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  1. Gabe Torres

    Ratings & Scheduling: The 100... People Watching

    Dynasty looks also very likely imo. Previously the Lost Boys and Charmed reboot seemed to be a sure thing as well but if I remember right they pushed those back. I really really would love to see Black Lightning on screen. For none comic people, Black Lighting is one of the first prominent Black Superheroes in the DC universe. Also one of his daughters is a lesbian, whose girlfriend is a 7 ft tall bisexual buff Asian American . That is a lot of representation you don't usually see, though of course they might screw it up but the creator behind Being Mary Jane and her husband are Executive Producers. Then there is also the exploration of black fatherhood, which is rare as well. The 100 isn't doing hot among critics anymore from what I've seen, and ended up on many worst shows or most disappointing shows of 2016. As a spoiler hound, it is really felt how many sites have dropped reviewing the 100. IGN and AVClub still reviews, but most of the remaining tend to be glorified fangirls (see Hypable) and not professional critics. There used to be a lot more sources for information since review sites are frequently offered interviews with the cast. The amount of discussion on various review sites is also so much less, and in some places pretty much dead like reddit. Considering that LoT is beating Arrow currently, and with a lower budget than previously, I think it is likely it will end up with a 22 episodes order. That would remove one half season show slot. The CW acquiring Supergirl also over inflated their line up, and gave them another 22 episodes show. The CW has never had this many shows in their line up, but I still think the 100 is safe. What can change it, is the lack of CBS produced shows in the line up. Otherwise, it seems safe simply because of 2 shows ending and 2 shows doing worse.
  2. Gabe Torres

    Ratings & Scheduling: The 100... People Watching

    There used to be a lot of chatter about this "Netflix deal" that could save shows, and a lot of speculation and wrong conclusions about what it was. Two popular conclusions were many thought Netflix wanted shows with 5 seasons or didn't want incomplete shows. The Sony Leaked emails showed that the Netflix deal actually meant that for every 4th season of a show, Netflix pays an increase in licensing price per episode. And it is a very sizeable amount that it makes it worth renewing shows that are losing money in order to reach that. The numbers for a show (Better Call Saul I think) were among the leaks, and I think it was around 23% more $$$ for the show per year if 4 seasons (with another increase if the show has 8 seasons). It is a pretty safe assumption that Reign got renewed based on this, and it likely also had an influence for why The 100 and The Originals were renewed as well as it made them all reach 4 seasons. At the time the CW renewed all their shows, The 100, Reign, The Vampire Dairies and The Originals were the lowest WB produced CW shows but they all reached 4 seasons or 8 seasons with being renewed. Edit: Supernatural also reached 12 seasons with their renewal. Not that they had a chance of being cancelled, but that was another show getting a boost in $$$ from Netflix back then
  3. Gabe Torres

    Ratings & Scheduling: The 100... People Watching

    Could you please share your thoughts on why you think total viewers are more important than the demo? Particularly as the 100 longer qualifies for the Netflix deal/bonus (in the sense it needs 4 more seasons for the next boost), and doesn't do so well on streaming services anymore. With the goals of WB and CBS regarding the CW, demo still looks to be most important from what I gathered, but I am not opposed to be proven incorrect. Nielsen system is outdated and streaming makes things hard to gauge. Regarding pattern it fits within the general down-slide of TV ratings in general however I think with looking at the CW, it is best to measure the shows against each other. Here the 100 is the 8th lowest out of current 10 shows airing, and JtV (CBS) is already renewed. But I do think the 100 has very very high chance of another season. Not because they are doing good, because they are from what I can see, under-performing compared to expectations. But NT and Frequency flopped, Reign is in its last season and so is TVD. So that seems to be 4 cancellations. Then there is also The Originals and iZombie returning that might perform worse. The CW is overstacked with shows, ordered a fair share of pilots and got their fingers in over 23+ new shows, but I don't think it is likely the CW cancelling 5 shows, and if they do, TO or iZ might be the 5th instead.
  4. Gabe Torres

    S04.E01: Echoes

    For the italics: Thing is, not all 'bad actions' are morally equally bad. It would be pretty disingenuous to present it as so. There are some that are definitely worse than others, which isn't only measured on the action itself, but also the context and motivation. In a prison, ideally all of the people in there has committed a crime, which makes them all criminals. But would one consider them all equally morally bad? No, because there are different crimes that require different amount of disregard for other human beings or lives. Someone that has to serve time because they can't pay their parking tickets is not as bad as someone in prison because they kicked a dog to death. Even if you take the same crime, motive still makes a huge difference. Say a person killed a man because this man raped their daughter and got away with it. Now another man killed someone, and their motive was because the victim was black. Would you really look at both and call them equally bad? Motive matters. Context matters. That goes particularly for talking about the morality and likeability of characters on a show such as the 100. If a story is trying to sell me the idea of the character X being a flawed hero that just messes up sometimes, it needs to not make that character do things that go into the area of irredeemable/actions of a villain. Jasper fried 300 Grounders at the end of S1, but I've never seen fandom hold that against him, because (from my impression) its understood why. Its known his actions didn't come from a place of selfishness or outright bigotry. His actions were by far tied primarily with that if he didn't push the button, him and all his friends would had been dead within a couple of minutes. Of the current main cast, no one has committed the same or more horrific actions than Bellamy, with so many of them having morally shitty motives. That is in part why I'm not here for the woobifying, or justification that relies on endorsement of xenophobia and imperialism that is tied intrinsically together with white supremacy. And on top of it, he has dodged any real consequences almost every time. Pre S3, Bellamy already had a bunch of morally horrific actions from S1, where most people let it go as a result of his first redemption go around including myself. Bob put in one hell of a performance back then. Bellamy gets less sympathy from me because his actions have been based on pure selfishness + controlling behavior in S1, and in S3 it was based on xenophobia / misogynistic story telling / man pain, and in S3 it isn't the first time either that he did really awful things. The xenophobic motive of his actions makes irredeemable to me alright? I know it is not a deal breaker for everyone, but it most certainly is for me. Likewise characters that commit acts of murder based on racism/homophobia/sexism are trash to me. All the bolded parts are basically canonically incorrect or assumption presented as fact. I don't mind discussing the various characters critically - particularly Clarke where I find her much more dark grey with tipping her toes into black area than most of fandom - but we need to have a common base in the show. Also think would need to take it to a different thread. Would just say at least look up the symptoms of PTSD. Clarke has almost none of them. She has several for depression, which is very frequently a part of having PTSD. Only other thing is can say she might have nightmares (but she doesn't have invasive memories, flashbacks or missing pieces of memory). I'm bone tired of fandom declaring that everyone and their dog has PTSD, when many of the characters doesn't show a single symptom, or any where near enough to qualify. End result is making light of what PTSD actually entails and spreading misinformation about it. Experiencing a trauma or multiple ones can result in PTSD, but it is not guaranteed, which is how parts of fandom and the writers talk about it. Also implying Bellamy wouldn't get away with the chip part and Clarke did? Lets not pretend Bellamy hasn't gotten away with matters of dubious consent. In S1 he was sleeping with multiple aged approx.14-17 year old teenage girls that he held a disproportionate power difference over. Fandom completely hand waved or even made shit ton of jokes about that. Even now, there is a gifs popping up about how "this is the guy that had threesomes but lol he can't flirt proper with his lil Princess wuw". Large parts off fandom complete ignores the creepiness and dub con, and even made into something that is presented as something that shows he is this "stud/hurr durr Alpha male". People are straight out making jokes of it, despite several rape victims have expressively asked for people to stop, lots of his fans pretend like there was nothing creepy there. Even Linctavia fans will admit and show much greater understanding for people taking issue with their age difference and development. Clarke wanting to force the chip? Absolutely the worst her character has ever been, followed by her becoming spineless to facilitate Bellamy's redemption/barely giving any negative reaction over Bellamy's and Pike's xenophobic mass murdering ways. How Clarke treated Niylah is also up there in the top 3, because she was an utter d-bag to her and showed so little sympathy or care towards someone that been nothing but kind to her, and risked her life. Last paragraph about Representation: Not all representation is good representation. The way you describe Bob as a biracial man representation-wise is rather shallow view point as it omits the problems brought upon various story telling decisions that has been rightfully called out by PoC, fans that are part of groups often victim of xenophobia and particularly Filipino fans. Representation talk under spoiler cut, as it is not really episode 4x02 discussion, but brought up here.
  5. Gabe Torres

    Ratings & Scheduling: The 100... People Watching

    4x02: Average: 0.376 which gives a rounded up 0.4 Half Hour Marks: 0.400 ---- 0.353 These won't be the very finale adjusted unrounded until next week. Arrow ran overtime, so a downwards adjustment is expected. An average of 0.378 is the current series low if I remember right, so 4x02 might take that title by a very slim margin. In total viewers (not that those really matter much), it reached all time series low with 1.013 mil. In comparison 4x01 got: Average: 0.441 (a strong 0.4 close to a weak 0.5) Half Hour Marks: 0.463 --- 0.418 I bring in the half hour points, since they are the best at giving an idea of the reception from the GA of an episode. Since they represent (to a degree) the people that decided to watch the episode, but then switched off due to finding a given episode bad or uninteresting. The initially demo from 4x02 being lower than even the end demo for 4x01, implies lack of capturing audience interest with the season start, but the second and third episode being increasingly lower is very very typical. I.e. the real average is found after the first 3-4 episodes of a season as it gets whittled down to the 'core audience' numbers. But if the next episode continues like that, the show will hit 0.3 soon, which I didn't see as an option until Empire returned. I expected it to bounce between 0.4 and 0.5 until stronger competition kicked back up. The amount of audience drop off between the half hour marks, are within the average of the 100, but the low starting demo, is not.
  6. Gabe Torres

    The Grounder Gazette: the 100 in the Media

    Octavia and Lexa share the same skin tone, and Raven's is slightly darker than both (people straight out used Photoshop to compare their color #). But I know on twitter/Tumblr certain fans that hate Lexa tried to make this a Lexa vs. Raven/Bellamy thing (conveniently ignoring Octavia), instead of focusing on the real issue that Raven and Bellamy are obviously way to light in skin tone. But honestly, to me that shows they don't truly care about this and are just using it to continue their hate on Lexa despite her having been dead for almost 11 months. Like... it is time to let it go. Clarke and Lexa happened, the (still) constant invasion of the Lexa/Clexa/ADC tags with hate, and death wishes sent to ADC are ridiculous. People involving that nonsense in this issue with the Funko Pop skin tones just leave a bad taste in my mouth. The skin tones are honestly not that hard a fix, and normally I would had guessed they already have produced a bunch and don't want to lose $$$. But initially they had Clarke holding the gun in the right hand, and they fixed that. So I think it really is Funko being utter garbage with not fixing the skin tones (and honestly Bellamy should have freckles to). It really makes me mad, that with important things such as merchandise this type of erasure happens. I think the only ones that can put pressure on Funko by now has to be the writers, and they have chosen to be mute on this subject. That said, I don't think the skin color issue has such a big noticeable effect on sales because Raven is selling really well. Raven as the 3rd best selling is a pretty constant thing, and her fans, which is has a lot of Latinx, compared to Bellamy's which is heavily **white seems to still buy it. The thing with Funkos from my observations is that it is not Tumblr or twitter fandom that mostly buy these things. The purchases tends come from other parts of fandom. There is a certain collect aspect over it as well, and people that don't really take part in fandom, also buy them frequently. There are also people who seem to think that if they support their favorite, it could result more Funko Pops. **I know his S3 arc turned off understandably a lot of the Filipino fans he had considering the over hundreds of years the country spent colonized, and victim to being killed by an invading force. Having a character that is half Filipino use the same rhetoric and justification as those that brutalized their country for centuries, while butchering the native population, caused a lot to be upset and drop the show. It didn't help when a lot of his white fans wrote out big essays justifying xenophobia and colonization, which pushed a lot of Filipino fans out of the fandom, that would had preferred to mobilize and call out the show for its gross actions with regards to Bellamy. Nevertheless I'm surprised Bellamy isn't doing better. I think after S2 he would had sold a lot more but still. Another website I went back 30 pages of their bestsellers and I still couldn't find him, whereas I found everyone else within the first 10 pages
  7. Gabe Torres

    S04.E01: Echoes

    According to canon, Lexa would had been killed by her own people if she didn't enforce their laws, as said outloud by Lincoln. Likewise it is also canon that the Grounders on their own would had killed everybody in Arkadia including Finn, and by asking for only Finn, Lexa saved all the other Arkers. Now some people in fandom pretty much chose to ignore or re-write this, where as others can't remember what Lincoln said so it seems like Lexa could had acted differently. The former though is done blatantly for them in order to fit their own fanon version to villainize Lexa. I remember particularly how this stuff with Finn was not being blamed on Lexa when it happened in fandom 'cause Lincoln spelled it outloud what would happen to Lexa if she spared Finn in any way. But then Clarke and Lexa kissed and suddenly a certain fandom came out and started ignoring canon in favor of demonizing Lexa as the Finn Killer!1 (and anyone with a brain knew what was the cause of the sudden demonization of a lesbian character perceived to be blocking a M/F ship lmao ). Did you then enjoy S3A? Clarke's screen time was very low there, with Bellamy getting the most screen time in S3A, and in general the Arkers like Monty got a lot more screen time. The bulk of the time was spent in Arkadia as well. I'm honestly curious 'cause in my opinion the other cast members can't carry the show in the same way. Monty? The actor is weak and the character potential squandered over and over (he should had gotten Jasper's story line in S2). Harper = non entity. Bryan = non entity. Miller = not very developed and the actor is very uncomfortable at playing gay. Bellamy = xenophobic genocidal post apoc Trump jr that got more free passes and thicker plot armor than anyone else at this point. Not to mention there are enough post Apoc shows with a dude at the center with a lot of Man Pain involved and female character fridged. Octavia? Maybe character-wise but I don't see it on an acting level. Maybe if the show still had Ricky/Lincoln. Raven/Lindsey is the only one I feel like has a character and an actress that could step up. From the adults Abby hasn't really been relevant for a while, Jaha should had been writing off awhile ago. I'm curious as to how you would envision it working? Wasn't that his earlier arc though where he "sacrificed himself" for parts of the Ark to make it down? I do believe you are right, but jesus it is repetitive. It also just hurts the credibility of the 100 setting, that these Arkers can get away with so much shit against the Grounders. I think like a fair share speculated back after S3 finale, that they will go back in space. Maybe some will find a nuke proof bunker as well, so they will be split. Well it has been an on going complaint that some characters on the show was never really allowed to show their grief - primarily the female characters. Like we had a good arc with Kane changing cause of his actions (the best executed character arc on the show imo), flip flopping arcs with Bellamy (despite the S3 being shit, it was partly about his sadness/man pain/loss/wah wah, and his personality change with Finn in S2 was supposedly consequence of his role in the killing of 320 innocent Arkers), Jasper with Maya, Jaha with Wells. But somehow Raven's grief of Finn was just speckled throughout, Clarke got very little with Wells and also Finn (I would argue that Finn wasn't someone I thought she should grieve a lot considering she knew him for less than 5 days before she broke up with him and then decided to keep her distance. I felt more the action of mercy killing him and mourning what he became should had been focused on). Fans pointed out that it seems like the female characters had to swallow down their pain very often, whereas the male characters tended to get multi episode long arcs that were central to changing their characters. Now Clarke is a person to REALLY repress her own emotions while she flounders about trying to save people or do shit, but you can have that and still let the cracks show. So maybe the show is trying to do that this season. To know if they are, will be easier to see how Octavia's arc pans out. I thought her grief was grossly neglected last season, where they made the initial focus center a fair share on Bellamy. Like they released the slides from the beat down Octavia gave Bellamy, and it was pretty much all. about. Bellamy. and. his. feelings. That obviously upset fans because why did it have to be about him, and not the character most effected? Why did the entire scene open up with the camera focused on him, and the scene also focused on him instead of Octavia that had suffered this huge loss? So this could be one of the steps of the writers taking some criticism on board, and allow some characters to grieve a bit. Another example of 'feedback' is the inserted explanation of Raven being a coding master now, which was in S3 a pretty huge plot hole/something that made no sense since mechanic =/= super coder and hacker. The time line is pretty bad overall with making it believable how some characters have "bonds", and it is only made worse when you consider how much certain characters have been separated. We had the strong attachment the Delinquents showed to Clarke at the start of S2, which felt a bit exaggerated because a reason why Clarke felt it necessary to work with Bellamy was that a lot didn't like her or wanted to follow her ideas. Or like in S2, MW had either Clarke inside or Bellamy inside. And before that we had S1 where they spent most of the time as antagonists, and then Clarke was separated with Finn by Anya. Yet come S3, we are supposed to believe Bellamy is really that upset over Clarke leaving? It made more sense his S2 characterization of being supportive instead of him flip flopping on his support in S3 and throwing a fit over it. The excuse from the writers have primarily been that the characters are in super intense and frequent life threatening situations. And I agree - to an extent - that it makes sense that you form really strong attachments in short amount of time. But still I feel like we also need to see the characters enjoying themselves together, to really buy or lend credibility to these intense feelings and bonds. Like even if it was cringy, it was good they showed the car sing along at the start of S3. Likewise Clarke relaxing and drawing Lexa showed they felt comfortable letting their guard down and just enjoy each others company or the bits of dialogue that makes it clear that they talked about their life experiences and culture (fx Lexa had told her about the Primfarya and her conclave). I feel like the show could do with weaving in more of those dialogue bits between all the characters, because it lays down the background of them interacting and hanging out, outside of talks of survival/planing/action.
  8. Gabe Torres

    The Grounder Gazette: the 100 in the Media

    There are finally official Funko Pops up for pre-order for the 100. Also if anyone wonders why 2 Lexa's well it is rather obvious if you look at any big site selling them, and check the pre-order best sellers. For example on toywars if you sort by best seller the first page is: Lexa Funko (no 2 and was previously sold out), Clarke Funko (no 5 and was previously sold out), A Clexa Funko Set (no 6 and currently sold out), Lexa Chase (no 9, costs 3 times more than regular Funkos and sold out), The Set with the 6 Funkos is no 18. Raven is on page 2 of the best seller listing, and page 3 got Octavia and Lincoln alongside the Set again except this time it also got the Chase Lexa (so 7 Pops). Bellamy is the least selling of the bunch back on page 7. Basically the general trend is the Lexa Funko(s), Clarke and Raven that top the charts and are sold out. Funko themselves said Lexa was the most requested, so yeah they are a business and therefore make what they think will give them money. Some places the Lexa chase is already completely unavailable. There have been complaints over the skin tones of Raven and Bellamy (with the latter it seems like the same skin tone as the Glenn Rhee one). It is an issue with Funko Pops that in general, that many black and brown characters are several tones lighter with regards to their Pops. Me and others have tweeted at their official account @OriginalFunko in the hopes that they will fix it, but they don't seem to care.
  9. Gabe Torres

    Ratings & Scheduling: The 100... People Watching

    Ratings for the season premier are in: A 0.4 in the demo and 1.27 mil viewers It is a -40.30% drop from last year debut in the demo and -32.27% drop with viewer count. source That is quite... ouch. For competition it faced 2 reruns and Criminal minds & Star. Empire won't return for quite some time, which works in favor of The 100.
  10. Gabe Torres

    S04.E01: Echoes

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  11. Gabe Torres

    S04.E01: Echoes

    This was a bit of tie up some lose ends and set-up, which I didn't mind because a first episode of a new season should do that. There were some things that was a bit iffy (like the sudden explanation of why Raven could code, which was obviously inserted after fans critizsed a mechanic being a master coder last season), but there was also some things that worked. I can't say I was glued to the screen. Things kinda moved along at a slow pace and yet it went through a bunch of stuff? Like the events that took place, several of them were big, but it hobbled through them. I was really glad to see Indra again, and the hug with Kane was so sweet and so Indra with how she did it. The moment between Kane and Abby with Clarke observing was really well done, and Abby and Clarke scenes are always powerful. The plot was a bit weak at points, like Clarke and Abby suddenly by the door to the room with Roan despite us seeing maybe around 50 people guarding that small area. It is pretty unrealistic they could sneak past all of that. Octavia, Indra, Kane and Abby make for a very interesting group that I'm actually intrigued and looking forward to see how they work together and interact. The setup While I enjoyed Roan last season, I'm already feeling a bit bored by him? Zach (whose name wasn't even spelled right in the credits) isn't really giving me much in the sense of a powerful presence at the moment. He is pretty reactive as a character instead of proactive, and rather predictable as a player at the moment. Echo on the other hand as a player was interesting, and it fit that she would adapt constantly and try to move things in favor of the Ice Nation after we learn that she is both part of the Royal Guard and a trained Spy. Hopefully he will become more of a force to be reckoned with, since he is a regular now so he will probably have a significant amount of screen time. For potential Bellamy and Echo pairing, Imma withhold judgement. Would feel be pretty hypocritical not to considering other pairings on the show. For example Kane shock lashed Abby and they were antagonists at first, but they are together now and in general people like them including myself. Emori/Murphy is another overall favorite that involved betrayals but from looking around fandom and various media sites, people like them and they work rather well. The show managed to develop them in a way that made them work. I'm a bit hard pressed to think of a couple that has never had problems with betrayal. Any other significant couple canon or fanon also got aspects of betrayal that I can think of. Even fanon ship like Bellamy and Clarke that got the 2nd biggest fanbase have numerous betrayals and a shit ton of dishonesty between them. I.e. S1 Bellamy -> manipulating and using the 100 to get everyone on the Ark killed including Clarke's mom -> S2 Clarke betrayed Bellamy's and his trust when she lied about Octavia who she knows is his number one priority -> decided to not warn Octavia about the bomb -> S3 Bellamy stabbed Clarke in the back when he manipulated her, crossed the line into verbally abusive and took her prisoner to hand over to Pike that would interrogate her and then put a bullet into her head. Only ship with I can think off that has a foot into canon and some fanbase without betrayal currently is Raven and Bellamy, that despite Bob's and Lindsey's support is very unlikely. I think what matters with regard to the show for me, is if the show can make a pairing work. With Echo they are at least already putting in some more work towards trying to redeem herself for her betrayal than they did with Bellamy betraying Clarke in S3. She outright apologized to him for it in front of her people, and explained her actions. They have made Kane and Abby work, so I won't rule out Echo and Bellamy, though I think Bellamy deserves absolutely no one after his actions in S3. For other couples I honestly don't care for Harper and Monty. It came out of nowhere and Harper is such a non-character despite having been here since S1. One episode with Ontari gave us more than we gotten about Harper (I would argue Harper and Monty is currently a non-working pairing. I don't think many if anyone really cares about their relationship truly?). Murphy though tends to be a bit of a VIP. His scenes here were good, and it is refreshing to have someone around that isn't all up in the 'big picture', and make decisions based on something that isn't "For My People". Him and Emori remain rather sweet but I don't want them to be off at their own. I think it would be more interesting with having them around one of the two narrative areas (Polis and Arkadia currently). Jaha and Jasper are of zero interest to me, and the former really should had face some sort of consequences, but in true the 100 fashion, if they are Arkers, they have a ridiculously high chance of avoiding any real consequences as long as they brood. Finn being the only real exception but the actor wanted off the show badly. I don't see what Jaha as a character can really offer, except maybe some stuff about Becca/ALIE that the rest don't know. I honestly don't get why he is allowed to wander around by any of the factions on the show. In not liking the 'foreshadowing' of Raven having trouble with her leg. I get that Raven didn't solve her issues last season. She just made herself immune to the pain so it is the show actually having continuity. But for once, here I would be absolutely fine if the show didn't. Would be nice if Raven could be a badass mechanic with scenes of friendship and also involvement in the moral decision making instead of another trip down paintown Lexa's army caused over S1 and S2 maybe the grand total of 40ish deaths of the Arkers vs. 300 warriors + 300 defence force + the bridge blowing up a bunch, and unknown amount of civilians (minimum 18 from Finn + the village burnt down in S1 + the peace negotiations Jasper opened fire on + the deaths caused by ALIE that Jaha brought to Polis). The numbers of casualties for the Grounder side is at least over 7 times higher, if not 10 times than what the Grounders have inflicted on the Arkers. Bellamy and Kane has caused the death of 3 times more Arkers within the first half of S1 than the all Grounders managed throughout the entire series. So it is in my opinion rather disingenuous to present it that way. Not to mention they have numerous times been told to leave the lands they are invaders on. They were even offered free passage but they decided that it was their lands now. And lets be real here, Finn caused his own death when he gunned down 18 innocent civilians. Saying Lexa caused his death is like saying the death of the serial killer Pee Wee is the fault of the judge, and not his actions of murdering a bunch of innocent people. Though the judge in our world wasn't going to be murdered by his own people if he let Pee Wee go, unlike Lexa whom we were explicitly told would be killed if she didn't demand Finn's death.
  12. Gabe Torres

    100 Secret Plots and Alliances: The Spoiler Topic

    Well Maya recovered pretty fast and easy when she got transfusion despite the significant radiation damage she took. My guess is Nightblood transfusion for Clarke and wupti! Back in action and possibly radiation proof. Luna must also have some sort of purpose. In S3 she wasn't really worth anything. We learned she ran away and upon learning most of the Grounders were going to be enslaved to an AI and she could help? She chose to keep on hiding and leaving them all to be slaves whose bodies would wither and die. What that episode did when it comes down to it, was introduce someone else with Nightblood that can be conveniently around when plot needs it later on.
  13. Gabe Torres

    Love Triangles v. Sci-Fi Story: Too CW For Its Own Good?

    Furryfury, I think Finn was actually Jason's self-insert so Jason was the driving force. The first draft of the pilot written by Jason has been around for a while online, and Finn comes across as such an enormous self-insert that its crazy. Like he is the only male character that is often refereed to by his looks or "roguish attributes", with frequent mentions of Clarke being physically drawn to him (including because Finn remains Clarke of her dad wtf?). Wells is the only other male character given some noticeable mentions, in so far that Clarke and him are exes (if I remember right). Any other male character pretty nondescript/given no real attention. The original triangle seems to have been outlined as between Wells/Clarke/Finn, with a very clear favour towards Finn. Like it is a bit crazy how much the script dedicates to outlining Finn as this handsome adventurous guy that Clarke is so so drawn to. Raven was Finn's mom if I remember right. Then somewhere it got to be a love triangle with Finn in the middle (well sorta. We know Clarke backed the hell away when she found out about Raven, but Finn was clearly still wanting to be with Clarke). Which only re-enforces the self-insert aspect in my opinion.
  14. Gabe Torres

    100 Secret Plots and Alliances: The Spoiler Topic

    They might seem unbelievable, but currently all the slides posted except one have been replaced with an image saying "Media not Displayed. This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder" (bolded is mine). That made the leaks look a lot more legitimate. Then there is also the fact, that while there been several 'script pages' floating around lately, these are the only ones with full on proper notations e.g. the scene count listed on both sides and the approximately right date for when it was made (the other script(s) have been failing on those accounts). Also it contains the proper annotations for locked script and edits. For those that have not seen them, and interested the 8 leaked script pages are below in the tags; Only other thing that comes to mind is that it is a purposeful leak of some troll slides? It seems like a waste of time, but to be this sloppy? Another thing working against it is there is some bad spelling one or two places, which there really shouldn't be. It also seems a bit strategic considering how the leak ends
  15. Gabe Torres

    Wishlist: The 100 (or more) requests

    I have a bunch: Actual female friendship Increased screen time for female characters to off set the male dominance in S3. Let Clarke be the protagonist instead of struggling with having as much screen time as a male character. Buffy was able to have a good balance. Clarke gets criticized constantly for her decisions as a leader, let the same happen to Bellamy. This should particularly happen after S3 where he had more of a chance to stand on his own, and he failed catastrophically as a leader. Everyone pretending like he did great is nonsense and free pass, that he seems to get through the sheer fact that he is the male character with most screen time on a CW show. People should doubt him or even resist his decisions after what he did in Season 3, where he proved himself to be short sighted, reckless with the lives of others and leading with his anger instead of putting others first. Actual expanded and good story line for Indra that allows Adina to flex her immense acting abilities. More Kane and Indra interaction. They have such good chemistry. Stop with the whining at Clarke to come up with a plan, to then whine when she does, and then berate her for taking action after pushing for it. There is a balance to be had with people questioning her decisions and people coming across as whiny brats. Have some moment of lightness. Unrelenting shit being constantly piled on the characters we follow get tiresome. Big One: Make Bellamy admit that it was wrong for him to backtrack on his support for Clarke taking care of herself. Admit she doesn't owe him her mental health, and that she shouldn't be sorry for actually trying to take care of herself instead of being his nursemaid. Let Clarke call out Bellamy for betraying her and handing her over to get killed by Pike. Honestly the fact that she never was allowed to do that, is probably a strong indication of the heavy fanservice towards the bellarke fandom. I think it was the writers intention to let Bellamy stay supportive of Clarke, but during the hiatus they got lots of tweets from bellarke fans saying Bellamy should be mad at Clarke leaving, and so they caved and made him be like that. Acknowledgement and consequences of the full scope of Bellamy's atrocities - in particularly him attempting to butcher a village of civilians, murder of an innocent man that was just operating an elevator and putting sick people - that they invited to get treatment - in prison. Monty's involvement in this and insight in why he went along. Perhaps mention his age (he is 15-16 i think), and delve into how wanting to not be in conflict with his mom and have a bond/relationship with her again made him start doing things he normally wouldn't. Let the characters breath and digest things that has happened. You can still have fast pace story telling without sacrificing the emotional character beats and proper character development. Give. Raven. A. Proper. Story line. Let her be brilliant and resilient yes, but also involve her in decision making process. Let us see Raven actually decide on some things, instead of doing what she is being told. This show says it likes to test their characters trough though moral choices, but Raven is rarely given those. She helps facilitate them but never is an active decision maker in it. Abby and Clarke scenes. Give me reasons for rooting for the Sky People besides them being the protagonists. Maybe some proper acknowledgement from the Arkers that they been acting like invaders? Refugees don't settle down on taken land and declare it their own, and then defend it through heavy weaponry. Refugees try to assimilate. Use Murphy better. He is such a wild card in connection to the others, and placing him on the outside makes poor use of that. Clarke acknowledging and apologizing for her shitty actions towards Niylah. Clarke allowed to be mad and horrified over the war crimes committed by her friends instead of having to pretend it was no big deal so the audience won’t hold it against them. Respectful handling of Clarke’s sexuality (lol) Jarod and Bryan to not look like they would rather eat glass than act like they are in love and attracted to each other. The show to be better at handling racially loaded story lines.
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