Indulge me in a thought exercise. Let’s pretend, just for the time it takes you to read this recap, that Bellamy Blake fell through a wormhole and ended up in an alternate universe populated only by Matilda the mutated gorilla and her mutated gorilla family. Let’s also pretend that Clarke is the woman we have grown to love, and not some unfamiliar plastic mom-doll the writers are pushing around to fulfil their final will. Let’s ignore all the inconsistencies of this season, the retcons, and the disrespect to the fans.
I ask you this because most of The Dying of the Light was a truly excellent episode of The 100, and there’s a part of me that can’t enjoy it to my heart’s full extent because of the bull-hooey that came before. But you guys… I want to. I want to enjoy it, because enjoying The 100, and all the craziness it throws at us is MY WHOLE DEAL.
I had some big beef this episode, yes, but there was also so much to love; so much to admire and praise, so much to cry over, and be joyous about. There were some truly outstanding performances from long-time favourites, relationships being honoured, and writing that hit us square in the emotions-chip.
The Emori / Raven / Murphy / Jackson storyline was PURE MAGIC. This tri-lationship quickly rooted itself in all our hearts in season 6, and the mighty payoff of that investment in this episode was just… *wipes tear*. Don’t look at me right now.
On top of that, we got Levitt’s return (*heart eyes*), we got Gaia / Octavia / Clarke lady-friendship-love, and some strong Madi content. Which… brings me to my beef; glorifying the (rather violent, all told) self-sacrifice of a child. The 100 has never been afraid to go there (this is just one of many violent child-deaths we’ve seen), and I always respected where it went because it always had a point [for example, Jaha feeding a teen to a sea creature was to show what a douche he was].
But… I don’t know, guys, this one feels especially cruel, and also (ugh, with this word again) problematic. Madi isn’t dead. She’s still in there. She’s still Madi. There was no need to immediately reach for a gun. There was no way to get her consent. What if she wanted to live? What message does this send?
The fact that she’s only mostly dead will obviously be the impetus for Clarke’s inevitable acceptance of transcendence. Afterall, it’s the only way to ‘save’ Madi, and Clarke said it herself, without her daughter, she has no one left (um, ouch for the rest of the characters?) therefore she is no one (we know, girl, you haven’t been a real person for a while). What does she care of the physical world anymore? Eff it all, take the test, transcend, let Madi’s mind-soul have a dog in alien-heaven or whatever. At this point can it go any other way?
The episode began in the aftermath of the invisi-bomb, with a concussed Beautiful Creepster teaming up with Jackson and Raven to get Emori the heck out of her debris-fort. It went about as well as one would expect, considering she was IMPALED. She took it like a champ, but damn that looked painful, and I was upset the whole time (in the good way this show usually makes me feel).
Emori wasn’t having a super great time being impaled, and Jackson was all, “quick like bunnies, folks, this fan favourite needs my gentle healing touch STAT,” so the Beautiful Creepster and Raven shared a “let’s get to work for our girl” look, and then started breaking apart the room like Evelyn Couch going through menopause.
Honestly, that look was my favourite moment of this episode (and maybe the season). They didn’t need words. They were saving their girl, hell or high water, and we all know Emori would’ve done the same for them.
Jackson told Raven to pep-talk Emori back to health, resulting in the best scene of the episode, in which Emori and Raven just LOVED at each other, expressing their gratitude for their time together on the ring. It was beautiful, cathartic, and such an amazing showcase of one of the strongest bonds on this show (that didn’t even get that much screen time). Lest we forget, Emori was Raven’s apprentice on the ring, learning, essentially, how to be an new woman with a new purpose.
Speaking of purpose, Emori told Raven to choose saving all of mankind over saving her, and Raven flat-out refused, because she’s awesome enough to do both.
It was at this point that I thought Emori was doomed. You don’t give a character such a poignant goodbye, and a self-sacrificial “last wish”, and then let them live. At this point, though, I doubt they’ll take her to Sanctum only to die, so I think our girl is safe (as much as anyone is safe).
They got the intergalactic subway station up and running, and then Jackson hopped on the gurney like he was in an episode of Adorable ER. Murphy thanked him and my heart exploded, so I’m going to need Jackson to bring me back to life, too, if he’s not too busy, thanks.
The SortaSquad’s hot-sec brainstorming sesh ended with Clarke and Octavia popping those
convenient plot devices tracker pills into their gullets. It was rather anticlimactic, though, since Bardo simply was NOT open for guests at the moment, please check back later.
Okay look, this scene was beautifully acted and super nice, and although this relationship sprung out of relatively nowhere this season, I still love it. Madi’s moms had a bit of a bond about how THEIR moms probably worried a lot when they ran off being all self-sacrificial, and now their sister-daughter is doing it to them. Oh, and Clarke will be “nothing” without Madi, which is weird, because there hasn’t been anything this season to indicate that she’s just a hollowed-out mama-bear marionette (thought exercise still going strong).
After some failed meditation and hugging, Clarke and Octavia were plopped away for a super upsetting adventure. Yay!? Meanwhile on Bardo…
Hello Levitt, you morally sound, soft dreamboat! Boy was raised on cult garbage, and yet was able to see through all that and realize how evil it was to dig around a teen’s mind; especially when Call Me Bill’s motives clearly became more about seeing his daughter than finding the information they needed.
Madi saw Becca’s (legit) judgy memories of Call Me Bill and was like, “yeahhhhhh, it’s not a war, you snoozy dumb-dumb, it’s a test, and I’m not cool with you representing all of humanity, STRAIGHT WHITE MAN,” and he was like, “what does that have to do with anythin-” and Madi was like, “social awareness is a virtue, Grandpa,” and Call Me Bill was like, “have teens always been this rude,” and Levitt was all, “yes, but she’s not wrong?”
Levitt was kicked out of the memory theatre for being too ‘close’ to the situation (the situation being murdering a teen), and he IMMEDIATELY went to the stone room to send an evite to his girlfriend and her pal so they could save the day. He didn’t even have a plan once they got there, which was just so LEVITT and adorable.
This episode wins for hugs, I’ll give it that. Ahhhhh, this reunion felt good, even if Clarke did cut it short with her ever present, “TO MADI” chant. Girl, would it kill you to say thank you to the dude who just betrayed everyone he’s ever known?? I understand you’re under a lot of stress, but that’s no excuse to forget your manners.
Because Sheidheda is inexplicably still around, Clarke and Co. put him to use as a distraction for the guards so they could get to Madi… whom he desperately wants to kill. LOGIC! So he put on his ol’ top hat, broke out his jazz hands and murdered EVERYONE.
I don’t even know how to approach this scene. The 100 has gone to so many places, and I’ve followed along, joking about all of them. I’ve never felt like my jokes were being disrespectful to the subject matter, because the SHOW wasn’t being disrespectful, and my wacky ramblings were an extension of that. If it was fair game on the show, it was fair game to be made into a stupid Toni-meme. A tomeme. A memeni?
But this? This didn’t feel like fair game. This (just like sending Bellamy to a gorilla planet), felt like nothing but shock value. I don’t know. Is this joke even okay? Is it even okay to joke about this? Clarke saw that her daughter had been trapped inside her own body by a stroke, and she immediately reached for her gun to put Madi out of her assumed misery. THEN, when it became clear that Call Me Bill was about to big-bad his baddiness, Clarke just… bounced? Leaving her paralyzed daughter alone, vulnerable, and frightened, with the knowledge that her loved ones would return to murder her.
What does one do when they’re the ‘silly’ PressKru member, and the show throws a scene like this at us? I’ve never before felt ashamed to be silly. This scene is beyond even my capacity to shrug things off with a joke.
What I will say is that it was impeccably acted by all parties, and the fact that Octavia and Clarke finally, FINALLY got to support and love each other was great to see. I just wish it happened in a scene that didn’t involve mercy-killing someone you can’t get consent from.
It’s so strange that the show allowed Bellamy to go live on a fun planet with a mutated gorilla, but didn’t allow the show’s most lovable representation of human innocence to have any agency over her own life.
Next week is the show’s final episode. Regardless of how it’s ending, The 100 has taken us on a journey, and given us a lot to love and root for; as well as engage in. It created a passionate community of people; and for that, I will be forever grateful.
- Girl can’t blink, close her damn eyes!
- “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt. Pain interferes with the readings.” LEVITT! I love you, man, but that was not a strong start!
- This show is always strongest when everyone is together, so I’m hoping they’re all united by the end.
- Azgeda symbol on the floor?? Will that come back into play next episode, or was it just some extra fun for the prequel?
- Speaking of Azgeda, our Azzie warrior babes Echo/Ash and Niylah… chilling together playing drinking games, or dead under a pile of rocks? Don’t look at me like that, major characters have been killed by falling rocks in finale seasons before! (It goes without saying, but they better not be.)
- LOL @ Jordan being all, “remember my storyline from season 6 where I was sort of almost in a cult? That makes sense now because I feel things about the plot all of a sudden.” Sure, bud. THAT’s what your season 6 story was all about. Okay.
- All of the Beautiful Creepster’s moments with Emori were so heartbreakingly soft and pure, and I couldn’t mar them with my stupid captions.
- Raven’s big character moment was based on a false equivalency. Not saving Emori would be nothing like what she did in the reactor. In this case, Emori sacrificing herself was what she wanted. “I should have given him a choice,” Raven said, while taking away Emori’s. I AM NOT MAD about that, because Emori is precious and must be protected, and she really did seem to be on board with being saved in the end. But pointing shit out is MY purpose, soooo…..
- The Abby mention was super nice. Clarke WAS a little shit to her mom!
- Raven’s “Don’t get up,” to Emori. *heart* Please, The 100, please, just let us have at least this. Please.
- I wish Echo was there to share in the Save-Emori Team-Building Exercise. She missed the death of her pal Gabe, and now she’s missing saving the life of her family? Give our girl something to do other than mope!
- Why wasn’t Sheid put in the chair? Why is Madi the only one with past commander memories? Is it because his current physical body isn’t the one that had the flame? Would his code-consciousness not retain those memories because they weren’t ‘his’?
- Are Hope and Jordan still very cute? Why yes, yes they are.
- Are Indra and Gaia’s relationship still the emotional anchor of this show? Why yes, yes it is.
- Levitt’s adorable lil’ fight scene! He’s so cuuuuuuuuute!
OKAY THOUGHT EXERCISE OVER, LET’S CHAT;
- Remember when Clarke was an actual character on this show, with a range of human emotions and intelligence and empathy, and weird hair choices? Like, I would suffer through those dreadlocks again if it meant Clarke could be a real person. Our girl is gone, and has been for a while. Nothing she does is judgeable by reason anymore, because it’s not her. She’s a vessel for the writers, nothing more. RIP Clarke Griffin, we knew thee well.
- I know this is late, but we can all agree that Gabe’s death was meant to be Bellamy’s, right? I don’t mean Bellamy should’ve been given the same respect, I mean it was literally written for Bellamy, and they stuck Gabe in there instead. Heroically sacrificing himself for Madi? Her being so upset about it that she’d do what she did? Clarke unravelling after losing them both back-to-back? The traveller’s prayer? The Squad surrounding him. Octavia crying. “May we meet again?” This was Bellamy’s death, and I am honestly so peeved we didn’t get it.
Congratulations to Alice_Rams for spotting last week’s JOKES FROM THE PAAAAAAST; Jordan’s inherited romantic game:
OKAY THANKS FOR STOPPING BY SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FOR THE LAST THE 100 RECAP EVER, STAY SAFE OUT THERE, FRIENDS!