Friday, July 4, 2014

Top 10 Reasons you should have watched The 100

The 100 is a CW show. That alone is enough to scare off a lot of potential viewers. But with excellent, more adult fare like Nikita and Arrow, I gave The 100 a chance. It's great. I'm sorry, I should have told you to watch it earlier.

First, the summary: juvenile delinquents are dropped from the last surviving space station onto a supposedly uninhabited earth. From there, it's parallel stories of Battlestar Galactica on the space station and Lost-but-with-teens on the ground.

If you're a fan of Lord of the Flies, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, or pretty much any genre show on the CW, The 100 is worth a watch. You'll have to be ready to tolerate some teen drama, but if you can you'll be rewarded.

1. There are secretly adults on this show.
Let's get this out of the way first: The 100 is not just a teen show. There are adults on it, in space, and they're some of the biggest reasons to watch, starting with...

2. Desmond from Lost!
Brutha. Henry Ian Cusick is fun even without his accent. Also, now you have to go back and watch "The Constant" again and cry.

3. Zoe from Person of Interest!
Paige Turco is also an adult on this show, and she is a way better actress than you would think they would put in a CW show.

4. Gaeta from BSG!
Gaeta makes everything better, even when he's not singing.

5. Sierra from Dollhouse!
Although Dollhouse was uneven, it had a lot of great actors who deserve to get more jobs.

Much like Nintendo's classic Mario Kart, The 100 features baby versions of adult actors.

6. Baby Ali Larter. She's like real Ali Larter, but with acting ability. This is the main character of the show. She is cheekily named after an explorer and is competent in many things. She is the Jack to this Lost crew. She is literally Jack from Lost. Just realized this.

7. Baby Lou Diamond Phillips. Like Lou Diamond Phillips, but without the disappointing trajectory of his career (so far). Going with the Lost theme, he is Locke from Lost, but with walking & hair.

8. Characters have consistent flaws. Pictured above is The 100's version of Sawyer from Lost. He is good in 99% of ways except one very clear one (no spoilers here). This goes for all the characters - no one is perfect or one dimensional. Not terribly unusual, except for the fact that characters are actually consistent in the way they behave. Pet peeve: character acts the same way all the time except for this one time that the plot needs them to act differently. Not making an argument against character growth here, but rather plot-necessitated abnormality that reverts when no longer needed.

9. Women have agency. This show passes the Bechdel test like whoa. Girls are making decisions, not just for themselves, but as leaders. They do stuff, most of the time more competently than the boys. While yes, there is a classic CW love triangle, it's handily tempered by the fact that...

10. Everyone is dying on this show, all the time. Seriously. The body count is simply epic. Every time you think, "This is stupid, how are they surviving in the wilderness with teen drama," they don't survive, and then you think, "This show is effing dark."

Yes, The 100 is ridiculous in many ways. Yes, it's got your classic sci-fi silliness (there's a character named "Thelonious Jaha") and your requisite CW teen-ness (so many abs!), but it's a heck of a lot of fun. Plus, it's renewed for another season, so you have time to correct your mistake and catch up.

That creepy kid from The Killing, Continuum, and every other show filmed in Canada: