The 100: Season 03, Episode 16, “Perverse Instantiation – Part Two”

Cold open to Abby, with rope burns on her neck, jolting upright in Clarke’s arms in a classic example of Waking Up To Realize You Did A Horrible Thing. The acting nails it, though. Some of these stories don’t deserve the acting they’re getting, but the actors are giving their all. That cold open is … Continue reading

The 100: Season 03, Episode 15, “Perverse Instantiation – Part One”

Clarke – driven by Lexa’s death, a sense of guilt, being blamed by everyone, a desire to rescue her people, and general Clarke-ish-ness – is bound and determined to get to Ontari and give her the chip. Three problems. Problem One: They’re winging it here, in every aspect. Bellamy wings it by shooting Roan. (To … Continue reading

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

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

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

The 100, Season 03, Episode 03, Ye Who Enter Here

This episode opens a week after last episode, practically in real time. And then everything escalates quickly. At the beginning of the episode, I guessed Bellamy’s girlfriend would be dead within three episodes. I overestimated. All four major arcs here (Clarke/Lexa, Bellamy/Octavia/Echo/Pike, the summit including Abby and Marcus, and the newly established Arkers in the … Continue reading

The 100: Season 03, Episode 01, Wanheda Part 1

Starting the episode off exactly where it left of in S2, and with Murphy – whose story was mostly ancillary the last couple seasons and whose ending was not really crucial to any plots so far – felt like quite the bold move. Murphy putting the gun to his chin immediately followed by something life-saving … Continue reading