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.
Since this has been such a rollercoaster week for The 100 fans, I’ll preface this post by saying that I wrote most of it on the night of episode 5.10 and then in the couple days following. Then on Saturday Bob and Eliza swept into SDCC to smooth things over a bit and to add some happiness back into the fandom, though it doesn’t change my opinion at all on the type of content that’s going to be delivered to us in the last 3 eps of the season (i.e. probably not what we’re looking for other than a crumb or two). But just for context, the fandom was still about as far down in the gutter as we’ve ever been when I wrote this post/review. I think it adds to the anger levels I had while typing it. Heh. Here it is:
Gosh. I do not envy people who review this show – and who also tend to enjoy it for similar aspects as I do – who have to review it in an unbiased manner this week. It’s been a rough, rough week for what I’m pretty sure is the biggest chunk of the fanbase this show has left after it lost most of the Lexa/Clexa fans in 2016. And what a complete mindfuck really, considering how unfazed I remained through last week’s extremely disturbing ep. I saw 5.09 as something that was very painful and unfortunate but also necessary to drive the story forward. I was worried that it was happening so late in the season, but shit, at least it was/is happening.
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.
Season 5 of The 100 should be called “All Bellamy’s Bitches.” O.k. that’s probably too misogynist-sounding for 2018 but I’m thinking of it as an early-90’s rap song. He’s juggling hoes in different area codes. Like seriously, the entire middle part of the season has been devoted to this. He’s saving Clarke from Diyoza, he’s saving Octavia from the bunker, he’s holding Octavia off from killing Echo, he’s holding Octavia off from attacking Diyoza, he’s holding Clarke back from killing O, and he’s poisoning O to stop her from killing Clarke. What’s next for him? Standing awkwardly in the same room with Clarke and Echo once they’re all back in Eden? Stopping O from trying to kill both of them again once she gets back on her feet? No doubt.
Welp, I guess those worms from 5.05 turned out to be more than just a cheap one-ep thrill, eh? More than we can say for our dear Vinson, who I miss already. Maybe he’ll show up again later, when we’re least expecting it. Fingers crossed.
If there’s any one statement that perfectly describes where I’m at with The 100 right now, it’s this:
Panic-watching is precisely what I’m doing right now. Because while I am finding our unprecedented lack of knowledge on what’s ahead in the second half of the season kind of exhilarating, this situation also makes for very nerve-racking episode-viewing experiences. I’m so anxious about where this is all gonna go that I’m over analyzing every scene, every interaction, and every minute detail. I’m constantly calculating how things may get from point A to point B in the remaining eps, and whether they will even be headed to point B at all, or if they might go to an unexpected point C.
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.
You know what? I’ve said this before about Octavia and I’ll say it again: Throughout this series O has always been a far more morally steadfast and reliable person than either Clarke or Bellamy, despite the fact that she’s always looked at as being somewhat of a maniac. Granted, it’s not saying much to be more ethical than a person who mass murdered 300 people in their sleep for (mostly) revenge, or a person who tried to steal the bunker for Skaikru at the last minute to thwart whoever was about to win the Conclave. But I truly believe that when it comes to sticking to one’s morals, O has always been significantly more solid and kept her hands far cleaner than either Clarke or Bell. And it annoys me that she tends to get kind of a bad rap because of her wild approach to life and her mercurial personality.
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.
Back in the Covert Affairs days, we had a running joke that every episode the writers/cast/crew hyped up like crazy ahead of time was almost guaranteed to be shitty. And conversely, the ones you barely heard much about stood a better chance of being enjoyable. The 100 has fallen into this trap before: ep 3.04 is the one that comes to mind; it was super hyped up and the Lexa/Roan fight was awesome, but they must’ve put all their energy towards that one element, because in every other aspect it was one of the worst eps of the series. Other than 3.04 though, this show had a pretty good track record last season of hyping up the right episodes from what I recall. I unfortunately can’t comment on seasons 1 or 2 because I didn’t watch those live.
Welp, 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.