Note: This review was originally posted on my “Silly Fangirl” blog, but I’m porting it over here to get this blog started. The original post is from September 9th, 2015.
If you missed my 100 analysis #1, you can catch that here. By the way, I’m still in the phase where I call it “the one-hundred” instead of “the hundred” and I just can’t seem to get out of it. I need to convince some of my real-life people to watch so I can say it out loud more often, lol. Anyway.
Just to re-iterate what I’m doing here, I’m examining this show from two very specific angles. I’m delving into two key points in the series (or what has aired so far which is the first 2 seasons) when I realized that this show was not quite like anything else I had ever seen on TV … or anywhere for that matter. My first analysis was on “Spacewalker”, and also on the entire Clarke/Finn relationship, and how it progressed from the pilot through Spacewalker. For my second analysis, I’m going to focus on “Rubicon”.
WARNING: Like my last review of The 100, this review contains SPOILERS. LOTS AND LOTS OF SPOILERS. TURN BACK HERE if you have NOT seen the first 2 seasons of this series in its entirety. Seriously. If you haven’t seen the entire show and you continue past this jump, you’re an asshole.
Now, I want to preface this by saying that I’m writing this in the context of having watched all the way up through “Rubicon,” but NOT past it yet. I wrote a lot of the notes for this post at that time, before I watched the rest of season 2. Once you watch the rest of S2, you realize that the decision Clarke makes in Rubicon is a precursor to another similar decision she makes in the finale. But prior to Rubicon, she had never done anything even close to this morally dubious (even despicable?) before. It’s a momentous stepping stone in the series, as it’s a line she has never crossed, a line that no decent human would ever want to encounter. And as we see in the definition above, once you take a step like this, there is NO going back. What happens here is what puts Clarke in the effed up head-space that one would need to be in to make that other horrific decision she makes in the finale. And the fact that she took this step, in Rubicon, had me perplexed as shit the whole day after I watched it.