My word! Does anyone else feel like they need medical attention? My heart was pounding very hard, and it’s not just because the elevator in my building is broken and my body is allergic to exercise. With the amount of times I screamed “no!”, or “oh shit!” or, “Lord have mercy!”, my neighbours probably thought I was being murdered. Not a one checked on me, though. You guys, are my neighbours total dicks?
First things first, let’s address the bulging, raging, most awesome moment of this episode, which is when (I can’t believe I get to write this), our heroes were ATTACKED BY A GIANT GORILLA. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YOU GUYS. I screamed, and then thrust my fist into the air in glorious triumph because NOTHING CAN BEAT THE ABSURD INTENSITY OF THIS MOMENT. It was a MUTATED GORILLA, you guys. I’m not sure if my all-caps is clear enough, but I loved it. A GORILLA.
If that wasn’t enough to put this episode into my top 10 (which is super hard because of the consistent mind-blowing awesomeness of this television program), then the unlikely pair-ups and crazy WTF plot developments were. So many friendships were forged! We got Octavia/Kane, Clarke/Lexa *swoon*, Bellamy/Lincoln, Octavia/Indra, and Beautiful Creepster/Jaha.
Regardless of whether or not you like Jaha (have I mentioned that I don’t?), it’s always nice to shake things up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I spent the majority of their scenes screaming at Jaha to stop sucking my Beautiful Creepster into his black hole of lameitude, but hey, at least the lighting was cool.
Let’s jump into this recap like a nice, cool, GORILLA PIT.
Bellamy and Lincoln were on their way to Reaperville, but in what would become a habit of the episode, one character made another character stop walking so they could talk. I mean… they could walk AND talk, right? There seemed to be some urgency, so maybe they SHOULD keep walking, but whatever.
Bellamy has not had great luck with his bromances. First Murphy went a little bonkers, then Finn went A LOT bonkers. But things will be different with Lincoln… right? Anyway, Lincoln told a great story about having to kill his pet Sky Person, which resulted in the great line: “The world has been trying to turn me into a monster for as long as I can remember.” CHILLS.
Then we cut to Ark Camp where there was a 90s music video being shot.
This entrance was so uber-cool it made me want to stand up and pose. It was a tense moment, which Jaha (EYE ROLL) couldn’t wait to comment on.
Ugh. This guy’s attitude is the stinky pits and I audibly groan every time he’s on screen. MOVING ON.
Because this is The 100, the tension rose into some kerfuffling.
A Grounder was particularly mad at our Beautiful Creepster because he let his whole village die, blah blah blah. Then they all fought like two baseball teams rushing the field.
Meanwhile, Clarke was rabble rousing with the Grounder Think-Tank, with the radio softly filling in the awkward silences.
This dude was pissed because Clarke set his brother on fire. Um, hello, that was LAST SEASON man, get a grip. For real, though, one of the many things I love about this show is that it doesn’t drop plotlines. Yes, there’s an alliance, but nothing will be easily forgotten.
Maybe more importantly, Lexa decided to take off her batman mask this week, and I was loving it. This girl is so foxy.
Meanwhile, Bellamy and Lincoln were having a bro-chat about what the Reaper drug does.
And they were off!
Oh, and I guess I should mention…
DO WE HAVE TO????
Ugh, anyway. Then this happened.
A mutated gorilla tore Burne’s arm off. THIS SHOW.
Then this dude caught up to Clarke.
Lexa agreed with Clarke and offered her “the kill”. Clarke was like, “maybe later?” but then they heard the rumblings of something a-commin’, so Lexa CUT HIS KNEE OUT and they skedaddled, ending up in a “feeding ground” with this guy.
YES. Just… *happy sigh* yes.
They ran away, and I guess because Lexa never learned to tuck and roll, she hurt her ankle and THE GORILLA got her.
Clarke shot at it and they managed to safely lock themselves into a cell.
Back in the most frustrating sub-plot since Lee Adama stopped being a fighter pilot to be a lawyer, Jaha and the Beautiful Creepster were being creepy at each other.
Meanwhile, Octavia had been itching to get into a fight like a little sibling who would honestly act like a table and let her older siblings have lunch on her back in order to feel included (I am NOT talking from experience, okay?!?) Anyway, Kane was 100% fine with it.
Unsurprisingly, Octavia got her ass handed to her, but she took it like a champ. And Indra was into it!
I believe you can get me through the niiiiiiiiiight!
Speaking of the glorious sparks of lady friendship, Lexa was telling Clarke that she’s not dark enough, and Clarke was all, “nuh uh!”
Clarke let the GIANT KILLER GORILLA in and they snuck out like they were in an episode of Ugly Betty.
In the spirit of more glorious female friendship, Indra tagged Octavia for the Grounder sorority.
I love everything about this development. I loved both their performances, I loved the writing, I loved their chemistry, and I honest to goodness can’t wait to see how this develops. Also, props to Marie Avgeropoulos for speaking like her mouth hurts.
It was tough to go from something so wonderful, to this:
I have nothing more to say about that.
In the Reaper labyrinth, Lincoln came across an almost-empty vial of red kool-aid, and almost turned back.
Then, in a GORGEOUS scene (I mean seriously, what is this, Fern Gully? This was so aesthetically pleasing!), Lexa was all, “okay, so maybe Dark Clarke isn’t the best and normal Clarke is” (I may be paraphrasing). Is this the end of the “love is for chumps” storyline? It would certainly be in true The 100 fashion to cycle through a common genre trope in just one episode.
Anyway, they came up with a plan.
Speaking of Bellamy, he was all set to be a triumphant hero, until he hit a snag.
AHHHHHHAND THEN BELLAMY GOT KNOCKED OUT IN HIS UNDERWEAR (how embarrassing). DAMMIT, LINCOLN. That’s the last time they invite him on an Adventure Squad! (For real, though – this was an important commentary on the hold a drug addiction can have on a person).
WHOOOO LORDY. That was a doozy. Yes, I had my gripes about this episode, but even I have to admit that there are interesting possibilities in Jaha’s storyline. Do I ever see myself caring about him? No. Will his ill-fated adventure broaden the scope of this terrifically violent fictional world? Yes, it’s bound to. I would still rather see The Beautiful Creepster interacting with the Adventure Squad, but I suppose I’ll take whatever screen time he can get.
Real talk, I really, really liked this episode. At this point in the game, we the audience think we know our heroes pretty well. One way to delve deeper into those personalities is seeing how they interact with someone new. This episode brought us more new pairings than we could have hoped for. Now that I’ve gotten a taste, I want more! Octavia and Abby! Lincoln and Raven! Maya and Lexa! I would lap up all the pairings this show can throw at me (except Murphy and Jaha – okay, okay, I’m done!)
All in all, a great showing of our beloved violent teen adventure that (as always) leaves us wanting SO MUCH MORE.
- “Camp You is that way.”
- CGI, I ain’t even mad.
- Kane asked Octavia to be a spy. That will end well, right? Do you think he ran that past Abby first?
- Do you think it’s the sugar in the red kool-aid that makes it so addictive?
- What Bellamy reunion are you most looking forward to? Jasper? Monty? Miller? It’s Miller, isn’t it? Yeah, me too.
- If you heard your neighbour screaming for a solid hour, would you call 9-1-1, or assume they’re watching an awesome show?
OKAY BYE FOR NOW
[Originally Posted January 2015 on tv.com]