Be honest, who hasn’t poisoned a sibling in order to prevent them from killing a friend? Siblings are the WORST, am I right?
This episode, written by Lauren Muir and directed by Antonio Negret, was all about choices. Every single plot line featured characters making decisions that mark a critical pivot point, greatly altering the trajectories of these characters. Several of those choices crashed into one another, creating a mangled mess of tension and drama. This was not an episode that spent a lot of time fooling around, trying to be cute. Oh no. Shit went DOWN.
Octavia sentenced Clarke to death. I was not cool with that.
Then Bellamy poisoned his sister and put her in a coma. I was cool with that.
Because this episode hinged on so many interesting and game-changing decisions – whether ill-conceived, ill-advised, smart, painful, or confusing – I’m going to switch things up and structure my review to specifically talk about each decision. Because who doesn’t love inconsistent approaches to the format of TV reviews? If you don’t like it, talk to my employer, which is me.
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Oh yes, my friends. It finally happened. Octavia poked the bear one too many times. And guess who we saw wake from slumber? WANHEDA. When I saw Clarke’s face at the end of the episode I had no doubt she had resolved to do WHATEVER it takes to get Madi away from Octavia, even if that might mean the nuclear option.
I’m pulling out by big girl panties for the rest of this season because Clarke v. Octavia is going to be LIT.
I love great character moments. And this episode had ALL THAT and a bowl of grits. Clarke and Madi mother/daughter feelings? Check. Monty and Echo hugging? Check. Niylah being a pod person? Check. Murphy and Emori bonding over explosions and taking hostages? Check. Blakes sword fighting? Check. Echo getting the fuckin’ glow up? CHECKITY FUCKITY CHECK.
Who else likes sand worms that burrow into the human body and explode out your abdomen like it’s late for a movie and doesn’t want to miss the previews?
“Shifting Sands,” written by Nick Bragg and directed by Omar Madha, felt like it was moving at light speed while slowing down just enough to hit us with shit like “who’s the hobbit?” and campfire chats and…oh yeah…SAND WORM PARASITES THAT BURROW INTO YOUR SKIN AND EXPLODE OUT YOUR BELLY BUTTON LIKE WHOA. Continue reading
Yet another episode of The 100 where things go swimmingly, 100% according to plan, with no hiccups and DEFINITELY no wars being declared.
C’MON. Of course things went sideways. Actually, saying things went sideways is an understatement. Things went sideways, fell off a cliff, hit every sharp outcropping on the way down, exploded at the bottom of the cliff, then released a lake of liquid fire that engulfed half the earth.
So, business as usual.
If I could summarize the collective reaction of fan reactions from this episode, it would be: barely articulate flailing bags of Jell-O. Rendered helpless by waves of emotions and sheer awesomeness, I’d say that this episode rockets (YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!) to the top of people’s “best of” lists for The 100.
Kinda like last week’s episode…and the premiere before it. You guys see a pattern in season 5? It seems they are going to sandblast our faces off with Awesomenicity and not apologize one bit. And like any good masochist, I say SANDBLAST MY FACE OFF IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR AWESOME.
“Sleeping Giants,” written by the team of Aaron Ginsberg and Wade McIntyre and directed by Tim Scanlan, grabs you by the eyeballs, punches you in the heart, then leaves you along the side of the road for Kodiak to stomp into dust. Thanks gentlemen, it was a pleasure to witness that episode. These three are relentless in giving us the show at it’s very best.
You know what else? It felt CHOCK FULL of little clues here and there that will lead to much bigger revelations. The Eligius, it’s mission, it’s crew, it’s prisoners, it’s payload…we get a little info that lead to a lot of big questions that I think are going to unfold into one delicious gumbo of interesting conflicts, power struggles, push/pull personalities, and mysteries.
Y’all. GET EXCITE. It was that fuckin’ good. Let’s get into it! Continue reading
One of the best episodes of The 100? CHOOSE.
The second entry into season 5 is a light little romp into the gladiatorial pits of existential hell. This frightening new world forged by Octavia – with a distinct Jaha flavor – is an example of extreme pragmatism dipping its toe into a little blood sport flair.
And man, I dig it. But I’m worried. Octavia takes a pretty dark turn here and while I like exploring new character depths, what does this mean for her the rest of the season? Octavia conflicts me, y’all.