|“||...The goal isn't everything, A.L.I.E. How you reach the goal matters, too. I'm sorry that I didn't teach you that.||”|
|— Becca, to A.L.I.E. [src]|
Becca Franko, also known as Bekka Pramheda in Trigedasleng, was a recurring character in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh seasons. She is portrayed by Erica Cerra, who also portrayed A.L.I.E., and debuted in "Wanheda (Part 1)".
Becca was a scientist who in 2051 created A.L.I.E.. Fearing A.L.I.E. would be a threat, Becca decided to continue her research in space on her space station, Polaris. In addition to A.L.I.E., she created the Nightblood serum and a second version of the AI. Later, Becca escaped Polaris just before it was destroyed and descended to Earth, where she encounters the survivors in Hazmat suits.
In Season Five, it was revealed that Becca was burned at the stake by the Second Dawn cult on the orders of Bill Cadogan. In Season Seven, it is revealed that she was killed in order to get the Flame as Cadogan believed that it was the key to finding the secrets of the Anomaly's true power. However, before her death, Becca discovered that it can lead to a Judgment Day which she calls the end of the human race. After her death, she became a martyr, known as the First Commander, among the Grounders. Like the other Commanders, her consciousness survived in the Flame until Raven activated the kill code and Gabriel Santiago physically destroyed the AI.
Despite the Flame's destruction, many of Becca's memories survived inside of Madi Griffin, the last Commander and the person who had the Flame when the kill code was activated. Using Becca's memories that were left behind in Madi, Cadogan succeeded in finally getting the code that Becca had hidden from him. Cadogan began the test that Becca refused to take to determine the fate of the human race, ultimately culminating in humanity's Transcendence.
She was a genius as a child and went to Harvard University when she was ten years old. At 18 years old, she and her company began work for the Eligius Corporation and did coding and tech for them. She also developed Nightblood for the corporation and created the Eligius III's Memory Drives to act as recorders in case something happened to the colonization teams. After implanting one such Memory Drive into quantum physicist Doctor Colin Benson, Becca expressed envy for the adventure he would be going on and a preference for Planet Beta over Russell Lightbourne's choice of Planet Alpha. During this time, Gabriel Santiago met Becca and developed a crush on her.
At age 26, she found a pathway to access a human mind, so she and Chris began working on the A.I. known as A.L.I.E. That same year, in 2051, she had to lock up A.L.I.E. because her answer for what was wrong with the world was "too many people". She subsequently disappeared from public view for over a year according to a news anchor on Becca's news network Infinity News.
A year later, on May 10, 2052, Becca was aboard Polaris, trying to perfect A.L.I.E. 2.0, when A.L.I.E. caused the Nuclear Apocalypse. Two years later, on October 1, 2054, the thirteen surviving space stations were coming together to form the Ark. However, when Commander Cole McAdams found out about A.L.I.E. 2.0, he ordered Becca to destroy it. Becca refused and instead implanted the AI within herself after giving herself Nightblood in order to survive on the radioactive Earth. Moments before Alpha Station blows up Polaris, Becca uses an escape pod to descend to Earth.
Becca landed not far from the Second Dawn Bunker in the rubble of a city which would later become Polis. She was met by several cult members wearing hazmat suits. Becca subsequently used A.L.I.E. 2.0, which she renamed the Flame, to activate the Temporal Anomaly to Bardo for Bill Cadogan, but discovered "the final code" which led to what Becca called Judgment Day, the true end of the human race. Unwilling to give up the code, Becca was burned at the stake by the cult on the orders of Cadogan to get the Flame, but she revealed the Flame's power to Callie Cadogan. Having gathered a following of her own and taken Becca's Nightblood, Callie retrieved the Flame and led her people back into the world to continue Becca's work to save the human race. After her death turned her into a martyr, Becca's legacy would live on as the First Commander with her Nightblood serum passing down through the Grounders, enabling future Grounders to wield the Flame and lead their people.
Throughout the Series
In The Other Side, Raven is still hallucinating Becca and she's still trying to "help" Raven by convincing her to go to space. However, Raven starts hallucinating Jacapo Sinclair as she passes out and when Raven wakes up, Becca is tied to a chair and gagged. Sinclair convinces Raven not to give up so easily and helps her to devise a plan to purge A.L.I.E.'s residual code from her mind by "rebooting" her brain through a temporary death. Becca argues that Raven will need to be dead for 15 minutes and if her plan succeeds, Raven will lose the increased intelligence. Sinclair argues with Becca who compares Raven with A.L.I.E.'s code to famous geniuses, but Sinclair states that he would take the regular Raven over any of them. Sinclair convinces Raven to go with their plan and she subsequently ignores Becca's attempts to talk her out of it. As Raven flatlines, Becca and Sinclair walk away together. When Raven is revived, both of her hallucinations are gone, signaling that Raven's plan succeeded.In Praimfaya, as they make preparations to survive the Second Nuclear Apocalypse on the Ark's Go-Sci Ring, Monty Green tells John Murphy that Becca was brilliant and her company designed most of the technology that was sent to the space stations that made up the Ark. Murphy comments that it means that habitability won't be an issue.
In The Warriors Will, via the Flame, Madi sees a memory of Becca's death in which the Second Dawn cult, led by Reese Cadogan, burn Becca at the stake. She pleads with Cadogan not to kill her and tells the members of the cult before she dies that Cadogan isn't saving them, he's killing them.
The Blood of Sanctum, Raven is forced to delete the Flame to save Madi, though Sheidheda is uploaded to an unknown location. It is left unknown if Becca and the other Commanders were uploaded as well or if their minds were deleted with the Flame.
Becca was very intelligent, creating two A.I. One of which was a neural implant, as well as the Nightblood serum. Monty Green also noted her intelligence, stating that Becca's company had designed much of the technology on the Ark.
She appeared to be kind and understanding. When A.L.I.E. ended the world, Becca was guilt-ridden. She believed her A.L.I.E. 2.0 research was necessary for human survival and was even willing to risk everyone's lives on Polaris to protect the AI. Becca subsequently told Callie Cadogan that she believed with all of her heart that the AI was the key to saving the world in the right hands but feared what it could do if it ended up in the wrong hands. Becca also appeared to be incredibly humble, reassuring Callie that the young woman seemed "more than adequate" after Callie put herself down in comparison to Becca before Becca even really knew her. Becca seemed to prefer being called by her first name rather than having any of her titles used, telling Clarke Griffin that "Becca's fine" when Clarke called her Becca Pramheda and telling the Second Dawn to call her by her first name rather than Doctor Franko.
In a Memory Drive recording, a younger Becca is shown to be fascinated by Skyring's proximity to a black hole and how it could effectively put someone in the future quickly. She was also envious of the Eligius III team's ability to experience this and thought little of Russell Lightbourne and his opinion of Alpha, calling Russell a pompous ass.
Following her return to Earth after the first Nuclear Apocalypse, Becca was shown to believe that the Flame as she dubbed A.L.I.E. 2.0 was her penance for Becca's role in destroying the world. Though Becca helped Bill Cadogan find a way to another world, she believed that Nightblood was the answer as it allowed them the chance to save humanity on Earth rather than abandoning the planet for an untested new one. Becca was smart enough to hide the Flame from Cadogan and to shut off the Temporal Anomaly out of fear that he would toss her through it though Cadogan later stated that he had learned some things about how the AI worked from Becca or possibly her notebook.
After seeing Judgment Day on the other side of "the final code," Becca was visibly shaken and terrified by what she had witnessed and was willing to die rather than give Cadogan the information that he wanted. Having befriended Callie Cadogan, Becca instructed her on how to use the AI and the potential power it contained, thus ensuring that it was both in safe hands and out of dangerous hands while being used to complete her work. To the end, Becca attempted to convince the Second Dawn cultists that they were making a mistake by trusting Cadogan's plan over hers and burning her at the stake, not really begging for her life as she knew it was futile but to try to convince them of the error of their ways. Its later revealed that Becca was offered the chance to take a test to determine if the human race would Transcend or be annihilated, but refused to take it.
Becca is slender with an average build. She has a tan complexion, dark brown eyes, and black hair.
Despite only knowing her for a very short time, Becca trusted Callie quickly after landing on earth in 2054 after finding out that Callie had been a fan of hers before the apocalypse. She let Callie witness her saving Tristan from the radiation by giving him the Nightblood serum but quickly told her to keep it a secret, especially from her brother. Becca recognized Callie's intellect and potential during their conversations in Bill's lab and later, when she knew she was going to be killed, entrusted her with taking care of the Flame, telling her the Latin phrase she needed to control it, thereby making Callie the first Fleimkepa.
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Flashback|
|Wanheda (Part 2)||Absent|
|Ye Who Enter Here||Absent|
|Watch the Thrones||Absent|
|Terms and Conditions||Absent|
|Join or Die||Absent|
|Red Sky at Morning||Mentioned|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Absent|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)||Appears|
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Absent|
|The Four Horsemen||Mentioned|
|A Lie Guarded||Mentioned|
|The Tinder Box||Mentioned|
|We Will Rise||Mentioned|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Mentioned|
|The Other Side||Appears|
|How We Get to Peace||Absent|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Absent|
|The Warriors Will||Flashback|
|The Dark Year||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Mentioned|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Mentioned|
|Red Sun Rising||Mentioned|
|The Children of Gabriel||Absent|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Absent|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Mentioned|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Mentioned|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Absent|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Mentioned|
|From the Ashes||Mentioned|
|Welcome to Bardo||Absent|
|The Queen's Gambit||Mentioned|
|A Little Sacrifice||Mentioned|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Absent|
|The Dying of the Light||Flashback|
|The Last War||Mentioned|
- A.L.I.E.: "As you know, I didn't think I needed an avatar; you did. Why not my creator?"
- Becca: "Please state your core command."
- A.L.I.E.: "My core command is to make life better."
- Becca: "How would you do that?"
- A.L.I.E.: "By fixing the root problem."
- Becca: "What is the root problem, A.L.I.E.?"
- A.L.I.E.: "Too many people."
- -- on a 2051 video in Wanheda (Part 1)
- Becca: Define "perverse instantiation."
- A.L.I.E.: Perverse instantiation... the implementation of a benign final goal through deleterious methods unforeseen by a human programmer.
- Becca: Like killing 6.5 billion people to solve overpopulation. The goal isn't everything, A.L.I.E. How you reach the goal matters, too. I'm sorry that I didn't teach you that.
- -- Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)
- Newscaster on TV: Today marks the one-year anniversary of the vanishing of tech tycoon Becca Franko after creating the world's first sentient artificially intelligent program. The reclusive billionaire and owner of this network made her last public appearance. She is rumored to be aboard her space station Polaris, working on a project that her legion of devotees could view as.... (Lucy tells the television to turn volume off)
- -- '"Anaconda
- Approx. 10.9 billion people (unintentionally and indirectly through the Nuclear Apocalypse caused by A.L.I.E.)
- Emily and Sarah McAdams
Notes and Trivia
- She was a neurosciencist and had a doctorate degree in the field.
- She was 26 years old when she found a pathway to the human mind and 27 when the Earth was destroyed.
- The infinity sign is the corporate logo of Becca's company that created both A.L.I.E. and A.L.I.E. 2.0. It was adopted as the "sacred symbol" of the Grounders.
- The avatar adopted by A.L.I.E. was made in the image of its creator.
- Her genetic treatment turned the blood black and was the genesis of the Nightblood.
- She was the first Nightblood Commander and a martyr.
- The code in her journal is in the programming language Julia, according to two of Julia's co-founders.
- At some point, she conducted research in her lab with a radiation chamber in an effort to find a cure for cancer.
- She created A.L.I.E. but realized that there was a fault in the coding. A.L.I.E. scared Becca when the AI stated that it intended to fix the "root problem" which was "too many people".
- Gaia mentions that Becca is buried in the Second Dawn Bunker.
- Her company designed most of the technology on the space stations that made up the Ark. Subsequently, most of the technology that the Sky People and the people of Alpha have, originates from Becca.
- She owned a news network called "Infinity News".
- Her last name is only given three times: once spelled with a 'c' ("Franco" on a book spine in "Sanctum") and the other time with a 'k' ("Franko" on magazine cover seen in "Nevermind"). Gabriel Santiago mentions it in "The Garden" when talking about the Memory Drives though closed captioning for the episode spells it with a 'k' instead of a 'c' like in the newspaper article. It was later confirmed that it is spelled with a 'k' by The 100 Writers Room" script to screen.
- The last name "Franco" on a book spine in the episode "Sanctum", could be a Pen name for Becca Franko.
- In "The Garden," Becca has a different more punk hairstyle than she is usually seen with in Doctor Colin Benson's Memory Drive recording.
- Gabriel Santiago had a massive crush on her.
- She has connections to many of the characters in the series:
- Callie Cadogan was a fan of her.
- She was the first human being to encounter the Judge when she stepped into its realm via the Anomaly Stone on Earth. She declined to take Judge's test, deeming that humanity was not yet ready for it.
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