The 100

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Maybe a post-apocalyptic world doesn't have to be all dust and cannibals. According to the CW, it could boast pretty teens, too.

Consider the scenario given to us in The 100. Oh, things appear bleak at first. Civilization was obliterated by nuclear war nearly a century ago, and the remnants of humanity floated above their one-time home on a collection of space stations called the Ark. When the station went past its expiration date, its leaders sent a bevy of wayward teens—the 100—down to check terra firma out and see if the ol' gal was habitable again.

Sure enough, it was. In fact, it's so habitable that other sorts of humans who were all thought to be long dead have actually been living in it for a good long while. Grounders have been hunting and foraging and getting rough and ready in this lush, violent paradise for decades. And Mountain Men have come to control cannibalistic, drugged-up human guard dogs who are "affectionately" called Reapers.

That means our original group of 100 space teens has been whittled down some as Season 2 rolls along. And now that the older space folk have come down, too, well, that just means there's more meat to be munched, if you'll pardon how gross that sounds.

A year ago I said that The 100 was a dystopian drama as imagined by Abercrombie & Fitch. That's no longer so true. The teens are now forcibly weathered and grizzled—and mature beyond their years thanks to the threats they've had to deal with. Yes, the petty lying, cheating and sleeping around continues (among the teens and adults). But this show is not so much about who's with whom as much as it is who's going to live to the credits.

The 100 has turned into a decidedly violent, often bloody drama—part Lord of the Flies, part Planet of the Apes, part  Lost as reimagined by the CW. It extols themes of faith, hope and love, but fairly superficially. And then it coats them with a thin sheen of gore.

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Episode Reviews

100: 1-28-2015
100: 4-9-2014

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Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin; Bob Morley as Bellamy; Devon Bostick as Jasper; Sachin Sahel as Jackson; Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia; Lindsey Morgan as Raven; Jarod Joseph as Miller; Richard Harmon as John; Genevieve Buechner as Fox; Katie Stuart as Monroe; Paige Turco as Abby; Thomas McDonell as Finn; Christopher Larkin as Monty; Isaiah Washington as Chancellor Jaha; Adina Porter as Indra; Jarod Joseph as Nathan Miller; Alessandro Juliani as Sinclair; Alycia Debnam Carey as Lexa; Rekha Sharma as Dr. Tsing; Johnny Whitworth as Cage Wallace; Katie Stuart as Monroe

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Paul Asay Paul Asay