TV Review: The 100 (Series 4, Episode 12)
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The Chosen, the penultimate episode of the series The 100, was fast, engaging and involved more risk than ever before. Throughout series four, the struggle for survival before the radiation hits has been key. Now that the bunker has been found, Skaikru must decide who gets to survive before the day ends. Jaha continues to fight for the right of all the Skaikru to survive this week, which boils down to the fact that he doesn’t see the grounders as worthy humans – and neither do the rest of the Skaikru population. Failing to get Kane and Abby on his side, he starts colluding with those who are angry that a lottery will decide who gets to stay in the bunker or not. But who does deserve to die? A horrible question, something no one should ever have to think about, but it all boils down to the fact that the other clans all chose their 100 survivors. The creators of The 100, however, are continuing this narrative that the Skaikru are ultimately better than the grounders. Yes, they know how to work the machines that provide sustenance for everyone but does that give them the right to automatically assume that every member of Arcadia deserves a spot in the bunker? I don’t think so, and to watch Jaha and the rest of them continue to assert their superiority over the grounders has become tiring after four series. Arguably, this episode was tailored to create sympathy for the Skaikru – especially since we don’t get to see how the other clans responded to only choosing 100 survivors. The episode would have benefitted from seeing how the other clans dealt with the choice. Did they also consider fighting for their right to all the spaces in the bunker or did they just get on with it?
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