Week two of #100rewatch is going wonderfully! Admittedly, I didn’t spread out my viewing this past week and I ended up watching all four episodes over the weekend. Life was busy. But I’m happy to finally be in the middle of season one because some of my favourite episodes are happening right now.
So this is the episode wherein Raven crash lands on Earth, Bellamy destroys the radio, and Clarke/Raven become a legit ship. I shipped them from the word go. This isn’t my favourite episode but it gives me ALL THE FEELS. The most important things happen on the Ark: a bunch of people volunteer to be killed in order to preserve more oxygen for those who are left. Jaha wants to join them. This makes me sob every time, especially the father with the hairclip. It’s too much. I do wonder if any of the upper class families volunteered, or if it was all 100% working class. I assume the latter, since nothing else was pointed out.
Question: Do you blame Bellamy for the 300 deaths on the Ark since he destroyed the radio? I don’t. He had no clue what was going to happen, and this is all a giant fight for survival. If I was him, I too would have shot Jaha to save my little sister and then destroyed the radio to prevent people from finding me. Am I heartless? Maybe. But Brooke >>>.
His Sister’s Keeper
This episode speaks to me. I watched my mum give birth to my sister too, and I helped raise her when my mum was with an abusive and mentally unstable boyfriend. So Bellamy Blake will always have my heart after this episode. Ms. Blake puts so much pressure on Bellamy to take care of Octavia (“My sister. My responsibility.”) and he makes that his sole purpose in life. Literally everything he does is to protect her. And he blames himself for her being captured and imprisoned. And I feel awful for their mother as well because she was clearly being forced into doing sexual favours in order for her children to be able to actually live.
Contents Under Pressure
THE TORTURE EPISODE. It hurts me. I love discussing this one with people because we’re normally pretty divided on the topic. My question is, do you think Bellamy and Clarke did the right thing? Honestly, I would say yes. They had no reason to trust Lincoln. They needed an antidote to save one of their people. Lincoln wasn’t talking. I think they did what had to be done. And what Bellamy says to Clarke towards the end is so legit: “Who we are and who we need to be to survive are very different things.”
“Forgiveness isn’t about what people deserve.” is the quote of the episode. Clarke is on her way to finally forgiving her mother for essentially getting her father killed (although I blame Jaha and his stupid rules for that but w/e) and she also forgives Bellamy. She realises that he’s been through a hell of a lot, having not been able to protect his mother when she needed him, and struggling to find a way to protect his little sister, who doesn’t want his help any more. I just love Bellamy’s character arc from the pilot to this episode, and it just keeps getting better. He’s really beating himself up about everything and Clarke manages to pull him through and keep him going. This is, I think, where they finally start to really trust each other and to lean on each other for support. I think they have realised that they can’t protect everyone when they’re standing alone, and they need each other. To quote Jason Rothenberg “Bellamy inspires the masses, and Clarke inspires Bellamy.”
I also think that out of everyone, Clarke is the only one who really understands Bellamy (or who is starting to at this point). At the end of the episode we have Finn saying that Bellamy is going to start a war, and that with those guns in his hands he might as well have nukes. Clarke, however, trusts Bellamy and knows that he’s doing the best that he can, and that he really does want to protect the teenagers. She doesn’t think Bellamy is going to go on a murderous rampage and massacre an entire village, for example.
I realise this has been a giant Bellarke ramble but I LOVE THIS EPISODE SO MUCH.