TV Review: The 100 (S2)

Based on The 100 by Kass Morgan and brought to television by Jason Rothenberg. The series stars Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, & Marie Avgeropoulos.


Premise: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

Last season: The 100 teen delinquents got to the ground, they had to learn to work and live together, suffering a few casualties along the way. The ground (Earth) is indeed survivable and the 100 soon find out that they’re not the only remnants of humanity. Confronted to the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community.
Up on the Ark, resources are scarce as ever and a battle for power is raging counsel members. After the Ark’s life support systems almost shut down their inhabitants crash-landed on earth, while the remaining of the 100 are abducted by a new possible threat, the Mountain Men.

Review: I was seriously on the fence about this show, didn’t think it was that interesting and basically watched the first season because I had an hour to kill. The second season premiere did not change my opinion of the show, in fact I thought it was all going down hill from there but boy I was wrong.

The new opening theme looks great, it suits the show and make it even more futuristic then just set up in a post apocalyptic world. That said, the Mount Weather storyline was, for a while, the worst one of the show because if you have half a brain, once you know why the Mountain Men still live underground, you guess why they want Clarke and her friends – The 48. But the writers of the show were smart and didn’t take the audience for idiots, so Clarke found proof by episode 2. Another reason why I didn’t like the introduction of the Mountain Men was simply consanguinity. If they’ve been living in the Mountain for a nearly a hundred years how the fuck are they looking alright? Aren’t they all cousins by now?

Anyway, the show got better, it got real good, real fast the writers dug themselves out of this whole and turned things around. The 100 S2 built on the strengths of season 1 and became intriguing. They’ve broadened the scope of the show with the mountain men then mentioning the Ice People and they’ve brought back the monsters, mutated animals, and most importantly they gave layers to the Grounders.
The battle for power and leadership in the different groups was genius, worthy of a Game of Thrones comparison – No, it wasn’t. I’m being way too kind. There was a lot of twists and turns and it was thrilling to watch. It’s mysterious, exciting, they’ve managed to jam a lot in the series, new characters, new dynamics, and new territories to keep us guessing and asking for more.

The 100 is shaping up to be one the best non comic book related shows on the CW. 


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