Well, THAT happened.
The 100 has never been afraid to go there. This week it went there, caused a scene, made out with someone else’s boyfriend and threw a martini in his face. What I’m saying is, shit got real. Then it got real-er.
My precious Raven got slapped. Lincoln is a drug-addict, and as for Finn, well, you know you’ve jumped off the very deepest end when Murphy is the voice of reason. Oh, and you murder a peaceful village. I think that’s a sign too.
Holy cannoli, you guys. This episode was upsetting and awesome and dark and awesome.
Human Trials began directly after the tragic loss of our brave, beautiful, tracker-biting Anya (I don’t want to talk about it!). Captain Frownsy dragged Clarke into Arc Camp, and we got (one of) the reunions we’ve all been waiting for!
Let’s not forget that Clarke has thought her mother was dead since the fiery inferno of season 1 (so what was that.. two weeks ago?).
Frownsy McDumb-Dumb came in to apologize for killing “the grounder” (aka – the greatest friendship that has ever graced our eyeballs and listening holes), and for taking Clarke hostage.
Ugh, this lady. Abby essentially told her to eff the eff off, then Clarke finally got some good news.
In an very beautiful scene, Clarke broke down and confessed what a shitty day she was having. When it comes down to it, we all just want our mums to give us hugs! Kudos to Paige Turco for kissing Eliza’s gooey, disgusting forehead and not wincing. I wonder if she tasted that for the rest of the day.
Back at Mountain Manor, Jasper had been summoned by the creepiest creepster to ever creep.
Don’t act like you guys weren’t thrilled to see this amazingly creepy maybe-villain. He informed Jasper that Clarke had run off (truth), and abandoned them (truth), and that she’s a crazy lady who doesn’t appreciate what she’s given, and there is no other reason she may have left (lie). He also dropped the offer that Jasper could go after her himself. WHAT GAME ARE YOU PLAYING AT, MOUNTAIN KING?
Back in FernGully, Kane was taking a moment to plant a tree for his dead mom (where’d he get the tree? Did he bring it with him? Did he find it, uproot it, and plant it again?) You know what, I don’t care. Love this guy!
The grumpy grounder was refusing a basic human need for survival, so Kane stepped in.
Kane used his charisma to get him to drink, and off they went!
Back at Arc Camp, Clarke awoke and had a hilarious reaction to Abby as chancellor.
Hahaha, love it. Clarke has zero respect for her mom.
Then a great noise swept the universe as every shipper in the world all squealed at once:
They assessed how many of their close personal friends were dead, and how many were just in terrible, mortal danger. I love this show!
Meanwhile, Finn and the Beautiful Creepster found the camp that one-eyed-Willy had drawn a map to, and deciphered it was full of the really old and really young.
When the Beautiful Creepster pointed out that the camp seemed pretty peaceful and nice, Finn’s reaction was, “how much ammo do we have?” Yikes, Finn. Just… yikes.
Meanwhile, in Reaper boot camp:
This guy is fooling no one. He shot up Lincoln with some sinister looking liquid, and sauntered out all, “have a good trip!”.
In a super official meeting involving people we barely know, Abby made a decision.
Of course, these teens don’t take orders from nobody!
With a little help from Raven and Wick (heart you), they were off!
Back at Mountain Manor, Monty the Magnificent and Jasper were having a debate on whether or not to go after Clarke when Jasper’s girlfriend interrupted with some drama.
Ugh, girls, right? Always me, me me.
In what was an obvious trap / set-up, Maya’s face almost melted off, and Evil Cylon Doctor implored Jasper to help.
Take note, villains everywhere, this is how manipulation is done.
While this was happening, Clarke and Bellamy were having a nice fireside chat about the fact that she closed the dropship door on him.
This scene was pretty great in that it showcased what these two do best: lead. The theme of their friendship is supporting each other through tough decisions, and that’s what they did. Oh, and Bellamy let her know that Finn is crazy now, and she was all, “who?” and he was like, “for real, though.” And she was all, “naaawwww” and he just nodded, and was like, “seriously.” I may be paraphrasing.
Back in Crazy Town, Finn decided to create a diversion by setting the peaceful village’s food supply on fire.
I agree, Murphy. I agree.
Back at Mountain Manor, Jasper was getting shot up with Maya’s blood, and Monty was not happy about it. Evil Doctor Cylon told him to skedaddle, but he was doing no such thing.
Monty for President of the Universe.
Then Abby had a little chat with the most perfect specimen man has ever produced.
Paige Turco deserves so many high fives for the look of utter defeat, anger and exhaustion all tied into one. You could see her regret the instant she slapped Raven, and it was marvelous.
Meanwhile, Kane told his peeps to hit the road, because if the plan goes badly, he should be the only one who dies.
Haha, Grumpy Grounder hitting Kane from behind without even looking was awesome. Never change, The 100. Kane was thrown into a dungeon (subway?), where he met his new cellmate.
Back at Reaper Boot Camp, Lincoln was pitted against another recruit for the sweet nectar of Reaper Drugs.
Lincoln won. Obviously.
Of course the creepy Reaper Boot Camp leader is the Mountain King’s son! OF COURSE he is! Mountain King wasn’t pleased they went behind his back, and he’s onto Evil Cylon Doctor about the total set up of Maya. Mountain King be having qualms, ya’ll. Dimensions!
Back at Looneyville, Finn was running around the camp like a kid who just sneaked a gulp of his dad’s coffee. He found clothes from the Hundred, which lead him to believe that the peaceful village had killed them all. It seemed as though the Finn we grew to know and like had slipped into another dimension and popped out this insane version of himself. One of the grounders tried to escape, sparking an all-out massacre, witnessed by the Adventure Squad.
You guys, this was a great episode of our beloved violent teen adventure. It touched on all of the moving pieces on the board, and never felt muddled or disjointed. It also brought some of those moving pieces together, which will always make my heart leap.
There were a lot of emotional outbursts / breakdowns this episode. Clarke finally cried about all the shit she’s been through, Octavia snuggled into her brother’s arms crying, and Abby lashed out at our precious Raven. We’re getting to see the effects of this crazy-ass world on our characters. Not everyone can be strong all the time, and every so often it’s rather beautiful to see those walls fall.
Which brings me to my next point. The 100 has one of the best ensemble casts on television. These people bring it every week, making us believe their peril, distress and (ever so briefly), joy. This episode specifically brought these talent to light, and I tip my hat you all.
- You may have noticed the pictures look different for this recap. WELL, I was also recapping Sleepy Hollow at the time, using this font, and I forgot to switch it over for this episode. What’s done is done!
- I know I used it, but “real-er” is not a word. Do not try it at home.
- The Mountain King is unsure about using the 48. Do we have yet another “villain” sitting in the grey area? I think so!
- I think the show is trying to make up for Anya’s death by giving us a pretty great fall-back lady friendship with Raven and Clarke. It’s working.
- I made fun, but I truly did love the reunion of Clarke and Bellamy. Regardless of what ship you may or may not be sailing on, those two together is always more entertaining than those two apart.
- Clean faces! There were clean faces everywhere! Even Finn and the Beautiful Creepster had time to splash themselves in a pond.
- I was expecting more of a mourning period for Anya until I remembered that her epic friendship with Clarke was mainly in my head. I guess I can’t be mad about that. EXCEPT I AM! #NeverForget
- What’s a better romantic gesture, a blood transfusion, or murdering a peaceful village?
[Originally Posted November 2014 on tv.com]