since they’ve decided to bring it back, here’s everything wrong with Clarke’s List as brought to you by your local salty scientist, because it’s ruining my suspension of disbelief.
(not character bashing. possibly fueled by me once having really wanted to be a midwife and therefore creating an au verse to fill that need in show)
- first and foremost, the Jaha > Monty clusterfuck. There absolutely should be doubles of essential personnel especially when the most experienced person is a) as old as Jaha b) as spiteful as Jaha and c) when the alternate (Monty) clearly has demonstrated the ability to surpass Jaha in skill at such a young age. They both ought to have been on that list.
- adsladskj MONTY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE ON THE LIST. Clarke is one of the first people to sing his praises of being both a farmer and engineer apprentice. It makes zero sense that he wasn’t. They needed at least one agro station teen on this list, why not double down with one who is an genius in another field? I realize now it’s looking like he’s not making it to the bunker, so him and the others better have radio’d the bunker and let Kane know to give other people their spots.
- Favouring the list towards young women of childbearing age and good health. There’s a really dangerous implication lurking under the surface of this. The list as a whole is ageist, ableist and just about every ist you can think of, but what if the women chosen didn’t want to have kids? Her word choice definitely came off as having repopulating the Earth as a goal. Shouldn’t she also have considered keeping established couples, at least to some extent? Because if not, there’s a lot of terrifying room for supporting and mandating sexual violence. Yikes.
- On that note, it sounds like her main motivation for justifying the list are a) maximizing the gene pool and b) using genetic drift to their advantage to rule out negative genetic risks like Harper’s case. As a medical apprentice, it’s pretty sound why this would be the case but Clarke doesn’t practice what she preaches (surprise, that’s her character flaw). If maximizing the gene pool and genetic drift were her goal, she should have excluded multiple relatives from the same family from being on the list. Maybe made an exception with her and Abby being the two main medical staff members. No exceptions other than that, including when it came to our beloved Blakes.
- Adding to that, if Clarke was really trying to ensure the survival of humanity and not just Arkadia or her most immediate faves, she should have been gung-ho about bringing Grounders in from the beginning. Both civilizations have resistance to radiation that they’ve gradually accumulated and passed on to their kids, imagine what a punnet square of radiation resistance for some Grounder-Skaikru grandbabies would look like! Imagine how much less in-fighting there would be if they didn’t kill Lincoln. But Clarke isn’t enthusiastic about bringing Grounders in. She’s playing favorites, just like she has from day one.
- On that note, while they were dealing with the other clans, they should have tried to find the parents of the Nightbloods. The kids weren’t injected with it like Clarke was, which means they had the trait passed down from their parents, which means said parents have the potential to have more Nightblood kids (even if it is rare) and those parents should have been brought to Arkadia / the bunker / the scheme of the week.
- Bias aside, Clarke should have realized that if anyone was going to cause a massive fuss over the List and try to instigate others into fighting it, it would be what’s left of the 100. Sure, she couldn’t know it was going to be Jasper and Monty specifically, but who as systematically be failed by the powers that be? Who has issues with authority since the Ark joined them? Who doesn’t trust the chancellors because of floating relatives or almost themselves? Who has the biggest Us vs Them mentality within Arkadia? The 100. If she wanted to avoid instigating, she should have included as many of them as possible. Would Monty and Jasper still be pissed that she was playing God? Yeah, probably. But would Monty have been motivated enough to have grabbed that speaker if he saw that Harper wasn’t on that list? Probably not.
- I remain convinced Clarke should have known all of this and the show runners didn’t stop to think this through