Today I want to tell you all about an awesome TV show called “The 100“. It was originally aired in March 2014, over in America, with a finale aired in June 2014. Of course, in typical UK style, we’re behind the times and it wasn’t shown here until a few months ago, the finale airing just a couple of weeks back.
When this show was advertised, I hadn’t heard anything about it. I didn’t know it had already shown in America and I had no idea of the storyline. The trailers looked interesting an as it had a sort of space theme, added with mysterious island – well I figured I would give it a go. Week after week, the recordings piled up on the Sky Box but neither Chris nor I suggested watching it. We had a lot of other TV to watch anyway, but because we didn’t really know anything about the show, there was no pull to watch it either. Anyway, eventually we got around to the first episode and to be absolutely honest – I thought it was pretty dire. It seemed like a lot of teenage drama, very angsty and though it had a semi-decent plot, I wasn’t sold. However we stuck with it, the following day watching the next episode. Episode two seemed a bit more interesting and both Chris and I were keen to watch the third episode immediately after. The following day we watched four more episodes, then four more… before we knew it, we were completely sucked in. In less than a week we watched the whole series – watching the finale episode within 2-3 days of when it actually aired on UK TV. I immediately rushed to Google, making sure it had been renewed for a second series and when that might be. That was when I discovered it had already aired ages ago in the US and was actually due to start again soon.
Basically, that’s my reason for making this post today. October 22nd is the day that Season 2 of The 100 begins in the US. I am super excited and I can’t wait to find out when we’ll get it over here in the UK. But anyway… I should probably tell you a little bit about the actual series.
The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear war wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only known survivors are the residents of twelve space stations in Earth’s orbit prior to the war. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station named “The Ark”, where about 2,400 people live. Resources are scarce and all crimes no matter their nature or severity are punishable by death (“floating”) unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age. After the Ark’s life support systems are found to be critically failing, one hundred juvenile prisoners are declared “expendable” and sent to the surface in a last ditch attempt to determine if Earth is habitable again. The teens arrive on a beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. However they discover that not all humanity was wiped out. There are people on Earth who survived the war, called “grounders” by the 100.
If you were a fan of “Lost“, I most definitely recommend that you watch this series. Not only is Earth very similar to the Lost island, but also the ever lovely Des (Henry Ian Cusick) appears in the show as Marcus Kane. Other favourites of mine definitely include Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) and Anya (Dichen Lachman). A lot of the cast, really growns on you – even though at times you think they might not.
As I mention, the series has been renewed for a second season, beginning tonight in the US. There are 13 episodes in Season 1 that you can get your teeth into though, and trust me the season was left on a great cliffhanger so you’ll be desperate to jump into the next season. If you need any more convincing it has a 7.5 rating on IMDB, which is pretty damn good, especially after just one season.