Remember when all the Hundred had to deal with was CGI meat, child murderers and psychedelic nuts? Remember when our beloved characters had love lives without their significant others turning into zombies, and experienced regular teen emotions like being mad at your mom for getting your dad killed?
Those idyllic memories seem like a long time ago, don’t they? Glowing butterflies, art supply stores, two headed deer, ATOM… remember that guy? What I’m saying is, a lot of shit has happened in a short amount of time. This show has taken us on a glorious, violent, ridiculous ride, and I never, ever want to get off. What other show can have an episode where it slows things down to check in on our characters emotional state, while also providing death, mayhem, and beautiful, beautiful plot development?
Lincoln is a full-blown Reaper! The 48 are hip to the wise! Raven is the coolest! (Oh wait, that was always true, but in this particular case, she figured out how to listen to the Mountain Men).
Speaking of things that were amazing gifts to our eyes, ears and souls: Octavia and Bellamy as buddy cops brings me more joy than I can adequately express. It has been far too long since these two had a proper team-up, and all I can say is, thank you, The 100. Thank you.
Even Jaha served a purpose! An actual, definable purpose! Good for you, buddy!!
Okay, enough jibber-jabber, let’s firstly address the biggest shock of the episode:
A two-day time jump??? That’s huge! Let’s get real for a second – how long has it seriously been since this crazy misadventure began? A month? Six weeks? So much can happen in the span of two days in the world of The 100. I wonder how many people have died in those two days. I wonder how many late-night chats Clarke has shared with Bellamy about how hard it is to be a leader. How many hilarious one-liners from Wick? (Miss you) How many pieces of cake has Japser eaten? I NEED TO KNOW.
Anyway, the episode opened with a brainstorming session that turned into a fun reunion.
The tension was so palpable it could have blown up if one of them sneezed. Luckily these kids don’t get colds. Finn stormed off, and then an angel gifted to us by the Gods strolled up and told Clarke the premise of the episode. Mount Weather is jamming their signals!
They were all set to go on a heroic trip, when look who wanted to join the party:
Abby’s on board!
Meanwhile at Mountain Manor:
As it turns out, the Mountain King is against forcibly taking the blood of teens, while these two jokers are all for it. Have I mentioned how much I love that the characters of this show take permanent residence in the grey area, where no one is 100% good or bad? Oh I have, ad nauseam? Oh. Okay, good.
Jaha told Kane that he’s sure they’ll survive because his dead son told them he has an unfinished to-do list. Okay, buddy! Then some Grounders came in and told them to fight to the death. Just a normal day on The 100!
Oh, and the “commander” left behind a meek, quiet and scared Grounder girl to babysit. You know, because those exist.
The Mountain King asked Jasper to rally the troops into being human blood filters, which sounded like a hoot!
Meanwhile, Finn was throwing a hissy.
Then acid fog descended! Yay! I was wondering when we were going to see this horrific delight again. Oh, and Abby noticed that two very attractive siblings were missing.
The guards caught up with our buddy cops, and then so did the acid fog. Octavia followed the scuttling bugs (no thank you) to a door, and they all lived happily ever after. Well, except for this guy:
Meanwhile, in the bunker:
It was a corpse, you guys. A CORPSE. I guess Finn didn’t think to clean up after himself after brutally murdering this fellow. A tarp isn’t going to cut it, Finn! He gave her back her watch, and when she asked where he got it, he motioned to the CORPSE and said, “it was around his neck.” Way to ruin the moment, Finn!
Back at Mountain Manor, Maya gave Monty and Jasper a fun little peep show.
Jasper and Monty know about the Grounder blood-a-thon!
“Why are you showing us this?” – “Because I’m afraid you’re next.” Daaaaaaaamn.
You guys, real talk, Eve Harlow has a quirky charm that I find very captivating. I’m glad Maya turned out to be cool, because I want her to stick around. You hear that, writers? YOU HEAR THAT?
Back in their cosy tent, the awesome team-up of Abby and Raven listened to the Mountain Minions confess to using the fog as a weapon. This of course brought up the age old question – find your peeps, or know thy enemy?
Raven is quickly becoming the Daryl to Clarke’s Rick, and I am lapping it up like it’s the last pint of ice cream on earth. This is a partnership I can get behind!
Back in the parking garage, Red Shirt Guard found a new toy.
That guard got eaten up like he was a box of girl guide cookies at a marijuana convention!
Then they ran into Octavia’s old flame, and things got a little awkward.
Lincoln attacked them and Octavia shot him! Then the two buddy cops scampered off to hide in a car.
Back in the Grounder prison, Kane had enough of this storyline, and decided to end it by ending his life.
Then he cut his wrist! I guess Kane never took health class, because he did not do a very good job at killing himself. Not two minutes later, he was totally fine.
Love it. I just love it. Man, those Grounders are crafty! She decided to let Kane live (probably because he’s so dreamy), and to use Jaha to send a message.
Meanwhile, Octavia and Bellamy were solving their predicament.
They’re going to bring Lincoln back to the camp! He’ll probably be fine after a detox. Somebody get him some lemon ginger tea, stat.
Back in the bunker, Clarke and Finn had a heart to heart.
This scene was hauntingly beautiful. These kids have been nearly destroyed by the shit that’s gone down, and this show isn’t afraid to let us stew in it. Also, Thomas McDonell was killing it this episode (pun intended).
Back at Mountain Manor, Monty and some others volunteered to give blood in order to buy them some time.
The Mountain King is on to his son, and gave him a little pep talk that went a little something like, “don’t be a psycho, or I will literally kill you.” How quaint! I wonder how their Thanksgiving dinners go.
Anyway, everyone reunited, including this guy!
Ohhhhhhhh, okay! The awesome new Grounder lady said she was going to use Jaha to “send a message”, she meant she was going to literally give him a message. Haha, got it!
Well, guys, this was a pretty darn great showing of our beloved teen adventure. Relationships were forged and torn apart, the plot hurtled forward, and all of our favourites got to come out and play. (The only thing missing was Wick – where you at, friend?)
This show continues to tackle the effects of a bat-shit world on the delicate human psyche, and it is a beautiful delight to watch.
- If anyone was planning to photoshop buddy cop movie posters to include Octavia and Bellamy, might I suggest some favourites: Lethal Weapon, Big Trouble in Little China, Tango and Cash, Turner and Hooch, The Heat, 48 Hours, Stakeout, and Bad Boys. Thanks in advance!
- Mount Weather crashed the Exodus ship. That part was kind of glossed over, but what an amazingly dark and horrifying detail!
- “Without the treatments, we all die. What are we supposed to do?” “Die.” – Monty the Magnificent for the win!
- What do you think Clarke and Finn did in the bunker that whole time? Staring contests? Eye spy? Thumb wars?
- So, how did everyone handle the week off? Did you cry into your tub of strawberry yogurt all Wednesday night, staring at the sky, whispering all the character names? No? Oh. *clears throat* Me either.
See you next week for some more crushing emotional drama and thrilling violence!
[Originally Posted December 2014 on tv.com]