Based on: The 100 by Kass Morgan
Premise: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet (IMDB).
Why I binged it: While I had heard of The 100, I wasn’t interested in it until I accidentally sat through their panel at SDCC 2015. While I usually jump at the chance to watch/read anything post-apocalyptic or dystopic, there was something about the way this was marketed that made it seem like another teen drama on the CW. Boy, was I wrong. Not only is The 100 markedly different from a great many shows in that it portrays people of varying races, ethnicities, and sexualities, but it deals with huge issues of morality and ethics. While most of the characters are indeed teenagers, they are thrust into the world of adults in ways that most of us can’t even begin to understand. One episode in, and I was hooked. This is a delicious mix of The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Lost. There are even some resemblances to The Walking Dead in all the best ways.
Season 3 of The 100 begins on January 21. Check out the new trailer here.
Based on: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Premise: A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war (IMDB).
Why I binged it: An alternate history? Sign me the hell up. While the show deviates in many areas from the book, the principles remain the same: the Allies lost World War II, and the United States of America has been divvied up into three territories. Japan controls the West Coast, Germany the East Coast, and what was the Midwest is a shared, neutral zone where the rules are a little more lax. Citizens live in forced assimilation and fear; however, there is a resistance building. Scattered groups of rebels risk their lives to smuggle contraband bits of film to someone known only as the man in the high castle—films which show an alternate history to the end of the war. The show is so riveting that I watched much t00 quickly, and all the episodes have run together. What I do remember are heart-pounding cliff hangers, stellar performances from the like of Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos, and pointed similarities to the current political climate.
Season 2 will stream on Amazon Prime sometime in 2016.
Premise: A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II (IMDB).
Why I binged it: I have an inherent love of WWII dramas, particularly British ones. While many TV shows and movies focus on the front lines, or simply use the era as a setting, Home Fires tells the story of the home front. It focuses on several different women who live in the small town of Great Paxford, and their various efforts to aid the war effort. Through their club, the Women’s Institute, they do things that at first, most people in town think are ridiculous; they plant vegetable gardens, sell jams and desserts to raise money for hospitals and ambulances, and try to keep morale high. Of course, there are enough personal woes, love stories, and restrained British turmoils to power a show all on their own. The performances are spot on, and the music hauntingly beautiful. (I’m not kidding about the music. Check out the theme song.)
Season 2 will premiere on both ITV and PBS Masterpiece Theater sometime in 2016.
I’ll be here, glued to my television. Until next time,
The Collected Mutineer