We start the pilot episode of The 100 on the Ark, in solitary with Clarke doing her doodles on the cell floor and inner monologuing about feelings she’s never experienced and earth vs. space, remembering a time when you could still tell her hair was blonde. She’s drawing a pretty impressive picture and some guards come in to stop it because this is the Ark and fun is not allowed here. Clarke goes to the back of her cell looking rather panicked to let the guys know she drew them some other pictures that they were supposed to love.
In return, the guard offers her a bracelet but neither of them are very cool about each other’s gifts. When he sees she’s wearing someone else’s watch, a fight ensues. Clarke has learned some moves from that scorpion she drew.
She makes a run out of prison and in the hallway runs into her mother. Abby tells Clarke that she gets to go to earth instead of being a prisoner and then quickly puts her to sleep before Clarke can remind her exactly how unsafe that could be.
We wake up in the spaceship with Clarke who is pretty confused about the guard still giving her a bracelet despite his obvious distaste for her drawings.
Wells tells Clarke he got himself arrested on purpose to let her know that she isn’t the only one that got a present from cadet Romeo. She thinks that’s just about the stupidest idea she’s ever heard but he’s pretty enthusiastic looking about it despite their impending deaths.
Wells’s dad comes up on the telly to let everyone know that the real reason they’re all there is because the strong bold power that his impressive, glorious cleft chin gives him enables him to send them earth. But the good news is, he’s packed their ship with so many other cleft chins, that they are destined to survive based on strength and good looks alone.
Clarke is still pretty angry at Wells because he has a bracelet too so she’s not entirely impressed by the faith his dad has in her chin.
Then Finn comes floating on over which is the safest possible thing anyone could be doing on a quickly dropping, hundred year old space ship crashing through the earth’s atmosphere.
Stupid is apparently contagious in space in the future so a few other kids try to get out of their seats as well and fly around with Finn just as the ship is starting to get all on fire.
Back on the Ark, they’re coming to the realization that the ship is crashing and in flames and that this was all probably not the best idea they’ve ever had.
And Wells is really upset that he rubbed that bracelet situation in Clarke’s face because now there’s a very high chance they’re going to die, and he truthfully just wanted to make her jealous that she didn’t draw him a picture instead.
The ship lands and everyone quickly gets out of their seats. Everyone except for the two guys on the floor that tried to follow Finn out of their seats and got themselves dead.
Despite the dead guys, everyone is really excited to open the door and rush out of the drop ship onto the possibly radiation soaked planet, so Clarke doesn’t have much time to deal with the dead kids before she has to run to deal with the soon to be dead kids and the shocking revelation that she’s somehow just become the parent of 99 other teens.
Thankfully though, they have a dad too and he also has the right chin for the job, so Clarke isn’t alone in her parenting endeavors while Bellamy is herding everyone away from the door.
A girl who is apparently very happy to see Bellamy emerges from the back of the ship and they hug it out for a while despite her being appalled about his choice in outfit. We learn through some strange shouting from the crowd that this girl’s name is Octavia Blake, Bellamy’s sister, that lived under the floor, also has the right chin, and is weird because she has a brother. Octavia is pretty offended by all of their incredibly unfair and off base assumptions.
After stopping her from attacking all of them for being so incredibly wrong about her, Bellamy suggests she be the first person to step out into the possible radiation so that they’ll have a better fun fact for the next party. Octavia loves the idea of being a possible sacrifice so she steps outside first.
Fortunately, she does not blow up and that is a sure enough sign for everyone else that everything is great and fine so they run outside after her really happily.
While everyone else is having a montage to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, Clarke has no time for fun and goes to check out her map of their landing site. She quickly sees that there is only one mountain around and it is directly across from them so basically they’re all screwed. Finn comes over to make some sassy remarks since he’s not sad about the dead kids anymore. But Clarke isn’t here for fun. So instead Finn asks her if she likes being called princess but doesn’t get a good response since Clarke is still angry at him and has serious, important things to discuss like food and the amateur landing skills of their ship.
Later, Wells stops by to point out to Clarke that most of their communication isn’t working. Jasper comes by too to make some jokes but Wells doesn’t like joks so he yells at Jasper who is quickly defended by a pack of more kids. All the ruckus wakes up dad, who is upset that being on the ground isn’t good enough for the kids. Bellamy and Octavia are upset that Clarke and Wells want to be the bosses and think getting food is a good idea, when everyone knows that Wells can’t be a leader because he has his mother’s DNA.
Clarke is a pretty big advocate for chin equality so she stands in front of the unblessed and defends Wells’s honor, complete with swelling inspirational background music and motivating and intense speech eyes.
After some more conflict, Clarke realizes that Finn appears to have messed with his wrist band. He says he was trying to get it off and Clarke doesn’t understand why anyone would possibly want to take of the wrist band that connects them to the people they’re trying to safe. Finn doesn’t get what the big deal is and Clarke has to remind him that there are people he cares about up in the sky that will think he’s dead.
With that out of the way, Clarke, Wells, Finn, and the two other guys Wells was mad at before decide to go on an expedition to find the food. Octavia changed her mind about not being cool with all of their lack of appropriate qualifications and decides to come along because she’s super turned on by all of Finn’s really good ideas.
Back on the Ark, Abby is watching Clarke’s face on the wall of delinquents to make sure she stays okay but while she’s doing that, someone gives her a call and she goes rushing out. As it turns out, someone shot Jaha, and well I won’t make any jokes about this one because there is nothing funny about the possible death of the President Leader of Regal Chins at a time such as this.
Stay posted for Part 2 tomorrow! I’m keeping these in two parts so we have more to stay busy with during the rewatch!