Having never seen “The 100,” I dropped in to watch three random episodes of the TV show to get a taste of the series and share my thoughts on whether I think it’s worth watching. The first six seasons are currently available on Netflix.
The show’s Netflix description reads: “A century after Earth was devastated by a nuclear apocalypse, 100 space station residents are sent to the planet to determine whether it’s habitable.”
Season 1, Episode 1
Netflix description: “One hundred young exiles from a dying space station are sent to Earth 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse to test if the planet is now inhabitable.”
- I found the premise of “The 100” to be intriguing. Over the past 97 years since the nuclear apocalypse in this story, the community of survivors has had to adopt a new way of life given their limited resources in space. While the “expendable” exiles are preoccupied with their survival and discovering a new world in this episode, the people who remain on the space station have their own set of problems to deal with.
- This was also an interesting introduction to the characters and what motivates them. While some are natural leaders who feel a sense of responsibility to ensure the group’s survival, others crave freedom, no matter the cost.
- This episode ends on a cliffhanger, which definitely made me want to keep watching the show to see what would happen next and how the story would progress.
Season 3, Episode 9
Netflix description: “While Clarke makes an alarming discovery, Octavia faces a decision that could have dire consequences. Abby and Kane share a moment.”
- It appears all the characters are on Earth and that the narrative is taking place there. There is also a new set of characters with their own language and customs. Some characters from the first episode I watched have clearly had a change of heart. For example, a murder-hungry villain is now a sweet love interest.
- I noticed in the opening credits of this episode that the TV series is based on a book series called “The 100,” by Kass Morgan. This made me wonder how the TV show compares to the books.
- I feel it is important to note with this episode that “The 100” does seem to contain quite a bit of gore, so it’s probably best for adult and teen audiences.
‘Damocles: Part Two’
Season 5, Episode 13
Netflix description: “After the disaster in the gorge, Wonkru unites under Madi for a final assault while McCreary’s lunatic plan leads to a fate-changing revelation.”
- At this point in the series, there is an all-out war between groups of people on Earth. It’s interesting to see just how much the show’s population has expanded beyond the original 100 exiles.
- As I watched this episode, I noticed ways in which characters had both changed and remained the same. For example, some are dealing with regrets from the past while trying to progress in the present, and some are adapting to new roles as parents while maintaining old roles. There is a clear theme that emphasizes the importance of standing by family and friends, and not leaving loved ones behind.
- I feel “The 100” is a good blend of many different genres including sci-fi, fantasy, drama and action. In this way, it might appeal to a broad set of viewers with different interests.
Is it worth watching? Yes. Though certain elements of “The 100,” such as the violence, aren’t for everyone, I would be interested in watching more of the series, based on the three episodes I watched.