I got so many people telling me that they tried to watch The 100 but gave up after 2 episodes, so I kind of feel like I have to write this post for everyone who’s considering to try watching it in the future. Hear me out, ok. (I’ll try not to give too many spoilers, but keep in mind that I’m trash)
In the pilot this show might seem like the ultimate teen trash, and it is. In the first episode it is. But that only lasts for like 2-3 episodes. You have 100 delinquents being free from adults and free from law for the first time, obvs they wanna get laid and get trashed. They’re all alone on this big new planet Earth. Or are they? Nooooo. Really soon they start getting killed by people who live on the ground (they call them grounders, of course). They’re being hunted and also killed with biological weapons, they start a war with the grounders.
Those dumb teens that only want to get laid and drink themselves to death grow up really fast, in a matter of just few episodes. I remember thinking “so much unnecessary heterosexuality, and oh, look, a hetero love triangle” but nooooo I was so wrong, just keep watching. What seemed to be the love triangle won’t be. They’re in the middle of a war, ain’t nobody got time for that. These writers are way too smart to write trash, I love them.
So anyway, those kids grow up so fast (exhibit A), and in the meantime people on the Ark face their own problem and die a lot and there’s so much angst, I love it. I mean I hate it but I love it, you know how it is with angst.
So, literally after a few episodes the war starts and it gets progressively more interesting with every episode. By season 2 you literally have nothing teen left, and there’s so much gore (ok I’m exaggerating but it does get disgusting at times). And we get queer characters that are so well written, so canon, like nothing I’ve seen before. This must be what being straight feels like.
Romance (both het and queer) is always there on the sidelines, but never the center of the show, the show is consistent with following the main plot. And season 3 is blowing our minds now with plot twists, I swear this show just keeps getting better and better.
An incomplete list of things you’ll see on this show:
- war obvs, bc damn skaikru dropped from the sky on other people’s territory
- a disabled main character who is a badass
- most main badasses are women (a commander of 12 clans, leaders of skaikru, army leaders, doctors, mechanics, warriors, name it tbh they’re everywhere god bless)
- POC as main characters kicking ass and taking names
- PLOT TWISTS
- queer characters (most beautifully written I can’t stress this enough, also canon couples)
- human trials oops
- Raven Reyes making things go BOOM
- family stuff
- and a bit of gore
- idk so many things????
- CONTINUITY, brace yourself if you were ever in the Glee fandom, this is a new concept for you
- all characters are in the gray area tbh. Except for Pike, he’s a complete dipshit.
So what I’m trying to say is, DON’T GIVE UP ON IT SO FAST. Those few first teen trash episodes are there to emphasize the character development that comes later. This show is so good, trust me, I watch so many and not many can compare, not after s2, and definitely not now with s3 being the best. Please, do yourself a favor, do me a favor and watch it, give it another shot, it’s worth it.