The 100 – The Show You Should Be Watching
The CW Network is usually known for its teen-driven dramas aimed at younger audiences, such as The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural. But The 100 (pronounced The Hundred) is definitely their breakout hit of this past year with a strong second season and viral surge of fans during the second half of its second season. The week ending March 9th, 2015, The 100 was the number one talked about television show on Tumblr moving up three spots and beating cable hit The Walking Dead.
The 100 features elements that most of The CW’s other programming does not. It features predominantly female lead characters, elements of drama, sci-fi, action, thriller, and horror, and a social media fan engagement from the cast and creators. The 100 is also one of the only broadcast networks that features a female lead character who is canonically bisexual. The series is loosely-based off of books of the same name written by Kass Morgan and developed for television by Jason Rothenberg. Jason Rothenberg claims to have been inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones heartbreaking plot twists. (evidence below)
The series takes place 97 years after a devastating nuclear war wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only known survivors are the residents of twelve space stations in Earth’s orbit prior to the war. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station named “The Ark”, where about 2,400 people live under the leadership of Chancellor Jaha. Resources are scarce and all crimes, no matter their nature or severity, are punishable by ejection into space (“floating”) unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age.
After the Ark’s life-support systems are found to be critically failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are declared “expendable” and sent to the surface landing near former Washington, D.C. to determine if Earth is habitable again. The 100 soon discover not all humanity was wiped out and some people on Earth, called Grounders, survived the war. There are even more dangers lurking such as Reapers (Grounders who have become cannibals) and Mountain Men (who live in Mount Weather, the original destination of the 100). Check out these cool Grounder costumes below:
The first season of The 100 does take some time to get into, but the second season is where it truly starts to build upon the mythology of the Grounders’ and Mountain Men’s philosophies. The second season has a higher Rotten Tomatoes rating than the first with a rating of 100% and the first season has a rating of 72%. The thirds season that aired in Spring 2016 also has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The online fandom for The 100 has definitely grown in the past few months, especially on Tumblr. Although there are “ship wars” between Bellarke shippers and Clexa shippers, the fandom is generally a fun one to be involved in if that’s your thing. Some of my personal favorite contributions from fans of the show are the “pick up lines,” “crack!videos,” gifedits, and fan art.
Watch The 100
So if the right blend of drama, sci-fi, and action, plus badass female characters are your thing, you should watch The 100. The first and second seasons are streaming on Netflix. The 100’s fourth season will air in Spring 2017 on The CW.