Again. Because SOMEbody pointed out to me that when it started, Bellamy was the show's Logan Echolls. I had just assumed he was a Sawyer variation. If he's a Logan Echolls, then he could be a Damon Salvatore, right?
But no, because Damon has swagger, and Bellamy has more caution. Logan's a smartass; Bellamy is quieter, but I don't now if that's just because he's been a back-burner character for a little while. The stories they're telling lately, he's the support, not the lead. It's great, but now it makes my brain hurt, trying to see the Logan of it all.
I love shows that are not written by tv writers, but by readers who happen to write tv. They aren't hesitant to make major changes for the sake of story. I love binge-watching shows, and I fully appreciate the novelization of television, since the viewing format has changed. I love television that tells a story and moves forward. The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, and The 100 are three examples of shows that never tread water. They move forward, always. You've got to pay attention, and the payoffs are spectacular. The fall finale of The 100 really cemented my love for it, when they killed a major character that most shows would have kept around for the duration of the show. They set up an amazing character turn, when Finn thought his friends were dead, thought the woman who he loved (who dumped him) was dead, and something in him snapped. He stopped at nothing to find her. In an instant, he gunned down unarmed civilians in a tribal village that, to me, felt very much like the Vietnam War or a scene from The Pacific. We, the audience who loved him, asked, "what are you doing????" This was a moment so out-of-character from what we'd seen previously, but the show did a great job of demonstrating the psychotic break—the PTS—that we are reminded that things happen emotionally/mentally to people at war. This actually, to me, felt very real; very true-to-life. And it had fallout.
It had consequences that the show didn't shy away from. There was no eleventh hour save. There was no ill-advised, short-sighted rescue. There was a young man who saw the trouble he caused, and the one way to keep peace, and there was no going around it. So they moved the story forward, in the only way it could go. It was brilliant.
I know I need to read more, to fully understand the story they are crafting, but I am loving it.
I can't wait to see the repercussions this has; how it affects each character. It will be major, and I want to see the immediate and I want to see how it lingers. Since Bellarke is a thing that is definitely going to happen, I hope they keep it at a slow-burn, though this incident could push them closer together. Bellamy has been giving good hugs, and supported everyone going through stuff (he's everyone's big brother because he's the only big brother), which may have prepared him for these repercussions, but I hope there's still an obstacle between him & Clarke. My favorite part of Battlestar Galactica was how Lee & Kara repelled and attracted each other equally, like magnets. I really hope Bellarke are like magnets. It's always a great story to watch.
Why can't it be January 21st already??? Also, tell your friends to watch this show. They won't regret it.