A new post on inverse discusses how ‘The 100’ has become ‘must watch television’ with Bellamy’s (Bob Morley) scene with Echo.
When a show veers off the rails narratively, a full recovery is exceedingly rare. Fans might recount statements like, “This character is great until Season 3, then the writing jumps the shark on him.” Until its Season 4 premiere, CW’s The 100 seemed poised to fit that pattern, specifically regarding Bellamy Blake. But in its first episode of the new season, “Echoes,” it manages to deftly infuse him with new life, proving that this show is as scrappy and resilient as its young characters.
Aside from Lexa’s death, the most contentious aspect of Season 3 is Bellamy’s character arc. One of the most impressive aspects of The 100 has been his development from hot-headed antagonist into an unlikely hero with rich character depth. Then came Season 3, which abruptly turned him into a hawkish murderer. To view it generously, this signified that he hadn’t evolved as much from Season 1 as it seemed. From a less generous angle, it was inconsistent writing that failed to establish his motives in a way that felt earned.