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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by danterner, Mar 23, 2014.
Some of which were basically small cities.
I'd like to see this as a limited run series or movie with a planned beginning middle and end. (And without Jaden smith)
I have mixed emotions about this series. I like the kids on Earth part but hate the adults on the space station.
It would be a whole lot better if they launch the kids to Earth and then the space station ran out of air or exploded ( like Superman and Krypton).
I think the show would burn out quickly if we didn't have a balance of the adults on the station with the punks on earth....
I thought the pilot was a big pile of crap. At least everything on Earth was.. The stuff aboard the space station was mildly interesting..
So I might give a couple more episodes to be sure..
So do they have the capability of sending large numbers of people to earth or not? Why would they kill 210 people on the station rather than giving them whatever chance they have on the planet? And if they can't eventually send everyone to earth--they're done anyway.
Problems aside, I like this show.
Because the writers are clueless? Far too many Hollywood writers who write for SF shows brag about not having an SF reading background. They say they'll "avoid cliches" and "bring a fresh take". If you don't have the reading background, how do you recognize the standard tropes?
Perhaps we need to create a Trope-a-day calendar just for Hollywood/Network writers.
So, I think the femaie lead is quite strong (Eliza Taylor), the males, uhh, not so much, but it's all about material: the writing and the showrunner.
A good showrunner can make a bad show quite good, a bad one (I'm thinking of you "Intelligence") can make a show with talent seem clueless and can kill a show.
We need more time to see if the showrunner can pull this off.
Let me give you a for instance: they dump the kids on the planet with no communications - they have no way to communicate with them, except the tracking devices. EXCEPT, if the tracking devices work, chances are some kind of communicator could also work. A good showrunner can fix/adjust/adapt to that kind of inconsistency, and a bad one, just ignores it, thinking we're all stupid, don't care, or won't notice.
I recall reading an interview with Vince Gilligan who was the showrunner for Breaking Bad (and a fantastic writer), who commented that there were a number of times that the writers thought they had backed themselves into a corner they could not write themselves out of - and yet, we all know how that turned out.
Not clear they do. Did you see the heap of junk the lady doctor (or scientist) is planning to use to get to earth? And the last ship worked so well!
Your question is a good one. But it is not obvious they have the ability to send more groups to earth, although the 100 experiment must be to test whether they would survive if they got there. Perhaps they lack a solid plan
The writers probably think they can just land the space station
The problem is, they'll run out of air in a matter of months...how many months depending on how many people they're willing to kill in the meantime. So if they don't go down to Earth, and relatively soon, they die anyway.
I'm really not sure they (the writers) have thought this through...
It seems they could establish at least one-way communication (kids to station) - one kid just has to regulate something that the band monitors, like body temp, in a morse-code rhythm - jump in cold water, warm up, etc - in a recognizable pattern. The more I type the more stupid this sounds, so I'll stop now.
The Council will come up with a compromise in that instead of killing those slated to be culled, they'll send them to the surface.
Or does that make too much sense?
I was just going to say it was kind of a cool idea (no pun intended) but how long would it take the station to get the pattern? that would be neat in itself.
Makes sense to me.
What doesn't make sense is why the sent them down with NO COMMUNICATION DEVICES (other than the stupid wrist bands). Couldn't they have spared a two way radio or something? Nothing fancy.
Did I just miss them being destroyed or something?
But they don't seem to have a way of getting to the surface...otherwise, Boss Lady wouldn't be risking a 130-year-old capsule renovated by a kid.
They've never explained how they plan on getting anybody else to the surface.
Considering there have only been two episodes so far, I'm cutting the show some slack on that one. Presumably they do have a Plan. Somehow earth got all those people onto the stations (in the midst of nuclear Armageddon, no less) so all they need to do is reverse the process. Should be simple. ;-) Or did I misunderstand, and these are the descendants of astronauts, who already happened to be on their stations when hell broke loose below?
Also, now that I think about it - are we just seeing the American section of the station, or is everyone on the station American (even people who are supposed to be Scottish)?
There was a line of dialog in the pilot episode about everything having gone dark during re-entry. They were expecting to have communication but lost it, leaving the bands as their only means of monitoring.
I assumed they were going to use the lander for two-way communication but since that got destroyed by those kids who thought it cool to get out of their seats they lost that.