Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Episode 7 – “Tension. Tension Everywhere.”

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. I’m TERRIBLY sorry that I haven’t put this post up last Saturday. I was kinda busy with other things and haven’t watched the episode yet, and have only gotten to it earlier today. But it’s better late than never, right?

THE EPISODE IN A NUTSHELL:

This episode was really good. It was full of tension, and really gave us a deeper, closer look to an uglier side of the human condition. The atmosphere was awesome, the acting was awesome, and it surprisingly didn’t give me anything to rant about. And I’m a nitpicky person, y’know!

WHAT I THOUGHT:

I didn’t get to watch episode 6, so I have no idea what happened in the episode last week, but while that is so, it didn’t take me long to find out what was going on. I watched episode 7 with a heart that was full of trepidation – I found it intense, exciting, and really good. I am very happy to see that this show has improved a lot since its rather rocky beginnings. There will be no ranting from me. There will be no good points, either. There will only be awesomeness.

THE AWESOME

1.) Communication = Success. Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for! For many episodes now, our cast of exiled delinquents have been trying their hardest to communicate with the Ark orbiting in space, despite many attempts by Bellamy and co. to disrupt it. This has not only been done in order to finally say “Hey, we’re still here, yo!” but this was also done in order to get help, as Finn has been severely injured by a Grounder, a term they use for humans who have survived the radiation and have continued living on Earth (unsurprisingly, they are not mutated. And they have really rocky abs. But I’m not going to dwell on that right now…)

In any case, I loved that they finally had a breakthrough because that first communication proved to people that the Earth is survivable. That it is livable. That they can all finally go down and stop living in constant fear of the dangers of space living.

Of course, that also meant the 3oo or so people who sacrificed their lives in order to leave more oxygen in the space settlement have likely sacrificed in vain… and those who survived them are angry.

2.) Unrest in The Ark. In this episode, when communication between the two parties was reached, everybody else in the Ark heard it – Raven’s voice and the voices of the people down below. It was broadcasted all over not only to the staff, but to the workers and ordinary people, leaving no one ignorant of the fact people sent to the ground have come up not only alive, but alive and well (although in reality, that is quite debatable), making them ask why were their loved ones sacrificed and killed when there were other options? When they could be sent down below as well?

And I understood. I totally understood their pain. When one man cried about his wife dying for naught, my heart cried with him.

It’s like what happened with the South Korea Ferry incident. 300 lives lost – majority of them senior high school students who were about to start a new chapter in their lives – all because they were ordered to stay in their cabins as the ferry began to tilt and sink; all because the ship went off-course and was sharply turned, making the overloaded ship imbalanced; all because of greedy men who turned a blind eye to the illegal additions to the ship, to the checks and reports that told of the ship’s stability (or the lack thereof).

I’m really glad they took this route, because there’s a lot of philosophical thinking that could be garnered from this, too.

3.) Tension is in the air. The atmosphere in the camp was off the charts, and I loved every second of it. It’s not easy to make me feel this way, but I watched the scene where Clarke was trying her hardest to save Finn’s life with uneasy breaths. It was that exciting and intense, even though I knew the outcome (they always live in the end… there are exemptions, but I don’t think that’s something this show will want to risk… for now).  To when they meticulously tried to pull out the dagger, to when they found out the blade was poisoned, to when they tried to beat the shit out of the grounder. Intense all the way, yo.

4.) Octavia has matured SO MUCH. Man, I remember bitching on the episode 1 recap how it was so disappointing to get another Queen Bitch in the show, who orders people around and expects people to do her bidding. Most of the time these people stay this way. I’m happy to be proven wrong this time around, as the Octavia I’ve seen her was nothing compared to the Octavia I saw then. This one was kind. This one was feisty in a positive way. This one was brave, and courageous, and strong-willed. She slashed her own wrist with the poisoned blade in order to get the grounder (who likes her!!! wheee, new ship!) to tell her where the poison was, just so her brother and the others could stop torturing and hurting him. She understood that they needed to get the antidote, but she absolutely disagreed with their methods of getting the information – something someone like the episode-1-Octavia would probably never do. Love, love, love!

5.) And alas, a new problem has risen. Can I just emphasize how much this series continues to surprise me? We all thought that now that everyone knows Earth was livable, that Earth was survivable, everyone in the Ark would be able to live a happily ever after and multiply the planet with generations of babies, but while this was a breakthrough, it was also the beginning of a new problem. There are more than 2000 people in the Ark, but pods are limited, and there are only enough to carry 700. As Chancellor said, “We are on a Titanic, and there aren’t enough lifeboats.”

OVERALL

I loved this episode. Enough said.

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Overall: 4.2
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Faye

Faye

A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. says

    Woo! I’m so glad to hear that the series is getting better, Faye. I don’t know if I want to start it just yet though because just when I begin to enjoy CW shows, the channel decides to cancel it. I am however watching The Good Wife on CBS and man, that show is so awesome! You definitely need to try it if you like legal dramas. I’ve watched 15 episodes in the last week, disregarding school work! :P Yeah, I seriously need help. Thankfully, I didn’t have any homework or assignments due otherwise I’d be screwed.
    Anyways, great review, Faye! I hope the show continues to surprise you. :)
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  2. says

    I’m intrigued by what happens now that the blonde woman is on the council since she and that beard guy shared “the look” so we obvsly know it was some plan to get her there. Are they going to start a revolution? We’ll see. Ha! I loved when Octavia said that she herself actually saved Finn’s life not Clarke. Buuuurn! :D Octavia is one of my favorite characters right now and yes–her growth is inspiring. Shit is about to go down on the ship, but idk. Call me inconsiderate, but I’m more intrigued by what’s going on on the Earth than inside Ark. And yes, you already know: BELLAMY AND CLARKE FEELS AND ASDFGHJKL THE GROUNDER AND OLIVIA SITTING ON A TREE, KISSING. Seriously love these ships and they better get legit soon :D great recap, babe!

    • Emma says

      Except she didn’t save his life and was the reason he got hurt.
      I’m really not seeing this supposed maturity of hers.

  3. laila campos says

    Well… i am glad to hear something good is finally happening in this series. Maybe the show will continue to surprise you with further character development :) Another great recap. Thanks :D

  4. Emma says

    After this episode, I’m excited to see Bellarke develop! “Who we are and who we need to be to survive are very different things.” I’m so excited to see them together.
    I really do like Clarke and Bellamy’s relationship SOOOOO much better than Clarke and Finn’s.
    Finn just seems really…. douchy. I mean, banging another chick 10 DAYS (If that) after saying goodbye to the supposed ‘love of your life’? I mean WHERE IS THE GREIF?! WHERE IS THE MOURNING?! I DON’T UNDERSTAND?!
    AND THEN, she COMES BACK and he’s STILL flirting with Clarke. WHAT A DIRTBAG!
    (Sorry, I really don’t like Finn.)
    Bellamy however, seems like a much better suit – character wise – for Clarke. He contrasts very well with her, and they balance each other out. And if the producers really DO want Bellarke to happen, I’m glad they’re taking it slow.
    I REALLY want to see their relationship slowly improve, and make it seem real. So, YAY FOR BELLARKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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