Fans of the sci-fi television series and book series The 100 will be familiar with Isaiah Washington’s portrayal of Chancellor Thelonious Jaha, the last Chancellor in charge of the Ark, the space station upon which humanity lived after the apocalypse. Washington played Thelonious Jaha for the first five seasons until the character died of blood loss.
As CW’s “The 100” opens, the ark that was once a haven for people escaping the habitable earth begins to become unsuitable. This devastation then leads to a group being released back to Earth to find an alternative. There is limited space and dwindling supplies to accommodate the growing population, leading Thelonious to make somewhat unpredictable decisions. Not only does he send 100 juvenile delinquents to earth (where they will most likely die), he is also responsible for executing many people.
The role of Thelonious is a little different from the overconfident, somber doctor from Grey’s Anatomy. Thelonious was a noble leader responsible for some difficult decisions that required sacrifices for the good of all Ark residents. While some of those decisions weren’t, in retrospect, the best, Thelonious wanted what was best for the future of humanity and in doing so, attempted many mistakes and unnecessarily cruel measures to keep society in line.