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The 100

Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a space station, housing humanity’s lone survivors, sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

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This is my first film / TV review in a very long time, so I’m a bit out of practice and still not entirely how I want to do this yet. I started out writing about each season, but I felt that had too many spoilers. Anyway…

I really enjoyed watching The 100, even if sometimes I wanted to choke the main characters. The show spans about ~300 years, beginning “97 years” after mankind has been reduced to the ones living on a space station after a nuclear war. The show’s namesake comes from 100 teenagers, who were sent to earth to find out if it was survivable. There’s actually more to it than that, but I don’t want to get into plot details too much.

The show has 7 seasons, spanning the main characters living in space, on Earth, on other planets, in a bunker, and in a simulation, but not entirely in that order. The show is a roller coaster of heroism, cowardice, loyalty, betrayal, and more. It has good visual effects, decent acting, which does get better as the show goes on, OK writing, and never ending plot twists. I personally feel like the show would have been fine without a couple of seasons in the middle, but it does all come together at the end. I credit the writers for bringing the story full circle, mostly explaining everything by the end of the last season.

The good news is the story does have an ending and it fits the overall trajectory of the show. I was personally satisfied by the ending, although I was disappointed in some of the characters who were lost along the way. I give it an 8.5 out of 10, which is pretty good for my ratings. I would have given it a 9, but, well, I can’t tell you why I docked that half point, without giving an important plot piece away. Let’s just say I had 4 favorite characters in the show and 2 of them didn’t make it to the end. Overall, it’s worth a watch, just don’t judge it on the first 3 or 4 episodes. It gets better and the plot is much richer than you are initially led to believe.

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