The 100 Recap: “Exit Wounds” Hurts In More Ways Than One

The 100 -- "Exit Wounds" -- Image Number: HU506a_0210.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia, Eliza Taylor as Clarke and Lola Flanery as Madi -- Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.
The 100 — “Exit Wounds” — Image Number: HU506b_0354.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tasya Teles as Echo, Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia and Bob Morley as Bellamy — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.

Things I Didn’t Like:

The section you’ve all been waiting for, I’m sure. Again, these opinions are my own and reflect only my own thoughts. Let’s proceed, shall we? All of my issues with this episode can be summed up in one word:

Bellamy.

 

When your audience, fans and press alike, are saying they miss a character and can’t wait for him to come back when they are physically in the episode there is a problem. I would like to one more time point out that not every fan and not ever member of press feels this way. But some do and I’m one of them.

Bellamy is unrecognizable to me. Six years is a long time. That’s all fine and well, but that’s just dialogue. Why have they changed? What made Bellamy go from the guy that wrapped his hands around Echo’s neck and tried to kill her for almost killing Octavia in 4×12 to having angsty good-bye sex with her? Why is he so adamant that Octavia forgive Echo for almost killing her when we don’t even know why Bellamy did? “Six years is a long time.” only goes so far. You say Echo has changed. Awesome. I’d love to see it instead of being told that I am now obligated to love her just because my fave does. You have taken a beloved character of The 100 fandom and have warped him in to something that the audience is having trouble digesting. People change, yes, but they should still be recognizable.

Instead, we have a man who we knew inside and out for four seasons to someone that makes no sense to us. It isn’t even the Echo of the matter-it’s what she represents. Betrayal, murder, trauma, heartache: all points that Octavia herself brought up. Instead of reacting, what does Bellamy do? He brushes them all off as if they’re insignificant. Just like they weren’t insignificant to the O, they aren’t insignificant to the audience. You can’t tell your audience “this is the way things are because I said so” without giving something in return. Bellamy used to be an emotionally complex character who is now so closed off it’s giving viewers whiplash. There is a major disconnect not only with people watching but also with other characters. Instead of fighting with Octavia about the way she treats him which is an entire can of worms that needs to be addressed, it was all boiled down to defending a love interest that does a disservice to all characters involved.

I won’t write Bellamy off. I may not recognize him yet, Clarke may be feeling the disconnect, Octavia too. But even Bob Morley said that he had trouble understanding who Bellamy was at the beginning of this season but it all came together in the end. I’m holding on to that.

Alas, while you might think Bellamy and his podperson look alike may be my only complaint, it’s not. Can anyone guess my other one? Anyone? Bueller?

Okay, I’ll tell you.

The treatment of Clarke. LOOK. Clarke did not die for all of you to come back and act like she isn’t even there. Where is my Clarke/Harper or Clarke/Monty reunions? WHERE? Further, why was all of SpaceKru just going to up and leave and not even think about mentioning it to Clarke? Why is Madi going behind her “mothers” back to rat her out….okay. That last one was to protect Clarke, but still! Madi should listen to Clarke over wanting to idolize Octavia. Yes, I get the reasoning, but it really and truly bugs me that she went behind her back. I cannot deal. Don’t even get me started on Miller and his treatment of Clarke. That is an epic rant that nobody is remotely ready for.

Super Special PSA:

For fandom: Don’t be assholes. Don’t tag people that you hope they die. Don’t tell them to choke or wish them bodily harm and for FUCKS sake don’t tag them in it. It’s rude.

For Show Type People: Respect your fans. All of your fans. Yes. That includes the shippers. Don’t dismiss them or talk down to them or treat them like they’re unintelligent just because they like a relationship. It’s rude.

How We Did:

In ratings we remained at 0.3. We didn’t make it to the Nielsen Daily Top Five but since the episode leaked online early and for the reasons I mentioned above and people being upset, it’s not shocking. If you’re going to tweet or Facebook about the show, make sure to use #The100 to record your discussion.

For Your Viewing Pleasure:

Let’s bring in Logan aka Simple Reactions!

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The 100 Returns June 17th 9/8 on The CW

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About the Author

Heather Mason joined the TV Source Magazine team in December 2017 with plans to cover The CW's 100.