Monday night’s Grammy Awards were good for the hot takes cycle but bad for Tuesday’s Boob(s On Your) Tube. They preempted all the good TV. I’m so antsy! It’s been over a week since I saw what was going on with Luisa and Susanna on Jane the Virgin; either of them could be caught in an avalanche or stomped to death by grizzly bears by now!
I don’t know, maybe I’m antsy because MTV released the trailer for Faking It‘s third season and I hate how much I care about Karma and Amy. They pull me back in by the heartstrings every goddamn time.
I DVR-ed New Girl and we can talk about Clea Duvall showing up there in Tuesday’s column. In the meantime, here’s your Wednesday night and Thursday night good, quality TV report.
Thursdays on ABC at 8:00 p.m.
Written by Aja
Meredith is fine, she’s FINE, you guys, and she’s got that ridiculously unpersuasive, bordering-on-patronizing smile on her face to show how fine she is sitting in a therapist’s office on Bailey’s orders. He reminds her that A Very Bad Thing happened to her, and she patiently rattles off her worst: Mom? Dead. Stepmom? Dead. Sister? Also dead. Husband? Super dead. Like all the way dead. BFF? Eh, might as well be. Her point? “Any day that nobody dies — that’s a good day.” Pretty grim, Mere. Pretty grim.
Karev faces off with a precocious 15-year-old bone cancer survivor who is so over it and knows way, way more than any dumb idiot resident in her presence, and certainly more than her own mother, who bursts into tears and has to be comforted by her own child at the slightest little flap of an x-ray film. The cancer is back and has overtaken the girl’s chest, but when Karev proposes the same exact “safe” procedure using titanium plates she’s already turned down at 30 other hospitals before this one, she goes rogue, firing him and enlisting Callie and Pierce in a super cool, bionic 3D-printed sternum-and-ribs getup that’s only ever been performed successfully on a single adult person. Penny and Callie run into one another in an empty corridor and hand to god, I totally forgot that they were a thing. Can you have below-zero chemistry? Well, they do. Penny is literally reenacting ambulance explosions and mumbling about oxygen tanks and cigarette butts and we’re supposed to believe that Callie finds this as charming and delightful as, say, a blonde goddess on roller skates with dimples that won’t quit?! I’m so sure. (Spoiler alert: They eventually make out in a stairwell, which means that I need to book a long lunch with Shonda Rhimes ASAP.)
There are SO MANY GREY-SLOAN HANGOUTS, try to keep up: Pierce adorably keeps hosting kickbacks for Meredith’s sake, even though Meredith thinks they’re crappy and doesn’t want them. Also having a no-chill get-together this very night? Jo, who keeps pushing Karev away after his proposal/moving out/moving back in. It’s all very mind-numbingly boring and so is being around her, because Tuck peaces out as soon as he gets a text from Bailey. On the lez side of the tracks, Richard picks Arizona up because he’s still her #1 wingman, hooray! (“How do I look, do I look hot?” “You’re very hot, can we go now?”) Guys, why does Arizona live with the rakish intern? Is he babysitting? What happened to Sofia? I don’t know what’s going on!
Also, they keep trying to make us care about Maggie’s dalliances with that rakish intern! Or about April and the unsigned divorce papers and how she’s relishing the opportunity to insert herself into someone else’s crisis, firmly planting herself inside of a Riggs-Hunt manwich! I LOVE NEW SOBER AMELIA. New Sober Amelia is sick of everyone’s bullshit and only does what’s best for New Sober Amelia. Hunt loves New Sober Amelia, too, because he at last confesses what we’d all suspected: His sister was in love with Riggs and died on Riggs’ watch, leaving Hunt with the crippling inability to use his words like a big boy. She gives him excellent advice: Get over yourself, manbaby. Have I mentioned that I love New Sober Amelia?
The tearjerker moment in this episode is when the precocious cancer teen stops Karev before her surgery to tell him to take care of her mom if anything happens to her. The young single mom, it turns out, isn’t useless after all, it’s just that she works two jobs to pay for all the hospital bills and keep the good health insurance and they’ve more or less been on their own for fifteen years. Both of them have had to be superhuman strong, but only one of them is the child with life-threatening cancer. Karev says appropriate and reassuring things and Jo realizes, “OMG, the past 48 hours of this patient meeting and firing Karev has taught me absolutely fuck-all about his potential as a marital partner and father, there’s no way we’re ready to get married.” JK, she tells him what a relief it is that her mom left her in a dumpster when she was a baby or whatever, and then she mounts him in the carpool on the way home while Meredith tries not to throw up a little from the driver’s seat. D’aw. Anyway, the girl makes it through the surgery with flying colors and lives happily ever after/becomes Meredith Grey in 25 years.
Speaking of, Meredith wrestled with some hard truths in her final therapy sessions, listing the many reasons she’s fulfilled and has moved on from the loss of Derek — like her kids, her class and her work — though she still self-identifies as a widow. But she isn’t any longer, her therapist counters, and asks her, “So what are you?” She doesn’t know; maybe she wants to be alone, maybe she doesn’t, but she cannot bear to be abandoned. It’s become easier to tell the two apart, but she still has no idea who she is, what she wants, or what to do next. At least now she’s asking questions, which is how you claw your way out of holding on for dear life to letting go and setting yourself free.
It looks like next week is going to be The Bachelor Tell All Special: Jackson Avery and April Kepner Divorce Live on Television! Woof.
How to Get Away With Murder
Thursdays on ABC at 10:00 p.m.
Written by Sadie
This week on How to Confess to Murder: The episode starts ten years in the past. You can tell because everyone’s hair is longer and Annalise is actually pregnant. Although ethnically similar, this team from ten years ago seems to be a lot more chipper than the current one. Perhaps they opted out of the first term murder coverup extra credit assignment. Bonnie is there, of course, but this time as a law student, and she is definitely not the same Bonnie we know in the present. She is more timid, less sure of herself, but she’s quickly gaining favor with Annalise.
We also know it’s ten years earlier because Sam is back. I’ll be be honest with you on this, I hate Sam. I think he’s always been creepy and he totally underlines that fact by talking to Annalise through her stomach almost exclusively throughout this episode. That’s all I plan to say about the guy and that’s about all he contributes.
Back in the present Annalise is cleared to go back to work, and she is totally not excited about it. At the same time Wes goes to the doctor to try and get a prescription for sleeping pills because it’s clear he hasn’t slept in what looks like weeks. The doctor isnt so convinced that’s what Wes needs and he gets up to leave. Either through slip-of-the-tongue or an actual cry for help on his way out, he says she’d be sorry if he killed himself. I want to point out the use of color in this episode: almost all of the scenes with Wes are heavily tinted blue, obviously insinuating sadness or depression. This subtly changes as the story progresses but I’ll get back to that. For now Wes is going to be evaluated and held on suicide watch.
Back in court, the whole team, sans Wes, shows up to help Annalise on her current plea hearing. Annalise wants nothing to do with them, or really anyone in this episode, and breezes by into court. As the plea hearing is underway, The mother of the victim does something incredibly brave. She wants the court to reevaluate the plea arrangement made with the DA in order to try and lessen the sentence against the defendant, Jason. Thats right, she wants a decrease in sentencing because she believes that one more person of color going to prison because of a broken system is wrong. I could only hope to hold my convictions so firm when faced with such a terrible circumstance. Annalise is not happy. This will mean a lot more work and a much greater risk when it comes to her client. Regardless, the restorative justice hearing is set and Annalise finally gets the team out of her way by having them prep Jason for the hearing.
It’s ten years in the past again and I don’t know if that really is Frank’s hair or just some awful wig, but oh man! And he is totally Annalise’s secretary. So his ten=year career path is secretary to assistant to fixer. Basically the same job with three different titles.
Back in the present, Lorel runs off to check on Wes while the rest of the team preps for the hearing. Totally “trying” to be the new Bonnie, Lorel cons her way into Wes’s room, but still clearly needing to finish that law degree because it’s going to take more than a little legal jargon to get Wes off this hold. Lorel reports back to Annalise what’s going on and confronts her about talking to Wes. Annalise, who clearly isn’t taking anything from anyone this episode, fires back and tells Lorel she already has a Bonnie and doesn’t need another one.
It’s ten years in the past and Bonnie and Annalise have a very touching scene. Annalise is having back pain and Bonnie suggests laying on her side. Here there is some vague dialogue between them about Sam, but like I said I don’t care about Sam. We then flash forward to the present and Annalise, in full IDGAF fashion, is in the kitchen with Bonnie and Frank discussing what to do with their current case while eating ice cream straight from the tub. She decides to kick everyone out so she can eat her ice cream in peace.
The team moves on to Oliver and Conner’s place and Asher makes a point in being the dudeliest dude out there. More fart jokes, crude bathroom humor, all that. But just as Asher reaches peak assery, the whole team starts talking about him while he’s out of the room. I assume this is leading into us actually feeling bad for the guy? I don’t know. I mean Asher has had a rough go of it, but I still think he is a tool.
Back at the hospital Wes is completely breaking down and I don’t know how I feel about this doctor. I mean she’s probably right in keeping him there and everything she is saying to Wes seems to be true, but I’m getting a very Stepford wives vibe from her; it’s like any moment now I expect her to start hypnotizing Wes.
Now in the hearing, the victim’s mother does an incredibly amazing thing and forgives Jason for everything, saying she understands where he came from. How he had little choice but to end up this way. If she wasn’t totally being played it would almost seem sweet. She puts herself before the court in order to defend actions that didn’t occur like she thought she did. And as It turns out those last messages sent to her by her son were actually from the defendant.
During Jason’s statements, feeling the overwhelming guilt of being forgiven by the victim’s mother, he slowly admits to everything. To shooting him on purpose, to texting his mother, to letting his friend die. After coming clean, the DA immediately withdraws the original deal and ups the charges to premeditated murder.
Even after all this, the victim’s mother stands by her conviction, her belief that the defendant should be let off with a lesser punishment. She truly believes that sending another young man of color into the system is the wrong way to go.
At the office this intrepid team of murderers discusses the finer points of what proper punishment would be for an admitted murderer. Annalise, again being over everyone’s shit, immediately says what we are all thinking and calls out the entire team on their hypocrisy. I mean, they’ve done countless horrendous things so who are they really to play the moral high ground. Subsequently Lorel drops the Wes bombshell and the team walks out.
Seemingly unfazed by all of this, Annalise goes into epiphany mode and lays out the case precedents to Bonnie and Frank and then in front of the court. Through all of this, the mother of the victim sits behind her hiding a smile. This would not have happened on an episode of Law & Order.
In the midst of all this court drama, the DA offers a plea deal of life without parole, and with little hesitation and against the better wishes of Annalise, Jason stands up and takes the deal, despite protests from the victim’s mother.
At this point Analise is officially over all this
Back in the hospital and the lighting has changed now, seemingly closer to that of the flashbacks, perhaps showing us that things are finally coming to light. Now ten years in the past we see Annalise offering Wes’ mom legal advice, and so now we know Wes’ mom and Wes are under the protection of Analise. There’s still more to find out before we know what’s exactly going on, but it’s clear now that Analise knew of them well before they met Annalise.
Back in the present Annalise finally decides it’s time for Wes to know everything. Everything she has been keeping from him his whole life. She drops the same envelope we saw in the past onto Wes’s doorstep.
After this we see Lorel confess to Frank that Wes shot Annalise (which is probably the fourth confession this episode) and then proceeds to break up with him for the lies and deceit that just seem to fly between everyone in this group. Frank takes this moment to then admits to killing Lila.
In setting up for next weeks this episode concludes with an anonymous email (probably from Philip) showing that someone knows about the events at the mansion and could plan to expose them.
The real question on everyone’s mind is: Where the hell is Eve for all this and what exactly is her connection? My guess is it’ll be a few weeks before we see her again.
Thursdays on The CW at 9:00 p.m.
Written by Karly
Having a third-person perspective can be so rough. One day, or 14 days in a row, you’re watching your faves fall in love by candlelight; the next you’re watching everyone make terrible decisions, make good decisions for the wrong reasons, and make bad decisions for the worst reasons.
But it starts out so great! Clarke and Lexa ride to Arkadia with the body of the Ice Queen on a cart behind them. They smile and adorably argue about who brought the most good to their people. But then it’s all ruined when they come across a graveyard of Lexa’s army. Indra is bleeding out from a gunshot wound. As Clarke tries to stop the bleeding, Indra tells them that Pike and Bellamy attacked the army while they slept, executed all the wounded except for her so that she could deliver a message. This land belongs to Arkadia now.
Bellamy takes at least a semi-pause about their methods when he learns that Pike intends to clear out a nearby village to secure a 15km border around Arkadia. This self-reflection lasts about five minutes until Pike reaffirms Bellamy’s greatest fears. This is the only way they can keep Arkadia safe, because there are bound to be retaliations. Pike has become quite the fascist. He is suspicious of Jaha who returns to spread the Good Word about The City of Light. Also, he takes all the grounders from medical bay and Lincoln, a dissenter, and puts them into internment. He literally uses the word internment, as if he never read a history book. Pike also keeps his massacre secret from the public, except for those closest to him. It’s all infuriating and scary and kind of on-the-nose.
Lexa, on her side, does want to retaliate. She wants to summon the 12 armies to wipe out Arkadia for breaking their coalition and the massacre. Clarke asks for more time. If she can speak to Bellamy and get him to convince Pike, everything will be fine. Even Octavia, who has snuck away to help, doesn’t think this will work. Lexa finally recognizing Octavia, I think, and it’s so cute. They should be war buddies.
But when Clarke and Bellamy do meet again, it is not a good reunion. She’s disappointed in him, of course, but knows he’ll do the right thing (argue for peace). Bellamy instead blames her. They’re already in a war, he says, they’ve been in a war since the grounders murdered 37 of his friends when they landed. Instead of Clarke arguing about the cold-hard math of it all, like I want her too, she feels really guilty. And, I’ll admit, she does need to reflect on her part in this too, but he can’t seriously blame her for all his bad decisions, can he? He does. He handcuffs her to bring her to Pike “for her own good.” There are few sentences that make me as mad as that one.
Octavia is there to free her, though! O takes out the guard, Clarke zaps Bellamy unconscious and they flee back to Lexa’s camp. Indra is recovering and Lexa is pacing in her tent. Unfortunately, Clarke doesn’t have good news. Lexa is ready for her vengeance, but Clarke pleads to stop the cycle of violence. If they’re to have true peace, she can’t march her army into another war. Then she makes puppy eyes at Lexa and Lexa agrees. She did vow fealty after all. She declares that blood must not have blood. My only question is what they’ll do (or not do) when Pike clears that village.
Meanwhile, Jaha is like a street-corner preacher with Alie whispering in his ear about who to recruit. This reminds me a lot of Six in Baltar’s brain in Battlestar Galactica. She’s even wearing a red dress, you guys. Jaha and Alie pounce on Raven, who is in unimaginable pain and has been benched from duty. She’s the most vulnerable, so of course Jaha hands her the magic pill to take her pain away. She does take it and immediately feels better. But at what cost?
Thursdays on Comedy Central at 10:00 p.m.
Written by Riese
Okay even though Heather said Broad City is my favorite show, it’s actually not my FAVORITE show, but I sure do like it a lot. I like how Ilana and Abby are rude and gross and unapologetically horny and also have a stronger relationship with each other than with any dude. I love that the only main dude on this show, Lincoln, is like the only dude on TV that I don’t hate.
Season Three, like the two that came before it, is already weird and funny and controversial and sometimes offensive in a bad way and sometimes just gloriously un-PC in a good way. But one of the show’s storylines was especially present in “Two Chainz”: the story of a bisexual girl in love with her best friend. There was a reference to Ilana being bisexual in the Season Three trailer, but that clip didn’t show up in this episode. (A minor miracle, as often trailers tend to include the totality of queer references while pretending to set us up for more.) Regardless, the opening montage of what the girls have been up to in their bathrooms since we last hung out includes a post-Pride afternoon that finds Ilana necking with a girl in a Pride flag.
When Ilana loses her bike-chain key in the gutter and decides to just fuck it and go to the warehouse sale, and then Abbi suggests that they pee first, Ilana is like, “Oof, smart and sexy. She is unreal, this girl.”
At the warehouse sale, Abby defends herself against a guy who’s opinion she wanted on her shirt who was like, “I have a girlfriend” by being like, SO DO I and pointing at Ilana. THE TEASE, ABBI, THE TEASE.
When Abbi rescues Ilana from getting chained to the back of a trunk, Ilana, washed over with relief and gratitude, comes out with:
Ilana: Let’s get married.
Abbi: What was that?
Abbi: You said something.
Ilana: I didn’t hear what you said.
Abbi: No you said — you said something.
Ilana’s been crushing on Abbi since before Broad City moved from YouTube to Comedy Central, most notably in their 2011 Valentine’s Day episode. This crush has been referenced from time to time throughout the last two seasons, including an episode where Ilana is furious to learn that Abbi kissed a girl in college after promising Ilana if she ever were to swing that way for a minute, it would be with Ilana. In Season Two, we even got an episode where Ilana fell briefly in love with her doppleganger, Adele, thus confirming Ilana’s bisexuality extended beyond her feelings for Abbi. (I loved that episode, you should read the thing I wrote about it.) But 301 laid the crush on THICK, y’all.
”Tell me this isn’t sexual,” Ilana insists after Abbi has finally removed the bike chain from her body. Abbi rolls her eyes and tells Ilana she’s bleeding. That’s what hearts DO, Abbi. That’s what they do.
Callie and Penny have definitely proven that having negative chemistry is a thing. I’ve tried you guys, I’ve really- really- tried. I’ve squinted. I’ve looked at from different angles. I even tried to flip it upside and look at it backwards. And still, I cringe through every kissing scene. I cringed when Callie reminisced on the hot sex they were having (absolutely not!). It doesn’t have to be Arizona, honestly it doesn’t, but Callie needs a new love interest STAT.
One of my favorite all time Greys tropes people from Seattle Grace being hanging outside of the hospital and drinking. So, I was overjoyed by the prolonged drinking scene mid episode that not only included Mer and the attendings at the metaphorical “big kids table”, but Jo/ Stephanie/ and Warren forming their own drinking club, junior edition as well. Adorbs!
So was I the only one freaked out by how well they matched age-reverse Liza Weil/Bonnie with her alter-ego Paris Geller?? The wig work and CGI work was pretty spectacular. Especially because we all actually know what Liza Weil looked like 10 years ago. It also added to my personal fantasy that Paris actually ended up in law school instead of med school, started working for Analise, and changed her name..
Paris working for Keating & Assoc is right up there with HTGAWM is actually reverse Harry Potter (Hi Heather! Thanks for the theory!) in my favorite fantasies.
LOVE THE FLASHBACK VIOLA DAVIS HAIR!!!! But does this also mean that she really was pregnant and not faking it? I was so hoping she was either faking it or that it was Eve’s baby. I feel like whatever is coming forward is going to be so tragic. Not happy for the return of Sam Keating, at all.
I don’t know the name of the actress who played the victim’s mother during this week’s case-of-the-week, but man did she bring the tears out of me! Thinking about what restorative justice can mean in an era of Black Lives Matter and the prison industrial complex. It was so important and that actress worked it with aplomb.
BRING BACK EVE!!!! She’s in the flash back from when Wes/Christophe is talking to the police, so I know she’s coming. But sooner, rather than later, please universe? There aren’t that many episodes left this season. I need more Famke Janssen.
(Sadie, you are doing stellar on these recaps! HTGAWM is a hard show to follow the details on. I hope your proud of the work you are doing! It’s super great)
Thanks! I try :) I got done with this recap and I was like “yup, that’s four pages long”
And For real, I’m tired of the tease #bringbackeve #goawaysam I need to know what that’s all about. Hopefully she’ll at least be in a flashback next week!
The lack of chemistry gives me the sads, and reminds me of the time Callie was with Hahn, and it was about as exciting as a glass of tap water.
Yes their coupling is really cringe-worthy. That kiss in the stairwell was awful.
Junior drinking club was cute
Ok,ok, I haven’t seen the 100 yet or as we call it the Lexa and Clarke Loveshow, but I just wanted to mention that I rewound and paused the Faking It Trailer an embarrassing amount of times to catch that moment Amy is making oout with someone at a costume party.
Karma is shorter, right? Is Laurel hooking up with Liamß
OMG! Can’t wait!
I lose 5 years of my life every time I watch the 100 and the fear for Lexa’s well being only increases. The conversation between Bellamy and Clarke triggered me, and I cried. The first minute of the episode was blissful. I’m just going to pretend that’s the length of the full episode.
WOw, I’ve been holding in my 100 feelings all day, waiting for you guys to share them with.
In short I don’t think I can do this right now. This episode properly shocked me. There was a full on massacre, and while I don’t actually think it’s out of character of violence on the show, it just got to me. I am loving the clarke and lexa complications and relationship so much. I really think they are starting to trust one another again. But there’s so much horror in between. And the idea that a group of survivors could drop down and vote to annihilate the local population and feel so right about it, it’s a nightmare.
I’m thinking of leaving it for a few weeks and coming back. I’m at a bit of a low ebb atm. In a similar way, I didn’t watch sense8 for a whole year because I just wasn’t able to enjoy the story in the midst of the violence. I’m hoping that The 100 will also be worth the wait.
I totally feel you about the idea that The 100 is becoming a bit of a nightmare because of how real it’s getting – Pike is 100% the post-apocalyptic Donald Trump, the Grounders are stand-in for Muslims, or Native Americans, or both, and Jaha is their version of Pat Robertson. Also, that moment when the Farm Station guy killed Otan and was like “He was going for my gun” freaked me out because isn’t that what every white police officer who shoots an unarmed black kid says?! The paralles are really obvious, and really spooky.
But the thing to keep in mind is that the message the show is sending is that THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS. A show where a three teenage girls are LEADING THE FIGHT against this way of thinking. The show is very clearly positioning Pike as the next Big Bad, the next Cage Wallace, and Abby and Kane and Miller and Lincoln are going to be leading a revolt from the inside while Lexa, Indra, Clarke and Octavia fight for peace on the outside. THAT will be something to see!
I totally get if you need to step away for the sake of your own feelings, but I really think you’re going to want to see how this all goes down in the end.
I think you are right. I think it will be a story worth watching. But the horror of their actions is just a little overwhelming at the moment. I’ll be back, I just need time.
Amen to that, but looking at the promos for next week, I’m wondering if Jaha is more Jim Jones than Pat Robertson.
I’m not American, so Jim Jones was not familiar to me, but I just did some brief research on Wikipedia, and OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO RIGHT. Especially the mass-suicide idea. Because that’s totally what ALIE wants, right? She tried to destroy the world once, it didn’t work, so now she’s trying again.
I need to start watching broad city also anyone watching Shetland. There’s a pretty awesome lesbian couple
i’m over here chuckling at the lexa who beat up roan and speared the ice queen ,among other things, is the lexa trying to lighten up clarke. um clarke,….you’ve got your girl out here doing everything she can to keep her promise. now that you’ve seen lexa keep her word, you need to watch what the hell you ask of her
I haven’t read this! I’ve only just started s3 of the 100 so please don’t post any spoilers in titles or descriptions if possible for future! Thank you ahhh
Nothing spoilery has been posted yet I’m just asking for future!
I’m doing this in separate posts again, because for some reason all my favourite shows now air on Thursdays.
Aja, you’re so right about Penny and Callie’s lack of chemistry. I’ll admit, after she found her spine last week, Penny herself has been growing on me, but her and Callie together still do absolutely nothing for me.
Also, I’m getting really worried the writer’s are getting ready to GO THERE with Alex and Meredith, after 12 seasons. I get that they want to give Meredith a new love interest so she can stop just being a widow, but I really need it to not be Alex. I know a LOT of people really ship them together, and think Jo is kind of terrible, but I will be very unhappy if that happens.
I completely agree about Penny and Callie. Last week, I started slowly turn around on Penny as a character. Which is how I knew this week that the problem isn’t my hate of Penny, it’s the lack of chemistry between these actresses. Nothing between them “pops” on screen.
I can see two choices as to how the season will go on:
#1: Clarke just bought a front row sit to Lexa’s funeral. If the Mount Weather/Wanheda situation made Lexa looked weak in the eyes of the 12 clans, with this one the 12 clan’s leaders will see chicken feathers coming out of Lexa’s head, she doesn’t just looks weak, she looks like a coward. I’m all about peace but the thing is that you can’t build peace on shaky ground.
#2: Lexa will play along with this “girl scout” and “peace and love for everybody” because in reality she took noticed of Indra’s warning: you can’t fight these people now, we need some guns. So, Lexa will play along with this crap while at the same time she will be plotting her way in. The end of this is quite obvious: Pike’s head in a silver platter and probably a pissed off Clarke.
Of course, #2 is my favorite and totally works for me.
In another matter, everybody seems to be looking for a big, deep reason as to why some people act the way they do, in this case Bellamy and Pike. The thing is that most of the times people doesn’t need to have deep reasons to act like assholes, we have everyday examples of that, and if they need reasons most of the times is to justified unjustifiable acts. Particularly, in Bellamy’s case, and paying attention to his reunion with Clarke and reading into their interaction, he seems to be acting like some kind of deranged little brat: “Lexa stole my imaginary girlfriend I will kill them all,” “Why I can’t the leader of Arkadia even if I’m stupid like a brick.”
Probably this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I really like the way The 100 is making a connection with what we are seeing in the real world today.
PD: you’re dead, Donald Pike Trump.
PD: Jaha = Jim Jones?
I love theory number 2 and I hope it’s the one that they go with
I think not retaliating is pretty stupid on Lexa’s part, despite what I may personally want. I’m just hoping that her defeat of the Ice Queen bought her enough respect that it’ll make her coalition hold, even though this lack of retaliation will appear to be the ultimate weakness.
I think she should have gone with Option #3: Snuck Octavia back into Arkadia to round up Kane, Abby, Raven, Lincoln, and all the other Arkers who are loyal to them and the coalition, and get them out of the camp. And then once they are freed, she should have burned the place to the ground with Pike and all his followers inside. I know they think they can’t beat the guns, but there are other ways of winning a war. Guns can’t beat fire.
I talked a little about the connection to current events upthread, but I need to reiterate one point. When that Farm Station guy killed Otan and said “He was reaching for my gun”, that literally sent SHIVERS down my back. Because isn’t that what Mike Brown’s killer said? Isn’t that what all white police officers who have killed unarmed Black men have said?! It’s horrifying to thing about, but I’m also so proud of the show for making these connections and setting these people up as so obviously the bad guys.
Ok, Option #3 can be a little tricky. I’m totally confident about Octavia and Lincoln playing their parts, no problem there.
I’m a bit worry about the other three.
We don’t know yet where Raven stands after going Matrix and taking that pill. Abby always has problems with considering the big picture and, I’m sorry about this but I can’t dismiss this feeling, she’s kinda spineless in this kind of situations, she’s gonna be great in real times of peace but not for this. Taking out the problem with the big picture, Kane also goes the same way as Abby.
Abby’s already starting this revolt from within, what with tasking Miller to sneak medicine to the interned grounders. I can’t argue that Abby’s had her problem’s as Chancellor, but if it’s Clarke and Lexa and Indra directing their actions from outside, and Kane actually leading the revolt, not her, I think she could do it. Didn’t you see her take on Jaha in the promo for next week? As a politician she ma be spineless, but as a doctor, she goes in guns blazing for her patients.
Anyway, mostly a moot point, but that revolt is still going to happen. Lexa may decide to try for peace publically, but she’s going to instigate a rebellion on the down low :)
And re: Raven, Abby wouldn’t leave without her ;)
Probably I didn’t pay much attention to the promo because, for the last two promos, my only objective was to see those scenes, that we already saw in the trailer for the 3rd season, where Octavia beats the crap out of Bellamy.
Well, Clarke and Octavia were trying to bring Pike to Lexa so she could kill him for his crime (like Finn), but Kane and Abby were like, “That’s going to be too difficult because he’s controlling the soldiers and most of the people are on his side.” But that’s what I would have liked.
So many Jim Jones vibes! I literally shouted “No Raven! Don’t drink the Kool-aid!” at my TV. Poor, sweet punching bag, Raven :(
I am so mad at Pike, not only for the massacre of a whole bunch of innocent people, but also for ruining Clarke and Lexa’s super cute date.
And I wish that there was at least one black male leader on this show that isn’t completely bonkers.
MILLER IS ONE OF THE GOOD ONES!!
Oh, you said leader, I missed that. But yes, I agree – it’d be nice if the insta-villains weren’t both black men. At least all the queermos are defensible.
Is it progress tho that we have black characters doing shit that previous was standard white character villainous shenanigans? Like being a fascist genocidal bag of improperly stored toys. Or doing the whole messianic drank the kool aid and it’s delicious have some shtick.
I feel like it’s progress, but I like villains and not all of them need to be WASP-types or pale. Fascist isn’t just for white people.
I think the easiest solution would just be to have more POC in general. It’s good that we have WOC like Dr Tsing and now Monty’s mom on the bad side, too, but when the only two prominent Black men on the show are baddies, it’s skewed a bit.
But what about Lincoln and Indra? Maybe my view is skewered, but these two have been a lot more prominent than Pike and maybe even Jaha.
Others’ mileage may vary, but I find it grating to see POC characters making arguments that were used by imperialist whites and slaveowners. Pike somehow manages to be a stereotypical angry black man AND Lord Kitchener. Especially because we have yet to reach the point where black characters are regularly fully fleshed out.
The Lady in the red dress!!
Its like The Matrix in reverse “what if I told you there was a city of light” And Jaha is like “cool, plug me in”
She IS THE RED PILL!
I’m so excited for the fallout of Frank confessing to Lilah’s murder. How is Laurel gonna handle that?! Is Frank going to explain he did it because Sam told him to? That he did it to protect Annalise? Is Laurel gonna tell the K5? How are they going to feel knowing they killed the wrong man?! Is Frank going to tell Laurel about Rebecca? That she’s dead, that Bonnie killed her? That he helped make her body disappear?!
Love shortening the name of the student crew to “K5”! It is how I will be referencing them from now on :)
Laurel and Frank might be one of my favorite straight relationships on television, especially after last night. He bared a big secret in order to be vulnerable with her. I’m excited to see what she does with it (probably something awful, because that’s the show). Whatever the consequences, it should make for some good tv.
Oh, me too, for sure! Though I did think their “feelings” talk came a little suddenly. I really thought they were mostly just fuck buddies, and then all of a sudden Frank called himself her boyfriend and I was kinda thrown. But maybe I’m just forgetting some stuff that happened.
It’s all a blur to me too! I have this memory of him taking her to meet his family. But I also cannot remember if that was a part of a con or if that was for real. He had that sweet italian grandma? And a whole lot of nieces/nephews/cousins?
I think that even if they were only fuck buddies, they’ve been fuck buddies for a while now- so feelings might have come up?
Yeah him taking her to meet his family really happened, but I remember at the time there was some speculation as to whether they were a real family or just paid actors, haha! But the flashbacks sort of hit it home that Frank used to be a real, probably decent person, before he was promoted to being AK’s “fixer”. I’m actually really interested to see how that happened, and how Sam plays into that as well.
“I need you to tell me Delphine is alive…”
I feel you, Cosima. Same urgent plea here.
So Jaha is totally Gaïus Baltar right ? I hope they don’t keep the heavy handed religious stuff for too long it kinda ruined BSG for me after a while…
Also men stay the worst in this show and the women are all wonderful intelligent smart people. IS THIS REAL LIFE.
Re: The 100
I’ve already said a lot of what I wanted to say about The 100 in reply comments up thread, but I just want to say I am REALLY REALLY LOVING all the connections the show is making to current events. Pike as Trump, Farm Station guy who killed Otan as Darren Wilson, and Jaha as the religious fanatic. Because every new civilization needs some good old-fashioned religious fanaticism!
At the end of the episode, I was screaming at Raven not to take the pill – I’m so worried about her! ALIE destroyed the world once, right? Her core command is to fix the problem of there being too many people on Earth, right? And if death isn’t the end, and in the City of Light there is no pain, isn’t this leading to a mass-suicide type of deal? Like, isn’t that how you get to the City of Light? My desperate hope is that Raven, genius mechanic that she is, ends up destroying ALIE from the inside, somehow.
Yeah, all the current-American analogies from this episode made my blood run cold, from the silence surrounding the massacre, to the internment of the Grounders, and Otan’s murder. The writers are not fucking around.
As to Raven – I’m convinced that Jaha and ALIE zeroed in on Raven specifically because of her genius mechanic skills which TERRIFIES me. #Savemybb2k16
I started watching The 100 because of you a-holes and I’m almost caught up and I WANT TO RIP CLARKE’S EXTENSIONS OUT WITH MY BARE HANDS
Someone, anyone, for the love of GOD ALMIGHTY, give that girl the short bobbed haircut her bone structure DESERVES
Out of the corner of my eye I read the title as “Murder, Always Keeping Your Boobs Apart”
and responded out loud, nah that’s just my musculature and gravity really.
This why people tell me I should cosplay as Deadpool, isn’t it.
Also, Jaha is Gaius and I yelled that at the screen the second Not Six walked in wearing that red dress, the reapers where reavers, and at a certain point it stops being an homage to sci-fi tropes and starts being laziness imo
I fast forward through every Jaha scene and most Bellamy scenes is basically what I’m saying
I call her Six v. Siri
Or Siri v.6 because Apple.
Also the idea of an AI or an alien to look at earth and say “clearly the key to world peace is getting rid of all the PEOPLE” IS TIRED AND OLD NEWS AND I JUST
Same with the whole Mt Weather SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE deal which, weirdly, reminded me not of a variety of Sci-fi standbys
But of the weird Warren in Watership Down with the farmer and the rabbits got all goofy and started painting and Fiver was like “HOLY SHIT” over having an abstract thought in his rabbit brain so they blew that popsicle stand
I will however say that I like the idea that an AI caused the whole Nuclear Armageddon thing
Because it throws a handy wrench into the whole “MAYBE THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS” basis for everyone’s terrible decisions re: people innately suck, Just Look What We Did To The Earth theme
I just literally despise the way they are going about exploring this
I hated Mt Weather so much but Jaha as Gaius Baltar as Suicidal Cult Leader is so much worse
Also the 100 takes place in the DMV but like them mountains Sure Are Tall and that temperate deciduous swampy forest sure is… Western Canada, probably
How did they just, like
Walk to the zoo from near the Lincoln Memorial like it was No Big that one time
Is Polis Baltimore?? Where the fuck
People are speculating that Polis is Annapolis.
We there goes that Hairspray-The 100 crossover somebody was hatching.
Good Bye Baltimore, no morning por ti.
I need this in my life
I was told Baltimore maybe going into this season but then their big colloseum style fight thing was not in the ruins of Camden Yards and I sad a sad face emoji
Was* a sad face emoji
Me, season one, when the adults in the Ark say
“there is a hurricane right on top of (the 100 on earth)”
“wait, NO. NOPE. THEY ARE IN THE PACIFIC NW. NUCLEAR WAR CAN DO A LOT BUT IT CAN’T TURN NORTHERN VIRGINIA INTO A G-DAMN OLD GROWTH REDWOOD RAIN FOREST”
I thought it would stop bothering me but it has not stopped bothering me
Like when DC shows are filmed in Vancouver so u get the establishing shot of the sad, flat skyline over the swamp where we hide Congress and then suddenly Our Heroic Protagonists are in a legit city surrounded by skyscrapers and they pronounce McLean so it rhymes with “clean”
We’ve constructed a theory over at AE. Root and Shaw fight the AIs, but fail. The AI’s commit nuclear war on the Earth.
Root and Shaw’s children survive, and they are the direct ancestors of Lexa. Lexa and Clarke strive to reunite mankind in the irradiated remains of the world.
Over time humanity becomes the humans, dwarves, trolls, and gnomes, while the elves return from the places that they hid. The Trikru become Rovers, making due as best they can in the world. Lexa and Clarke are the direct ancestors of Eretria.
Yep, I saw that but we’re gonna have the same problem as the Book of Genesis, that little incest detail that nobody wants to discuss when you talk about the bible.
Why would there be incest?
I don’t know who Eretria is or what you’re talking about, but she sure is pretty. So, *thumbs up emoji*
Eretria is one of the three main characters from “The Shannara Chronicles”. She seems to have something for the Elven princess, Amberle.
I am up for any theory that involves you posting that picture of Root and Shaw in such good quality for my eyes and heart to feast on.
for starters i want to say – i don’t know shit about shit. like, i know the 100 is loosely based on a book (books?) i haven’t read, and i’m not even caught up with most recent episode. but, i’m pretty sure clarke will kill lexa.
I don’t know about you all, but this episode’s case in HTGAWM really hit close to me.
OMG The 100! <3 So excited every time a new episode is posted. I am curious as to how the 12 clans are going to receive Lexa's message of "blood will not have blood"…hopefully not being perceived as weak again and have another Ice Nation situation on our hands. #TeamClexa
Excellent Greys recap as usual Aja