TV Review: The 100 (Season 5)
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Season 5 has to be The 100’s ballsiest season to date. And that, fans of the show will know, is quite a statement. Rolling right off last year’s cliff-hanger season finale, which jumped six years into the future, the show finds itself once again in an entirely new world. It’s a science-fiction show that has never shied away from drastic reinvention and has always been the better for it: it’s thirteen episodes of impellent action, rich character development and changing dynamics, and as always, a fascinating exploration of the grey – sometimes very close to black – areas people must live in to survive. As season 4 left her, we re-join Clarke as the sole land survivor of a planet ravaged by Praimfaya – or so we were led to believe; She soon discovers a young nightblood survived the Earth’s second apocalypse, Madi (an excellent Lola Flanery) and takes the young girl under her wing. From cannibalism, genocide, drug addiction, and human fighting pits, there’s little to slow this bullet of a season. However, that’s not to say this is a purely action or drama-driven vehicle. The complex, difficult, fascinatingly rich characters we’ve seen grow and struggle and whom we’ve fallen in love with, are still the ones fuelling the story rather than being controlled by it. With the newly reinstated location diversity, the people on the Arc, on the ground, and in the bunker all develop their new rivalries and alliances, remaking their families and by extension their goals and priorities. And so the foundations are laid for new tensions to emerge between our heroes.
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