Recaps, Rants, Raves is a new feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share a recap as well as a rant/rave of a few TV shows every Saturday! For now, we have the first season of The 100!
Disclaimer: Ahead are recaps, reactions, and rants about the CW show The 100. If you haven’t watched the episode or the series, and you plan to do so, it is advised not to proceed due to inevitable spoilers. Otherwise, enjoy!
Ah, The 100. We meet again. If y’all remember, I wrote a reaction article to the pilot, and Aimee, my dear co-blogger, wrote about her
negative feelings of the second. Be forewarned: this is rather lengthy.
The Episode in a Nutshell:
Honestly, with how I hated both episode 1 and episode 2, I expected the third one to be as lackluster and ridiculous. But I was honestly surprised with how things worked out here. Clearly, it’s nothing like the book Kass Morgan authored (which was basically a romance book with a side dish of plot), as the story starts getting grimmer and darker and the stakes even higher. Which is to say, yes, it was pretty decent!
What I thought:
Before we begin, I remember Aimee and I were discussing how sending 100 delinquents to Earth to see if it was livable was a stupid idea. The thing is, it’s pretty obvious that the orbiting vessel was wearing thin, and that sooner or later, the 4000 people residing there will die due to lack of oxygen. So, we thought: wasn’t it better to simply send everyone to Earth than wait for the vessel to destroy itself, especially if it had an inevitable end? If they sent everyone back to ground – delinquents and experts and man labor and all – and worked together, wouldn’t that mean higher chances of survival rather than sitting duck? What could a bunch of criminals (read: CRIMINALS) do anyway, other than try being defiant and using the planet for themselves (which was a very evident outcome, because hello, CRIMINALS)? With experts and equipment, they could actually do something and analyze data in real time instead of looking at a computer screen showing the teens’ life statistics.
In short: logic, you do not have.
In any case, back to the episode.
1.) Finally, we have flashbacks. In episode 1, there was a scene at the beginning where Wells was apologizing to Clarke for getting her father arrested. It was pretty weird to start at that note if you haven’t read the book because you’ll be like, “What? What the hell is he apologizing for? Why is she so mad?” and since then we were made to believe he was actually a bad guy for making Clarke sad (hardy har har). The flashbacks then illustrated a bit of a backstory with regards to Clarke’s mom and dad, as well as her relationship with Wells.
Later on, due to Finn’s peacekeeping abilities, he managed to make Clarke doubt Well’s involvement when he asked, “But was he the only one who knew (about Clarke’s dad going public)?” which consequently resulted to Clarke confronting her best friend about it, and discovering he was actually innocent. I loved this scene a lot because it has shown Wells’ kindness to protect his buddy from a horrible truth that would surely devastate her.
And seriously? I love Live Action Wells more than Book Wells (okay, truth be told, I hated this dude in the novel). In the book, he was a serious creeper whose only mission in life was to make Clarke fall in love with him again. This one was more polished, more practical, more… everything. He’s the one I liked the most in this show.
2.) The Queen Bee is Queen Bee no more. I don’t really remember much about Octavia in the book, only that she stole something from the group, but even then, I was kinda disappointed to see her character here embody that of a “resident bitchy girl” that’s apparently becoming mandatory in every TV show. In episodes 1 and 2, she was exactly that and then in episode 3, after she realized her brother was unfairly using his position of power, she had a change of heart and has shown kindness many times. Honestly? I loved it. Not every TV show has to have that antagonistic female character just because. Stereotypes like that seem so superficial. Because of this, I’ve also grown to forgive the scratch she got in episode 1 when she clearly was supposed to be more severely wounded given the rather… erm, violent trashing by the monster-fish/eel.
3.) An unexpected death, which left me so surprised that I had to scream WHAT THE FUCK out loud. I was pretty pissed off when we were made to believe Jasper got speared through the heart, and then an episode later, he turned out to be alive! I kept on thinking: “Why are they so afraid of killing someone?” If we were to make this kind of scenario a reality, many more people would have died, not just because of a spear being thrown from out of nowhere, but also because of other factors like dehydration, infection from wounds sustained from the landing, and less-resistant immune systems due to the lack of contact with various pathogens.
And then, we meet Charlotte, a girl who keeps getting nightmares of her parents’ deaths, who we immediately assume, because of her appearance, to be innocent and not capable of, I dunno, MURDER. She appeared out of nowhere and seemed to soften Bellamy’s heart in their scene in the cave, so I thought she’d be cool. Boy, was I wrong. She saw Clarke mercifully put to death a suffering Atom, who sustained devastating injuries from a suspicious orange ash-carrying fog that came out of nowhere, and then later used the same method to kill Wells BECAUSE IT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO QUENCH HER NIGHTMARES WHAT.
It was brutal, it was unexpected, it was devastating, it was shocking. And I loved it. He was the last person I’d expected to be killed off first in the main cast, given how he was so important to Clarke, so his murder hit me like a pick-up truck. I just know because of this, the people among the group of delinquents will start doubting and blaming each other, and chaos will ensue. I WILL RELISH EVERY SECOND OF IT. MY BODY IS READY.
P.S. I am not a maniac. I just like chaos in my TV shows. IT MAKES THINGS INTERESTING.
1.) Ugh. If you see a suspicious orange fog popping out of nowhere and coming at you, you do not just stand there staring at it. You fucking run. But nope, these two teenagers who decided to do some sexy time out in the woods just stood there like morons. /SMH
2.) Clarke. Clarke tries to make herself look like the kindest in the group but she only looks like a hypocritical bitch to me. Here she was, tending to a wounded Jasper who was suffering from a worsening infection, when Bellamy came to say that he was a hopeless cause and killing him instead would be the merciful way to go. She then said everyone was valuable, especially given their circumstances, which, truly, was a remarkable thing to say, but it kind of grates the ears when a few scenes later, she told Wells if he were really a friend, he should go out there, die, and fuck himself. Really, girl? Doesn’t that kind of nullify what you told Bellamy earlier? I get that you’re mad at him, but girl, even you said it yourself: “…given the circumstances…” GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, EVERYONE IS VALUABLE, SO YOU CAN’T JUST TELL SOMEONE TO DIE BECAUSE OF YOUR FEELINGS.
Besides, you were wrong about him anyway.
3.) When Clarke makes the conscious decision of ending Atom’s life, we see something different happen in Bellamy. Like respect. Perhaps love? Knowing how what Book Bellamy felt for Book Clarke, I have this terrible feeling that there will be a love triangle happening later on between Bellamy, Clarke, and Finn. I honestly don’t know what to feel about that. Bellamy looks so sleazy here that every time my eyes chance upon him, I get caterpillars crawling on my skin. *shudder*
I liked this episode A LOT MORE than the previous ones. It was darker, more shocking, and just… more everything. It was decent. I was right in saying that this premise would work better in a TV show format. Or maybe the book really was just badly written. x_x
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