97 years after a nuclear apocalypse, humanity is trying to get back to planet earth. All hope of survival is placed in the hands of 100 junior convicts to find out if it is safe…
That is the summary of series 1 of The 100, which I watched last year before setting up this blog. I have just finished watching series 2 and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed – there was a major improvement from series 1. The first series was not bad, but certainly started off slow and, quite frankly, nearly stopped about halfway through. However, toward the end, the pace picked up and I can hand on heart say that I could not wait for series 2 to start.
Series 2 picked up where series 1 left off. Clarke and the 48 are being held in Mount Weather – a community that have survived on Earth for years that apparently only want to help. Of course, Clarke being Clarke immediately suspects something is up and hatches a plan to escape.
Elsewhere, those from the Ark who landed at the end of series 1 are setting up Camp Jaha. Chancellor Marcus Kane is being his usual self (golly, how we’ve missed him!) and his’ self and Abi are trying to get themselves established on the ground.
But where are Finn and Bellamy? They, like the rest of the original 100 are dotted around on the ground waiting (struggling) to get themselves reunited with the main herd.
What I liked about series 2 was it followed a different story. The danger was that it was possibly going to be a repetition of the first series, but the introduction of Mount Weather and the kinds of schemes the a Mountain Men were behind breathed new life into the plot and with the new life came new characters.
I also liked the new depths that were reached with some of the old characters. Clarke can be seen to be struggling for power now her mother, Abi, has arrived on the scene. The biggest change is with Finn, who appears to be suffering with some form of PTSD. This new role showed the acting skills of Thomas McDonnell superbly. He did and amazing job as Finn in his struggle to overcome some of the things he had done and see and what he was slowly turning into.
However my favourite aspect of series 2 (although, at times, it didn’t feel like it) was the fact that Kass Morgan – the writer of the novel of the same name – and whoever was in charge of the production wasn’t afraid to kill off huge characters mid-series. It led to massive plot twists that, at times, I couldn’t quite begin to comprehend. It definitely brought an edge to the programme that meant you could never predict what could be around the corner.
I though Eliza Taylor as Clarke was, again, very good. As I’ve said before, another dimension was revealed to her this series as her character began to unravel, unable to cope with the enormity of the responsibility of that had been placed on her shoulders ever since she had been on the ground.
Strangely enough, I also thought that the camera work for some of the chase scenes through forests were very effective. They got you caught up in the action and gave you the same vision impairments that perhaps was experienced by the characters at the time.
All in all, I have to say The 100, in my opinion, is a must-watch, and the second series more so than the first. Whilst you may want to watch series 1 for a proper introduction to the characters and their stories, series 2 is certainly far superior as it keeps the pace all the way through.myes, all the big TV snobs may say it’s ‘teeny’, but I urge you not to let that put you off. Give it a go and see what you think.