'The 100 - The Complete Third Season'
(Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2016 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Reunited with the survivors of the space-station Ark that fell to Earth, Clarke Griffin and her band of juvenile delinquents have faced death at every turn: from a world transformed by radiation to the fierce Grounders who somehow managed to survive it, and the double-dealing Mountain Men from the fortified Mount Weather, whose civilized environment masked a horrible secret.
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DVD Verdict: Soooooooo, here is what I did the past few weeks - I watched both Season One and Season Two back-to-back and then slipped these four discs in to watch Season Three!! And wow, was that a GREAT idea as it made me fall in love with this show, quite like no other adult might ever have done!
Now, before watching 'The 100' for yourselves, you have to accept the obvious: it is a drama put on by the CW (the same folks that brought you 90210) about a group of 100 teens left stranded on earth by a society that has been living in space for a century. It is needless to say that the show is going to ask viewers to suspend their disbelief for the 40 minutes it takes to watch an episode.
A lot of people tend to criticize the show for being unrealistic scientifically. The problem with this being that of course the show is going to be unrealistic. You have to accept that the premise of the show is that 100 teens get stranded on earth by their race of space people 100 years after a nuclear disaster.Sometimes television programs don't abide by standard rules of physics, or any kind of science for that matter. Sometimes that's what television is there for - to give you a break from the believable.
If you are a stickler for scientific accuracy or a big fan of classic sci-fi the reality is that this might not be the show for you. If, however, you are someone looking for something exciting and (honestly) addicting to watch you might be in luck. Also, in regards to the script I can honestly say that I suffered through 90210 cringing all the way and while some of 'The 100's script might be a little cringe-worthy to start, it is certainly much better than most (if not all) of the teen dramas on television.
So, on to Season Three, and personally, this season was by far my favorite. What a lot of people aren't getting is that this show isn't meant for everyone to survive. Yeah, some of my personal favorite characters died, but I understand that this show is about survival. I recommend to those that dig the gore, dark vibes from a show. This isn't a unicorn and rainbows kind of show. I really can't stand all the backlash this show is getting.
That said, in in full honesty here, Season 3 starts really strong with interesting and exciting twists and scenarios, but it loses all of that realism that is almost Game of Thrones-ish and goes full CW with that whole A.L.I.E plot that doesn't make sense and is too convoluted for it's own good, and so it loses all the realism this show had. The story feels so tiny, everyone bumps into each other in the woods all the time, and not enough grounder culture explored to make me buy into it, and whenever they try to add sci-fi elements into it, it feels out of place or vice versa with the gritty grounder elements.
The way they tried to connect it all together by the end is just painful to watch really. The characters ... oh my god, they go full nounce mode in the second half. None of their decisions make sense, none of the "dark character developments" make real sense and there is no real lead up to it. Clarke has gone through so much (especially this season) and you would think that that would change her like the way it did in the first couple of episodes this season, but in the next episode she is cracking up jokes with her friends.
Octavia's character is the only interesting character to me really, and I hope they really turn her dark ie: I don't want any backpedals because it's CW or whatever. She saw Lincoln die (which his death was almost pointless if not to develop her character). This season was a mixed bag, the first 5/6 episodes and Octavia's character arc is what saved this season for me - and yet, it still remains my favorite season to date! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
- All-New Featurette: Arkadia: From Wreckage to Salvation, Ice Nation: Brutal and Fierce, Wanheda: Clarke's Journey, Polis: Grounder Capital, The 100: 2015 Comic-Con Panel and A Short-Lived Victory: Unlocking the Season 3 Finale
Own it on DVD + Blu-ray + Digital HD July 19th, 2016!