You guuuuuuuuuuuys…. The 100 has become a giant moral arena and it is MUDDY AS ALL HECK. Who’s good? Who’s bad? No one, that’s who! There are so many blurred edges on this show I’m surprised we can all see straight. Remember when our darling Clarke was all, “I need to make a pulstice,” and now she’s like, “hundreds of people are going to die in front of my very eyes? Must be a Tuesday.”
While Clarke’s moral quandary was certainly the largest shock of the episode, she wasn’t alone. There were more flip-flops than a beachside campfire, and I was loving it! Awesome new Desert Grounder, the Mountain King, even our beloved Raven was all over the map emotionally. *Happy sigh* It just feels good when our favourite shows deliver violence, twists, adventure AND realistic, grounded, flawed, human characters. Oh man, now I’M getting emotional!
As always, there were so many things to pump our fists in the air in glorious triumph over. Octavia’s tough-love approach, the lady friendship hug, a very satisfying death, and of course, the Beautiful Creepster has a crush!
I’m still 100% uninterested in Jaha, but that’s nothing new so maybe I’ll just shut up about it? You all know how I feel. So let’s roast some marshmallows on the burning remnants of Tondc and dive right in!
Remember last episode when Clarke sent the Mountain Minion on his merry way with limited life support? Well, he looked to be having as much fun as I do any time I set foot in a gym.
His workout had a nice ending, though! One of the creepiest dudes that has ever been pushed through a woman came to rescue him and proclaim some big time stuff. The magic bone marrow works! Is it just me, or do you guys fear for the lives of every scene-partner this guys has? He always seems like he’s on the verge of murder. So delicious!
Inside, our resident villain was making an entrance with the type of swagger only found in Fast and the Furious movies.
This woman is a straight-up sociopath and I’m going to miss her!
Meanwhile, yet another disagreement / tender make-up moment between our heroines was interrupted by a phone call with a boy. It’s the age old story!
Bellamy gave her the skinny, that The 48 are now roughly The 19. Naturally, Clarke wanted to wait around to hear the exciting conclusion, so she told Kane to go to Tondc without her.
Looks like this relationship is still a bit tense. I guess usurping your mother will do that.
To prove the point, Jaha was showing just how wacka-doo he really is.
Hahahahahahahaha! Jaha was flat-out LOST, you guys! Luckily, they stumbled upon yet another poor, helpless Grounder girl. BECAUSE THOSE EXIST.
Oh, and also:
Our Beautiful Creepster has a crush!!! My heart couldn’t be happier. His new lady friend promised to get them to the mysterious City of Light as long as they pull her cart, which is NOT suspicious even a little bit.
In a VERY well-timed crawl through the air ducts, Bellamy stumbled upon the most important conversation he could have been privy to. Way to go Bellamy!
BAH! The Mountain Prince is going to blow up Tondc! Of course, there are no radios, so Clarke had to race off to save the day, but not before this:
First Monty and Jasper, now THIS! My heart can’t take any more swelling, but I will risk the cardiac arrest because this business right here is why I watch this show. Never stop, The 100. Never, ever, stop.
Speaking of awesome lady friendships:
How’s my hair?
You look like a foam mattress, but like, in a good way.
Octavia was worried about Lincoln, and Indra was all, “ain’t no thing,” and then set her up on a very romantic date to watch the perimeter.
Back in the desert, the Beautiful Creepster was getting his flirt on with the the Beautiful Grounder.
Boy was INTO IT. And who wouldn’t be?
You all know my stance on Jaha. He’s an unrelatable, self-righteous, arrogant wacka-doo who, despite Isaiah Washington’s best efforts, is as charismatic as a packet of soy sauce. HOWEVER, if his descent into preachy unlikability gives us a storyline where we meet interesting new characters who are morally gray and have NINJA TURTLE HANDS, then I guess I can get behind it.
Back at Mountain Manor, our teen heroes were linking up like they were playing a game in the park.
They had a little kerfuffle, and look who got Jasper!
THEY WERE SO CLOSE! This wasn’t how I pictured this reunion going, but it was nice none the less. Oh, and he slipped Jasper a gun, which has ALWAYS worked out in the past.
The Mountain King, as you know, has quickly become one my favourite characters. He’s adorable and creepy at the same time, and he’s trying to be quasi-heroic. Let’s not forget that his moral waters may just be the murkiest on the show. Yes, he’s trying to free The 19, but he also captured and bled countless Grounders, and okayed the Reaper Boot Camp. So. There’s that.
Quick question – has Clarke spent all her time off-screen learning equestrianism? Girl OWNED that horse!
This moment was a downright doozy, you guys. Can any of us honestly say what we would have done in this situation? On one hand, she’s letting innocent people die as a war strategy (anyone here a Pearl Harbor conspiracy nut? I bet you had fun with this one!). On the other hand, if she had evacuated the camp, it would mean the likely deaths of everyone inside Mount Weather.
I suppose if we look at it on a larger scale, it wasn’t just choosing one group of lives over another. The Mountain Men are a threat to everyone. They control the Reapers, they have weapons and manpower and a desire for control. They’re not going to stop after killing The 48. Next it would be Ark Camp, then the Grounders, then THE WORLD. Stopping them SHOULD be her number one priority.
Then again… DAMN, CLARKE!
In a twist, our sweet, innocent Beautiful Grounder was NOT sweet and innocent!
Awwwwww! She stole all their supplies and then knocked him out. I am in LOVE. We’ll see her again, right?
In a DUH-DOI moment, Raven let it slip that Octavia is in Tondc. I wonder if the fact that his sister was in the village Clarke allowed to be bombed will come up later? OH WELL.
Speaking of – Octavia went to investigate some rumblings in the forest, like the brave little vixen she is, and ran across Lincoln snagging himself a Grounder for kool-aid payment. She tough-loved the shit out of him!
You guys, Octavia is swoon-worthy, and I don’t care who knows it.
Meanwhile, The Beautiful Creepster knew the general direction of the City of Lights, and Jaha was all for it.
Jaha actually said the words: “We have no weapons and no rations. If we go North and you’re wrong, we all die. If we go back, we live. Ah, f*ck it, let’s go.” I may have paraphrased that last part, but quick question – HOW DOES THIS MAN HAVE FOLLOWERS?? How did he get elected Chancellor in the first place?
I get why the Beautiful Creepster wants to go. For the first time since the show began, someone values him. Why not risk his life! But Jaha is just plain bonkers and I maybe think his followers deserve to die in the desert for following a wack-job.
Ugh, whatever, this shot was cool:
Clarke and Lexa were scampering off when Clarke tried to brainstorm.
Then she spotted her mother waltzing around Tondc like she owned the place.
I am not going to lie you guys, up until the very moment the missile hit, I thought something or someone was going to save the day. But, this is The 100, a show that kills 320 people including an adorable freckled father (#NEVERFORGET), even though some teens built some rockets. Of course the town blew up. Of course it did.
The scene that followed was heartbreaking.
My snark-bone is suffering repeated injuries, you guys. I don’t know how much of this it can take! The emotional range that Paige Turco showed tonight was outstanding. And Eliza Taylor, as always, killed it. She showed the perfect amount of panic that one has as they try to rationalize their own behaviour. Someone give these girls a high five and an orange creamsicle.
After a kerfuffle where Jasper shot a guard directly in his bulletproof vest (eye roll, Jasper, eye roll), he was taken! But then people’s faces started melting off.
I’m a little worried for the team’s mental health after standing in an elevator door watching a woman MELT TO DEATH, but it was still awesome.
Then the Mountain Prince went to see his father so they could have a creep-off.
Cage knew the Mountain King helped to radiate his own people (seeeeeriously murky waters!), and to punish him, he gave him a dose of the magic bone marrow! Doesn’t seem like much of a punishment, but okay! If this means the Mountain King can stick around after the actual Mountain goes to hell, then I am on board!
To end the episode, were delighted to a lovely wrap-up of the horrible death and destruction the missile caused.
Whoops, indeed, Clarke! Whoops. Indeed.
While this is something that’s going to irreparably alter our heroine, it was not a decision made by Dark Clarke. This was an impossible decision that she barely had time to process. A decision she never fully made, and tried to reverse until the very last moment.
Every character on this show lives in the gray, and our heroine is no different. I love how The 100 goes there. It doesn’t just make the floor disappear beneath our feet, but it makes us ask questions of ourselves we would never otherwise face. Because really, what would you do if it were you in that situation?
Yet another stellar showing from our beloved teen adventure. I am beyond pumped, and a little scared (but mostly pumped) about what state we’ll find our heroine in next week. The repercussions of what she has allowed to happen are going to touch every single character on this show. And I don’t see the ripples stopping any time soon.
High fives to all. Top drawer.
- Kane and Indra were off skipping in the forest singing “tra la la” and putting flowers in their hair when the missile hit, right? They ducked and covered?
- “Wick is out scrounging for parts.” – IS HE?? I would watch a full hour of that.
- “Touch me again and I’ll end you. In a non-criminal way.” Oh Beautiful Creepster, never change.
- “You showed true strength today. Don’t let emotions stop you now.” – Damn, Lexa. Just, daaaaamn.
- What do you think would happen if Clarke put her hair in a ponytail or something. Doesn’t it ever get frizzy? Doesn’t her neck get sweaty? These are the questions burning my soul.
- Which of the ninja turtles do you think is Emori’s dad? I bet it’s Raphael.
[Originally Posted February 2015 on tv.com]