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The 100 Recap 7/10/18: Season 5 Episode 10 “Sic Semper Tyrannis”

Abby works on a patient. Diyoza watches over her. McCreary comes in. Abby tells him he is going to have issues soon enough because he is untreated. McCreary tells Diyoza his people know she didn’t trade for him. She is glad she has all of the guns. McCreary leaves. Diyoza asks Abby how long McCreary has. Abby tells her one week if he continues to go untreated. Diyoza is glad. Murphy thinks they need to stick to the same plan, kill the pilot. Then they pop off their collars and run. Raven and the others talk. Murphy walks away and starts a fight between McCreary’s guys. READ MORE...

The 100 Season 5 Episode 9 Review: Sic Semper Tyrannis

This episode covers a ton of ground, and while some of these arcs feel like they could have used more breathing room, a lot of the choices – like Indra overreaching for power and not counting on Miller, or Clarke coming after Octavia with a gun as a way to stop Gaia – only make sense if you don’t think about them too much. Murphy still feels criminally underutilized, but that might still be the case even if the show was called John Murphy and the 100. I also want more from Indra and Gaia, even though this season has given us more of both than we’ve had so far. They embody so much about grounder culture, they’re a lifeline to Octavia, and their complicated mother/daughter bond is a small but powerful antidote to such an extreme focus on fathers and sons in all of western art and literature. Time jumps are tricky things, and it can be hard to keep characters from resetting right back to where they were or feeling like they changed too much. Emori’s growth is spot on, and Raven feels like she continued to grow into her own natural leadership. This episode was a missed opportunity for the SpaceKru to show off their dysfunctional family vibe – instead, I keep feeling the old fissions, with Echo’s old personality on full display and her ensuing tension with Raven feeling more recent than lived in. READ MORE...

The 100 Season 5 Episode 9 Review: Sic Semper Tyrannis

The days when things were calm no longer exist, with even more chaos descending not only in terms of plot but in terms of characters and their relationships as well. "Sic Semper Tyrannis," written by Miranda Kwok, was a fast-paced episode that explored just how far some relationships can get divided when peace is so close for the taking. Choices are no longer given any time to be discussed, instead, the execution becomes a ticking time bomb that chips away at even the most stable relationships on the show. It is painful because now it is even more clear which priorities weigh on which person more, and the betrayal that each character experiences personal from that is hard to recover from.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2018/07/the-100-season-5-episode-9-review-sic-semper-tyrannis/

The 100 Review: Different Takes on “How We Get to Peace”

First thing’s first, I want to apologize for missing last week’s review. I’ve had a lot on my plate lately and it hasn’t gone away, but those of you who read my reviews and engage with me on one of my favorite shows make me want to continue to write and help me recover more quickly. So thank you. The 100 fans, for all their flaws, are a supportive and passionate group. While things in my life have slowed a bit, something that continued full speed ahead is the plot of The 100. Some people would argue that the impending war is spending too much time impending, but I don’t think that The 100 is at its most exciting when it’s at war. The 100 is at its most exciting when it’s tense between characters and war is on the horizon. The best part of the show is the way they explore the moral choices that the characters are confronted with in a constantly devolving, post-apocalyptic world. I love this show, but I’ve never been all that interested in "the war", because far more interesting to me is the people who enter the war versus the people who leave it. READ MORE...

The 100 Season 5 Episode 8 Review: How We Get to Peace

The thing happened, and nothing will ever be the same again. "How We Get To Peace," written by Lauren Muir, remarkably covered the topic of peace while combining the excruciating choices that need to be made to get there. It was raw and vulnerable in the way that it positioned the characters that were struggling to find that endpoint. Nobody was safe, and no bond was to be trusted because in the blink of an eye it was all tested beyond belief. Once again, those last few minutes backed characters into corners they themselves spent so much time trying to avoid. And in that process, the Blake sibling bond was put at risk for the sake of safety and peace.   ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2018/06/the-100-season-5-episode-8-review-how-we-get-to-peace/

The 100 Season 5 Episode 7 Review: Acceptable Losses

Don't get too comfortable because that is exactly when you will get the rug pulled out from under you. "Acceptable Losses," written by Jeffrey L. Vlaming, did an exceptional job when it came to shaking up everything we thought we knew. The twists and turns flowed seamlessly. In fact, there was a natural rhythm to it. This successful landscape allowed for us to time and time again assume we knew where a scene was headed, only to be proven royally wrong in a matter of seconds.   ...Read More...   https://www.tvfanatic.com/2018/06/the-100-season-5-episode-7-review-acceptable-losses/

The 100 Season 5 Episode 6 Review: Exit Wounds

Blink, and you will miss it all. Not really, but Exit Wounds explored an astounding amount of arcs in a small amount of time. The beats for the episode went through scene by scene; this wasn't one story being told when in fact it was multiple all gearing up for the future. The strength of this episode though came in the way that it managed to make every shifting journey make sense. One plan seamlessly flowed into the next, it made sense for everything to be explored this quickly because there wasn't enough time to slow down.   ...Read More... https://www.tvfanatic.com/2018/06/the-100-season-5-episode-6-review-exit-wounds/

The 100 Recap 5/22/18: Season 5 Episode 5 “Shifting Sands”

Clarke asks Jackson what happened down there and why her mother was afraid. Miller interrupts them. She tries to talk to Miller, but he doesn’t answer her. She catches up to him. He is going to the valley. She tells him he will need her help. The sandstorms are tough. Miller brings her to Octavia who doesn’t want to hear what she has to say until Bellamy urges her to. No matter how dangerous it is, Octavia doesn’t care. They need to get to the valley. It is the only living area. Clarke and Bellamy decide to go too. They all head out. Charmaine and the others are on the ship watching Clarke and the others. She commands Shaw to get her missiles ready. Charmaine comes out of the ship and fires her gun into the air. She tells her people that there is an army coming towards them. They have one day to get themselves together. Inside Clarke’s house in the valley, Abby looks at Clarke’s things. Marcus watches Charmaine and the others outside. READ MORE...

The 100 Review: “Shifting Sands” Take Hold of Wonkru

Sometimes The 100 is an action packed show filled with fighting and killing. Other times, it’s a different kind of show that has strong emotional stakes with twists and turns at every corner. This week, it was most certainly the latter. The good news is, both of those shows are excellent shows and entertaining to boot. "Shifting Sands" is truly an illustration of what I love about The 100. I love that it can put on so many different hats and still be entertaining. Action is a central part of what makes this show so fun to watch, but many of the best moments in "Shifting Sands" were emotional payoffs or even quiet, non-verbal moments for individual characters indicating growth or development in their relationships. The character relationships are the lifeblood of the show, and this episode did a lot to feed that. READ MORE...

The 100 Recap 5/15/18: Season 5 Episode 4 “Pandora’s Box”

Octavia sits upon her throne while a fight happens in the ring below with Marcus and another. Abby is locked in a cell. She can hear the fight. She cries and yells, tells Octavia it was me. He doesn’t deserve to die. Marcus manages to grab a sword and kills. He is the last one standing in the ring. Octavia rises and declares he will fight again tomorrow for stealing medicine from Wonkru. The crowd goes wild. Bellamy ensures Charmaine that her people are not injured. But he needs to make a deal with her. He needs help opening a bunker. Bellamy is let in to see Clarke. She is happy to see him. She asks where Maddie is. She cannot believe they are all still alive. Bellamy tells her that he made a deal with Charmaine for her release. READ MORE...