One of the advantages I have with my Foxtel service is being able to record entire series to an internal HDD. I have done that with a couple of shows for my viewing convenience and last night I had a marathon viewing of the first 11 episodes of The 100. Like WOW... in capital letters. It may take the cliff-hanger out of cliff-hanger watching them back to back like that, but WOW!
While the series is tagged as being sci-fi, it is more a post-apocalyptic survival story and how 100 teens cope when they return to Earth after the last remnants of humanity had spent almost 100 years in space due to a catastrophic nuclear war. While the group is wild and unruly to begin with, and wanting to live without rules after years under a strict regime on the space station, they soon realise there has to be some kind of leadership and laws if they are to survive. However, their greatest threat does not come from within. Early into the series it is revealed that they are not alone, and that there is a warrior-like race that somehow survived the apocalypse and is inhabiting the landing region.
The drama of the series is heightened with flashes back to the deteriorating space station, where some inhabitants are to be culled to conserve oxygen for the ramainder if the administration does not hear back from the landing party. However, a hard landing ensures that does not happen and a doctor aboard the dying space station teams up with a young engineer to re-establish contact, which sadly comes too late for some.
All in all, this is a great series with huge potential for many more storylines, twists and turns in numerous potential plots and character developments. The acting is solid; the characters are believable; the storyline is plausible, and the plot thus far has developed very nicely, with several characters coming to the fore to provide strong individual contributions. There are a number of cliff-hangers throughout to keep your interest alive and wanting more. There are, however, some disturbing scenes regarding human ethics and survival, but I think these are essential to tell the story well and give an insight to the dilemmas we may one day face as the human race faces food shortages and over-population, etc.
My rating... 10 out of 10.