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!
Hi, guys! Faye here again. Bet you were expecting sweet Aimee to give you the recap, huh? Unfortunately for you, you’ll have to endure my rants and raves again, as Aimee wasn’t able to watch the past 2 episodes yet (awww…). Don’t worry! She’ll be doing 5 and 6! For now, here we go.
THE EPISODE IN A NUTSHELL:
Like episode 3, this is way better than the first two combined. I watched episode 4 expecting its quality plot-wise to go down, but it actually stayed consistent, to the point that I am left wondering if episodes 1 and 2 were simply an advanced April Fool’s joke, considering how god-awful they were. Compared to this episode and last week’s, those sucked rat balls. Seriously.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
The 100 continues to surprise me, with its becoming riskier and riskier after each episode. I know, we’re still only at the fourth, but it’s way, way, WAY better than the first two (I keep repeating that, huh? I just really want to emphasize that despite what you’ve seen at the start of the series, it does become decent later on, so hang in there!), and the show is heading towards a more focused direction.
1.) FINALLY! CHAOS! Okay, before you accuse me of being a lunatic who takes great amusement from the misery of others, hear me out. So far, every delinquent in this show has only acknowledged ONE threat – the grounders, the “people” who remained on Earth after the Cataclysm who may or may not be mutated humans (we don’t know yet, because they are so conveniently masked). When our cast of characters found Wells killed (this actually happens out of the episode, as it starts with Clarke looking at his grave), they immediately assumed it was the fault of those people, whose lands, mind you, were taken by these very delinquents for their own (so that you know these masked people have a very valid reason for wanting to eradicate them), that they’ve forgotten one other threat.
I mean, come on, they’re all delinquents. Some of them were jailed for petty reasons, but many of them were imprisoned for murder, too. You bunch of peeps really don’t think someone’s capable of that, especially now that there’s a lack of real authority? Who are y’all kidding? We ain’t playing house, yo. Like Bellamy said, there are no rules. When they found Wells’ amputated fingers beside a knife that has Murphy’s initials on it, that’s when bells in their head went full alert, and they’ve come to an awful, terrible conclusion…
MURDER. SOMEONE ACTUALLY MURDERED SOMEBODY.
And that’s when all hell broke loose. Suddenly, everyone went against Murphy, someone they didn’t mind punishing since he has always been on a horrible power trip from the very beginning (maybe next time you don’t try to pee on someone wanting a water break just because you can? Yeah, one act of kindness could’ve saved your ass). And man, it was brutal. Imagine being on the ground with probably 90 angry men and women coming at you, screaming loudly for your blood. They roll your limp body on the mud, pull you up, then try to hang you under a tree. All because of an accusation that presented circumstantial evidence, but for those people you treated cruelly, that was already a good opportunity for them to get even. And by even, I meant your life.
Moral of the story: don’t be an ass. Because karma.
2.) Double Standard Much? Of course, seeing someone else was being fried for her own doing, Charlotte ‘fessed up and immediately stated that it wasn’t Murphy who killed Wells, it was her! Innocent, petite, small Charlotte? Capable of killing someone twice, no, thrice her size?! Who would’ve thought?!
Who would’ve thought indeed. The moment people realized they were punishing the wrong guy, they were stunned to silence, and suddenly all that blind rage they had ebbed away, and they couldn’t find it within themselves to beat up the girl the very same way they beat up Murphy. And the innocent man was furious at the double standard.
I loved seeing this here because I think it posed a great question that everyone could ask themselves for discourse. Even in society we see this so much, where minors who do the same grave crime are often given more lenient sentences, or how people are disbelieving they are capable of doing such heavy wrongdoings. I’m not going to present my own opinion here because woo boy, that could lead to many complicated discussions and debates and I AM NOT PREPARED FOR THAT, but yeah, it was here, and I liked it.
3.) Charlotte’s suicide. Man, that took me by surprise. I knew that she was guilty of what she did, and I admit that I haven’t quite forgiven her yet because Wells was the most decent character in this show and I wanted more of him, but after her talk with Bellamy, I thought she would at least (wo)man up and accept the consequences. But then again, if the punishment meant 90 boots stomping on you consecutively, even I would choose a quick death.
Also, I loved that Clarke stood her ground and scolded her. Charlotte killed Wells because she kept getting nightmares of her own parents’ deaths, and the only way (for her) to silence the demons was to kill the Chancellor’s son, who totally didn’t have any role in the death of her parents. Like Clarke said, you can’t just kill somebody because of your feelings (which I think needs to be told to her as well, given the fact that before she found out Wells’ true intentions, she wanted him to go fuck himself and die in the ash fog because of her BITTER FEELINGS).
4.) Realizations. Realizations everywhere. After the incident with Murphy and Charlotte, everyone realized that anarchy wasn’t really the best idea after all (duh?! Common sense, use it), and they’ve all agreed to enforce rules to ensure their own peace of mind and their own survival. That means the drama now must come from somewhere else!
5.) Raven. Or Finn’s girlfriend up in the Ark. She’s a sexy mechanic who’s absolutely kick-ass. She and Clarke’s mother planned to escape the Ark and go down to the ground, but because of untrustworthy people, their plan was botched and she was forced to go by her lonesome. That scene of her going down in the podship from the space settlement was mad cool.
Of course, this episode had its share of bad scenes… or scenes that I deemed bad enough to include here.
1.) One black character dead, another one appeared. Seriously? That was just low, bro. Why can’t two people of color be in the same episode together? After Wells was killed, one black character we’ve never seen before in the previous episodes was introduced, and just like Wells, he got picked on every time he appeared. I try not to read too much into it, but it’s just a little upsetting to me. Everyone else is White/Caucasian, except for that one Asian dude and one Black dude, who was replaced by another black dude when he got killed off. Ugh.
2.) Clarke’s easy acceptance of Wells’ death. He was her best friend. All this time, while she was imprisoned, she hated him so much because she believed it was his fault her father was sentenced to die. Before Wells was murdered, she humbly realized that he was in fact protecting her from hating her mother, who was the real one to blame. You would’ve thought that after his death, she would be more, I dunno, hysterical. That it would take her days to accept his passing, considering she was wrong about him all along. That there would not only be grief, but regret as well. But nope! By the end of the episode she was busy sexing it up with Finn, who, may I remind you ladies and gents has a GIRLFRIEND, who’s on her way from the Ark to the ground, inevitably going to provide a much-scorned love triangle.
3.) FINN YOU CHEATER. Yes, Finn actually has a girlfriend called Raven who has more balls of steel and personality than blondie here. Look, I don’t mind the flirting glances you send Clarke’s way. You’re away from your GF who’s millions of miles up there in space, and you’re simply looking for a friend to rely on. To an extent, that’s understandable. But the moment you kiss each other, take off your clothes, because of a “spur of the moment”? That’s when I say FUCK YOU, YOUR COWS, YOUR PIGS, AND YOUR BALLS. You get no brownie points from me, pal. At this point, even Bellamy’s decent.
4.) Clarke continues to be hypocritical.
Clarke: You can’t take off your bracelets, because they’ll think you’re dead! We need their help to survive here!
(5 minutes later)
Clarke: I hate my mother. She betrayed me and my dad. I’ll take off this bracelet as revenge, hah! Let her feel what I felt!
(5 minutes later)
Clarke: We must communicate with base! You better get that communication thing fixed, dude.
We’re getting there. To have maximum enjoyment, forget the existence of episodes 1 and 2. You’re better off not knowing those two were a part of this.
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