How ‘The 100’ Mistreated Madi in Its Penultimate Episode

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Let’s start with a fact: I expected there to be death in the final season of The 100. After all, this show has killed many of its main characters off. Finn, Kane, Abby, Jasper, Lincoln, Lexa — and those are just the first ones that come to mind. There were many more major and minor characters that have lost their lives in this series, and even more in the wars and Mount Weather of it all. So I expected this season to be a bloodbath.

The problem I’m seeing with this season is that the deaths and destruction that’s happening are being shoved in an overcomplicated plot and they’re simply not done well. I’ve already made the case why Bellamy’s death was a problem. Last week, we lost Gabriel. (His death, fighting to save Madi, would normally have been fine until the last moments where he refused medical help, claiming it was his time. Ok, it might have been his time, but maybe let the doctor examine you first, just in case he can stitch you up and you’d be fine, rather than choosing to bleed out.)

And now, let’s look at Madi. Technically, Madi isn’t dead…yet? She’s still alive, but essentially living in a shell of herself, unable to move. Her consciousness is there — she can see, she can hear — but she can’t do anything else. It’s horrific. But is it…necessary?

Let’s take a look at this. We certainly can’t say that this is unfair because she’s a child. After all, this is the show that, in its first season, had a child kill Wells and then throw herself off a cliff to avoid being killed by an angry mob. Even children aren’t safe in the world(s) of The 100. So putting Madi in peril is only fair game. Even adding her name to the list as a loss. It’s heartbreaking, but in this show, you can’t be entirely surprised.

And having Clarke walk into that room, being too late, and seeing that Madi had lost her life fighting Cadogan would have been an enormous loss for Clarke, the team, and the viewers. It’d be even more upsetting to realize after the fact that Cadogan had gotten what he wanted and killed her in the process. Whatever they’re aiming to do with Clarke in this final season would have easily been pushed forward having walked in on Madi in that state.

But the events that actually unfolded were much worse. Madi was alive and conscious, but her mind was essentially cut off from her body. She couldn’t function. And upon hearing that it couldn’t be fixed, Clarke immediately felt that she needed to put Madi out of her misery — at which point, Octavia took the weapon to do the job. It was a mercy kill. They were only stopped when they realized that Cadogan got what he wanted and they needed to turn their attention to the Final War.

So not only was this turn unnecessary (see above: Clarke would’ve had just as much heartbreak if she found her dead), but it was completely cruel. It was added in simply for shock value: Imagine the worst thing you could imagine Clarke had to do, something worse than killing her own mother or Bellamy. Yep, you’ve got it. Shoot her own daughter.

The other thing here is that the reaction was completely out of character. Yes, Clarke is familiar with the mercy kill, all the way back to season one. But this is her daughter. You expect me to believe that she’d just be like, “Ok, can’t be fixed, gotta die now.” She’d be screaming, desperately trying to find a way to put Madi back together (so to speak). She’d be going through screen after screen to find a way to scientifically connect Madi’s brain back to her body. There’d be nothing stopping Clarke from trying. In fact, I could almost see her pulling a gun on poor Levitt in a desperate attempt to have him fix her before turning it on Madi as a mercy kill.

And even after all that, they just leave her with a  quick “I’ll be back.” You’ll be back? For what? You were just about to kill her, so either now she’s still in the personal hell you were trying to save her from through a mercy kill until you return, or she’s waiting for you to come back to kill her. Either way, it’s no surprise we saw a tear falling down Madi’s face.

Overall, it was just a distasteful choice, especially for a young character — a child— on the show. Of course, we won’t know for sure what her fate is until next week (since she’s still alive, I can only hope this means they’ll save her somehow, but who knows). Sure, children are just as at risk in the world(s) of The 100. But to put them through situations like that, simply for a bigger reaction from the viewers, just to say that they did something big near the finale? Well, that’s just an ugly mistreatment of a character.

The ‘Charmed’ Reboot: Are the New Charmed Ones Strong Enough to Survive?


CHARMED: 1.01 “Pilot”

I was a fan of the old Charmed. I watched it from the start, stuck through it in the middle years (even years when Cole had long outlived his usefulness), watched the first finale, and then moved on to the next. In fact, Charmed was one of those shows I was writing about before I officially started this blog. So when I heard that they were rebooting it with new characters and a semi-new premise, I wasn’t too excited. Did we really need another version?

To be fair, I ask this about a lot of reboots and revivals (and the Gilmore Girls revival has taught me to be cautious, even if I am excited), but especially for Charmed, I was just left wondering what was left to say, what there was left to do, and why we couldn’t just have an original show about witches with new characters and new plot points. I guess, some would argue, the CW tried that with The Secret Circle, and we live in a nostalgia world. That doesn’t quite convince me, but…

Nonetheless, I wanted to see how this show holds up—not just in comparison to the original, but also on its own merit.

My first thought? The girls are too young. This isn’t just because the original had three witches who were in careers (or in the case of Phoebe, between them) and had to balance witchcraft with their real-world responsibilities. Yes, that appealed to me—and it’s probably why I felt the most interesting character in last night’s premiere was the oldest sister, Macy. But even if you push the original out of view, there’s something trivial about hearing someone dealing with demon dogs and her mother’s death…all while worrying, “What about rush?” I can’t really take her seriously, especially since, really, what was holding her back from accepting her birthright as a witch was…pledging a sorority. (This is not to mean that I’m insulting sororities. But when you look at it in comparison to the dark forces at work, it seems less important.)

What’s more, none of these characters have any personality. Macy is the closest, as she tries to research her past and comes to every witch-related problem with a scientific approach (actually, this one element is what makes the show intriguing to me, as nerdy as it is). But Mel and Maggie are blank slates. Other than her need to be part of the sorority, I know nothing about Maggie. Mel is “angry all the time.” That seems to be her main defining quality, which doesn’t draw you in as a viewer or makes her all that likable. She does take a hard stand on polarizing issues, but that’s about it. There’s really nothing more that can be said about these girls.

And that, to me, is the real weakness of the show on its own. Without strong characters, what is there to watch? A demon dog that we didn’t even see the girl fight (but apparently green slime was involved), demons that take over bodies a la Supernatural, and an ice demon that looks strikingly like the Night King from Game of Thrones. The girls seem to have gotten control of their powers rather quickly, and while I do like that they’ve set up Harry as a questionable character with the cliffhanger, you’re left wondering if he and Giles from Buffy went to the same Watcher/Whitelighter training facility. I’m just struggling to see the originality of the series, even if you ignore that it’s a reboot of another show.

And let’s take a moment to compare it to the original. They’ve made it different by focusing on a mother’s death, rather than a grandmother’s. There’s still a Book of Shadows (that they really don’t use yet). And we have three sisters with the same starting letter: Ms, instead of Ps. But what I miss is the learning curve. Somehow Macy was able to get ahold of her powers rather quickly. So did Mel. Maggie just needs to touch someone to hear their thoughts—a power that I find much less interesting than Phoebe’s vague premonitions. But what’s more, in the original, their powers stemmed from their emotions. Piper’s power (which, truth be told, was always my favorite) started when she’d get scared. But Mel? It’s when she’s…not mad. But we don’t really know what sets it off. Pru was when she was angry, which aligns to some extend with Macy, who seemed to draw power from anger or fear. But then again, she seemed to get a handle on it very quickly, considering it is one of the most active powers of all. I personally liked the link to the emotions in the original since it meant the Charmed Ones not only had to train themselves to learn magic but also to learn a little about themselves. Here, it feels more like convenience.

All to say, I went into the Charmed reboot with a relatively open mind, telling myself not to compare it completely to the original. But even then, I’m struggling to find what will capture my attention week to week. If it doesn’t focus more on character, I think the Power of Three will be defeated pretty quickly.

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Your Comic Con Look: Ringer

There’s one problem with living in Boston: It’s really far away from San Diego Comic Con. Sadly, I’m not there. But I am on the interwebs, so I can watch some of the promo videos.

Like Ringer‘s.

I’m very excited about this series, but I’m a little nervous that the CW isn’t the right place for it. Well, we’ll find out about that. In the meantime, my excitement remains in tact, and this promo did nothing but increase my enthusiasm. I love it.

Check it out! A Comic Con First Look: Ringer.

Life Unexpected: Control Issues

LIFE UNEXPECTED 2.04:  “Team Rebounded”

Hello everyone!  I’m here filling in for Raked and recapping Tuesday’s episode of Life Unexpected (which I just saw).  I was really happy to see that they laid off the storyline involving Lux and her teacher.  Raked was right when she said it seemed artificial and lifted from Pretty Little Liars (or Dawson’s, Felicity, 90210, any other CW/WB drama), and I’m happy to see Lux doing normal things like joining the basketball team.

Man, was that the most remedial basketball team in the history of all time, and I was a bit confused. If Tasha was such a star, how is it that they were only capable of scoring 3 points in that game?  I just think if basketball’s going to show us how crazy Baze is, you’d think they’d be able to score more points than that.

That all said, I thought Baze was pretty hilarious this episode.  Not only is he terrible at reading the needs of his team, his daughter, etc., he’s also pretty atrocious at giving Matt girl advice.  Poor Matt wants to get with Paige, and they go out on a non-date, that’s so bad Paige kisses him just to end it.  Naturally Matt thinks he likes her, and Baze has to be a jerk and harshly deliver the bad news in a completely tactless way.  And then Paige goes and hits on Eric, which I’m sure will infuriate Lux (even though the student-teacher thing should NOT be happening as it’s been done…on every WB show ever).   What does everyone think of Paige?  Because I pretty much hate her.  Seriously, I understand that it’s the point of her character, but I just find it pretty implausible that she would burn down the bar and then be given a room in the fiery loft.

I did like the confrontation between Matt and Baze—Matt’s been taken advantage of, and I’m glad he stood up for himself even if it only had to do with basketball.  I wonder how Baze’s superiority complex will manifest itself at work…since I really missed that aspect of his new life (and Emma Caulfield).

Also fiery is the relationship between Cate and Kelly.  Because of Cate’s outburst last week, things were obviously tense between the two of them.  And when there’s tension, the mature thing to do is resolve it by getting drunk.  Unfortunately, Cate can’t keep her mouth shut and tells Kelly that the two of them disagree on finances and kids…which brings up some very real problems for Cate and Ryan’s marriage. I was annoyed that Cate was shown taking birth control at the end of the episode.  Characters are supposed to evolve and grow, and hasn’t she learned that Ryan’s a pretty understanding guy…except when she keeps stuff from him?  More importantly, I don’t think that Ryan will forgive this when he finds out (and he will find out).  But Kelly fell down so that was amusing.

Tasha found out that her new foster mom was Lux’s former foster parent.  Lux thought that getting her kicked out and into a drunken Cate’s house would be better until she heard Ryan and Cate fighting so she vandalized the house.  Luckily, Cate and Ryan agreed to assist with Tasha’s independent living.  Which brings us to the end, and my biggest question for the episode.  I understand that Lux’s former foster parent was trying to adopt her, and it didn’t work out…Lux had mentioned that it got really bad over there, but then seemed really upset while reading the letter.  Did she just lie to Tasha because she wanted this woman to herself?  Or did something shady happen that prevented adoption?  That was really unclear to me, and we probably won’t find anything out this week because there’s some music festival sponsored by the cast of One Tree Hill. Until then!

Jay Leno premieres tonight–and I’m not watching.

That’s right. The new PRIMETIME interview show starts tonight: Jay Leno’s new show on NBC. What is it called, anyway? The Jay Leno Show?

Anyway, in case you missed the headline, I’ll not be watching. I just have a lot of better things to do: wash my hair, windex the mirrors, cut the grass with scissors, stare at a wall, etc.

And yes, Leno clearly lucked out by booking Kanye West long before he screwed over poor Taylor Swift. Yes, that’s right. Kanye will be on the show tonight. Who knows what he will say (an entire writers’ room is probably filled with pencil scratching to decide what Leno will ask and what jokes he’ll say), but despite my curiosity, I’m not watching.

Ignoring the joke above, I really have no interest in seeing Jay Leno. I mean, I thought he was leaving The Tonight Show for a reason, but the NBC seemed to have backtracked and decided to give him another show. And it’s every night at 10:00.

There’s so much better programming than Leno on at 10:00 during the week! Why not just give him Saturday and call it a day! We could have Kings, for goodness sake.

I just feel like this is a big mistake on NBC’s part. I mean, this is taking five hours of TV away from them. They’ve basically structured their schedule so they’re like FOX or The CW, except that those stations usually have the news right after their programming.

And it’s actually disappointing. I realize the NBC is kinda poor right now (Ooh, I have an idea for that! Kill of half the cast of Heroes! It’ll help the show and the network!), but it’s actually been pretty impressive this summer. I’ve been quite pleased with Merlin, and even though it’s not an NBC original, it’s quality programming that I wanted to check out week to week. NBC can do it; they just…won’t?

But how long can they really keep a primetime interview show going? I mean, Leno was moving on from The Tonight Show. How long would he want this? And how long do we? Honestly, I don’t think it’ll go past the year–and I only think it will go that far because he’s probably got a contract with a big pricetag.

And they’re clearly trying to make it successful. They’ve got some big guests this week (you can see them here), so maybe it will grab some attention.

But for me, it just isn’t my style. I want primetime to be real shows. (I’m still annoyed that reality TV still gets in the way.) I mean, he might make for some good background noise, but as for tonight, I think I’ll watch the premiere of One Tree Hill…and then take down all my curtains and hand wash them with a toothbrush.

Happy September 1!

It’s finally September. I say that reluctantly because while I love having new TV, I also love summer weather. Fall means that there will be lovely colors all over New England, but it also means winter is looming along the horizon, and I don’t know how much I’m looking forward to that.

Weather aside, fall means exciting things for TV. Mainly, premieres of our new and old shows! So I thought it was about time I gave you all a schedule of premiere dates.

Please note that the shows listed below are just shows that we cover here on Raked–except for those few that we know people are huge fans of and thought you might be interested in. As you can tell, I’ve weeded out a lot of the reality TV.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

90210, 8 p.m. (CW)

Wednesday, Sept. 9

America‘s Next Top Model, 8 p.m. (CW)
, 9 p.m. (Fox)

Thursday, Sept. 10

*The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m. (CW)

Monday, Sept. 14

Gossip Girl, 9 p.m. (CW)
One Tree Hill, 8 p.m. (CW)

Thursday, Sept. 17
(It’s going to be a busy night)

Bones, 8 p.m. (Fox)
, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)
, 9 p.m. (Fox)
The Office
, 9 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 21
(Also a busy night)

The Big Bang Theory, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
Castle, 10 p.m. (ABC)
, 8 p.m. (NBC)
, 8 p.m. (Fox)
How I Met Your Mother
, 8 p.m. (CBS)

Wednesday, Sept. 23

*Cougar Town, 9:30 p.m. (ABC)
, 10 p.m. (ABC)
, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Thursday, Sept. 24

*Flash Forward, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy
, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Friday, Sept. 25

Dollhouse, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Ghost Whisperer
, 8 p.m. (CBS)
, 8 p.m. (CW)

Sunday, Sept. 27

Brothers & Sisters, 10 p.m. (ABC)
Desperate Housewives
, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Dexter, 9 p.m. (Showtime)

Thursday, Oct. 1

Private Practice, 10 p.m. (ABC)

Monday, Oct. 5

*Rita Rocks, 7:30 p.m. (Lifetime)
*Sherri, 7 p.m. (Lifetime)

Friday, Oct. 9

Ugly Betty
, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Thursday, Oct. 15

30 Rock, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)

Friday, Oct. 23

Southland, 9 p.m. (NBC)
*White Collar
, 10 p.m. (USA)

Tuesday, Nov. 3

*V, 8 p.m. (ABC)

By the way, a full list can be found here. I’ve marked new series with an asterisk (*), and I’ve kept in the ones that we’ll definitely be checking out. If there are others you want us to take a look at, request it in the comments! We’re still deciding ourselves what we’ll watch this fall, and as you can tell from the past, it’s everchanging. Who knows, maybe we’ll cover more!

But if it’s not on this list, don’t forget that there are plenty more shows to watch, so please be sure to check out all the networks and see what’s new this fall!

10 Things I Hate About You: New and Old

So the new ABC Family TV series 10 Things I Hate About You starts on Tuesday. I’m skeptical of this show.

The commercials seem to claim that this is the “best new show of the summer,” but let’s be real here: I was someone who saw the original in the theaters. Loved the original. Still do. In fact, I’m watching it today on the CW.

It surprised me that it was being aired on the CW and not ABC Family itself. What better way could you advertise your new series–the spinoff of the movie–except by showing the movie itself?


Unless, of course, the series is not nearly as good as the movie, and you’d realize it watching them back to back. And personally, I think that’s going to be the case.

I’ve noted before that they should have just made an original high school TV series about two opposite sisters. I mean, the movie was based on Taming of the Shrew (that’s Shakespeare, people) and had such clever jokes in it. Humor that easily moved along a two-hour movie, but could it really be a series without the freshness getting old?

And look who’s shoes your standing in! I mean, Julia Styles? Joseph Gordon Levitt? And, of course, Heath Ledger. I’m sure the new Patrick Verona is thrilled to have the role, but that’s really hard to live up to. Add in the fact that they’ve really narrowed down the characters to make them one-dimensional for the series, and you’ve got one unhappy fan sitting here.

Personally, I’m all about the movie. And I’m very hesitant about the series. I will probably still check it out. For two reasons: 1) to see if I’m right and 2) to have something to write about later in the week. And who knows, maybe it is the best new series of the summer.

Let’s just hope it’s nothing like Secret Life. Please, please, let it be nothing like Secret Life.

Breaking News: Minus two on ‘One Tree Hill’

I’m going to watch last night’s episode tonight, but I couldn’t help but share the news I just got. If you don’t want to know, I’d suggest you stop reading now. But it looks like the RSVP for two actors next season will be “no.”

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Well, it’s good that The CW renewed the show so early. But what will it look like?

TV Guide has just announced that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not be returning to the show.

This is a big surprise to me. I know the question had been tossed out there, but I thought it was a publicity stunt. You know, to make people wonder whether Peyton will really make it after she has the baby. Will they kill her off? If they don’t renew her contract at time of renewal, you’ll never know and will have to watch.

Well, I guess her death may be a real possibility, because Peyton and Lucas both will not be returning for the seventh season. Instead, Julian will become a regular.

Wow. I have faith in the other actors in the show, but do you really think they can do it? I mean, the show was about Lucas, and yes, it’s developed (and Lucas and Peyton are almost a little too boring now), but it just surprises me. Those are some big names to cut loose.

But there it is. Good-bye, Peyton and Lucas. And what’s to come next week?

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Twilight News and Vampire Open Thread(ish)!

I was a very bad Raked last night, and I only watched 20 minutes of TV. That means The Unusuals and Scrubs are both living in my TiVo, so you’ll have to wait on those.

Found out today that there’s a new director for Twilight‘s third movie, Eclipse. It’s official this time. I know you all were hoping for Drew Barrymore, but no. I believe I identified that as a publicity stunt (and I still think it was), but it looks like now it will be…

[drumroll please]

David Slade! Who is David Slade? Well, he directed 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy. Nope, I didn’t see either of those. But apparently horror and monsters are not exactly new to him, so there you go. Read all about it.

Why do all these Twilight directors keep hopping around? I mean, we know why the first director left: money or timing or probably money. But now we have New Moon‘s Chris Weitz leaving after that movie’s said and done. Maybe it’s so that you’re not only known to be in the vampire genre.

And what about the vampire genre? Seems to be huge now, eh? First there was Buffy, then Angel. Moonlight had a short life right after Angel, and now TV has True Blood. Add in the CW’s plan to make a series from L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries, and you’re all set (personally, I’d much prefer a movie or series based on her Secret Circle, but that’s just me).

And of course Twilight. But those aren’t the only books. I’m not going to spend time running down the entire list (there are too many), but even the guy who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is going to be coming out with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (not kidding).

So what about vampires? Here’s where the “open thread” comes in, even though I kinda sorta chose a topic for discussion. I want to hear your thoughts.

  • Are you a Twilight fan? Books? Movie?
  • Best vampire series out there–TV or otherwise. (I’m personally curious about True Blood, as I don’t have HBO and have never seen it.)
  • Who’s your vampy hottie? Spike, Angel, Edward?
  • Are you even a vampire fan? What monster gets your mojo going?
  • Do you hate me now that I just said “vampy” and “mojo”?
  • And who’s your vote to kill them all! (I immediately think Buffy, but there’s Faith, werewolves, Mr. Sunlight, jealous ex…)

Anyway, have at it. Just click on that pretty red box below (scroll, it’s down there), and let me know. Like I said, I’m curious about True Blood, and I never saw Moonlight, so both of those would be good to hear about.

And anyone who remembers Sliders‘ episode “Stoker” gets a gold star. Though, really, I hope none of you out there do. It was a pretty bad episode.