I write to you now from the past – from a few minutes before I watch the series finale of The 100, when it is still Schrödinger’s episode. I have some things to say before this story comes to a close.
So many, “long time listener first time caller” comments have been made on my last couple of posts, telling me EXACTLY what I need to hear – that you’ve enjoyed these recaps over the years. Thank you all for reaching out. It truly means a lot to me to know that I’ve given you some laughs (and perhaps even insights). I do this to make you smile, and knowing I was successful makes it all worth it. We have been on a journey together – and I thank you for choosing to travel with me.
I’m truly grateful to this show for bringing me into a corner of the internet I didn’t know existed: fandom. That’s right, folks, before I started recapping, I would watch a show or movie or read a book, and then just KEEP MY THOUGHTS TO MYSELF like some kind of FILTHY CAVEMAN. But now I have you; a passionate, supportive, creative and hilarious community, where I can be a total nerd among total nerds, without judgement. The show may be ending, but the friendships we’ve built will continue; and we will nerd together forever.
To my lovely Pressventure Squad; you are all talented, insightful, beautiful people whom I will continue to follow well past the ending of this show. Selina, Yana, Erin, Capital Chick, Kaitlin, and everyone else who has poured their hearts into reviews and recaps, slideshows and theories; you made the viewing experience so much better. You made me feel like I was part of a team, and I admire you all.
And now, to the actors, writers, crew, editors, producers, directors, key grips, caterers, just EVERYONE involved with making this show; thank you. This last season may not have been what we wanted, but that doesn’t mean we don’t recognize the hard work and passion you poured into making this show for us. You put everything you had into bringing us something we could engage in. You used your talents to entertain us, to make us think, to challenge our perceptions, and to present us with real-life questions about ethics and morality. No matter what the ending may be, what came before it was important. It meant a lot to many people, and for that, I am grateful.
OKAY ENOUGH OF THAT, let’s get to it.
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA hahahahahha omg okay. Um. Okay. I’m a bit of a mess for a multitude of reasons, some of them positive, some not so much. Let’s just get it out of the way right off the bat, shall we? Transcendence is not my favourite. Also, Bellamy Blake should’ve been there. He should’ve transcended, he should’ve chosen to stay, he should’ve been given this weird, beautiful, bonkers ending. The fact that he wasn’t will forever be a thorn in my heart. But none of that matters because he’s in an alternate universe chilling with Matilda the Mutated Gorilla, so let’s not think about it for a while.
Hi Alien-Lexa!! Hi Alien-Abby!! So nice to see you both again, though in Abby’s case I would’ve bet money on it being Finn. Hi Picasso! Hi Sheid’s long-overdue gruesome death! Hi human race being ‘saved’ by the dream team of Raven and OCTAVIA. A hearty hello to our squad finally being happy and at peace!
You guys, this ride has been BONKERS, and now that it’s over, I’m not quite sure what to feel. There was a lot to like about this episode – even with an eleventh-hour alien-ex-machina. Even with the rehash of the City of Bullshit. Even with the entire human race being assimilated into a vague notion of psychic alien togetherness. At the end of the day, I watch this show for the characters and the relationships they’ve built. Having Octavia be the one to end the war and ultimately pass the test? Yes. Good. Excellent. The fact that last moments of the series had the Adventure Squad choosing Clarke over alien-heaven? Yes, uh huh, very very good.
Sure, most of the stuff that came before it was hooey, but I have to admit, those last moments had my heart feeling fine (if I ignored the notable, heartbreaking absence).
Do I love the ultimate message that the only way the human race can be at peace is to be ‘saved’ by all-powerful beings / divine intervention? Am I happy that it took alien overlords to solve all of humanity’s problems? I mean… I’m not over the moon about the idea. But it’s what we got, so I’m just going to take those last-moment smiles and hugs from our Squad, tuck them into my heart, and try to ignore the rest.
Jackson and Raven’s know-how, coupled with Murphy’s moral support, gave Emori a brief death-respite long enough for Raven to feel comfortable leaving. The Beautiful Creepster put it on her shoulders to save their friends from possible-rocky-doom, and then stop the season big-bad from his probable destruction of the entire human race. Raven being Raven, she just shrugged, like, “Call it a Tuesday.”
Okay, okay, okay, “pencil’s down,” was very funny, if not a totally out of character and ridiculous thing to say after murdering someone in front of an alien judge.
Call Me Bill was in the middle of totally blowing the test (there’s no way that man would have passed), but whoopsie, Clarke and her army of two had murdered all the guards to death, allowing Clarke to chase after / shoot him in the head.
Meanwhile, Jordan caught Hope lounging on her auntie’s old dictator-throne while they waited for their friends to emerge from under rubble and/or return from saving or dooming the human race.
Hope’s first-ever-in-her-life kiss was interrupted by Raven coming through the intergalactic subway with the criminals. Everyone was like, “whoa, cool, thanks so much for helping, we’re so lucky you had emotional character growth that one time,” and Nikki was like, “honestly just happy to be included,” and you know what? Sure! It was weirdly nice to see her. It’s so great that everyone we’ve liked even just in passing got their stories wrapped up in such a satisfying way. *ahem* Anyway.
They got Echo and Niylah out of the rubble, then it was brainstorming time.
Jordan got an idea about how to sneak past the Barmy (Bardo Army, keep up, guys), and then was like, “This one would make my father proud.” Look, no one misses Monty more than this girl, but let us love Jordan for his own sake. Secondly, I GUESS HARPER WAS JUST AN EGG DONOR THEN??? If you’re going to throw his parentage in our faces over and over again, then maybe remember that IT TAKES TWO. Harrumph.
Anyway, Jordan’s “first trick” (he is just so adorable, I can’t be mad at anything he does) was to EMP the Barmy from their hiding spots so the rest of the human race could pop through and disguise Raven and Echo’s entrance into the main plot.
Miller went to Sanctum instead of fighting on Bardo because he knew if he left Jackson again there would be RIOTS. So we got a sweet reunion hug (that should have been a kiss and at least seventeen “baby”s but I digress) just before they all pitched in to de-impale Emori.
This hurt my feelings in a way that reminded me of The 100 of old. I hate-loved this scene for the emotional impact, the amazing acting from all parties, and the way my heart was screaming, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! This (though not permanent) was a death done right.
Let’s take a quick sec or thousand to talk about the character evolution of Emori and the Beautiful Creepster. These two found each other and fell in love partly because of their mutual cockroach-esque survival instincts. They were hurt little babies who put themselves over others because they believed no one else would ever put them first.
At the start of this season, I was a bit annoyed that the show seemed to be setting Murphy up to replace Bellamy. Murphy was the hero we needed Bellamy to be, and he was only portrayed that way because there was a Bellamy-shaped hole in the plot.
I see the error of that annoyance now. This was always Murphy’s path. He went from a cockroach to a hero not to replace Bellamy, but BECAUSE of Bellamy’s influence; and Monty’s, Harper’s, and Raven’s. Both Murphy and Emori were changed on the ring. They were able to feel appreciated and protected by a family who accepted them. For the first time in their lives, other people put them first. They were made to feel safe and important, and so they took those feelings and transferred them to others – helping people in Sanctum, risking their lives for innocents, and for each other.
Their growth as characters is a loving tribute to Bellamy, Monty, Harper, and Raven, and the family they created in space. [I wish I could extend this to Echo, but her murder spree makes it hard to talk about Spaceventure character growth].
Anyway! After some cute lil’ Octavia / Levitt loveliness where they were all, “mannnnnn I wish we could just hang out without all the murder,” Raven and Echo arrived so they could all catch up on the plot.
Levitt has the most chill. Just all of it. There is no chill left for anyone else. He went with Octavia and Echo to stop the war while Raven went to wait by the Examination Orb.
LEXAAAAAAA!! It was very nice to see Alycia Debnam-Carey, even if she was just the shell for an alien judge. Apparently Clarke couldn’t be unplugged before ejecting first, so she had to complete the test for all mankind. She failed, obviously, being all, “I’m not the worst, YOU’RE the worst!” And Alien-Lexa was like, “hahahah read the room, then say goodbye to the human race, because you ARE, in fact, the worst.”
This also hurt me in the best way. Man, THESE TWO, AMMIRIGHT? The Beautiful Creepster was willing to die in order to spend a few more moments with the love of his life, and it was heartbreaking and lovely and ill-advised, and just the worst/best. Then they hit us with the ol’ one-two punch of dancing to a song ALSO being enjoyed by #Mackson, so just how dare you, basically.
Alien-Abbyyyyyyyy!!! This was great. I mentioned before how I would have bet the whole dang farm on it being Finn, but I’m not mad about it being Abby. She WAS a huge part of Raven’s life, and it’s awesome that the show honoured their relationship in this way.
After Clarke plooped out of the Exam-Orb with Call Me Bill’s dead body, Raven was all, “ugh, if you want something done right…” and plooped herself in to give it a go. Alien-Abby wasn’t super keen on explaining to Raven that the human race was THE WORST, but she showed her the imminent lil’ mini-war unfolding in the garden anyway.
Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh. The two armies were poised to just stare at each other all the livelong day, but then Sheid, FOR REASONS, started shooting. Anarchy? The thrill of war? To be a dick? To take Bardo? To continue his thin relevance? Ugh.
Oh Levitt. You cute, beautiful dumb-dumb. I love you so.
He ran into the middle of the football field to give a speech about how peace is the answer, but Sheid was like, “naw, that doesn’t line up with my very deep and earned reasons to want this war,” so he shot him. Obviously. The fighting started up again, and Alien-Abby was like, “welp, I’ve got a pretty big to-do list today, soooo….”
Echo helped Octavia drag Levitt off the section of the garden reserved for a war (and got shot for her troubles), then Indra (FINALLY) disintegrated Sheid in a puff of black blood using a hilariously large cannon. I guess fifth time’s the charm?
Then Octavia ran out to give a pretty great speech asking War, Huh, What is it Good For? (The answer is, absolutely nothin’) (say it again). And it worked! Everyone dropped their weapons and group-hugged and someone put on We Are the World over the loudspeaker.
And then everyone but Clarke turned into golden balls of light and transcended into an astral group chat, and it was positively ridiculous. There is no way around how absurd this was. Super well acted by all, especially Clarke ‘letting go’ of Madi, but yeah, just so ludicrous.
Clarke wandered around the universe for a bit and picked up a very good boi as her travelling companion, then she headed back to Earth because apparently you CAN go home again.
Alien-Lexa showed up to rub it in about how great the astral group chat is, and how Clarke will never get to join because membership prohibits test-murder, and how happy Clarke’s daughter is without her. BUT THEN…
They came back! This was very, very nice. For once, FOR ONCE, the entire Adventure Squad banded together to support Clarke. They chose her. They could have had eternal peace and unlimited cosmic bandwidth or whatever, but they chose to live the rest of their days on Earth with their banished friend. I’m not sure how I feel about everything that led to it (or an alien race having a say in who gets to procreate), but this scene did make me happy.
The implications of it… well, that’s a whole other thing, isn’t it? There will never be any more ‘us versus them’ because there is no more them. Yes, a section of what was left of humanity had a good moment, and they were able to pass a test and live forever in alien-heaven, but they didn’t TRULY prove their worth, did they? The real test isn’t showing you can do it while you KNOW you’re being observed. The test is proving you can CONTINUE to do it on your own. So in the end, the message about humanity wasn’t exactly positive, was it? We needed an ethereal babysitter to step in and end our civilization in order to stop us from being so grotesquely human.
But the show ended with hugs, laughter, and U2, so it was a HAPPY ENDING, right!?! Maybe it could’ve been if the concepts weren’t so vague. We still don’t actually know what transcendence IS. What’s Madi doing up there? Is she pure thought? Is she able to connect with others? What exactly did the Adventure Squad give up to be with Clarke?
The audience is being asked to be happy that the characters were given a gift we know nothing about; a gift that for all intents and purposes looks like death. A gift Bellamy died for, and yet could never actually describe.
Speaking of Bellamy, I present to you: Ways They Could’ve Given Bellamy This Weird ‘Happy’ Ending:
- Not kill him in the first place.
- Because Raven passed the test, she is given the opportunity to bring back one person from the dead – her prize is Bellamy.
- Alien-Abby is so moved by Octavia’s speech, and her reference to her devout brother, that she gives Octavia her brother back.
- Surprise! He wasn’t dead! They brought him back to Bardo and used all that science-magic to keep him juuuuuuust alive enough to transcend/return.
- Transcendence is not restricted by linear time and can scoop up anyone through the ages who ‘deserves’ to go to space-heaven. They’re all individually judged and if they’re cool cats, they pass. Bellamy, KaneAndAbby’sSexualTension, My Boyfriend Sinclair; anyone throughout time who is deemed worthy gets to go and have the choice to come back.
- He figures out how to move between alternate universes, and hops on over from the planet where he is currently chilling with the mutated gorilla. He obviously brings her, and her whole mutated gorilla family with him.
I know I said I’d set it aside, but honestly, his absence truly took me out of a lot of this finale, and no amount of ‘it’s the nature of the show’ is going to make me feel okay about it.
But it is what it is. This is what we got, and perhaps someday I’ll revisit the series and try to go into it with adjusted expectations, so I’ll be able to appreciate the moments in this season that did work. As I said previously, what came before was important, impressive, entertaining, and worthy of our emotional investment.
That’s the way I’ll remember it.
- Okay I’m going to gush at some people, so if you want to skip it, scroll to the post-gushing line.
- There are some actors, writers and producers who have been especially great on social media, engaging with the audience with encouragement and kindness. A special thank you to Sachin Sahel, Lola Flanery, Justine Juel Gillmer, Tim Scanlan, Lauren Muir, Kira Snyder, Aaron Ginsburg, Christopher Larkin, Shannon Kook, Shawna and Julie Benson, Miranda Kwok, and of course Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley; thank you all for always showing respect to your fans.
- I can’t write a series finale recap for this show and NOT fangirl over all the amazing talent that has been poured into the performances over the years. To the OG Adventure Squad; Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Lindsey Morgan, Marie Avgeropoulos, Richard Harmon, Christopher Larkin, Devon Bostick, Chelsey Reist, Jarod Joseph, Thomas McDonell… (Clarke, Bellamy, Raven, Octavia, Beautiful Creepster, Monty, Jasper, Harper, Miller, and Finn, respectively) you drew us in and made us care. Thank you.
- To the amazing actors who filled the world of The 100… there are too many to name. Too many people showed up and made a huge impact, whether in the story or in OUR HEARTS. But, just like the characters on this show, I shall do my best: Sachin Sahel, Paige Turco, Henry Ian Cusick, Tasya Teles, Lola Flanery Adina Porter, Zach McGowan, Luisa d’Oliveira, Jessica Harmon, Tati Gabrielle, Shannon Kook, Ricky Whittle, Chuku Modu, Ivana Milicevic, Erica Cerra, Shelby Flannery, Alycia Debnam-Carey, and yes, even Isaiah Washington (Jackson, KaneAndAbbysSexualTension, Echo/Ash, Madi, Indra ❤️, Roan, Emori, Niylah, Gaia, Jordan, Lincoln, Gabe, Diyoza, Becca, Hope, Lexa, and even Jaha, respectively); to you I say – my God, we’re going to miss you all. Well, maybe not Jaha (I’m sorry I had to), but everyone else added to this show in a way that made it so much better. The ensemble of this show became its heart, and the fans will follow you wherever your careers may lead.
- And where would a post-apocalyptic show about violent and dreamy teens be without grey, morally muddy and equally dreamy ‘villains’? A heartfelt thank you to Dichen Lachman and the Grounders, Raymond J. Barry, Johnny Whitworth, and the rest of the Mountain Minions, Michael Beach as Pike, Erica Cerra (again) as ALIE, JR Bourne and the Primes (and his turn as Sheid, which while it lasted wayyyyy to long, was weirdly delightful), and Call Me Bill himself, John Pyper-Ferguson.
- Of course, a very special and heartfelt thank you to Ben Sullivan, who brought us the only character that will truly live on in all of our souls until the eventual heat-death of the universe: Riley.
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- Do we think Tim Bartlett made it? Gosh, I hope so.
- Wait. Picasso’s a girl??
- So, Dr. Transcendence healed Levitt and Echo, gave Emori a whole new body, but didn’t heal Raven’s leg? I guess only last-war injuries were made priority.
- If there were more episodes to go, I would try to delve into what Alien-Judge deems as ‘alive’. Is it the body, the mind, or the soul? Obviously she believed Emori to still be alive even though her body was dead. So, if the Primes were still around, does that mean THEY would transcend instead of the bodies they inhabited?
- Loved Raven’s casual, “I did this on myself,” in regards to the defibrillator, and Jackson’s response of, “sure, that seems right.” I sometimes forget that the Bunkerites and the Spaceventure Squad still have very little knowledge of the others’ struggles. Welp, lots of time to reminisce now!
- Speaking of their limited yet sorta unlimited time together; I’m on board with the Murphy / Emori / Raven trouple if that’s where you’re all at, but IMAGINE IF YOU WILL Raven / Octavia / Levitt. I DARE YOUR IMAGINATIONS to allow Octavia TWO loves, and to let Raven be fulfilled with a total science nerd and an emotionally stable badass queen.
- Iola Evans was great as Alien-Callie with just the right amount of gravitas / perky quips. It made me wish I still had enough trust to continue to emotionally invest in this world.
- HUGE QUESTION: does Picasso’s presence mean that dogs can’t transcend, or that he specifically CHOSE to come back and be a very good boi? Honesty, if dogs aren’t allowed in alien-heaven, then WHY… why would ANYONE want to be there?
- Hi, yes, hello, why did Bellamy see his mom in the cave that one time? Was that a pre-test? Was that an Alien-Mom scout? Was Call Me Bill really there? HOW? If not, how did he know Bellamy had that experience? I suppose forgetting all about Bellamy also means forgetting all the unanswered Bellamy-related plot points.
- I think Clarke’s test-avatar was Lexa for all the reasons Alien-Callie listed; she loved her, obviously, but she also learned from her, and she felt like she failed her. This wasn’t a, ‘who did Clarke love the most in her whole life’ moment – I think it was more, ‘who affected her the most, what is she still holding onto.” There’s love, there’s growth, and there’s guilt. The case could obviously be made for Bellamy as well, but I like that it was Lexa. I like that the show honoured what she meant to Clarke.
- “We all die. When is out of our control. This is a good how.” Great line. Excellently delivered. Indra is and has always been a beacon of hope amid the darkness, and Adina Porter has always been a shining light of talent. I will follow her career for the rest of my days.
- Please don’t ever make me turn into a ball of light and ascend into a cosmic think-tank. It sounds so boring, and plus I really like eating.
- “I got you.” JACKSON WHEN DID YOU BECOME MY FAVOURITE?? I would watch a full-length movie of #Mackson and #Memori on a double date enjoying snacks and playing jenga or something.
- “Is Madi dead?” – “No, but she will be. Because of him.” I’m not going to reiterate my beef from last week, but this, coupled with, “Don’t tell me he killed Madi?” – “No, worse,” is just YIKES.
- I love Echo and always have, and I truly believe our girl was played so dirty this season.
- Isn’t it funny how the whole Bardo plotline didn’t need to happen at all, and if the human race had just left well enough alone and not gone SEARCHING for whatever the hell this was, they could just be chilling on Sanctum right now, eating cookies and playing with Picasso and healing and learning to do better, and having corporeal forms? Heh heh. How ‘bout that.
- Back in the earlier seasons when I imagined this day, I decided I would title my final recap “May We Meet Again,” but… well.
Congratulations to the last-ever JOKES FROM THE PAAAAAAAST winners; ninjachris3 and joleighn5 for spotting Raven and the Beautiful Creepster’s suspiciously 90s-themed sledgehammer battle cry:
And that, my friends, is that. I’d like to thank you once again for taking this ride through my wacko ramblings and nonsensical foolishness. Your comments have meant a lot to me through the years, and I want you to know that I appreciate every single one of you adorable nerds. So, most sincerely, I say;
OKAY THANKS FOR COMING STAY SAFE OUT THERE, PALS.