The 100 Review: Twilight's Last Gleaming
Synopsis of "Twilight's Last Gleaming"
Clarke and Finn's new romance is threatened among their peers. Abby reveals Kane's plot to kill off some members of the Ark while Raven arrives on Earth. Octavia comes face to face with a Grounder.
John Banished. Charlotte Dead.
Last week's episode was just as intense as the last. It was pretty much immediately discovered that Charlotte had killed Wells out of fear. It certainly took me for a loop. I was curious as to how long this story would drag on, but it turns out by episode's end, Charlotte jumps off a cliff to prevent anyone else from hurting from her actions. Meanwhile, Adam is banished for his manhunt of Charlotte after he was falsely accused. He was nearly hung had Finn not interfered.
Clarke and Finn FINALLY get into the throws. It's taken them a little too long. There was an obvious attraction between the two of them. Also Raven drops from the Ark, Abby is caught, and Monty fails to contact the Ark. Jasper is on a safe road to recovery and it seems that things are going swell between him and Octavia. I'm looking forward to seeing more of them.
Review of "Twilight's Last Gleaming"
I'm so angry with The 100 right now. Like most shows that break boundaries, The 100 fills us with ambitious themes and unconventional characters. However, no one wants to watch a good show. Mind you, there are few who have a sophisticated pallet.
For a CW show, The 100 is wonderful melange of action, drama, tragedy, and observations of the darkness of human nature. This week's The 100 is a wonderfully written and executed episode combining the fates of those on the Ark and those who have landed on Earth. With the arrival of Raven, the 100 gain the knowledge that over 300 people have been condemned to die, Chancellor Jaha was shot and survived, and that Bellamy's philosophy was for his own benefit.
Abby is released from her cell in order to treat those who have gotten sick due to oxygen deprivation. Guilt finally gets the better of her and she releases a video of her husband telling the Ark about the conditions occurring. This coaxes one hundred individuals to sacrifice themselves for the betterment of the others. It's the hope that they can give them more time to come up with a better solution. Chancellor Jaha has chosen to sacrifice himself and leave matters in the hands of Kane.
Bellamy and others begin working on a way to alert those on the Ark about their conditions. While all of this occurs, Octavia takes a nasty spill and her absence isn't noticed in all the commotion. With the arrival of Raven, we discover that Finn is the boy she loves and thus puts Clarke on the sidelines. I'm pretty disappointing considering I was shipping Clarke and Finn from the Get-Go. Clarke, as mature as she is, doesn't let this distract her from the matters at hand. Alerting the Ark is important.
One hundred people die on the Ark and it's a tragedy and it's unfortunate that The 100's signals weren't seen until well after. Chancellor Jaha chose not to sacrifice himself and realized his strength helped his fellow citizens make difficult decisions. These themes are powerful and prevalent in this show. Octavia is captured by a Grounder and now it's up to chance what may happen next.
I'm looking forward to next week's The 100.
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My Response and Predictions
Tonight's episode deserves five stars. There was a little action, mostly drama, and the intense themes of sacrificing oneself to save others. Also, there's the matter of survival and desperation, and love. I was glued to this episode from beginning to end. I'm very proud of this show.
The 100 feels like a miniseries in a lot of ways. I think that's what makes it so hard for people to keep with it. It seems like every episode is a tiny microcosm for a much bigger and badder existence. It's wonderfully dark and captivating. It's a very disturbing, yet delightful story. Kudos to the writers. However, I'm curious as to where things might go. I think:
- Raven and Finn will end once Raven finds out about Clarke (or maybe not)
- Bellamy and Clarke will grow closer (it happens in the book and it's only natural that it happens in the show. Those two have a lot of sexual tension)
- Abby will be deemed a hero in her efforts to find the best solution for the Ark
- Vice Chancellor Kane will step down.
Who knows what we're up for... we still have eight more episodes to see what happens next. I definitely see a future in this show if the ratings go back up a bit. It'd would be awesome for a midseason "guilty pleasure" show. Think MTV's Teen Wolf.