So I just caught up with The 100, a CW show which AJ currently has a guest-role in. I thought I'd share a bit about it in case anyone was interested in trying it out. The premise of the show is that there was a global nuclear war in the future, and the last remnants of humanity are orbiting Earth in a space station - about 2,000 total. Because of limited life support and resources, all crimes are punishable by death. When the show starts, they are starting to wonder if Earth might be habitable again. Instead of executing them, the government takes 100 imprisoned juvenile delinquents and sticks them on the ground to see if they can survive. Spoiler alert: They can. The story itself is a bit derivative of various other currently hot products: It has some of the post-apocalyptic political/military tension of BSG; The survival and power struggles of Lost (complete with boar hunts and mysterious natives); The teen-on-teen brutality and angst and adult manipulations of The Hunger Games; and a willingness to kill its characters that rivals Game of Thrones. However, it combines these elements pretty fluidly and has enough twists and turns to keep itself fresh. Not necessarily blazing any trails, but it's consistently watchable.
AJ was definitely hired to play the Gaeta-type role. He's not a main character but one of the recurring adult characters. So far there's not a lot of development, but you never know. He plays Sinclair, the chief engineer. Personality-wise, he's Felix if Felix had been fortunate enough to escape the trauma of seasons 3 and 4 and had lived another ten years or so: He's similarly professional, intelligent, and compassionate, but a bit more mature - less protocol-bound and knows when the break the rules, and is a bit more laid back in general. He has a cute little mentoring relationship with some of the younger engineers and mechanics. Characters are dropping like flies, so hopefully we'll see more of him going forward. I'd love to see the character, who is so far very Felix-like, take a different direction - it could be like watching an AU where Felix lived and was shaped by differing circumstances. Anyway, that's what I'm hoping for.
Also, there are a few other BSG alum - Rekha Sharma, Kate Vernon, and Ty Olsson - so maybe some more will pop up. Love that beautiful Vancouver scenery!
Has anyone else been watching? What do you think so far?