By: Madison Goodmiller
The 100 is a post-apocalyptic TV series that deserves way more attention than it’s getting.
A nuclear war destroys Earth and the only survivors are forced to find salvation in space. 97 years pass and resources are diminishing. The leaders of the spacecraft they’re in, the Arc, are forced to make a decision: kick people off the Arc to preserve resources or send 100 teenage delinquents down to Earth to see if it’s habitable. The council decides on the latter and The 100 are sent flying down to Earth.
The teenagers face trials and tribulations that they never faced in space such as giant gorillas, two-headed deer, and acid fog. Surviving is hard enough but another factor makes it even more challenging. They aren’t the only ones down there. A group of people that The 100 name “Grounders” somehow found a way to survive the radiation and they aren’t very welcoming to the kids from the Arc.
An interesting storyline isn’t the only upside to the show. The females in leadership roles separate The 100 from many other popular shows on TV. Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Dichen Lachman, and Alycia Debnam-Carey all play strong female leaders in The 100.
Taylor plays Clarke Griffin, the main character of the show. When the teens’ ship lands on Earth she immediately assumes a position as a leader. Turco plays Clarke’s mother, Abby Griffin. Abby is one of the councilmembers on the Ark and later becomes Chancellor. Lachman’s character, Anya, is the Commander of the Grounders. In season 2, Debnam-Carey’s character, Lexa, is introduced as the new Commander of the Grounders.
Recently, The 100 cast had a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. The panel was completely made up of the women in the cast and the show’s creator, Jason Rothenberg. When this was brought up, Taylor was quoted saying that The 100 gave her her first opportunity “to play a character with true integrity and strength.” Before this, she was mainly offered stereotypical blonde girl roles such as “the dumb one.”
If you’re interested in watching a show full of suspense, romance, and strong female roles, you’re in luck. The first two seasons of The 100 are both available for streaming on Netflix. If you haven’t already seen them, get to watching. Season three premiered on The CW on January 21st. Catch up and watch the show live so it can get the ratings it deserves!