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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What I'm Streaming: The 100 (2014, Season 1)- CW

What I'm Streaming: CW's The 100 based on YA Author Kass Morgan's first trilogy novel. Post apocolyptic teenage drama.
Momma Told Me: Don't believe everything you see on TV.

Not every show I watch has Emmy nominations and high budget actors. Sometimes I'm tempted to dive, contrary to my better sense, into the teen television category. Chances are I'm not alone and you too have found yourself watching a guilty pleasure on the CW network at some point in time. Let's face it, half the programming on that network is essentially 'adult' drama with younger, more attractive human beings. In fact it's that 'photo-shopped' picture of perfection the network tends to perpetuate that generally has me tuning out. I can only take so much B quality acting and topless 20 year-old men posing as 17 year-olds before any semblance of credibility is sucked from a series. However, reminiscing about my days in high school watching Smallville on the CW somehow suckered me into the promos for their latest series, The 100.
What I'm Streaming: CW's The 100 based on YA Author Kass Morgan's first trilogy novel. Post apocolyptic teenage drama.
Now, if I haven't scared you off with my introduction, then I might actually have something here worth checking out. Based on the young adult novel of the same name, by Kass Morgan, The 100 is a series focusing on the first book in a trilogy that is currently still being written. So, if you're the sort who likes to read along as you watch, this is a great show for you, with the Season 1 finale wrapping June 11, 2014. There's plenty of time to pick up the easy read YA novel AND stream the first half of the season on Hulu or CW.com.  But what is it about? Best summed: A post apocalyptic human race attempts to return to Earth as their space bound supplies are finally depleting.
What I'm Streaming: CW's The 100 based on YA Author Kass Morgan's first trilogy novel. Post apocolyptic teenage drama.
And just why did the rulers of some of humanity's last orbiting space colonies choose to send a bunch of teenagers down to Earth? Well I suspect that's more a fact of convenience to the series attributed YA author; but it makes for some wonderful young romance tension and an interesting contrast of maturity vs survival. You see, these '100' teenagers sent to Earth were all considered criminals for one reason or another (some for even having been born.) Not exactly the ambassador you want waving flags when you try to repopulate your planet and discover a living race of humans already on the ground, right? And so the season progresses with equally as much deception and drama on the ground as on the station in the air.
What I'm Streaming: CW's The 100 based on YA Author Kass Morgan's first trilogy novel. Post apocolyptic teenage drama.
Like any good teenage drama the main characters have several potential love interests and flirt with the possibility of all at one point or another. The acting does get a little cheesy and the behavior of these 'teens' certainly isn't anything I'd want being transferred onto my own children. It takes a few episodes to ease into any tangible reality of the show, as the cast of characters first encounter real threats and social challenges. In all, it's an easy watch that keeps me interested enough to tune in the next week to see what will happen next. And I hear the season finale is a complete shocker- so I can hold onto that until June 11th.

What Daughter Says: Sci-Fi meets young adult drama in this series that pushes my believability in actors more than the post-apocalyptic scenarios it presents.



5 comments:

  1. I must admit that I do not understand the current fascination with post apocalyptic themes in YA books and television. I also must admit that given the few things I've seen on the CW your review is dead on.

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  2. Post Apocalyptic themes have always bothered me even from a religious series like the "Left Behind". But I enjoyed your take on the 100, especially the hint at the finale.

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  3. Sounds like a good book too. Maybe something I can read with my son and then we can watch the show together.

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  4. I generally love science fiction but I don't think I've ever heard of this one. Apocalyptic themes are my favorites.

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  5. That is very interesting. Not sure if I am ready for a teen apocalyptic drama, but I am sure my sister would be all over it

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