A lot of people think that The Hundred is ludicrous. To these people, we ask: “Have you not seen 300? That’s truly ludicrous.”
The film 300 (which we’ve just this minute found out isn’t actually called “The 300”) is about 300 Spartans attempting to fend off over 300,000 Persians.
Not great odds of success, you’d have to say. 300 people against 300,000 also feels like like the situation the ECB’s marketing department is currently facing. (Probably quite a lot worse actually.)
But the true ludicrousness lies in the detail. The Hundred brings us crisps, slogans and gibberish.
What does 300 offer?
300 stars Gerard Butler as King Leonidas. Gerard Butler is not an especially subtle actor and King Leonidas is not an especially subtle role.
Here is King Leonidas doing ‘thoughtful’.
Here is King Leonidas about two seconds later doing ‘angry shouting’.
Here is King Leonidas telling his mates, “Tonight we dine in hell.”
And it’s not just King Leonidas. Here’s Xerxes arriving in a manner that would put even Allen Stanford to shame.
We could probably draw some parallels with how the ECB sees itself here, but that feels a little like low-hanging fruit.
Basically the whole of 300’s fully ludicrous from start to finish. There’s also a tremendous amount of blood. (You can draw your own parallels there.)
If The Hundred is anywhere close to being a third as ludicrous as 300, it’ll actually be tremendous fun. We therefore conclude that The Hundred will probably only be about 10 per cent as ludicrous as 300, which puts it right on the cusp of being fun, but not necessarily over.
First published in October 2019 (which is a measure of how long this whole interminable Hundred preamble has been going on for now). Sign up for our email if you want find out what we actually think about the thing once it finally gets underway.