I’ve been a fan of The 100 for quite some time now. I’ve rewatched the first few seasons more times than I can count. But, this season, it’s become increasingly frustrating to watch this show turn into something unrecognizable.
It’s not that this episode was entirely bad, but it feels like it’s from a completely different show. The pacing is off, characters’ actions aren’t making sense, and our time is spent with newer characters that the audience hasn’t been given a reason to care about. It’s shaping up to be a very unsatisfying final season.
Lindsey Morgan’s directorial debut “The Queen’s Gambit” was the seventh installment in The 100’s final chapter. Emori hosts a unification ceremony for the Children of Gabriel while Octavia, Echo, Hope, and Diyoza are locked up on Bardo. Once again, an episode barely featuring either of the two leads.
For what she was given to work with, Lindsey did a great job. I particularly liked the way the fight scene between Hope and Diyoza was shot, as well as the zoom-in on Clarke’s face after finding out Bellamy’s “dead.” It was a great way to reinforce the fact that Clarke is going to be the one most affected by Bellamy’s “death.” Raven knew him just as long as Clarke and spent even more time with him on The Ring, but we focus on Clarke’s reaction to the news. The show will probably never delve into this further, considering how many times we’ve been reminded of Bellamy’s importance to Clarke only for nothing to ever come of it. But it was still nice to see.
Octavia and Echo are also shown grieving Bellamy in their shared prison cell. Remind me again why Bellamy’s sister has to comfort his girlfriend instead of dealing with her own grief? Echo and Bellamy’s relationship took place entirely off-screen and was received very poorly by the audience. It didn’t even make narrative sense for either of their characters. So, why would Bob Morley’s “limited filming availability” be used for a flashback scene to their first kiss two seasons too late?
It’s very strange. It would make so much more sense to focus on Octavia’s reaction to the news. A flashback on the bond between the siblings would’ve fit into the show much better. Both Bellamy and Octavia’s narrative arcs have centered around their relationship to each other. Spending time developing a forced romance between characters without chemistry is a waste of the time the show has left. Imagine how powerful it would be to see Octavia actually grieving her brother. She’s spent the past few years changing into a better person because of him. She was inspired to change her ways and stop acting in her own self-interest all of the time.
This new, mature version of Octavia shouldn’t be an emotionless robot comforting the girl who tried to kill her a few years prior. She deserves the chance to react to her brother’s death and figure out what that means for her going forward.
I’m glad the show addressed the abusive behavior she exhibited towards him in season three. It was brushed off at the time because she was mourning Lincoln, but it was a defining moment between the Blakes. Their relationship had never been more clearly imbalanced. Bellamy let himself be a punching bag for Octavia for years before learning to stand up for himself. He’s always been more than just Octavia’s brother, but ignoring their relationship after his “death” in favor of another one felt very off.
Especially considering that Echo reiterated that Octavia is Bellamy’s strength in that flashback. It’s weird that Octavia has to take care of Echo in this moment. They should be taking care of each other, but Echo’s having a hard time even being civil with Octavia.
The more they show us of Echo, the less believable it becomes that Bellamy would be in love with her. If they ever reunite, I’m sure he’s going to want to talk to her about how she ignored everything he said about being loyal to a fault. Hopefully, the series is working towards a break-up between these two because they have become impossible to root for.
Also, shouldn’t Echo be hiding her nightblood? Having nightblood puts a target on your back in two of the previous worlds she lived on, so maybe this time, it would’ve been okay to skip the war ritual!
I really enjoyed the moments between Hope and Diyoza in their shared cell. Shelby Flannery and Ivana Miličević play off each other very well. Their relationship felt very realistic. Diyoza wanted to be the one to save Hope, not the other way around. She wanted to protect her daughter and keep her from turning into a killer. But, Hope just wanted to get her mom back. She didn’t care about the risks. Between all of the new relationship dynamics introduced in this season, this one’s by far my favorite.
Everyone’s favorite theory turned out to be right when Bill Cadogan himself turned out to be the mysterious “Shepherd” of Bardo. How long has this guy been on ice?
It’s a cool way to tie the seasons together, so there’s a lot of potential for this storyline. I’m excited to see how Clarke fits into it. Why is she the key? Is it because she shut down the City of Light? Or because she’s a nightblood? What is she going to do to end the final war?
Back on Sanctum, Emori finally got her fair share of screentime and made me wish she became the new pseudo-lead of the show instead of Echo. Luisa D’Oliveira is such a talented performer, and Emori has a very compelling backstory. The actual plot of the unification party wasn’t super interesting, but I loved the sentiment behind it. Emori wanted to give people what she never had, a chance to reconnect with the parents who left her. But, nothing good can ever happen in Sanctum. Sheidheda and Nikki have turned Emori’s healing process into a hostage situation. Boo.
She should’ve just gone to therapy with Dr. Jackson.
He was able to help Madi work through things without a body count. Good for them! All of our other heroes have been hardened by years war and tough choices, but she’s still young. She deserves a chance at a normal life. Let her play soccer in peace!
What did you think of the episode?
Were you surprised to see Cadogan?
How is Clarke going to save humankind?
Let us know your thoughts and predictions in the comments below!
The 100 Review- *SPOILER* Dies (7×10)
The 100 returns from its three-week hiatus with another installment of Clarke Griffin being in that exact same room pointing a gun at Cadogan. But this time she finally gets to leave.
Before I talk about what happens on Bardo, I want to discuss Sanctum. Out of all the questionable choices the seventh season of The 100 has made, focusing so much on Sanctum has to be the worst one. It doesn’t make sense to focus so much on this one planet when we’ve learned there’s a whole universe of interconnected ones out there. Sanctum isn’t the only choice anymore. There’s so much violence there, so why not just leave? You don’t have to stay with Sheidheda and fight for this small piece of land and a half-burnt down castle.
J.R. Bourne does an amazing job as Sheidheda, but he’s being forced to be the lead of a show that’s not his. I wanted Indra to have a bigger role on the show, but not like this. Not when all she’s doing is fighting the least interesting villain this show’s ever seen. Even his big confrontation with Madi felt lackluster. I don’t know when the Sanctum storyline will merge with Bardo’s, but the sooner the better.
Back on the slightly more interesting planet, Clarke uses her advantage of being the key to get alone time with the “three most dangerous women on this or any planet.” So, we’re starting off early with the bad writing this episode. (I don’t even want to talk about Miller telling people to “get the flock out” of the stone room.)
It’s strange how Clarke never asks anyone how Bellamy died, and just seems to accept that it happened. I’m sure it could be chalked up to the stress of the current situation, but it’s a weird choice considering how Bellamy reacted to Clarke’s “death” last season. There were multiple scenes of him breaking down over her. Are we supposed to feel like Bellamy cares more about Clarke than she cares about him? I find that really hard to believe considering she called him every day for six years. We barely have her acknowledge his death at all, besides a brief apology to Octavia when they reunite.
Even at the end of the episode Echo acknowledges how much Clarke’s death would have affected Bellamy, so why don’t we get to see that from her? Clarke’s never allowed to grieve, and it couldn’t be more frustrating. By now I think we’ve all realized the chances of a Bellarke romance in this season are slim, but this makes it feel impossible.
It was nice to see Clarke and Octavia hug after everything they’ve been through together. Only two seasons ago they were actively trying to kill each other. While Clarke’s barely been in this season, and I don’t think all of these reconciliations are deserved, it’s nice to see her have friends again.
The moment between Octavia and Miller was also a great surprise. They’ve known each other since the beginning and went through some really traumatic things together in the bunker. Octavia was the cause of most of them, but whatever. It’s still sweet.
Fans of the Levitt and Octavia pairing are probably disappointed she left him tied up after learning of Echo’s plans, but that’s the most in-character thing she’s done this season. She barely knew him anyway. It’s funny how Levitt is supposed to be a really smart guy who was entrusted with something as important as M-CAP on Bardo, and he didn’t even consider that Clarke might not still have the flame in her. He watched what happened right before she got it put in. It was never meant to be a permanent thing.
It’s been a while since Octavia’s memories were originally taken. Why wouldn’t they have gone back in to learn more about the key they’ve been waiting for? Maybe Jordan’s onto something, and the people of Bardo aren’t so smart after all.
The lunch between Cadogan and Gabriel felt very reminiscent of seasons two and three, where we heard that “love is weakness” every ten minutes. We’ve been down this road before. In theory, it makes sense that you’re saving yourself heartache by giving up on love and familial bonds. But ultimately, that’s what makes life worth living. I love any scene with Gabriel Santiago, but was this one really necessary?
My favorite part of this episode was the end scene in the ventilation room. We’ve been waiting for Echo to go full Finn 2.0, and it was really gratifying to hear her admit that all she wants is vengeance. If she went through with it, she would’ve been even worse than Finn. What he did was horrible, but at least he was trying to save Clarke. Echo just wants to make other people feel her pain.
Of course, she couldn’t go through with it, otherwise, the season would’ve ended then and there, but I’m worried that she’ll be completely forgiven for stopping it at the last minute. If she and Bellamy reunite, he should still be appalled at her actions and her plan even though she didn’t go through with it at the end. It’s still something so far from what he would have wanted that any kind of reconciliation between them will feel forced.
Have we ever needed more proof that Echo doesn’t really know or love Bellamy? He would never have done the same thing, and the fact that she truly thinks he would is absurd. Also, I think it’s worth noting that Echo said he would do it for Octavia and Clarke as well. His relationship with Octavia has been strained for a while, but I can understand why she’d equate Octavia’s importance to Bellamy to her own. But, Clarke?
She’s not wrong in any way, it’s just weird for her to admit that. Bellamy spent six years with Raven on the ring, and yet Echo doesn’t think he’d do this for her. So, why do we keep hammering home the fact that Clarke is so important to Bellamy if we’re never going to explain why? She’s not just his best friend, and she never has been. Come on, pick a side! Either write romantic subtext or don’t. Don’t keep playing with your audience by adding in throwaway lines that you’re never going to do anything about.
And I don’t know, there’s something about the way Echo screams that Clarke would have no idea what Bellamy wanted that makes me think there’s something more to it. But, maybe I’m just misinterpreting.
Did anyone else find it strange that Raven’s the one to get through to Echo in the end? We’ve been told that “Spacekru” is a family, but I cannot think of any meaningful on-screen interaction we’ve seen between these two characters. They’re not sisters, and their makeshift family does not have the narrative importance the writers think it does. But, whatever. We’ve been focusing on character dynamics no one cares about all season long anyway.
I’m sad to see Diyoza go, but that was a great ending to her story. She died saving her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. Shelby Flannery and Ilana Miličević both gave great performances in Diyoza’s final moments. This will no doubt have a major influence on Hope’s character arc going forward, as well as Octavia’s.
There are only six episodes left in the season. What are you hoping to see before it comes to an end?
- It probably wasn’t supposed to be funny, but I’ve never laughed harder at The 100 then when Sheidheda came out in his new look.
- It’s slightly cool to see Murphy in a more rational, protective role, but this type of character development feels rushed. Are we forgetting he was willing to let Clarke die last season for a chance at immortality? That’s not someone worth believing in.
- Bellamy’s choices in season three are not the same as Echo’s plan to wipe out Bardo. They should not have been compared.
- For someone who’s only been in five minutes of the season, Bellamy sure drives a lot of the plot.
- If one individual has to be tested to decide the fate of the human race, it should definitely not be Cadogan. But who should it be? Clarke? Gabriel?
Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comments below!
The 100 Review- Surprise: It’s A Completely Different Show (7×09)
After last week’s backdoor pilot episode for The 100‘s prequel (which The CW has still not officially picked up), we check back in with our characters on Sanctum and Bardo.
We left off in Sanctum with Emori being held hostage by “Nikki Bang Bang” and the Eligius prisoners during the unity ceremony she had planned. Nikki demands the presence of Murphy, Russell, and Raven, or she’ll kill all of the hostages. From Hatch and Murphy’s conversation in 7×04, we know this isn’t an empty threat.
Murphy’s ready to hand himself over with or without a plan. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of Murphy, I really enjoy his relationship with Emori. He’s proven a million times over that he’s willing to sacrifice his life to save hers. And she’d do the same. For two people who were used to putting only themselves first, they’ve come a long way.
Luckily for Murphy, Indra gets back from searching for Gaia and the others just in time. Which reminds me, where is Gaia? There’s been no sign of her since the end of 7×04. Is she even still on Sanctum?
Maybe she’s wherever Bellamy is?
Indra left behind a rescue team to keep searching, but they have to figure out what to do without Raven. She’s the one who had a hand in Hatch’s death, so Nikki’s going to want her the most. Murphy, Russell, and Indra team up and hatch a plan to save the hostages and get back control of Sanctum.
It works. It’s not super exciting, but it’s successful. Is it too naive to think we’ve seen the last of Nikki? Her plotline drags. I’m sorry, but it’s too late in the game to introduce a new “villain” and expect us to care about what happens to them. But maybe that was the point of Nikki. She’s been stirring up trouble to keep Indra & co. from focusing on the real big bad, Sheidheda. He’s proven that he’s a force to be reckoned with, especially if Wonkru knows who he is. Thanks for letting that one slip, Murphy.
Back on Bardo, we see what happened to Octavia, Echo, Hope, and Diyoza in the three months before Clarke’s arrival.
Sadly, this means another episode in the final season without either of our lead characters. The 100 without Clarke or Bellamy doesn’t feel like The 100 at all. It feels repetitive to keep mentioning how much the show is suffering without these two, but their absence is the most memorable thing about this season thus far. It’s very bizarre to sideline both the male and female leads in the final season of a show.
I’ve seen a lot of comparisons between this season and Game of Thrones’s final season, which was notorious for letting down its fanbase. And yeah, there were several issues with that season and plenty of out-of-character moments, but at least all of the characters were still in the show. Bellamy and Clarke haven’t done anything particularly controversial this season, because they haven’t done anything at all.
Bellamy’s had next to no screentime, and Clarke has become a shell of who she once was. At the beginning of the season, when she burns down the castle, it seemed like we were at least going to be exploring how her grief is affecting her, but now that we’re more than halfway through, Clarke’s storyline is basically non-existent. Her character has been turned into a plot device. A mysterious “key” that everyone’s chasing after. With Clarke missing from multiple episodes in one season, which has never happened on this show before, the audience has never been more disconnected from our main character. It’s a weird note to end the show on.
A final season should be about wrapping up the storylines of the characters your audience has grown to love over the years, not introducing new ones to take their place. I don’t know how many things behind the scenes affected the decision to exclude Clarke and Bellamy from the majority of the season, but if this was just a writing choice, it was a bad move.
Another bad writing choice: Octavia and Levitt. I know it might be controversial because some fans have really enjoyed their chemistry so far, but this whole relationship is so unnecessary. Rushed relationships like this are never going to be compelling, especially when the infatuation is based on watching someone’s memories and blindly defending them based on the things you saw from their own point of view. Yikes, right? And he never even got past season three.
And I’m very confident that Levitt is going to die before the season ends, so what’s the point? To give Octavia another guy to mourn? I think Atom, Ilian, and, most importantly, Lincoln were plenty.
Even if it’s a complete Divergent knock-off, I loved the fear simulations. I thought they were a great way to show what’s most important to each character and how far they’re willing to go for the cause. My question is: are they aware they’re in a simulation? Because it’s hard to believe that Octavia and Diyoza are actually falling for what Anders says. It seems to me like they’re biding their time in the army until they can figure out their next move. But, Hope’s test made it seem like you’re not conscious of the fact that it’s fake. It’s possible her naivete led her to believe it was real when the others were able to see through it immediately, but I’m not too sure.
As for Echo, who’s surprised that she’s back to following orders again? I’m still not wholly convinced that she’s been indoctrinated as a disciple, but you can never really tell with her. She’s changed her allegiances and character traits way too many times in the show for me to ever predict what’s going to be her next move. Did she send Hope to Penance to keep her out of the crossfire for a bit? That would be nice, but I doubt it. Especially considering the fight they’d gotten into earlier. (Which, by the way, I love how Hope always calls her out. It’s so refreshing.)
But, maybe the only other alternative was an execution. She could’ve been saving Hope’s life.
I don’t know when we’ll see her again, but at least we know where she went. It’s better than Bellamy and Gaia’s fates at the moment.
- Who else was expecting a bigger cliffhanger before the two-week hiatus?
- The pacing of this show has been really off this season. The way they keep jumping back and forth between different timelines and worlds could’ve been really cool if it was done properly. Instead, everything feels disjointed, and no plotlines feel satisfying.
- If we’re picking favorites, Mount Weather was the most interesting of the new societies our characters have been introduced to. Sanctum was pretty dull, and Bardo’s cult vibe isn’t nearly as entertaining. Plus, the weird baby tanks were gross.
- The 100 was at its best when it was a show examining morality and the consequences of leadership. The sci-fi aspect has always been its weakest point, so it’s no surprise the season that leans into it the most is struggling in ratings.
What did you think of this week’s episode?
Are you a #Memori fan?
Do you miss Bellamy and Clarke?
Isn’t Indra the best?
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
The 100 Review- The Return of Princess Mechanic (7×06)
The sixth episode of The 100‘s final season takes us on a journey through three different worlds: Sanctum, Bardo, and Nakara.
As expected, there was sadly no sign of Bellamy on any of the planets. But besides that, “Nakara” was one of the stronger episodes this season.
We get to learn what Diyoza’s been up to, Raven and Clarke have an important conversation, and Indra finally gets her time to shine.
First, let’s talk about what happened on Bardo. The beginning sequence showing Diyoza’s time in captivity was really well-done. The pacing was great, the music perfectly built up the tension, and Ivana Milicevic was as talented as ever.
Diyoza’s always been a fighter, so it’s no surprise she escaped. But, what she wasn’t expecting was that the person she was running back to was already there for her. Diyoza reunited with a now 25-year-old Hope right after throwing a knife at her face. The sweet moment is undercut by Echo’s refusal to be happy for anyone else, even if she had just spent five years bonding with them.
First, she compromised the mission by killing someone who could’ve helped them save Diyoza last episode, and now that they were lucky enough to find her anyway, Echo shows no sign of relief or happiness for Hope. And we’re supposed to believe Bellamy would love someone who treats people like that? Come on.
The first time Echo formed a “family” off-screen, she became very attached to them. So, why would this be any different? Why is her so-called “loyalty” selective?
If you’re going to focus the last season of the show on characters who aren’t the leads your audience has grown to care for over the years, at least keep them consistent.
Octavia reunites with Levitt, who’s now a janitor, and helps them find a way to escape. There’s definitely chemistry between the two of them, but I’m not sure if anything will ever come of it. The 100 has a pattern of throwing in love interests for Octavia who end up only lasting for a few episodes (a.k.a. Ilian, Atom). There’s not much time to build something substantial in the final season anyway.
The group ends up not escaping upon hearing that the atmosphere outside the compound isn’t survivable. We’ve heard that one before.
But, Gabriel intervenes, and everyone gets captured. I don’t think he’s doing it just so he can get more answers like Echo said, I think he genuinely thought he was doing what’s best. If not, he could’ve let them go and stayed behind himself. But it’s very telling how quickly Echo’s opinion of him changed as soon as he stood in her way.
I think Gabriel spoke for all of us when he asked what the hell is wrong with her after killing another innocent person without blinking an eye. It’s becoming more and more apparent that Echo never really changed on the Ring.
The Sanctum storyline has been dragging throughout the beginning of the season, but if it was all to get Indra to this moment, it was worth it.
Indra’s always been one of the best characters on the show, but she’s never been in a real position of power before. There was always someone higher up than her. But, everyone’s gone now. She’s the only one who can lead Wonkru and protect Sanctum from itself.
She’s constantly one step ahead of everyone, knows the most about Wonkru of anyone currently in Sanctum, and can beat just about anybody in a fight. When Murphy suggested Indra step up to the plate, the only thing I could think of was why hadn’t it happened sooner?
And now, that responsibility is off Madi’s shoulders. She can just be a kid. She can play soccer and have friends without worrying about how to keep everyone alive all the time. When Clarke gets back, she’ll be thrilled. That’s all she ever wanted for her.
Sidenote: why is Murphy now suddenly the protector of all children? It’s two episodes in a row that he’s actively tried to save kids from harm, which is great, but a bit odd coming from the guy who chased Charlotte off a cliff in season one.
Murphy’s a better villain than he is a hero, but we seem to be getting a pretty watered-down version of him these days.
Nakara is a freezing cold planet full of dead bodies being fed to a cave-like living organism. Maybe next time, don’t just pick the planet that looked like fun, Raven.
Clarke, Miller, Niylah, Raven, and Jordan set off to find the next Anomaly stone after realizing their friends aren’t on this planet.
So, they head into a cave that Raven’s helmet leads them to and unwittingly enter into the digestive system of the planet. To make matters worse, spiderlike creatures are crawling around, waiting to attack. Raven’s suit gets damaged, almost trapping them there, which brings up the question of why she’s the only one wearing one. Before they left Sanctum, Raven killed eight more of the disciples. They all should’ve stolen a suit for safety.
Luckily, Raven’s suit isn’t totally destroyed, so she can still lead them to the stone. And then, The 100 invoked one of my favorite television tropes, locking two characters with unresolved issues in a room where they finally have the important conversation they need to.
It was more of a digestive tract than a room, but it still worked the same.
The scene between Clarke and Raven in this episode is already one of my favorite scenes of the entire show.
The 100 hasn’t always been the best with female friendships. Both of Clarke’s relationships with the other two main female characters on the show have been completely sidelined in favor of introducing new character dynamics and relationships.
It’s frustrating as a viewer because the heart of the show has always been the bond between the delinquents, but we’ve lost that over the years. Clarke and Raven’s relationship, in particular, was a big loss.
Clarke and Raven, or “Princess Mechanic” as fans call them, had the potential to form a really strong relationship in the early seasons. It was awesome to watch them subvert the trope that two girls interested in the same guy can’t be friends. After Finn screwed them both over, they eventually formed a genuine friendship or at least a sense of respect for one another towards the end of season one. But shortly afterward, that was lost.
Clarke kept being put in positions of power where she was forced to make difficult choices that Raven didn’t always agree with. So, they grew apart. Raven started harboring resentment towards Clarke, which was only magnified in seasons five and six.
But, now, after her actions in 7×03, she’s dealing with the same trauma and guilt that Clarke has been dealing with for years. I already spoke about how it’s weird that the show acts like Raven has never done anything wrong before in that episode’s review, but at least she’s realizing that things haven’t always been as black and white as she had thought.
It’s interesting how Raven perceives Clarke as an unbreakable, finely-tuned engine. It goes to show how little she actually knows her. All of Clarke’s choices and actions weigh heavily on her. She may be one of the stronger leaders on the show, but she’s never been the heartless “wanheda” everyone thinks she is. Bellamy knows that. Raven’s known Clarke for just as long, so why would she see her that way?
She tells Clarke about how bad she feels about what she’s done, and even though Raven’s spent the past two seasons criticizing Clarke and refusing to make amends, Clarke tells her she might be the best person she knows. She comforts her and forgives her instinctively.
Because Clarke’s always cared for Raven, even when she didn’t care for her. She’d pick her first then, and she’d probably pick her first now.
Raven is finally addressing how wrong she was about Clarke. They understand each other now more than ever before, so hopefully, in the episodes we have left, we get more of this friendship before we have to say goodbye.
- “Tell Raven I said bang bang.” Seriously?
- I loved the transition from the shot of the queen chess piece to the shot of Clarke.
- It seems like everyone’s theory about the Anomaly being connected to the Second Dawn is coming true. We might have to rewatch season four for a refresher!
What did you think of Nakara?
How do you feel about Princess Mechanic?
Do you think Clarke & co. are headed to Bardo next?
Let us know in the comments below!
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