In the tenth episode of the third season ofÂ The 100, everything in the world just happened. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ The 100.
Trigger Warning: For self-harm, sexual assault/rape, suicide, consent, nonconsensual drugging and medical procedures.
GOOD GOD WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED ON THIS SHOW.
Murphy / Ontari
I think itâ€™s interesting to see Murphy â€“ a character who refuses to die and is flung from one disaster to another â€“ find a way to adapt to being Ontariâ€™s fake Flamekeeper. Itâ€™s compelling because the audience gets to see Ontariâ€™s vulnerability. Prior to this, she was ruthless and terrifying. Sheâ€™s still ruthless, but thereâ€™s a whole lot of doubt and fear that felt new to me. Murphy, on the other hand, has just given up on feeling afraid. I get the sense that heâ€™s seen so much at this point that heâ€™s numb. He does what he can for survival because thatâ€™s what heÂ knows.
Which is why the decision to portray his forced sex scene as something sexy is just atrocious. The man is chained up; he tells Ontari he has someone else and gives her a pretty hard no; she then hangs all of her power over him to remind him that sheâ€™s in control. Even that shitty line about what he does to â€œstay aliveâ€ is explicit about the fact that he isnâ€™t having sex because he wants to but because heÂ hasÂ to. And yet, the music swells like weâ€™re about to get a super hot sex scene, and it feelsÂ completely off in terms of tone.
What the hell, The 100. As a dude who is also a rape victim (one of my rapists was a woman), please do not, not, not joke around about this.
Ending the Blockade
Look, let me first say that both Bob Morley and Marie Avgeropoulos areÂ incredibleÂ in that opening sequence, and I read that fight as a necessary first step after the end of the last episode. I suspected Octavia would be pissed, but I was hit a lot harder by the beating she gave her brother than I expected. It really felt real that Lincoln was dead, and I felt soÂ sadÂ for her. Which is why itâ€™s weird that the show largely focuses on Bellamy from that point on. Octavia is still angry, sheâ€™s still an important member of the team (AND SHE GETS TO KILL THAT ONE GUARD WHO I HATE SO SO SO MUCH), but itâ€™s clear that the writers want us to see that theyâ€™re coming up with some sort of redemption arc for Bellamy.
I kind of have two versions of Bellamy in my mind. One is attached to Bob Morley, since heâ€™s a great actor, and this is the Bellamy Iâ€™ve loved and adored for being a complicated, delightful character. And then thereâ€™s what the show has written him into for season three. I donâ€™t know how you write redemption for a character who most likely killed sleeping Grounders and supportedÂ The 100â€™s version of a dictator. Is this a beginning? I suppose. Itâ€™s necessary that Octavia express her anger at her brother. Itâ€™s necessary that Bellamy create the trap that gets Pike captured and handed over to the Grounders to end the blockade. (WHEW, WHAT A CATHARTIC SCENE, MAY PIKEâ€™S END COME SOON AND BE SWIFT.) But whatÂ elseÂ can Bellamy do?
What about Hannah??? Montyâ€™s own mother turned him in!!! What possible fucking motivation could she have for this??? I thought she said she didnâ€™t want to lose her sonÂ andÂ her husband, yet she turns Monty over to a man who LITERALLY JUST EXECUTED SOMEONE HE DID NOT LIKE. How is that going to work? And hell, now that Kaneâ€™s heading off to Ontari, the other survivors are going to go home to a nightmare. Bellamy, Miller, Bryan, Sinclair, Harper, Monty, and Octavia have NO IDEA ABOUT ALIE. Good lord.
I wish Jaha had more depth as a character. Like Pike, heâ€™s written with a one-dimensional story. He has a goal, thereâ€™s no nuance in him trying to achieve it, and there doesnâ€™t seem to be any of the moral complexity thatÂ The 100Â is known for. He is an antagonist who exists solely for that purpose, which is a shame because heâ€™s got such a rich past to build from. Is there something more to his story that weâ€™re not seeing?
I actually do enjoy the ALIE storyline, more than I thought I would, and this episode represents the creepiest jump forward weâ€™ve seen so far. Iâ€™m making a prediction that Alie herself is this seasonâ€™s Big Bad, not the war with the Grounders or Pike, and I think â€œFallenâ€ is the first major shift in that direction. Alieâ€™s capabilities are finally revealed when itâ€™s revealed just how far she can go to coerce others into accepting her. Now, I appreciate how utterly brilliant Â Lindsey Morgan is as an actress, and watching her play RavenÂ asÂ Alie was otherworldly. It was incredible! At the same time, I thought it was a bit much to show us so much pain, so much gore, and those slit wrists. I understood that Alie needed to compel Abby to join them all, and even that moment itselfÂ feltÂ like something the show normally does.Â The 100Â is full of complicated decisions, and having Abby choose between her own free will and Ravenâ€™s life was powerful.
But damn, this showÂ reallyÂ brutalizes all its non-white characters. From Lincolnâ€™s gory death to Bellamyâ€™s beatdown to the excessively detailed torture that Raven went throughâ€¦ it was a lot. A Lot. And I know thatÂ The 100Â doesnâ€™t shy away from portraying violence or uncomfortable things, so all I have is a gut reaction here. It felt like Too Much, if that makes sense.
Yet I also am SUPER EXCITED after that ending. Itâ€™s been a while since something was so thrilling that I was just screeching at my television, but Jasperâ€™s escape was so goddamn scary, and then throwing Clarke in the mix made it even more frightening, and then Abby stating that Arkadia had â€œfallenâ€ was like the cherry on top of this whole nightmare. Jesus, Clarke just found out that Lincoln died, and now she has to contend with an AI thatâ€™s infected all her friends and family???
This show is too much.
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