The 100 5×06 Review: “Exit Wounds”

The 100 threw out all the expectations tonight with “Exit Wounds,” delivering an episode complete with twists only this series’ writers are brave enough to take. Full disclosure: I really liked this episode, and I say that as a Bellarke shipper. My faith in this ‘ship has not diminished in the slightest, though; so, before I dive, in I’m making that clear.

The action in “Exit Wounds” was mainly situated on the struggles in Wonkru, with a little sprinkling of Eligius. As the differences of the last six years came into greater focus, the story showed that as much as people missed each other, that doesn’t erase how much has changed.

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Timeless: Lucy Preston and a Lesson in Resilience

I know, Clockblockers. The wait is nearly unbearable now. Even though we still don’t know if Timeless will be renewed for a season 3 (we really think it will because what else can they do at this point, right?), we have nothing but time on our hands to analyze and talk about everything that happened in season 2.

We have already gotten our writers to talk about season 2 as a whole, but from now on, we’re going to break this up by characters and moments. First up, we have our girl Lucy Preston — our very favorite historianand boy, do we have a lot to talk about.

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Alisha Boe & Joseph C. Philips in 13 Reasons Why season 2 Photo: David Moir/Netflix

13 Reasons Why: Final Review

As someone who used to work in public safety, I found it incredibly difficult to sit and watch 13 Reasons Why without being left frustrated with how irresponsible a television show could be with real-life difficult topics. This isn’t just a show that is attempting to tackle taboo subjects like death or divorce — no, this is a show that has taken on the task of attempting to start conversations about opioid addiction, suicide, self-mutilation, mental health disorders, and school shootings. In today’s climate of violence and mental health awareness, I always can applaud the people who put entertainment that attempts to shed light on matters that people will not openly discuss, but how far does entertainment go that crosses a line? When does shedding light on stigma-involved topics turn into an exploitation of difficult subject matter for the purpose of shocking the viewer? On 13 Reasons Why, the shock factor is an incredibly inappropriate device, especially when used with the content displayed in the second half of the second season.

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Take Two: 5 Reasons We’re Already Hooked (And Hope You Will Be, Too)

One of our writers mentioned Take Two in our summer tv roundtable; but at the time, we didn’t have much to go by other than “created by Terri Edda Miller and Andrew” Marlowe — affectionately called “MilMar” by fans of their previous series, Castle. Now that ABC has released screeners of the first two episodes, we have a little bit more to go by than, “well, MilMar did it, so obviously.” Without giving too much away — we want you to watch and enjoy for yourselves, after all — we present to you the reasons why Take Two is definitely going to be a must-watch series on our summer schedules.

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The 100: 5×05 “Shifting Sands” Review

The 100 never fails to have aptly named episodes, and “Shifting Sands” certainly did not disappoint in showcasing how quickly things can change on the ground, now that everyone is walking above ground and free.

Seriously, this hour was packed. It was part horror-inducing action thriller, part character-rich, and seamlessly flowed into one hell of an “edge of your seat” time. I’ve watched this show since the middle of the first season, and while I am new to reviewing it, I flat out admit it’s one of the few shows I’ve seen in a long time that improves season after season.

Let’s dive into it then, shall we?

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The Good Queen

Regina Mills – The Good Queen, Long May She Reign

From a young hopeful girl, to the Evil Queen that tore away everyone’s happiness, to the Mayor, to redeeming herself and becoming a savior, to the Good Queen. Regina’s journey has been the most complex and layered throughout the realms. She hit the lowest of all lows and came out triumphant. She is the first elected ruler of all the realms, she is the Good Queen.

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Alisha Boe & Andrea Roth in 13 Reasons Why season 2 Photo Credit: Beth Dubber/Netflix

13 Reasons Why: Halftime Review

After conversing with other binge watchers like myself, I discovered that I was one of the rare few that was looking forward to a second season of 13 Reasons Why. Most people that I talked to either couldn’t finish the show because of the graphic content or thought that it was altogether too extreme. As someone who used to work in public safety, I am a bit hardened to graphic content; perhaps this is what makes me one of the few that was not so dismayed by the material. I felt the benefits of the series outweighed the parts that were a bit too much — in the first season, at least.

I can always applaud efforts to open conversations. When there are stigmas associated with topics, especially anything mental health related, people are always more afraid to open up and talk. For this, I applauded 13 Reasons Why for taking the chance of trying to hurdle that barrier. The characters were real and believable. I empathized with them, even the ones who had made questionable choices. When it was announced that there would be a second season, I actually internally commended 13 Reasons Why for going “there” — to the places that most shows don’t go: the aftermath, the repercussions, the hurt and pain that often follows these types of incidents for years.

Then, I began the sad, slow journey of getting through the first half of 13 Reasons Why season 2 and discovered the painful path that the writers decided to take with a show that could’ve had so many opportunities. This is the review of the first six episodes, so before those who watched the whole season weigh in, I am warning you that I am breaking these episodes down from the perspective of someone who formally worked in public safety.

Disclaimer: I am no expert in mental health, assault, addiction or medical issues; however, I come with some experience with working with people who struggle in these areas and have some familiarity with the topics.

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