Many shows and movie franchises have capitalized on our growing fascination with post-apocalyptic environments, creating high-interest, stimulating plots. Shows like Lost demonstrate the growing demand and the rapidly expanding market for these kinds of shows. Lost jumpstarted this trend by effectively using adventure and science-fiction elements to highlight people’s will to survive against the unknowns of a new world. If you are interested in a new take on dystopias, then you should consider The 100.
The 100 is set after a nuclear war had threatened the landscape of Earth. The surviving populations of 12 countries were launched into space to escape. Ninety-seven years later, the oxygen-levels on their space station were compromised, forcing the council to find an alternative to survive. As a result, 100 juvenile delinquents were sent back down to Earth to see if it was inhabitable.
Their rocky start on Earth was filled with anarchy and the inter-personal conflicts between the two leads Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley), which has built up to a complex relationship between these main two characters and the supporting ensemble cast.
Themes of survival at all costs and the struggles of creating a new society are the central focus of the show, making it a compelling watch, even more so when you remember that the main characters are just kids. Sure, they as teenagers have managed to step up to the plate and take charge and responsibility for their livelihoods, but at the end of the day they are still just kids.
The resilience of these characters and the formidable obstacles they have been forced to overcome give the characters the depth needed to drive a captivating narrative. The writers of the show have mastered the art of character and relationship development and really pushed the envelope on what it means to survive and tackle the unknown.
The 100 artfully threads adventure, science fiction, and drama while still making it accessible to teenagers, making the new show a must-watch for all.Lost