This show can get surprisingly dark for a series that you think aims at the young market. I still don't have a clue if this has a chance for renewal, but it's fairly well realized comparison to anything I expected.
It's looking very positive for renewal. It's performing better than Beauty and the Beast
, The Carrie Diaries
and The Tomorrow People
, and the odds of the CW cancelling five of its shows at once are very slim.
I'm interested in finding out more about the ground-dwellers, as a seemingly odd 'how did this work out' moment.
The 100 were originally supposed to land at the Mount Weather government continuity bunker in northern Virginia, but landed 20 miles off-course. Every attempt to reach Mount Weather seems to put them into grounder territory. I'm wondering if the grounders are the survivors of those who did ride out the nuclear holocaust at Mount Weather, and only surfaced once the resources ran out.
I agree about the darkness. But unlike some other shows, this does a good job in addressing the moral conflict (the shows I stopped watching just accept or even revel in the darkness)
This is the key point for me, too. It really grapples with its moral dilemmas rather than using the tense situation as an excuse for depravity. One of my favorite moments in last night's episode was when Kane, the Machiavellian vice-chancellor played by Henry Ian Cusick, broke down upon realizing that they'd snuffed out the lives of 320 people when another solution existed. Even the "bad" guy is not amoral.
Likewise, Clarke is furious at her mother for betrayed her father, but while Finn's life is in danger, she sets that aside and patiently follows her mother's medical instructions.
And even the torture storyline with the captured grounder humanizes the tortured rather than dehumanizes him.
Watching bad people do bad things is boring to me. Watching flawed people do the best they can in impossible situations is endlessly fascinating to me.