Coming from easily the best season of the series, Season 5 had a lot to live up to. Time jumps in any context are tricky narrative devices that are here, used boldly to set the tone for change in the show’s narrative. Episode 1’s stark choice to only feature Clarke Griffin, not only displays Eliza Taylor’s acting presence, but also truly depicts just how mature the show has evolved into. Despite all its perks, episode one did underwhelm just slightly, yet for all the right reasons and opened a new perspective into the show. And perhaps the only way the writers could have handled the time jump.
Episode 2 to which I initially had near to zero eager excitement for (largely due to not having rewatched the show in a while), completely threw me off the gate. I was baffled at how perfectly structured the episode was, it still had its usual quirks (the villain popping out of nowhere, quickly redeeming themselves) but also brought new complexities to the series. Fans and non fans alike of Octavia’s character will relish in the crafty development of her personality. The ending had me gasping, teary eyed and chills everywhere. What a fantastic ride. Easily a one of the best episodes to date.
Episode 3 comes out tomorrow, I do wish to post frequent reviews and go more in depth as I progress this site to my final vision. Do stick around.