Shannon, my buddy who loves this show called The 100, recommended that I give it a shot. After millions of years full of hesitation, I finally managed to finish my first season of the show. Here are some of my thoughts.
In essence, the story doesn’t start out as particularly foreign. It has to do with space, radiation, and coming back to earth. These are some of the more out of the ordinary elements in the premise. But, the rest: colonization, survival, morality, romance, dystopia. These are all relevant topics.
It took me a while to actually figure out who are my favorites. Thirteen episodes, and I still hate Murphy. This boy is so much trouble. Surprisingly, Bellamy was not my favorite at first. But, I feel like his character arc, and the dynamic he has with Clarke is promising and rather compelling. Also: “Here, there are no laws,” is one of the most iconic lines I have ever heard. Oh, that and, “Whatever the hell we want.”
Raven is probably up there in terms of favorites. I like her contrast with someone like Jasper (another favorite). The way the story is set up, it pushes the envelopes of natural selection against a more unbalanced competition between various groups of people.
I am liking the transition the 100 go through, from criminals, prisoners, to pioneers, all the way to invaders and enemies. The struggle these characters face in defining themselves with a harsh and unforgiving background is executed beautifully.
It is going to be so interesting to see the adults on the ground, dealing with the issues these young people grappled with. I have a feeling things won’t go well for the People from the Sky.
This is probably one of the very few shows where I am content with whichever ship is presented in the fandom or in canon. It’s probably because I like (almost) all of the characters. My qualm is in the lack of diversity within these characters.
People of color are rare, and it is kind of baffling to me. Also: how come there are no queer people? I am confused. Sincerely confused.
What is Next?
“On which planet would you rather?” I am curious to see Jasper’s unfurling PTSD. He’s probably the closest one to my existence. I wish I were more like Octavia or at least bright like Raven.
To these characters, all I have to say is, “See you on the other side.”
And, to my Shannon, thank you.