The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series. The series ran for seven seasons on The CW Television Network between 19 March 2014 and 30 September 2020. The series is loosely based on a novel series of the same name written by Kass Morgan. The 100 was developed by Jason Rothenberg.
The series follows post-apocalyptic survivors from a space habitat, called the Ark, who return to Earth ninety-seven years after a devastating nuclear apocalypse. While on the Ark, three generations have been born, but life-support systems in the habitat begin to fail. This causes the people on the Ark to send a group of 100 juvenile delinquents to determine whether Earth is habitable. However, when they get down to Earth, they encounter descendants of the nuclear disaster survivors on the ground.
Where to Stream The 100
The 100 is available for viewing on various streaming platforms. All seven seasons of the series are available to stream, with a subscription, on Netflix. ITVX offers the first five seasons of the series for audiences in the United Kingdom.
The 100 is also available to buy or rent on several platforms. Viewers who wish to watch all seven seasons of the series can buy or rent it on platforms such as AppleTV, Microsoft Store, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video. Google Play Movies and iTunes Store offer six seasons of the series. Rakuten TV offers only two seasons.
Episode Guide and Season Breakdown
The 100 introduces us to a world where, after a nuclear disaster on Earth, mankind is desperate for a home. However, as a result of depleting resources during their search, the survivors turn back in hopes that the Earth has become habitable again. To provide a breakdown of the series, here are some of the most notable plot developments from the series.
In the pilot episode, the series introduces the teenagers sent to an Earth that is expected to be in decay. However, they discover the planet to be surviving. When one of them is attacked with a spear, they also discover hostile survivors on the ground called the Grounders. The second season introduces a group of humans that went underground to survive the apocalypse called the Mountain Men. It is revealed that they have been capturing Grounders and experimenting on them as well as poisoning them. The conflict between the teenagers from the Ark and the Grounders also escalates.
In the third and fourth seasons, power struggles between different groups continue, with sentient artificial intelligence becoming a central antagonist. In Season Five, the story jumps ahead six years, with the survivors scattered across the planet. As the group finds ways to adapt to the environment, the Eligius Corporation emerges as a new threat. In the sixth season, a new planet is discovered. As the new planet is a theocratic society, this season explores themes surrounding religion and mysteries. The final season centres on a phenomenon that can connect different planets and times.
Character Profiles and Fan Favorites
Over the course of the series, The 100 featured many characters who played significant roles. A number of them also became fan favourites. Clarke Griffin, portrayed by Eliza Taylor, is a major character in all seven seasons. She was part of the group of juvenile delinquents from the Ark who were sent to Earth. Clarke was also a medical apprentice who used her skills to serve as the medic.
Bob Morley portrays Bellamy Blake, a major character. He was also part of the 100. He goes on to become a co-leader of the delinquents alongside Clarke Griffin. Octavia Blake portrayed by Marie Avgeropoulos is Bellamy Blake’s half-sister. She has a short temper and is prone to outbursts of violence.
Christopher Larkin plays Monty Green, a major character who was part of the original 100. He prides himself on being very smart and also avoids violence. Finn Collins, portrayed by Thomas McDonell, was a major character in the first two seasons. He had a brief relationship with Clarke Griffin. Lindsey Morgan portrays Raven Reyes, the mechanic and explosives expert for the 100. Although she was not part of the original 100, she negotiates her way down to Earth. Jasper Jordan played by Devon Bostick, was the primary chemist for the 100. Marcus Kane was a major character in the first six seasons. He was portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick and Greyston Holt.
Critical Reception and Fan Reviews
Throughout its run, The 100 received generally positive reviews. The series also developed a passionate and dedicated fan base. Fans of the show engaged with the show on social media platforms and created fan fiction and fan art. However, the reception became more divisive as the series progressed with some viewers disappointed with the direction the story took.
The series was praised by critics for its intriguing premise and character development. It was also appreciated for the willingness to tackle complex themes. Some critics were however divided on the complexity of the plot as the series progressed, as well as some of the character arcs.
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