It’s impossible to please everybody.
The 100 fandom is a passionate one, who is never afraid to make their opinions known.
As I watched the first four episodes of The 100 Season 7 — the show’s final season — all I could think about was the fan reaction it’s going to get.
A final season can make or break the legacy of a show. On top of keeping the plot interesting, you have to have to figure out how to leave your audience with a sense of closure. Where are all the characters going to end up? What’s going to be the final obstacle they face?
Thankfully, the final season of The 100 has a 16 episode order to tie-up their story. There’s a lot of moving parts in season seven, so they’re going to need those extra episodes to tell the story they want to.
I cannot emphasize enough that you should probably rewatch season six ahead of the premiere. I’m a huge fan of the show, and even I found myself confused as to what was going on. So, if you’re a casual viewer, you’ll definitely need to refresh your memory.
We Meet Again
This time around, at least, we don’t have to worry about a jarring time jump between seasons. We pick up exactly where we left off.
Octavia’s MIA, and Bellamy’s losing it. It’s frustrating to me that so much of the series has focused on Bellamy developing a sense of independence from his sister, only for his final storyline to revolve around her. It’s too early in the season to confirm whether this is true, but I’m hoping we don’t just see Bellamy revert back to the version of himself that had no sense of self-worth.
The 100’s heavily leaning into its sci-fi aspect in its ambitious Anomaly storyline. The show’s very good at world-building, but it feels a bit too late in the game to add a wormhole to the mix. Hopefully, as the season progresses we’ll be able to focus more on character-driven arcs instead of expanding the world of the show even further.
We’ll get to spend a lot of time with characters we haven’t gotten to before. It’s great in a narrative sense to see these new compelling character dynamics, but I’d imagine fans looking for a sense of nostalgia will be hard-pressed to find it at the beginning of the season.
That’s not to say the episodes aren’t good — they’re great. The second episode of season seven is one of the best of the series. But, in a fandom this passionate, I’m afraid it might not be as appreciated as it should be and deserves to be.
Luckily, there’s plenty more time in the season for this to be rectified. Excluding one episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot to The 100’s long-awaited prequel, our favorite characters will still have time to shine.
It’s Hard Running Things
A standout character so far is our leading lady herself, Clarke Griffin. Personally, I think any storyline that doesn’t separate her from the rest of the group is a winner at this point. It’s really nice to see Clarke interacting with her friends again, even if everything going on around them is a disaster.
Eliza Morley does a wonderful job portraying the range of emotions Clarke is feeling after the death of her mother. Understandably, she’s very affected by the loss and will inevitably experience a shift in her relationship with Madi because of it. She has to learn how to continue to be a mother without having one of her own. And on top of that, she has to control the rivaling factions of Sanctum.
Will this girl ever catch a break?
Another character to watch is Raven. She’s taken a backseat in the past few seasons but finally gets a storyline of her own to explore. The 100 is great about exploring morality and what it means for different characters, so it’s interesting to watch how Raven reacts to situations compared to our other heroes. Raven Reyes fans, episode three is a must-watch!
Everything Comes To An End
Overall, The 100’s final season is off to a great start and shows great promise. Assuming the show keeps up its fast pace, we should be able to reach a satisfying conclusion especially as the creators have promised to give “their version of a happy ending.”
That’s not super comforting, but the show did start with sending 100-101 teenagers to the ground to die. I’m not expecting all our heroes to live happily ever after.
What are your expectations for the show’s final season? Which character are you going to miss the most?
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The 100 Season 7 premieres on Wednesday, May 20, 2020!
The 100 Review- Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen (7×03)
The third episode of The 100′s final season picks back up in Sanctum. The palace has burned and Russell is set for execution.
Sanctum is the embodiment of the phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen.” Wonkru, The Children of Gabriel, the Prime believers, and the Eligius prisoners are all fighting for control of a relatively small kingdom. There’s not enough room for everyone. Sanctum is filled with tents and makeshift shelters to accommodate the different groups, and tensions have never been higher.
This feels very reminiscent of season three. We’re once again dealing with political struggles between groups we don’t know much about, while a sci-fi storyline lurks on the horizon. There’s too much going on at once.
And now, Wonkru is fracturing into even smaller groups. Gaia revealed that the flame has been destroyed and that Madi’s no longer their Heda. Without someone to rally behind, Wonkru has abandoned their sense of loyalty to each other.
This won’t be good. I’m glad that Madi will be in less direct danger, but without a united Wonkru, everyone’s at risk. And on top of that, Sheidheda is getting away with whatever’s he plotting. He successfully convinced everyone that he is Russell, and was able to easily manipulate Jordan into doing his bidding.
Obviously, Jordan is still pretty new to interacting with anyone other than Monty and Harper on the spaceship, but how is he that naive? The people in Sanctum have betrayed him before. It’s sweet that he’s trusting, but in the world of The 100, innocence is a death sentence. He won’t make it through this season alive if he keeps acting like this.
Sheidheda is very conniving. He saved his own ass by setting up a fake assassination attempt before his execution. A man willingly gave his life for him. He’s going to pose a big threat later on, especially if he still has a connection to Madi.
His speech to the people of Sanctum was supposed to be a big, powerful moment, but it was totally undercut by its similarity to Jack’s big speech from lost. “Live together, die apart” is only one word away from uniting the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.
Raven finally got a storyline of her own in this episode. She had to decide whether or not she was going to lie to the miners about the risk of the nuclear reactor. She chose to withhold that information, and they ended up dying.
It’s one of the typical moral dilemmas we’ve come to expect on The 100. Is it right to sacrifice the few for the many? In this case, probably, but it still wasn’t easy to watch. Adding in the layer of Raven putting Murphy at risk because she knows he’ll do anything to save himself makes it even harder.
I doubt Murphy will hold that against her, but after everything they’ve been through together, it felt wrong. But what’s even more bizarre to me about this whole thing is how the show is acting like this is the first hard choice Raven’s ever had to make.
She’s been morally gray before. In the first season alone she helped torture Lincoln and created bombs for the delinquents. My biggest issue with Raven is how she supports destruction and hard choices until they inconvenience her. She had so much potential as a character in the early seasons but has slowly evolved into the most hypocritical character on the show.
So, I’m all for her experiencing the same struggles with guilt and redemption that the other characters have been facing the past six seasons, as long as we don’t pretend this one act is the only thing she has to feel guilty about.
- Still no sign of Bellamy this episode. The show suffers without him around.
- How many times can we use the word cockroach?
- It’s kind of weird how Monty’s memory is used to guilt Clarke so often. I think it’s clear that Clarke is striving to do better, and reminding her of one of the many friends she’s lost over and over won’t change anything. Also, this is another instance of The 100 pretending like one character was a perfect saint the entire time while continuing to demonize a select few for their past transgressions. Are we forgetting that Monty is just as guilty as Clarke and Bellamy are for Mount Weather?
- Ever since the script came out that hinted at a potential Clarke and Gaia romance, all of their interactions have felt loaded. It wouldn’t be the worst pairing on the show, but with the lack of development and build-up, I can’t imagine it will ever elicit a positive fan reaction.
What did you think of Raven’s choice?
Do you miss Bellamy?
Do you enjoy the Anomaly or Sanctum storylines more?
Let us know in the comments below!
The 100 Review- There Is No Hope (7×02)
An entire episode of The 100 without Bellamy or Clarke. The only time this has been done before was in the second episode of the fifth season entitled “Red Queen.”
It was another Octavia-centric episode, focused on Wonkru’s time in the bunker. It was great for moving the general narrative of the show along but wasn’t exactly a fan-favorite. “The Garden” follows suit.
It’s a deep dive into the Anomaly and what exactly is waiting on the other side. For Octavia, it’s a very pregnant Diyoza. Months have passed since she last saw her and Octavia’s arrived just in time for the birth of her daughter, Hope. Aptly named, the child represents a new beginning for the two of them. There’s finally a chance at peace.
There’s no imminent danger where they are. These two hardened warriors haven’t had a chance to breathe in literally hundreds of years. Now, there’s a chance to start anew, by raising an innocent child in a better world than where they came from. Everything should be perfect, right?
Wrong. Because as idyllic as life on “Skyring” could be, Octavia needs to get back to Bellamy. She needs to warn him about the danger in Sanctum and tries every day for six years to find her way home to him.
(This isn’t the first time a girl’s held on to the hope that she’d see Bellamy again for six long years.)
But, unfortunately, it’s physically impossible to go back through the Anomaly the way she came in, so she’s stuck on Skyring for the next ten years.
Always Yours, Octavia.
Luckily, this gives her plenty of time to finally develop as a character. After helping raise Hope, Octavia has a newfound appreciation for her brother. She understands why he was so desperate to protect her all of this time.
Because now she was the one who had to figure out a way to comfort a newborn when their mother passes out, just like Bellamy did. She teaches Hope the same thing Bellamy taught her: “my sister (or mother), my responsibility.” She even hides Hope underneath the floor the same way he had to all those years ago.
It’s a shame that it took her seven seasons to see things from her brother’s point of view, but it’s gratifying to see it now. Bellamy and Octavia’s relationship has gone through a lot of ups and downs in recent seasons (mainly downs), but if they ever reunite again I’d imagine things between them will be forever changed.
The guilt she felt for putting Bellamy in the fighting pits will only be magnified. For years she’s pushed her brother away and used him as a scapegoat for everything that went wrong in her life. How would she react if Hope grew up to feel the same type of animosity towards her?
So many of Bellamy’s storylines throughout the series have been solely centered around Octavia. So, it’s nice to see it reversed this time. And that letter, even though it ended up leading to her capture, was heart-wrenching to hear. It’s unlikely that both of the Blakes will survive the final season, but hopefully, one day Bellamy will get to read that letter and know his sister finally appreciated him.
There’s been a lot of concern about Bellamy’s fate going forward with Bob Morley’s absence from the show’s promotional materials, but narratively it would make much more sense if Octavia is the one who dies. Sacrificing herself to save her brother would be the perfect way to end both of their stories, but the show’s apparent dislike of their male lead may cost us that.
I’m worried Bellamy’s receiving the same treatment Lincoln did in season three. Actor Ricky Whittle has spoken out about his storylines being cut short and his character importance diminished because of issues behind the scenes. If that’s what’s happening to Bellamy, no conclusion of The 100 will ever be satisfying. You can’t end your show properly without your male lead. Fingers crossed a Bellamy bottle episode is in our near future.
In another questionable choice by The 100 writers, the time not spent with Octavia in this episode is spent with Echo, Gabriel, and Hope.
As I spoke about in last week’s review, Gabriel and Hope are too new to be interesting to the audience. We have no reason to be attached to them at this point. We’re learning more about Hope as each episode goes on, but it’s not much fun watching a character you don’t know when you should be spending time with the characters you’ve loved for six seasons.
And to top it off, the only character they’re interacting with is Echo. Echo’s been around a while but has never been well-written enough to warrant this much screentime. All of the relationships she has on the show have been developed off-screen, and we were only given a semblance of a backstory for her character late last season.
So, as much as I support anyone who’s willing to go to bat for Bellamy Blake, Echo’s not the one who should be doing it.
Especially if she’s going to be acting like Finn 2.0. She threatens violence several times throughout the hour and acts cold towards her travel companions. Hope is the only one who knows what they’re up against, and instead of working with her to figure out a way to get Bellamy back she blames her for things out of her control.
Without someone to keep her in check, she’s reverting back to the vengeful spy she’s always been. Any so-called development she went through off-screen up in space is gone. She wants her boyfriend back and doesn’t care who she hurts to get to him.
Her loyalty to him isn’t a bad thing. Last season, Bellamy was just as devoted to saving Clarke (I’m not going to unpack that comparison right now) as Echo is to saving him. But, he was smart about it. He had his brief moments of rage when he was locked up in Sanctum and threatening to burn the place down, but he was all talk. He knew Clarke wouldn’t have wanted him to cause more destruction in her name.
Back in season two, Finn massacred a village so he could save Clarke. Their relationship never recovered, and he died shortly after. Bellamy didn’t repeat those same mistakes when he thought Clarke was dead. There’s a difference between making tough choices to save someone you love and lashing out because you feel abandoned by them. And based on Echo’s actions this episode she’s leaning towards the latter.
She doesn’t have a sense of purpose outside of Bellamy and is most likely going to do things that he wouldn’t approve of to rescue him. I don’t know what that will mean for their relationship, or if there will even be time to address it, but this firmly disproves the theory that she’s changed into someone we should be rooting for.
All in all, for an episode without Bellamy in it, he is still the most important character to the story. Hopefully, we’ll get to see him be apart of it soon.
- Why do all of the “found families” on The 100 develop off-screen? First Spacekru, and now Octavia and the Diyozas. No one’s going to be invested in relationships that magically form over time jumps.
- But otherwise, how great was it to see Diyoza again? I missed her. But you know who no one missed? Becca. Can we move on from season three?
- It’s sweet that Octavia told Hope all about her friends back in Sanctum. It’s an interesting choice to tell Hope that one day they’ll be back with Bellamy, Clarke, and Madi. Is this another line of baiting that the writers will never follow through on?
What did you think of the episode?
Are you one of the sensible women willing to die for Bellamy Blake?
And do we really think Octavia said Echo was smart?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
The 100 Season Premiere Review – Burning Bridges (7×01)
The final season has arrived. After six seasons of nuclear apocalypses, morality debates, and huge time jumps, we’ve reached the beginning of the end.
We pick up right where we left off, with Bellamy searching for Octavia. Unfortunately, now everyone’s going to be searching for him too. Bellamy was taken into the Anomaly by a group of people wearing fancy high-tech suits that make them invisible. This made for a very bizarre looking scene of Bellamy being dragged by something we couldn’t see.
This is his only appearance in the episode, which only adds fuel to the fire of fan’s concerns about Bellamy’s absence in the season. He’s been left out of most of the promotional material, and showrunner Jason Rothenberg has had very little to say about Bellamy’s role going forward. He’s the show’s male lead, so it’s a bit odd that we don’t know much about his final storyline.
Besides the lack of Bellamy, season seven is starting off pretty strong.
Picasso’s back! And Clarke and Madi adopted him to live in their brand-new home. Seeing these characters, who have been through so much, in a domestic setting was pretty jarring. They have new clothes, a new house with rooms for everyone, and food for a picnic. What could go wrong?
Well, everything. This is The 100 after all. But, for the briefest of moments, we got a glimpse of what could be a happy ending for our favorite characters. Everyone left of Wonkru/Skaikru, whatever you want to call them, living together, finally at peace. That’s the dream. But, they can’t have that until there’s peace in Sanctum.
There are too many divided factions living in such close quarters outside the palace. There’s the Children of Gabriel, the Prime fanatics, and the Eligius prisoners. They all want different things and are not afraid to be violent to get them. The most pressing issue is what they want to do with Russell Prime.
Should he be executed? Set free? Revered? He’s been fooling the population of Sanctum into believing he was a god for years. Now, he’s at the mercy of Clarke. Because once again, she’s in charge.
It’s for the best. Clarke is experienced at leading and making difficult choices. But, she doesn’t want to be. She would love to just retire somewhere safe with Madi and live a happy life. And yet, she’s thrust into another leadership position. For people who have spent the past two seasons criticizing her for her actions, Wonkru is eager to follow her lead. It’s a weird shift, with characters like Miller and Raven acting like nothing between them has changed since their delinquent days, but I’m glad. Clarke needs her friends.
She’s coping with the loss of her mother while trying to figure out what the future for the human race is going to look like. She’ll need people to help her shoulder that burden.
There are mixed fan reactions to Clarke’s decision to burn down the palace and kill Russell, but it felt very cathartic to see Clarke’s grief finally manifest. She’s been silently grieving everyone she’s lost for years, and the show’s glossed over it. She deserves to make a rash decision once in a while, especially when it comes to her mother’s killer. Abby’s never really been a fan-favorite, but the effects her death will have on Clarke are huge.
We saw that briefly in her interactions with Madi this episode. Clarke’s trying to shut down her emotions and put up a brave front for Madi, but Madi sees right through it. Clarke has to learn that their mother/daughter relationship doesn’t have to be just her taking care of Madi. Madi can take care of her too. Putting up walls to protect her is not the way to go. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of them in the upcoming episodes so Clarke can work on her relationship with the family she has left.
Who Will You Follow?
Outside of Sanctum, a large chunk of the episode focuses on Echo, Gabriel, and Hope’s search for Bellamy. Gabriel and Hope join Echo in the club of latecomer season regulars and are already getting more screentime than beloved characters that we’ve known longer.
Unfortunately, The 100 continues to expand its world, and its cast, more and more each season. Gabriel and Hope are very new to the series, only appearing in season six. Hope was only in the last few seconds of the finale. And yet, they’ve been promoted to regulars while characters like Emori and Miller are still stuck on the sidelines. It’s too early to say whether or not this was a smart narrative choice, but combining the two newest characters with arguably the least popular one is a risky move.
Echo has been on the show since season two but hasn’t been given much of a chance to develop beyond the role of a spy who follows orders. We know very little about her and haven’t been given any reason to root for her thus far. So, sending the three least central characters to rescue the male lead is a bizarre choice. I’m assuming Octavia will become entangled with that storyline soon, as she’s the one Bellamy is looking for, so hopefully, that’ll help the issue.
And hey, if Roan wants to come back for some more flashbacks, I’m sure that’ll help boost interest in the Anomaly plotline. Who knew we would ever see him again?
- What’s Bardo? Is that a person or a place? And what do they want with Bellamy?
- Jackson’s outburst at Murphy was well-deserved. I’ll never understand why the group is so willing to forgive him. Not only did he play a part in Abby’s death, but he was willing to let Josephine kill Clarke. And that’s just last season.
- It’s a bit bizarre that Raven is referred to as “Miss Morality.” Her hands are just as dirty as everyone else’s.
- Last season we were missing Clarke for a bit during the Josephine storyline. It’ll be really frustrating if the same thing happens to Bellamy this season. Why can’t our two leads ever be in the same place for longer than a few episodes? (I have my theories.)
What did you think of the season premiere?
Do you agree with Clarke’s decision to burn down the palace?
What did you think of Sheidheda’s return?
Let us know in the comments below!
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