The-100-posterFor quite some time the CW was a hit or miss type network, they had become known for producing widely popular teen drama series and as much as I hate to admit it… I am no longer a teen. OK, sure I occasionally watch The Vampire Diaries and am a huge fan of Reign, but the networks track record for giving a show the chance it needs to grow isn’t so stellar. I can still remember the day I found out my beloved Secret Circle got cancelled and feeling utterly and gruesomely betrayed. It took me a while to get back on the CW boat– shows like Jane the Virgin acting as the glue in a shattered relationship with one of my main sources for entertainment. OK, McKenzie… where are you going with this? The fact of the matter is, the CW finally got something right! The 100 is a phenomenal show, set in a not too distant dystopian future. I applaud its creator Jason Rothenberg for developing such a captivating, engaging and originally spun series.

The 100, which take places 97 years after a nuclear Armageddon wipes out the majority of humanity and the only known survivors are sent back to Earth from their failing space station to see if its inhabitable. The journey to the ground sets in motion a battle for survival and is one of the only shows on television that has me enthusiastically at the edge of my seat each week. The 100 has been compared to phenomenons such as The Hunger Games or Lost, but I can attest that this show surpasses many of its predecessors. There are so very few shows out there that showcase strong female leads, let alone a strong– SPOILER ALERT– bisexual female lead. Well McKenzie that’s all well and good but why should we be running to watch this series? Here’s a list why I think you should be watching The 100!

Strong Female Characters

cast womenThe ladies of The 100 are bad-asses. Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), Raven (Lindsey Morgan), Abby (Paige Turco) and Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) are pretty damn amazing in their own right. They not only crush stereotypes of what women should be but they have exhibited a strength that young girls can undoubtedly look up to. Females that are more than just eye-candy or a love interest for Boy No. 32 is so refreshing to see on TV these days.

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Set Design, Costumes & Makeup

The-100-jahaHoly smokes, this show has no shortage of visually stimulating scenes or characters. From the rugged-wear of the Grounders to the battle bruises on almost all of the leads every other week, I just love the look of The 100. Of course there’s some Computer Generated Imagery, but damn– those visual effects technicians know exactly what they’re doing. Needless to say, my eyeballs are very happy with every new episode.

Eliza Taylor, “Clarke Griffin” on The 100

100-clarkejpg-9ab263_610wShe’s simply magnetic. Don’t get me wrong, the entire The 100 cast (especially the ladies) are beyond amazing. I don’t think I can preface enough how talented they are, but this Australian actress captivated my attention from the very start and hasn’t lost it throughout this entire journey. The acting chops on this girl– man, it can only be understood by watching the show (hint, hint). There’s a softness yet strength to her performance as Clarke that you need to see with your own eyes. Her character transforms from Day 1 to now and it’s mind blowing! At any given point you either wanna be Clarke, be her best friend, date her, or destroy her. She’s that good.

Fan Interaction

twitterThe creator, the writers, and the cast are definitely on their A-Game. They see the value of interacting with fans and no matter what the opinion is they try and answer their viewers as frequently as possible. Jason Rothenberg (Creator) and Kim Shumway (Writer) should get medals for all the live-tweeting, question fielding they do on Twitter (and Tumblr). Even when the fans are rabid demanding blood for this twist or that turn they gracefully engage in an often calm debate with those oh so passionate about the show. It’s great to see, and skyrockets the likability of the show by eons.

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It’s All About That Plot

Man do these writers know how to draw in a crowd. There’s definitely no shortage of ups and downs when it comes to what’s happening on The 100, and in my honest opinion you will not find another show like this currently out there. It’s fast-paced, shocking, heartbreaking and breathtaking. It’s just one of those programs that you can sit back (if you’re not clinging to your couch for dear life) and enjoy because the writing is pretty near extraordinary. What I’m basically trying to say is that the writers have their sh*t together. They listen to the audience but don’t deviate from the original plan, and what a plan they have. They continue to surprise me with their season long story arcs and continuity.

 The Challenge

I dare you to put on the first episode (Netflix is perfect for binge-watching Season 1 of this show) and then you come back to me after you’ve spent 16 hours in bed with your eyes glued to your computer screen because this show is so damn good and try to tell me how much you don’t love The 100. The orders have been given…

McKenzie Morrell
Currently working at a Literary Publicity Firm as a tech nerd and Producer. A college grad with a B.S. in Journalism, who loves covering the Entertainment world. I recently worked at World Wrestling Entertainment as the Intern Online Content Editor, NBC Universal for both The Steve Wilkos and The Jerry Springer Show, and at Red 7 Media where I created content both online and in print for the company's various publications. In my spare time, I enjoy watching and reviewing my favorite T.V. shows, as well as interviewing some of my favorite celebs in the industry. I'm sarcastic, opinionated, and thrive off of technology and social media.
  • TJ

    Agreed on all points. Best show on TV and more people shoould be watching. CW needs to give it the promo it deserves!
    This show deserves so many awards, as does Elixa Taylor for her acting, but it won’t happen because sci-fi is looked down upon, especially on the CW.

    • SaturnaliaGirl

      To Eliza Taylor, I would add Alycia Debnam Carey as a 6th reason! Holly mother, those two actresses are absurdly talented…and together, sharing the same screen, its like an inescapable magnetic field. You.can’t.take.your.eyes.off.them!!!

      Their dynamic warrants an essay on its own. The two young female leads, THE leaders, having push-pull philosophical debates on morality, leadership and the purpose of life and survival on a regular basis…on an action/sci fi show…say what?! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it, tbh. And every single moment of it is utterly fascinating in its character development repercussions, its intensity and its effect on their relationship. I’d watch them on a loop for hours!

      • McKenzie

        Alycia Debnam-Carey is an unspoken reason why to watch The 100. Hopefully we’ll be seeing her in Season 2 at some point! 😉

        Thanks for letting us know why Alycia is awesome! We couldn’t agree more!

  • It’s also worth noting that what makes the female characters most interesting isn’t just that they’re “strong” (whatever that means) women, but truly complex characters, with all the success and failures that come with trying to survive their circumstances. As much as Clarke’s mom wants to believe they’re the “good guys”, the crux of the show is that no one is really “the good guys.” They’re all humans doing their best to survive and making the best choices they can out of a plethora of really awful choices.

    I like that everyone has to face the moral consequences of their decisions, and that the strength of these women is sometimes just being able to keep going after some really horrible shit.

    • McKenzie

      Very well said. I would completely agree that in addition to their strength in making the tough choices, these women are layered characters and their complexity is noteworthy.

  • Nate Blank

    Eliza Taylor #1 reason.

    • McKenzie

      amen to that!

  • Mark Tremonster

    Agree with all points looking down at the comments every1 has their fav mine is Lindsey Morgan she is the reason i got through some of the slightly rough start and i think she has an X -factor in her acting that doesn’t get the kudos deserved in fact i think she is the best at this point but love every1 on this show

    • McKenzie

      There’s no doubt about it, that Lindsey Morgan is wonderful.

  • Lily

    I think the fans are also a part of it, and how they come together to do good in the world (The100Charity), not just to talk about the show. Such an incredible fanbase.

    • McKenzie

      Lily, you are so right. When I originally wrote this post the lovely folks at The 100 Charity Project didn’t exist. But, the fanbase is amazing and I’m glad to be a part of it!

  • Marta

    Bob Morley is my fav reason! 🙂

    • McKenzie

      Lookin’ fancy!