the Ark. When the station went past its expiration date, its leaders sent a bevy of wayward teens—the 100—down to check terra firma out and see if the ol' gal was habitable again.
Sure enough, it was. In fact, it's so habitable that other sorts of humans who were all thought to be long dead have actually been living in it for a good long while. Grounders have been hunting and foraging and getting rough and ready in this lush, violent paradise for decades. And Mountain Men have come to control cannibalistic, drugged-up human guard dogs who are "affectionately" called Reapers.
That means our original group of 100 space teens has been whittled down some as Season 2 rolls along. And now that the older space folk have come down, too, well, that just means there's more meat to be munched, if you'll pardon how gross that sounds.
A year ago I said that The 100 was a dystopian drama as imagined by Abercrombie & Fitch. That's no longer so true. The teens are now forcibly weathered and grizzled—and mature beyond their years thanks to the threats they've had to deal with. Yes, the petty lying, cheating and sleeping around continues (among the teens and adults). But this show is not so much about who's with whom as much as it is who's going to live to the credits.
The 100 has turned into a decidedly violent, often bloody drama—part Lord of the Flies, part Planet of the Apes, part Lost as reimagined by the CW. It extols themes of faith, hope and love, but fairly superficially. And then it coats them with a thin sheen of gore.
"Survival of the Fittest"
Marcus invites a bevy of Grounders to forge an alliance against the Mountain Men. Clarke and Commander Lexa are stuck in the woods with a crazed gorilla. Bellamy and one-time Reaper Lincoln make their dangerous way into Mount Weather. And Jaha encourages Murphy to help him search for a rumored "City of Light."
Clarke's bodyguard dies after her arm gets ripped off. A Grounder shoots arrows at Clarke, chokes her and nearly kills her, but Lexa throws a knife into the dude's wrist, buries an ax in his leg and leaves him for the gorilla. Grounders beat each other senseless in training. When Octavia insists on taking part, her opponent hits her, kicks her and nearly kills her. We hear about lots of other deaths, including by immolation. We see skeletons and half-eaten animal corpses dripping with gore.
Lexa says that, should she die, her spirit will pick a new leader, which Clarke interprets as a belief in reincarnation. Lincoln can't resist the pull of the drugs he and other Reapers became addicted to. Characters say "a--," "h---" and "d--n" (two or three times each).
Protagonist Clarke removes her wristband (which tells the Ark that she's still alive) partly to upset her mother. Mom is indeed worried, and she speeds up illicit plans to launch a pod to check on the 100's progress.
When the teens find the fingers of one of their fellows who was thought to be killed by grounders, we're "treated" to a view of them sitting next to a bloody knife. Blame shifts quickly from the grounders to Murphy, who is nearly beaten to death before he's strung up by his neck. When a 13-year-old girl then confesses to the crime, Murphy demands the girl's life, and she obliges by jumping off a cliff. Murphy's then brutally beaten some more before being banished.
Clarke and Finn strip off their clothes (we see both of them shirtless, her from the back), make out, fall onto a couch and have sex. (The last bit isn't shown.) Two other teens kiss. Demanded bribes include sex and/or drugs. We hear "b‑‑ch" and "d‑‑n" twice each and "h‑‑‑" a half-dozen times. Someone disparages some sort of church service taking place in the Ark. Clarke and Finn keep secrets from the rest of the camp.