Well guys, another episode of The 100 has torpedoed into our lives, and it left sand, tubes of blood, and imaginary babies in its wake. This episode had its literal ups and downs (get it, because Jaha went from space to earth, and space is up and the earth is down and it’s very late right now and I ate too many mints).
There was some very awesome stuff going on. Miller’s back! Anya’s in a cage! We have a bitchin’ new Grounder leader! The beetle-cure is PINK!
However, this episode didn’t make my skin tingle the way The 100 usually does, and I’ll tell you why. I just do not give two hoots about Thelonious Jaha. I’m so over him that I learned his name and spelled it right. I’M SORRY, OKAY. In my heart, Jaha’s story ended in the season 1 finale. No amount of imaginary babies, broken space suits or miraculous rocket-rides are going to change that. Who knows, maybe he’ll turn into the coolest, badassiest characters on the show and I’ll eat my hat. But as of right now, I’m very, very sorry, but no thank you.
Luckily the other stuff was awesome enough to keep my eyes glued to my TV screen. Let’s get to it!
The episode began with a delightful chat between Kane and Bellemy.
You guys, Kane was being very mean, and Bellamy’s feelings were hurt. Just look at him! I guess there were extra bullets in the bunker, so Bellamy is a bad leader for not finding them. Ugh, Kane, remember when you murdered 320 people for no reason? Go suck an egg.
They brought Murphy to help Bellamy pass the time, and then some noob shot into the woods because he saw movement. But that’s not the important thing we took from this scene:
I love this show.
We checked in on Mountain Manner, where we were treated to a familiar face.
Miller hasn’t had oodles of screen-time, but almost every line he’s had has been chock-full of sass, and I love it. Welcome back, Miller! Pull up a bunk-bed.
An alarm went off, so of course Special Agent Clarke needed to know what was going down.
She barged her way into the medical area where she found a body with a gunshot wound. It was the movement from the woods that the noob shot at, you guys! Then a cautionary tale against not wearing sunscreen waltzed in like he owned the place.
But more importantly – new credits! I’m not generally a fan of opening credits. I’m usually watching them thinking, “this is taking away from the time they could be spending having Monty and Jasper high five”, but these credits were relatively short, and rather cool!
At Arc Camp, a badass angel of awesome was making a hard decision.
Correct, Raven! This show is 65% running through a forest. Take that ability out of the equation and you’re essentially dead already.
Octavia awoke to yet another strange Grounder taking care of her.
I did not expect a cure made of beetles to be such a pleasing colour!
Back at Mountain Manor, Clarke was gunning for some GD answers.
The Mountain King expertly deflected her inquiries, and we are left knowing absolutely nothing of value, which was tantalizingly masterful.
Up in space (I genuinely thought I was done with that segway forever), Jaha had chased down an adorable figment of his imagination.
Meanwhile, Abby was plunging a scalpel into our precious, beloved Goddess.
Remember when you couldn’t get through a Season 1 episode without a hurt glance from Raven? And now she’s sucking it up like a champ and going through surgery, AWAKE, without a single reference to her relationship to Finn? Thank you, show. Thank you so, so very much. Also, a million high fives for Lindsey Morgan. This scene was incredible, and her screams of pain will haunt my dreams.
Bellamy and the Beautiful Creepster discussed the merits of buckling under torture, versus not… doing that. It was a teen shanty made of tarps, how much information could Murphy have given the Grounders? Doesn’t Bellamy have more pressing beefs with him? For example, that time he tried to hang him? That’s just off the top of my head.
Then screams echoed from yonder forest, and a grumpy redeemed hero ran to check it out.
Oh no! ‘The Grounders’ hung these dudes from a tree, just like they did with Jasper. Quick, somebody make a poulstice! (Wait… does that mean… was it really the Mountain Men who speared / hung Jasper in episode 1???? The intrigue!)
Meanwhile the Mountain King was acquiescing to Clarke’s request.
They gave her some BS about the bullet wound actually being an arrow wound, and even had a prop to go with their little skit of lies.
Speaking of lies, Kane and Abby had a chat about how he has yet to send out a search party for the missing teens.
I suppose his reasons are legitimate (safety of the rest of the people, blah blah blah) BUT STILL.
Octavia awoke again to find her new grounder pal packing up camp and giving up on saving Lincoln.
You guys, Octavia is kickass! I know we knew that already, but DAMN, GIRL. That was more than ballsy. That was… like, basket-ballsy. No, bigger than that. It was exercise-ballsy! I’ll even overlook the fact that there were several Grounders behind her.
Back at Arc Camp, Abby was testing to see if Raven had feeling in her feet.
This was a tense moment because she couldn’t feel her left leg, but honestly, all I could think about was how impressive it was that Lindsey Morgan could hold her foot still as that happened. I would NOT have been able to do that! My feet are ticklish as heck!
Lindsey was amazing this episode.
Meanwhile at Mountain Manor, Clarke and Jasper were in disagreement about the pure intentions of their new roommates.
He only had one line in this scene, but Millier KILLED IT. These boys are going to feel pretty darn silly when it’s revealed that Clarke was right the whole time.
Wells! It’s Wells, you guys! It was pretty cool to see him again. Wells, I’m sorry I thought you were a wiener for the majority of your screen time. I hope you’re having a ballin’ time in The 100 Heaven!
Anyway, Jaha realized that the baby was a hallucination (obvs). Then hallucination Wells gave him a pep talk about surviving and my eyes will never be the same because I rolled them so hard. Jaha’s whole thing has been that he wants to die so he can see his son again, so I doubt his subconscious would present itself like this. STOP GIVING ME THAT LOOK I AM JUST SAYING.
Back at camp, Finn broke Bellamy out of “jail” so they could go rescue the others.
And they did. Yay!
Clarke saw the sun-burn dude, who had miraculously healed, and decided she needed a trip to medical. Only problem is, only patients get into medical.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NO THANK YOU. That made me unbearably uncomfortable. Clarke is a BAMF, but she is also a little crazy, you guys! I love it, don’t get me wrong. Dark Clarke is amazing and I never want her to stop doing insane things.
Speaking of insane things, Octavia’s plan worked!
But then Reapers came, knocked Octavia out and took Lincoln away. Man, these two crazy kids just cannot catch a break!
The Adventure Squad escaped into the forest when they ran into some grown ups. But TWIST, Abby and Miller’s dad were in on it! Man, some parents just GET IT, you know?
Clarke went snooping in medical and, after climbing through an air duct, found that the Mountain Men were BLEEDING the Grounders! And look who was among them:
They have Anya in a cage! IN A CAGE. I was simultaneously filled with rage and joy at seeing our beloved Anya. Dichen Lachman is the coolest and I am VERY pumped for her and Clarke to team up and take over Mountain Manor.
This episode may have been a little too heavy on the Jaha for my liking, but I am LOVING where the story is heading. This show continues to surpass any and all expectations. Keep it coming!
- Did you guys miss the mutated man this week? I sure did. I shall call him Frederick.
- Isaiah Washington is a good actor, and I feel bad that I don’t find his character the least bit interesting, but I just don’t.
- Where do you think he landed? Is his story arc this season going to be a Gilligan’s Island type deal?
- What are you more excited for, the obvious Bellamy/Finn bromance brewing, or the sisterhood of the traveling jacket starting between Clarke and Anya?
- “Maya, top of the morning… is a dumb thing to say that I saw in an old movie once.” – Oh Jasper, never change!
[Originally Posted October 2014 on tv.com]