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 Review- Only One More To Go (7×15)
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.
- 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!
The 100 Review- It Keeps Getting Worse (7×14)
After the disaster that was last week’s episode of The 100, I didn’t think it could get much worse. But it did.
Another pointless episode revolving around side characters with half-assed backstories and a graphic death of another man of color at the end. Every character felt off, relationships were erased, and we had to watch Gabriel “die” not once, not twice, but three times.
Chuku Modu’s performance has been the only bright spot of these past two seasons, and he will be greatly missed. He would’ve been a great candidate to take the test to save mankind. I’m glad he was given the traveler’s blessing, and I know he said he was ready to go, but you would think Clarke would at least attempt to patch him up in some way. She’s been the show’s resident medic since the first season.
However, we’re not dealing with Clarke anymore. Our lead character has been replaced with a shell of what she once was. Any fan of the show knows that Clarke would have never killed Bellamy, let alone defended her decision. When Clarke killed Finn all the way back in season two, it was under very different circumstances. She was saving him by killing him. Even then, she beat herself up about it for quite some time and hallucinated him in the next episode out of guilt. Everyone around her, Raven, in particular, were harsh on her afterward. But this time around, Clarke is coddled.
Clarke doesn’t show any remorse. She cried for a minute, but it felt artificial. She defends her choice, and actively lies that she did everything she could when we all know there were a million other ways she could’ve gone about it. She killed Finn when she was surrounded by an entire Grounder army with no other option, but she killed Bellamy when they were alone. There was one, maybe two other people in that room with them, and the only person who was a danger to him was her. Her hands were not tied. She could’ve shot his arm, shot the book, shot everyone else in the room before even considering killing Bellamy.
I love Clarke Griffin, and this isn’t her. It feels wrong to criticize her actions when it’s clear that the character we once knew doesn’t exist anymore. She’s become a plot device. It’s hard to care about a story when you no longer feel connected to anyone in it. Clarke Griffin died when she shot Bellamy last episode, but unfortunately, this week the rest of the cast went along with her.
We didn’t even see Octavia mourn her brother. She didn’t hesitate for a second before hugging Clarke and telling her it was okay that she killed her brother in cold blood. How is this the reaction of his only blood relative? She had just started to finally understand Bellamy and everything he did for her after her time on Skyring, and then she immediately forgives his murderer? That’s just bad writing.
The Blake sibling relationship has been rocky for a while, but to be comforting the other’s murderer? Yikes. Especially considering Octavia was there when Bellamy was begging Clarke to trust him on this whole transcendence thing. He was so emotional and passionate in that moment and spent the entire time emphasizing how all he wanted to do was save them. How is he a different person now? Just because he doesn’t agree with you? He still fought for you and did his best to ensure you would get the salvation he knows is possible.
None of them ever deserved him.
Miller and Madi’s reactions to his death were the only ones that worked narratively. Miller hasn’t been close with him for a while, but he still expresses remorse over not patching things up with him while they could. It was a nice tribute to one of the original friendships of the show.
Miller’s small moment of mourning felt earned. He really hasn’t spent that much time with Bellamy. But what about his so-called family of Spacekru? Just a few tears and a hug for Clarke? Come on. They spent over half a decade with the man, you would think they’d be more upset about his sudden death. Echo went off the deep end on Skyring and Bardo in pursuit of him but now accepts his death immediately. Bellamy, and what he meant to everyone, has been erased completely.
Madi was completely valid with her anger at Clarke for making such a terrible decision in her name. She should be mad at her for constantly using her as an excuse each time she betrayed her closest friend. Clarke doesn’t let Madi be her own person, just like the series hasn’t let her be her own character.
Madi’s speech after Gabriel died was exactly the same as Charlotte’s speech all the way back in season one. She doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt over her, so she’ll put herself in danger to save the rest of them.
She sends herself to M-CAP, making Bellamy’s death meaningless. It was already a poor narrative choice, but it feels like a kick in the gut that they ended up in the same situation anyway. Two men of color died to keep Madi safe, and she ended up on Bardo regardless. Neither death was necessary, and neither one needed to be so graphic.
Brutally killing off characters of color for shock value (Lincoln, Shaw, Pike, Anya for example) will be the lasting legacy of The 100. It’s shameful.
- Echo and Niylah’s backstories served no purpose whatsoever. It was forced and pointless.
- What was the point of Bellamy and Echo’s relationship? She never even told him her name and then hugged his murderer. They should’ve never been a thing.
- Hope and Jordan are sweet, but it feels horribly out of place with such little time left.
- Clarke’s lack of reaction to killing Bellamy is so wildly out of character I need to mention it again because it bothered me so much.
- If they’re going back to Bardo, what was the point of stopping on Earth? What was the point of Gaia being there alone? Who took her there? Why does this season not make any sense?
What did you think of the episode?
How many characters are you mad at this week? All of them?
Do they even deserve to win the last war?
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
The 100 Review: So Much For Together (7×13)
Game of Thrones Season 8, congratulations. The 100’s final season has officially taken the throne for the worst television writing we’ve ever seen.
There’s something to be said about killing a character for shock value. Sure, it can surprise your audience, and even occasionally help move along the narrative when done properly. But when it’s done wrong, it can ruin a show’s legacy. Take Veronica Mars as an example. A fan-favorite character was killed off in the final moments of the show’s long-awaited fourth season, and now it’s unlikely to be renewed ever again. The season is widely disliked by both the critics and fans, and now every conversation about the show comes back to that one poor plot choice.
In The 100’s case, there’s been more than one poorly written character death that the creators have had to make statements and apologize for. Most notably, characters Lexa and Lincoln in season three of the show. The latest addition to this pattern is none other than the show’s male lead, Bellamy Blake.
Killing off Bellamy was always going to be a bad choice. He’s one of the most beloved characters by the fanbase. It would’ve always been hard to wrap our heads around what The 100 would be like without Bellamy Blake.
He’s framed as the heart of the series. He would do anything for the people he cares about and has proven time and time again how resilient he can be. When other characters gave up, he kept going. Nearly every single character on the show had a deep emotional bond with him that drove their respective character arcs at one point or the other. He was always going to be a big loss.
But The 100 didn’t treat him like one. After being sidelined for the entire final season, he was killed off in the most gruesome way possible. He was killed off for a notebook. He was killed off by his best friend. Say what you want about the nature of Bellamy and Clarke’s relationship, but they were each other’s person. Platonically or romantically. Both of them have chosen the other over love interests and the safety of mankind before. So, why would it make sense for Clarke to be the one to shoot Bellamy?
We’ve been here before. At the end of season four, Clarke holds Bellamy at gunpoint when he wants to open the bunker to save Octavia. That was literally a choice between Bellamy or her people, a choice between Bellamy or the safety of the human race, and she chose him. Why would she choose the mere possibility of Madi being in danger over him now? He promised he wouldn’t let anyone hurt Madi right before she pulled the trigger. This is a repetitive storyline, and it was done wrong.
Bellamy’s absence in the season has had a considerable impact on the show’s viewership. It’s been hitting series lows in ratings all season. Social media has been filled with questions about Bellamy’s whereabouts ever since he was taken into the Anomaly in the first place. He’s been left out of promotional materials and ignored in behind the scenes extras. It’s clear that this is not just a bold storyline to shake things up in the final season, this is completely done out of spite. In an entire episode about Bellamy’s journey on Etherea, his name was not said once in the five-minute clip discussing the episode. That’s purposeful. There’s no way around it. If you go back and look at actor Bob Morley’s tweets during filming and compare it to past accusations against showrunner Jason Rothenberg, it’s clear that this is a pattern.
Behind the scenes drama has affected the story and the characters suffered for it. Ricky Whittle, who played Lincoln in the earlier seasons of the show, has stated that the show’s creator cut storylines for his character to try and make him as insignificant as possible to the plot. Lincoln’s death was rewritten and moved up earlier in the season and changed to an execution. Fans have complained about how Lincoln’s death was shot, and how out of place it had felt for Pike to kill him in that way.
Bellamy’s character seems to have been given the same treatment. He was killed out of the blue and in a very graphic way. He wasn’t given any final moments with the people he loves to say goodbye. There was no tribute to his death. Finn got an entire episode with flashbacks building up to his death. We only had him for a season and a half. But Bellamy, the male lead for seven seasons, is killed off in the final few minutes of an episode without anyone blinking an eye. Clarke killed Finn while saying she loved him. Lexa died in Clarke’s arms. Jasper died in Monty’s. But Bellamy dies alone.
Screw that. It was a hateful choice. He went out knowing that everyone he loved hated him, and he died by the hands of the person he trusted the most. Did anyone even try to understand where he was coming from? What he went through? Bellamy spent the entire last season trying to bring Clarke back from the dead but she won’t even take a minute to reflect on what must have happened to him to change his beliefs so suddenly? The Clarke Griffin we know and love would have never killed Bellamy, especially for a stupid sketchbook that she didn’t even get. There wasn’t a worse way for him to go out.
If you add in all of the romantic baiting Bellarke fans have dealt with over the years, it’s hard to get past how terribly written this was. We went from writers and cast members tweeting their support for the relationship, to having one kill the other three episodes before the series finale.
Bellamy Blake is a hero. He always has been. But he was written off for the majority of the season, given a complete personality change, and then killed by someone he loved. That’s The 100’s legacy now. They didn’t “do better”. It only got worse.
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