Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie week, and I couldn’t resist talking about one of my favourite shows. In fact, it’s my favourite show that’s currently airing right now. And the new episode airs tomorrow night, so you could realistically catch up between now and then and watch it live. Anyway, this is a post about the top moments in The 100, and there will be major, MAJOR spoilers. If you haven’t seen the show, then please don’t read on. Go and binge-watch it, then come back so we can discuss.
10. The village massacre (2×05)
Let’s get right down to business, shall we? While I’m not a fan of how Finn’s storyline progressed after the massacre or how certain other characters reacted to it, I was very impressed by this scene. Don’t get me wrong, what Finn did in this episode was awful. It was difficult to watch, but at the same time it’s one of my favourite moments of the show so far. It showed that Finn had gone so far over the edge and was suffering after the loss of his fellow Sky People (even if the show didn’t develop or portray this very well). I mean, if Murphy is screaming at you to stop, you know you’ve fucked up. The directing was also fantastic, with the slow motion and the focus on Finn’s blank face as he shot down villager after villager, and then the “I found you” right at the end of the episode… It makes my skin crawl every time.
9. “We are Grounders”/”We are NOT Grounders” (1×12 & 1×13)
Technically these are two separate moments but whatever. I can’t be tamed. I adore the parallel between Clarke and Bellamy here, so much so that I want to write an essay about it, but I’m restraining myself. You are welcome. Earlier on in the two-part finale, Bellamy is trying to get his and Clarke’s people to stay and fight, telling them that they are Grounders and they deserve to be there. Towards the end of the finale, Clarke tells them the opposite – that they are not Grounders. But Clarke and Bellamy aren’t actually clashing here. They are talking about two different things (“who we are and who we need to be to survive are very different things” is somewhat relevant), which shows a contrast to how they were at the beginning of season one when they were butting heads and trying to lead in two different ways. This time around they still have different opinions and views, but they are making them work because they are the king and queen of this group.
8. Raven trying to climb the tower (2×04)
Aside from Bellamy and Clarke, who are pretty much a given at this point, Raven is my favourite character of the show and her storyline has been one of my favourite things ever. Not only has she been betrayed by the guy she loved, she has been shot in the spine and paralysed by Murphy. 2×04 is the episode where she learns to walk again, and all of her scenes in this episode were flawless, but in the end I had to go with the part at the tower. Raven, a woman who has always been first to do everything and has rocked at it, who is so fucking intelligent and smart and brave and strong-willed, has absolutely no control over her leg and is unable to get up the tower and prove that she’s still the same as she was before Murphy happened. She wants to show Wick that she doesn’t need help, that she’s still independent, but the truth is that she does need at least some help. She needs to learn that it’s okay to accept it. Things aren’t going to go back to the way they were before the season one finale, and this is the moment that breaks Raven and breaks my own heart at the same time.
7. Clarke killing Finn (2×08)
No, I don’t love this moment because Finn has finally left this world (although that is a tiny part of it). I love it because Clarke is so fucking strong and this is one of her finest moments. For me and most other viewers, this moment isn’t about Finn at all. It’s about Clarke and her leadership abilities and her love for her people. By killing Finn, she saved an entire settlement full of people, and she stopped a war. She killed the guy that she (supposedly *sniffs*) loved for her people. Clarke is a selfless goddess. And it’s obviously going to be important to her character progression and her future storyline, which is AWESOME because hellooooo, the white guy was killed off to progress the leading female’s character. Would this happen on any other CW show? No it would not.
6. Murphy hanging Bellamy (1×12)
Admittedly, this is partly because I love seeing my favourite characters in pain. I also love Murphy’s character and the fact that he’s such a loose canon. This whole sequence was fantastic, and I love that it paralleled what Murphy went through earlier in the season. Except the differences were clear. Murphy was hanged for being a bully and allegedly murdering someone. The people hated him because he hated them. In contrast, Bellamy is pretty much adored at this point (I would say worshipped, but I think that’s just me and Clarke) and, if they were able to, everyone would have broken into that drop ship and got him down. Murphy had none of that. And while Bellamy might have acted like an arse in the beginning, he is a much better person by this point. He has become the protector. So it begs the question: does Bellamy deserve to be hanged for trying to kill Murphy without any evidence? This is why I love this show. It asks the good questions. (My answer will always be no because you can’t kill off my king. He makes no mistakes.) I also love every scene that Bellamy and Murphy are in together because I think that Bob and Richard play off of each other so well.
5. “It won’t survive me.” (1×10)
This is another one of those moments that stand for pretty much the entire episode. Raven says the above quote when the gang are talking about blowing up the bridge to stop the Grounder attack. Everyone is doubting the plan to take out the bridge because it’s survived so many years, and then Raven comes in and saves everyone with her genius brain. I honestly don’t think the group could survive without her for ten minutes. Later on in the episode, a very sick Raven treks all the way to the bridge with the bomb, sets it up, and pretty much manages to execute the plan all by herself. She’s unable to move away from the bomb, so she prepares to blow the bridge up while she’s still on it. Bow down to the queen.
4. “I’d pick you first.” (1×13)
Raven has just been shot and is feeling very sorry for herself, all while trying to help Clarke to fix the drop ship. It’s not going too well because only one of them is any good at rocket science and that person is unable to move. I love Clarke and Raven together, I always have. I love that the writers made the decision to NOT pit them against each other even though they were both in love (or “in love”, in Clarke’s case. I told you, I refuse to believe it) with the same guy. In other TV shows, the writers would jump on this trope and have Raven and Clarke despise one another and compete for the guy. Instead they say screw the guy, and become best friends. This is how it should be done. “I’d pick you first.” is THE Claven (Rarke?) quote, and it’s in my top ten favourites because a) they’re both phenomenal characters, and b) Clarke will always be there for Raven, 110%.
3. Bellarke hug (2×05)
PLOT TWIST, this isn’t my #1. It’s very, very close, but there are a couple of other moments that top it. This is the moment that was advertised back in November that got so many people into the show. If Tatum and Dee hadn’t convinced me to watch it before I saw the photo, it would have converted me. How can one scene have so. much. chemistry?! It’s a truly epic moment, with Clarke seeing Bellamy for the first time since she closed the drop ship door (when she thought she was killing him, might I add) and sprinting towards him and flinging herself at him. Bellamy had no idea Clarke was even alive prior to this point, and I’m pretty sure he thought she was an angel flying towards him. AND HE HUGS HER BACK. I have been waiting years and years for one of my OTPs to have a proper, decent mutual hug. I spent three seasons waiting for it to happen in TVD, who knows how many with SPN, and then all of a sudden there’s this epic pairing mutually hugging in the SECOND SEASON. And it’s not even a “hey, good to see you” mutual hug, it’s a “I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD I NEED YOU NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN” mutual hug. And I don’t know about you, but those are my absolute favourite kind.
2. “I need you.” (1×08)
HAAAAAAA. How could I not put this on the list? This is their epic moment. They’ve just fought off Dax, and Bellamy had gotten high and hallucinated Jaha and all the other people whose deaths he felt responsible for. Clarke had just had a full blown conversation with her father, and both of them were in a pretty bad place. This episode was tough on them. But this scene shows that they have each other. I love slow burn and character/relationship progression, and this scene had it in spades. Clarke and Bellamy started off hating each other and disagreeing about everything left, right, and centre. Then they decide that it’s necessary to team up and lead their people, although as Clarke says at the beginning of 1×08, they still don’t actually like each other. (Which is a total lie but Clarke’s obviously in denial about a lot of things and dealing with so much that she’s built up a wall.) Then Clarke goes and says something LIKE THAT because they really do need each other. They balance each other out, and they fit like pieces of a jigsaw. There is no way they would be able to work alone, but together they are un-fucking-stoppable. And this is my ship, guys. My OTP.
1. “The truth is, it didn’t start until then.” Octavia leaves Bellamy (1×13)
Okay, so you were all probably expecting a Bellarke moment to take the top spot. I’m very sorry for letting down the team, the country, the empire, but it had to be done. I picked this moment for a couple of reasons, the first being that it’s the moment where Bellamy finally lets Octavia go. The guy shot the bloody Chancellor to get on the drop ship with his sister, and he pretty much didn’t let Octavia out of his sight once they were on the ground. As the season went on, he very slowly started to loosen the leash he had on her, although that was as much to do with Octavia rebelling against Bellamy’s orders as it was to do with him giving her more freedom willingly. But it’s not until this moment that Bellamy finally realises that he needs to let her go. It’s a life and death situation, and if he doesn’t let her go (with Lincoln, a Grounder that he tortured who should be their enemy) then the Grounders will probably get to them. I love the symbolism behind this scene so fucking much.
The second reason is the quote that I mentioned above. Earlier on in the season, Bellamy tells Octavia that his life ended the day she was born. And it’s understandable, since their mother put so much pressure on Bellamy, who was around six at the time, I believe, to look after his newborn sister and to always protect her. Bellamy’s entire existence from that moment became about Octavia, and to me it’s pretty understandable that Bellamy said those things in the heat of the moment. He didn’t have much of a life, did he? But to me, the quote is more than that. My little sister, Brooke, was born when I was fifteen and my home life was pretty shit. After she was born, our family started to come together a bit more (although it still had a long, long way to go), and I was able to look after her. She gave me something else to focus on, and – this is going to sound so cliché – she gave me a purpose. My life didn’t truly start until she was born.
In case you hadn’t realised, The 100 is an epic show and there are so many more moments that I would have loved to have included in this list. The honourable mentions are as follows: “Brave princess.” (aka the moment that hooked people), Raven and Bellamy sex (I want to write essays about the contrasts between this and the Flarke sex), Clarke and Anya’s fight scene (flawless), Clarke and Bellamy walking away from the drop ship together because OTP ROYALS, Lexa walking through the Grounder graveyard (MY HEART), Murphy’s “I’M ON THE EDGE” cliff/seatbelt situation (he saved Bellamy and therefore I owe him my life), Clarke mercy-killing Atom (for Bellamy, with Bellamy watching and realising that he somehow respects her and also kind of wants to kiss her), Monty’s “sit down” moment at Mount Weather, Monty’s “I can’t change the tide if the moon won’t cooperate.”, Jasper getting an anti-Grounder stick as a gift from Octavia, the people on the Ark who sacrificed themselves for their loved ones when they found out that the Ark was running out of oxygen, Jaha sacrificing himself in the control room so that his people could get down to Earth.