Released: From October 23th, 2014 to March 12th, 2015 on the American channel CW
Seen in: Original version with French subtitles
My review: Created by Jason Rothenberg, based on the novel written by Kass Morgan, "The 100" is the big surprise of the CW. In a first season of quality, it showed us that, under an appearence of a series for teenagers with its top model actors and love stories, actually an intriguing and complex series is hidden: we also see darkness, bold and sudden deaths of characters, which bring serious to "The 100" and allow it to broaden its appeal to a more mature audience. After an excellent season finale, we were looking forward to the beginning of the second season.
A short while after the beginning,it greatly delighted us: since the second episode, "The 100" endowed itself with excellent credits sticking perfectly to the series. Indeed, through the eyes of a satellite, or at least a machine, we discover the hostile environment which our heroes must survive in. Given the density of the forests and the vastness of the landscape, it is clear that the survivors have explored only a small part of the territory they landed on. Rhythmed and scary, these newly created credits also manage to touch us with a resonant female voice, which is a faded but extended version of the one opening the credits of the police series "Cold Case" (http://www.youtube.com/watch ? v = oaKmtbBoIvg).
With this second season, "The 100" is clearly up a notch. The stakes, whose importance continues to grow, involve decisions increasingly hard to take. The main characters have to face moral dilemmas that could change them forever. According to the way they face these dilemmas, our feelings towards them vary, sometimes from affection to disgust, but also from hatred to admiration. More than in the first season, which now seems bland in comparison, the characters really have evolved. They all followed different paths, which were sometimes logical, sometimes surprising, but always highly satisfying. These strong advances allow multiple characters to be in the foreground, and give greater scope to those already there. All these developments lead us to a scheme in which women clearly dominate. Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), Raven (Lindsey Morgan), Abby (Paige Turco), Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey): all of them are fighters who do not have cold feet. It was noticed by so many viewers that they even called the series "feminist", as if it was pejorative. On the contrary, this construction of female superiority is a very good thing and the fact that some people are offended by women occupying important places with high responsibilities proves that work still has to be done.
The second season of "The 100" has given us its share of action, excitement and surprises. Choosing to present a season consisting of 16 episodes leaves no room for filler episodes, a sad process which is becoming the specialty of "The Walking Dead". However, we would have liked "The 100" to be inspired by "The Walking Dead" for the characters' survival. Indeed, this aspect is overshadowed. We know where the camp of the survivors is, but how do they eat? And, above all, how do they manage to live in a forest filled with hostile creatures? It is necessary to deal with this issue because it goes hand in hand with the environment, and it is essential if this series wants to keep attracting an adult audience.
In addition, it is necessary that the writers add more substantial work to their willingness. For example, the gorilla in the forest was a good idea but, when it is so badly done visually, it turns into a joke... We can also talk about the relationship between Clarke and Lexa: it starts with a good intention - representing minorities on television - but it comes too fast. It would have been much more realistic if Lexa's feelings had been shown before, instead of being concentrated in one episode concluded by a kiss. This slapdash work feeling prevents us from feeling affection to their relationship. Apart from this snag, twists are credible and intrigues are captivating. The best episode of the season is probably the eighth one, followed closely by the fifteenth one. But then you say: what do you think of the finale?
The final episode of the second season of "The 100" was disappointing. On the one hand, it was of much lower intensity than the previous episode, while the role of a finale is to finish the season in apotheosis. The promised war finally resulted in a technique certainly original but poor in suspense. On the other hand, the outcomes for the group and for Murphy (Richard Harmon) are interesting. However, the last scene is too cranky. It leaves us in a dubious state and fails to create that unbearable need to answer that leaves us wanting to see more. So far, the writers of "The 100" gave the impression to know where they were taking us, hopefully they will not be lost on their way.
My rating: 17/20