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The 100: Season 03, Episode 13, “Join or Die”

This episode is a mess. It attempts to rectify and/or lampshade all the problems the show had in Seasons 1 and 3A. [Season 2 doesn’t really come into play in this episode, which is fitting.] It has some interesting ideas about how about this rectifying business, but it flubs the execution badly. No pun intended. Screaming. Gray … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 12: Demons

This episode serves three main purposes: expositing what has gone before, killing time finding a quick answer to unlocking the chip (we all knew when they stood around in a circle, they were going to talk out loud until they stumbled on the magic phrase, that’s just how these scenes work), and setting up what’s coming … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 11, Nevermore

The methodology of this episode – take several of your original 100, put them in close quarters with a problem to solve, throw in a manipulative omniscient asshole, make everyone hash out their guilt and reasons for having it – is superb. Sure, it’s made a little weaker by many of the ‘reasons for said guilt’ having … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 10, Fallen

It takes a lot of time and effort to write reviews, not to mention my own projects on various burners. I can’t continually bring myself to dedicate oodles of unpaid time to something which not only has spent this season throwing away good stories with both hands, but has a showrunner who has mistreated cast and … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 09, Stealing Fire

I’m always curious what sorts of changes are made while shooting, versus in the editing room, and even what may be tweaked after picture lock whether because the network insists or something big happens between finished product and airing. For example, last week’s The Walking Dead featured a line right as the episode cut to … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 08, “Terms and Conditions”

A lot of things come full circle this episode. Food and water are running low in Arcadia, just as oxygen was on the Ark. The Chancellor is making awful decisions and being undermined, only here it’s Kane doing the undermining. The Grounders are insisting someone be brought to justice for his crimes or they will … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 07, Thirteen

We open where we ended, with Murphy being tortured. When you think about it, it’s hard to have sympathy for Murphy – an often snide, sociopathic, murderous thief – but the point with torture is the subject doesn’t need to be sympathetic, in fact often it’s better if they aren’t; the moral quandary and audience … Continue reading

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What the Oscars Are Looking For

The New York times did a write-up in response to the furor about #oscarssowhite. In breaks down every black performance which has been nominated, and what has been involved; for example, black actresses tend to have depicted homeless characters, black actors tend to have depicted abusive and/or imprisoned characters, etc. Many things are going on … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 06, Bitter Harvest

Clarke drawing for the first time in a while, and Lexa sleeping in her presence, signifies they’re comfortable with each other. When Lexa wakes up from a nightmare, they talk, the tension heightens . . . but Titus shows himself to have mad cockblocking skills. Titus also has a gift from the Ice Nation. (Roan … Continue reading

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The 100: Season 03, Episode 05, Hakeldama

Opening with not a massacre, but the lack thereof, is a great move. It makes sense financially; from the production standpoint, it’s ideal to save on major battle costs in the middle of the season so you can spend the budget on things like explosions and one-on-one setpieces like last week’s fight. But more importantly, … Continue reading

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