So, we are in the fifth month of The 100 hiatus, a long and excruciating time break (Nine months) between the fourth season finale and fifth premiere, and we are slowly losing our well-organized minds. We are active on social media, trying to make the time go quicker. But sometimes, that simply is not enough. Alas, though, there are other fun and unique ways to survive. Want to learn the tips? Well, continue below!
What can The 100 fans do in the midst of the hiatus, as the wait grows to almost a boil-over point? I have come up with a handy survival guide (hopefully no apocalypse will occur) to better comfort us and ease our impatience.
Binge, binge, binge!
Rewatching seasons 1-4 does have its perks. For instance, you’ll notice things that you have not before, equalling a new surge of feels and surprises. It also creates the resurrection of old emotions, and why we have fallen in love with the series in the first place. We will also build a better psychological analysis on each character because sometimes our first impression of them, their behaviors, and actions are not always true. Putting ourselves back in the scenery will prompt these new build ups. Additionally, it’s also a great thing to refresh before season five, so we can be more prepared for season five.
Have Your Own The 100 Film Fest
Some of the cast has starred in some memorable-and-not-so-memorable movies. However, we watch them because we love to see their talent broaden beyond the forestry and surviving on The 100. For instance, Devon Bostick has done a remarkable job as bratty older brother Roderick Heffley to Greg Heffley in The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid franchise. Who knew that he looked that good in eyeliner? In Road Train, a highly psychopathic Craig (Bob Morley) becomes demonized by the road train (semis connected to one another) and terrorizes his girlfriend. Though this is one of the lower class films, I thoroughly enjoyed him playing a maniac in a talented sense. Keep in mind that films like these are meant to entertain, and are not realistic. In Lost in the White City, Morley plays an Israeli vet who gets involved in a questioning love triangle, and again, gives the best of his performance. Another choice to watch is Eliza Taylor’s new flick Thumper, and no, it has nothing to do with Bambi. Eliza will play teenager Kat Carter who enters a dangerous world of drugs and trafficking. The release date is November 7th, and I am hoping that it pinpoints the true horror of drug addiction as it is a growing conflict among young people. Then, who can forget the flick where Alycia Debnam-Carey and Thomas McDonell were a hot item? A stark contrast of their well-known characters on The 100. The title is The Devil’s Hand, and Carey is a member of a sickening and strict Amish community. First of all, it was a very poor representation of Amish communities, and I don’t believe in being “possessed by demons,” but the acting of Debnam-Carey and McDonell was spot on, so it kind of makes up for the crap that was put in it. But, hey. Horror is meant to entertain. Also, Richard Harmon is also starring in a new Indie movie titled Crypto, and it has an IndieGoGo where when you contribute in the final stages, you’ll get some cool stuff.
These are just a few examples, but if you Google The 100 cast and their film roles, there is a whole horizon of choices.
All over the web, passionate fans have used their imaginative juices to create some astounding fanart. In fact, some are so wickedly good that you wonder that the pieces are not showcased in a TV museum, but I digress. Creating any art (watch out for the violent material) releases stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental dilemmas that circulate us in our everyday presence. There is also that uplifting sense of accomplishment after our work is finished. On even a more positive note, some artists such as Papuur Cat used their personal touches to raise LGBT awareness or Fa Panini, who creates adorable cartoon versions of characters. If you want to create some art of your very own, go ahead, no one should judge you, and it’ll be yours. I never get tired of my trying of fan art, though the one thing that I wish that I can do better is draw/paint humans. But, practice makes perfect they say.
Get Lost In An Alternate Universe
While the writing is wonderfully portrayed on the show, fans will write their own versions of the characters’ perspectives, visionary, storylines, pairings, and much more. And some will actually take you into a whole new presence. This medium is called fanfiction, and it has been around since Star Trek debuted in the 1960s. With over 8,000 published The 100 works on Fanfiction.net, nearly 24,000 on Archive Of Our Own, and 71,000 on Wattpad, it’s a whole new universe of storytelling. When you have an idea for a story and typed it onto the screen, it’s pure magic. Plus, like the fanart, there is the euphoria of accomplishment. There is something for everyone, and I too have jumped on the writing wagon. But, that was done years ago waaaay before The 100. It’s another awesome way to pass time and exercise the brain.
Connect And Socialize
This might be a bit of a “yellow” spot, meaning you are going to get some sort of backlash from social media. As a high-schooler, social media was just being launched, chat groups were limited to AIM and forums, and you had to wait for a like a week for your selfies. Oh, the horror of this! Really, it was not that bad. Fast forward a little over a decade, and you have this whole magnitude of social media sites and platforms, and with just a few “likes” and a sharing link, your world or life moment is shared. There is a lot to wrap your head around and can be a burdening thing. However, popular sites such as Twitter and Instagram allows us to connect and share with other fans, the cast, and the writers. It’s also a great way to scoop out the latest information when the sources are legitimate, and further, tell others about the news. Yet, like any fandom, it can be toxic and a bit harmful to our minds, but no matter what, they’re just words. But, as I said, when used appropriately, we can connect from all over the globe by simply using a device.
Tumbling On Tumblr
This should go under the social media passage, but Tumblr in retrospect is an individual all its own. If you simply type in “The 100” in the search box, there will be a huge slew of blogs and posts dedicated to the show. The 100 Writers posts the scripts from each aired episode, and in contrast, they’re slightly different than the aired, physical versions. Co-executive producer Aaron Ginsburg takes some phenomenal photos of the cast and sets backstage and shares them on his own Tumblr. Then, of course, you have the legions of fans posting news, their own speculations and theories, selfies and photos of the cast from conventions, and those little gifs. I could spend hours and hours just looking at those animated pictures just to relax or pass the time. It’s also a great way to promote the show, as I have seen very little of that since the show first aired. Why is the real question though.
Vidding and Viewing
Another branch of fan art is fanmade videos. They’re fun, filled with some amazing creativity, and music that connects the themes that you make you feel all the feels. Some of them make your heart drop, some make you cry, and some really get the point across. Editing can also showcase your artistic talents, just like creating a digital painting or writing a fanfic. You can find thousands of The 100 fan vids across Youtube, Twitter, and more.
Read The 100 Books
New York author Kass Morgan has penned the four The 100 novels, which are on the NY best-selling list. The books, however, are polar opposites in terms of the storytelling. Bellamy and Clarke are a romantic couple, whereas they’re strong friends on the show; Raven, Murphy, Lincoln, Lexa, Jasper, Monty, and countless others are created by the writers of the series. The Grounders are more modernized with electricity and farming and are ironclad allies of Skaikru in the paged counterparts. The Grounders on the show live by violence for survival and have several different factions all over the perimeter, but stay a close distance of Polis. The list of comparisons and contrasts can go on, but both mediums hold a few things in common: Clarke and Bellamy are the moral leaders of the delinquents, Jaha was shot, Octavia was the forbidden fruit, the ARK was unfair, and LGBT is present. Aside from that, the show and books are two different interpretations of The 100. Either way, both are fun to debate and converse, and a great read at night.
Create Fundraising Campaigns
To show their love and support for the cast, and making a difference, fans have started up fundraiser campaigns and donations. This I think in my opinion is one of the more humbling and touching projects. It opens up the kindness and gratitude of others and raises awareness for mental illnesses, LBGT, disability, and disasters. There are several, but here are a few campaigns that emulate the missions: Hugs For Bob, The Jasper Project, LGBT Fans Deserve Better, and the Too Sweet Fundraiser. I have two of my own, the Hope and Battle Scars Campaign, and the Brave Princess Project. Because of the dedication and compassion of the fans, lives and the world has been made more positive, which is some that we truly need.
These are just some ideas to help you fans breeze by the long hiatus, and you have some of your own, share in the comments or tweet them.