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The 100 Review- An Explosive Ending (7×05)

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Bellamy Blake has returned!

Well, kind of.

In the fifth episode of The 100’s final season, we finally got to see our favorite leading man back on our screens. He’s been missing since the very beginning of the season premiere, so this feels long overdue.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when he’ll be returning. We thought he had been on Bardo this whole time, but when Echo, Hope, and Gabriel arrive, they find out he’s long gone.

Bellamy was only on Bardo for about five minutes total. He tries to rescue Octavia, who, in turn, tries to rescue him (typical Blake sibling interaction), and they both end up in the midst of an explosion. One of Anders’ guards claims to be doing “The Shepherd’s” bidding and sets off a bomb right in front of the open Anomaly.

But don’t fret, Bellamy’s not dead. He can’t be.

It would be insane to kill off your male lead at the beginning of the last season. Bellamy still might be in danger later on, but there’s no way he was taken out in this episode. Imagine how anticlimactic that would be? Bellamy’s missing in the first four episodes, and then he comes back only to be immediately killed off? While The 100 has a bad reputation for killing characters at inopportune times, I don’t think that’s what happened here.

He was right in front of the Anomaly. The blast from the explosion probably pushed him inside. It’s not explicitly stated where Anders had set the Anomaly to, but it was implied to be Sanctum. Octavia was willing to give him information about Clarke in exchange for her brother’s safety, so it would make sense to send him back to where he came from. But, it’s unlikely Bellamy’s there. Time moves differently in Bardo, but he still should’ve gotten back before the others left.

So, is he on one of the other planets? Is he on Nakara?

Or is he stumbling around Sanctum without the memory of where he’d been?

Personally, I’m hoping for Nakara, but I don’t think he’ll reunite with Clarke and the others for a little bit.

Echo’s reaction to Bellamy’s disappearance is the only thing that made me question whether or not we’re supposed to think Bellamy’s dead. Gabriel tells Echo that he’s sorry about Bellamy, and then she immediately kills another person whose help they needed and falls to her knees, screaming. Is she just angry that he’s not where they were looking for him? Because while that’s definitely a valid thing to be upset about, but it doesn’t make sense to kill someone they needed because of it. Maybe it’s just another way to show that she’s really going off the rails.

If she actually thinks he’s dead, things will only get worse from here. Echo only cares about Bellamy. If he’s gone, she has nothing left to lose. Gabriel’s still harboring resentment about Orlando, and now Hope’s going to turn on her for ruining her one chance to find her mom. We might be about to find out what she’s like when there’s no one left for her to follow, just like Roan warned.

I doubt they’ll leave Bardo without Diyoza, but Echo’s sure made their job a hell of a lot harder. But, Octavia and Hope won’t give up on her. The sweetest moments in this episode were between Hope and her Auntie O. We finally learned what happened in Octavia’s off-screen season six storyline, where Hope comes to rescue her. A grown-up Hope finds Octavia on Bardo while Octavia’s been trying to get back to a much younger version of her.

Octavia’s dedication to getting back to Hope shows how far she’s come since she was Blodreina. She genuinely cares about someone and is willing to do whatever it takes to reunite with them. Unfortunately, this involves giving up everything she knows to Anders. It’s a tough call. She doesn’t know what Anders will do with her memories, or how they’re even of help to him, but she’s putting everyone on Sanctum at risk for Hope. If only she knew that Hope was going to find her first.

I don’t know what to make of Levitt’s speech and sudden devotion to Octavia. If he was raised the same way as Orlando, it should be extremely difficult to go against Bardo and “The Shepherd”. He’s been indoctrinated to follow the orders of The Shepherd his entire life. How does watching Octavia’s memories change that?

Octavia has made a lot of questionable choices on The 100. People who love her and know her have had trouble forgiving her for everything she’s done. So, why is this random guy in such awe of her? I guess it’s because he didn’t get far enough in her memories to see the fighting rings and cannibalism. But, it’s still the stance the show is taking. That no matter what she’s done, her heart is still pure. That’s probably true; I don’t think she ever really wanted to be Blodreina, but they can’t undo all of her actions with a monologue from a character we just met. It felt very forced.

But otherwise, the time spent on Bardo has been the best part of the season thus far. It was all very futuristic, and there’s a lot of potential for upcoming storylines involving the memory capture device.

We don’t know much about Anders yet, but he’s already a more interesting villain than Russell was last season. And he needs to be if he’s going to be the final “Big Bad” unless The Shepherd comes around and claims that title in future episodes.

I’m interested to see the reasoning for why Clarke is the key to ending the last war mankind will ever wage. Anders is only interested in Clarke and is desperate to find her. How does she fit into his plans? How does he know that she’s the key? And the question on everyone’s mind, why her?

Stray Thoughts:

  • The Sheidheda/Sanctum storyline paled in comparison to the parts of the episode taking place on Bardo. I don’t have much to say on it, except that I’m glad Indra was the one who figured out he’s not Russell. She’s a great character who’s criminally underused. But not even she can make this plot compelling.
  • Of course, Bellamy is Octavia’s anchor. If she were in a desert, he would be the one to find her. He tried to save her in this episode like he’s done a million times before. Now, she has to save him wherever he is.
  • There hasn’t been enough Clarke this season. Considering she’s the key to everything, you’d think she’d have more screentime.
  • I really loved the sci-fi feel to this episode. Bardo felt like an amalgamation of every YA dystopian book-turned-movie that came out in the early 2010s.

What’d you think of Bardo?

Were you happy to see Bellamy again?

Where do you think he ended up?

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?”

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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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