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 Series Finale Review- May We Never Meet Again (7×16)
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.
- 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!
‘The 100’ Showrunner Jason Rothenberg on Fan ‘Expectations’ and ‘Surprise Guests’ Ahead of Series Finale
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?”
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!
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