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"