To be clear, The 100 tripped over his own feet, jumped 12 sharks, and shattered his reputation with viewers long before Game of thrones boffed. But the Game of thrones final quickly became synonymous with missing the landing harder than a drunk gymnast on vault so here we are, comparing the two after The 100 had an absolutely wild finale that I can’t get over.
Firstly, The 100 turned his young blonde heroine into a villain seasons ago, while Game of thrones pulled a heel twist in the show’s penultimate episode. On another side, Game of thrones did not finish his whole ass show with a U2 song. I could say more, but maybe you are planning to catch up with Netflix and I don’t want to ruin this experience for you! You should witness it on your own terms and in your own space. So drop a little spoiler tag.
Welcome, my clowns who made it to the final, and my wise friends reading this because you need to know how bad it is but don’t want to spend hours of your life watching it all happen. For years in genre criticism, we’ve associated shows where anyone can die with quality. First seasons of The Vampire Diaries and The 100 were commended for their indiscriminate murder. Even with The walking dead. Game of thrones’ all the shtick in public discourse revolved around this. Death is synonymous with quality. Then The 100 killed Lincoln and Lexa back to back and the fandom got excited.
Game of thrones probably should have taken note, because in 2016 The 100 discovered that there were limits to the death that the public could endure. When Game of thrones started murdering her way through her cast list in her final season, like my dog through a beef and peanut butter buffet, her viewers felt discomfort then horror and then gave up the show, salty the earth and seemed to never discuss it again. The 100 might end up facing a similar fate. Because of the whole “Rapture” thing.
Let’s go back a second. All season long, Clarke’s happy band of killers have waged a low-key war with another faction of surviving humanity. This new group had discovered a path to certain celestial beings who will end up judging humanity on the basis of one person and either Rapture everyone … sorry, transcend, in alien heaven or wipe out that last little band of the race altogether. human.
It was extremely Left behind kind of scenario, and because it is The 100 and everyone on that is pretty terrible, I admit I guess these people were fanatics and there weren’t really any Contact aliens wait patiently to delight them if they do well. But last week their leader melted Maddie’s brain so he could finally meet the aliens, and an enraged Clarke chased him into the trial area while the rest of his motley team of war criminals prepared. to face the rest of the fanatics.
This week’s series finale, “The Last War,” immediately confirmed that all of Alien Judgment Day was 100% real, then Clarke immediately – as if without a single breath – murders the fanatic leader and splashes his blood on a to be celestial.
Things are quickly getting… real… Christian. I’m not suggesting that in a good or a bad way, it very quickly and clearly starts to feel like one of those plays you need to do if you’ve ever been to a holiday bible school. Only, because it’s Clarke, she sees the celestial being as Lexa, and also because it’s Clarke that she admits to committing genocide and horrific crimes to protect those she loves. Just another day. Celestial Lexa is unimpressed with Clarke’s terrible defense of humanity, in large part because Clarke is such a terrible person. She hasn’t bathed since season two, and we all know she killed a lot of people, including Bellamy, to protect “her” people. She never sought peace or unity and was always fair to herself. It made her an interesting central character, but like Dany founding Westeros alive, it made her a villain.
Lexa tells Clarke that she just sentenced humanity to death and punishes them from their star-filled dock. Clarke then does what Clarke has done more and more as she gets older, decides to focus on herself on others and rushes off to be with Maddie and wait for the end of time. That’s when Raven enters, jumps into the Test Realm portal, and requests a revamp. And she understands.
As Clarke transformed into a just shy place of super-villainy this season, Raven quietly reckoned with the damage she and her friends have done. Earlier this season, she killed a man when she probably didn’t have to, all to protect her friends, and where Clarke nodded and would accept that as a necessary sacrifice, Raven wondered herself. there was another way to deal with disagreements though, you know. , murder.
The Celestial greets Raven while looking like Clarke’s dead mother, Abby. Do you remember Abby? Long before she became an addicting cannibal, she and Raven had one of the most compelling, real-life adult relationships on the show. It was such a great relationship that it worked every time they got together – even if it was episodes or entire seasons between them. Raven takes the guise of her dead friend in stride and spends most of her time convincing this creature that humanity is worth something. She gets some help from Octavia – back in fabulous makeup – who manages to get the two warring factions of humanity to stop killing each other long enough for the celestial being to realize that maybe most of it. humans are not zero.
Instead of giving the humans more time to grow up like Raven had requested, the being decides that they can all transcend anyway! Every human on every planet transforms into tiny balls of light and leaves shining trees behind. Clarke, however, is left on her own because not only did she fail the test, but she committed murder. while take the test and honestly it’s bad enough!
Almost as bad as when the U2 came into play as Clarke roams a number of worlds as the only sentient creature, with a dog in all universes apparently. If the show had ended there it would have been weird and weird and confusing, but it’s The 100 and he doesn’t know when to stop.
Naturally, Celestial Lexa reappeared, and just as I was starting to assume the series was going to end with Clarke and Celestial Lexa hanging out for eternity, Clarke turned a corner and found all of her friends alive. Because they had peace and eternity, but decided that they would rather live in one big cabin all together by a river on Earth.
Maybe it’s not as bad as Tyrion telling the audience that Bran had the best story and should be king, but similarly as undeserved. And wild. And absurd. And ridiculous.
When everyone started dying halfway through the episode, I texted a friend and said “We’re going to have an anime ending,” which is a shortcut for all those shows where everyone dies in the last two episodes, then the hero remakes the world or travels to another universe or performs a rapture. The 100 sort of the end of the anime and then, like many other times throughout the series, it screwed it up and left a group of 12 alone at the end of the creation. Rarely has a show had such extraordinary potential and armed it so poorly.
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