Review: ‘The 100’ Season 5 Premiere: “Eden”

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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Review: ‘The 100’ Season 4

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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Wave of Mutilation: ‘The 100’ Season 4 Finale Review

Cease to resist, giving my goodbyyyye
Drive my car into the ooocea … ha hun
You’ll think I’m dead!  But I sail awayyy hay hay … hay hay!
On a wave of mutilation
A wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Way … hay hay … hay haaayvvve
Way … hay hay … hay haaayvvve

I’ve had this song in my head all week going into this season finale, and now that I’ve seen the ep, it turns out that the somewhat nonsensical lyrics actually fit the episode shockingly well.  Clarke had to give up her hope of getting to the Ark and say goodbye to her friends.  She then rode out the death wave (definitely more of a fire-based wave than a water-based wave in Clarke’s case, but close enough).  Everyone thinks she’s dead!  But she “sails” away, which in her case probably means that she does a good amount of earth-searching to find livable land.  I’ve got a lot of questions on how that even works, but I’ll get to that later.

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Review: ‘The 100’ Ep 4.12: “The Chosen”

OMG.  Wait.  What is that weird sensation I’m feeling right now … I’m not sure I’m familiar with it.  Hmmm … could it be … is it even possible to feel … hope?  What is hope?  I don’t know her.

Well … I might, maybe have a very vague memory of her.  Like from back in the days of … gosh.  It’s been a long time not only in the world of The 100, but in real life.  On a day when we watched the Trump administration start to crack more than ever before (appointment of the special counsel to investigate possible Russia shadiness, a leaked tape from Paul Ryan and the House Majority Leader talking shit about Trump and Putin, revelations of the admin’s knowledge of Flynn being under investigation when they hired him, etc. etc.) … it felt fitting that we finally got a glimmer of hope not only in real life, but on The Hundy.  We’ve had a damn bleak year in this real world, and likewise its been a fittingly bleak season of The 100.  We need a teeny glimpse of a faint light at the end of the tunnel every now and then.

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Review: ‘The 100’ Ep 4.11: “The Other Side”

Uhh … wow.  Considering how much I’ve wanted to murder Jasper all season, I sure did find myself a blubbering mess when he actually died tonight.  I was not expecting that.  I mean, I guess I’m not sure what I expected, but I was so sick of him dragging everyone else down for the past 11 episodes, on top of several stretches of season 3, that I was just ready to move on.  So I didn’t necessarily consider all the history it would dredge up when it actually did happen.  Well o.k. I should be careful how I word this so as not to be entirely insensitive, as I know the kid was depressed.  My point is just that I still think the writers could have handled/treated him better.  I know I’ve talked mad shit about him this season but the entire reason I’m angry is that Jasper was once a great and vital character on this show.  Thus it feels like he should’ve been treated better on his way out.  Anyway I’ll talk more about that in a sec.  There was a lot happening in this ep, as always, and overall I think it was actually quite a good episode, but I also think some stories were fleshed out better than others.  I’ll get into that too.

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Review: ‘The 100’ Ep 4.09: “DNR”

Well, shit.  This episode left a hell of a lot more characters out there hanging in extremely dire predicaments than I expected.  I knew Jasper was/is likely done for, and I’ve accepted it, mainly because his character has been useless for 2 full seasons now.  I’ve been fully over him since realizing he’d had no growth since the end of season 3.  But then somehow we wound up adding Harper and Raven to the “DNR” list too tonight.  And even Monty is now stuck in a weird limbo back at the “party till our faces literally melt off” camp, waiting for some sort of miracle to happen.  Not cool writers, not cool.  And here’s the thing about my reaction to “DNR”: I basically just want to see next week’s episode now.  Because that’s mostly what this ep was: set-up for next week.  A lot of it was interesting set-up, and it was well-directed and well-written, but it was definitely set up.  Let’s talk about it.

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