The post-apocalyptic genre has inspired many writers and filmmakers. Since the twentieth century, where one potential global catastrophe has followed another, post-apocalyptic storytelling has become frighteningly relevant. We simply want to know - what if? The post-apocalyptic genre has been done before, and done very well, but given the popularity of the genre itself, there's always room for another chapter. In March 2014, Jason Rothenberg, creator of "The 100", brought his own vision of the post-apocalyptic world to The CW. And what's most refreshing for viewers is that here is a show that doesn't just simply rehash old ideas, but one that asks new questions, both of its characters and of the audience.
"The 100" premiered in March this year and is set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has scorched Earth and reduced it to a toxic wasteland. The only human survivors were in orbiting space stations at the time but now, three generations after the apocalypse, their resources are dwindling. The only hope for the survivors is to send one hundred juvenile prisoners back to Earth to check if the planet has become habitable again. Besides the survivors-coming-back-from-space touch (which is nice), what's particularly intriguing about "The 100" is that this time, it's the kids, not the grown-ups, who are sent to solve the problem.
"The 100" is most certainly a good-looking show. The series was recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. The cast look great, but don't let the glossy exterior fool you! Critics have heaped praise elsewhere, labeling the show as being a 'smartly written and well-acted endeavor'. Another critic described "The 100" as being 'highly engaging and exciting'. So there you have it - brains, beauty and thrills. That's not a bad combo for any series to boast of.
Season One of "The 100" premiered in March. You might have already had your viewing schedule sorted back then and maybe you missed out on "The 100" first time around? If that's the case, then you'll want to know that Season One will be released on Blu-ray and DVD next Tuesday (9/23). Season One is only thirteen episodes, so you've got plenty of time to get up to speed or reacquaint yourself before Season Two premieres on October 22nd. The Box Set contains all thirteen episodes and a comprehensive set of special features, including footage from the 2013 Comic Con Panel and lots more cool and quirky behind the scenes stuff. Grab this Box Set like it's the end of the world and treat yourself to one of 2014's finest new dramas.