Every summer, I end up binge-watching a new show. Now most of the time, I get obsessed for a couple of seasons, and then my interest dies with a sudden and complete lack of caring. (Sorry, Sons of Anarchy.) But not this summer, people. This summer, I’ve discovered The 100.
There aren’t enough words in the English language to accurately try and explain just how this show about a bunch of teenagers getting thrown to Earth as an experiment completely and totally knocked me off my feet with its awesome, but it went something like this:
Now, here’s a better idea of what The 100 is all about. The entire human population is living on a space station called The Ark 97 years after Earth was made uninhabitable by nuclear war. And the station is running out of air. In an effort to buy time, and see if Earth is survivable again, the adults in command send 100 delinquents to Earth as an experiment to discover whether humans will live or die on the surface. Turns out, humans managed to survive on Earth long before a bunch of teenagers fell out of the sky.
And here are the Top 5 reasons you should be binge-watching The 100 before the Season 3 premiere.
Clarke Griffin (and the rest of Earth’s badass ladies).
The 100 has some of the best written female characters in all of television, going beyond the classic troupe of “damsel in distress” and bringing out leaders, warriors and mechanical geniuses (just to name a few) to truly show television what it means to be a woman. And Clarke (Eliza Taylor) is the perfect example of this. She’s written to be a character full of contradictions. A character with a moral high ground that often gets compromised in order to do what she believes is the right thing. She has blood on her hands, a strength that is not infallible and the weight of hundreds of people on her shoulders, all looking to her as a leader she never planned on being. Clarke carries the story that The 100 wants to tell, and even though she is surrounded by a ton of other characters who are all worthwhile, it just wouldn’t be the same without her.
Every action has a consequence.
One thing that’s great about The 100 is that it doesn’t shy away from the brutal reality of the world that has been created. And because of this, there isn’t a single thing that the characters choose to do that doesn’t have some sort of kickback. One character makes a decision that ends up costing 300 others their lives. Another takes revenge on an innocent group, and a friend is forced to settle the score. Each character has made a bad decision, and they have all been punished in some way for those decisions. The harsh reality is that this is a brutal world, and there is never an easy way out.
There are no good guys…
We’d all like to assume that the people of the Ark are always the good guys, and that the grounders and Mountain Men are always bad. But that’s not the case. As mentioned above, everyone has made bad decisions, and that leaves “villains” everywhere. In fact, it could be argued that Clarke is one of the most villainous characters on the show because of her choices, especially in Season 2. The cold reality is, bad things sometimes have to happen to serve a greater good. That means people will die, and other people will be the ones who killed them. The 100 does a great job of exploring that idea to the fullest, and pointing out that there isn’t a single person who can truly be considered “the good guy.”
…but there are also no bad.
Much like the previous sentence, there also isn’t a single person who can by considered truly bad. Sure, they will do horrible things, like murder, experiment and betray, but every villain thinks they are doing the right thing. They justify actions based on saving the people they love, or protecting something that is theirs. Every act is driven by the idea that there are no more options available, or that they are justified because something worse happened to them. Villains aren’t born, they’re created. And every group, be it Sky people, Grounders or Mountain Men, can be driven to madness. But they can also be redeemed.
And last, but certainly not least:
There’s an awesome language called Trigedasleng to learn!
Let’s lighten things up a bit for the last reason, shall we? The grounders use a language called Trigedasleng, created by David J. Peterson (the same person who created Dothraki for Game of Thrones), with one another. It’s an evolved form of modern English, and sounds super harsh and yet oddly musical. Trying to learn it (don’t judge me) has actually been really fun and interesting. And about 10 times harder than Spanish has ever been. My favorite line from the show thus far? Ge smak daun, gyon op nodotaim. Get knocked down, get back up. All though that’s certainly not the only one I love.
These reasons don’t even begin to scratch the surface of why you should start watching The 100, but I hope they give you enough incentive. And if you want to squee about the show with me, comment below and we’ll nerd out together!