My dash and my blog have been filled with this terrible vile ship war that’s been going on, and I’m tired of seeing people focus on the negatives on a show that has so many amazing points. I’m going to acknowledge up front that the show does have aspects that it needs to improve on and other people have explained that a lot better than I can especially considering I’m white and I can’t speak for the POC community. I would also like to point out that this show is created, acted and written by humans and people are naturally flawed and make mistakes, and we need to be given a chance to learn and fix those mistakes.
Now onto the greatness of this show…
Behind the scenes/the people that make the show:
- The cast: The 100 cast clearly gets along, as shown by their interactions at the panels and interviews and photos. The actors also clearly understand their characters and there have been so many times when Bob in particular talks about Bellamy that my theories and headcanons are validated, and it’s amazing to see. The research that Lindsay has done on addressing Raven’s disability is incredible. The way they support causes – the support of the 100 charity project, Bob’s shirt for mental illness, Devon’s support of children and support of the trevor project, it’s inspiring to see people you respect and look up making a difference in the world.
- The Music: The CW always has great music for all of their shows but the 100 knocks it out of the park. From the brilliance of the ending song of s2 finale “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” to “Remains” at the end of 3×08, the music elevates the show and the tone perfectly. Tree Adams has also written amazing pieces for the show including the “Grounder Anthem” song which was hauntingly beautiful and reminded me so much of ancient Rome, where power was everything and death could come at any time. The fact that in episode 3×14 they ended the show with an acoustic cover of “Radioactive”, driving home for the viewer the horrors we have seen them all go through and just how many of them have died, truly allowing us to appreciate that the Delinquents arrival on the ground heralded a New Age that has only just begun. For many shows, the songs they play hold meaning but often weeks, months later, that meaning has been lost after you’ve listened to it a hundred times, but for the 100, I cannot listen to any of the songs played without thinking of the show.
- The Writing Team: Yes they’ve done some crappy stuff and Yes, some of them need to stop interfering with the fandom and go on Twitter less, but they love the show. I love that JR livetweets with us, because he also gives us questions and new tidbits of information about filming. The writers are also listening to us: we asked for more Monty and Miller and Harper and they’ve given that to us, we said that one LGBT character wasn’t enough and they gave us Miller and Bryan and Niylah and Clarke and Lexa, we complained about the actor who played Wick and he wasn’t there in season 3. They could just ignore our requests and say “oh fans don’t know the show the way the writers do” but they are listening to us and that’s important to remember. The writers are trying to increase the diversity and that makes it easier to criticize because it exists in show. The writers have also made so many literary allusions with last season being a combination of the Iliad and Dante’s Inferno while this season alludes to the Matrix, the Biblical Exodus Story and the Odyssey.
The show itself:
- The unpredictability of the show, it constantly keeps the viewers guessing. It goes to places that I don’t expect it to go and just when you think it’s going to get lighter, it shifts and reveals something truly dark. That’s why the MW storyline was so good was because just when you thought it couldn’t get any darker it did. Many of us thought that they’d save Finn, that Tondc wouldn’t be destroyed but the show doesn’t give us any easy way out.
- Raven Reyes: Raven is a badass, she is one of the most badass characters on television and she always has been from the moment she used a century old ship that she fixed up herself to get to Earth because Finn is all she has to fighting against Allie. Her disability does not impact her ability to fight, to create and to love. She truly is the modern day Hephaestus. Natalie talked about how amazing Raven’s storyline is from the perspective of a person with chronic pain here, and it’s an awesome post which everyone should read. As someone with a disability, I have never seen someone on TV break and struggle and fall and get back up the way Raven does and it’s incredible to see. It makes me cry to see how much Raven struggles and how much she tries because that is my everyday reality. Raven Reyes will forever be the character I look to when I feel like giving up because she inspires me in so many ways. Raven also loves fiercely and reckless, I mean this a girl who went way beyond for her boyfriend/only family and crash landed on earth. She also didn’t hold Clarke’s actions against her and the friendship between them is one of my favorite things.
- Abby Griffin: I got be honest, I watch this show with my mom and one of the most amazing things has come out of watching the show is that my relationship with my mom has improved. In many TV shows the parents are either nonexistent, just parents or have superficial characterization. With Abby Griffin, The 100 gives us a mother who will do anything for a daughter, a woman whose entire job is about healing but is in situations where healing is so hard. Abby Griffin sacrifices unlike any character on TV, but she also incredibly selfish with and protective of those she loves. Abby will do anything for her daughter, but she’s also shown to be willing to do something that could hurt her when it will save humanity. She’s a doctor, a healer and a leader, but most importantly, she’s a mother. I love her relationship with Raven and the constant checkups that appear throughout the seasons. Abby Griffin is not just a mother and that’s an important decision the writers made.
- The Blake Siblings: Bellamy and Octavia have one of the most complicated honest siblings dynamics on TV. They are the only siblings on the show and that forces the characters around them to acknowledge. The two fight and they fall, but at the end of the day there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for each and as Bellamy says in 3×03 “You’ll always fit with me”. Bellamy basically raised Octavia and the past seasons have been about Bellamy letting Octavia have freedom, and Octavia learning that Bellamy isn’t perfect. Octavia and Bellamy have been arguing since they got to the ground and they find themselves now on moral opposites in terms of the grounders. I’m a twin, I fight with my brother all the damn time and do we agree on everything, fuck no we don’t. Granted The 100 is currently in a civil war so there is that. The Blakes will do anything for each other, but their interactions are often antagonistic, they know exactly how to hurt each and that’s true of all siblings. At the end of the day, what both of them want most is the other’s happiness.
- The Moral Questions: The 100 forces us to question the world around us like no other show on television does. This is a world where Racism, Sexism and Homophobia do not exist, we get Lexa, a lesbian as the commander, Jaha as a Moses-like figure, Kane and Abby and Bellamy and Clarke as equal partners in leadership. But the show addresses Xenophobia, social change and how not to achieve it; it asks its’ viewers repeatedly what makes a good person? Are you even allowed to consider yourself one after what you do in the name of your people? What will you do to survive? In the first episode, Kane and Abby have an exchange that I believe is the theme of show where Kane says “I’ll will do what it takes to make sure our people survive” and Abby’s response is “And I’ll make sure we deserve to” which is such an important distinction. The Mount Weather storyline also asks these same questions with Dante and Cage while giving us Maya and those who lead the rebellion to help the Delinquents as an example of innocents that were killed in the name of survival. This show has also killed or broke the moral compasses of the show so the moral questions of the show are now left to the discussion of the fans, which is why the meta the fans create is so interesting and so in tune with the social issues of this time period. The show is filled with death and anger and pain, but it also has the themes of hope and love and forgiveness running through it. The way I believe they will defeat the CoL is through Love as love is clearly the glitch in the system. The show forces us to address and acknowledge the imperfections of the world around us in our time period and forces us to discuss those.
And there are so many more ways the show is amazing!!!