Updated: Jun 26
Today, I’d like to talk about a TV show that I’ve watched recently (well…maybe not recently, I mean it’s been about a year since I last watched it), which I would highly recommend to anyone who likes post-apocalyptic and sci-fi genres. Don’t worry, it’s not a zombie thing like The Walking Dead. You’ve probably already heard of it, and there is already a large following, who have arranged conventions all around the world.
The best know convention they host is called…Conageddon. Have you already guessed? That’s right! I’m talking about…
However, you say it, it’s up to you, I call it The Hundred. Anyway, I absolutely love this show! I mean, it’s deviated far from the original novels, but it still has me addicted every time I sit down to watch it!
What Am I Talking About?
Alright, for those of you who don’t know, The 100 is not only a TV show, it’s also a book series by Kass Morgan. I would recommend reading them, but I haven’t myself, so I can’t say how good they are. Of course, what I do know about is the TV show, and that I can absolutely recommend. While I admit, I’ve lost touch with it in recent years, because I’ve had a lot of things going on and I haven’t had the time to sit down and watch its latest seasons, it’s still addictive.
The plot starts with 100 youths, from a space station, being sent down to Earth, 97 years after a major nuclear attack that made Earth’s atmosphere so radioactive not a living soul could survive. It had been originally planned to touch down on Earth after 100 years, but the space station, called the Ark, was dying. Its systems were shutting down, and those living on the Ark, only had a few more months to live, before their home decides to kill them all.
That’s why these youths were essentially sacrificed. However, they’re not just any youths. They were branded as juvenile criminals, because of the strict rules that the population of the Ark had to obey. In one instance or another, these children (because they really are just children), had broken a rule, and were sentenced to prison, and after they turned 18, they’d be “floated”…you can guess what that means (they’d be sent out into space, as a death sentence).
Of course, with the Ark dying, instead of being floated, they were sent to the ground, basically as test subjects, to see whether or not the Earth was survivable, for the rest of the Ark’s population. It turns out that Earth is survivable, but the danger no longer lies in the atmosphere of the Earth, and the children find that out, as they try to adapt to their new lives.
It’s A Warrior’s Life
What I like about this show is not only does it include technology that we’re familiar with, or will eventually have, considering it’s set more than 100 years in the future, but there are elements of fantasy in it too. I don’t mean high fantasy, like magic, curses, or the Shakespearean society you’d find in films like Lord Of The Rings. It’s more like a survival of the fittest fantasy. The societies that the 100 come across remind me of the harsh tribes you’ll find in the remotest places on Earth now.
At the very beginning, they’re called Grounders, since the children consider themselves still part of the Ark’s population, but as the seasons continue, you see the different factions of the society called the Congeda, which is basically an alliance between 12 tribes that own the territories where the 100 had landed on. These societies are mostly warrior societies, where they don’t shy away from death and war. Even the children and women know how to fight.
Think of it like this, it’s Game Of Thrones meets Star Wars, except, it’s not as gory as Game Of Thrones, nor is it geared towards space like Star Wars, it’s a bit of both, and that’s what I really like about it. As many of you know, I love fantasy and am still in the middle of writing a fantasy novel myself. Now, during days where I’m experiencing a writer’s block, I tend to try to overcome it by imagining other worlds and universes, and sometimes I do imagine societies that are made up of warriors. That’s why, whenever I watch this series, I get so much inspiration, I have to start writing again, even if it isn’t for the novel I’m writing.
It also kind of reminds me of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, the one by Disney. While it’s not completely the same, you can see the similarities. A society in a place where there shouldn’t be one is discovered, and those that believe that they’re smarter, because of the technology they have, find out that they actually have a lot to learn, if they want to survive amongst these new people. As someone who loves to learn, this is something that really appeals to me, because I’d be the type of person, who’d be enthusiastic about learning all these new things.
Who Wants To Learn Trigedasleng?
There’s even a new language to learn, with this show! It’s called Trigedasleng (trig-eda-sleng)! It’s a mix of code language and slang, and I absolutely love it, because you can hear the English in some of the sentences they say, but still not quite know what they actually mean, because a lot of it is not quite English to be English, like this:
Yu gonplei ste odon
You’ll be surprised by the meaning of that phrase. It’s “your fight is over”, and you can totally see it in the phrase how it can mean that. “Yu” of course is “you”. “Gonplei” means “fight” because it’s a contraction of the word “gun play”. “Ste” is a tricky one, because you’ll need to think of it in the context of the sentence, but it means “is” obviously, and it could also mean “stay” since it sounds like the word. Finally, “odon” again is another contraction. It contracts “all” and “done”. So, literally, “yu gonplei ste odon” means “you gun play stay all done”. Can you see why it means what it means? I absolutely love it.
Of course, it’s not the only thing that’s said in the series. You can actually hear full conversations spoken in Trigedasleng, throughout the series. It’s amazing! Oh, and can you guess who made up the language? It’s the same guy who made up Dothraki for the Game Of Thrones series! In fact, you can even learn the language! Just look it up on the Internet!
As an avid language learner, I’d love to learn Trigedasleng, just for the fun of it! In fact, I’ve already started to learn it, even if it is just a few phrases that are repeated on the series! There’s something exciting about knowing how to speak a language that nobody really knows about, because it’s not part of any culture on Earth. You could compliment someone, insult them, and talk about things you don’t want other people to know about! It’s amazing!
What Do You Think?
So, what do you guys think? Do you want to watch the series? Have you watched it yet? What do you think of it? Have you learned Trigedasleng? Can you teach me? Let me know. I’d be ecstatic to meet another member of the Congeda! After all, jus drein jus daun! Right? Well, that’s it from me today, folks. See you next time, or shall I say…
Mebi oso na hit choda op nodotaim!