The 100 Season One
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2014 | 12 | 523 minutes | £ 39.99 ( Blu- ray)/£ 29.99 ( DVD) Distributor: Warner Home Video Creator: Jason Rothenberg Cast: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Thomas McDonell, Henry Ian Cusick like the culmination of a massive experiment to create the ultimate CW show after years of teen- targeted, romance- fuelled telefantasy hits ( The Vampire Diaries) and misses ( The Secret Circle). Surprisingly, despite its blatantly cynical conception, it’s competently diverting fluff.
The show sees 100 teenage delinquents from a space station sent back to a post- apocalyptic Earth to see if it’s habitable again. Once there, they go all Lord Of The Flies – just a bit randier and with an endless supply of hair products. They all arrive with shady secrets which are revealed in drip feed over the course of the season. Meanwhile, back on the Ark, the shifty political leaders try to hide the fact that the station is shutting down from a suspiciously credulous populace.
It’s defiantly formulaic, staggeringly bereft of originality, and populated with characters who say and do the same things week in week out. But within those limitations it’s a lively, fast- paced, well- cast, action- packed package, full of the kind of potential “shipping ” combinations that guarantee heated social networking debates.
A commentary and two deleted scenes for the season finale; four behind- the- scenes featurettes that explore the origins of the show, creating The Ark, costume design and visual effects; the 2013 Comic- Con Panel. Dave Golder