All in The 100
Like most shows, The 100 isn’t exempt from having the occasional throwback to previous seasons. These references can be important for character growth, plot, or simply put in for nostalgia’s sake. The first five episodes of the fifth season of The 100 offer more than a few references to previous seasons, especially the first. A few are subtle and perhaps coincidental, but I’m convinced that certain parallels are anything but.
To quote the David Bowie song: “Is there life on Mars?”
As some of you are aware, I am an avid theorist when it comes to The 100. If you’ve followed me on Tumblr you’ve know it for years, and I’m slowly bringing some of those theories over to Twitter as well. I enjoy sitting down and trying to puzzle out exactly how The 100 will make all of it’s various moving pieces (and there are myriad) fit into the big reveal at the end of each season. One of the big questions that everyone seems to have this season is what exactly newcomer Shannon Kook’s character will bring to the table.
“Shifting sands” is a phrase used to emphasize the frequently changing nature of something that makes it difficult to understand or contend with. Although this episode features literal shifting sand in the form of sandstorms that happen to be full of shards of glass (nice!), it’s also full of metaphorical shifting sands in terms of characters and relationships.
“For the most part, we’re in this dark, post-apocalyptic brain of Jason Rothenberg.”
That’s how composer Tree Adams describes working on The 100. Since the first moments of Season 3, where we got the initial taste of Adams’ work, his music has become an integral part of the show. We at TBT Media had the chance to interview the composer recently, discussing everything from his composing process to Octavia’s musical evolution to teasers for the upcoming episode, “Shifting Sands.”
Wow, guys. That episode was a lot to take in huh?! Like, what was that? I am still yelling about it with people. Let’s dive into this week’s reunion-heavy, plot-propelling episode!
In the hollowed-out heart of the last remaining fragment of the spaceship he grew up on, Bellamy Blake sucks oxygen into his battered lungs, wraps his hand around a bottle of liquor that has long been empty, looks down at the firestained Earth, and thinks of the girl who died down there so that he could live, up here.
I, like many, had an inkling of an idea that Thelonious Jaha was likely going to die in Season 5 of The 100, thanks to some not very vague tweets from his actor, Isaiah Washington, during the beginning stages of filming, but I still wasn’t prepared to lose him tonight. Jaha has been a very polarizing character for the past five seasons; most people seem to avidly hate him, but I’ve always been a fan and this episode, his final, cemented all the reasons why.
The 100 isn’t afraid to place their characters into conflicting situations, forcing them to make difficult choices over and over again. It’s a core theme of the show — good guys, bad guys, and whether they truly exist; whether or not the world is a perpetual grey area with no white or black. Over the course of four seasons and heading into a fifth, we’ve seen everyone climb through the hoops of character development, facing their consequences and making decisions both good and bad. The 100 is a character driven show for sure, with one major exception: Octavia Blake.
I started watching The 100 in 2014, and was immediately captivated by the unpredictable plot and the flawed characters. I have loved Raven Reyes since her first scene in 1x02; I was enamored by her strength, intelligence, and quick wit. She has gone through so many trials and tribulations and has always overcome them. In the dawn before Season 5, I have several hopes for her character in the season to come.
It's been nearly 11 months since the Season 4 finale of The 100 aired, leaving fans of the show waiting in anticipation to see what would happen next. Throughout hiatus, and especially over the last couple of weeks, promotional material has been dropped in the form of conventions, interviews, trailers, promotional images, and screeners, giving us a better idea of what to expect out of the new season.
With only 5 days remaining until the Season 5 premiere, here are 15 things we're most excited for.