The 100: Series 3

The third series pushed things a lot harder, with Clarke pushed to the edge after her devastating decision in the last episode of series 2. I thought that Bellamy’s change of loyalty was a bit contrived but the other characters like Jasper and Monty were really pushed to the limit in a believable way.

Azgeda

The Ice Nation were the key antagonists for the first half of the series, driving a wedge between the Ark survivors and Trikru, with whom they had an alliance. One of the most powerful clans, they sought to take command from Lexa until she killed their queen. 

Pike and Farm Station

The next set of antagonists came from within. The survivors of Farm Station crashed in Azgeda territory and had a brutal fight to survive. This fight hardened those left, including Christopher Pike and Monty’s mother. Pike swayed Arkadia’s populace into voting him Chancellor and he took action against the Grounders, believing that wiping them out was the only way to survive.

Luna and Floukru 

We finally got to see Luna and the boat clan who’ve been hinted at since the first series. Living on an oil rig they are lead by Luna, who rejected the path of the Commander, choosing to live in isolation. When Clarke asked her to take the flame she refused after seeing the violence brought about by fighting ALIE.

Polis

We finally got to see Grounder city in this series. Set amid the remains of a city devastated by Nuclear war it’s one tower served as Lexa’s throne room, where the coalition was headed. The city also served as a trading hub where the different clans came together.

ALIE and ALIE 2.0

ALIE was an artificial intelligence created by Becca to save humanity. Deciding that the problem was ‘too many people’s she accessed Earth’s military networks and initiated a nuclear war that reduced the population to a handful of survivors. Her creator’s response was to create a new AI that fused with a human, making its needs the same as humanity’s. Becca fused the AI to herself and rallied the survivors – becoming the first Commander. When ALIE took control of the populations of both Polis and Arkadia, using the network City of Light which eliminated pain if users relinquished control, Clarke temporarily became Commander and finally removed the threat.

Clarke’s victory looks to be short lived as ALIE revealed another impending Nuclear meltdown in her final bid for control.

The Force Awakens: Characters (3)

Finn 

Species: Human
Sex: Male 

Homeworld: Unknown 

Occupation: Stormtrooper turned Resistance fighter 

FN-2187 was the designation given to a child taken from his family at birth then raised and indoctrinated to fight for the First Order.

When training in battle simulations he was praised for his combat effectiveness but criticised for prioritizing his squad mates lives ahead of the mission. Eight-Seven had a range of mission experiences from storming a New Republic outpost to working sanitation on Starkiller base.

His squad was deployed to Jakku, shocked by the death of his comrades he saw and refused to participate in the slaughter of civilians. Fearful of being discovered he rescued Poe Dameron, who gave him the name Finn and crashed on Jakku.

Believing Poe to be dead he made his way to Niima outpost where he ran into Poe’s droid BB-8 and Rey. When the First Order assaulted the outpost they escaped on the Millennium Falcon encountering Han Solo, death gangs and nearly being consumed by Rathtars in the process.

After safely arriving on Takodana Finn planned to hide in the Outer Rim but returned to the fight when Rey was kidnapped. He gave vital Intel to the Resistance before returning to Starkiller base to rescue Rey. He forced Captain Phasma to lower the shields then helped critically damage the thermal oscillator with Rey. 

After witnessing Kylo Ren kill Han he ran into the woods with Rey. After battling Kylo Ren he was seriously injured and is currently undergoing surgery at Resistance headquarters. 

You can read about Finn’s time as a Stormtrooper in Before the Awakening 

Doctor Who: New series, new species part 56

Sandmen

When the Doctor described this monster as ‘sentient sleep dust’ I honestly thought he was joking! The walking CG zombies were suitably scary and the whole transmission thing was cool, but the whole concept was ridiculous even by  Who standards.
Sandmen was the given name of a dangerous side effect of the Morpheus project which helped people live without sleep. Collective sleep dust accumulated and gained sentience – able to appear as humanoid forms or even completely human. More dangerously they were able to transmit the process that created them as information.