The 100 never really popped up on my radar, not until a Youtube video called The 100 is kinda dumb created by Alex Meyer showed up on my recommended list. This Youtube video, which mainly pointed out the flaws of the show, made me intrigued enough to actually watch The 100. How did I find it?
Actually, I enjoyed it. The fact that it is a post apocalyptic survival story already earns the show brownie point with me. The show is set 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse forced the surviving members of the human race into space, on a space station called the Ark. The plan was for the survivors to wait for Earth to become inhabitable again. Unfortunately the Ark’s systems are failing, so in a desperate attempt to survive, the Ark’s leaders send 100 juvenile convicts to Earth, to see if its safe.
I’ve watched the first six episodes of the show and I can say, while the start is a little rocky,the show has caught my attention. There are different layers of conflict in the show: from the 100 teenagers trying to survive on the surface, to the people on the Ark, trying to keep the life support systems running as long as possible. On of the things that has stood out for me is the character development seems to be really strong. Already, within six episodes, I have seen some of the main characters start to evolve which seems really promising to me.
The other thing I enjoy are the complex characters themselves. It seems like the show is going to explain how each of the main characters ended up being part of the 100, through flashbacks. I’m also finding that some characters that I hated in the first few episodes are turning out to becoming my favourites, as the show doesn’t seem to be afraid of putting the characters through the metaphorically emotional wringer. Also, no one appears to be safe either.
That’s not to say that everything about the show is great. There are some moments with the plot that make me wonder if some characters are prone to temporary lapses of sanity, looking at Clarke’s parents here. But overall these moments don’t impact on my enjoyment.
Overall, I’m loving this show. I’m intrigues as to what direction the writers are going to take in later seasons, as there is a possibility of the story becoming stale if each episode turns out to have ‘a problem of the week’ sort of plot, rather than an overarching story. I’ve also discovered that the show is based off of a series of Young Adult novels, which I’ll be checking out in the future. If you are looking for a futuristic series where humanity is on the brink of extinction, then I recommend you give The 100 a go.
Featured image came from iTunes.