Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these and it wasn’t year-end themed. As much as I would love to pump out these countdowns every single week, I needed a little bit of time to think up some more topics to make countdowns out of. Luckily, that’s exactly what I did and and I’m pleased to announce that the Tuesday Top 10 is back! Just think of this as a Season 2 premiere or something; hell, it actually fits given that the comeback edition is entirely dedicated to a television program that’s about to return for another season.
I named The 100 my #1 favorite TV show of 2015. I got so hooked on that show that I finished the Season 1 box set within a one-week timespan, and it would’ve been a one-day timespan if I didn’t have other outside priorities taking up my time. And when the Season 2 box set came out, I finished that within a week too. This show is THAT exciting.
100 juvenile delinquents who lived in an ark their entire lives were sent to Earth years after a nuclear war to see if the land was still inhabitable. Turns out that not only is it INHABITABLE, it is also INHABITED by people known as the Grounders, who they do not get along with. Eventually, the adults of the ark join them on land and the whole show breaks into chaos with each episode. This is easily one of TV’s most underrated gems, complete with thrilling action, engaging storylines, and strong characters of both genders everywhere you turn. And luckily, Season 3 premieres this Thursday, and if you haven’t checked out the show yet, it is not too late to add it to your NetFlix queue. In fact, you wanna know what characters to look out for? Or are you already a fan of the show and would like to spark a conversation? Well, in this edition of the Tuesday Top 10, I will let you all know who my personal favorites are…and who I hope remain my personal favorites by the time Season 3 wraps up!
#10. Jasper Jordan (Played by Devon Bostick)
So yeah, this kid almost died in the first season; if he did, he probably wouldn’t be on this list because like most of the characters on this show, he really hit his stride when the second season came along. In Season One, the most significant things I remember about him is that 1) He and Monty (Christopher Larkin) are BFFs and 2) he had a crush on Octavia. He was even her night in shining armor before when she was almost viciously murdered by a sea serpent. In that case, Jasper’s ability to crush on girls was a major convenience. However, he’d probably come to regret that come Season Two when his next squeeze Maya (Eve Harlow) met the cruel, cloudy touch of death in Mount Weather, a place he previously assumed to be a heaven-on-Earth before quickly realizing just how terrorizing the place truly is. I was gonna have him and Monty share this spot, but really, Jasper has been through more in personal opinion; plus, he’s one of the more fun characters on the show, but he clearly has other layers to him, some maybe yet to be unraveled and could be in the aftermath of the Season Two finale.
#9. Kyle Wick (Played by Steve Talley)
One of my biggest failings as a movie and TV viewer over the years is that I tend to gravitate so easily to comedy that I’d often dismiss drama as boring to watch. And even though I’ve wised up and gained more of an appreciation for drama (which this show has plenty of), I still tend to enjoy seeing comedic characters in the things I watch. And when it comes to the wild world of The 100, few come with more funny bones than Kyle Wick. Kyle is a jokester; he’s admitted it himself. Kinda easy to crack jokes when you barely have to go into the line of danger yourself. But his sense of humor is only half the reason he’s on here; the other reason is because he and Raven are truly one of the best couples on television. Even though they don’t really wanna call themselves that, they’re a couple and they’ve consummated the relationship; they can downplay it all they want, but I don’t get the feeling that this is a Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits thing. The chemistry is there and any time they’re on-screen together is easily a highlight. I’ll get to Raven a little bit later on, by the way.
#8. Thelonious Jaha (Played by Isaiah Washington)
Manny Santos (Cassie Steele) from the TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation (which you can probably expect a “favorite characters” list on soon) used to have this catchphrase she’s often say to describe people or situations: “cuckoo-bananas”. That’s the perfect diagnosis for Jaha in Season Two of The 100. In Season 1, he was one of the many talking head adults looking to find ways to keep the people of the ark safe; in Season 2, after finding out that his son is dead and confronting the spirit of him on his way to Earth, a chance meeting with a mother/son duo in the dessert gets him on a journey to a place called the “City of Light”. What is it? Honestly, even he doesn’t know, but he convinces people to follow him there anyway while constantly spouting off seemingly delusional nonsense that would make you think he somehow inherited a Diploma from the Bray Wyatt School of Philosophy. But is he really crazy or is he secretly a genius? Whatever your answer is, it makes for some really interesting viewing and makes him a standout character on the show! And hey, he does make it to the city at the end of the season, so maybe his faith hasn’t led him astray. Maybe.
#7. Lexa (Played by Alycia Debnam-Carey)
You turncoat! …..OK, I had to get that one out. But despite that, is she really that much of a turncoat? OK, going back to the beginning for her, Lexa is the leader of the grounders now that Anya (Dichen Lachman) is dead, and much like fellow grounder Indra (Adina Porter), she is ruthless and always does what’s best for her people like a good captain should. She cares so much for her people that if they are to be massacred, whoever pulled the trigger must die because “blood must have blood”. The rogue side of Finn learned that the hard way. Lexa does have her reasonable side; she does hear Clarke’s proposals out. But at the end of the day, she’s still a woman with a people to look after, so when Mount Weather offered to return her people at the expense of Clarke’s people, could you really blame her for taking the deal? Well, maybe in Season 3, there can be something more for Lexa and Clarke after that kiss they had. At least the Clexa shippers hope so; you thought Camren shippers go hard? Oh, you ain’t seen nothing yet; Tumblr-search “Clexa” and see what I mean.
#6. John Murphy (Played by Richard Harmon)
It really ain’t easy being the bad boy…..at least I assume that’s the case; I’ve admittedly never been much of a rebel. But it anyone can attest to that, it’s probably Murphy. Cursed with an alcoholic mother after his father was floated (sent into space with no gear to die, for any non-fans who know what that means), this kid really had it rough. But just because he has a tragic backstory doesn’t completely justify immoral actions, and he’s immediately established as an untrustworthy person upon arrival on the ground. Granted he did kill a couple of people and wounded Raven by shooting her (more on that later), but he was not the one who killed Wells Jaha like everyone thought (a little girl was behind that one). So in Season 2, when Jaha promised a new beginning basically if he went with him to the City of Lights, you could understand why Murphy would go along with it. Last we saw of him, he was chilling in lighthouse, listening to “Werewolves of London”, enjoying some chow, and watching footage of a guy commiting suicide…..kind of a dark way to end the season. But in Season 3, he’s been promoted to main cast member (I don’t know why he was just billed as “recurring” in the last two), so something must come of this, right?
#4. Bellamy Blake (Played by Bob Morley)
Bellamy took on the role of a leader when he and the 100 delinquents made it to Earth. Actually, I should’ve added the word “co” there because he and Clarke are actually the co-leaders. Unlike Clarke (at least at the start), Bellamy is not afraid to make the difficult decisions that have to be made for the crew. But if there’s any member of the crew he most cares for, it’s his younger sister Octavia. He cared for her when they were on the ark and he cares for her now even during her transition into a young adult. He’d risk pretty much anything to keep her safe and that’s probably his most admirable trait. Also admirable (and badass, quite frankly) is the fact that he was willing to sneak around Mount Weather, KO a guard, use his gear to get around the premises undetected, and do what he felt he needed to do to save his people (and some children) from Mount Weather. Bellamy is a guy you can always trust to come through, and because of that, he’s the highest-ranking male character on the countdown. That’s right, the Top 3 is all-female. The reason why? Well…..prepare yourselves.