Thursday, May 7

Fancies & Fascinations | The 100

Thursday, May 7

If you've hung out with me in person, or are following me on any form of social media, you might have heard me talk about or seen me post about a certain show ... a certain show about a group of juvenile delinquents who are sent back to Earth 100 years after humans left the surface to escape the affects of nuclear war.


Officially:
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 ejection into space ("floating") unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age. After the Ark's life-support systems are found to be critically failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are declared "expendable" and sent to the surface in a last ditch attempt to determine if Earth is habitable again. (via)
In case you're more of a visual learner, here's the season one trailer:



I've long been a fan of teenage soaps, particularly those that air on the CW. But I'll freely admit that I didn't see the appeal of The 100 when it premiered last Spring. I share recapping duties for the show over on Forever Young Adult, and neither Sarah (my co-recapper) nor I liked the show much at first. In fact, it wasn't until about halfway through the first season that we realized that we had gotten completely sucked in without even noticing. And it was around that same time that we realized that the CW had created something really special.

Fast forward to the end of the second season—which was AMAZING—and we've both become full-blown fanatics. In fact, Sarah wrote an excellent post on the show's appeal: "100* Reasons To Watch The 100." I agree wholeheartedly with her sentiments.

*Or 5.

Obsessed? No way. Yes way.

The 100 features:
  • Action
  • Badasses (Of both the male and female persuasion.)
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Enemistry
  • Friendships
  • Gorgeous scenery
  • Hot people (It is the CW after all.)
  • Intrigue
  • Jokes
  • Killing (That's not exactly a selling point, but I figured I should put a warning out.)
  • Language (The guy behind the Game of Thrones languages created one for The 100, too.)
  • Machinations
  • Nerds
  • Original storylines
  • Peace Treaties
  • Quality relationships
  • Romance (#BELLARKE FOREVER.)
  • Sexy Times
  • Traitors
  • Undertakings, Epic
  • Visions of the Future
  • War
  • (e)Xcitement
  • YA Novel Inspiration (The books are very different. Fun reads, but the show is so much better.)
  • Zoological oddities

Basically, I could go on forever about the reasons I love this show. But I hope that by now you're interested enough (if you're not already sucked in like I am), to want to check it out on your own.

Season one is available on Netflix. Season two's not yet on free streaming, but you can buy the episodes on Amazon or iTunes. (I'm sure there are, uh, less official places you might be able to find it, too.) A word of warning (I mentioned this above, but it bears repeating): The show can be hard to get into. But I promise you, it's so worth it!

If you're already a fan, let me know in the comments! I'd love to discuss. And if you're not yet a fan, come back and discuss once you've had a chance to check it out.

12 comments

  1. GoodIdeasGrowOnTreesMay 7, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    This looks crazy good! I just watched the trailer.. that ending.. spooky!(in a good way). Looks like I'll be binge watching this show this weekend.. :) thanks for sharing!

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  2. I started watching the first episode about a month ago and couldn't get into it... didn't even finish it. Yesterday I was sick in bed and decided to give it another go, and now halfway through the first season I'm finally getting into it and I'm definitely going to keep watching!

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  3. Around the 29th Century*, the Earth was threatened by solar flares. Humans left the planet in the hopes of surviving this catastrophe. Some, like Space Station Nerva) stayed close to home (orbiting a Moon of Jupiter) in cryo-sleep with the means of repopulating the planet. Others, like Starship UK, enslaved space whales and headed out into the black of space looking for greener pastures.


    *Dates in Doctor Who are a little vague.

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  4. Looks interesting! I'm about to wrap up Daredevil on Netflix tonight and am looking for something new, so I think I'll give this a go. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  5. I keep hearing/seeing this EVERYWHERE and I'm not gonna lie, I'm intrigued. But knowing more about it (I'm looking at your list) might've just won me over. That and the fact that it's on Netflix.

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  6. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy. Do stick through the first few episodes—I promise it's worth it!

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  7. It can be hard to start, but I'm glad you gave it another go. It really gets going around episode 6, and then it's just awesome. Season Two is even better.

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  8. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it. And I've said it before, but it bears repeating: The first few episodes can be a struggle. But it's so worth it! :D

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  9. IT'S SO GOOD. I hope you give it a chance. The first half of the first season can be a bit hard to get through (on first watch), but it gets better. So much better. ;)

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  10. I've only seen season 1 since that's what's on Netflix but both the hubs and I thoroughly enjoyed it! There are some 'TV things' that you just have to get over (where did they get all this mascara in this post apocalyptic world?? :D) but those things are so trivial, and I can move past it haha. I'm really excited to see where season 2 goes!!

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  11. I think you can chalk most of those "TV things" up to the fact that it's on the CW. Even when characters are bloodied and dirty and questionably clean, they're gonna be pretty. ;)

    Season Two was so good, and SO crazy at times. I hope it comes out on streaming soon!

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