Hello everyone! Yes, yes I am alive and well. I know I have not been present lately, for which I have an excellent reason (excuse.) The past few months have been quite busy because of two major things. The first being finals, gag me, and the second being study abroad. Shout it to the rooftops, I am in London, England. While these things have kept me busy and running around, I now have the time to write a fun little article about British television!
Maybe it’s the hype, maybe it’s the rustling about season 8, maybe it’s the fact that it’s fantastic but you’ve finally given into your curiosity and want to start watching Doctor Who. Who can blame you? All your nerdtastic friends are doing it. Not to mention, Doctor Who is arguably one of the most successful TV shows of all time and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary! That’s nothing to turn your nose up at. But with all that success, and all those episodes, it can be quite daunting to figure out where to start especially if you are a non commital person and would prefer to give it a taste first. After all, there have been 11 doctors, 7 seasons since the 2005 reboot, and 26 seasons of Classic Doctor Who, which we won’t even touch in this. Overwhelmed yet? Don’t be. Lucky for you, you have options.
Ah, It’s that time of year again! Spring is in the air, leaves are back on the trees, the sun is out until 7:30, and your teachers have all swamped the crap out of you with finals bull. But don’t fret, my wonderful procrastination bugs! There is Netflix to be watched, and time to be wasted on things less constructive, but far more enjoyable, than that paper waiting for you in Microsoft Word. So it is with great honor I present to you the best TV shows to procrastinate with during finals.
This week I found myself really struggling to get through the most recent episode of The 100. For the first time I’m saying that not because of the characters, or the lines, or the cheesiness, but because there were some legitimately difficult themes and struggles that these characters were going through. This episode stuck with me and even days after I watched it I am sitting in front of my computer uncomfortable with what I saw.
Humanity is a theme in The 100 that the characters both on the ground and on the ark are continuously struggling with. This week on the ground we saw the aftermath of Wells’s death. We saw his fingers chopped up leading to a knife which promptly caused a Clarke freak out leading to the accusation of John Murphy being accused of slaughtering Wells. We saw how brutal these kids are and how there is no grey area. Mind you, while John Murphy may deserve to get hung, these kids aren’t murderers. Most of them got arrested for petty theft or something small and yet we saw how desensitized they are to death because they have been dealing with it their entire lives.
I am very proud to say that after two weeks of mopey exposition The 100 has managed to develop their lead into an actual human being. I was honestly getting pretty worried and losing all hope for the show considering Clarke is the lead and had shown a single emotion for two entire episodes. Now this does NOT mean that I am totally convinced The 100 will survive to see another season. Honestly the show has a lot going for it, but as far as the characters go I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings.
Clarke being the lead of the show is a crucial character. For the first couple episodes of The 100 I found myself incredibly worried about the shows success because of Clarke’s one-dimensional writing. She was used purely for exposition, and she seemed like she couldn’t show a shred of humanity for more than a millisecond before channeling back into stone cold bitch face mode. Now I’m not saying that’s wrong. I’m not saying that female characters have to be bubbly, have to cry, or anything. I’m saying that as a lead character no matter what gender they are I can’t as an audience member believe that they can only feel one emotion without seeing why or getting something to justify it which I didn’t feel we had up until episode 3. We finally got to see her be human. We got to see her feel and it was lovely.
How did I spend my Spring Break, you ask? Like any other nerd, I caught up on television shows and slept. It was a pretty great break, and I wish it was my real life. I am insulted and incredulous that I have to “go to class” and “go to work” so I can “make money” and “have a future.” Anyway, the last two days of my break were committed to Teen Wolf. I have now finished the third season and I am in love.
So last week I posted my thoughts on the pilot of The 100 a new CW show that follows what’s left of the human race three generations after a nuclear holocaust. This past week the second episode of the series aired, and like most series, the second episode was a bit better than the first.
I think this show is definitely tapping into the post-apocolyptic trend with a bit of a twist. It reminds me of The Hunger Games mashed with Zenon Girl of the 21sst Century which I find pretty fantastic. It has a female protagonist, a bad ass space station, earth with creepy radiation filled animals that glow in the dark, awkward teen lust, freaky futuristic humanoids, all sorts of stuff that plays into my easily entertained heart.