The 100 Review: To Float or Not to Float

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The 100 doesn't hold anything back.

It's a dark and dangerous world both on Earth and up on the Ark. In contrast to the ironclad rules on the Ark, the kids on Earth attempt to live free. The 100 Season 1 Episode 4 showed that instead they've created an odd mix of dictatorship and anarchy. 

Holding it Together

Murphy ordered someone to keep working. When the kid disobeyed, Murphy peed on him in punishment. It was follow the rules or pay the price. That sense of order ceased to exist when Clarke accused Murphy of killing Wells. The kids turned on him and immediately wanted to float him. Their "Float him" chat was blood-curdling.

It was mob thinking and they all reverted to the old ways of the Ark. A crime meant death. On Earth, it meant being "floated" from a tree rather than "floated" out into space. I was a little surprised that the kids cared that much about Wells' death. They all ganged up on him on a short time before. It's more likely they were using the opportunity to get rid of their torturing in Murphy.

Clarke was demanding justice not revenge, but no one would listen. Her attempt to get through to Bellamy backfired. Instead of embracing his humanity, he took her comment as a sign of weakness. Even though he knew Charlotte had the knife, he kicked the stump out from under Murphy's feet.

Charlotte didn't want another death on her conscious and confessed to killing Wells. The mob, now led by Murphy, turned against the young girl. Bellamy helped her get away with Clarke and Finn. They hid out in an old bomb shelter. So, that's where Finn got the pencil from that he gifted to Clarke.

Clarke was probably right that they should share the location and contents with the group, though they would be smart to keep it a secret. The mob thinking of the group could easily turn on them at some point. It's both a great retreat and safe haven to keep secret for now.

Charlotte was misguided when she killed Wells, yet it makes sense that she misunderstood Bellamy's guidance. If Murphy did it, should he have been floated? Maybe. Should Charlotte? No. There's a big difference between their maturity levels and understanding. She was just a child.

Her death was a tragedy, but it was on her own terms. She caused enough pain by killing Wells and didn't want to see other hurt. Charlotte went over the ledge to protect Clarke and to punish herself. I'm not sure she could have lived in the group with everyone knowing what she did. There would never be trust there.

Murphy didn't kill Wells, but he was punished for going after Charlotte and taking Clarke hostage. On Earth, there's a new form of punishment. He wasn't floated. He was banished. Given the existence of grounders, poisonous clouds and other unknown threats, he may wish he was floated.

Over the first four episodes of The 100 season 1, the teens on Earth have been through more than most humans today go through in a lifetime. It's intense, dangerous, but has a real authentic feel to it. That realism makes their story so compelling and has me wanting to know more about what they are thinking, how they are living, and how they will survive.

In spite of the difficult conditions, there were some lighter moments. The growing friendship between Jasper and Octavia is just fun. When she encouraged him, told him he was brave and then kissed him, I smiled. It was just a simple exchange, but it spoke volumes. The end interaction between Clarke and Finn was emotionally the opposite. They got together, but it was more out of desperation. Their desire to just feel.

Up on the Ark, Abby's not sure if Clarke is alive or not and she's in trouble for breaking the rules, but she has hope. Raven's headed for Earth in the escape pod.  All the human lives on the Ark are now in Raven's hands. 

Given Abby's determination to save everyone on the Ark, I have a hard time believing that she ratted out her husband to the Chancellor. There has to be more to that story. Even though she broke the rules, I don't think she'll be floated. Her statement to Kane was very compelling, "You don't understand. I'm trying to save all of us."

Since Monty wasn't able to communicate through Clarke's wrist band and fried the rest, Raven's the best hope for communication between Earth and the Ark. Though, Raven's arrival will certainly be awkward for Finn. Given how topics have been handled so far on the show, I don't think we will see a traditional love triangle. Maybe it's just my wishful thinking, but I really expect more. Besides, Clarke belongs with Bellamy, right?

With Murphy gone, there will be a power void at camp. Who will step up? And, will Bellamy and Clarke be able to work together and help the group establish some rules? I hope so. They've been lucky so far with the outside forces, but the grounders aren't likely to leave them alone for long.

Who would you want as your best friend on Earth at this point?


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When they wanted to float the little girl without even asking her what happened such as defense against rape or whatever - at that moment I knew that this is one stupid show. But I have only 3 channels (sniff). Why didn't anybody ask the little girl what happened? what type of philosopy is the show trying to social engineeer? Lord of the flies were very young British boys. These people are older and should be acting more mature. And the premise of sending the'criminals' down to earth doesn't seem to be a sound idea at all. You would think that they would have a broad spectrum of people, talents, etc. Perhaps even teaching hunting skill before being sent to the Earth. Stupid. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid,


This show is beyond stupid. Spear-guy is apparently up and walking. Presumably days if not weeks have passed. Where are they getting food from? You have 100 teens who have never ran even 50 yards, climbed a tree, seen an insect, can't swim, have zero tolerance for Earth microbes, etc. Your average lost hiker is looking pretty bad after two days. After a few days, I'd expect half of them to be starving, many to have diarrhea, insect bites, rashes, heat stroke/hypothermia, etc. 100 people consume 200kg of food a day -- likely more if not processed. None can hunt, make traps, know which plants you can eat, etc. No one is a skilled doctor. And they have no fear of going out alone, wandering in the dark, having sex, etc. knowing that there are acid fogs, people with spears, insanely dangerous animals, etc. Survivor was more realistic that this nonsense.

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They send people out to find wild animals for food, but we know how that fared with the last couple they sent in "Earth Kills". And one thing that's fascinating about humanity is that they have the ability to adapt. Sure, just about everyone who lived on the Ark were isolated from Earth for 3 quarters of a century, but it doesn't necessarily mean that once they returned that they wouldn't be able to regain all knowledge of survival. They will all adapt to survive. And if you watched the second episode, it was heavily implied that everyone in the Ark were being taught "Earth skills", just basic knowledge of knowing which plants are edible to eat, animals to hunt and knowing the importance of a fern's positioning on a tree.


The show is really good, I keep looking forward to every episode. It gets better with every episode.


I hope we do not get a weird triangle between Raven, Clarke and Finn, because I am more interested in how they survive and what kind of danger is out there than a love traingle.
That being said, I'm not against Finn and Clarke at the moment, but I do agree with Carla. Eventually I would like to see Clarke with Bellamy. They both need to do a lot of growing up before that can happen though.
btw, on Finn sleeping with Clarke because he thinks he'll never see his girlfriend again: that is a d*ck move. So you're sad because you love someone and therefore sleep with someone else? Twisted logic. I wasn't happy that Wells was killed, and I think it is a loss for the show really. I'm not sure if they killed him because they want Clarke to be alone when Raven comes to earth to drive her in the direction of Bellamy, or that they just figured it was a good idea because they needed an episode where 'justice' was being served. I do hope we see the last of that kid that was almost hanged today (forgot his name) he annoys me big time.


Killing Wells ruined the show for me too. I checked back to see if he had resurrected. bummer.

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Killing Welles (spell check) really ruined the show for me especially the way they killed him off. First Clarke demands justice then she defends Murphy and the actual killer. Pretty weak didn't even finish the episode.


Seriously I am loving this show it just keeps getting better and better. So much has happened and there's only been 4 episodes. I totally get why everyone wanted to kill Murphy but when it turned out he didn't kill Wells and Charolette did but no one wanted to kill her made sense. Murphy is a total jerk and no one liked him and they'd all be happier if he was dead but no one wants to be the one to kill a little girl except Murphy and those few others. I was very sad the Charolette died but I liked the way it happened she wasn't mirdered or anything but she jumped off a cliff because she didn't want anyone else getting hurt because of her. I love Octavia and Jasper's relationship he is so cute and I love seeing their friendship develop more and that kiss it wasn't romantic or anything but it was sweet and cute. The ending when Finn and Clarke hooked up it wasn't because they liked each other Finn's reason was because he was upset and thinks he'll never see his girlfriend again but I don't know what Clarke's reason was. Raven is headed to earth and when she gets there it will probably be so awkward for her, Finn, and Clarke. I can't wait till the next episode it looks amazing. This show just gets better and better each episode I think.


I voted other as Best Friend on earth right now. Can I have a Grounder as my best friend? That seems like the best option!!

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