The CW has a history of somewhat fluffy TV shows that tend to be your usual love stories or teenage angst dramas (hello, 7th Heaven). Fortunately, they’ve stepped up their game in recent years — case in point: The 100. You could call the show a sleeper hit since it started off with a few weak episodes and slowly got better and better. Although it already has a decent fan following, there are still some holdouts out there. If you’re on the fence about another dystopian YA adaptation, keep reading for the five reasons that you should be watching The 100.
SPOILER WARNING: This article may contain spoilers.
Strong Female Leads
There are a lot of great main characters on this show, but we were really excited to see smart, powerful women take charge in Season One and on. Clarke is a good leader (most of the time); Raven is a stubborn, semi-genius mechanic; Octavia is a badass with a sword; and don’t even get me started on the Grounder warriors Anya, Lexa, etc. The best part is that The 100 doesn’t portray these characters, especially the leaders, as infallible. They’re just teenagers trying to do the best that they can with the resources they’re given, which leads us to the next reason you should be watching this series…
Great Character Development
The 100 is about to start its third season, and we’ve really watched this cast of characters grow mentally and emotionally with each episode that passed. Remember, these kids sent to Earth from the Ark were basically sheltered delinquents that grew up restricted, albeit protected, with laws set long before they were born. On Earth, there are no laws and no space guards to protect them from the dangers surrounding them. With each death and battle that they have to go through, you can visibly see these teenagers are forced to “grow up” relatively quickly. The show has some great writing, proving to fans that the world doesn’t exist in just black and white. There are a lot of gray areas that lead to hard decisions, especially when real lives are concerned. As you’re watching, you empathize with the characters and can understand the decisions they make.
All the Feels
Thanks for breaking our hearts, Jason Rothenberg! Although the series has veered away from the emotionally-charged YA books it was adapted from, The 100 still has some tearjerker moments that had us clutching our tissues to our chests. Not to give too many spoilers, BUT… Jaha’s sacrifice, Raven’s close brush with death, Octavia thinking she had lost Lincoln for good, and Finn’s unfortunate fate are just a handful of times where we just could not deal with what was happening. At one point, Lexa says “Victory stands on the back of sacrifice,” a theme repeated in every season. Make sure you have a box of tissues ready before you start this series.
Forget the Romance
Thank goodness, this is one dystopian series that tries to keep away from the romantic cliches. The show definitely has romantic relationships — there’s a brief triangle at the beginning with Finn, Raven, and Clarke — but The 100 is not about a guy and a girl trying to save the world and falling in love with each other along the way. It’s about the crazy heat of battle, finding your inner strength in tough times, learning how to rely on your friends and family, and just trying to survive in a strange new world. Of course, like every show out there, there are popular ships, like Bellarke (Bellamy/Clarke), Linctavia (Lincoln/Octavia), Clexa (Clarke/Lexa), and so on. In fact, critics and fans have complimented the series on its approach to sexuality in regards to Clarke’s romance with Lexa, the Grounder commander. Rumors are that Clarke will have romantic entanglements with another woman in Season Three, but fans are still holding out hope for Bellamy or Lexa.
The 100 takes place 97 years after a nuclear war and the only (known) survivors were 400 people living in space. When the 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to earth, they enter into a whole new world that has physical aspects similar to the Earth they read about and studied on the Ark, but it’s basically uncharted and dangerous territory filled with human survivors that the space station didn’t know about. The survivors, so far divided into two groups known as Grounders and Mountain Men, have a completely different culture, style of dress, and even language from what the Sky People (people from the Ark) know. It’s been interesting to see how the showrunners have approached the concept of building a new civilization on Earth. Next season is bound to reveal even more secrets and interesting locations on Earth.
The 100‘s Season Three is scheduled to premiere Jan. 21, and we’re expecting plenty more profound moments, along with some shocking twists to keep us on our toes. Why is Clarke’s hair red? Are the Blake siblings really going to fight? What’s going to happen with Polis? These questions and more will, hopefully, be answered.
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