DVD Review: The 100: The Complete Fifth Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

The 100 is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama based on the bestselling young adult book by Kass Morgan and developed by Jason Rothenberg. The 100: The Complete Fourth Season returns Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin, Paige Turco as Dr. Abigail Griffin, Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake, Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake, Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes, Christopher Larkin as Monty Green, Chelsey Reist as Harper McIntyre, Richard Harmon as John Murphy, Tasya Teles as Echo and Lola Flanery as Madi, with Isaiah Washington as Chancellor Thelonious Jaha and Henry Ian Cusick as Councillor Marcus Kane.

Last season, our heroes were introduced to the harsh truth that the human race is doomed to face an unbeatable enemy: the remaining nuclear reactors on Earth have melted down and are setting the atmosphere on fire.  The group had very little time to prepare for the worst, with every possible solution disappearing almost as quickly as they were able to come up with them.  With a literal countdown to the end of the world, our heroes were forced to go to unimaginable lengths to make it out alive – with or without each other.  In the aftermath of Praimfaya, they must begin again and with Season Five, our heroes will have to examine their responsibility to the new place they call home and the future generations who will inhabit it.  Can they begin again and celebrate what remains or will the frailties of human nature cost them their one chance to rise from the ashes?

Remember that wild and crazy finale at the end of the fourth season? Season five picks up six years after the explosive event takes place and still has everyone separated. Clarke is left all alone on the surface where she not only battles the harsh elements but she also ends up finding a small girl named Madi who she adopts as her own. Bellamy, Raven and some of the others are trapped in space and the rest of the survivors are hiding out in an underground bunker. It takes a few episodes but they all finally reunite but now there’s a couple of new threats that are introduced. A prison transport lands, and guess what, it’s full of dangerous convicts that unfortunately don’t play well with others.

There’s also another threat that comes in the form of Octavia who has now become the leader of the Grounders and she’s taken a turn to the dark side. We’ve watched Octavia grow as a warrior over the past few seasons but she’s also gotten a little darker and now she’s become the villain that her friends have to deal with. A twist is introduced that becomes a major threat to the throne that Octavia has claimed and it comes in the form of young Madi. All of this kind of works itself out because the factions have to come unite to fight against these convicts because they want everything for themselves and if they can’t have it all, then they’re willing to blow it all up. Needless to say, The 100 and they’re allies find a way to escape this latest disaster where the survivors find themselves starting all over again.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season five details, some images, and list of special features. There isn’t a slipcover like the first three releases. There’s also an insert located inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, original airdates, more images, and series credits. Each of the three DVD discs are color coded and feature the series logo. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, this apocalyptic sci-fi drama continues to raise the bar as far as small screen adventures go and The 100: The Complete Fifth Season did not disappoint. The 100 has been one of my personal favorites since it first premiered five years ago and continues to be one of the best series on television. The writing for this epic apocalyptic sci-fi drama continues to deliver thought-provoking stories that can get really intense at times and even heartbreaking for some of these characters. The fifth season introduced us to more new characters but it also said goodbye to others and it featured the craziest cliffhanger to date. The massive sets continue to look so impressive and there’s lots of action to go along with it all. The acting is great and all of the characters continue to be a lot of fun to follow. The 100 features some impressive practical effects along with some cool looking CGI to go with it. The dangerous world created for this epic series is really amazing but it’s the characters that continue to be the heart and soul of it all. The 100: The Complete Fifth Season is now available on a 3-disc DVD set. It will also be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive Collection and your favorite online retailer.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 3 Discs / 13 Episodes / 551 Minutes

  1. Eden
  2. Red Queen
  3. Sleeping Giants
  4. Pandora’s Box
  5. Shifting Sands
  6. Exit Wounds
  7. Acceptable Losses
  8. How We Get to Peace
  9. Sic Semper Tyrannis
  10. The Warriors Will
  11. The Dark Year
  12. Damocles – Part One
  13. Damocles – Part Two

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a 2018 Wondercon panel featurette, Redemption and Rebirth featurette and a gag reel.

  • The 100: 2018 WonderCon Panel (26:23)
  • The 100: Redemption and Rebirth (10:24)
  • Gag Reel (04:38)

 

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