Welcome back to the epic rewatch! I’m having the time of my life right now. Over the past week, I’ve rewatched episodes one to four, and I’ve even managed to stop myself from continuing just yet. Go me! So the rewatch is going well, and I’m here to discuss the first few episodes. This is basically just me wanting to get my feels out, and trying to do so in a coherent fashion. Ha.
As this is the show’s weakest episode, I don’t have too much to say about this one. It doesn’t give the audience a feel for what the rest of the show is going to be like at all, because it’s all very clean and bright and teen drama-esque. I’m so glad that the writers reworked the show over the course of season one and gave us something truly amazing, because this… was not.
I did love how you saw that Bellamy is scared of the people on the Ark coming after him, but that he’s willing to do absolutely anything for Octavia. I would do the same for my little sister. Sibling goals!
And Finn’s character is so inconsistent, even in the beginning. Which is one of the reasons I disliked him immediately.
Question: Did anyone else quit after this episode? Because I did, and then I didn’t pick it up again until season two had started.
Again, not the strongest episode, but we’re slowly getting there! This is the one that made me fall head over heels for both Clarke and Bellamy, and also Bellarke. Raven is introduced as well, which made everything even better. She’s my third favourite character, and to have her be introduced as a badass mechanic first and Finn’s love interest second was the best thing. Can we talk about how much of a dick Finn is yet?
One thing that I noticed, which will only really be relevant to people who have seen season two, is that Jaha has a complete lack of hope or faith in regards to Wells being alive on the ground. He simply refuses to believe that his son has survived down there. Which is interesting, because we all know what happens later on…
While we were livewatching this episode on Twitter, Shannon pointed out the creepy almost-human skull that they found on the ground. I wonder if they’ll ever bring that up again? I assume it was meant to be a mutated human skull? Although it might have been a mutated ape.
This episode gives me all the feels! Bellamy looks after Charlotte during the acid fog fiasco, and tells her to “slay her demons”, which turns out to be really bad advice to give someone like Charlotte, who is kind of mentally messed up.
My favourite scene was the one in which Bellamy is unable to mercy-kill Atom. It shows the audience – and Clarke – that he’s not cold hearted and he actually cares. You start to see a different side to him than the manipulative and disciplinary leader he has been previously. Clarke stumbles upon Bellamy and Atom in the forest and realises that Bellamy isn’t a complete arsehat and that he has – gasp – FEELINGS. And Bellamy in turn realises that Clarke is pretty badass and is definitely able to make the hard choices – something he told her early on in the episode that she couldn’t do.
There’s also a lot of feelings surrounding Clarke’s father going on and it’s all very sad. But I tuned out because Finn was in that scene. The flashbacks were adorable, and we realise just how terrible things are about to get up on the Ark.
And the ENDING. THAT. ENDING. Did anyone else fall off the couch? I didn’t know she was going to stab Wells. I didn’t see it coming at all. I nearly rolled out of bed.
Look how adorable Raven Reyes is, guys. Her and Abby work together in this episode to sort out a shuttle to take them to Earth. Obviously, things go wrong, and only Raven goes, leaving Abby behind on the ship to face Kane. There are some mentions of Raven’s mother, and it makes me wonder if we’ll ever get more of Raven’s backstory. I really hope we do, because it sounds interesting and I want more Raven.
Another thing I noticed during one of the scenes on the Ark was that they call their ancestors (the original people who escaped from Earth) Grounders! I always wondered where that word came from. I assumed it was made up by the teenagers after landing on Earth, but nope! It’s been there this whole time.
So the Murphy stuff happens in this episode and I have a lot to talk about. I loved how the show is starting to show Bellamy and Clarke as two different types of leaders. Bellamy knows and understands people, and he’s able to connect to them. This is apparent when he warns Clarke against confronting Murphy in public, and also when he is unable to fight the mob mentality once they’ve all decided to string Murphy up for killing Wells. Clarke is emotional (understandable, since her best friend was just murdered), whereas Bellamy is calculating everything in his head.
Question: Would you side with Murphy in wanting Charlotte dead? Why/why not? Do you think the crowd’s response to Charlotte being the killer was different than it was when they thought it was Murphy because Murphy was a bully, or because he’s nearly an adult and therefore can be held accountable for his actions?
I also wanted to rant about Finn and how he acted at the end, because I really, really dislike that scene. I am really against domestic abuse being depicted poorly in fiction because there was a lot of it in my childhood and teenage years. So I’m quite alert to signs of it, and I will get annoyed if abuse is portrayed to be romantic, or if it’s brushed over. And in this scene, in which Finn smashes up the “art supply store” (which was essentially his gift to Clarke), that to me is abuse. Abusive partners break and smash their partner’s things, often in fits of rage, and that’s what Finn is doing here. He gave the “art supply store” to Clarke, and then he smashed it up because he was in a rage. And then the writers make Finn and Clarke have sex. It hit way too close to home, and if I didn’t already dislike Finn and the way he was written, I would definitely after this. It was a bad move by the writers.
As a sidenote, up on the cliff, Bellamy refuses to hand Charlotte over to save Clarke from Murphy. I wonder if he’d act differently now, post season two? Food for thought.
And that’s it! I have so much more I could write (seriously, I have entire essays about these characters and their choices) but I don’t want to scare or bore you all. Feel free to discuss the episodes below and let me know your thoughts on them. I’m the host for next week’s episodes as well so you’re all in for SUCH a treat.