The 100 prequel brings plenty of vibes from the earlier seasons

The 100 -- "Anaconda" -- Image Number: HU713b_0153r.jpg -- Pictured: Iola Evans as Callie -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The 100 -- "Anaconda" -- Image Number: HU713b_0153r.jpg -- Pictured: Iola Evans as Callie -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /

The 100 prequel backdoor pilot gets us excited for a spin-off series

If there’s one thing that many fans of The 100 can agree on, it’s that the original vibe of the show isn’t really there anymore. That’s been especially the case since moving to new planets and this final season involving the anomaly. That changed with The 100 prequel backdoor pilot in the most recent episode.

We got to go back hundreds of years to when the apocalypse happened. Second Dawn found their way into the bunker, which Clarke had viewed as a place run by a cult leader. However, we got to see the story through the eyes of Callie, that cult leader’s daughter.

The 100 prequel backdoor pilot has certainly got many fans excited. Not only did it throw in Easter eggs from earlier seasons, but there’s the hope of learning just how the world became what it was at the very beginning of the series. On top of that, we got plenty of vibes of the original series.

The strongest episode of the final season

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve been disappointed with the final season of The 100 so far. There’s so much planet-hopping and characters are all separated that it’s hard to feel excited about seeing how this can all end. There’s been so much focus on the anomaly that the stories about saving the human race seem to have been all but forgotten.

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Some of the best parts for me have been back on Sanctum. I’ve enjoyed seeing Indra step up as the commander of Wonkru. It’s been exciting to see this group of Grounders accepts someone who doesn’t have the Flame. Of course, they’ve not fully accepted her just yet. There’s so much to tell with this story and only eight episodes left to go.

And let’s not forget that I don’t believe Bellamy is dead and there are still questions about where Gaia has gone. There’s just so much to fit into a handful of episodes and there’s been very little character development continuing in these episodes.

“Anaconda” delivered the season’s strongest episode. In fact, I think it’s the strongest episode in the last two seasons. We go back to where it began; the thing that drew so many fans into the show in the first place. This is about the fight to save the human race, but not necessarily in the way people initially expected it.

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A chance to see the Grounders from the beginning

When The 100 Season 5 started, there was a lot of excitement over the change of viewpoint. After another wave of radioactive material, we watched as a ship landed. Clarke was the Grounder watching from below.

However, the story didn’t quite deliver in the way that some hoped. And at no point have we really learned about how the Grounders developed the tribes or understood anything about the Mountain Men.

Whether there’s enough time in 97 years to have everyone speaking Callie’s made-up language and for all the tribes to develop is up for debate. Let’s suspend belief considering we’re happy to accept that living on an Ark in space has been possible and that transforming people into Nightbloods is happening.

This backdoor pilot brought so many elements from the years on The 100 together. We got the original Trikru. Now it’s time to find out how it all developed, and I, for one, am excited about that. It feels like coming back home.

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The 100 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.