ICYMI: The 100 on Netflix is worth binge watching

I’ve been hearing people talk about this show for awhile. But I never really got around to starting it until the past week or so. Seasons 1-4 of this CW show are on Netflix so I decided it was time to give it a shot. I have mixed feelings…

The Premise

The premise of the show is great. It’s a post-apocalyptic drama. As Earth suffered from a nuclear holocaust the only human survivors were the people occupying 12 space stations orbiting the Earth. The plan was to live on these specially constructed ships until the Earth was habitable for humans again. 97 years after the nuclear event that destroyed civilization the leaders of the group send a ship filled with 100 young adults/teenagers to Earth to see if it’s habitable. The kids are criminals by the ship’s code of conduct so the leaders assume they are expendable if it turns out that Earth isn’t habitable.

The 100 who are sent to Earth find out that it is habitable, and they start to create a civilization for themselves. Of course, they find out that they aren’t alone and that other civilizations have managed to survive on Earth the entire time. Great chaos ensues.

Eventually the other residents of the ship join the kids on Earth and they all have to fight for survival against many different threats.

The Controversy

What initially caught my attention about this show was that there was a controversy about the death of the one main characters in season 3. I won’t spoil it here, but let’s just say the controversy wasn’t blown out of proportion. It was a totally ridiculous death for a very well liked main character that was just beginning to see real character development. It was lazy storytelling. And for me, the show never really recovered after that.

I’m almost done with season 4 just in time for the season 5 premiere. But after that turning point in season 3 the story became so convoluted after that notorious season 3 death that it was kind of laughable. There were so many stories colliding and so many constant threats that none of the storylines ever really were fully developed. It seemed like the writers thought if they kept the characters in constant crisis no one would notice that they had completely dropped the ball when it came to character development and story telling.

I will finish season 4 and I will give season 5 a chance but overall I’m bitterly disappointed. The series had a lot of potential. There were some very interesting beginnings to stories that just never were followed up. And the series borrows very heavily from Battlestar Galactica. If you are a BSG fan you will notice the many similarities in the mythology presented in The 100 with the mythos from BSG.

Season 5 of The 100 will start out with a 6 year time jump and introduce a slew of new characters. Since the show is essentially rebooting itself maybe this time it can avoid some of the glaring mistakes it made in season 3 and 4. A premiere date for season 5 hasn’t been released.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for serious drama that is intelligent, engaging and features well developed characters that are thought – provoking this isn’t it. But if you want a fun way to get lost in dystopia for a few hours without having to really emotionally commit to any of the characters The 100 is a good binge.

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