The 100 Marathon

Snow dayyyyy! Ok, now that that is out of my system. Because we had all day, in lieu of our typical Tabletop Tuesday festivities, we decided to do a whole day event since we haven’t had a free day in the middle of the week in a while. Since it is cold outside, the best way to spend the day is curled up together on the couch, so we got a bunch of blankets, piled them high on the couch, and had a marathon of The 100.

The 100 is a show set 97 years after a catastrophic nuclear war wipes out life on Earth. There were space stations from twelve nations in orbit at the time, which later joined together to form the Ark, the last bastion of humanity. The series starts out with 100 incarcerated teenagers being loaded into a giant drop ship and sent to Earth. Since all crimes on the Ark are capital crimes, they are being sent to Earth as guinea pigs to test conditions on the ground. They find out that the Earth is livable, but are unable to clearly communicate that back to the Ark.

The story quickly unfolds as the back stories and motivations for the characters become more clear, both on the ground and on the Ark. At first, the ground crew behaves pretty much as you’d expect a bunch of teenagers to after they’ve been locked up and set free: they throw a wild party because, well, who is going to stop them? They quickly start having problems with basic survival needs, such as shelter, food, and water, and have to figure out how to just live together outside the confines of a space ship. The main characters on the Ark are the Chancellor and Councilors leading the ship. The Chancellor and one of the council members are the parents (not with each other) of two of the kids who are sent to Earth. There is a lot of scheming and power plays at first, then as things go wrong on the ship, they have to learn to put aside their differences for the good of everyone.

The story involves a lot of questions of morality as the fate of the entire human race lies with these few survivors. There is drama as relationships, both platonic and romantic, start and dissolve. There is intrigue as the teenagers form a society and politics change on the Ark. The pacing is great, with periods of tension steadily building up to a climax, followed by a big reveal that satisfies the tension, but leaves obvious open questions. The writing is awesome, the acting is spot-on, and the set design is fantastic.

The first season is 13 episodes, and the second season has 16. The third season just premiered on January 21st, so we’re going to try to catch up and watch as it airs, which is currently Thursdays at 9 PM on the CW. We made it most of the way through the first season thanks to our good friend, Netflix. This year, we’ve been tying to avoid just sitting at home, doing nothing but watch Netflix, but some days are just made for that.