Errgh, o.k. Well, remember last week when I said that with the shockingly long winning streak of season 5 episodes, 5.06 would certainly be the first one to break the streak? It didn’t … I mean, look. It didn’t suck in terms of the quality of the episode itself. It was an interesting ep, reasonably well-written and well-produced. Where the suck factor comes in is purely in terms of the level of enjoyment I got out of it. Why? It was just … rough, storyline wise. And character wise. We had to endure a lot.
This paragraph is something I wrote right after my first watch of the episode: “Even with how strangely buttoned-up Bellamy has been this season, this was the first ep that actually gave me flashbacks of season 3 for him. I mean that in the sense of, I just don’t entirely get what he’s doing. I can’t identify with his motivations. Like, on paper I can kinda get it, but in the execution I’m disconnected with him. I’m totally out of his headspace. This isn’t anything even near the scale of S3 from what I can tell (I hope); as at least he’s not turning into a mass murderer this time. But he does definitely have that similar feel of BizarroBellamy like he did in season 3A.”
<tries to shake off the creepy creeps>
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Damn, dude. How long has it been since any of my favorite shows have had a 5-episode winning streak like this? Have they ever? With every episode I go into this season, I’m absolutely certain this is gonna be the one that sucks. We have to get there at some point. We always do. Next week must be the suck week, but for now, we’re still on a roll.
“Shifting Sands” was written by Nick Bragg, who apparently was Jason Rothenberg’s assistant only a couple years ago, and this was his very first ep of television. I was reading Selina Wilken’s review today and she makes a great point that the ep was so good/fun that it was almost annoying (I’d even say obnoxious heheh), not even because Nick is new so much as because he’s apparently already moved onto another job. So I guess we won’t get any more eps from him. Which sucks, because again as Selina points out, I think the gift he really gave to us all here, other than just a fun creepy ep with some hilarious lines, was that he allowed our favorite characters to speak very frankly with each other in a way that rarely happens on most TV shows, let alone this one.
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Lulz. I originally had this as a section in my ep 5.04 review, but the more I wrote, the more I realized that I have a ton to say about this. What a shock! So I figured I should give this its own post, and I’ll link to it from my 5.04 review. The thing that’s so ridiculous about this too is that the amount of direct Bellarke interactions in the ep added up to literally like 3 minutes, if that. But a) there is a LOT packed into these few minutes and b) there were just enough teens throwing fits online about what we got in this ep that I think it’s worth comparing this one to the other Bellarke hug moments, because I really feel like this one wins hands down.
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Hey, Octavia! We’re here to resc … uuuuhhhhh ……. what’s ….. why is it so ….. bloody in here? This place looks a li’l different than we last left it. 6 years ago it was significantly … cleaner. Nicer. Less splattered with blood. Less musty. Less crusty. This is honestly all I could think about during this “rescue” scene -what it must smell like down there after having been sealed off for 6 torturous years.
Holy shit you know what I just realized? As they’re lifting people out of the bunker, literally not one person even bothers to ask where Jaha is. It’s like Miller’s boyfriend Bryan. He disappeared into thin air and no one gave a single shite. There’s no Niylah in this ep either; she must certainly still be alive, but Clarke has no concern whatsoever with why she doesn’t see her anywhere. She was kinda sorta your girlfriend-ish, right Clarke? Well, no matter. She’ll show up again eventually and no one will skip a beat.
This episode can be summed up like so, and if you’re a fan of Netflix documentaries you’ll get what I mean:
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OMFG. This ep … Jesus Christ. There. is. SO. MUCH. to unpack here. First off, I gotta say, this has to be the best 3-episode start to a season The 100 has ever had. Even season 2, which is basically the best of the first 4 seasons … wait – was 2.03 the one where Anya and Clarke escaped Mount Weather and beat the shit out of each other at the Drop Ship? O.k. no that’s 2.04 I think; that is still one of my favorite eps of this series. Anyway point being, season 2’s first 3 eps were more of a slow burn overall, with Clarke trying to figure out how to get out of Mount Weather for a lot of that time, and the rest of the folks trying to find various people and figure out what the hell was going on around them. Season 5, on the other hand, has just been nail-biting intensity almost the entire way through. We got some breathing room at the start with the backstory on Clarke’s 6 years, but even that was filled with quite a number of trials and tribulations and awesomeness. What I’m trying to say is that every minute of this season so far has felt like a full meal. Thank you Bekka Pramheda for our daily bread.
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Shew. That’s right. Now that is the season premiere my protagonist deserves. And I really really hope this bodes well for the rest of the season. It’s been a rough couple seasons for our dear Clarke: She spent most of the first half of season 3 refusing to go back to Arkadia, and instead just kinda shuffling around Polis trying to make deals and grease the wheels behind the scenes for her Skaikru and her boo Lexa. It was only from like the very end of ep 3.10 onwards that she was able to get back out there into the action again and be her best self. Then for most of season 4, she had to trudge through an endless slog of the most mundane, frustrating and thankless aspects of leadership, trying to save humanity from Praimfaya and from itself. She almost lost her own marbles along the way too; going nearly rotten and causing me to angrily write a post titled “Clarke is an Asshole Now” after ep 4.10.
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Preface: I wrote 95% of this post back in June or July of 2017, not long after The 100 season 4 ended. I didn’t quite finish it and then I got busy with general life stuff, and never came back to finish the last couple sections. Life has been too crazy, but somehow in the torturous last couple weeks before season 5 finally starts, I’ve been feeling The Hundy fever and finishing this review is a decent way to give myself a little 100 entertainment while I wait. So when you read this, keep in mind that I wrote most of it a good 8 months ago, before we knew anything at all about season 5 other than what we got in the last couple minutes of the finale. Here goes:
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