The 100 opens with a young woman drawing and talking about how she wants to feel the sun all around her and the scent of wild flowers on a breeze. We learn that it has been 97 years since a nuclear apocalypse killed everyone on earth, leaving the planet simmering in radiation. The only survivors are the people who happened to be on space stations. They have now been combined to create something called the arc - one station made of all of the stations. It is believed that the earth needs 100 more years to heal but people still dream of the it. Soldiers enter the cell and identify the woman as prisoner 319 and she is ordered to face the wall. She argues that it is not her time because she doesn't turn 18 for another month. We learn that on the arc, every crime, no matter how small, is punishable by death unless you are under 18. She struggles with the guards and manages to escape from her cell but is quickly surrounded. When Clark looks around, she finds that other prisoners are getting the same treatment. Clark's mother, Councillor Abigail Griffin rushes forward to comfort her and informs Clark that she is not being executed and instead is being sent to the ground - all 100 of them. Clark argues that it's not safe and that the prisoners get reviewed at 18 but Abigail replies that the rules have changed and this gives her a chance to live. Abigail advises that Clark cannot follow her instincts and take care of everyone first. A guard than tranquilizes Clark and she collapses in her mother's arms.
The teens are now on a ship and are being transported to earth. When Clark awakes, she finds herself sitting next to Wells, who got himself arrested when he learned prisoners were being sent to earth for Clark. That has to be a new record. At only 3:18, we already have a POC sacrificing himself for the White protagonist. I suppose we cannot expect better from the CW. A message from Chancellor Jaha plays on the screens, telling the prisoners that they have been given a second chance. They are told that if the odds of survival were better, others would have been sent and the prisoners are being sent because their crimes have made them expendable.
Panicked parents have lined up in front of one of the leaders questioning the launch and wanting to know if their children were on the ship. The authority figure simply says that she cannot confirm or deny anything before walking away..
On the ship, Chancellor Jaha tells the prisoners that their drop site has been chosen carefully and that it is a military base in a mountain stocked with enough non perishable food to sustain 300 people for 2 years. He advises that they must locate the supplies immediately but the teens are too busy talking to pay attention.
It the main center on the arc, leaders are informed that the craft is not only off course, but they have lost contact with them. Everything which was programmed into the ship to help the castaways is now gone.
The ship continues to struggle and Wells tells Clark that he is sorry that he had her father arrested. Wells adds that he cannot die knowing that she hates him. Clark demands he stop talking about her father and says that she does hate him. The ship lands safely on earth and the prisoners begin to undo their harnesses. When Bellamy starts to open the door, Clark rushes forward and asks him to stop because the air could be toxic. Bellamy points out that if the air is toxic, they are all dead anyway. Bellamy pauses when Octavia calls his name. The two hug and he comments about how big she has gotten and she asks what he is wearing. Bellamy says that he borrowed the guards uniform to get on the drop ship to keep and eye on her. Clark questions where Bellamy's wrist band is but Octavia cuts her off saying that she hasn't seen her brother in a year. In the background, someone calls out, "no one has a brother." Someone yells out that Octavia is the girl they found hidden in the floor. Octavia starts to struggle, so Bellamy grabs her and suggests that she should be remembered as the first person to set foot on the ground in 100 years instead.
The doors to the ship open up and Octavia steps out taking a deep breathe. The others watch cautiously, staring at the trees and Octavia raises her hands in triumph. The prisoners stream off the ship and Clark starts to explore. In her arms, Clark holds a map, as she stares up at a mountain. Finn approaches and refers condescendingly to Clark as princess, questioning why she is so sad. Clark says that they have been dropped between a radioactive forest and their next meal because they are in the wrong spot.
On the arc. Director Cain leads a meeting about the fact that the ship has landed and that they still have no contact. They talk about the information from the wrist bands and it seems that two kids have already died. Abigail asks Dr. Jackson to share his theories and he says that the fatalities are due to the landing and not radiation. Cain asks if the the problem is radiation if they would start to see more fatalities and Abigail explain that the vital signs are spiking because of injuries sustained during landing and that the kids are excited to be there.
Wells heads to see Clark and reports that the communication system is dead and that a dozen panels are missing.Clark replies that all that matters is getting to the mountain. Jasper tries to interrupt and Wells is quick to try to forcefully move him along. They are interrupted by John, who is played by Richard Harmon. Continuum fans will recognize Harmon as Julian Randol. John has already formed a group and is clearly trying to take on a leadership role. Wells tells the survivors that they have to find Mt.Weather as his father's message informed them. Octavia replies, "screw your father," and asks if he and Clarke think they are in charge. Clark asserts that it doesn't matter who is in charge and that they need to get to Mt. Weather because the longer they wait, the hungrier they'll be. Clark questions how long people will last without supplies and she informs them that they are looking at a 20 mile trek. Bellamy says that Clarke and Wells should go and find it for them, thus allowing the privileged to do the hard work for a change. The crowd starts to cheer and Wells asserts that they all need to go. John pushes Wells to the ground, calling him the Chancellor of earth. Wells gets to his feet and raises his fists but before a fight can start, Finn jumps between them and points out that Wells only has one leg. Finn suggests John wait for a fair fight and the group separates. Octavia tells Finn that next time, he should rescue her next.