Musings

Thoughts on The 100 Season 3

If you haven’t seen season 3 of The 100 yet this will include spoilers.

I first discovered The 100 last year and instantly fell in love with it. The 100 is such a complex story in its exploration of mortality, the line between good and evil. One of the great things about this show is that there’s no true villain. It’s all about perspective, all of the characters believe they’re doing what is best for their people. The 100 is very diverse in its inclusion of poc characters, lqbtq characters, and women in leadership roles. The show has even had episodes displaying mental illness and addiction.

Everything just mentioned is why I had such big expectations for this season. Unfortunately those expectations were not met. Season 3 was good, but not great. There were a lot of aspects this season that weren’t handled well. There were a lot of storylines that would’ve been great but instead were completely dismissed.

One of the things I was looking forward to most in season 3 was Echo. Echo had so much potential, she could have been a great character. I really wanted to see her develop a relationship/friendship with Bellamy. Those two could have developed such a strong bond. I think Echo’s character and potential was completely wasted.

Another character whose potential was wasted is Luna. Lincoln mentioned Luna a couple of times in past seasons, that really helped build the anticipation for actually meeting Luna. Finally near the end of season 3 we got to meet Luna, and the whole meeting was rather anti-climatic. We have all this hope and anticipation and then it just flat lines. Luna isn’t given the time or attention that matches everything we’ve learned about her up until now.

Lexa is a huge character and with Alycia Debnam-Carey – the actress who plays Lexa – contracted to Fear the Walking Dead there was a need to write off Lexa’s character. However it was handled very poorly. Lexa’s death was an important factor to learning more about the flame and grounder traditions, but the way she died was disgusting. Lexa was a major character she shouldn’t have died from such a fluke accident.

The last major thing I want to talk about is Lincoln. Everything about how Lincoln was handled this season was atrocious. A lot, or really all of that has to do with Ricky Whittle – the actor who plays Lincoln – being bullied by the show’s creator. (You can learn more about that here.) Lincoln almost seemed like a completely different character this season. Lincoln is someone who should’ve had a fantastic storyline. He’s such a strong character and fan-favourite. There’s no excuse for how Lincoln, and Ricky, were handled this season. Lincoln’s death was so out of character, it should have never happened. Lincoln is a warrior, a grounder raised to be a fighter, to fight until death. Giving himself up and being executed is opposite of what Lincoln would do.

Despite all of this season 3 of The 100 was still a good and enjoyable show. I’m hoping season 4 will see the show back to being fantastic. Although with how the season finale ended I find it difficult to picture how the show will move forward.

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