The 100 review
The series ended recently. It is one of the best sci-fi series of recent years, although it has also seen serious imperfections.
The 100 began as a simple series for teenagers, in a genre of futuristic survival, where young people under 18 find themselves on their own and must survive in a post-apocalyptic world. And the first episodes are not exciting.
Then a remarkable development
Despite its rather modest, even difficult beginnings, the series has evolved greatly thereafter.
While season 1 was essentially a survival game, where the protagonists had to survive wilderness and hostile natives, the series plunged into science fiction from season 2 with the plot of Mount Weather and more. in season 3 with the plot of ALIE.
The series has moved away from its appearance of a series for teens, gaining in maturity and complexity over the seasons, and thus becoming a profound work.
It has thus built a true universe in its own right with its own codes, its own tribes, its own languages, a history and an increasingly enriched origin.
The 100 has thus become an excellent science fiction series, able to carry a relevant and evolving subject. It deals with various themes such as artificial intelligence, transhumanism or time travel.
When the series killed one of its main characters, in the middle of season 2, it was a breaking point: we knew we were entering a kind of Game of Thrones logic where any character could die, anytime, anyhow.
A death that shocked me at the time!
The dilemma of survival
The central theme of the series remains survival, which poses serious moral issues: how far are you willing to go to survive? What are we ready to sacrifice to save our friends, our loved ones?
This dilemma is omnipresent in the series. For example, can we sacrifice 300 innocent people to save our friends from certain death? Who among us must be sacrificed to allow the rest of our people to survive? Do you have to execute people who refuse to eat other people to stay alive?
All of this requires serious thought and one wonders what one would do in such a situation
Parity and tolerance
It is often the women who take the lead in The 100.
The universe of the series is totally equal because women have as many rights as men. Sexism and machismo are absent. The series has extremely strong heroines and none of them are ever sexualized.
Homosexual relations are also perfectly tolerated. We see several gay couples forming without posing the slightest problem of tolerance. Homophobia is therefore also absent, as is racism, moreover, since whites and blacks are also treated on an equal footing.
The couple Clarke and Lexa (or Clexa).
This is undoubtedly due to the nuclear apocalypse which destroyed civilization, it had the effect of rebuilding societies on new bases. Hopefully in the real world it won't be necessary for us to go through such a catastrophe to see mentalities change.
The main heroine of the series remains Clarke, as strong as she is compassionate. However, in my opinion the most interesting character is that of Octavia, another major heroine.
Of all the characters in The 100, Octavia is arguably the one that has evolved the most since the start of the series, unlike Clarke who has remained more or less the same throughout the series.
The remarkable evolution of Octavia is perfectly illustrated by the different nicknames she wears throughout the series: first "the girl under the floor", then "Skairipa", then "Osleya", "Blodreina" and finally "Aunt O". His character changes dramatically from season to season. It would take a lot of lines to detail all of these changes.
Murphy had a nice evolution as well, going from a selfish murderer in Season 1 to a hero in Season 7.
What can we blame?
During season 4, was there really a need for a new nuclear apocalypse after the one that had already ravaged Earth a century earlier? Ditto in season 5 with the nuclear bomb destroying the valley. And during season 7, Sanctum is again threatened by the explosion of a nuclear reactor.
Beyond these heavy scriptwriting rehearsals, we must also note the unnecessary and botched death of certain key characters. This is particularly the case with Lexa in season 3 and Bellamy in season 7.
Two deaths as shocking as absurd.
Break the circle of violence
More generally, The 100's message may be to renounce violence, which indeed happens at the very end of the series after Octavia's speech.
Until then, the protagonists were often unable to resolve conflicts peacefully, even if they wanted to. Whatever they attempted, things would always escalate and lead to violent clashes and killings, which sent a pretty pessimistic message about human nature (and it was also heavily repetitive again).
But in the last episode, Octavia calls on all parties to stop killing each other. She explains that violence does not solve anything, quite the contrary, and she talks about it knowingly. Moreover, we are all human beings, we are part of the same species.
A supposed speech, although a little simplistic, but which nevertheless convinces the different parties to lay down their arms, which allows humanity to be reborn. So if we accept our mutual differences and prioritize people over everything else, we can progress.
It also shows that sometimes it only takes one person to change the course of events, in this case Octavia. But these are not the examples that are lacking in our own history.
End of the series