DVD Review: The 100: The Complete Fourth Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray 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, Devon Bostick as Jasper Jordan, Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes, Christopher Larkin as Monty Green, Chelsey Reist as Harper McIntyre, Richard Harmon as John Murphy and and Zach McGowan as Roan, with Isaiah Washington as Chancellor Thelonious Jaha and Henry Ian Cusick as Councillor Marcus Kane.

In the midst of death and destruction, relationships are put to the test as the 100 fight for their very existence. These heroes enter the fourth season at the epicenter of both the Grounder world and their newly founded homebase of Arkadia. After season three’s all-out war, a far more lethal threat has risen to the surface: Clarke has learned that Earth’s remaining nuclear reactors are melting and will soon set the atmosphere on fire.  ALIE, the A.I. who launched the world’s nuclear missiles causing the apocalypse, was telling the truth. With the human race doomed to face an unbeatable enemy, Clarke and her allies amongst Arkadia and the Grounders must fight for humankind and all life itself. But with hope fleeting and the end inevitable, will our heroes spend their remaining days trying to survive… or finally trying to live?  The stakes have never been higher, alliances are breaking, and the world is about to collapse.  Civility has no place at the end of the world, and there’s no telling what lengths the 100 will go to in order to survive.

There’s so much going in this season! Clarke is still having to make these tough life or death decisions that puts her in some very awkward, and sometimes annoying, situations with some of the survivors. Needless to say, a lot of the people don’t care for her too much. I will add that things have gotten a little stale for Clarke but thankfully other characters have stepped up as leaders and deservingly so. Bellamy is more of a leader now more than ever and some of the tough decisions have been passed on to him. Octavia is nothing more than a survivalistic rebel and self proclaimed outcast of the “Sky Crew” who now has her own group of “Grounders” who follow her lead. She’s lost so much that it’s made her into this fearless warrior. Raven is still dealing with the after effects from A.L.I.E. and just when she thinks she’s free from this threat, she discovers she’s not. As damaged as she is, Raven is still the brains and gets to play with some new toys this season.

The 100 continues to be one of the best series on television. The writing for this apocalyptic sci-fi series continues to deliver thought-provoking stories that can get really intense at times and even heartbreaking for some of these characters. There’s also some amazing sets and action to go along with the interesting stories. The acting is great and all of the characters are so much fun to follow. There’s some impressive practical effects used to create this world along with some CGI to cap it all off. The world created for this series is really amazing. The fourth season still keeps the spotlight on Clarke but more characters get to step up this season and get more screen time. We also have to say goodbye to a few more characters this season. There’s new allies, new enemies and new relationships formed this season and to be honest, Monty and Harper have become my two favorite characters, besides Raven. I love me some Raven!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season four details, some images, and the list of special features. There isn’t a slipcover like the previous releases. There’s a booklet 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, I enjoyed The 100: The Complete Fourth Season which took everything to the next level, as if things couldn’t get any more exciting and dangerous for these survivors, they do! The “Sky Crew” still has a fragile truce with the “Grounders” plus there’s even more new factions and obstacles introduced this season. There’s acid rain and radiation that takes up much of this season’s story arc. Each main character gets some time to play this season and some of the supporting characters are also getting more screen time now and two of them have ended up being my favorite characters. Jason Rothenberg and company have done a great job turning the young adult book into this hit series that has such a passionate fanbase. New dangers are introduced this season plus there’s one crazy cliffhanger that teases what’s in store for Clarke and the gang in the upcoming fifth season. One thing is for sure, they’re all scattered out (BIG TIME!) and somehow they’ll eventually have to come together somehow. The 100: The Complete Fourth Season releases on July 18th and due to overwhelming demand, it’ll also be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive, and will be available at Amazon.com and all online retailers. Highly recommended!

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 3 Discs / 13 Episodes / 548 Minutes

  1. Echoes
  2. Heavy Lies The Crown
  3. The Four Houseman
  4. A Lie Guarded
  5. The Tinder Box
  6. We Will Rise
  7. Gimme Shelter
  8. God Complex
  9. DNR
  10. Die All, Die Merrily
  11. The Other Side
  12. The Chosen
  13. Praimfaya

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation Region 1

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English and Spanish

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: 

  • The 100: 2016 Comic-Con Panel (31:32)
  • From Outcasts to Leaders (06:16)
  • Creating A Post-Apocalyptic World (06:43)
  • Jasper’s Journey (07:01)
  • The Stunts of the 100 (10:04)
  • Deleted Scenes (06:04)
  • Gag Reel (03:46)

 

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