Recaps, Rants, Raves is a sporadic feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share our thoughts of a TV show every Saturday! For now, we have the second 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!
I have a confession to make. I actually haven’t watched any more of The 100 for the simply because I am AFRAID of what will happen. Like, seriously. I’ve been trying to avoid Episode 7 because I’m too much of a wuss to see my favorite characters go through something hard. But, today I have done it, and all I can say is, HOLY. SHIT.
The Episode in a Nutshell:
Let’s do some spelling, my friends. Let’s spell “intense”. Are you ready? It’s “T-H-E 1-0-0”. What? That’s not how it’s supposed to be spelled? HAH! Could’ve fooled me!
1.) I’m seriously reconsidering who the villain is now. Old Man Wallace has my respect, and Doctor Singh makes me want to choke a pillow. I used to think that sacrificing one person for the greater good was a more idealistic approach when it comes to post-apocalyptic or dystopic situations. Until today. When Doctor Singh refused to let the suffering girl back in, just to see the extent of her suffering, my blood was boiling. I mean, I get it; your people can’t withstand the radioactivity outside your shelter, but to seriously KILL an innocent girl through the worst way possible?! Her “greater good” speech just infuriated me even further! To think she’s even willing to go as far as killing the rest of the delinquents to get their bone marrow, all for a hunch that may or may not be the permanent solution to their so-called “problem”. She is a serious threat, guys. She obviously doesn’t have a conscience if she can sacrifice so many lives without a moment’s hesitation. It’s like, wow, woman, do you still have a shred of humanity left?
And for Old Man Wallace… man, I don’t know what to say. He has surprised me big time here. Like I said in my previous recaps, I used to be so wary of him, but now… there’s this respect for him brimming inside me. He yearns to be outside, to bask in the sun and smell the flowers and the meadow, but despite that, he refuses to kill people in order to attain this. He’d rather uphold their dignity, pride, and legacy, than tainting it with the bloody of so many innocents. Obviously, his son and Doctor Singh do not care, and I hope he’ll continue fighting against their rather… violent methods.
2.) Octavia is seriously kicking ass right now with how she’s handling the Lincoln-Reaper situation. If this were any other TV show, trust me, the Octavia we’d see there would be someone who’s crying to kingdom come, protecting him while he smashes the skulls of her friends, because true wuv. Which is really a shame, because that’s not a strong-willed heroine at all. If we want a strong-willed heroine during times of unimaginable stress, that would be Octavia, because from what I’ve seen in this episode, the way she kept her cool while Lincoln trashed about was so… fulfilling. You can see that she’s hurting so bad and she doesn’t want to hurt Lincoln, but she knocks him out simply because she loves him, too, and that it was for his own good. I’ve seen so many similar scenes where women would be screaming and shrieking and helpless (which, in turn, results to men saying, “Oh, how typical of women…), but not Octavia, oh no. She was composed, level-headed, and tried to think of a way, not resorting to giving him special treatment just because he’s her lover.
Plus, her “you can’t protect me from this one, big brother” line? I think my heart exploded with feels and love for her at that one.
3.) Power problems between Jaha and Abby. Um, hell yes?! Jaha was the chancellor at the Ark; that power was given to Abby when they got to the ground. Two strong personalities who both care for their constituents and have different ways of leading, two strong, indepedent individuals who try to wrestle the power from each other with the intention of saving the people their way. It was seriously awesome seeing Jaha and Abigail have a showoff of words and will and authority, brought about by their own desperation to survive. Honestly, while I am definitely on Abby’s side in this matter, it doesn’t completely elude me that Jaha’s method is valid, too, depending on the situation… just not this not. For him, it’s better to escape in order to live and fight another day, which is not a bad idea at all! Except that in this particular case, that’s just not the best means right now as they have a trump card, which he is hesitant to believe in.
Man, when he was like, “Take custody of Abby, Clarke, and Bellamy!” to the officers (and got outright ignored), his face went all, “I can’t believe this!” I honestly had chills in my spine because holy shit, POWER IS SHIFTING, FOLKS. POWER. IS. SHIFTING.
It was fun to watch.
4.) Monty, come here and let me love you.
First of all, Jasper may be annoyingly endearing right now, but Monty is absolutely endearing, too… in a god-let-me-please-hug-you-for-your-quick-thinking sense. I really like that even though they have all the cake (ahem… *nudges Jasper*), he never ceases to think. Of course, he was wrong when he said that perhaps Clarke didn’t make it out and that it was only a cover-up to hide the fact that they have killed her, but I’m glad to see that he’s still grounded and realistic about the overall picture. He doesn’t eat mount weather people’s words and sees through their bullshitry, and says the hard things people don’t want to say. He wants to initiate action rather than waiting for it to happen, and that is absolutely extraordinary to me.
5.) Is it or or is it getting intense here?! Seriously, this book is giving me the willies, my friends. The Grounder Medic on Finn, Finn not fighting it, Bellamy threatening the Grounder Medic to back off, Octavia telling Bellamy to back off, and here’s Clarke taking care of everything by stunning GM to the ground like a fucking bad-ass. That scene made me want to scream and flail and cry all at once. Am I scaring you?! I hope not! And seriously, leave it to the girls to make decisions and to act. Lincoln’s heart stops beating and here’s Clarke to the rescuuuuue. I’m loving this show more and more. To think the book was so shitty! What a disgrace.
And that Lexa x Clarke negotiation face-off? I could pretty much hear every fast beat of my heart as I had to keep myself still from clutching my arm-rests to bloody pieces. It was phenomenal. It was suspenseful, thrilling, and so awesome all in all, because you know that both of them have reasons to go batshit at each other, but for once, they are willing to listen to reason, willing to cooperate to fight a common enemy.
And that ending? SHIT GOES DOWN BOOM.
If I could marry this series, I would.
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