The 100: Perverse Instantiation (1) – Review

The 100: Perverse Instantiation (1) (Season 3, Episode 15)

“Clarke’s always in trouble.” – Murphy

The first half of The 100′s season finale was just as action-packed and intense as deserving of such a great season for the show.

Roan found Clarke in the woods and was going to take The Flame back to Ontari but Clarke convinced him otherwise. They embarked on a plan to get into Polis and remove the chip from Ontari’s brain and then implant The Flame so that they could learn how to shut down Alie. After a stream of deaths they were unsuccessful and ended the episode stuck in the tower with no real way to leave. Over in the home base, we also learned that Jasper had been chipped and was doing his best to disrupt their plans from there.

I haven’t been keeping count but has The 100′s death rate surpassed Game of Thrones yet? I understand that it’s the finale but we’re running out of main characters and they still have to do the fourth season. Roan was killed; Ontari was killed; Indra and Marcus may be dead; and Monty was stabbed by Jasper. The show is definitely communicating that these last two episodes are high stakes – nobody is safe (except Clarke, Clarke’s pretty much always safe) so it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Amongst all of the death and destruction, we saw some nice moments: Bellamy and Clarke have barely been in the same place this season but now that they’re back together it’s like nothing has changed. Romances in The 100 are strong but fleeting (largely due to the high probability of death) but the friendships and alliances are really the back-bone of the show.

Monty and Jasper were a prime example of a strong friendship which is why I was so ready to believe that Jasper had turned a corner and so crushed when he stabbed Monty in the stomach. Just like last week, the show is using these characters to give me emotional whiplash and I don’t appreciate it (except I kind of love it…).

Clarke is a “strong” character: she’s not a great fighter but she is a leader and she makes difficult decisions whilst maintaining a calm front. For these reasons, seeing her cry and her emotional wall break was really sad. She was being tortured by her own mother and whilst her relationship with her mother hasn’t been the best throughout the series, you could still the hurt and betrayal in her eyes.

The show ended with no real way forward but that’s how it seemed last week. With only one episode left I can’t see how they’ll be able to beat Alie but I can’t wait to watch next week and find out.

What did you think of this week’s The 100? How are they going to get out of the tower? Let me know in the comments.

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The 100: Red Sky At Morning – Review

The 100: Red Sky At Morning (Season 3, Episode 14)

“Jasper’s actually smiling.” – Bellamy

The last episode of The 100 made it seem as though we had potentially reached a stand-still yet this week showed us just how untrue that was.

Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy and Jasper were on board the boat and tried, unsuccessfully, to convince Luna to take The Flame. Meanwhile in Arcadia, Raven became more obsessed with Alie’s code and despite Monty’s advice otherwise she took their one chance to kill Alie and failed. Finally, in the Polis; Murphy, Pike and Indra managed to escape and attempted to destroy one of Alie’s power sources but failed. There was a lot of failure this episode.

As the main antagonist this season is computer code, it makes sense that the show goes into more sci-fi territory but most notably, their transition has been seamless. Raven typing furiously away at a computer over ten different monitors doesn’t look out of place but fits perfectly within the narrative of the show.

Remember Jasper and Monty in season 1? So young and care-free? Well, after seeing and doing terrible things over the last year, we haven’t seen those people in a while – that was until this episode. Monty had sex; Jasper had a pleasant conversation with a girl: they actually smiled! Naturally the show couldn’t let that stand so Monty had to kill his mum a second time and Jasper’s new friend was murdered. The emotional whiplash that this show subjects me to is dangerous.

We’re seeing a new side of Raven – as one of the toughest and smartest characters in the show, it was always going to be interesting to see how she responded to having been under Alie’s control. Her response has been to throw herself into the mission of destroying Alie but that has affected her decision-making skill. This week was a major blow for her: her relationship with Monty has been damaged, I don’t imagine that the others will have a great response when they found out what she did. Ironically, what they’re unaware of is that Raven managed to greatly weaken Alie.

The only reason that Alie wasn’t destroyed this week was because, contrary to popular belief, John Murphy has a heart. I could wax lyrical about Murphy’s beautiful character development but we can see how he has gone from cold and calculating to a truly loving character: the idea that Emori’s mind would be lost was enough to stop him from destroying Alie.

Alie spent a lot of this episode talking about a ‘migration’ and now it appears that the City of Light is on the Arc. Considering that the City of Light isn’t real, I’m not sure what difference that makes but I’m sure it’s relevance will be revealed soon enough.

The end of the episode found Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy and Jasper dumped away from the boat community, without Luna and with no real plan of action going forwards. As Bellamy put it, “what now?”

What did you think of this week’s episode? How will they stop the City of Light? Did you agree with Raven’s actions? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Join or Die – Review

The 100: Join or Die (Season 3, Episode 13)

“The key to surviving on the ground and on the Arc is to keep fighting at all costs, against all odds.” – Pike

The City of Light is growing and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon.

This week Marcus and Pike arrived in Polis and refused to submit to the City of Light so were taken prisoner. Needing Marcus to assist in locating Clarke, Jaha threatened Abby’s life and to save her, Marcus took the chip. Flashbacks of the day before the 100 were sent to the ground were featured heavily in this episode and we learned that Pike helped to prepare them. Clarke, Jasper, Octavia and Monty continued searching for Luna.

The episode opened with the streets of Polis covered in blood and the message was clear: you either join the City of Light or you die. I say it every week, but the show continues to get more and more intense: as the population of the City of Light grows I struggle to see how they’ll be able to stop it.

As the characters can’t immediately tell when somebody is under Alie’s influence, the show is really playing with the alliances that they’ve spent three seasons building up. Watching Abby manipulate Marcus was a fantastic scene this week – you can see his relief at seeing her and he obviously wants to trust her. I imagine that they’ll try a similar tactic if Clarke ever arrives in Polis and I’m not sure she’ll be able to hurt her mother.

For a while now, Marcus has been this pure light and symbol of peace – some may even call him a Christ-figure. If you weren’t calling him that then the heavy symbolism of hanging him up on that crucifix might having you saying that. I mean, a crucifix? Come on.

Unlike certain shows (I’m looking at you Arrow), the flashbacks felt like an important and relevant part of the episode. Initially, the most striking part about them was the innocence of the kids on the Arc: at that point we were able to call them kids but life on the ground has robbed them of that. We also saw Pike pre-ground and the show didn’t try to give him a sympathetic back story which I appreciate. As far as we can tell he has always been the same – his overall intentions are good but his method is cruel and wrong.

Nonetheless, seeing Pike getting cut by Indra was far from satisfying. I’ve spent the season wanting him to get his comeuppance but that kind of up-close cruelty was difficult to watch. Murphy saved his life, again proving how much he has grown from the first season.

It is a testament to how good a character Jasper is that, even amongst all of the sad and awful things that happen in the show, he doesn’t fail to make me smile.

By the end of the episode Clarke and co. had found Luna but Luna refused to help them. Now they’re in the middle of the ocean.

Will they convince Luna to help? How are they going to get back to land? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Demons – Review

The 100: Demons (Season 3, Episode 12)

“Following the creepy music is a bad idea.” – Monty

Last week The 100 went sci-fi, this week they went full-on horror show.

As far as furthering the plot, most of this episode could have stood as a stand-alone episode. The crew went back to Arkadia to retrieve Lincoln’s book but were slowly taken out by a mysterious figure that turned out be Emerson – the man responsible for the (second) massacre at Mount Weather. Clarke saved everybody by killing Emerson. Over with the Grounders, Ontari joined the City of Light which means that the entire world is now under the control of Alie.

Revisiting the place where Lincoln had been killed was difficult for Octavia and we saw her struggle through it this week. Generally it was a touching affair but there were points at which she acted in such an un-Octavia fashion that the show didn’t really make sense. When Jasper walked into the room and literally told Octavia that he had been attacked, she didn’t stand guard or check what he was talking about – she turned her back to the only entrance to the room. More so than any of them, Octavia is a warrior and that is the last thing that she would do.

Whilst we’re on the thread of bad writing, Monty’s questioning of Clarke about what would happen to his mother made no sense. Perhaps my ice heart missed something but I don’t understand why Monty would bother saying that unless maybe Clarke was the one that had killed his mum. Unfortunately, Monty was the one to shoot his mother and she’s not coming back – quit making everybody uncomfortable Monty.

The best thing about Clarke coming back to Arkadia has to be the dynamic between her and Bellamy: they slipped back into their roles of captain and lieutenant seamlessly and it’s beautiful. It’s so rare that a TV show depicts a strong friendship between a boy and girl without a romantic angle but The 100 does it and they create a relationship that is more compelling and healthy than some of the romantic relationships in the show.

Back with the Grounders and Murphy, it seemed increasingly clear that Emori was the Nightblood girl that they were looking for but then the show delivered a massive swerve and it was revealed that Emori had actually joined the City of Light. Ontari was convinced to join the City of Light and now the future of Earth is looking quite bleak.

Do you think a small group of teenagers can stop the City of Light? Could Emori still be the missing Nightblood? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Nevermore – Review

The 100: Nevermore (Season 3, Episode 11)

“You’re one of The 100.” – Monty

This was a very different episode of The 100, delving into new territory for the show but pulling it off with grace.

After rescuing Raven from Arkadia in the previous episode, Jasper and Clarke reunited with the others and tried to save Raven from Alie’s control. In order to save Raven, they had to build an EMP to remove Alie from her brain however Alie wasn’t quite ready to relinquish control and fought back at every turn but they eventually prevailed.

Instead of exploring multiple story-arcs as the show tends to do, the show zeroed in on the City of Light, which – ironically – is fast becoming the darkest arc of the show. Life in The 100 isn’t exactly a peaceful, utopian existence but as much fighting as there may be, the alliances and allegiance are what stop everything from descending into complete madness. That’s over.

No single character in this show has reached Season 3 without their fair share of pain but until this episode Monty was probably the most well-adjusted. I could see how the scene was going to play out when Monty’s mother attacked him and Octavia but the existence of the scene itself surprised me. I have not been a fan of Monty’s mother this season so her death was almost a welcome occurrence had it not happened by Monty’s hand. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so sad for the murderer in one of these situations.

The silver lining could be that Monty is now as messed-up as everybody else, and the show certainly did explore the damaged nature of the characters this week. If Raven’s pointed jabs weren’t enough, Jasper’s disdain reminded us of all the terrible things that Clarke and Bellamy have done in the last few years. I had hoped that this episode would provide some sort of resolution between Jasper and Clarke – positive or negative – but it didn’t which I suppose means that we can look forward to that dynamic continuing in coming weeks. I’m sure that won’t get tiresome.

I said that this episode centred around the City of Light but it was also heavily reliant on Raven who was played beautifully by Lindsey Morgan. Raven wore a hundred different faces this episode: caring, vulnerable, spiteful, vengeful, feral. Raven is a strong character in every sense of the word but this week Morgan played Raven in ways that we have never seen her before. It was masterfully done and helped to elevate the entire episode.

The episode ended with a clear plan going forward: destroy Alie and the City of Light. The original crew from the first season are back together and this time they’re taking on – wait for it – the rest of Arkadia… This should be interesting.

What did you think of this week’s episode? How did you feel about Raven? Can they possibly hope to destroy the City of Light? Let me know in the comments.

The 100: Fallen – Review

The 100: Fallen (Season 3, Episode 10)

“Oh, the things I do to survive.” – Murphy

Before anything else, a massive congratulations to The 100 for not killing any beloved characters this week – I appreciate it.

In this episode we saw Ontari ascend to her position as Heda (with a lot of help from Murphy). Bellamy led Pike into a trap and Pike was then taken away by the Grounders. The City of Light took Abby and now all of Arkadia have joined, barring Jasper who fled with an inert Raven and a surprise Clarke.

Throughout this season, this show has been simultaneously running so many different story-lines that it’s heading into Game of Thrones territory in the best way possible. Having multiple story-arcs can be detrimental to a show as people forget about what’s happening or they’re just not invested in certain arcs but The 100 doesn’t suffer from that problem. Their stories are character-led and all of their characters are fantastic.

Just because nobody died does not mean that this episode wasn’t full of pain, this is The 100 that we’re talking about. Specifically the scene in which Octavia beat Bellamy into a pulp and Bellamy did not try to stop her. Last episode marked a change for both characters: after weeks of succumbing to Pike’s evil agenda, Bellamy is trying to redeem himself but it looks as though it may be too late for him. After Lincoln’s death, Octavia is simply out for blood and whilst I sympathise with her pain, I hope that this isn’t a permanent change.

The City of Light made a return this episode and it’s honestly one of the most interesting arcs that the show is exploring this season. The juxtaposition between the primitive way of life and this incredibly advanced technology should raise some red flags but it’s so well written and they’ve made it work. A few weeks ago I was questioning exactly what it is but I’m pretty sure it’s safe to call it a cult and a hardcore one at that.

Raven lost the fight against Alie for control of her own body and now Jasper’s stepping up. We’ve seen Jasper go from pitiful alcoholic to somebody much more like the one we saw last season. Now that Clarke’s back in the picture – the source of all of his pain – that may all change next week.

Once again The 100 delivered a gorgeous, tear-inducing episode and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

What did you think of this episode? Is Bellamy beyond redemption? Will the City of Light be the true adversary this season? Let me know in the comments.

The 100 – Stealing Fire: Review

The 100: Stealing Fire (Season 3, Episode 9)

Not really a silver-lining type of guy, is he?” – Murphy

The 100 started off slow but ended up being one of the most intense and emotionally-draining episodes of the entire series.

We saw Clarke for the first time since Lexa’s death and instead of escaping, she has taken up the mission of finding a worthy Heda to replace Lexa. Speaking of escaping, after Lincoln, Sinclair and Marcus were sentenced to death, they were aided in escaping from camp but Lincoln chose to go back to save his people and was executed.

This was by no means the bloodiest episode of The 100 but the individual deaths were so haunting that it packed a bigger punch than the giant massacres we have previously seen on the show.

Firstly, Ontari slaughtered a group of children in their sleep to ensure that she would ascend to the throne of Heda. Ontari has made it clear that she is not a character to be trifled with but it seems as though there may be some sort of connection between her and Murphy although perhaps Murphy may just be trying to survive – something that he’s proven to be very adept at.

Over the course of three seasons this show has been a master-class in character development. This week Murphy could have left and saved himself but when Clarke decided to go back he went with her – Murphy of Season 1 would never have done this. With his knack for survival and general lack of interests in the politics of the world that he finds himself in, Murphy is fast becoming one of my favourite characters.

We finally saw something come of the budding romance between Abby and Marcus as they shared an emotional farewell scene before Marcus’ execution and finally a kiss as Marcus escaped. These two have grown so much from characters that hated each other in the first season of the show and this romance feels real and organic. It stands in stark contrast to the relationship between Bryan and Nathan which is admittedly new but lacks any sort of chemistry.

Regardless of how you felt about Titus, it wasn’t easy to watch him die in this episode. A morally-shaky character but one who very strongly believed that everything that he was doing was right. In the end, he somewhat redeemed himself by allowing Clarke to find a replacement Heda and then slicing his own throat against Roan’s dagger so he would not be able to help Ontarr.

The episode ended with Lincoln’s execution and this scene was the most painful thing to watch in the entire episode. Probably the most painful thing that I watched this week. I cried my way through this sequence in which the sense of inevitability was too strong. We watched Lincoln kneel down and so readily accept his fate as Octavia watched on. Some part of me hoped that he could be saved but for once it was clear that this was a death that could not be prevented.

This episode was a game-changer. I’m not sure how long Pike will be able to run the Sky People camp as more people within it silently rebel against him and Ontari prepares to wipe them all out. With Lincoln dead, there will definitely be a change in Octavia but who knows where she’ll direct all of that anger.

What did you think of The 100 this week? Did you cry as much as me? How long before everybody realises what a terrible leader Pike is and kills him? Let me know in the comments.