‘The 100’ (Season 4): Survival


Since the very beginning of the sci-fi drama The 100, it has been all about survival. The people of The Ark survived in space for years, but with their interlocked space station virtually on its last legs, they had to find a new home. That home was going to be the planet Earth, which had been decimated by a nuclear apocalypse.

The only way to find out if the planet was habitable, however, was to send 100 imprisoned juveniles to the surface, keeping tabs on them via special wristbands that monitored their vitals. Over the course of the first season, many of the juveniles were lost due to the survivors on the Earth known as The Grounders.

And as each new season of the show has played out over the last couple of years, the fight for survival has been paramount. Whether it was against the Mountain Men, the Ice Nation or the insidious A.L.I.E. or even among their own, the survivors on the Earth have had an uphill battle to say the least.

As the fourth season came to a close, it was a race against time – or more importantly a race against Praimfaya – the nuclear meltdown for which they had been anticipating all season long. While the 1,200 people who were “allotted” (and I use that term loosely) space in the underground bunker looked to Octavia for leadership, the majority of the season finale was focused on Clarke, Bellamy, Raven, Murphy, Monty, Harper, Emori and Echo as they prepared to launch themselves into space with the hopes of surviving on ‘The Ring’ – the last remaining ‘left over’ (if you will) from The Ark.

Naturally it was an intense episode, showing all of them working to get their small craft ready for space travel, but it was Clarke who ended up missing her ride in order to save the rest of them by manually getting the satellite to hook up with The Ring. She narrowly made it back to the laboratory on ALIE’s island as the Praimfaya consumed the face of the Earth.

It was going to be a long five years before any of the survivors could return to the surface of the Earth, and in what should not have been a surprise (but it was still was), the show leaped forward in time – 6 years and 7 days to be exact – finding a healthy Clarke once again attempting to make contact with Bellamy and the others on The Ring.

In a twist of fate, or more to the point a replay of the events from the first season, a ship carrying prisoners was preparing to land on the Earth, as Clarke and a young Nightblood girl, watched on.

How ironic (or not) that this is how the fifth season could potentially play out: prisoners land on the Earth, Clarke [and any other survivor like her] is the grounder; Octavia and the people of the bunker could potentially be the Mountain Men – that is if they even survived the fallout of the nuclear meltdown – and Bellamy of the rest of them on The Ring could be the Sky People – that is if they survived their time in space.

But the bigger questions are these: Where did these prisoners come from? Or could Bellamy and the others from The Ring be on that transport? Who will be the real threat: the prisoners, the Sky People or the Bunker people? What do you think is going to happen in season five? Please share your thoughts below.

‘The 100’ will be back for a fifth season on The CW during the 2017-2018 TV season, but it won’t be back until probably sometime in 2018.