The Netflix Chronicles: The 100 Season 3 Midway Point Reflections

It has been a while since I have done a Netflix Chronicles update. So, here it is: I will be talking about the show I have been watching regularly. The 100. I have now reached the midway point of this season. As such, flailing and anxiety must be shared.

Warning: spoilers may lie ahead

premise

Dealing with the consequences of season 2, Clakre is now called Wanheda and everyone is looking for her. Her connection with Lexa leads to some attempts to create peace between the Grounders and the Sky-people. But, chaos reigns within a few episodes. So, don’t get too excited.

Wanheda x heda

Speaking of which, I have to discuss this Wanheda/Heda business. Two people in a position of power, and yet conflict pressures them a lot. It is kind of like an elaborate dance, because neither Clarke nor Lexa ever seems distressed by all the tension between their people.

Also: like, all the backstabbing and the secrecy is hard to watch because I love Lexa and Clarke. They’re awesome people.

Bellamy and the angry mob mentality

Sigh. Look, I love Bellamy. I really do. But, he slips into this angry rage in season 3. I don’t know how much more he’ll screw things up. I mean, you know we’re in trouble when Bellamy is a threat to Clarke.

Just saying.

Besides, the tensions between Team 1 (Bellamy, Pike and gang) vs. Team 2 (Kane, Abby, and Octavia) is really intense. Okay.

jaha and alie marching on

Man, I don’t know what to make of ALIE. Like Abby, I remain rather…unsure. But, hey, they got Raven. So that’s kind of epic because Raven is super critical of things like this.

Moreover: Otan or whatever his name is. I hope this doesn’t bite Emori and Murphy in the butt.

murphy

This boy has the CRAPPIEST luck of all time. I don’t know if I am 100% sure of Emori yet (she reminds me of Echo…shifty). He tries to survive through this poop-fest of a life that he’s leading so far. And, while I do understand that he tries to make sense of the history of commanders and the lady who keeps appearing (oh jeez. I don’t know how this is going to come together as a single cohesive story-line. Not being sarcastic. I am seriously unsure how it will work out eventually).

To be continued…

 

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Review and Reflections on The Good Place Show (Season 1)

 

 

 

I finished watching season 1 of The Good Place on Netflix. Here are some of my reflections and overall review.

Premise

The story begins with Eleanor Shellstrop’s death and subsequent welcome into the Good Place. Just what it sounds like, the Good Place is a place for those who are good.

One problem though: Eleanor is not a good person.

She often maintains that she was a “medium” person. But, throughout the show, the audience get to see flashbacks of who Eleanor was in her life.

Ahem. Let me summarize: not a very good person.

Themes

I love this show, because it dealt with morality and with the limitations in our heaven/hell paradigm. Even more pressing is the question regarding finality in terms of the time frame for being “good.”

Can we learn to be good? Or are we royally screwed if goodness doesn’t come naturally to us? To what extent can we blame our nurturing for our nature?

Another wrinkle in this complicated canvas is the idea of intention in congruence with the seemingly, outwardly, selfless actions we display.

What about soulmates? Do you meet soulmates only in your lifetime? Or, can you be “rewarded” with a soulmate? Is that an easy connection to be made or does it take effort and compromise?

Characters

And, I think part of the reason behind my love for this show is the characters. They were real and flawed, even when they tried to seem “nice” and “good.” Plus, that plot twist in the last episode shook me up quite a bit.

Chidi will always be someone rather close to my heart, because I can relate to the indecisive nervousness around making decisions. Part of me will forever aim to please everyone, but will also weigh in the pros and cons far too many times. He was a good teacher; I learned lots from him.

Tahani and her struggle to find peace within herself also hit close to home for me. Man, I grew up with very high expectations of myself, and I was constantly disappointed. Sometimes, I slip back into that destructive critical tone with myself and others. Watching Tahani be unable to be truly accepting of others was a tough pill to swallow. I am not even sure I digested this lesson quite yet.

Eleanor and Jianyu are interesting people, too. I kind of worry that I am more Jianyu than I’d like.

Overall

It’s definitely a 5/5 kind of show. Funny, light, charming, and yet meaningful and profound. Super nice.

Also: I don’t know if this is just me adjusting to my Hufflepuff status, but I will say this show reminds me of the essence of being a Hufflepuff. This is a good thing, because there are not many shows that remind me of the Hufflepuff-ness in life.

If you have seen this show, please share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to discuss this one with you. See you in the comments. 

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Season Review: The 100 Season 2

Over the past week, I have inched my way through the second season of The 100. In order to preserve the freshness of this experience, I wanted to write reviews for compelling shows. Needless to say: The 100 is one heck of a thought-provoking series. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

season 2 gloss over:

The stakes are much higher than they were in the previous season. Forty seven Ark citizens are taken into a place called Mount Weather. A funny play on words, “wither” suggests that the place is not as harmless as it may appear to the survivors of season one. Even the names of the authority figures here have sinister names: Dante Wallace (Wall-ace) a la Dante’s Inferno. His son’s name is Cage.

Make of that what you will. But, to me, these names were very indicative of these characters’ functions within the story.

Power play

If the first half of the season was simply a power play between the adults, things surely change in this second half. Clarke and her mother tug back and forth at the leader position for the ark people.

More than anything, the biggest struggle is between Clarke and newcomer to the show Lexa, the commander of the grounders. This duo is sometimes difficult to watch because Lexa is an intense version of Clarke. She is all mind with a dulled heart. Meanwhile, Clarke has to make some difficult decisions that lead her to question her own humanity and connection with others.

Leadership changes within the mountain as well: Cage starts off slow, but then overtakes the approach to Mount Weather’s liberation. Again, here we see this struggle between being humane versus being efficient. There is a play at science versus art and culture underlying this conflict, too, between the father and son.

Poor Lincoln and octavia (round 50000)

Lincoln has the crappiest luck in this series. I just can’t get over how resilient he is. Through Lincoln, we get to see someone questioning grounder culture from an early age and be critical of these expectations. Not only that, but he also manages to be sympathetic to the sky people.

Same coin, flipped side: Octavia of the Sky People was isolated simply by existing. She never belonged with her own society. As such, she searches for her place within the grounder community.

I like that Octavia’s growth has little to do with Lincoln. Sure, he introduces her to grounder culture, but she mostly interacts with his people independently. Her relationship with Indra should be explored more in later seasons, I hope, because it must be weird after how things ended between them.

Oh, and let’s all applaud the choice to separate Octavia from Bellamy and Clarke. Octavia is a fierce woman, not just because she is a warrior. In addition to physical strength, I find her to be emotionally and mentally resilient. Just like Lincoln.

Tough decisions

Ultimately, the decisions that leaders make for their people’s survival are the driving force of this season. Clarke and her “good guys” approach withers (no pun…okay, some pun intended) in the presence of Lexa.

Abigail questions Lexa and Clarke’s authority on the basis of their age. Dante and Cage are at an impasse and Dr. Tsing is getting restless.

Bellamy and Lincoln have to face the horrific usage of grounders and sky people by the mountain men.

There’s something strange about the utopia presented at first: everyone knowing each other’s name. People eating in the same room, arguing over cake. Jasper and Monty transition from contentedness to full blown resistance.

So much conflict.

And loss. I’m not sure I’ll ever be over the betrayals and that death.

One liners

“The first dose is the worst.”

“I hope you know how special you are.”

“I bear it so they do not have to.”

and finally, the most painful line to hear, Thanks, princess.”

 

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The 100 Mid-Season Reflections: Season 2

As you may have gathered by now, I am working my way through The 100. This show is a complicated grappling with human morality and ethics, wrapped under the guise of a cute cast and a seemingly familiar premise. Humans had to leave Earth, live in space, because of radiation. Years later, they can return after they send in a 100 of their criminals to test life on the “ground.”

Everything has Changed

I just cannot get over how much people changed this season! Clarke and Bellamy hugged when they saw each other. I’m with Octavia: no one could have seen this coming.

With the arrival of the “adults” on the ground, we are now seeing how one would traditionally approach the conflicts from the first season. The Grounders are mad, especially because someone killed them off (I’m not looking at you, Clarke and Finn, or anything like that).

Speaking of which: FINN! What happened to good ol’ sweet Finn? Through him, the concept of loss and trauma take on a new depiction. I like the parallels between him and Lincoln so far.

The strain between him and the rest of the surviving group is so, so palpable. I am so curious to see how it will unfold, how the show will unpack that guilt. Also: will Finn recover from his actions early in this season?

Jaha vs. Abby vs. Kane

Ah, the Chancellor position continues to be very confusing. It’s riveting to watch this position of power and leadership held by different people. In doing so, we get to see various takes on what truly matters for the people of the sky, and the methods they choose to go about it.

Mount Weather

Ultimately these folks are the catalyst for the conflict thus far. The way they are divisive even when they seem to be peace-keepers. I am trying not to completely be like Monty, but my suspicions were prickly from the very moment we are introduced to Mount Weather.

The question is: how will the conflict be resolved? And, what happens to these people’s survival? It’s like the constant natural selection process is unfolding even with people lying and deceiving just so they can survive.

My hope is that Jasper and the gang are able to hold their own rescue mission. This is mainly because I love Jasper and I want to see him try to grasp his own sense of agency and control. But, if it doesn’t happen, I’d understand that it’s hard to do this for someone with so much turmoil (I mean, for me, I can relate to that struggle).

Your Turn:

Have you watched any episodes of The 100? Who are your favorite characters? Any theories on what will happen next? Watch out for spoilers (not for me. I like spoilers. But, other people might not appreciate them).

See you in the comments

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The Netflix Chronicles: Atypical Show Season 1 Review

For the Netflix Chronicles, I am reviewing season 1 of the show Atypical. This series centers around an eighteen year old boy on the autism spectrum. His name is Sam, and he is looking for romance (and boobs).

Neuro-divergence and its implications

From the moment I heard of this show, I knew it could either resonate really well with me, or break my heart. As someone who is not neuro-typical, I am coming to grips with a lot of the struggles Sam has. My family is trying not to be too isolated because of me, because I am so weird.

In a way, watching the family members deal with shame, pressure, and downright annoyance with Sam (just as an atypical teen), offered some solace to me. It often feels like other friends who are neuro-divergent too are not “as sick” or “as weird” as me, who somehow seem to be able to maintain friendships, conversations, and a sense of normalcy much better than I ever could.

But…

Ultimately, the story shows the wonders of a mind that is not the typical “normal” one. And, I don’t mean this in an erasing manner. Look, being neurodivergent is hard and scary, and lonely. But, it has its perks. Sam, with his genuine interest in nature, in his sincere communication and no-bullshit commentary on social norms, is a treasure.

While I don’t know if my own mental issues make me that cool, I think the show has definitely highlighted the beauty of having a kid with autism. Yes, there are challenges. But, no, it is not all bad and there are beautiful gems of connection and learning, and in re-wiring very old fashioned approaches to parenting and relating.

Because, I admit it, there is a lot of sheltering that goes on with parents of neurodivergent kids. I say this as one of those “kids” (I’m thirty, so…when does one stop being a kid anyway?).

for more

Autistic Person Review of Atypical 

Netflix Atypical Review: The Aspie World 

 

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The Netflix Chronicles: Jane the Virgin (Seasons 1-2) Review

 

Over the past few months, I have been slowly watching Jane the Virgin. So, I thought for this week’s Netflix Chronicles, I can revisit the first two seasons in a review. Let’s start.

Meet Jane: About the story

To me, the premise of the story feels very close to my experience as a young Muslim. Except, it was more vague? Like, no one really talks about sex openly. Anyway, I identified with Jane’s dilemma, I suppose.

What started out as a simple idea for a story turned into an engaging and charming series of events. I just fell in love with the mystery underlying a romance, the coming of age tale of a young writer as well. All of these things were fantastic to watch.

The more common theme of a love triangle frustrated me often. For the record, I have always been #teamMichael. He was such a kind, goofy man, who knew Jane really well.

Also: the narrator is amazing. I love him.

meet the characters

Jane

Jane Gloriana Villanueva is easily one of the most relatable characters I had ever encountered. A woman of color, a writer, a hard working person, and totally sweet. She is a romantic at heart.

For a while, I thought she would get annoying as she struggled to find her right partner. However, she remained sweet and kind.

Xiomara

Ah, she drove me into a state of fury. Perhaps it is because I’m more of a Jane, but I got really upset with all her rash decisions. Still, she is a good mother, and daughter (eh, kind of). I am impressed with her development as someone looking for a career and for a place in the world.

Michael

Love him. He grows closer to Jane, and they start trusting each other. When they do that, their relationship flourishes and becomes quite beautiful. Still team Michael.

Rafael

I mean…he is the spoiled rich boy who is trying to redeem himself. There are certainly some layers to his personality that I did not anticipate at all. Cancer, divorce, familial problems, identity. Also: the actor who plays Rafael is phenomenal as a person. I follow him on Instagram, and he constantly inspires me to strive to be a better person.

Petra

There are quite a few elements that make Petra a compelling “villain.” I grew to love her a lot, even when she did terrible things. Her development as a mother, daughter, and sister was stellar. She comes from such a rough background. It’s really hard not to empathize (at least for me).

Luisa

Why is there not enough Luisa? I love her. My favorite mess of a human being reminds me of myself a bit too much. I don’t drink, but I still connected with her on a deep level.

The mystery

Sin Rostro and Mutter kept the story from getting too predictable. I am still not sure how it is going to work out now that I am on the third season. Listen, peeps, I just get thrown off by all the face changing surgeries going on.

Very invested in seeing how this is going to be resolved.

Overall:

I’d recommend this show to anyone, really, especially friends who have anxiety. There isn’t any violence or scary moments on this show, and it is a fun time in general. Highly recommend it.

 

 

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The Netflix Chronicles: Season 1 of The 100

 

Shannon, my buddy who loves this show called The 100, recommended that I give it a shot. After millions of years full of hesitation, I finally managed to finish my first season of the show. Here are some of my thoughts.

Premise

In essence, the story doesn’t start out as particularly foreign. It has to do with space, radiation, and coming back to earth. These are some of the more out of the ordinary elements in the premise. But, the rest: colonization, survival, morality, romance, dystopia. These are all relevant topics.

Characters

It took me a while to actually figure out who are my favorites. Thirteen episodes, and I still hate Murphy. This boy is so much trouble. Surprisingly, Bellamy was not my favorite at first. But, I feel like his character arc, and the dynamic he has with Clarke is promising and rather compelling. Also: “Here, there are no laws,” is one of the most iconic lines I have ever heard. Oh, that and, “Whatever the hell we want.”

Raven is probably up there in terms of favorites. I like her contrast with someone like Jasper (another favorite). The way the story is set up, it pushes the envelopes of natural selection against a more unbalanced competition between various groups of people.

I am liking the transition the 100 go through, from criminals, prisoners, to pioneers, all the way to invaders and enemies. The struggle these characters face in defining themselves with a harsh and unforgiving background is executed beautifully.

The Adults

It is going to be so interesting to see the adults on the ground, dealing with the issues these young people grappled with. I have a feeling things won’t go well for the People from the Sky.

Ships

This is probably one of the very few shows where I am content with whichever ship is presented in the fandom or in canon. It’s probably because I like (almost) all of the characters. My qualm is in the lack of diversity within these characters.

People of color are rare, and it is kind of baffling to me. Also: how come there are no queer people? I am confused. Sincerely confused.

What is Next?

“On which planet would you rather?” I am curious to see Jasper’s unfurling PTSD. He’s probably the closest one to my existence. I wish I were more like Octavia or at least bright like Raven.

Oh well.

To these characters, all I have to say is, “See you on the other side.”

And, to my Shannon, thank you.

 

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The Netflix Chronicles: Shows I Am Currently Watching

 

I have a couple of ideas to expand my blog entries’ variety. Among these musings is sharing shows I watch at the time. This segment is going to be called the Netflix Chronicles.

Jane The Virgin

This show was interesting to me, because it has people of color playing major parts and white characters playing minor characters. It’s refreshing to see a tele-novela in English. Jane is very emotional and she’s led a difficult life thus far. Still, she is quite graceful in her reaction. The story is a bit over the top, but I like it a lot.

Currently, I am on episodes nearing the twentieth one on the first season.

TW: none come to mind (if you know of any, please let me know!)

Favorite characters: Luisa.

Fun fact: I took a personality quiz that revealed I am closest to the abuela on this show. Not sure how I feel about that.

The 100

Slowly, I am making way through season one. This show is not an easy one to watch, because I love the characters. Except Murphy. He makes me angry. Gritty and dark, yet there’s this weird sense of hope on the show that keeps me invested.

Favorite people on the show thus far are: Raven (smarty pants), Clarke, Bellamy (who apparently can’t sleep with one girl? Seriously, he’s way into threesomes.), and Octavia. Sometimes, I like Finn, too. Other times, I just want to shake everyone on this list.

I’m detaching myself from a certain goggle-wearing dude because I looked up what happens to him. No, I can’t handle such pain.

TW: depictions of violence and peril

Fun fact: I have written a poem inspired by (what I hope to be) a love story on the show.

The Fosters

Some nice representation on this show drives me to keep watching. A biracial lesbian married to a white woman, and they have adopted children who were in the foster care system for a while.

Of course, there’s one of their kids who is “in love” with one of the foster children living with them. Hang on, I need to take a deep sigh here, because, oh my God, he makes me angry.

Favorite characters: The two mamas. Jude and Callie. Not Brandon. Ugh.

TW: mentions of rape and abuse.

Fun Fact: I am particularly intrigued by how the parents handle conflict on the show. It inspires me a lot, because it’s a calm and collected way to reach out to the younger ones in the family. There’s no yelling. And, I like that a lot.

Riverdale

I have watched the first half of the show, and then stopped for a while. Discouraged by the ace erasure, I had to take a break. But, I need to research Jughead’s sexuality in the comics better. A lot of people say he’s depicted as ace. However, I also heard that he’s ace in a single issue/volume?

So…it’s tricky.

Favorite characters: uh. I like them all so far, but probably Cheryl. I like Veronica quite a bit, too.

TW: mild peril

Fun fact: This show is pure Tumblr-like aesthetics. I love it. Even though the characters say the weirdest things, and I don’t think anyone talks like that.

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      I finished watching season 1 of The Good Place on Netflix. Here are some
Over the past week, I have inched my way through the second season of The