The explosive ending of The 100 Season 5 left followers each heartbroken over this season’s losses and anxious over the destiny of Bellamy, Clarke, and the remainder of their associates.
The entire characters aside from Monty and Harper, ended up in cryo-sleep for over a century whereas they unknowingly traveled to a brand new planet and left Earth behind for good.
With an ending like that, it seems as if Earth is the suitable lack of the season. However was it actually the largest sacrifice of the present?
The 100’s time on Earth was coming to a detailed. Over the course of 5 compelling seasons, each storyline that might presumably be explored ran it is course and ran it effectively. It was time for one thing new in order to not exhaust the story to a degree the place the present simply begins turning into predictable and repetitive.
With the sequence now going down in a brand new setting, every part feels contemporary, shiny, and new. Like Jason Rothenberg himself acknowledged, the present is a reboot in some ways.
Nevertheless, with the flame nonetheless in play, it looks like the present is dragging the identical baggage alongside and plopping it onto a brand new planet. I do know it might be onerous The 100 writers, however typically you have to let issues go to make manner for larger and higher issues.
The connection between Bellamy and Clarke is a first-rate instance of this. Ever for the reason that pilot, The 100 has been toying with Bellarke as a “will they/will not they” relationship each onscreen and offscreen in interviews.
In reality, they have been toying with it a lot that ignoring the seeds they willingly planted, is bringing the writing consistency of all the present down together with the followers’ curiosity.
Now earlier than you elevate your pitchforks, followers aren’t pissed off as a result of they need this relationship to occur and it is simply not part of the story being informed. That may be a wholly totally different scenario.
Typically followers need exhibits to go a sure manner but it surely’s simply not the way in which the present goes. And naturally, creators have the facility to make that call even when it is an unpopular one.
Nevertheless, in terms of Bellamy and Clarke followers are pissed off as a result of a romance between them very clear is part of the story they’re telling. Particularly throughout the latest occasions of this season.
The 100 Season 5 was alluding to a romance between the 2, and if it wasn’t, then The 100 wants a brand new digital camera crew as a result of they did not get the memo. Not solely was Clarke portrayed as a bit jealous of the connection between Bellamy and Echo, however Bellamy’s sister even accused him of loving Clarke in the identical manner that he cherished his girlfriend.
And who may neglect the second when Diyoza mistook Bellamy and Clarke for a pair after seeing how far they might go for one another? Or how Clarke radioed simply Bellamy daily for six years?
In most well-written exhibits, all of those moments could be categorized as foreshadowing. Nevertheless, on The 100 it seems as if it was only a ploy to confuse the viewers and preserve them watching.
In a present that relies upon largely on character and relationship improvement, how can something be effectively thought out and structured when their literary units don’t have any which means?
At this level, it feels just like the characters are simply puppets who’re being managed by a gaggle of individuals with an agenda of which we simply cannot make sense.
So as to have pure development in a narrative, you must permit the characters to inform it. It’s the creator’s job to convey these characters into existence, however there comes a degree the place you must set them free. You should not be telling them what to do; the characters must be telling you.
Bending characters to fill the function you need them to does one factor and one factor solely. It breaks them.
Take Bellamy’s relationship with Echo for instance. The romance between them is so out of character that the one method to put them collectively was to skip over their improvement fully. The 2 began their relationship over the course of a six-year time leap about which we nonetheless, after a complete season, know nothing.
It is virtually just like the present knew there was no plausible method to put them collectively, so that they used time as an excuse and stored the viewers utterly at midnight. In different phrases, they don’t have any method to clarify how these two characters may have made their variations work.
In a manner, it looks like dishonest.
It additionally feels odd that such a hole relationship with no viewers funding made it via the entire season with no conflicts. The vast majority of viewers do not feel something however confusion for the pairing, however that is partially attributable to the truth that the present did not even attempt to make us love them.
The one believable motive for this random romance was to make use of it as a stepping stone for Clarke’s emotions for Bellamy, however as of the finale, it appears as if that was not the case.
You possibly can’t predict the ending of The 100, however sadly, it is not factor. Whereas it must be unpredictable by its skill to shock and shock, it is unpredictable as a result of it does not comply with via.
If you cannot belief the hints that the present offers you, then on what are you able to base your theories?
A relationship between a boy and a lady that’s not romantic may very well be particular for certain. However there’s something that may very well be much more particular. A wholesome romance primarily based off of years of friendship, belief, help, and love.
Even when Bellamy and Clarke had been initially simply presupposed to be “non-romantic soulmates” (which is unlikely), that ship sailed seasons in the past with the romantic facets that had been interwoven of their relationship.
The romance of their relationship will get extra distinguished each season, and the present is in far too deep to again out now. In Season 6, The 100 will both sink or swim.
If Bellarke simply wasn’t a part of the story, I might be unhappy however accepting of the writers’ artistic determination. Nevertheless, the explanation why everybody loves it a lot is that the present is regularly pushing us to adore it in that manner.
The extra vital problem at play is not solely nearly a relationship. The true problem is the present’s indecisiveness and lack of ability to comply with via.
Though I could also be a Bellarke shipper myself, the considered them not being collectively is not even essentially the most irritating half. It is the inconsistent writing and teasing of one thing that may very well be groundbreaking if they might solely set the characters free.
So it is as much as you The 100 Fanatics. All through the ups and downs of the present, there’s one path that the characters have all the time been heading in. Will you lastly allow them to take the wheel?
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