The 100, E4, review: TV’s take on the dystopian teen fiction
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Monday 07 July 2014
The 100, E4’s new sci-fi series, is set in the future, 97 years after human civilisation was destroyed by a devastating nuclear war.
The survivors live in a space station orbiting Earth, until they start running low on oxygen and decide to lighten the load by dumping 100 juvenile prisoners back to the planet’s surface.
The 100 do their best to survive, while back on board this sinister older generation monitors their progress.
This was TV’s take on the dystopian teen fiction (The Hunger Games, Divergent), which has recently made big money in the film and publishing industries.
Video: Actors Eliza Taylor and Thomas McDonnell talk about The 100
The blend of young-adult drama and science fiction didn’t always work - it was a bit like a futuristic version of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents, that BBC3 reality show where parents spy on their offsprings’ first holidays - but The 100 entertained.
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