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Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:38 pm
by Sarge
Witney wrote:
Poor Monty.. :-(

FINALLY. LET'S TALK.
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Monty, the last cinnamon roll in the original group, was forced to kill his own mother. Also, holy shit why are we constantly torturing Raven.

Also going to just go ahead and add Hannah Lee to the pile of non-white and straight bodies piling up this season...

Also, I get the show trying to earn points by calling out all the shit going on with everyone, but I'm still not feeling starting Bellamy's redemption arc.

Concerned about where Jasper's trauma is going to take him.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:47 pm
by Sarge
This episode weirdly felt like filler. Obviously, it transitions us through some stuff to set up some of the final stakes. Allie is now taking control of Polis and the delinquents have a plan to take her down.

However, I'm really grossed out by the theme that mercy is weakness. Blood must not have blood has now gotten Lexa and Sinclair killed, according to this show.

Also, can we go one Pineappling episode without Raven being physically and/or emotionally abused??

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:28 pm
by Witney
They didnt need to kill off Sinclear... Grrrr

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:03 pm
by Jon
I saw it coming. "Oh Raven can do the tech stuff now and Sinclair is like totally old, let's get rid of him."

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:49 am
by Witney
Good catch Jon, I should have caught on to that too. My question now is... WTH is Pike and Kane??? I know they both were heading to Polis, but we havent seen or heard from them in 2 episode.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:54 am
by Sarge
Looks like we get back to that next episode, but they likely held off on that while A.L.I.E. started taking control of Polis. They wanted to raise stakes.

The show seems to be trying to move away from the early part of the season, but I'm still having a lot of thematic issues here.

Also very worried for where they're taking Monty.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sun May 08, 2016 5:20 pm
by Sarge
Can we go a single episode without torturing or murdering a female character? Holy shit.

I'm with Luna on the delinquents bringing destruction and death with them everywhere they go. I'm just not entirely feeling the direction right now.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 6:35 pm
by Monster
So how about the shows direction Sarge. I feel like its flyong by the seat of their pants and not.really thinking ot out.

Also raven went full matrix

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 7:30 pm
by Sarge
The AV Club's reviewer covered it pretty well. The show is still well-directed and they're hitting strong emotional beats. Most of them just aren't earned. They also keep going back to "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" even when it doesn't really fit what's going on. How many times are we going to team up with our enemy to enter a stronghold controlled by the enemy?

Ugh.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 7:46 pm
by Monster
The emotional beats are becoming so common its losing its grasp though. Oh another person tortured into accepting the key. Ive seen this script before.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 12:37 pm
by Witney
Damn... Monty got ganked by his homie Jasper.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 10:18 pm
by Witney
Whoa... that season finale.
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O did Pike dirty at the end. We got to see Lexa back for a short period.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 12:01 am
by Jon
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That manual heart pumping though. Pike was like "I thought me not being a dick for like a day made up for it?" O was like "Nah, you're dead as Pineapple."

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 12:19 am
by Witney
Jon LH Hart wrote:
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That manual heart pumping though. Pike was like "I thought me not being a dick for like a day made up for it?" O was like "Nah, you're dead as Pineapple."


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Yeah that whole blood transfusion and then the manual heart pumping made me LOL.

Re: The 100 *SPOILERS*

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:44 am
by Sarge
I've had a lot issues with this season, but I'm really please with this finale. It doesn't fully undo the mess that was this season, but it contextualizes a lot of it and pushes us forward in a meaningful way.

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Big things for me in this finale: Raven gets to save the day, Lexa gets to go out like a warrior, Pike and Ontari die, Bellamy rejects Pike, strong thematic conclusion, and interesting crisis moving forward.

Raven is the hero of this season in a huge way. Raven is the one who first found a way to fight ALIE after taking the chip, and was also the only one able to infiltrate her code. It's been so frustrating for me to see Raven getting hurt or tortured in almost every episode this season, and I sincerely hope the writers recognize how much of a default that's been for them while they're writing the fourth season. Even if Clarke is the one to pull the klllswitch, it's Raven who provides the path.

LEXA!!!!!!

I'm so glad Lexa came back in this finale, and got to go out fighting to protect the girl she loves. Her death infuriated much of the gay-friendly viewership earlier in this season, to the point that the showrunner was forced to pen an apology to fans for it. It's very cathartic to see Lexa come flying back into the plot in her full armor, wielding her swords, and saving Clarke. She and Clarke got to have a few tender moments, Clarke finally states that she loves her, and we see Lexa go out in the blaze of glory that she deserves. I'm literally still getting tingles writing about it right now.

Pike and Ontari were terrible villains this season, and did not connect with the nuance and character development of this show. The surveillance society bits with Pike were poorly executed and severely backtracked on the development in the relationship between the 100, the Ark survivors, and the Tree People over the first two seasons. Ontari also brutally murdering everyone in her way stripped the various tribes of their nuance as well. Both of these characters needed to go for us to move forward, and having Octavia kill Pike the way she did fit her character.

Octavia almost blows their entire plan to get Pike killed, and while this is a tactical mistake for her, she doesn't have much else to live for. The man she loves is dead, and now she presumes her mentor is dead as well. All she can see at this point is retribution, and Pike deserves it. I've been really uncomfortable with the way the show seemed to be trying to contextualize Pike in the second half of the season and present him as more sympathetic, but having Octavia kill him moments after he saves her and the fighting seems over is perfect. He could not be salvaged.

Speaking of salvaging characters, it's more than late for Bellamy to reject Pike, but at least they're trying to bring him back into the fold and acknowledge how much they PINEAPPLE up his character earlier this season. I am quite glad that he doesn't play any pivotal role in saving the day here.

The scene at the killswitch also helps to bring a strong thematic finish to this season. "You don't ease pain. You overcome it," is a nice way to complete the season and finish off the City of Light plot. I've praised this show at bringing a sense of consequence to the actions taken by the characters. Seeing everyone break down in severe remorse at what they'd done under ALIE's control exemplified that in a meaningful way, and I was glad that they positioned Jasper and Jaha in the final Lexa scene as the two big avatars for the trauma that's pushed people to this point. What many of these characters did in surrendering their free will to ALIE was run away from all the consequences of their decisions instead of dealing with it and setting positive goals forward.

Lastly, I like the crisis for the fourth season. I did not want to go out on an uncertain note about what would be coming next. It gives me great relief to know that the writing team at least has an idea for what they want to tackle next. I'm excited to see how the people of this world deal with a man-made ecological disaster in the next season. That should provide some fresh terrain for the show to build on and get us past the enemy of my enemy is my friend nonsense that has plagued this third season.

I was uncertain if I'd continue to watch the 100 after the first 9 episodes of this season, but this finale hit the right notes to keep me invested. This show is at it's best when it's moving at breakneck speed, and this was a strong, action-filled finisher with enough thematic weight to keep me having fun.