Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 3: “Have you ever known peace?”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 3, I realized that many of us want that second chance…an opportunity to start over.  But this is not always possible when it comes to a jaded past.  Can one really be redeemed or will past sins consume you until there is nothing left?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Children of Gabriel,” Clarke and the others meet the leader of Sanctum, Russell Lightborn, but is he a friend or foe?  Meanwhile, Madi, Diyoza, and Gaia face a threat on the ship and Octavia is ready for action.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 3 are:

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“I’m pretty sure I’m going to hell.”

In the beginning of the episode, Murphy’s life is in great danger, as Abby cannot figure out what is happening to him.  The leader of Sanctum, Russell Lightborn, approaches and reveals that he can save Murphy life…only “he’s already dead,” but apparently this is not the end.  Murphy was exposed to something toxic in the seaweed and Lightborn uses the venom from a live snake to suck out the poison.  Luckily Murphy is all right, but this near death experience has definitely rattled him.

Murphy explains that he thought he saw something and he states that he’s pretty sure he is going to hell.  So what exactly did Murphy see and will this be explored further?  We know that Murphy died on this mysterious moon for a few moments, so is it possible that he came back wrong?  We’ll have to wait and see, but I am absolutely concerned about Murphy.

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“You need to work on your game, kid…”

This is the first time that Jordan has really interacted with anyone other than his parents, Monty and Harper, but he doesn’t waste any time, as he immediately connects with a girl on Sanctum named Delilah.  Jordan thinks that she looks like a princess and he even gets to experience his first kiss, but his innocence and naivete get in the way, as Jordan reveals a little bit too much to Delilah about Clarke’s past.  Maybe Murphy should have a talk with him after all…

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“My sister died a long time ago.”

Meanwhile, we learn that there is another group residing on Sanctum named the Children of Gabriel and they are very dangerous according to the Primes.  They use some kind of paralytic darts on Madi, Diyoza, and Gaia on the ship and keep yelling out “Death to Primes!”  It’s clear that there is some kind of feud going on here, but who are the good guys?  It may be a while until we find out, but this is a threat that should not be taken lightly. 

Bellamy, Echo, and Octavia watch from afar, but Octavia refuses to listen to reason and decides to just start attacking…you know, because that’s what Blodreina does best.  Later on, Bellamy decides to leave Octavia behind and tells her that his sister died a long time ago.  At the end of the episode, the Children of Gabriel capture Octavia and plan to take her with them.  Does this mean that Octavia has just found a new group of people to lead or is she in serious danger here?

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“I will not apologize for saving the people that I love.”

Russell Lightborn seems to connect most with Clarke and she takes on the leadership role once again.  Clarke surprises everyone when she emerges in a gorgeous dress, revealing that perhaps she has the potential to be a princess as well.  Clarke is nervous about her dinner with Russell and his wife, as she recognizes that he holds the key to their survival.  Abby tells her to just be herself, but Clarke has a very dangerous past.

As Clarke sits down for dinner, Russell’s wife asks her, “How many people have you killed?” and further asks if they should really call her, “Wanheda?”  Clarke learns that Jordan spilled the beans and she just asks for a second chance.  Russell believes that she wants to change, but he doesn’t think this is possible and tells her that they need to leave.  It looks like Russell has been burned before and perhaps we will explore this more later in the season.

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“You changed your mind…”

After Clarke helps save Delilah from being captured by the Children of Gabriel, Russell agrees to let her stay, but only after he sees Clarke’s nightblood.  It’s clear that having nightblood is very important to the Primes, but is Clarke now in danger as a result?  Clarke is afraid of them finding out about Madi, as she will do anything to protect her daughter.  Everyone can stay for now…except Diyoza, whose reputation precedes her.  How do the Primes know so much about Diyoza?  It seems like we have a lot to explore here, but I’m interested to find out more and let’s hope that our girl, Clarke isn’t in great danger. Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 2: “Isn’t this your home?”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 2, I learned that “not everything that’s miraculous is a miracle.”  But what happens when you are trapped within your circumstances with no way out?  Do you rely on others or do you look within yourself to find a way to survive?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Red Sun Rising,” Clarke and the others deal with the air contamination threat, as they begin to realize that any one of them can become a danger to themselves and others.  Meanwhile, Octavia’s rage continues to spiral out of control and everyone else on board the ship has to deal with some hijackers.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 2 are:

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“Sanctum is mine!”

In the beginning of the episode, we get to see Alpha, or “Sanctum,” approximately 236 years earlier.  We see a small group of people there and watch in horror as a young girl’s father turns on everyone he loves.  This glimpse into the past allowed us to learn that this threat in the air has been around for quite some time and no one is safe.  So is there any way to stop it or will the group be forced to find somewhere else to live?  I mean, I think we are running out of planets and moons at this point…

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“You’re both soft and that’s why you woke me up.”

We knew it would only be a matter of time before drama kicked in on the ship, as some hijackers come on board and lock our group in the mess hall.  Raven is not with them and doesn’t have many choices if she wants to save her friends, which causes her to wake up Diyoza.  Diyoza is ready for action even though she is heavily pregnant, as she takes down the majority of the hijackers and tries to negotiate with the remaining ones.

After Diyoza’s plan comes undone, Madi jumps in with perfect timing to help save the day, so it looks like everyone has officially woken up, but who are these hijackers and what do they want?  Madi has questions and so do I, as we learn that one could have been a Nightblood.  The surviving female hijacker is taken hostage, as she leads Abby and some of the others to Clarke’s group, but what do they ultimately want and can they be trusted?  I’m anxious to find out for sure.

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“Let her live with what she’s become.”

In this episode, Octavia’s rage continues to spiral out of control, as she begins channeling her anger and beating up a wall on the ship.  We know that Octavia has a lot of issues to work through and she is all for placing the blame on anyone except herself, but it looks like she is going down a very dangerous path.  Octavia isn’t making any friends and it looks like she is enjoying her punishment, as they all begin beating her up, but Abby stops it and says that she will live with what she’s become.  Is this the right choice?  Can Octavia turn a corner?  We’ll have to wait and see, but perhaps she can put her fighting skills to good use when they get on the ground.

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“We have no idea how to survive down here.”

Clarke and the others begin to take extreme measures, realizing that any one of them could have been exposed to the threat in the air…or the plants?  They all separate and chain themselves up to stop them from harming one another, but we witness the hallucinations tear this group apart, threatening their lives.  It’s clear that this threat is very dangerous and unstable, but we really don’t know much about it.  I’m actually extremely worried to see if Octavia is eventually exposed to this, as she is already channeling enough rage for an entire Wonkru army…

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“Isn’t this your home?”

At the end of the episode, Clarke is reunited with her mother and the others, while the female hijacker looks around in concern.  It seems like the eclipse is now over, along with the threat, as a group of children approach them.  A little girl asks Clarke if they are there to take them home, which confuses Clarke and the others.  As if this isn’t cryptic enough, Murphy also has some kind of disease spreading over his body, so what does this mean for him?  Perhaps these children will be able to give us some answers, but why did it seem like the female hijacker was afraid of them?  Is it possible that they are immune to the threat?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 1 Season Premiere: “Red Sun Rising”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 1, the 125 year wait is over.  Well not for us exactly, but it has been quite some time since we last checked in on some of our favorite characters.  It looks like it’s time for them to start over and everything seems a little bit familiar, but danger and drama is never too far away, even if you find a new planet.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sanctum,” Clarke and Bellamy begin to wake up some of their friends, as they decide to follow Monty’s recommendation and attempt to see if they can start over on Alpha.  Meanwhile, Abby desperately tries to save Kane’s life and Octavia reminds us that Blodreina has not exactly turned over a new leaf just yet.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 1 Season Premiere are:

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“So let’s do better…”

Echo reminds us that “there’s no starting over without forgiveness” and perhaps she is right.  As our favorite characters begin to wake up from Cryosleep, they process the information that Monty has left for them, ready to get their second chance…or maybe their “fifth chance,” according to Murphy.  Clarke prepares to take a team out to the Alpha planet, which we actually discover is a moon, to determine if it is survivable.  Only they won’t know until they get down there.  Sounds familiar?  The plot gave me some season one nostalgia for sure, but Alpha is very different from earth and it looks like our favorite characters will not have an easy time surviving here.

When the team is camping for the night, Clarke takes this opportunity to give a motivational speech and explains, “If I could, I’d go back and do things differently…but I can’t.  None of us can.”  While Clarke’s speech is not exactly well received by all, Shaw reminds her that “it’s what you do not what you say” and he has a point.  Let’s see if actions speak louder than Clarke’s words, as these new threats emerge.

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“Tell Raven she deserves happiness.”

So, I was absolutely shipping Raven and Shaw last season and we finally got some swoon-worthy moments between them in the beginning of the episode.  However, Raven has to stay on board, while Shaw acts as the pilot to bring the team down to Alpha, which is never a good sign.  After an eclipse, darkness prevails on Alpha and a killer swarm is headed their way.  When the team begins running away, Shaw knocks into a radiation fence.  Clarke tries to help him, but it is too late and Shaw is gone.  Poor Raven!  Shaw died a hero, but it looks like Alpha is not exactly safe after dark.  We’ve got killer swarms, radiation fences, and a castle?  I don’t know about you, but I am definitely intrigued, but it is a shame about Shaw.

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“I’m sorry I couldn’t respond all those years…”

Even with all of the chaos going on, Bellarke fans get a moment between Clarke and Bellamy.  Yay!  Clarke learns that Madi filled Bellamy in on Clarke trying to radio out to him for all those years, which gives us a sweet moment between these two.  Echo is still in the picture, so it doesn’t look like there is time for romance just yet, but I am hoping we get some more Bellarke moments this season, as I absolutely love the friendship and bond between these two.  A girl can dream…

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“Then you’re a bigger fool than him…”

Meanwhile, back on the ship, Abby learns that Monty worked on his algae project some more to try and help Kane.  Monty’s son, Jordan, presents it to Abby, as she tries to use it to save her beloved.  Kane actually wakes up and these two are reunited for a brief moment, which was beautiful and heartwarming to see.  However, Kane is not the only one awake, as Octavia finally faces them.  You would think that 125 years of sleep would calm down Blodreina, but she is still on fire, ready to unleash her rage on these two “traitors.”

While they are arguing, Kane goes into critical arrest and Abby is forced to put him back into Cryosleep until they can find another way to save him.  I seriously can’t take these two being apart and I hope this doesn’t cause Abby to relapse, but she did grab the bottle of pills before she walked away, which is not a great sign.  Now that Octavia is awake, how will she react to all of these changes going on?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like the Red Queen isn’t going anywhere for now.

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“So few are safe once they’re exposed…”

As Clarke and the others begin to investigate the castle and the world around them, they discover that a family had been sent down here to live, but Clarke discovers an interesting nursery rhyme book called, “Red Sun Rising.”  Only they quickly discover that it’s not really a nursery rhyme, it’s more of a warning.  The story talks about how everything changes in the dark and what dangers lie ahead.

Before they can get much further, Emori begins brutally attacking Murphy and Clarke and Bellamy realize that the danger is in the air.  It doesn’t just impact nature, it impacts them as well, exposing them to something uncontrollable.  What does this mean for our characters and is there any way to cure this night version rage?  It looks like it’s going to be a bumpy ride on The 100Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 12: “I Loved Her So Much But It’s Nothing Compared To How Much I Love You”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 5 episode 12, I learned that sometimes we need to own up to our mistakes and do what is necessary to make things right.  While we may not be able to fix everything with a good deed, the willingness to make a sacrifice to save a life should not go unnoticed.  It may seem impossible to achieve, but it’s never too late to start trying to fix what may seem to be eternally broken.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Tuesday night’s episode, “Damocles – Part One,” war is finally here and Octavia marches Wonkru into a battle they are not prepared for.  Meanwhile, Clarke and Octavia attempt to tip the scale with their actions, Vincent brutally attacks Kane, and Echo does everything in her power to save Bellamy.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 12 are:

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“It’s time to end this so both our children can live happily ever after.”

War is here and McCreary will stop at nothing to obtain all of the power for himself.  Echo and the others recognize that Bellamy is in some serious trouble along with the rest of Wonkru and understand that perhaps they need their true Commander to lead them through before it’s too late.  It seems like McCreary is always lurking behind a corner with perfect timing to thwart everyone’s plan.  Once again, Raven and Shaw have been captured, which seems to be a pretty normal occurrence for these two.  Clarke saves Echo’s life and explains to McCreary that they need her, proving once again that she can think quickly on her feet.  We know that McCreary will continue to be a threat to everyone, but who will be the one to take him down for good?  Will Diyoza really be able to stop the father of her child before it’s too late?

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“So much for surrender.”

When Octavia marches her people into battle, McCreary’s men are beyond ready for them and begin surrounding them and taking out her people left and right.  Gaia is hanging on by a thread and Bellamy reminds Octavia, “You led them here.  These people are dead because of you.”  While it’s clear that Bellamy still blames Octavia for everything, he now realizes that surrender is not an option.  When several members of Wonkru call out that they give up, they are gunned down just the same, forcing Octavia to finally realize that she has now completely broken Wonkru.  Will her people ever trust her again?

3

“Now you care about Bellamy?”

I have been waiting for an encounter all season between Clarke and Echo that really boils down to who should be with Bellamy.  I have always been a Bellarke fan, but Echo has been good for Bellamy and clearly cares for him deeply.  Echo is angry at Clarke for betraying him and reminds her that he is still alive.  Clarke tries to tell her that she always cared, but Echo seems doubtful.  While these two have bigger problems to face right now, the underlying tension here cannot be ignored, as Echo is no fool and must know that Bellamy does care for Clarke.  Who will he ultimately choose?  I’m not sure this will be resolved this season, but we’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

2

“My brother, my responsibility.”

After reality finally hits home with Octavia, she feels responsible for the defeat of her people.  Gaia is injured badly and she is hiding with her brother and Indra.  Octavia recognizes that she must make the ultimate sacrifice in order to help them get away safely.  In a courageous moment, Octavia begins shooting at the enemy and screaming, “You are Wonkru or you are the enemy of Wonkru,” just in case anyone has forgotten their slogan.  For a moment I thought that this was it for our girl Octavia and that “Blodreina” would finally fall, but Echo and the others show up with perfect timing to save the day and get them out of there.  However, Octavia’s actions should not go unnoticed, as she was more than willing to give up her own life to save her brother’s.  Will Bellamy finally be able to forgive her?

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“I love her so much but it’s nothing compared to how much I love you.”

The greatest moment of part one of the season finale belongs to Clarke and Madi.  Clarke realizes that she cannot stand in Madi’s way and that she has to let her embrace her destiny.  However, that doesn’t mean that she won’t do whatever it takes to keep her safe.  We know that Clarke fears losing Madi just like she lost Lexa, but Madi reminds Clarke, “She’s not a ghost.  She’s real.  Betraying you is her deepest regret.  She doesn’t want you to make the same mistake.”  Madi tells Clarke that “life should be about more than just surviving” and she is absolutely right.  Clarke understands that she must stay behind and that Echo will be by Madi’s side to help her.  Madi doesn’t want to do this alone, but Clarke tells her, “You will always have me.  This is how I protect you.”  In a heartwarming moment, she reveals to Madi that she is the one who saved her.  Madi fears that they may never see each other again, but Clarke tells her that, “I’m the Commander of death and I say we will meet again.”  This moment is truly beautiful and probably my absolute favorite one of the season so far.  Clarke has done everything in her power to keep her daughter safe and finally empathizes with everything her own mother has had to do.  She knows that Madi is more than capable of being a strong Commander and she is finally ready to let her embrace her calling, trusting that Madi is strong, powerful, and capable.  While her love for Lexa will never fade, Madi taught her about true and unconditional love.  At the end of part one of the season finale, there are so many questions still unanswered.  What will Clarke do to save everyone?  Will Raven really end Shaw’s life?  Will Marcus survive?  Stay tuned for the epic conclusion of the season finale next week!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 10: “You Can’t Save Someone Who’s Already Dead”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 5 episode 10, I learned that having a choice is very important and necessary for survival.  It reminds us that we can choose our own path and that there is always another option to turn to.  However, if you take away that choice, hope can shift to desperation, which can prove to be extremely dangerous.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Tuesday night’s episode, “The Warriors Will,” Octavia begs for Indra and Bellamy to give her another option, but the reality begins to set in that she is going to lose one of them if they fight in the arena.  Meanwhile, Madi begins experiencing memories from other Commanders and Abby’s health takes a turn for the worst, causing her to do the unthinkable.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 10 are:

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“Your disease vs. mine.”

McCreary takes away Abby’s pills when she refuses to treat him and Abby begins going through withdrawal.  She recognizes that if she doesn’t take her pills soon, she could have a seizure and realizes that she will need to think outside the box to get what she needs.  Abby turns to an unlikely ally in the prisoner, Vincent, who agrees to help her.  Everything seems to be going according to plan until one of the guards notices the bottle and Vincent brutally attacks them, ripping out pieces of flesh with his teeth.  Abby watches in horror, but focuses on getting her fix from the pills.  Abby has always understood the importance of protecting the lives of others as a doctor, but she blocks out her conscience, as her addiction has now reached a new low.  Will Clarke be able to save her from herself before it’s too late?

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“Give me another option.”

After Bellamy, Indra, and Gaia betray Octavia, she knows that she must put them in the arena if she is going to be respected as a leader.  She understands that she needs to rule with fear especially since Madi has accepted her destiny by taking in The Flame.  In a heartwarming moment, Octavia reveals to Indra that “the day you asked me to be your second was the best day of my life.”  Indra reminds Octavia that the strength was already there and that she may have betrayed “Blodreina,” but she never let down “Okteivia kom Skaikru.”  Octavia begs Indra to give her another option because she doesn’t want to see her family in the arena, but Indra cannot do so, still remaining a true warrior.  Indra explains that she will kill Octavia’s brother and then ask Gaia to take her own life, recognizing that she will need to sacrifice herself for her daughter.  Even though Octavia loves Indra, she cannot bear to lose Bellamy and desperately tries to come up with a way out of this.

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“There’s no coming back from this.”

When Octavia goes to see Bellamy, she brings up memories of their childhood and talks about games they used to play, proving that she does still have some humanity within her.  Bellamy refuses to take Octavia’s advice about how to take down Indra and says that he doesn’t plan on fighting.  Bellamy is not afraid of his sister and asks her what kind of leader she is and tells her that “The Red Queen” is a joke.  Bellamy explains that she only has two options:  she can call this off and make a deal or watch him die.  Octavia realizes that she is not going to get through to her brother this way, but she still wants to save him because he is her blood.  In a heartbreaking moment, she tells Bellamy that “you can’t save someone who’s already dead,” recognizing that “Okteivia kom Skaikru” is too far gone to change things and that only the ruthless reflection of “Blodreina” remains.

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“You are my child and I will protect you with my life.”

Clarke takes Madi away from Octavia, recognizing that she is in great danger now that she has accepted “The Flame.”  Madi begins having vivid dreams and memories about Becca Pramheda and sees her being burned alive.  Madi explains that it’s more than nightmares, as she feels what they do and is experiencing everything for herself.  Madi desperately wants to return and fight, recognizing the spark within her burning brightly, but Clarke can’t bear to let anything happen to her.  In a heartbreaking moment, Clarke asks Madi, “Do you see her too?”  Clarke is referring to Lexa and it looks like Madi’s own ascension is bringing up some painful memories that she may not be ready to handle.  It’s important for Clarke to recognize that Madi is different from Lexa; however, and may have a unique path that is necessary to protect others.  Will Clarke be able to allow Madi to blossom as a leader or will she continue to stifle her destiny?  It’s hard not to feel sympathetic toward Clarke in this moment, but Madi’s fate may be out of her control now.

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“Stay here and die or march with me and live.”

In the arena, Indra and Bellamy begin to fight and Octavia watches anxiously from her throne.  The fight is interrupted by Monty and he announces to the entire arena that the Hydrofarm is up and running and that Octavia kept this information from them.  Monty proves that a farmer can save the day just as much as a warrior and gives everyone something very important:  a choice.  Shouts for “Blodreina no more,” begin to be heard, but Octavia refuses to stand down.  She burns the entire Hydrofarm and takes away the choice of her people, shattering their hope in the process.  At the end of the episode, everyone is forced to follow Octavia to war, as “Blodreina” rises from the ashes, refusing to let “Okteivia kom Skaikru” surface anymore.  War is now inevitable and there is also the threat of the worms that Clarke disposed of, which may have unforeseen consequences for everyone.  Stay tuned! 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 9: “They Made Their Choice”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 5 episode 9 last night, I learned that sometimes we make promises we can’t keep.  Ultimately, we have to do what we think is right, but at what cost?  We all have someone in our lives who is worth everything.  Perhaps we would sacrifice it all to protect them, but sometimes it’s necessary to step back and look at the big picture.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Tuesday night’s episode, “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” Bellamy and Indra do what is necessary for the good of their people, recognizing that it is time for Madi to rise as the true Commander.  Meanwhile, Diyoza reveals who the father of her baby is, Raven continues to grow closer to Shaw, and John Murphy reminds us why he’s good at being John Murphy.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 9 are:

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“Maybe it’s your easygoing charm.”

Raven continues to protect Shaw and reveals some Intel that he provided her with, which actually comes in very handy.  When she initially asks Shaw to come with them, he says no, but Raven refuses to give up without a fight.  Shaw reveals that he doesn’t want to let anything happen to Raven, which is both sweet and commendable.  It’s clear that they both have growing feelings for one another, but will they get the chance to pursue it once the war is over?  Will Shaw ever truly be one of them?  Raven reminds us why we adore her so much when she says to Shaw, “Come with us or we’ll kill you.  How’s that for easygoing?”  Shaw finally agrees, but will he end up being more of an asset or a liability?

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“It’s a girl by the way.”

The rivalry between McCreary and Diyoza has been apparent since the moment we were first introduced to their characters.  After a fight breaks out between their people, McCreary goes after Diyoza and tries to eliminate her once and for all.  Only he is in for a surprise when Diyoza reveals that McCreary is her unborn child’s father.  Diyoza has been working with Abby on curing her people, hoping that McCreary would be dead within a week, but we now know that there is much more to their story.  Is it possible that there was ever love between these two?  I’m not so sure, but we’ll have to see if fatherhood agrees with McCreary.  It doesn’t seem like he has a nurturing bone in his body, but perhaps he will change his tune.

3

“He’s being John Murphy.”

John Murphy is back and better than ever.  I much prefer him taking action as opposed to whining about his circumstances.  In this episode, Murphy strategically reveals to McCreary that Abby found a cure, knowing that it would escalate the war brewing between Diyoza’s people.  His plan works like a charm when they are all out in the open, but Murphy needs to get further involved when no one initiates the first attack.  His poker face may suck, as Emori comically points out, but Murphy is able to execute his plan, as he strikes one of Diyoza’s men from afar, triggering the battle between them all.  While Murphy is not really humble about his efforts, he is not too far off when he says that this is his “masterpiece.”  If we need a fire started, one can always count on John Murphy to light the first match.  Murphy is still working toward becoming a redeemed hero and agrees to stay behind with Kane to help protect Abby.  We know that Murphy tends to stay where the action is and to make the difficult decisions, but it seems like he genuinely wants to protect one of his own, which is admirable.  Perhaps John Murphy has finally found the spark within him to embrace his full identity as one of the good guys.

2

“Bellamy, if you do this, she’ll never forgive you.”

Bellamy has been making some difficult choices and understands that you can’t always please everyone.  He has poisoned his own sister and he now realizes that he needs to break his promise to Clarke, as Wonkru seems unwilling to follow Indra.  Both Indra and Bellamy recognize that their only chance to stop the war is for Madi to accept her fate as the true Commander.  When he reveals this plan to Clarke when she is in chains, her reaction is truly heartbreaking as she screams after him, painfully reminding him that he promised her that he would keep her safe.  When Madi is approached about accepting the Flame, she realizes that Clarke does not want this for her, but worries what will happen to Clarke if she doesn’t do this.  Madi is becoming more and more like Clarke every day, willing to sacrifice her potential life of freedom to save someone she truly cares about.  Madi reminds Bellamy that Clarke will never forgive him, but accepts her new fate.  When Madi wakes up after the Flame has bonded with her mind, she reminds a warrior that she is from the same lineage as Lexa and her words are powerful and inspiring, suggesting that she might be the very leader that Wonrku desperately needs.  Unfortunately, Octavia is done with her nap and is ready to take her throne back with vengeance.

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“They made their choice.”

An unlikely partnership is formed when Clarke confronts Octavia and holds a gun at her.  Octavia proves just how strong she is, as she refuses to stay unconscious after she is poisoned and is not about to let go of her role as “Blodreina” without a fight.  Octavia reminds Clarke that they want the same thing and says, “The only person who wants Madi to be Commander less than me is you.”  Clarke realizes that Octavia is right and works with her to stop the ascension, but they are too late.  Bellamy is taken away right in front of Clarke, but Clarke is more concerned about protecting Madi in this moment.  After Clarke takes out the guard who was about to begin following Madi’s commands, she runs away with her, hoping to keep her safe as long as possible.  Octavia ignites the fire in Wonkru once more and they begin chanting for “Blodreina,” reminding us that war is just around the corner.  Bellamy, Indra, and Gaia will need to answer for their betrayal, but as Octavia takes her seat on her throne, we finally see a look of vulnerability and humanity on her face.  Indra reminded her that she felt responsible for what she let her become, but is Octavia strong enough to do what is right?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 Empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 who Save the Day: “Touch me again and you’re gonna need another wooden hand”

Summertime is typically known for reruns, but I am happy that some of my favorite shows premiered late enough in the year so that I can get in some quality time binge-watching.  As I look back on some of my favorite shows that released new episodes in 2018, I started to really think about how incredible it is to see so many empowered female TV characters emerging on a daily basis.  These women are strong, fearless, passionate, and loyal.  They stand out because they aren’t perfect.  They make mistakes just like everyone else, but they are able to turn things around and make the right call to save the people they care about the most.  For today’s list, I am looking at female characters that can kick some serious ass and save the day without compromising who they are in the process.  Please note that supernatural abilities need not apply, as I want to focus on female characters that do not have any special powers or gifts.  Please also note that some spoilers may be ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch any of the series mentioned below.  My top 5 Empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 are:

5

Claire Novak from Supernatural.

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“I saved Sam and Dean…WE saved Sam and Dean.”

If you haven’t caught up on Supernatural, Claire Novak is the daughter of Jimmy, who is Castiel’s vessel, and she is played by Kathryn Love Newton.  Claire has appeared several times on Supernatural and Jody Mills looks after her.  In 2018, fans got a look at the “Wayward Sisters” backdoor pilot and Claire has grown up to be quite the bad-ass.  She is comically referred to as “Biker Barbie,” which I have to admit is spot on, as she sports some serious leather and a tough attitude, but still has an element of sweetness to her.  In the backdoor pilot to “Wayward Sisters,” Sam and Dean are trapped in “The Bad Place,” and Claire works with Jody and the others to help save them.  She has fully embraced her identity as a hunter and proves to be quite resourceful.  It is absolutely fantastic to watch her take down her enemies and she is not afraid to improvise and even uses a flame thrower to really make an entrance.  While Claire initially tends to swing her fists first and ask questions later, she soon learns from Jody and from her own mistakes that this is not always the best plan.  When Sam and Dean are rescued, Claire finally realizes the importance of family and teamwork, proving that she has grown even further as a character that one can truly count on.

4

Al from Fear the Walking Dead.

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“Cause I’m a chick with layers.”

If you haven’t caught up yet on Fear the Walking Dead, now is the time.  This season has introduced us to some really compelling characters like John Dorie, Morgan Jones, and Naomi/Laura/June.  Al, played by Maggie Grace, has truly captured my attention, however.  Al is focused completely on gathering the stories of others and she records them on camera so that she is able to keep the story going as long as she can.  Even though Al drives a tank, she initially stays on the sidelines and tries not to get herself too involved.  However, after John Dorie is shot, Morgan gets through to her and she realizes that she may need to put the camera down from time to time and help save the day.  Al is fully capable of taking care of herself and is extremely resourceful and knowledgeable.  When she makes the decision to help John and the others, she proves to be an asset.  Al can also kick some serious ass, as we see an epic fight between her and Alicia that will have you on the edge of your seat.  I’m looking forward to seeing further development of her character, but I am definitely seeing some real potential for a new heroine to emerge on the series.

3

Octavia Blake from The 100.

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“You are Wonkru or you’re the enemy of Wonkru.”

The 100 is one of my absolute favorite shows on television right now and the female characters on the show really prove to be strong, intelligent, and valuable.  Characters like Clarke, Lexa, Raven, and Abby really elevate the show, but I have to admire Octavia Blake’s breakout in 2018.  Octavia, played by Marie Avgeropoulos, was known as “the girl under the floor,” always hiding behind her brother, Bellamy.  When Octavia meets her true love, Lincoln, she was able to tap into her potential and learn how to fight and stand up for herself.  After “Praimfaya,” struck the world, Octavia made the brave decision to allow all crews inside the bunker to save them, but this was no easy task to maintain.  In 2018, we see Octavia’s struggle to hold on to her power as “The Red Queen” or “Blodreina,” as each crew became agitated with the others and the reality set in that not everyone in the bunker would be able to survive.  Octavia was hesitant at first about being a leader, but fully embraced it after Jaha died, taking his words of wisdom to heart.  Octavia recognized that not everyone would agree with her decisions; but that they would all need to stand together in order to have a chance at survival.  In a heroic moment, Octavia begins fighting anyone who rebels and repeats, “You are Wonkru or you’re the enemy of Wonkru,” over and over again, until she finally makes her point.  Even though her decisions as a leader are somewhat questionable and perhaps no longer appropriate in their current situation, you can’t help but root for Octavia in this pivotal moment.  The girl under the floor is no more and a true queen has emerged.

2

Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale.

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“Untie her, you serpent hag!”

While there are many empowered female characters on Riverdale, Cheryl, played by Madelaine Petsch, showed the most promise for me in 2018.  We have seen Cheryl grow as a character and take on quite a lot.  While she may initially seem like an ice queen, Cheryl eventually learns to let her walls down and to open up to those around her.  Cheryl has a lot to deal with and her mother doesn’t make her life any easier.  When Cheryl begins confiding in Toni about how her mother stifled her feelings toward other girls, it starts to make a lot of sense why Cheryl kept everyone at a distance.  After Cheryl’s mother has her locked away in a mental institution, Toni and Veronica come to her rescue, but Cheryl refuses to be broken in this moment.  Cheryl rises from the ashes and stands up to her mother and I have to say it’s about time.  Cheryl’s growing feelings for Toni also help her realize the importance of love and loyalty.  When Penny kidnaps Toni, Cheryl heroically shows up with a red hood and her bow and arrow to save her “Cherie.”  One can’t help but cheer for her in this moment, as she is no longer a scared little girl.  Rather, she has blossomed into a fearless and sensational woman.  Cheryl continuously shows her courage, as she stands up to the adults around her and even takes on “The Black Hood.”  Look out world, here comes “Cheryl Bombshell.”

1

Kelly Maxwell from Ash vs Evil Dead.

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“It’s Gladiator time, bitch.”

So my number one pick for the most empowered TV female character of 2018 has to go to the beautiful and hilarious Kelly Maxwell, played by Dana DeLorenzo.   Kelly proves that you don’t need to be “The Chosen One” or “El Brujo Especial” in order to save the day.  Kelly is tough and loyal, proving to be a “ghost beater” for life.  After teaming up with Dalton from the “Knights of Sumeria,” Kelly makes the courageous decision to take on the villain, Ruby, all by herself with the Kandarian Dagger.  Ruby is pretty much the queen of hell and is almost indestructible, but Kelly actually puts up quite a fight against her.  You can’t help rooting for her in this moment and when Ruby stabs her with the Kandarian Dagger, she even tells her that she was her favorite.  I remember being shocked and heartbroken in this moment, but Kelly was able to survive in the world through the rift and is ultimately rescued by Pablo toward the end of the series.  In the series finale, Kelly reminds us why we love her so much.  She kicks some serious ass and begins screaming while shooting as many deadites as she can, proving that she is fully capable of saving the day.  When Ash ultimately goes to fight the big bad, he tells Kelly that she is the leader now and I have to agree with his choice.  Kelly is strong and fearless and refuses to compromise herself for anyone.  She’s not afraid to express her opinion and use as much colorful and foul language as possible to get her point across, but that’s why we adore her so much.  Kelly is someone you could genuinely see yourself being friends with.  She tells you the harsh truth whether you want to hear it or not, but she is there for you no matter what, which is something that makes her truly stand out as a good friend and an even better heroine.

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts on some of your own favorite empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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