TV Review: ‘The 100’ is out of this world


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“The 100, which airs on The CW, stars Thomas McDonell as Finn, Eliza Taylor as Clarke, Bob Morley as Bellamy, Devon Bostick as Jasper, Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia, Lindsey Morgan as Raven, Ricky Whittle as Lincoln, Chris Larkin as Monty, Paige Turco as Abby, Isaiah Washington as Jaha, and Henry Ian Cusick as Kane.

Anabela Cagen, Staff Writer

Imagine if you were sent to Earth for the first time after living in space for your entire life and the future for humankind rests on your shoulders. The CW’s television series “The 100” is about the struggles these Sky People face, and the second season was recently released on Netflix.

In the first season of “The 100,” one hundred juvenile prisoners are sent to Earth during the 22nd century to see if it is now habitable after being up in space for ninety-seven years following a nuclear war that destroyed life on Earth. The prisoners believe that they are the only people on all of Earth, but they are quickly proven wrong when the Grounders attack. The whole first season mainly deals with their struggles with the Grounders and ends with a battle between the hundred delinquents and the large Grounder Army.

The first season ended on a cliffhanger, leaving all audiences in suspense of what would happen next. Thankfully, Netflix recently released the second season of “The 100” at the beginning of November. Trust me, season two is amazing. This season has exceeded all of my expectations and the storyline has gone beyond what I thought was possible for this series. Instead of continuing the difficult struggles with the Grounders, the creator introduced a new obstacle in the Sky People’s road to living on Earth in peace: the Mountain Men.

The second season starts off with Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) suspicious of the Mountain Men’s intentions and tactics. She soon discovers the evil of the Mountain Men: they bleed Grounders and circulate their blood in the people of Mount Weather in hopes to one day return their people to the ground. Clarke escapes from the Mountain Men for she fears that she and her friends will share the same fate and makes it make to camp where she begins strategizing a plan to take down Mount Weather, home of the Mountain Men.

After some time, Clarke finally comes up with a plan, but it will be difficult. She believes that the only way they can take down Mount Weather is by becoming allies with the Grounders. After several attempts, this plan is put into motion as the two groups begin to work together. However, if you think that this is all that they need to take down the Mountain Men, you thought wrong. They end up sending one of the main characters Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley) into Mount Weather to serve as a spy and to help rescue the Sky People and the Grounders that are trapped inside.

Every episode is action-packed and suspenseful, leaving audiences on the edge of their seats, literally. Once you start watching, it is difficult to stop because each scene and episode grip the viewer. Blood and gore play big factors in this show, and if you are sensitive to this, just look away for that short amount of time because there are so many other interesting things going on in the season.

The suspense also causes the storyline to become even more intense. All of these factors including the believable acting make it difficult to tell what will happen next.

“The 100” is a television series that you should make time for to watch because everything about the acting and storyline is intense and amazing. If you have seen the first season, you should go on Netflix to watch the second season because it will exceed all of your expectations.

All 13 episodes from the first season and all 16 episodes from the second season of “The 100” can be found on Netflix.

Our Grade: A
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Creator: Jason Rothenberg
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Paige Turco, Devon Bostick