Yes, it's geared towards teens.
Yes, it's got angst and annoying love triangles.
But if you make it past the 3rd episode, it has some interesting issues and plots. Some, not a lot.
Yeah, there's a lot of things they could've done better. Yeah, you'd probably find scientific inaccuracies and plot holes without even looking to hard. (Execution method comes to mind.) Oh, well.The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear war wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only survivors are the residents of twelve space stations in Earth's orbit prior to the war, and the descendants of the people on earth who survived the war, called "grounders" by the 100. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station named "The Ark", where about 2,400 people live. Resources are scarce and all crimes no matter their nature or severity are punishable by death ("floating") unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age. After the Ark's life support systems are found to be critically failing, one hundred juvenile prisoners are declared "expendable" and sent to the surface in a last ditch attempt to determine if Earth is habitable again.
But if anyone wants to discuss, cool. But can we not do the "why not just send a robot probe to earth?" thing here. I discussed that too much on imdb.
Main things I want to talk (spoilers for the whole first season) are the war with the "Grounder" clans and the realism of what they've found/salvaged intact.
Initially, in the pilot the Ark tries to drop the 100 on Mt. Weather, Virginia, hoping that the teens will find the government fallout shelter intact. Unfortunately, they miss and land in the middle of the territory of a tribe of surviving "Grounders." Inevitably, war brews, along with conflict with an even deadlier tribe called "Reapers" before the season finale introduces one more faction of Earth inhabitants.
Things they've found:
-A half buried truck that's only usable as a makeshift shelter.
I suppose they could try to salvaging engine and electronic components. Other than that, I can't see anything useful other than seat cushions.
-A privately owned fallout shelter.
One teen finds this and keeps it a secret from all but a few. Kind of a dick move looking back on the finale battle. But anyway, no weapons or usable food, but there were more electronics components (like a kid's toy car) and mattresses and blankets.
-A military bunker halfway through the season.
This is their personal game changer, when they find 25 AR-15 type rifles. I like the small amount of realism they had by stating most of the ammo degraded, forcing them to conserve. The refugee leaders actually order that all hunting is to be done by spear or trap, to save on ammo. By the season finale battle, they have about 500 rounds left. The rifles were stored in steel drums. I missed some dialogue, but I think it was filled with grease. Is that an ideal preservative for the metal or something?