The 100 (2014)
Ninety-seven years ago, nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth, destroying civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations have been born in space, the survivors now number 4,000, and resources are running out on their dying "Ark" - the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Draconian measures including capital punishment and population control are the order of the day, as the leaders of the Ark take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly exiling a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth's surface to test whether it's habitable. For the first time in nearly a century, humans have returned to planet Earth. Among the 100 exiles are Clarke, the bright teenage daughter of the Ark's chief medical officer; Wells, son of the Ark’s Chancellor; the daredevil Finn; and the brother/sister duo Bellamy and Octavia, whose illegal sibling status has always led them to flaunt the rules. Technologically blind to what’s happening on the planet below them, the Ark’s leaders - Clarke’s widowed mother, Abby; the Chancellor, Jaha; and his shadowy second in command, Kane - are faced with difficult decisions about life, death and the continued existence of the human race. For the 100 young people on Earth, however, the alien planet they’ve never known is a mysterious realm that can be magical one moment and lethal the next. With the survival of the human race entirely in their hands, THE 100 must find a way to transcend their differences, unite and forge a new path on a wildly changed Earth that’s primitive, intense and teeming with the unknown.
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The 100 Blu-ray Review
The 100, the new hit CW show based on Kass Morgan's bestselling young adult book of the same name, takes place ninety-seven years after nuclear Armageddon destroyed earth. The remaining survivors live on the Ark, an aging space station experiencing overpopulation and inadequate resources. Consisting of the space stations previously representing the nations of the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, India, Russia, Venezuela, France, Brazil, and Uganda, it is not equipped to handle the number of inhabitants.
When faced with difficult choices, the Ark leaders—chief medical officer Abby Griffin (Paige Turco; Person of Interest) and Chancellor Thelonious Jaha (Isaiah Washington; Ghost Ship, Grey's Anatomy) send 100 juvenile prisoners back to Earth to test its living conditions. Among them are Clarke (Eliza Taylor; The November Man, Neighbours), Abby's daughter; the spacewalker Finn (Thomas McDonell; Law & Order: Criminal Intent); siblings Bellamy (Bob Morley; Neighbours, Home and Away) and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos; Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), and further in the season the charming and cunning Raven (Lindsey Morgan; General Hospital). What they find and experience makes up much of the show's plot.
To create a successful post-apocalyptic teen show, many things must fall into place. A story that is somewhat grounded in reality, believable sets, and a convincing cast that makes you root for them. The 100 succeeds on all these levels. The story does not stray far from our own view of the future 97 years from now; all the technology is based on science that is currently available today. The sets themselves are what you would expect from a 100 year old space stations as well the children's outpost. It truly looks like something the survivors could have put together.
The cast themselves are simply amazing and you can tell why they were up for an Emmy nomination. From the adult cast, with such veteran's stars as Isaiah Washington and Paige Turco, to the stand out roles of Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos and Lindsey Morgan you can't distinguish them from their roles. These are truly characters they were meant to play.
To discuss the show too much would give away too many spoilers that await the eager viewer from watching the show. Every episode is filled with as much production value as a major motion picture, and more dangers and obstacles that you could think a child could handle. Viewers looking for a peaceful resolution at the end of the first 13 episodes might be very disappointed as the show just will not let up and allow you to catch your breath.
Warner Bros. truly upped their game on their Blu-ray releases this year, and The 100 is no exception. The 1080p HD transfer is truly first rate, the clarity is amazing and there is no artifacting. Add to the mix a DTS-HD 5.1 audio that has the sounds of the forest gently coming through your speaker and you have an amazing collection of episodes.
The only downfall of the 100 Season One Blu-ray collection is the special features. Aside from Warner Bros usual Ultraviolet copy, the following are included:
- Creating the World of The 100
- 2013 Comic Con Pane
- Deleted Scenes
- Commentary on "We Are Grounders, Part 2"
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