Ok, so…I started s3 and then after ep 6 it stopped cause the place I was watching didn’t have ep 7. But then suddenly Netflix here put up all of s3 and I basically binge-watched from ep 7 and out in 2-3 days. I’m not gonna bother doing the meme again cause I don’t think it’s really changed much, so I’m just gonna ramble on randomly with my thoughts instead. (there will be spoilers, so beware of that if you haven’t seen all of s3 yet)
Ok, firstly I’m gonna start with the deaths…how did no one warn me about Sinclair?! Like, I knew all about Lexa and Lincoln since before I started watching the show (tumblr drama omg), but poor Sinclair has just been ignored. I think because I was so unprepared, that one hit me the hardest. If nothing else for poor Raven’s sake. That whole scene when he’s dying in front of her and begging her to stay in the car and she just has to go to him anyway… That said, as prepared as I was, Lincoln’s death was horrible. I’m not over that. Lexa…I wanted to care more, but honestly I just never warmed to her character. Which surprised me, cause fandom made such a big deal of her and I just kept waiting for anything about her to interest me.
Also, i realise I forgot to mention Monroe…I was really sad about that to. Not that she was a very explored character, but I felt like she had potential and she meant a lot to many of the characters. It felt a bit unnecessary for her to die there. Bellamy was already over the edge cause of Gina (poor girl basically only existed as a reason for that to happen). Actually, come to think of it, making Bellamy and Monroe a thing (or even not, she was important to him anyway) and having her die the way Gina did would have made a lot more sense to me, storytelling wise. It would have been a character we knew and had a chance to care about, which would have made Bellamy’s grief a lot more relatable to the viewer. And it would have made Monroe’s death more important. Cause to me that whole storyline felt like someone had a “let’s turn Bellamy dark!” “genius” idea, and Gina’s existence and death were just there for that purpose, but all they did was kill of a character the viewers barely knew. Sure, Bellamy had known her for a while by then, but that doesn’t mean the viewer will immediately understand her death having such an impact. Then having Monroe die a few eps later didn’t really seem to do much for anyones story. it just feels like a poorly planned storyline to me. I mean, I love storylines that are all about the good guys turning dark and then realising what they’ve done and trying to redeem themselves, but…Bellamy’s story didn’t feel very well planned out. Like, it wouldn’t have taken much more than say insert some backstory where Pike was like a mentor or something for Bellamy back on the Ark. Or showing more between them, like Pike becoming the father figure Bellamy never had and taking advantage of his grief. It was all sort of there, but it felt more implied than actually shown. They could have cut out some other things and delved more into that dynamic there and I think Bellamy’s story would have been so much better. And Pike’s, for that matter.
And since we’re on the subject of badly executed “turning dark” storylines…why does no one talk about Monty’s arc in this season? I’ve seen a lot about Bellamy (I was spoiled about the whole storyline beforehand) but nothing about Monty. I mean, I get that his mother was there and part of it, and he was just being on her side apparently. But…he was condoning the same things Bellamy was. Again, i feel like it would all have made sense if we had gotten to see more of his relationship with his mother, but it kinda felt like they just expected us to understand that he would pick her side so there’s no need to focus on them much.
Also, what happened to Wick? I think I remember a mention that Raven had pushed him away, but like…where did he go?
Overall I thought there were a lot of interesting storylines in s3. Finding out how the commander line went back to connect to the Ark and all that was really intriguing. But the whole AI storyline just went too far for me, and was way too repetitive. I feel like the last 2-3 eps at least could have been cut in half. There was just a lot of torture going on. And for a supposedly intelligent AI, ALIE sure took a long time to remember that threatening to hurt/kill other people was the best way to convince people to take the chip. She just had to torture them all a bit first to remember that? What was the point with all those torture scenes? Just comes of a bit like trying too hard to be dark and edgy. I was so bored of the whole storyline by the time Clarke pulled the lever.
Also, have I said how much I love Raven? I feel like her “turning dark” moment, if we can call it that, by taking the chip, was so much better executed. Her choice made perfect sense. And I loved how realising she couldn’t remember Finn at all was what made her snap out of it and try to save herself. Jasper trying to help her out was like the one interesting bit of his story this season to. I just love her. A lot. I always feel like it’s her, Bellamy and Clarke who are the characters that manage to always have interesting dynamics with just about every other character. Even just small unimportant scenes sometimes, and I’ll find myself hoping to see more of those characters interacting. I feel like a lot of it is down to the actors, cause they’re really good at what they do. But I think especially with Raven I feel this way. But then I am biased cause she’s pretty much solidified herself as my absolute favourite on this show now.
And lastly, I feel like I need to mention the Blake siblings…I hate them not being close, but at the same time I kinda loved the storyline. They have such a fascinating sibling dynamic, and Octavia’s character development from s1 has just been so massive. I could probably write an essay on these two, but I feel like this post already is an essay so I won’t.
Ok, I lied. My last point is gonna be; when will Thelonius Jaha die already? I’ve been annoyed with him for two whole seasons now. Other much more interesting characters have been killed off. Just had to get that off my chest. now onto s4!