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The 100 Review- Echo Will Never Change (7×04)

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The fourth episode of The 100‘s final season begins where we left off on Skyring. Diyoza and Octavia have been taken and Hope is completely alone. But, not for long.

A new prisoner named Dev arrives. They spend the next ten years together and form a sweet familial bond. I’m glad we didn’t spend a lot of time developing this relationship. We got the gist of how important he was to Hope and how he helped her escape in the first few minutes of the episode. The swelling background music played a big part in why that montage of their time together was so emotional.

We don’t really know these characters, so it makes sense to get through this quickly, but it’s hard not to feel for someone who sacrifices himself to save the little girl he essentially raised the past decade. His death fueled Hope’s hatred towards the disciples.

And the guilt of hesitating to help him will eat away at her forever.

Now, she’s back in the same situation again. There’s another new prisoner on Skyring, and plenty of years for them to get to know each other. Echo and Gabriel’s presence complicates that. Mainly, it’s just Echo.

There are so many issues with her actions in this episode it’s hard to even know where to start. She’s never been a very well-written character, but her one consistent character trait has been her supposed sense of loyalty. So, how does it make any sense for her to betray Orlando?

She just spent five years with him. He helped them, taught them how to infiltrate Bardo, and was willing to betray his own people for them. All he wanted was for them to refrain from killing people. It was inevitable that they would, considering it’s The 100, but she could’ve at least tried.

The 100 has always been about making difficult choices. But recently, the last few seasons have focused on the characters trying to be better than before. Except for Echo.

She has shown absolutely no growth even after spending six years in space with nothing to do but work on herself. And now, she’s spent another five years avoiding doing the same thing. It’s almost impressive how stuck in her ways she is. Last season, it seemed like we were going to learn more about her, and maybe actually develop her character with the reveal of her true name, but we’re right back at square one.

Of course, Orlando probably would’ve caused some issues on their trip to Bardo. But, to leave him behind just based on that possibility? After everything that he’s done to help you? That’s cold.

She’ll probably defend that choice, saying it was so she could save Bellamy. But if she knows Bellamy, and truly loves him, why on earth would she think he would support that? Bellamy would never do that. As I mentioned in my review of 7×02, Echo is acting exactly as Finn did at the beginning of season two. She has complete tunnel vision and doesn’t care who she hurts to get the person she “loves” back.

It’s clearer than ever that Bellamy and Echo aren’t good for each other. While I respect anyone who’s willing to risk their lives for Bellamy Blake, you can’t do things in his name that he would hate. Once they reunite, and he finds out what it took for her to get there, it’s hard to imagine them staying together.

Echo’s already fractured her relationships with Hope and Gabriel by forcing them to leave Orlando. So, who will she have left? Maybe she’ll finally have to figure out who she is when there’s no one for her to follow. It’s been a long time coming.

Back on Sanctum, word finally reaches Clarke that her friends are missing. Unfortunately, every time the disciples mention her friends, they’re only referring to Echo, Hope, and Gabriel, who I wouldn’t really consider Clarke’s friends. When she says she doesn’t want to lose anyone else, she’s referring to the Blakes. Considering she still thinks they’re all together, it makes sense why she doesn’t believe that her people would betray someone they spent five years with.

But, Bellamy and Octavia weren’t there to prevent it. Unnecessary lives have been lost, and her people are even more hated than before. Thanks, Echo.

Now, Clarke has to pick up the pieces. She’s literally the key to ending the last war mankind will ever wage, whatever that means. It’s no surprise that she would be tasked with that. Clarke Griffin just can’t catch a break. She spent almost the entirety of season six controlled by Josephine, and now she has to save humanity? Again? She hasn’t even gotten to properly grieve her mother yet. This series better end with Clarke living a happy, peaceful life where her biggest concern is how to tell her best friend she’s in love with him.

(Assuming he doesn’t die before then.)

Speaking of Bellamy, will we finally see him next episode? It’s called “Welcome to Bardo.” The show’s not the same without him. And considering all of the information the disciples knew about Clarke, it’s safe to say either him or Octavia succumbed to the memory capture.

I’m not sure how that’ll look. Does that mean their memory will be erased? The absolute last thing this season needs is an amnesia storyline.

Also, I know Clarke hates the nickname “Wanheda,” but it is kind of cool how powerful she’s perceived to be by others. She’s on an entirely new planet, and still, people instinctively fear her because of that name. That’ll be helpful for the inevitable confrontation between her and “The Shepherd.”

But before we get to that, they’ll have to find their way to Bardo, which most likely isn’t the planet they ended up on. They need to get to another anomaly stone ASAP if they want to survive. They’re not dressed for that type of climate. (Why didn’t they consider packing supplies before going on an intergalactic rescue mission? You think they would’ve learned to be prepared by now.)

It’s unclear how long it will take for our favorite characters to reunite for (probably) the last time, but hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Clarke’s anomaly crew is very random. Why is Niylah there? Where are Murphy and Emori? I can’t help but think that characters like Miller and Niylah, who never get much screentime, are only being brought on this trip because they’re expendable. Someone’s bound to die on this journey.
  • The Raven storyline makes no sense. I just don’t get why the show acts like she’s never killed before. She’s always been just as morally grey as the other characters. Although, it is kind of nice to see her dealing with the same type of thing she always rips on Clarke for. The holier-than-thou mindset she’s had in the past couple of seasons wasn’t a great look.
  • Octavia teaching Hope myths like Bellamy taught her will never stop being adorable.

What do you think of Echo’s betrayal?

Did you love Clarke’s leather jacket look?

And what the heck do you think happened to Gaia?

Let us know in the comments below!


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The 100 Series Finale Review- May We Never Meet Again (7×16)

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Based on the first fifteen episodes of the season, we knew The 100‘s series finale wasn’t going to be great. But, wow. It was somehow still worse than expected.

If the closing message of the show was meant to be that humanity can be better if they put their minds to it, it should’ve ended with season five. But instead, we watched two more seasons of humanity proving that it will never change and committing more and more atrocious acts of violence. Why should they be allowed to transcend? Because they called a ceasefire one time?

The speech Octavia gave that changed everyone’s minds wasn’t nearly as powerful as the writers intended it to be. Neither was Raven’s plea to the judge. Nothing felt earned in this episode.

The Lexa and Abby cameos felt horribly out of place. If they were going to bring either of these actresses back, it should’ve at least been for something worthwhile. The concept of the judge appearing as your greatest love/teacher/failure/etc. was an interesting idea, but it wasn’t done well. It wasn’t used for any emotional impact. If Clarke or Raven were actually affected by the person they saw standing in front of them and changed what they said because of who they felt they were talking to, it would’ve been worthwhile. But, The 100 always likes to introduce cool ideas and never follow through on them in a meaningful way. This will just be another plot point added to the list of missed opportunities (like the radio calls, M-CAP, etc.)

I have mixed opinions on Clarke failing the test. It makes sense that Clarke would be defensive of her actions, especially this season seven version of Clarke, but it also feels wrong. She didn’t seem remorseful at all. We’ve seen Clarke wracked with guilt over her choices in the past, so it doesn’t fully add up that she would be so defiant at this moment. She’s grappling with what happened to Madi, so that provides some context for the way she acts, but still. It just felt really off. Especially considering it came right after the sequence of Clarke killing several guards and Cadogan without any emotion in her eyes. Who even was that?

And now she never gets to transcend? It’s a bizarre choice to doom your protagonist in that way. The beach scene at the end is presumably intended to be hopeful, but it didn’t feel that way. Especially because of the gaping hole left by Bellamy.

None of that meant anything without him. A peaceful life with everyone together, living happily and falling in love? You can keep it if your male lead isn’t there.

It’s insulting that Levitt gets to be there but Bellamy doesn’t. That Hope and Jordan get to have the happy life together that he didn’t get to have with anyone. Why do the new characters get special treatment when the co-lead is erased from the narrative and denied any semblance of a happy ending? Bellamy was right. He was right about transcendence, and now everyone gets it instead of him. I guess it’s poetic justice that Clarke won’t get it either then.

Why did Emori get to transcend? She was technically dead. It’ll probably be blamed on the mind drive, but it kind of takes away from Murphy’s sacrifice to be with her.

We were given another needlessly gory death of someone who provided great representation when Emori died at the beginning of the finale, only for her mind drive to be put into John’s head so they could have their final moments together. The scene of them dancing in the headspace while Miller and Jackson danced in Sanctum was the only scene that was somewhat enjoyable in this episode.

I wanted to highlight Murphy’s speech to Emori where he talks about how without her he would just be surviving, not living. He then goes on to say that he would choose a few hours with her over forever without. That was a good callback to “life should be about more than just surviving”, and also just a really sweet sentiment. Murphy and Emori were stuck in the pointless Sanctum storyline for most of the season, but I’m glad we got a few good moments in with them at the end.

I don’t buy everyone choosing to live on Earth with Clarke instead of transcendence. Most of them haven’t been friends with her in years. Hope, Jordan, and Levitt barely know her. Why would they give something like that up for her? It genuinely doesn’t make narrative sense, so it doesn’t feel like a good ending.

Sure, maybe it can be argued that they just want to live a normal life, and it’s not necessarily for Clarke. But that’s not a great ending either.

Stray Thoughts:

  • The Hope and Jordan scene in the bunker was so pointless. This is the finale, come on! Use that time to make your ending more believable.
  • The “worse than killed her” line was super off-putting.
  • So much of the first half of the season was spent on Echo, Hope, and Gabriel for no reason. Hope got shoehorned into an undeveloped relationship, Gabriel was killed, and Echo got…? Nothing?
  • The series couldn’t decide between a nihilistic ending or a hopeful one until it was too late for either option to be well-done.
  • Still not a fan of Levitt and Octavia.
  • Indra killed Sheidheda way too late.

It’s finally over. What’d you think of the ending? Are you hoping the prequel gets picked up? (I’m not.) Let us know in the comments below!


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‘The 100’ Showrunner Jason Rothenberg on Fan ‘Expectations’ and ‘Surprise Guests’ Ahead of Series Finale

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It all comes to an end this Wednesday, September 30.

This may be a relief for some The 100 fans who have been less-than impressed with the show’s direction in the final season. 

Showrunner Jason Rothenberg spoke to TVLine about what he hopes that final hour-long episode accomplishes especially after the penultimate episode left many questions that needed to be addressed and much to be desired. 

“We’re going to try and wrap up as many things as we can,” he said. “It’s a finale — and it’s a series finale on top of that — so there will be some surprise guests. Fans can have expectations of a certain scope and scale that I feel we’ve always been able to achieve in these finales.”

The final episode also marks his directional debut. 

“This was a difficult season, because we also made a pilot within the season in the middle of everything,” he explained. “And because we shot the pilot so late in the season, I went right from being on the set of the prequel to prepping the finale. … It was definitely a challenge, but I’m glad I did it. I kind of wish I’d done it earlier, so I could have four or five [episodes] under my belt now, but it would have been a regret had I not.”

He even explained that the final scene from the penultimate episode, which saw Clarke deciding to relieve Madi of her pain and suffering, was intended to kickoff the series finale. 

 “I actually wrote and directed that scene,” he said, adding, “But the finale was too long, so I had to put it at the end of the previous episode. That episode originally ended prior to Clarke making the decision to euthanize her child, so there was going to be a little more time — at least in the audience’s mind — before she got to that decision.”

Rothenberg seems to believe that he’s achieved what he intended for the finale and even promises some “surprise guests.”

“If the finale gets a little trippy, as seems pretty likely if Clarke and Co. are in for a test on top of the war, then all bets could be off and we could see the returns of some dearly (or not-so-dearly) departed characters,” he said. 

Here’s the official synopsis for the series finale: “After all the fighting and loss, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and her friends have reached the final battle. But is humanity worthy of something greater?”

You can catch up on all The 100 reviews right here! 
 


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The 100 Review- Only One More To Go (7×15)

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The penultimate episode of a series will tell you everything you need to know about the finale. Will there be enough time to wrap everything up? Are characters headed towards endings that make sense for them? Is the message the show is trying to leave us clear? Based on this week’s episode of The 100, next week’s series finale will likely not meet any of those criteria.

An hour that should’ve been spent on wrapping up relationships arcs and setting up the last big obstacle our characters have to face included a lot of filler moments. Over the years The 100 has introduced way too many new characters that they don’t know what to do with. Any effective character development ended after season four, and we’re now left with a plot that’s too ambitious that we have no emotional connection to.

This Could’ve Been Avoided

And unfortunately, these final episodes are tainted by the loss of male lead Bellamy Blake. It’s not lost on the audience that every other character is getting a death scene surrounded by the people they love and a traveler’s blessing. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It’s hard not to imagine how Bellamy would’ve been able to save Madi from her fate. The only reason he wasn’t in that room with Cadogan and Levitt is because Clarke wasn’t able to trust him. It would’ve been nice if she could’ve at least tried to understand where he was coming from. She wouldn’t be completely alone if she did.

It’s incredibly frustrating to see Clarke continuously push the blame for Bellamy’s death on anyone but herself. His faith didn’t kill him, she did. His death is not comparable to anyone else she’s lost. This wasn’t a Finn or an Abby situation. He was still himself and she had many other choices. It doesn’t make narrative sense to show us Bellamy crying and begging Clarke to trust him and telling her that all he wants to do is protect everyone only for all of his friends to agree that he was too far gone to be saved. If they wanted to write a brainwashed Bellamy, they should’ve done it. But instead, Clarke seems heartless and out of character. It’s a shame that Bellamy was only worth anything to the people he loved when he agreed with them.

Octavia only wants to honor the memory of the brother that would give up anything for her. She won’t acknowledge the man who developed a sense of agency and found something that brought him comfort and peace. Even in death, he’s still mistreated.

Under The Rubble

The only good parts of the episode were involving Emori. I’m really hoping she pulls through. She’s the hidden gem of The 100, and it would be a shame for her to not get a happy ending.

Murphy and Emori are easy to root for. They’re a great match. It’s been nice seeing Murphy care for someone other than himself. His desperation to find her underneath the rubble was the most in-character thing we’ve seen this season. The conversation they shared while Jackson was cauterizing her wound was adorable.

I especially liked the part where Emori was describing how happy she was in Sanctum and how she finally felt like she mattered, only for Murphy to intercept saying that she always mattered to him. Who would’ve thought John Murphy would end up being apart of the only good couple left?

Raven and Emori’s friendship was a bit more developed than the rest of the relationships built on Skyring, so their moments together also felt meaningful. Everyone’s become so self-sacrificial lately but hopefully Raven continues to be stubborn and Emori & co. travel to Sanctum instead of Bardo.

What’s The Point?

The entire final sequence was sickening to watch. It’s disturbingly written, and the way it’s shot makes your skin crawl. The 100 brands itself as a series that pushes boundaries and isn’t afraid to face the dark sides of humanity. But there comes a point where enough is enough. The show’s become another egregious example of what happens when you become addicted to making your characters suffer and just end up creating torture porn. What’s the message you’re trying to give your audience? That no matter what you do, you can never be happy? That there will always be worse things ahead?

Isolating your protagonist from everyone she’s ever loved isn’t bold storytelling, it’s just bad. It’s exhausting to watch. And to show a child left behind in that kind of state? There’s no shock value or benefit to going to such a dark place. It just upsets your audience without adding anything to the narrative.

There’s not much else to say about it.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Clarke and Gaia’s scenes felt hollow. Their relationship isn’t developed enough for any of their moments to have meaning. Same can be said for Octavia and Levitt.
  • On the other hand, Gaia’s moments with Indra felt well-earned. They’ve fought over faith for a long time, and they’ve come a long way.
  • Should we be expecting Clarke to go full Daenerys in the finale? Without Madi, she apparently has nothing left to fight for.
  • Jordan always feels out of place. They never really figured out what to do with him.
  • I pray I never hear the words “go float yourself” again.
  • Clarke humming the same song she hummed to Atom in 1×03 when she mercy killed him would’ve been really powerful in any other instance.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!


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