Recently, I have been watching the seven season CW TV show, The 100. I was originally drawn to this show and as I needed a new show to binge watch, and after reading online reviews, I decided to give it a try. I started watching it with high expectations from the outstanding reviews it received, and I was not disappointed. I instantly fell in love with the show. Unlike many TV shows geared toward the teenage population, the 100 focuses on sacrifice and family. Although categorized as a teen show, the 100 is for all ages, as even my mom loved watching it. The story takes place in the future, and focuses on 100 teenagers sent to the ground from space to see if Earth is habitable since a radiation wave killed the entire population on the ground. However, once the 100 get to the ground, they realize that there are survivors on Earth. These 100 teens have to learn to survive with the “grounders” and in doing so, they discover a lot about their identities and the importance of doing what is best for your people. The characters have to make very difficult decisions, and learn about how leaders must think with their head and not their heart.
The 100 contains a very diverse cast, with many characters of color and part of the LQBTQ+ community. There are also many characters with mental and physical disabilities and illnesses, which personally gave me more insight to living with these disabilities and illnesses. I can almost guarantee everyone can relate to at least one character due to the diversity. Each character has their own developed arch, and the audience can see the conflict and insight behind all the decisions the characters make.
Each season leaves the audience wanting more. I personally binged through the first few seasons because every episode was left on a cliffhanger and I had to know what was going to happen next. It is an amazing TV show that I would highly recommend if you want to smile, laugh, and cry.