Review: ‘The 100’ Season 3

The_100_313-7_croppedWelp, I’m coming at this season 3 review far later than I meant to, but I don’t think it matters, really.  We’ve got at least 6 1/2 months till the show comes back, so there’s plenty of empty space to fill with The 100-related stuff in the meantime.  I’ve been busy but there was so much going on with season 3 that I can’t let it go by without writing a proper analysis of it.  There’s a LOT to unpack in terms of high and low points … particularly because it felt like the reaction to season 3 got a fuckin’ hell of a lot more attention than season 3 itself.

It’s like, in all the hoopla of fans flipping out all over social media and critical reaction to the Lexa stuff, the show itself got completely lost in the insanity.   The show became Jon Snow in the middle of “Battle of the Bastards”, when he started to get completely trampled and buried by all the soldiers around him flailing around.  Only it feels like The 100 wasn’t as lucky as Jon Snow – The 100 was never able to properly climb its way out of the surrounding mess.

Because of all the hoopla around what went wrong, there’s been about a bazillion thinkpieces written, nearly all of which focus on the Lexa debacle.  This review is NOT that.  I am getting thinky and analytical of course, but this will be a top-to-bottom analysis of the entire season from someone who was and still is an ardent fan of the show.  What did season 3 get right?  Where did it shoot itself in the foot?  Let’s do a post-mortem.

I’m gonna start with the problematic stuff first, because there really was a lot of good stuff about this season despite its flaws.  And much of the course correction happened in the second half of the season, so it feels fitting to save the good stuff for last.  Here we go ….

Season 3: The Not-Awesome Stuff

Bellamy and Pike

The_100_305_2The Lexa debacle may have been the thing that got the most attention, but by far the weakest element of season 3 was Bellamy and Pike.  I say this because this was a writing/directional fuck-up that not only lasted for a huge stretch of the season, but it permanently marred one of the show’s main protagonists and most beloved characters.  And honestly I don’t think there’s anything a TV writer can do that’s worse than permanently fucking up a favorite character.  Why?  Because the characters are the reason you love the damn show in the first place.  And if you stop loving the characters, then there’s no longer any point in watching the show.

Have I stopped loving Bellamy?  No, but that is only because when shitty/lazy/nonsensical writing messes up a character, sometimes you have no choice but to try to pretend it didn’t happen so that you can keep enjoying the show (and even that only worked because thank god they let Bell start to pull his head out of his ass mid-season, otherwise just as he is for Octavia, he would be dead to me at this point).  And as I’ve explained many times in my episode reviews of this season, the problem was NOT the fact that they made Bellamy do bad things – it was the fact that they did not give a compelling story/reason as to why he was doing the bad things.  They cut corners on the story big time and it meant that the audience just looked at him as a complete idiot/asshole rather than empathizing with why he was making poor decisions that were seemingly completely out of character.

For my full rant on this, which also includes the problems with Pike as a character, see my review of ep 3.04, “Watch the Thrones”.

The Lexa Catastrophe

lexa_304_croppedHere’s why I didn’t name the Lexa sitch as the #1 problem of season 3 despite the fact that it got about 8,000x more attention than anything else the show did: 95% of Lexa’s story this season was legitimately awesome and well-written.  One thing that threw a lot of people off (including myself) about the end result of this sitch is that the writers did take such great care for Lexa’s character in the first half of the season.  She burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion at the end of ep 2, she was given all of ep 3 to work to prove to Clarke that she had changed, and she was unequivocally the star of ep 4 – battling through to demonstrate her ultimate badass warrior skills.  In ep 5 she grew to become nothing less than a revolutionary leader for her people, and in ep 6 she helped Clarke to avoid falling into the “blood must have blood” life.  In ep 7 she selflessly let Clarke go, and was revealed to be a super cool part-A.I., essentially A.L.I.E. 2.0 (the new and waayy improved version).  While the writers were completely screwing the pooch with much of the Arkadia storyline, the Lexa storyline was the one thing they were actually doing right during the first half of the season.

And yet, even with all this amazing Lexa character-building, in the end The 100 S3 somehow still ended up with half its fandom in complete heartbreak, anger, and straight-up revolt.  What the fuck happened??  How the hell did this all go so wrong, so quickly, when the Lexa/Clexa fandom had spent the entire season up to this point basically in a state of euphoria?

Well … there are a couple root causes here.  First off, the PTB saved their fuck-up on the Lexa storyline right for the very end, and the end is what people remember.  This show kills characters all the time, so of course Lexa was never any “safer” than anyone else in that regard.  If anything she was less safe because Alycia was never a series regular.  And then when Alycia got a starring role in Fear the Walking Dead, it became all but certain that Lexa would either die or disappear for significant stretches of time.  So it’s not as if Lexa dying or going far away was surprising in itself to any of the fans.  Rather, the problem was this: They killed Lexa right after she consummated her relationship with Clarke.  And thus, the story fell right into the harmful trope of the lesbian characters who never get to be happy.  And if you do give them any happiness, you then have to immediately punish them by murdering one of them.  Not cool.

And then, on top of it, just to twist the knife in the Lexa fans’ backs a little more, they killed Lexa in a really dumb way.  She got killed by a stray bullet meant for Clarke, but not because she was diving in front of Clarke to heroically save her or anything.  Rather, it was by complete accident.  It was pure shit luck that she walked into the room when the bullet just so happened to be flying towards the door.  Oopsie!!  Now, full disclosure: If I’m being honest, I actually really enjoyed both this scene and the entire episode … BUT I watched it as a clueless non-LGBTQ person.  Admittedly I still love the ep, but I now totally get why fans felt that Lexa’s manner of death was so lame … so “beneath” her in a sense.  I can certainly get behind the notion that Lexa deserved a more heroic death.  I’m also now educated on the harmful trope it perpetuated …

… Which brings me to the second reason the fans were/are so angry about Lexa – That dreaded “bury your gays” trope and expectations vs. reality.  The 100 seemed like it might be the first TV show that could transcend this harmful trope.  It gave the fans such an amazing character with Lexa; this character/story was a step up and a step forward from so many shows that had come before it … that when it fell back to this same old shitty trope, it was that much more of a shock and disappointment to the fans.  And this is on top of the fact that Jason (the showrunner) set everyone’s expectations yet another thousand miles higher by ridiculously teasing Lexa’s presence in the season finale.

What the f*&% was Jason was thinking?  My take is, to be quite frank, that he was suffering from pure typical straight white dude cluelessness.  I think the plight of the LGBTQ community was nowhere on his radar in this decision because he generally doesn’t live a life that requires it to be on his radar.  And that sucks.  Now, for what it’s worth, it seems that Jason has paid dearly for his transgression in the aftermath.  Things have gone so sideways for him that he seems to have quit social media and quit speaking to reporters altogether at this point.  That’s pretty extreme.  So I think we can safely say that this has been such a lesson for him that the plight of his LGBTQ fans will never, ever fall off his radar again as long as he lives.  He and most TV writers pride themselves on never letting fans influence the direction of their shows, but this may be one case where it could happen.  At the very least, I’m pretty sure he’ll now take more care with LGBTQ storylines from this point forward.

Clarke’s Lameness in the First Half of the Season

clarke_303As much of an ensemble show as The 100 is, it has always had a lead the same way the DelinquentKru has always had a leader.  Called “Princess” sarcastically & condescendingly by her peers in season 1, Clarke had become Wanheda a.k.a. the Commander of Death by the start of season 3.  With the two opening episodes of the season being named as such.  And let’s be honest, Clarke is the character I live vicariously through when watching this show.  She’s the one I relate to most in terms of the way she thinks.  She is my protagonist.  So when her storyline is boring, I get bored.  It’s like, no one wants to watch a Jason Bourne movie where Jason Bourne is just kinda standing around watching other people do cool stuff.

And as expected, Miss Wanheda was up to some badass shit in premiere – killing jaguars, rocking a new red ‘do, getting laid, having nightma- … ok well that last part sucked for her but it was good to see that she was having guilt over Mount Weather.  But anyway, it then came as a real surprise to me when Clarke spent the next 7 episodes just kind of getting dragged around by other people (sometimes literally), and almost becoming a bit player in her own story.  I’m kind of exaggerating there, yes.  This is an ensemble show, first off, so of course some characters’ stories will come to the forefront in some eps while others take a backseat and vice versa.  That’s how these things work and it’s perfectly legit.  So that wasn’t the issue.  The issue, and the reason this became problematic for me is, well, two reasons:

1) Clarke’s boringness lasted for sooo long with seemingly no end in sight and 2) It required Clarke to act like kind of a wet rag for too much of that time.  And that didn’t feel right for her character considering that she’s supposed to be a leader.  There were literally SO MANY episodes where all this girl did was hang around Polis confined to like 2 or 3 fucking candlelit rooms, making sure her boo was o.k. and telling the Skaikru, “Oh no that’s o.k. you guys go without me, I gotta stay here in Polis with these candles and silky pajamas.”  Even that cool opening scene from the season 3 trailer where she slow-mo strutted into the room dressed/painted up like a Grounder ended up being nothing more than a glorified fashion show!  All she did was walk through in slow motion and bow down to Lexa to form the coalition, and then tell Skaikru to fuck off and go do the cool shit without her.  “I can’t, I have to wash my hair tonight.”  YAWN.

(Again, I’m kind of exaggerating on the “wet rag” thing because I know a lot of this time was spent making strategic alliances and decisions for her people.  The problem is that most of these decisions involved Clarke playing it safe … choosing the “I’ll just stay here and hold down the fort” route, which is just never going to be interesting.)

And you know how I know I wasn’t crazy for feeling this way?  Because my cousin Katie’s husband – the absolute epitome of the casual watcher of this show – turned to Katie in frustration at about ep 3.09 and said to her, “Clarke has literally done nothing this entire season but shuffle around a few rooms furrowing her brow.  When is she going to do something??”  THANK you Joey!!  And thank god, the very next episode is when she finally started doing something.  It literally took till episode 10 before she left Polis and did something!  Well, she did briefly leave and do something in ep 5 and that was one of the key reasons why I loved that episode.

So Lame Clarke, to me, was nearly the most frustrating part of the first half of season 3.  Second only to Bizarro Bellamy.  I put Lexa’s death right up top as well because that was the #1 issue for a very large portion of the fandom, for very legitimate reasons, so I wanted to properly call that out.  A fuck-up is a fuck-up even if it’s not one that pinged quite as high on my personal fuck-up radar.  The good news about Lame Clarke though, is that like The Psycho Bellamy Problem, The Lame Clarke Problem was done away with in the second half of the season.  And it’s one of the reasons why I found myself enjoying the second half much more than the first half of season 3.

The Lincoln Shitshow

The_100_308_1See, here’s the thing – Even with how badly the PTB screwed the pooch with the Lexa Catastrophe, in a sense it feels as if they screwed it even worse with the Lincoln story & death this season, despite it getting far less attention.  I know it may sound crazy, but hear me out – I do NOT mean this in terms of the ultimate impact on the show & fandom, but rather – I feel that the PTB deserve even harsher blame on the Lincoln side.  And here’s why:

On the Lexa side, the writers planned out the Lexa storyline meticulously, they did a great job with it before fucking it up at the end, and at least the reason they killed Lexa was due to legit outside constraints: The actress booked the lead on another show.  There’s really only so much you can do with that.

Now compare that to what happened with Lincoln: The actor and the showrunner decided at some point that they could not deal with each other, and apparently spent a pretty good stretch of this series getting in pissing contests with each other, and it resulted in a complete shitshow on screen.  Now THAT is just ridiculously unprofesh and there’s no excuse for it.  This is not something I normally would feel comfortable commenting so harshly on, but the fact that Ricky Whittle and literally his mom went around screaming this story to anyone who would listen kinda makes this fair game.  Sorry guys.  And because I only have one side of the story here, and that side was told pretty incoherently to boot, I have no choice but to blame both parties.  Is “male ego” written all over this?  O.k. now I’m just getting catty.  Oh who am I kidding, I was catty from the very first word of this paragraph.  Hiss.  (And yes I do suspect that male ego is written all over this, probably on both sides to some extent.)

Look, you should take what I say with a ginormous grain of salt because obviously I don’t know shit other than what Ricky said on Twitter and in that interview.  You know the one.  But either way the bottom line is that the Lincoln storyline was a complete mess this season directly as a result of the showrunner and the actor not being able to work together professionally.  And that’s on them.  The odd thing is that in the aforementioned interview, Ricky implied that these issues existed in season 2 as well.  So why Lincoln’s storyline was good in season 2 and diarrhea in season 3 is beyond me, but maybe it just all came to a head and they realized the relationship was not going to work out by the start of S3.  Remember when South Park did that Scientology episode and Isaac Hayes got pissed about it and publicly beefed with Matt & Trey?  And then Matt & Trey got back at him by turning Chef into a child molester and then killing him off via a long, preposterously drawn out scene involving both a cougar and a bear-mauling?  That’s essentially what happened to Lincoln in season 3, except in a far less-funny fashion.  Lame.

Season 3: The Awesome Stuff

Man this is going to be a long review, because I’ve got a lot to say about the awesome aspects of season 3 too.  There really was a lot to love about this season despite the significant stumbles along the way.  Let’s talk about ’em.

A.L.I.E. and Technology as Religion

The-100_307-3“Look, I know this world can suck … but at least it’s real.  We can get through this together.”  – Monty

I think I already talked about this in my ep 3.07 review, but I need to call it out here as well because it was one of the things I liked most about season 3.  Despite the issues I listed above, the overarching theme of the season was great.  It’s completely natural for any newly forming (or in this case, re-forming in a completely new setting) society to begin to adopt some form of religion.  And it makes even more sense in the situation the Skaikru is in – rough and constantly having to fear for/fight for their lives.  When Jaha comes in with a promise to take away their pain and offer them peace and salvation in the City of Light, who the hell in this situation wouldn’t be tempted to take him up on that offer?

And given this show’s futuristic sci-fi setting, it also makes sense that religion would come in the form of technology.  It was cool to see the way Polis tied back to Becca and the Polaris space station, and that Becca herself was the mythical figurehead of the Grounders and their first Commander – Bekka Pramheda.  And when I found out that Lexa’s “spirit” that she always talked about in season 2, the one that would be passed to the next commander … when I found out that this “spirit” was actually an A.I., unbeknownst even to her … I was blown away at how seamlessly it all tied together.  It’s just pretty fucking brilliant and it’s not something I was expecting until shortly before it happened in ep 3.07.

And in the end, what our beloved 100 characters found out was that there really isn’t anything in existence that can solve all the world’s problems.  No religion, no cult, no A.I. (particularly not version 1.0 of said A.I.!), no virtual City of Light created/programmed by humans for the very purpose of preserving humanity.  In the end, it was an interesting and rather terrifying experiment that Clarke had to hit the kill switch on to save humanity from itself.  Time to get back to reality, kids.  And to try to figure out how to save the planet from nuclear destruction.

Octavia & Indra

octindra1octindra2octindra3As much as I hated what the writers did to Bellamy in eps 4 through 8, it did seem to come with a slight upside, which is that it helped propel Octavia’s transition into a much a much more mature person and more effective team player.  Bellamy’s bad behavior was only one of many things that drove Octavia to be better this season, but it was the one that probably shined the brightest light on her progress.  Because as one Blake sibling went down a path of utter stupidity and assholery, falling under Pike’s Trump-like spell of anger and hatred, the other sibling chose the path of goodness, and, well, constructive behavior.

While Octavia certainly had some annoying FBB (Floorboard Baby) spells this season, she managed to overcome them pretty well … and episode 11 seemed to be a turning point for her.  The murder of Lincoln set her back on the FBB path, understandably, and it started to get annoying again by ep 11.  But when Monty literally killed his (psycho) mother to save Octavia, she seemed to finally realize that the DelinquentKru really did give a shit about her.  Apparently it takes a LOT to prove yourself to Octavia.  From that point forward, she seemed to be finally committed to being part of the Kru.

And while Bellamy’s idiocy shined a light on Octavia’s goodness this season, the character who has by far put in the most work towards making something of the girl is Indra.  This show seriously must NEVER lose Indra.  If they ever kill her I will seriously kill them.  She is like The 100‘s Brienne of Tarth, but more cranky.  Nothing broke my heart more last season than Indra dumping Octavia, and nothing made me more happy than them becoming a team again in season 3. When Clarke was acting like a limp noodle for the first 9 episodes, Indra and Octavia became the stars of the show for me.  The only regrettable thing is that they didn’t get more screentime together.  We need much more in season 4.  Best scene for me by far was ep 3.07, where for the first time, Octavia got a chance to repay Indra by slapping some sense into her for once.  The scene got me really verklempt and then super pumped up.  Octavia and Indra are each great characters on their own, but together they are magic.

Now, with all this said, I’m not entirely sure what the meaning is behind the very last scene of season 3 being Octavia murdering Pike for pure vengeance and then storming out of the throne room while everyone was recovering from their City of Light spells.  Was it simply meant for closure on her (and our) hatred of Pike, or is it indicative of the next direction her character is going in?  And if it’s the latter, what direction is that, even?  Just more ruthless, in the vein of Arya Stark?  Or are we gonna go back to “fuck everyone I hate all of you and I don’t belong in your stupid club” again?  I really, really hope it’s the Arya thing and not the other one.  Because if so then we’re right back to FBB mode.  Cross your fingers.

Raven

The-100_316_5Dude.  I really loved Raven’s arc this season.  As the show’s resident punching bag-slash-pin-cushion, it made complete sense for her to be A.L.I.E.’s first City of Light convert.  And it allowed a couple things: 1) For the poor girl to live a happy pain-free life for a few episodes and 2) It gave us the beginnings of the creepiness of the City of Light cult.  It’s not that we didn’t already know how creepy they were before this, but Jaha has always been nutty, so for me it didn’t really hit home until Raven converted and chipped herself.  When we realized that she had forgotten Finn, that’s when shit really got real.

And yes, it eventually sent her down a torture-porny path again with the wrist-slitting and the shoulder dislocating while tied to the bed.  Hmm at least she got to bite a chunk out of Clarke in the meantime.  Literally.  But those episodes were so fantastically creepy though.  Especially 3.11, where Raven got to brutally psychoanalyze every member of the DelinquentKru to their face and leave every one of them in a puddle of confusion and insecurity, and rage in several cases.  And she came out of it a new and improved human, with the knowledge from the ALIE chip still embedded in her brain.

I was worried about Raven at the beginning of the season, because I was afraid that her physical problems would wind up sidelining her character all season.  But it ended up being quite the opposite – she played one of the most pivotal roles of the season in saving humanity, by hacking into the Citadel and giving Clarke access to the kill switch.  She was AS much the hero of the season as Clarke was by going into the City of Light.  And the imagery of the raven appearing on the door to the kill switch gave me lots of feels after all these two have been through on this series.  I really, really need them to work as a duo more in season 4.  Please.

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Miller & Bryan

One of the major bummers of the fact that The 100 got publicly ripped to shreds for the Lexa death this season is the fact that the show had taken such care to introduce more LGBTQ characters than just Lexa/Clarke.  Maybe the writers fucked up the Lexa thing at the end, but Miller & Bryan was another sign that they were trying harder in this area than most shows out there ever do.  I have more to say on that topic but I’ll save it for the end.  For more thoughts on Miller & Bryan you can check my review of ep 3.08.

Kabby, Harpy (Monty + Harper), and Murphy, Oh My!

This review is FAR too long, which means I need to touch on these quickly, but I’ll link to other reviews where I elaborated more on some of them:

Season 3 was the season of Kabby!  What the hell more do you want from this show, you greedy motherfuckers??

Monty + Harper YAY!!

Murphy how did you become such a sweetie pie!?

DelinquentKru Back Together to Save Humanity

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These 4 Plus Raven, Monty, Harper, Miller, Bryan, and Murphy!

One thing I didn’t call out in the “Not-Awesome” section of this review (though I did mention it in a couple episode reviews this season) is the fact that there was a a bit of a feeling in the first half of the season that The 100 had bitten off slightly more than it could chew in terms of story, characters, and world-expanding.  With Polis and the Ice Nation both entering the story at once, there were suddenly a LOT of new characters and settings we were juggling, and we weren’t entirely sure how many of them we should care about.  It was actually a significant factor in the why it felt like the show was starting to lose sight of Clarke.

But I later realized that it wasn’t just Clarke that was the problem – Our OG players, the DelinquentKru, the ones who made us fall in love with this show in the first place, were all scattered about and not exactly working as a team.  Hell, they were even working directly against each other in several cases.  Bellamy, Monroe (and even Miller and Harper for a bit?  Am I making that up?) had all fallen under the stupid spell of Pike, Jasper was just whining and drunk and angry at everyone, Monty was doing whatever it took to gain Mommy’s approval, Clarke was lounging around Polis looking after her sweety-pie, Raven was in such pain she could barely do very much, and Octavia was trying to figure out how to take down Pike.  The show separated our Delinquents a lot in season 2, but at least they were all still on the same team that season.  Not so in season 3, and it was a real drag.

It wasn’t until ep 10 that our Delinquents finally realized that they needed to get their asses back to each other and work as a team again if they wanted to actually save humanity from its own idiocy (i.e. Jaha & ALIE).  And when they did, I went into my happy place.  I fell in love with this show in season 1, and season 3 brought that dynamic back that, to me, makes the show what it is.  For more on this you can read my ep 3.13 review.

Clarke Becomes Clarke Again

The-100_316_6I’ll keep this section short because it really goes hand in hand with the DelinquentKru being back together, but ep 10 was where Clarke finally got her ass out of Polis (well technically she left Polis at the end of 9 but she didn’t show back up again until the end of ep 10) and got back to bidness.  Calling this section “Clarke Becomes Clarke Again” is probably a slight exaggeration, but at the very least it’s “Clarke Starts to Finally Do Stuff Again”.

And what I loved loved loved about the finale is that after sidelining her for such a long stretch early in the season, the finale all came down to Clarke taking the lead to risk her life and brain matter to go into the City of Light by her lonesome, using ALIE 2.0, to save the day.  It took the entire team of people to get her through it of course, as it should, but it was back to Clarke doing what she does best – taking charge to get shit done.  And it was no waltz either, the struggle was real in the finale and with the help of all her peeps (Abby, Murphy and Raven being the MVPs), she got ‘er done.  Clarke, we’re glad to have you back.

My Season 3 Final Thoughts

The 100 Pays for the Sins of All Shows Before It

Let’s talk about tropes for a sec.  Remember when The 100 killed Wells off in the 3rd episode of the series??  It was a nicely shocking touch, but did it have to be him?  They only gave the poor kid 3 fucking eps, and I thought he was going to be a main character!!  And the “kill the black guy first” trope is one of the OLDEST and most well-known in the book.  It’s so old that it’s at least a decade past its prime even in horror movie parodies at this point.  He would have added an interesting dynamic to the show but they had to go and kill him 3 eps in.  I was so shocked they’d do this that when it happened, I spent a little while honestly being certain it was a dream sequence, or that there was somehow more to it than what I had just seen.  But there wasn’t.  That was it.  They just straight-up murdered the black guy right away.

O.k. I got myself more worked up about that than I meant to.  But my point with this is, this show is not above using shitty tropes, and it never has been.  And yet even with these issues, it’s still 10 times better than most other shows out there in its diversity of cast, its usage of LGBTQ characters in awesome roles, its inclusiveness of a major character struggling with a disability without any sort of magic fix (even the infinity chip didn’t work out so well, did it!), and its overtly feminist slant.  Like yes, it fucks shit up, but at least it tries?

Think of The 100 like an eager jumpy puppy that wants to do awesome things, but doesn’t always know the right way to go about them.  Lexa is hands-down one of the best and most complex characters I’ve ever seen on television, but because the show developed this amazing character and storyline and then eventually shit the bed with how they finished her arc, it has been crucified for kind of the entire shebang.  It’s also been crucified not just for its own mistake, but for the mistake of literally every TV show and every movie that has ever come before it.  Why?  Because it got further than nearly all of those shows and movies did, so it was supposed to be The One That Did it Right.  The expectation for those other shows & movies was very low.  The 100 helped raise the bar much higher, and then it didn’t quite meet its own challenge.

pole_vaultBut the thing is: Humans make mistakes.  Humans have to learn from those mistakes.  And because humans create TV shows, no TV show is going to be perfect.  Every TV show fucks up here and there.  The 100 at least tried where many other shows don’t even bother.  And the upside to that is that lessons have been learned from this.  Future TV shows will learn from what The 100 did so well and where it messed up.  And that is a good thing.  And while The 100 is still on the air, I do hope that the couple thousand people who still go to IMDB immediately after every single episode (that’s 10 eps so far from 3.07 onwards) giving every single ep 1 star to drag down the IMDB ratings will eventually let go of their anger and their thirst for vengeance and move on.  Punishing a couple hundred innocent cast & crew members for the sin of one person (the showrunner) is not constructive or helpful to anyone.  Everyone, including Jason, knows where they went wrong this season, and unless someone has a time machine, we are where we are now and the only thing we can do now is move forward and learn from it.

And now, here we are.  I’ve seen this happen many times before:  A TV show will do great stuff, gain positive attention, get too big for its britches, have some big stumbles, cause an uproar with a large portion of its fandom, and quietly start being awesome again while no one notices because they all gave up on it after the thing it did wrong earlier.  And The 100 did this in a HUGE way this season – getting a hell of a lot more press for the one particular stumble than anything else it ever did.  98% of the press the show got from 3.07 onwards was about that one thing and nothing else, and there’s a really good chance that the Lexa Debacle is all most people will ever know about the series even a decade after it ends.  But there is still that group of us, who’ve loved the show since season 1, who then fell back in love with it when it refocused on its core strengths after all the dust settled.  The question now for The 100‘s survival will be, in season 4, whether it actually can go back to garnering wider attention for simply being an awesomely entertaining show (and that, of course, will require S4 to be awesomely entertaining to begin with).  I’ll be here hoping for the best.

That’s all folks.  May we meet again (in season 4).

12 thoughts on “Review: ‘The 100’ Season 3

  1. The whole making two MOC the face of xenophobia and having white women as the face of peace and understanding was such a racist mess. As much as I disliked Lexa (I can not forgive her being in brownface, Bindi and having Maori tattoos, as a Bi Asian woman I just can’t) they fact that she was killed of by a stray bullet just like Tara on Buffy was horrible. Why not have Lexa her be put in exile if Alycia could not appear as a regular. Overall this is a great rundown of Season 3.

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    1. Thanks!! You have a good point about Bellamy & Pike, I didn’t think about that aspect of it. One thing I did notice though … is like – Hey guys, it’s great to hire a black actor in a prominent role in season 3 (Pike), but did you really *have* make him The Literal Worst Fucking Person Ever and then kill him off at the end of the season?? Monty’s mom too, now that I think about it. With Lincoln and Sinclair gone now, I think these guys need to hire more PoC as good guys in S4.

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