“Bow before me and your people will be safe.” / “Become the 13th clan” - Lexa
That’s a pretty tough ask for Clarke given everything that’s happend in the past. While I’m sure she understands the chances fo her people surving is higher with the coalition, inviting Lexa, who has lether down before, back into her heart and life is something that is understandably difficult for her to do.
This makes me think of the recent battle against charter expansion in South Dallas. There’s a historical argument made here that applies not just to charters, but to the bond deal, elections, and board policy discussions. This, I’m sure, I what many of the vocal opponants of North Dallas influence hear. They hear words of progress and safety laced with structural subserviance. They see domination. They knowit would be much easier to go along, but fear the costs, the potential loss of culture, identity, and autonomy.
Kicking the Ice Nation messenger out of the window
First, awesome! I enjoy a good kick out the window scene, especially when accented by a particularly high fall.
That said, the reason she did it was to hide what everyone knows is her “weakness” for Clarke. She’s unwilling to acknowldge her deficiencies and chooses to lash out instead. It’s not fooling anyone, but she does it anyway increasing tension between her coalition and the Ice Nation.
This isn’t too different to me than the lash out against new teaching practices, charter schools, or teacher training programs. Accepting something new means admitting that the old way isn’t perfect. It means admitting that there might be an equally effective or better way to do something. Instead of owning up to the problems in our own backyard, we as people tend to divert attention away from ourselves. This charter fight was a pretty good example and the city is split on the issue for that very reason. Killing something doesn’t proove strength. Even if it does, it’s temporary.
Lexa missed that point.
Intentionally antagonizing people
Whether it’s Abby moving people into Mt. Weather, knowing it would upset literally everyone else, or the Ice Queen moving in army into Lexa’s territory then moving it out, intentionally taking actions you know are going to upset people is risky. There’s a way to create peace if both groups are committed to that goal. If the goal is to control everything, then there isn’t
Abby has a rare opportunity to create something beautiful in Mt. Weather. She should have really listened to my idea to turn it into a neutral ground dedicated to advanced healthcare for everyone.
Building a controversial school in a place where there is such fierce resistance when there are other options may not have been the best fight to pick. You don’t have to win every battle. The cost to goodwill with community members may be higher than it looks right now.
“We’re all trying to do what’s right for our people. Death is what’s right for yours.” Prince Roan (Prince Charles Vane)
Seriously, this guy is the exact same character as he is in Black Sails. I don’t hate it. It’s just true. These are the political chats I love. Trying to get Clarke to murder the woman who betrayed her but seems she’s still kind of in love with is a bold move. The commander’s heavy handedness and broken promises have gone to far for him and he’s ready to take action. Betrayal for betrayal. I’m interested in what exactly would have happened if she went through with it. I’m not so sure the clans would have all broken up. I think there’s a chance that Clarke with her Wanheda powers could have truly united everyone.
So true, at least the first part. We are trying to do what’s best for “our people.” Two things here. 1. What that looks like depends on if you see your “people” as all of Dallas or just your group of friends. 2. Each group perceives that the other groups see “their people” as exclusive of all other groups. What does that mean? Nobody trusts each other and the ties that bind us are thin. Even the reasons why people care about our students differs from person to person. We as a city have gotten so caught up in the political maneuvering and trying to destroy / discredit the leaders of what we feel like are opposing factions that we have lost sight of the true focus: our students.
I think the true leader we’re looking for exists, but I don’t think we’ve found them yet. It is possible to bring everyone together. Aggression is not how we’re going to do it though.
You ok? **Nods** (Clearly not ok) - Octavia
I am still not an Octavia fan. Without Lincoln in the scene, I find her to just be a volatile, emotional mess. Good on Bellamy for realizing that she needed attention and giving it to her.
I have students like her. Perhaps she bothers me because she’s the character that I’m most familiar with. I had an interaction with a student just like this yesterday. He said he didn’t want to talk, we talked anyway, and then he told me everything.
“This should be yours.” - Abby
Passing power to the people that should have it is an intersting concept. Being open and learning about people that you previously competed with but never understood and a great idea. Abby is finally stepping up and being a leader by realizing she shouldn’t be the leader.
"I’m sorry. I never meant to turn you into this." - Lexa
Just a good quote. We rarely think about the long term changes we cause in other people, but sometimes they are extreme.
aaaannnnd she’s dead.
I know I wanted Gina to go away but I wasn’t ready for her to get stabbed to death like that. At the beginning of the show I was screaming at my TV for her to go away. Now I’m upset about it. It looks like I care more than bellamy does which was the big problem with this character. None of us really got to know her and then they killed her.
"I have to stay. I have to make sure she keeps her word" - Clarke
"I swear fealty to you Clarke kom skaikru" - Lexa
These two quotes are exactly how government should work. The leaders bow to the people serving them and everyone keeping each other honest. Unfortunately, it’s much more volatile and contentious than that.
“Thanks to the last mountain man”
Rivals and opponents never truly disappear. Victories are temporary. Blood is answered in blood. That goes for fictional universes and our own.
That’s it for this week. What I love about this show is showing every level of the development of political maneuvering. It also shows the potential of young people to become leaders and make the tough decisions. Clarke, for example, is way more mature and a way better leader than Abby. Best show on TV right now.
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