If you aren't watching 'The 100', you are watching TV wrong.
I mean it. When I say you should be watching a show, and go as far to say it's the best show on television, do not take me lightly. The 100 is one of the only shows that has managed to hook me all on its own. No promo, no referral, no free screening, and no genre to appeal to my already specific tastes. Basically, take Game of Thrones, put it hundreds of years in the future, top it with Lost, throw in some Hunger Games, and finish it off with Orphan Black, and you have The 100.
Now don't be fooled, while it has elements of all these great shows, it is a breed of its own. Its deeply woven characters, talented and seemingly unknown actors, megalomaniac style writing, and high-quality production creates an awe inspiring world that television has tried again and again to monopolize, and failed. The shockers are on a whole other level, and no twist or turn is even slightly predicable in this gritty sci-fi adventure. Created by producer, writer, and director Jason Rothenberg, it is definitely not a show for the weak at heart, but for the brave and curious.
'Lost' Meets 'Game Of Thrones'
The 100 is a story of brutal survival, and what humans are willing to do to achieve it. What line is too far to cross? We follow a group of 100 young people, focusing in on a young girl named Clarke Griffin, that are sent back to Earth after the human race has been exiled for almost 100 years in space to avoid the Earth's nuclear apocalypse.
Based off of the young adult novel of the same name written by Kass Morgan, the creators took characters from the book and molded them into their own unique version of the tale fit for television audiences, using the novel only as a skeleton that could be broken and reset. I assure you, this is no show for just young adults. The brilliance of it is it manages to achieve a certain maturity that appeals to any audience: male, female, young, old, and do it well. Watch the trailer for Season 1 below!
Intrigued yet? The show also has a killer opening credits sequence that, while much shorter, rivals some of the best on TV like, Game of Thrones and Daredevil.
The 100 is an intense web of intricate characters and their reaction to another's cause, so let me break it down for you.
Here is everything you need to know about 'The 100'!
1. The Past: What Happened to Earth
The Earth, on the verge of nuclear war, sent selected humans to 12 space stations orbiting Earth to live and survive, in hopes of one day bringing the human race back to Earth to once again to live safely. Nuclear war then devastated the planet, with no one in space knowing if any life form was able to survive. In space, the 12 space stations formed one massive station named The Ark. For 97 years, the selected humans lived in space, until it was time to go home.
2. The Ark: How Humans Survived
Once the 12 stations joined to create the Ark, a government was put in place. Space on those stations was limited, so strict laws were put in place, and crime of any level was not tolerated. If you disobeyed ANY law, no matter how small, on the Ark, you were ejected into outer space, or "floated". This was their form of execution. However, if you were a minor (under 18 years of age), you were incarcerated indefinitely.
3. How the 100 Got Back To Earth
After the Ark is revealed to be failing, with only a limited amount of oxygen and time to support human life, the Ark's chancellor orders that 100 minors in incarceration are to be sent back to Earth as test subjects to see if Earth is once again habitable for the rest of the Ark's population. This freed up more life support on the Ark, buying more time, and provided a rescue plan. It also was the only other option besides floating the 100 minors. If the Earth wasn't able to sustain life yet due to lingering radiation, the 100 would die, and the Ark would have to find another option, or perish as the ship's resources slowly fade.
4. Who Are The 100
The 100 are all minors who had been incarcerated on the Ark for breaking a law. They are considered expendable by the officials, which is why they are the first to be sent off of it to provide more resources to the others as the Ark dies. The show focuses in on Clarke Griffin, who was imprisoned after she was found to have knowledge that her father had shared with her about the slowly dying Ark. Her father was "floated" and killed for treason when the chancellor discovered what he knew, and Clarke was charged as an accomplice.
5. Where On Earth Did The 100 Land
The 100's ship to Earth lands in what used to be the Washington D.C. area of Earth. The area is now completely a wild land/forest, with random broken structures remaining as the only link to what life was like before Earth was destroyed.
5. Main Characters
Clarke Griffin (The 100)
Bellamy Blake (The 100)
Octavia Blake (The 100, Bellamy's sister)
Abby Griffin (Ark Citizen, Doctor, Clarke's mom)
Chancellor Jaha (Ark Chancellor)
Reven Rayes (The 100)
Finn Collins (The 100)
Marcus Kane (Ark Citizen, Counselor)
Jasper (The 100)
John Murphy (The 100)
Monty (The 100)
6. Words You Need To Know
Sky People - name for the 100 who arrive to Earth from the Ark.
Grounders - name for humans who managed to survive the nuclear war, and became immune to the radiation as they evolved on Earth the past 100 years. They currently inhabit Earth.
Mountain Men - name for humans who live within a secured mountain shelter that was built to sustain life through the nuclear war.
The 100 is a show you would never expect to see on The CW. Realistically dark and gritty, it pushes the limits of our instinct to survive, and the human race's desire for power. It's one you can't miss, and once you start, you won't want to.
'The 100's first two seasons are on Netflix, while the show's best and third season is now airing on The CW Thursdays at 9/8c! Here's the trailer if you're all caught up!