Friday, March 04, 2016

"The 100": Richard Harmon, as John Murphy, is the centerpiece now; audiences love a supposedly "sociopathic" delinquent with another side


Last night, I caught an episode of CWTV’s “The 100”, created by Jason Rothenberg, inspired by the first book of a trilogy by Kass Morgan.  I had reviewed it once in 2014, and won’t try to summarize the entire plot, when Wikipedia does a good job here.

The space ark must have inspired the movie “Battle for Skyark” that I reviewed on the movies blog Feb. 26.

And apparently the ark is in trouble, as delinquent kids are sent back down to try to repopulate it (in the movie, it’s rebels’ kids).

The episode (Season 3, #7) last night, “Thirteen”, directed by Dean White, there was a flashback showing how the nuclear war on Earth had been started and watched from space.  It looks like what could happen in Donald Trump gets elected and gets too mad at Putin.  As in the movie, the ark looks like it could be an interesting domain with its own inner geography.

Last night, the character John Murphy, a regular in Season 3, dominated the episode in the beginning.

This character is played by Richard Harmon, and is held prisoner, apparently by the Grounders, a bit bloodied and banged up, but muscular if petite.  It’s still true that “Richard Harmon is the greatest of all time” (as “Judas Kiss” star Timo Descamps echoes a second time, “.. of all time”), in both Dutch and English.  Is this “greatest actor” or greatest soul?   Certainly, the 24-yhear-old actor and producer has accumulated a record-shattering imdb resume (like that of Gregory Smith).  I could say his industrious is paying for my Social Security benefits now – yes, Harmon is supporting me – or do his taxes go to “Blame Canada?” His twitter feed shows tremendous enthusiasm for working on the episodes, requiring a lot of physical endurance, filming in Canada (even if the story is supposed to take place in the Virginia Blue Ridge near Mt. Weather) – as well as for US sports teams like the Fighting Irish (Notre Dame football) and the San Francisco Giants (baseball).  Harmon’s voice and body language mand inner personality  still reminds one of Julian (Continuum) and even Danny Reyes (“Judas Kiss”) who ultimately benefits from getting to know badboy Shane Lyons (Timo).  So why would this character have become delinquent in the world before the War? The Wiki give little hint  while explaining the death penalty by Flotation from the ark.   Zipzat gives a complete history of Murphy’s sociopathy .

 which curiously seems lovable if not completely redeemable;  the world of the 100 is so dark that Murphy fits in.  In “Judas”, the darkness was confined entirely to the embedded story his Danny had filmed, where as Danny is all virtue (no wonder everyone wants to be redeemed by him, most of all Shane); here the darkness becomes the character.  Does Harmon fit one of the characters of my screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Epiphany”?  It’s rather set mostly on a rama-like ark.  Only time will tell.



The episode last night also dealt a lot with Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey).  There was one lesbian scene near the end.

The look of the encampments, with the candlelight, reminds me a bit of “Revolution”.


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