So I recently(ish) watched the first season of The 100 on Netflix and couldn't help but notice the similarities it had to Battlestar Galactica (specifically Ronald D. Moore's remake). This is both in terms of actors - goodness knows, The 100 has had plenty of actors from both BSG and Caprica - and in terms of certain visuals (the space fleet bears some strong resemblances to the fleet in BSG). However, I'm not sure how much of that is just coincidence/natural crossover within various TV shows; due to direct inspiration/influence from BSG; or due to some of the creator(s)/producer(s)/etc. having also been involved in BSG. Does anybody know?
The showrunner, Jason Rothenberg, is a big fan of BSG. This might be an explanation, in parts.
"How would you describe the genesis of the concept for The 100?
The show is based on a book. Last year, I was looking for a pilot to write and I had a meeting with the publisher. They told me about this idea and it instantly blew my mind. I think I can honestly say it’s an amazing idea because it wasn’t my idea and I’m not tooting my own horn here – but it instantly touched all of the hot creative issues that I was looking for.
What creative issues were you looking for?
I wanted to do a show with a Lord of the Flies theme – and that was there in this story. Battlestar Galactica is one of my favourite shows of all time. Well, this is like Battlestar Galactica in space. Lost is also one of my favourite shows of all time – and this is like Lost on the ground. It was a very easy decision for me to take on this project."
An IMDb commmon cast/crew search isn't really yielding a lot of the same people at the supervising to executive producer levels, so my guess would be that it's simply the fact that both shows were shot in Vancouver and are drawing on the same acting, production, and SFX pools. And that you're liable to see similar crossover of cast/crew from BSG with other Vancouver-shot shows like, say, Supernatural.
I did a search through IMDB a good while back and I remember seeing 2-3 crew members from BSG working on The 100. I can say for a fact that Wayne Rose directed episodes of BSG and one episode of The 100. Coincidentally I think that particular episode stood out to me as a very strong resemblance to BSG.