The Grounders are coming! The Grounders are coming!
The Grounders are here.
While this episode was essentially one long run through a forest of death, it was surprisingly grounded (see what I did there? Thank you, I’ll be here all night, tip your waitress). The episode wasn’t about saving Octavia, because frankly she was doing an okay job of that herself (way to go!). This hour focused on the relationship between her and Bellamy, and guys, it was a thousand times more compelling than I thought it would be. I knew we were entering into a lens flare episode about a story we already knew, so I was prepared to be a little bored. But you know what, I was anything but!
And of course, because The 100 is a glorious safe-haven for plot forwarding, shit actually happened. This show is going to have to take out a loan, because it’s giving us so many pay offs! (thank you, thank you, try the veal)
I mean, how many episodes did you guys think it was going to take for Raven to find out about Finn’s sex adventure with Clarke? Three? Seven? ONE? One episode, you guys, because The 100 doesn’t mess around.
And neither do I (yes I do, so, so much), so let’s jump in!
We started in a flashback about the start of all this trouble… the birth of Octavia!
I was cringing waiting for the moment when adorable little pre-murder Bellamy would have to jump in there and help (thus taking a good long gander at his mom’s business), but nope! Mamma squeezed a human being out of her and then CAUGHT THE BABY HERSELF. I was both very impressed and suuuuuuuper grossed out. I have never given birth to a child, but I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what child birth is, and I just don’t know if I would have the wherewithal to have that kind of coordination, you know? I can barely hold onto my utensils during proper dinners (when I’m alone I eat with my hands like a barbarian).
He took this inappropriately massive responsibility like a champ and vowed to never let anything bad happen to her. We all know how THAT turned out, don’t we?
Back in the present, Bellamy finally noticed his sister was missing, and went to Clarke for a little sexual tension *cough* help.
She sassed him about the possible deaths of 320 people, but her heart was whispering, “your face is aglow in the firelight”.
Then Octavia awoke in some sort of cave dwelling and made a new friend.
I think this scene was trying to be a fake-out murder, but we all knew better. I mean, you’re not THAT bold, show. Or are you? Oh God, now you’re gonna kill someone awesome just to make me eat my words… please stay away from Raven, show, YOU STAY AWAY FROM RAVEN!
Raven gave Finn a haircut (thank you) and knew that something was up, because Raven ain’t no fool. Finn skedaddled before telling her the truth, and tried to drum up some drama with Clarke.
They all noticed the beautiful light show care of 320 dead bodies, and my heart broke all over again. RIP adorable freckled father… #neverforget
The Adventure Squad was girls vs. boys this week, so Clarke and Raven were going to split off and go find a transwhatsit while the boys went to rescue Octavia.
We cut back to Octavia and her new Grounder pal, who until we learn his actual name, I’m going to call Dave. I love that every time we cut back to her, she’s asleep. Like… she was awake when he found her, right? And she was awake when he healed her? So was he slipping her some chamomile tea in between scenes?
She awoke from her slumber to find that Dave had fixed her leg (did he use a poultice? We all know how much the Grounders love a good poultice), but Octavia didn’t wait around to thank him (rude).
One of the Red Shirts in the Dude Adventure Squad saw a clue at the bottom of a ravine, in the dark. Either this boy is hiding some sort of super power, or he’s been eating A LOT of carrots.
Jasper, being the adorkable hero he is, was the first to follow Bellamy into the unknown abyss. He was getting some serious side-eye from one of the extras. Do you think SHE wants to be the one to save Octavia? Or is Jasper just stepping on her foot?
Anyway, because Finn is a master at tracking (remember guys, he took “Earth Skills 101”), he figured out that Dave took her, and the way he went.
You guys, I don’t know what it is, but I was loving the Dude Adventure Squad. I would NOT mind an epic bromance between Bellamy and LITERALLY ANYONE, but preferably Jasper. Just close your eyes and imagine these two taking walks in the forest, sharing their feelings and tussling just for fun.
Anyway, Octavia was still escaping, carrying around some very threatening antlers, because hahahahha… okay.
She dug her way into a tunnel and started to climb while the Dude Adventure Squad came across a sign.
Then we all got a very valuable lesson in parenting.
After filling Octavia with horrifying imagery and imparting the “slay your demons” wisdom that Bellamy decided right then and there to pass on to any little girls that seem twitchy, she made Octavia get into a little tiny living space that even the Genie from Aladdin would think was too small. Then we learned that she puts out for the guardsman to get tips on inspections and recommendations for her kid. Just overall grade A parenting going on.
After learning that Octavia is now psychologically scarred about small spaces, we cut to her crawling through a small space. *slow clap* This was perfect mirroring, and made me feel things.
Clarke and Raven were headed to the bomb shelter when Raven dared to stop and smell a flower.
Then we got some Raven backstory (which I will never tire of), and her epic tale of love with Finn.
Then we found out that the Grounders are ninjas. One of them swooped down from above, grabbed a Red Shirt and then threw him back minus his throat. It was awesome.
Back in the love bunker, they found a toy with a working whatsit, and Raven found a trinket that looked oddly familiar.
I love that Raven was so distracted by her love woes that she didn’t flinch at the fact that there was a two headed deer.
Then we got some more forest running, and more meaningless but still awesome death!
In flashback land, we learned that Bellamy tried to give his sister a night of fun and freedom. It was some kind of masquerade thing, so she could walk around without anyone recognizing her. It’s like how the Ninja Turtles can go to movies on Halloween.
Then all the youths scampered by and Bellamy gave her the nod to join them.
I think the biggest thing we can take from this is that Bellamy was not always a cock-block. Also, props to this actress for being the most awkward teen in existence, because how else would this girl act?
We cut back to the present where Octavia’s leg was slowing them down.
So he scooped her up like it ain’t no thing and carried her princess-style to his cave dwelling.
He chained her up! Now, we as the audience know it was likely for her own good, so that she didn’t go wandering off and get herself speared. But can we take a quick sec to talk about the fact that this girl was locked up her WHOLE LIFE for her own safety, and now that she finally has some freedom, someone is doing it to her again. UGH, writers, stop making me feel things! (Never stop)
Also, Dave is the best, someone give this guy some lines. I really hope the Grounders learned English from old Saved By the Bell reruns or Sweet Valley High books, because I wanna hear what this guy sounds like SO BAD.
Anyway, the Dude Adventure Squad found their fallen compatriot and Bellamy realized that her death (among countless others) was his fault.
Guys, serious question: how long do you think it took this Red Shirt to perfect this hairdo?
There are MULTIPLE french braids going on here! They don’t have mirrors, right? Anyway, just colour me impressed, extra.
Back in Lens Flare Land, something bad was happening, and I guess instead of ushering the citizens to safety, the guards needed to check all of their IDs? Why? Oh Space Guards, will you crazy kids get anything right? Anyway, Kane’s douchy lackey singled out Octavia.
The guy wasn’t having it, so Octavia ran directly into some other guards. Like, maybe she could have gone the other way? You know what, fine, what’s done is done, no regrets.
Back on Earth, the Dude Adventure Squad found a way to hide from the fog.
But there was no fog! It was all a ruse by Dave!
We checked in on the Lady Adventure Squad and found Raven in a mood.
In our final flashback, we learned who propositioned Bellamy for a little murder!
It’s Kane’s lackey!! Does this mean that Kane set it all up, or is this guy doing nefarious stuff behind his back??
Back in Dave’s sweet pad, he was fiddling with his keys to (probably) let Octavia go, when…
You guys, I was feeling really bad for Dave. Poor guy just wants to make friends, and he gets beat up by his guest, and then a bunch of dudes stroll uninvited into his cave dwelling. Nuh uh. Then to add insult to literal injury, it looks like some guy with a new haircut smelling of two different ladies is trying to steal his acid fog blow horn? I don’t even blame Dave for stabbing him.
If anything, he did him a favour.
Everyone bustled about to save Finn while Bellamy and Octavia aired some life-long pent up grievances.
Stuff was said, side-eye was thrown and feelings were hurt. Just a typical sibling relationship!
Oh man, so much drama! So much danger! So much misunderstanding! The 100 played with our emotions yet again and I ain’t even mad.
It looks like there’s a storm on its way! Are you guys pumped to see how their teen shanty will hold up? I am!
- Do you think Octavia will forgive Bellamy for being a bum-face? He has continually sacrificed literally everything for her, after all.
- Guys, I’m starting to worry about our Beautiful Creepster. Do you think he’s doing okay? Has he built a tree fort and whittled himself some friends? Do you think he still says “excuse me” after burping even though he’s alone?
- Did you guys miss the grown ups this week? Do you think Shenubrious and Abby have told everyone about the fairies they saw? Do you think Kane is scribbling Mr. Abby’s Husband in his notebook and trying to draw what their kids would look like?
- Do you think the extra with the intricate braid somehow smuggled hairspray to Earth? Seriously, how does that thing stay in place??
- Is the Adventure Squad starting to smell, or have they figured out a way to bathe without getting eaten by a giant snake?
- Let’s take a second to recognize the fact that this show has spanned ten days. TEN DAYS. Wells has been dead for what… four days? Octavia and Adam’s love story spanned maybe two days, and his tragic death was maybe four days ago? Clarke and Bellamy mourned the loss of their surrogate child at most a couple of days ago. I have no opinion on this timeline, I just thought it pertinent for us all to keep in mind.
See you next week!!
[Originally Posted April 2014 on tv.com]