THE 100: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD Review
The complete second season of CW’s The 100 is out this week and we were given a special peek inside the DVD box set.
Season Two of The CW’s post-apocalyptic drama, The 100, overcame its Season One growing pains by a lot. The unemotional love triangle between Clarke, Finn, and Raven gets overlooked (but not entirely forgotten) amidst the chaos and impending annihilation of the Ark survivors. War is about to break out with the Grounders, the very people the survivors need to rescue what’s left of the 100 from a new threat known as the Mountain Men. Clarke needs to form an alliance with the Grounders’ commander, but things aren’t as simple as walking up and to say “hello.” For her people to survive, Clarke must make a huge personal sacrifice. Blood for blood. Intense, right?
There were some excellent nuances from the cast this season, especially where the season’s new villain is concerned. Dante Wallace (Raymond J. Barry) is the leader of the Mountain Men, humans who survived the atomic fallout that ravaged the Earth by taking shelter underneath Mount Weather. Dante isn’t your black and white bad guy. In fact, he’s actually quite likable, and viewers form a sense of empathy for the man despite what he does. On one side, Dante has great respect for Clarke and even forms some kind of bond with her and fellow survivors. On the other hand, he unapologetically allows his people to do horrible things to the Grounders — harvests them for blood to help his people deal with radiation exposures, and transforms others into the cannibalistic Reapers. He sees the Ark people as kindred spirits, but the Grounders and mere “savages.” Knowing all of this, you still end up rooting for him as the season progresses. Why? He’s still the voice of reason inside Mount Weather compared to his more ruthless son, Cage (Johnny Whitworth), and the unethical Doctor Tsing (Rekha Sharma).
Another interesting element that was introduced was the introduction of the Grounders’ Commander, Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey), with whom Clarke forms an intimate relationship. I mentioned before that Season One dragged due to its “CW-ness,” namely the ham-fisted love triangle between Clarke, Finn, and Raven. It was gratuitous and it left me feeling disinterested because the pairings were as inorganic as a plastic Go-Bot. But with Lexa, the writers made a better effort in developing a proper story between her and Clarke which had time to evolve into something everyone could digest and accept as real.
The most underused characters, something that was bound to happen with such a big cast, were probably the adults. During the first half of the season, I felt as though these fantastic older actors were just delegated to bickering adults over who gets to be in charge of this new world. I have no real problem with this as long as they’re allowed to do more later on.
I already wrote more than I had planned — that’s how much better this series has gotten — so I’ll just add that if you’re not already a fan of The 100, Season Two is a great starting point for quality in story. I mean, you’ll obviously need to check out Season One to get a complete perspective of the characters, but Season Two will really be the meat and potatoes of your viewing pleasure.
As for the DVDs, the special features are all fun to watch — the best are “The 100 Pre-Viz Stunts featurette” and the gag reel — but the menu for those extras, the bulk of which can be found on the fourth disc, are laughably simple. It’s as if someone went into Windows DVD Maker to create the set-up.
- The fight scene between Clarke and Anya is bad ass. Clarke uses the dust of Anya’s own people to blind her!
- Octavia is less of an annoying little sister and becomes a capable warrior in her own right.
- Every action scene this season is very well choreographed and well-timed. Bellamy, who was almost pushed to the side this season, gets his day in the sunlight during a raid on Mt. Weather.
- The costumes for the Grounders, especially Lexa’s outfit, are the most stylish rugged post-apocalyptic outfits I’ve seen in a while. Her’s is what actually caught my attention while the showed originally aired.
You can find The 100: The Complete Second Season where DVDs are sold starting today, October 13, 2015 for $39.98 SRP.
ABOUT THE DVD SET:
For the Ark Survivors on Earth, the alien planet they’ve never known is a mysterious realm – a paradise one moment, lethal the next. Join the stars of this post-apocalyptic drama as they take steps to ensure their futures in the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) release of thrilling The 100: The Complete Second Season on DVD. Based on the bestselling young adult book by Kass Morgan, and a Top 5 show on The CW with Men 18-49, The 100: The Complete Second Season will feature all 16 episodes and is available to own on October 13, 2015 for $39.98 SRP.
Set almost 100 years after mankind nearly destroyed itself in a nuclear Armageddon, the surviving members of the human race aboard the orbiting “Ark” space station take the first step to recolonize Earth, by sending 100 juvenile delinquents back to the planet’s surface to see if it is habitable. In the first season, they discovered that the Earth is not quite what they imagined – and that they were not alone. Survivors from the nuclear apocalypse have broken into dangerous factions including The Grounders, Reapers and Mountain Men. The first season finale found all of the survivors of the Ark returning to the surface, while The 100 fought for their lives against the Grounders. In Season Two, our heroes find themselves alternately challenged, supported and betrayed by their own people and alliances with the Grounders, but always manage to reach common ground in survival, as they face off against the lethal forces of Mount Weather, whose civilized environment masks a horrible secret.
The 100: The Complete Second Season stars Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco (Person of Interest), Thomas McDonnell (Suburgatory), Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult), Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Lindsey Morgan, Ricky Whittle (Austenland), Christopher Larkin, with Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy) and Henry Ian Cusick (Lost).
- The 100: Unlocking the Mountain– Cast and producers take us inside Mount Weather and share their insights on its secrets and the events that led to the epic season finale.
- The 100 Pre-Viz Stunts featurette
- 2014 Comic Con Panel
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
16 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
- The 48
- Inclement Weather
- Many Happy Returns
- Human Trials
- Fog of War
- Long into An Abyss
- Remember Me
- Survival of the Fittest
- Coup de Grace
- Bodyguard of Lies
- Blood Must Have Blood – Part One
- Blood Must Have Blood – Part Two