the black hole of board games

When I was younger, my mom used to read me a story about a princess in a castle trapped by a dragon, and a prince who always came to rescue her.

Along with this story we sat outside on cloudless nights where we could see the stars, and she taught me that the stars were my dreams and I should wish upon them to make them come true.

We also played board games like candy land, and I was always so excited to make my way to the castle that I cheated a little along the way.

But as I grew up the games began to stop. I learned that my definition of love was obscure and no prince would be coming to save the princess.

I learned that the stars I wished on probably died and my wishes never came true because they were exploding into supernovas and spiraling into black holes with the rest of my hopes and dreams alongside them.

I learned that cheaters never win and maybe the castle is not the destination I really wanted.

I learned that the game of life is a little different from the game I used to play with a board, and maybe I’ve been corrupted, but maybe it’s just the alternate ending where the princess defeats the dragon herself, and makes it out to tell the tale.

—  Cassie Rose

anonymous asked:

Fuck your theory about Lexa's death was so good. could you get more into the similarities between Jaha/ALIE and Clarke/Lexa as possible chess pieces? That shit was so good. Also can you talk a bit more about the difference between ALIE's philosophy and Lexa's? You talked so little about it but it was so interesting. I hope I don't ask for too much!

Ah, sure.

ALIE/Jaha: Biblical narrative and Chess Analogy (connection to Clarke/Lexa).

Like I’ve mentioned before in my last analysis, ALIE and Jaha’s characters have a lot of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland references, but both of them show a specific biblical narrative as well. Moses – Prophet and deliverer of Israel > Jaha – Prophet and deliverer of the City of Light. God > ALIE.

If you ever read the Book of Exodus which tells the biblical narrative of Moses then you know that Moses was born in secret and his mother placed him in an ark to save him from a royal death sentence (because he was too beautiful, those children were not accepted). Much like Moses Jaha lives on an ark, too. Difference though, he is not a secret, but he is about to die.

As you know, Jaha is the only one left on the Ark after helping Kane, Abby and everyone else get down to earth via the Ark/Exodus ship. He loses contact to them very quickly and he takes this as a sign that this is the end for him, he gives up. Suddenly though, he hears a baby crying. Jaha finds a baby that probably resembles Wells when he was a baby himself along with a black Knight chess piece (why Knight I’ll explain later)

Due to Jaha’s heavy connection to religious believes he takes this as a sign to not give up and die on the Ark but follow his fate, get down to earth and find the City of Light.

This could just be me reaching, but I think that ALIE did that. She does have control over the technical systems all over the world and probably even in space, so there is a possibility that she projected the baby onto the ark, and since Jaha couldn’t make a distinction between what’s real or not, as he was delusional due to sleep deprivation etc. he actually starts to believe that the baby is really there and is therefore even more determined to get down to earth. Remember when I said that ALIE can emotionally manipulate people? Jaha just lost his son. So, why not try to get down to earth with a baby that resembles your son that you couldn’t save? Fuck you, ALIE. And it’s crazy because the baby even disappears when Jaha makes it to the missle that brings him down to earth. He got played so hard.

Anyway. So Jaha makes it down to earth with the help of an inactive nuclear missle and interestingly his first station is a desert. And the thing is that I don’t just see this as a reference to Moses who’s journey starts in Egypt, crosses the river (much like Jaha) to get to his destination (City of Light) or that this is Jaha’s version of chasing the white rabbit down the hole (Alice’s adventures in Wonderland > white rabbit = ALIE plus her white Light house) but also to the chess game.

If you look at the opening you will find this particular scene:

Alright, so this is the desert where Jaha crashes, his first station. his Egypt. What’s really interesting to me are the lines on the ground. They kind of resemble a board of a chess game. Which brings me back to Jaha’s chess piece.

The second time we see the piece is in this scene:

Okay, two things:

Why a black chess Knight?

In my last analysis I said that Jaha is the black Knight and ALIE the black King. And the reason for my thoughts are actually quite simple.

As I’ve mentioned in my analysis, in chess the King is only able to make one move in any direction per round. Why is ALIE the King? Because ALIE is unable to move since she is only a projection and doesn’t act in the physical realm, she can’t touch things, oversees a lot of things, so she can’t really reach her goal without someone else’s help (like in the past). Here’s the special thing about the King. The King can make a special move called “castling” which allows it to move another chess figure, usually a rook. Jaha is her rook just in the form of the Knight, and she casts that special move on him when he is alone on the Ark. And it’s so interesting and logical because in chess the Knight is the only figure that can leap over other figures and that is exactly what ALIE needs. Someone who is able to move to the places that she cannot reach. Jaha carries her in the form of the computer (see 3x02) so ALIE does make one move per round. Her first move is when she enters the boat herself in 3x02.

Would a Knight be enough though? No. And this is where the outcast Grounders come in. The outcast Grounders live in the Dead Zone (see the picture above from the opening, that is the Dead Zone.) and they are technology scavengers. Why do they collect technology? Because of ALIE. And how do the outcast Grounders connect to the Chess Analogy? They are the pawns in ALIE’s game.

The very interesting thing about pawns is that they are not just able to make one move either forward or advance two squares along the same file, but that they can capture an opponent’s piece as well. My guess is that the opponent’s piece is a reference to the technology that the outcast Grounders collect “capture” in the Dead Zone for ALIE. And it’s weird because it seems that the outcast Grounders don’t even know what they are collecting it for because they don’t know where the City of Light IS, and probably don’t even know WHO ALIE IS.

My guess is that they are doing it for religious reasons. It’s like an “offering”. Offer technology to the unknown God that you can’t see (ALIE) and you might save yourself from a cruel fate and get a ticket to the City of Light. Sienne, the woman on the picture above, for example wants to save her son Zoran from the cruel fate to get killed since he is born with a deformation on his face, most certainly due to radioactivity, which is seen as something bad in her clan because it “stains” their bloodline. This also connects to the biblical narrative of Moses mother who was afraid her son would get killed because he was too beautiful (as I mentioned in the beginning) so she hides him. Sienne fears for her son’s live because he is deformed, she hides him as well. Nice parallel.

How does this all connect to Clarke and Lexa?

We actually see Clarke play chess once in season one (1x03) together with Wells.

Okay, I really tried to see which figure Clarke moves in this scene and I think it is the Queen. Ignore the fact that Clarke plays with the black figures.

Remember when I said in my last theory that I think that Clarke might be the white Knight and Lexa the white King? I thought this through again and I think that Clarke actually represents the white Queen and Lexa the white Knight!

We have already figured out how the Knight works in the game. But what about the Queen? In chess the Queen is the most powerful figure in the game. She can move any numbers of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Another thing is that the Gueen can team up with a either a bishop or a rook so they can guard each other while threatening the opponent pieces. And this is so fucking mind-blowing because I said that ALIE (the black chess King) can make a special move where she is able to move another figure, usually a rook. The rook exists in the form of a Knight in the universe of The 100 (Jaha AND Lexa)

Do you see what I see?!

If Clarke is the white chess Queen and Lexa the white chess rook just in the form of the Knight you get the connection to the spoilers from Vancouver where Clarke and Lexa are in the City of Light. They team up and guard each other! Lexa probably follows Clarke into the City of Light because Clarke will probably be forced to take the blue microchip that takes you there, and since Lexa is Clarke’s Knight (bow/vowing scene!) she can’t do anything else but follow Clarke and save her Queen! This is their special connection, and it is so damn interesting because of how these characters started out and where they are now!

Fucking hell, honeslty, when I figured this out I lost my shit. And I really hope that this is true because this would be such a crazy reference to the chess game!

And what is even more amazing is this parallel: 1x03 vs. 2x04

This brings me to two things:

The Rise and Reign of Clarke as the white chess Queen.

ALIE’s philosophy of ‘Enlightment’ vs. Lexa’s philosophy of ‘free-will’ and parts of ‘human nature’.

Honestly, Clarke has one of the best character developments in the show. What is clear to me is that Clarke is literally born to be a leader, everyone knows that. She is made for this. And it is so fascinating to me because she is only 18 years old but has got so much fire already. She is fucking intelligent, calculated, doesn’t hesitate when making decisions, doesn’t fear anything but takes action, offers so much love, makes mistakes and learns, holds grudges and forgives and she is so fierce, wild, and loyal and dedicated to her people that she even puts them before/above her own life. Clarke starts out strong and gets weaker over the course of the show because she gets attacked, especially emotionally. She experiences so much in so little time, she loses focus on everything for a moment in her life (end of season two - Lexa broke her; beginning of season three - Lexa will heal her), and it’s such a hard process because Clarke matures so quickly, but she stays so true to herself. She is, much like Lexa, so human and perfect and flawed and she aches really fucking aches to save her people and to bring them freedom and justice (JUST LIKE LEXA) And this is so amazing because you can’t ignore the master-mind that she is and how she is able to understand, fully grasp what Lexa has been trying to teach her since day fucking one! They fit so well together, like a goddamn puzzle. It is so awesome because Lexa teaches her (and this is why I put in the Wells/Jaha parallel) how long time-strategy works AND how that will save her people.

“To lead well, you must make hard choices.” - Lexa

“Victory stands on the back of sacrifice.”- Lexa

“Sometimes, you have to concede a battle to win a war.” - Lexa

“Plans don’t last very long in battle.” - Lexa

“This is war. People die.” - Lexa

“Don’t let emotions stop you now.” - Lexa

“We do what we must to survive. The enemy does the same. It’s not personal.” - Lexa

“I do care, Clarke, but I made this choice with my head and not my heart.” - Lexa

Do you see how important Lexa’s character is for Clarke’s growth?! Do you see how deep their bond goes when it comes to trust and love?! This is the indication that Lexa is not only vital for the overall understanding of the show and it’s philosophy, but also so fucking vital for Clarke, that Clarke would not be who she is today/who she will be in the future! This is all so important. Lexa’s betrayal was cruel. IT WAS. But it is also a lesson for Clarke. Things are not always easy, not everyone can be saved, but if you can stop a lot of bloodshed you will make choices that might hurt others as well. Clarke has the capability to process and heal. She is that strong. And it all connects so well if you think about that Lexa’s philosophy fights against ALIE’s, because ALIE completely dismisses Lexa’s state of mind.

ALIE is the embodiment of Enlightment while Lexa is the embodiment of free-will/human nature.

Like I said in my analysis, ALIE is able to understand the human mind > Enlightment: almightiness of human knowledge; reject tradition, institutions, thoughts; search for a practical (scientific!) useful knowledge as the power to control nature.

Lexa is able to understand human life in general > free-will: capacity of rational thought; choose a course of action from among various alternatives; condition of guidance/accomplishments; valueing love and friendship; distinction between freedom of action and freedom of will.

This is why I don’t believe that Lexa will die. Lexa has the ability to choose. She either decides with her head or her heart. She is a damn visionary, and she will not fall. Clarke and Lexa’s very special bond is what will save everyone.