I recently started watching the television show on Netflix called “The 100”. The premise of the show is there is a space colony of about 2000 or so people who have made the ship their home because for whatever reason, Earth is no longer habitable. Aboard the ship there’s a Chancellor and a round-table of councilmen and women who decide the rules and regulations of the ship. They have a system set up where if you are a couple looking to have children, you can only have one child. If you have two, and the system finds out, they will “float” either you or your child. Same applies to people who commit crimes. Floating is basically a form of death where the individuals are sent to the air docks and released into outer space to die. There is also a procedure where every once in a while, after analyzing oxygen levels of the colony, if it is determined that the levels are too low to sustain the number of people, the Chancellor can decide to essentially neutralize a subsection of the colony by cutting off the oxygen flow to that area. Once they do that everyone in that area will fall asleep and die and then they float those couple hundred people.
The 100 are individuals that were handpicked from the criminal sector, mostly teenagers, to be sent down to Earth to see if its live-able again. They are not equipped with body suits or anything to be able to check the air quality before walking off the ship so it’s a suicide mission; kind of like, if you make it Earth awesome but we don’t expect you to. Since it is television, the 100 make it to Earth and find out that it’s live-able but they have to figure how to survive on the land. Turns out there is already a species of human living on Earth, called grounders, who are not exactly thrilled about these “space dwellers” and naturally start killing them off. Then you have the group of 100 who would prefer to start fresh and not have the rest of the colony come down because they would go back to being prosecuted for their crimes. I forgot to mention that they have these wrist bands that monitor their life from space so they know if the individuals are dead or alive. So this group breaks off the wristbands to make the colony believe it is mass death and that Earth is not live-able or safe. Even though there is clean oxygen, every once in a while a sort of sulfur storm floods through the area and if you aren’t underground or sealed up somewhere and this sulfurous air touches your skin, you burn.
Since this is a CW show, it’s kind of cheesy but the reason I wanted to share the premise of this show is because yesterday it was announced that scientists have found seven new “Earth-like” planets orbiting a single star and that three of the planets could potentially be habitable. This is considered a big deal because the natural resources on Earth are being used up at a rapid rate and there’s concern that we will run out which is bad with the billions of people on Earth. I don’t want to go too much into it because it could turn political real quick and nobody wants that but I always wonder if television shows somehow predict the future when you can draw similar parallels between fantasy and reality. Would it be cool if these planets were habitable? Sure, but fantasy and even history has taught us what happens when you invade your neighbor’s territory. We shall see what happens.