The 100 – Season 5 Episode 7

“Acceptable Losses” The 100 ramps up the tension between the various factions and asks difficult moral questions that don’t have easy answers. One of the main through lines of this season is that Octavia is becoming inhumanly ruthless. She has lost all concept of empathy and rules her people with an iron fist. Her inability…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 6

“Exit Wounds” The 100 continues to build on the established tension within Wonkru as the threat of Charmaine and the prisoners promises to escalate. Time jumps are a tricky business because they can end up feeling pointless as they so often take the form of a gimmick that amounts to a brief shake-up in the…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 5

“Shifting Sands” The 100 explores how relationships have changed and continues to set the stage for the main conflicts that will define this season. So far this season has been very deliberate in its approach to storytelling. The first four episodes are very much a slow burn that establishes what the characters have been doing…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 4

“Pandora’s Box” The 100 reunites the characters in the bunker with those on the surface as Murphy and Raven maintain the holding pattern that acts as leverage against the prisoners. Patient storytelling is definitely one of the strengths of this show as proven by this season so far. This is now the fourth episode and…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 3

“Sleeping Giants” The 100 starts to explore the new threat brought on by the prisoners as those in space try to find a way to return to the surface. Clarke’s actions in this episode call back to the early days of season 1 in terms of how she forms a strategy. She uses one of…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 2

“Red Queen” The 100 picks up on the ending of the previous episode and tells the story of the residents of the bunker following Praimfaya. This show has always been about survival in one form or another. I mentioned last week that the Grounder philosophy is that life is a fight that only ends with…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 1

“Eden” The 100 returns for a fifth season with a time jump and an episode devoted to giving the audience a sense of Clarke’s life in the time since the end of last season. I mentioned at the end of last season that it was unlikely that I would be able to review this season…

The 100 – Season 4 Episode 13

“Praimfaya” The 100 closes off season 4 with the arrival of the Death Wave and a race against time to make it into space before it’s too late. Last week ended with the last ditch plan to escape into space and live on what’s left on the Ark. To make this happen, Raven needs to…

The 100 – Season 4 Episode 12

“The Chosen” The 100 prepares for the finale by dealing with the difficult problem of choosing who gets to survive and who is left to die when time runs out. Everyone wants to survive but not everyone can. The main issue can’t be simplified any more than that. It’s very simple to understand but very…

The 100 – Season 4 Episode 11

“The Other Side” The 100 deals with Clarke and Jaha’s decision to deprive the other Clans access to the bunker as Raven tries to find a way to live. I had mixed feelings about the ending to last week’s episode and I suspect that was exactly the point. The choice made by Clarke and Jaha…