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The 100 : Octavia Blake vs The Narrative

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  1. Anna says:

    Wow, as if you broght ethnicity into this. I was sincerely interested in your opinion until I got to your “minorities” part and then I realized that you’re just an idiot.

    And yes, I’m a woman of color also. Race has its place, this isn’t it.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I thoroughly enjoy how you’ve injected real world issues into a make-believe TV show where race, age and sexuality play absolutely no part in anything, what-so-ever. Your far-reaching attempt to seem like an intelligent human being capable of complex debate of a problematic character was played well, right up until you decided to call out Octavia as being a “white woman”, and then proceeded to bring violence against POC into the equation. From the start of this article, you made it very clear you didn’t like Octavia – which is fine – but to push your own agenda on to a TV show that it has no place being pushed onto is just a clear example of how you and many others cannot separate fantasy from reality. The entire premise of the TV show is that no one is safe.

    At what point is Octavia a person of privilege? You said so your self at the start of this article, Octavia was brought up under the floor and has struggled to find her place in the world she was thrust into, the world she was sent to to die. Based on those mere facts alone, I would argue that Octavia has even less privilege than Bellamy or Pike. Both of them were able to grow up in the Ark and be apart of their community, that was formed by several different nations (in space, I might add, because it’s fantasy). They were both able to contribute to the Ark, as seen with Pike being a teacher and Bellamy becoming one of the guard. Octavia would never have had the opportunity to become a member of the society she wanted to be apart of, based on the fact she was merely born. I don’t call that privilege at all.

    To bring down Octavia’s character to having “white privilege” just because at this current social climate that may or may not be true, is disappointing. The show is set in the future, that future that we’ve seen time and time again, takes no pity on someone because of their race, age or sexuality. Based on the shows events, there is no privilege. For anyone. Privilege is made by the actions of the people, not their age, race or sexuality.

    If you see a scene where a white person hits a POC and think, “That’s promoting violence against POC”, in a TV show of sci-fi fantasy – then that’s on you. Absolutely, 100%, on you. That’s your personal problem. Shame on you for injecting your agenda onto a TV show that it has absolutely no tract in. Shame on you.

  3. Nicole says:

    I think your preference for Bellamy and your dislike of the scene where he was beaten is sharing your view of the entire season and the sum of Octavia’s character. Octavia has snapped to violence several times, without a doubt–but this was a character whose only interaction with other people through her most developmental years were with her mother and brother. She lacks communication skills and retreats to physicality.

    Let’s also not forget the demonstrations of Bellamy and Octavia’s relationship in the first season. Multiple times, Bellamy pushes, shoves, or yanks Octavia around; he is emotionally controlling and in an attempt to hurt her, blames the death of the only other person in her life on her. It’s understandable that he was in a heightened state of stress trying to keep her alive, but remember that he was her closest emotional link and her developmental figure–it’s no wonder she has these tendencies when that figure in her life does too. Bellamy and Octavia are more similar than people would like to admit. He also has a shoot first, ask questions later belief and a tendency to react emotionally to situations before he can clear his head. Let’s not forget the way he was planning to torture another human being in the first season, far before he found out they needed info to save Finn from Lincoln.

    Of course these facts are hand waved away with “character development” which is a fair argument. Bellamy hasn’t laid a hand on his sister since the first season, but the massacre, in which he reacted emotionally and violently to a highly stressful situation, by his own admission, heightens the similarities between the Blakes.

    You’re also missing the narrative point of Octavia’s violence toward Bellamy. That was his “punishment” from the writers: a rejection from the person he loves most. Look at any story, characters who make mistakes must face some sort of punishment before they can begin to set things right, and that was Bellamy’s. Of course, this point doesn’t make sense if you don’t believe that he did anything wrong, but Octavia beating Bellamy was the narrative’s admission that he did wrong. Just like Finn being killed in the second season for the same act that Bellamy committed: the emotional weight of the scene was meant to show the character’s punishment/redemption for what they did.

    Bellamy fucked up, he killed hundreds of people in an emotional reaction, and his actions led to Lincoln being killed. As Kane points out, Bellamy is the key. Had Bellamy not made the decision to support Pike, Lincoln wouldn’t have been killed. Simple as that. The narrative punished him for it. Octavia, likewise, reacted violently and emotionally in response to a highly stressful occasion. Bellamy blamed the Grounders for his distress and acted. Octavia blamed Bellamy for her distress and acted. They’re not terribly different.

    1. Nicole says:

      Adding: the comment indicting Octavia for not supporting Bellamy following the events of Mt. Weather is laughable. Please, stop seeing male characters and kicked puppies that need to be coddled and taken care of by “strong women” who should set aside their own struggles. You’re playing into our patriarchal society and the patriarchal tone of this show. Why was Bellamy there supporting Raven following the events of Mt. Weather? She was friends with those killed just like Bellamy, and she was actually there and failed to save the day. Her guilt and her suffering were without a doubt worse than Bellamy’s, but Bellamy is the character who must be protected?

      That’s what this show does. The women are “strong” because they have sex and punch people and drink and don’t show their emotions; meanwhile the men are sympathetic because they’re emotional and vulnerable and need to be taken care of. The primarily teen girl audience of this show eats that up because we’re told it’s our job to fix broken and tortured handsome boys and receive their love in return. You’re playing directly into that by faulting Octavia for not supporting Bellamy but refusing to place any blame on Bellamy at all.

      I could write this same article blasting both Bellamy and Jasper for making terrible, violent decisions while in highly emotional states of stress, but it would get flamed. You know why? We’re not supposed to criticize sad puppies, right? The men are vulnerable and real, they have to be protected, they made mistakes, they just wanted to save their people, they’re suffering from PTSD–but if a woman acts out, it’s violent and unacceptable.

      Please, since you are intelligent enough to string words together and write articles, look at these things with a more critical eye and see where they’re sending negative messages–not just where they’re hurting your favorite character. Look past abs and jawlines. You can do it.

  4. Anna says:

    Wow, the spiteful reactions to this article how the show’s portrayal of Octavia as a heroine have been successful. Ever since she started acting like she was grounder-er than thou when she criticized Lincoln, her character bothered me. That’s literally as if a white woman gets a black boyfriend, decides she likes his culture better, and chastises him for not being black enough. She is also like 90 pounds so believing she learned how to beat up lifelong warriors in a very short amount of time feels very forced, when the real badass in all of the show is Raven (who is shown as having a bad attitude?). Overall, she makes impulsive emotional decisions and has forgotten that having the ability to switch from sky and ground cultures depending on how she feels IS a huge privilege. We can pretend like these messages aren’t meaningful in actual reality, or we can address these legitimate grievances. Thank you for doing so despite the predictable hate, because I’ve been feeling it too and couldn’t figure out why!

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