I’m done lol. I’m so done that I actually don’t even need to bother to write a proper review because I won’t waste any more time than I’ve already wasted on this show this season. I’m so let down by this thing that it makes me literally never want to get into any TV show ever again. I’ve been hugely disappointed by shows I’ve loved in the past, but never like this. The upside is that it’s only taken me about 3 weeks to go from loving this show with all my heart to to being able to just quit cold turkey. Like boom, done. I mean obviously I didn’t want it to go this direction because it’s heartbreaking, but if the show had to shit the bed, I’m glad it just did it all at once. I’m glad I didn’t get baited to waste my time again in season 6. Now I can just be free of this nonsense. It feels like a relief and a weight off my shoulders. Aahh.
Here’s something I don’t think I’ve ever done before: I’m typing the opener to my ep 5.09 review before it airs. The reason I’m doing this is that Jason Rothenberg, The 100‘s showrunner, has tweeted several things in the lead-up to this ep that indicate he’s expecting it’ll cause the fandom to blow up in a bad way. His first tweet on the topic said the ep will “probably start a riot.” Lord. His next tweet about the ep, a few days later, reminded the fans to “keep in mind that [the last 5 eps] are a roller coaster, not a chu-chu train.” And then a couple days after that, he got back on Twitter and was very up in his feelings with some vague tweets about “fandom blindspots” and people being so “convinced in their own rightness that they reject the truth.” Hrrmm. This may be a reaction to Echo hate in his mentions, probably having ramped up over the weekend in response to an ep 5.09 sneak peak he tweeted. Just speculation on my part.
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.
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:
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.