Updated: Jul 1
I know I haven’t spoken about this show in a while, so here we are. I’m just going to go ahead and say I haven’t caught up with the last season of the show, so don’t spoil it for me. The only reason I’m going back to this show is because…I’ve…been…reading…fanfics…Hey, I told you! The Fandom Life is dangerous, so you need to proceed at your own risk!
Anyway, if you don’t know what I’m going to be talking about, The 100 is a topic I covered before in one of my previous posts, so check it out!
So, I just want to say before I start, I’m going to be centring this post around Season 1 because there’s just so much, I want to say, and I’m sure I’ll be rambling and raving in this post, one post isn’t enough! That’s why we’re taking this slowly. As much as I want to cover the rest of the seasons, I need to talk about each one individually, and in detail!
By the way…
Yes, that’s right, I’ll be speaking in spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the show, what are you doing here? Go and watch it because it’s absolutely amazing!
Now, what was I saying? Oh yes, I’ll be talking about the time before the second Praimfaya, because that’s where everyone and everything was established, and the whole grounder culture was really created. I mean, I’m sure the books include details about the grounders, their politics, culture and society, but nothing beats actually seeing the way grounders react to outsiders and each other, on the screen. So, let’s get to it.
They’re Just Kids!
First and foremost, yes. I know that the actors themselves were a lot older than the actual ages of their characters, but my goodness, you can really see the difference between Season 1 and Season 4 and how the environment forced those kids to grow up!
I mean, if I really think about it, when I was 16, 17 or even 18 years old, I was worried about my schoolwork, my exams and honestly, I was worried I’d never get a boyfriend (because I was in an all-girls Catholic school, I was the introvert, and I never really went out with my friends, because I’d rather stay at home and watch TV – sad, I know). Anyway, if I look back, and pictured myself in Clarke’s and Bellamy’s (my goodness, I love saying his name! “Bellamy” rolls right off the tongue just beautifully) situation, I’d most definitely die within a month. I mean my survival skills are basically non-existent and I don’t have the head for leadership like Clarke or Bellamy do.
I know it’s a TV show, and I know it’s not real, but that’s the whole point of it right? To get a feel for what life would be like if you were in their shoes. But there are children like them (because yes, they are CHILDREN), and I give them props because they can lead and even if they’re not in positions where their voices are heard in today’s society, I’m sure that if anything like Praimfaya happened, they’ll be the ones who survive.
So, yes, I give props to Bellamy and Clarke, because they’re the two badass (pardon my language) parents who keep the other kids in line, so that they have at least some small chance of survival, in a world that wants to kill them.
Normalcy In The Extraordinary
Now, for me, Season 1 isn’t my favourite, even though it is…because it’s the best one out of them all. Ok, let me elaborate. Season 1 primarily focuses on the Drop Ship camp. You don’t see any grounders, other than Lincoln and Anya (essentially), so the grounder culture isn’t really established at this point. However, the fact that Season 1 is focused on the Drop Ship camp lets you fully immerse yourself in the growth of these characters. You feel the shock of the deaths that come, throughout the episodes. You feel protective over these kids, just like Bellamy does (since he’s, what, 21 here?) when he’s watching over his sister and Clarke. You even feel sympathy towards Abby and Thelonious as they’re watching over their children and can’t even get to them.
Essentially, Season 1 forces you to take pity on these characters because they’re thrust into a situation that they’re not even prepared for, especially the children. I mean, looking at it in hindsight, the adults should have sent someone down, to look after the children. But as usual, adults don’t think, and they let themselves be blinded, without any form of communication, and scrambling to cover up their mistakes, and even try to find a way to talk to the children, who they sent to Earth and their potential deaths.
That’s why I root for the kids. They were scrappy enough to create a camp that they survived in, long enough to start their own military initiatives against the grounders. I mean, if I were amongst those kids, I’d probably be in the kitchens, helping out with skinning the hunt and cooking the meat. That’s how organised they were, after their initial scare with the first grounder attack. And how did they even manage that? You can probably guess…
Bellamy and Clarke
Those two were a powerhouse couple that SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED! I know Finn was the one Clarke set her eyes on first, but still! The “queen and her knight” sounds so much better than the “queen and the bad boy”! Who else is with me?
Before you argue with me, yes, I consider Clarke to be a queen, because she was the one who took charge. She was the one who led those kids and made them work, so they could survive. She’s clever, and she even learned some medical techniques from her mother. I mean, if she had left and never came back, those kids would not have survived, to Season 2, at all. Trust me, they needed her and her medical knowledge.
Fear Brings Us Closer
This is very true for the most part of the show. The entire series is all about surviving, and what drives that need to survive? Fear. That’s what this show really showcases. The characters in the show, prove in every single way how humanity reacts in the face of fear and survival. Some don’t care, some fight for it, and others follow those leaders who promise them survival. And if you think you don’t fit in one of those categories, you’re wrong. You will fit in one of those reactions, no matter how intensely you feel. You’ll want to either survive, or you’ll somehow perish because of a mistake.
And The 100 portrays that beautifully. I love how the mentality of these kids go from “Woohoo! We’re free!” to “Oh no! We need to live! We need help!”. It goes from 0 – 100 so quickly but so slowly at the same time because the urgency is felt by Clarke, Bellamy, and their inner circle, but at the same time, the kids that aren’t, can sit back and relax, have fun, and wait for their orders. It shows just how dynamic the relationship is between leaders and their people, and it shows just how much responsibility falls on their shoulders, and how much stress they feel, just to make sure everyone survives. It’s a beautiful dynamic, and I for one love this season for that reason!
I’m Going To Watch Season 1 Again!
Ok, so I haven’t watched the show in a while, because of…well…circumstances, but when I do get the chance, I am definitely going to watch it again! Who’s with me! After all, just as Bellamy says, “We are grounders!”, and nothing is going to change that!
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