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Soundtrack review: The 100 (season 5) (Tree Adams – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: The 100 (season 5) (Tree Adams – 2018)

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“The 100” (pronounced The Hundred ) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series that premiered on March 19, 2014, on The CW. The series, developed by Jason Rothenberg, is loosely based on the novel series of the same name by Kass Morgan.
The series follows a group of post-apocalyptic survivors, chiefly a group of adolescents, including Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley), Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos), Jasper Jordan (Devon Bostick), Monty Green (Christopher Larkin), Raven Reyes (Lindsey Morgan), Finn Collins (Thomas McDonell), John Murphy (Richard Harmon), and Wells Jaha (Eli Goree). They are among the first people from a space habitat, “The Ark”, to return to Earth after a devastating nuclear apocalypse. Other lead characters include Dr. Abby Griffin (Paige Turco), Clarke’s mother; Marcus Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), a council member on the Ark; and Thelonious Jaha (Isaiah Washington), the Chancellor of the Ark and Wells’s father. Tree Adams wrote the score.

I remember I enjoyed the music of seasons 3 and 4 and as soon as i hear “Monty’s found a new planet” it comes back to me why, as this is one of those emotional sci-fi pieces that can never fail. There’s the choir, there’s the buildup, there’s the feeling of vast space. I also like the short orchestral inserts that blend with the more electronic driven passages. As I noticed before while listening to “The 100” scores every now and then it sounds very RCP like and I love it. There are moments when the music gets electrifying and I can almost see sparks fly. These cues alternate with the quiet, melodic ones that describe the characters and their feelings. I like this variety in the sound and I accept cues like “Diyoza and the miners” which are hard to enjoy outside the context of the show. There’s something for everyone, and whether you like aggressive electronic, or melodic, or epic, you will get your fix in this score.

The music of season five is more fragmented, more chaotic than the one from previous seasons. Even within the same cue the tone changes and different motifs come together like puzzle pieces sometimes struggling to fit together. Overall the tone is more aggressive than before, when I remember the suspense glued together the soundscape of this show. I imagine the tone of the show changed as well this season and became more violent, more hopeless so the composer had to follow the trend.

The music of season 5 from “The 100” does a great job of evoking the discomfort and harshness of the world depicted in the TV show. I think this album will please fans of the actual show more than the casual listener.

Cue rating: 68 /100

Highlights:
Monty Offers To Fight
Eden Never Stood a Chance

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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