My performance of the week ending 5/30/20 on TV goes to…

Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake on The CW’s The 100.

Let’s talk about one of the most brilliant and incredible character transformations on a television series of all time. The quiet girl under the floor has stepped out of her big brother’s shadow, embracing love, heartache, leadership, loss, and happiness. While a lot of the attention still centers around Clarke, Octavia has quickly become the heart and soul of The 100 and season 7, episode 2 is another great example of this.

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Please note spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on season 7.

It’s not easy finding your way, especially when you grew up as a secret. Octavia only really knew Bellamy as her family, but she quickly became a reliable member of the group once our favorite characters made it down to earth.

After experiencing life out in the open with brand new eyes, Octavia met the love of her life, Lincoln. Their love was beautiful and transcendent of everything else around them, but Lincoln was killed in front of her, which was one of the most heartbreaking moments of the entire series for me.

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Octavia turned her grief into strength and trained with Indra to become an unstoppable warrior. She was driven by revenge and eventually shattered her moral compass when she became the leader of Wonkru…Blodreina. Remember that familiar chant?

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“You are Wonkru or you are the enemy of Wonkru. Choose…”

Well, it’s not much of a choice when the alternative is death, but Blodreina transformed into a ruthless leader, but there were still glimmers of humanity within her. We later discovered that Octavia took on all of the burden so that no one else had to. As much as you wanted to hate her for her actions, you couldn’t.

Bellamy has always been able to bring Octavia back, but after their huge fallout, Octavia seemed truly alone. Her friendship with Diyoza allowed her to head down a path toward redemption as she stumbled across the mysterious anomaly.

After watching season 7, episode 2, Marie Avgeropoulos had me in tears once again. Her letter to Bellamy was so heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. Octavia has finally learned what it means to love again, bonding with Diyoza and her daughter, Hope. Even though she has a new family, she still holds Bellamy close to her heart and wants him to know that she now understands.

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This was such a huge moment for Octavia as a character. Through it all, she finally is able to recognize her mistakes and redeem herself to become someone others can always count on.

What’s next for Octavia? This is the final season of the series so it will be interesting to see if Octavia’s journey toward self-discovery is almost done. I’d love to see a reunion between her and Bellamy, but I also have a feeling that she may sacrifice everything to save him and her friends, which would make her an eternal hero. I’d also love to see another flashback or memory with Lincoln because it truly was the ultimate love story of the series.

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Either way, I am so beyond impressed with Marie Avgeropoulos as an actress. She channels so much strength into her character and has shown us so many sides of Octavia. Some of them have been good and some of them have been on the other side of the spectrum, but everything she pours into her character is compelling and disturbingly real.

I can’t wait to see how it all ends and I will be an Octavia Blake fan for life!

May we meet again.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 6 episode 5: “How Would You Like To Be Immortal Too?”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 6 episode 5, I learned that happiness may look good on Clarke, but Josephine’s presence is beyond dangerous.  Will anyone be able to stop her?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Gospel of Josephine,” Josephine adjusts to her new body, Clarke, and tries to keep up appearances, which proves to be more difficult than she initially realized.  Meanwhile, Jordan and Gaia look for the truth and Abby desperately tries to find a way to save Marcus.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 6 episode 5 are:

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“How hard can Clarke be?”

Josephine may have experience acting in plays over the years, but being “Clarke” proves to be more difficult than she realized.  While Josephine embraces her new body, she realizes that fooling Clarke’s friends and family will not be easy.  Josephine quickly learns that they speak in another language and she immediately begins making mistakes when she tells Madi that she can go to school after she was so against it before.  Bellamy comments that happiness looks good on her, but what’s lurking beneath Clarke’s body is manipulative and dangerous.  Watch out, Bellamy!

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“They worship Nightbloods.  I’d like to know why.”

Jordan and Gaia seek out answers after “Priya” doesn’t remember who Jordan is.  Jordan refuses to just accept this even though Bellamy and Murphy initially don’t have his back, assuming that it was a one night stand and Jordan is too naive to realize.  Later on, Clarke/Josephine, Bellamy, and Murphy join Gaia and Jordan and discover some kind of room celebrating the dead and find the mark of the flame.  Gaia initially thinks that the skeletons all belong to past commanders, but we quickly learn that they are something else.  But if they aren’t commanders, “what the hell are they?” 

A good question for sure, as the group comes across a video showing the murder of a Nightblood host, realizing that “becoming one with the Primes” can lead to immortality.  Clarke/Josephine tries to put a positive spin on things, but Gaia unintentionally spills the beans about Madi being a Nightblood and Josephine also learns that Abby was able to synthesize Nightblood, turning Clarke into one with science, which definitely gets her full attention.  The secrets are unraveling, but no one seems to realize that Clarke is not Clarke just yet.

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“It’s because he’s good and true and deserves to live.”

Abby finally gets some more screen time in this episode, as she continues to work on finding a way to save Marcus.  Clarke/Josephine gives her a few ideas that actually seem quite helpful, but as soon as Josephine realizes that Abby can make a Nightblood, it’s clear that she may be in great danger.  Abby has an emotional breakdown at one point and talks about how Marcus deserves to live because he did the right thing when she made so many horrible decisions during the time of Blodreina. 

Abby’s guilt is clearly catching up to her now and she has traded one addiction for another.  While it’s possible that she may have kicked her drug addiction, she is spending every possible moment trying to save Marcus, but will she be able to without further consequences?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I’m feeling some Marcus withdrawal myself.  Bring him back already!

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“I guess you want to live after all.”

Meanwhile, while all of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers drama is going on, Octavia and Diyoza continue to get into trouble together while trying to track down Gabriel.  Octavia and Diyoza get stuck in some kind of deadly swamp quick sand and apparently “the harder you fight, the faster you die.”  Diyoza stands still, but Octavia continues to stubbornly struggle, which makes her sink that much faster.  Another dangerous threat comes their way, as some kind of flash of light appears that could be fatal.  Diyoza escapes and Octavia hides underneath the quick sand to protect herself, but comes very close to death.

Luckily, Diyoza comes back for her and gets her out of there and tells her that perhaps she wants to live after all.  I’m loving this partnership between these two and I think that they can learn a lot from each other.  After all, Diyoza reminded Octavia that “you can always turn it around” while you are still breathing and perhaps these two can be redeemed.  Either way, I’m rooting for them!

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“I’m listening…”

Bellamy finally begins to detect that something is wrong with Clarke and approaches her, speaking in the Grounder language to prove his suspicions.  He asks Clarke who she is and she introduces herself as Josephine Lightbourne.  Let’s hope that Bellamy will be OK and can warn the others  before it’s too late.  However, Clarke/Josephine is already recruiting for her plan, as she approaches Murphy and asks him if he would like to be immortal, revealing that Clarke is dead.  Murphy tells her that he’s listening, but is he just trying to get close to Josephine to help his friends or is Murphy looking out for his own survival? 

Murphy has come so far as a character, but we know that he has his share of faults.  I’m interested to see this unlikely partnership develop more and I hope there is a way to bring our girl Clarke back, but it doesn’t look like Josephine will leave without a fight.  New episodes return June 11th!  Stay tuned!

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