10 May 2015 | sam-moore82
Starts off slow, but builds into a very compelling and interesting story
If you'd asked me after the first few episodes what I thought of this show, I'd say that it had some good, dark and surprising moments, but was let down by underdeveloped characters, inconsistent writing quality and predictable plot points. After the first few episodes, however, the show realises that it's trying to be a compelling, dark and intriguing survival story instead of a documentary on which guy Octavia wants to sleep with, and it becomes a very addictive show to watch. So the plot for the show is that, after a nuclear war, the only surviving humans live on an Arc orbiting earth. After 100 years, oxygen is low, meaning all crimes are punishable by death unless you're under 18. If you're lucky enough to be under 18, you get executed on your 18th birthday. That is until someone came up with the idea of sending 100 of these children down to earth to see if it's survivable, and thus the premise of the show is set up. It's actually a nice setup for a show, and the good CGI of the Arc as well as a genuinely capable performances by the cast set it off on the right foot, even if the start is a little too rushed (they're literally already being sent down to earth 3 minutes in, and you're introduced to characters in arbitrary ways that tell you nothing about them. The show also reminds you that these are teenagers with predictable romance situations and iffy scripting in place of actual character development. As already mentioned, the show drops these to an acceptable level and starts creating an interesting crew of survivors who get placed into difficult situations and have to work together to survive. The real moment that signified the start of this change was when Belamy (who starts off as your cliché unlikable leader figure in the group) is placed in a situation, avoiding spoilers, where he has to kill someone. It's when the show really starts to bring in the themes of survival and that this is life-and-death. There's also some dark plot twists not long after this that make you realise that they are onto something here. The characters all start to develop into believable people, the writing steps up a notch and the story lines start becoming more unique. This is helped a lot by the utilisation of the adult cast on board the Arc. They are also battling with survival, and there's some great character development done here, particularly with Jaha and Kane. By the end of the season, I actually cared about these characters, their survival and what happened next, and that the show is suitable for all ages and not just teenagers. There's still some cheap love triangles and such where they try and keep the teen audience entertained, but if you can ignore that then there's a genuinely good and interesting show here. I won't talk that much about Season 2, as it's difficult to do so without hitting spoilers, but the show really becomes a must watch by the end. All the characters are put to great use, the writing is great and the storyline feels much more unique and developed.