In Mount Weather, the people from The Ark

In 2013  Kass Morgan has published her book “The 100″. One year later, Jason Rothenberg decided to transform Kass Morgan’s book into a TV Series.The action of the first season of the TV Series is placed 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse. In order to ensure the mankind survival,  „The Ark” (stuck to the Earth’s orbit) was formed. It was a station that housed over 2400 people, divided into another 12 stations. When the leaders Thelonious Jaha, Marcus Kane and Dr. Abby Griffin found out that The Ark can no longer protect them in space, they’ve tried to find a solution for surviving again. That’s why they decided to send a ship back to Earth in order to find out if it is habitable again if the radiations are gone. In that ship, they sent 100 prisoners, like Clarke Griffin, Bellamy and Octavia Blake, Jasper Collins, Monty Green, Raven Reyes, Finn Collins, John Murphy and Wells Jaha.  The 100 kids that were sent back to Earth discovered a lot of things, that some part of the humanity has survived: the Grounders that were divided into clans, other Grounders that were cannibals and Mountain Men( they were living in Mount Weather) who were staying in the Mount before the apocalypse. (Source: ). The action in the second season is placed into the Mount Weather or on Earth. After a lot of conflicts between the 100, a battle with the Grounders, 52 of them died. The ones that remained alive were taken to Mount Weather. Here, the Mountain Main wanted them to feel safe, like home, so they gave them food, clothes, a place to live and sleep. Still, Clarke was feeling that something wasn’t alright. Later on, she discovered that the Mountain Men were using their blood and one of some Grounders that they captured so that they can survive in the outside world because the radiation was able to kill them. Because on the Ark the life conditions were worsening, they decided to separate the stations again to try to come back to Earth. Some of them did it and the others lost their lives in the contact with the Atmosphere. In order to save the kids that were prisoners on Mount Weather, the people from The Ark made an alliance with the Grounders. (Source: the third season, Jaha has found A.L.I.E, who was made by the 13 station on space. A.L.I.E is the one that made the nuclear apocalypse happen. In the end, Clarke is the one that has destroyed A.L.I.E. In the fourth season, the humankind confronts with a new problem: the planet will be hit by another wave of radiation stronger than the one from 97 years ago. Even if you came from the Sky or you are from the Earth, you’re body can’t handle this new wave of radiation so you’ll die. That’s the reason why The Grounders and the people from Arkadia will collaborate for finding a way to get of this alive. (Source:  )From my point of view, one of the feminist characters from this TV Series is Clare Griffin. From the moment when the ship with the 100 prisoners reached the ground, she proved that she’s smart, kind, trustworthy and determined. She and Bellamy had a fight with each other because they didn’t know who should be in charge on the ground.  Clarke fought for equality, she was a supporter of “freedom from discrimination ” ( Handout 4) and she even gave second chances to the ones that have done wrong things, like John Murphy. Constantly , she was concerned with the needs of the ones around her. Clarke is the one that suggested that they need water and food in order to survive and they can obtain those only if they decide to work together. Because she’s the daughter of the doctor from the Ark, whose one of the leaders, the kids tend not to listen to her advice, but slowly when they realize that she’s right, she gained their respect. Even if she’s just 18  “she is courageous, artistic, fierce and incredibly smart for her age when it comes to political decisions, quickly gaining the utmost respect from her fellow delinquents.” By making a lot of sacrifices for assuring the welfare of the others she proved herself worthy to be called a leader.  She stopped A.L.I.E and tried to find solutions for ensuring the humankind salvation. But, maybe because she’s young or because of the lost of her father, she also took bad decisions. Together with Bellamy, they exposed the people from Mount Weather to radiation, causing their deaths. As a consequence, they’ve lost Jasper trust, because he was in love with a Mountain girl. She received the name Wanheda for killing the Mountain Men from the Grounders.In this TV Series, Clarke fought also for “freedom from the corset of patriarchal gender norms” (Handout 4) and her character was created in opposition to “Heteronormativity”: “the ideology according to which everyone should aspire toward the picture-perfect traditional family” (Handout 4).  She came out as bisexual and had relationships in the first season with Finn, in the third one with Lexa, the commander of the Grounders and in the fourth one with Niylah, who were both women. And, in the end, she decided to sacrifice herself in order to help her friends survive, by staying behind when the new wave of radiation hit the Earth.  Still, she managed to survive because of her Nightblood blood. By being a strong character, one that fights for the things that she believed in, by showing kindness, by fighting for equality and by not being afraid to love even somebody of the same sex, Clarke Griffin represents a feminist character.  From a psychoanalytic point of view, in this TV Series, we can find a few concepts of psychoanalysis like latency, ambivalence and Free Association.This concept, latency,  can be used to describe the state of Clarke Griffin when she realized what she had done by killing the Mountain Men. In order to save her friends and loved ones, she has chosen to expose the people and children, who kept them prisoners on Mount Weather, to radiation. She took the decision together with Bellamy by saying “I bear it, so they don’t have to.” (  Season 2, Episode 16: “Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)”, Clarke Griffin to Bellamy when they opened the door and allowed the radiation to enter into Mount Weather) and right after that, she wasn’t able to understand the consequences of her acts. She felt nothing. But, after a while, she realized what she has done, that she has the blood of her friends and of the other people on her hands.  Clarke couldn’t find peace any longer and decided to leave her camp, to live by herself, as sort of a punishment. ( Source:  )Another concept can be considered ambivalence and it can be applied to the character John Murphy. I had different feelings about him on this four seasons. At the beginning, I really hated him. He was a violent person, he was doing things in order to harm the others, he was selfish. Later on, I found out why he was this kind of man:  he lost his father, who has stolen medicine for him when he was a kid and got sick ( he committed a crime on the Ark, so he was executed) and his mother blamed him for his father death all her life. On the last two seasons of the TV Series, he changed. He tried to help the people around him, he tried to obtain their forgiveness, he has stolen medicine to help a girl, a Grounder who was affected by radiation and he learned to love through Emori.  Beginning from this moments, I started to see him from another light. (Source:,   )And, the other concept that can be met into The 100 is Free Association and it can be applied to the character Octavia Blake. On The Ark the people respected a policy: a family could have only one child. Her mother hid her second pregnancy, and after she was born she had to live in a compartment under the floor. Years later, she was found by the authorities and locked up in the prison of the Ark. She was sent to Earth with the others 99 prisoners and here, she becomes free. So, she decided to do everything she wasn’t allowed to do on the Ark: to love, to fight, to think, to hope. She wasn’t afraid to express her opinions, her thoughts. Octavia is a courageous, beautiful, bold woman. (Source:, )The TV Series The 100 tells the story of humanity who fights for survival. Through the innovative ideas, strong characters who always struggle, this TV Series has highlighted the problems faced by the today’s society: violence, fear of failure, the repression of homosexuality, fear of talking freely and so on. 


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