Review: ‘The 100’ Season 7 Raises The Stakes In Its Final Season
The 100 is a series that has undergone several evolutions. From being about a group of teenagers raised in space and sent down to Earth for the first time since a nuclear apocalypse, to now, seven seasons later, being on a new planet and fighting for the survival of the human race once again. It has been The 100’s ability to reinvent itself that has kept it fresh and viewers hooked all these seasons. With the premiere of the seventh and final season tonight on the CW, fans can only sit and speculate how the series is going to wrap everything up.
The season gets off to a bit of a bumpy start. It picks up pretty immediately after season 6 left off, with Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) getting stabbed by a magically grown-up Hope (Shelby Flannery), and getting sucked into the Anomaly. Meanwhile Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Co. try to figure out how to keep the peace in Sanctum. The political maneuvering that occupies much of episode 1 is a bit of a drag, but luckily the season starts to pick up after that (the first four episodes of the season were released to the press). Episode 2, titled “The Garden,” fills in a lot of the gaps on what happened to Diyoza (Ivana Miličević), Octavia, and then fetus Hope, after they went into the Anomaly. How the Anomaly works is a little confusing at first, but once it all starts to click, it becomes clear that the Anomaly is a game changer for the series, and is most likely the key to ending the series.
Of course, the Anomaly also brings new threats, and while the fragile peace in Sanctum continues to be threatened, many of our heroes are called away to deal with them, which might be for the better. The infighting in Sanctum feels very been-there-done-that for the series, but watching our heroes go off on a sci-fi adventure is just what the doctor ordered. The season continues the show’s usual breakneck speed, packing plot into every episode.
Classic themes of the series continue to be asked, like can humanity, even on its last legs ever stop fighting each other in order to thrive? Are we the problem? Does the ends justify the means? Can we ever move away from violence? It does make me wonder how a show that posits that the human race is the problem is ever going to find a way to end things on a satisfying note. But maybe our heroes won’t get a happy ending. It wouldn’t be very The 100 if they did.
If there are any drawbacks so far this season, it’s that we don’t get to see much of Bellamy (Bob Morley). He’s pretty much sidelined, which is a shame, as one of the most beloved characters. Bellamy is also at his best when he shares his scenes with Clarke, so hopefully the two reunite soon so that they can still spend a good portion of the season together. This show is never better than when its two leaders are working together.
Meanwhile, Sheidheda is still out there, and we get some answers as to where he went. Raven (Lindsey Morgan) gets an emotional arc this season, while Clarke deals with her mother’s death. Hope is an interesting new character, who is as determined as the rest of the cast to save the people she loves, so she fits right in. With the last of the adult, parent-like characters killed off last season, their kids are finally on their own. The loss weighs on them, but they’ve been surviving and leading for a long time now, and they’re ready for this.
With quarantine bringing me down, I was wondering whether I was up for the high stakes of this post-apocalyptic drama, and throughout episode 1, I could feel my enthusiasm waning, but it wasn’t long before the series pulled me back in again. There’s a new set of mysteries and stakes this season that will keep fans on the edge of their seats, and which will end, fittingly, on a full one hundred episodes. And for those mournfully repeating “may we meet again” to this beloved series, know that there’s backdoor pilot in store for a prequel series this season, so we may just get more of The 100 after all.