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TV Series Review

Maybe a post-apocalyptic world doesn't have to be all dust and cannibals. According to the CW, it could boast pretty teens, too.

Consider the scenario given to us in The 100. Oh, things appear bleak at first. Civilization was obliterated by nuclear war nearly a century ago, and the remnants of humanity floated above their one-time home on a collection of space stations called the Ark. When the station went past its expiration date, its leaders sent a bevy of wayward teens—the 100—down to check terra firma out and see if the ol' gal was habitable again.

Somebody Beat Us Here

Sure enough, it was. In fact, it's so habitable that other sorts of humans who were all thought to be long dead have actually been living on the surface for a good long while. Grounders have been hunting and foraging and getting rough and ready in this lush, violent paradise for decades. And Mountain Men have come to control cannibalistic, drugged-up human guard dogs who are "affectionately" called Reapers. And there’s even a mysterious place called the “City of Light,” a heavenly-like realm that true believers hold is a place free of physical and spiritual pain.

It’s about as good as earth can get these days. Until, of course, the violent new world, as they’ve come to know it, is destroyed again, and the remnants of humanity are forced to go back into space until they can find another habitable planet. Which, it turns out in the sixth season, is actually a moon bent on destroying all who walk its rugged terrain.

Out With the Abercrombie and In With the Float

During The 100’s first season I said that this was a dystopian drama as imagined by Abercrombie & Fitch. That's no longer so true. The teens are now weathered and grizzled—and aged beyond their years thanks to the threats they've had to deal with. And the show, like those teens, has grown deeper, more complex … and more problematic. Even as it dives into the morality of war and plays around with spiritual themes—a rare sight indeed in a teen-based drama—it serves up same-sex kisses and tries to redefine the word float as a new, censor-dodging stand-in for that still-banned-on-network-TV f-fronted obscenity (much as Battlestar Galactica did with frack). The petty lying, cheating and sleeping around continues (among the teens and adults). But this show is now not so much about who's with whom as much as it is who's going to live to the credits.

The 100, even into the sixth season, has turned into a decidedly violent, often bloody drama—part Lord of the Flies, part Planet of the Apes, part Lost as reimagined by the CW. It superficially extols themes of faith, hope and love, and then it coats them with a sheen of gore.

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Episode Reviews

April 30, 2019: "Sanctum"
Aug. 7, 2018: "Damocles"
July 17, 2018: "The Warriors Will"
The 100: April 24, 2018 "Eden"
The 100: Feb. 18, 2016 "Hakeldama"
100: 1-28-2015
100: 4-9-2014



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Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin; Bob Morley as Bellamy; Devon Bostick as Jasper; Sachin Sahel as Jackson; Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia; Lindsey Morgan as Raven; Jarod Joseph as Miller; Richard Harmon as John; Genevieve Buechner as Fox; Katie Stuart as Monroe; Paige Turco as Abby; Thomas McDonell as Finn; Christopher Larkin as Monty; Isaiah Washington as Chancellor Jaha; Adina Porter as Indra; Jarod Joseph as Nathan Miller; Alessandro Juliani as Sinclair; Alycia Debnam Carey as Lexa; Rekha Sharma as Dr. Tsing; Johnny Whitworth as Cage Wallace; Katie Stuart as Monroe; Lola Flanery as Madi; Jessica Harmon as Niylah






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