When I sat down to watch Part 1 of the season finale, I braced myself for the worst. Like many commenters theorized, I believed our brave warrior Lexa would go out in a blaze of glory. I prepared myself for losing her and possibly others like Maya, Maya’s hot dad, the caged Grounder babe, and the Starry Night painting all in a bloody, horribly violent and awesome battle. Never in a million mojitos did I predict that Lexa would take a deal to free her people and leave our beloved band of space heroes behind. Once again The 100 turned in its seat like someone who has already seen the movie you’re watching and said, “oh, you thought that was gonna happen? Well THIS HAPPENED INSTEAD. Suck on that!”
And we did. We sucked on that. Shit is all over the fan, you guys, and there’s only one episode to wipe it off / cover it again with our brains (because our minds will be blown, if history of this show has taught us anything). Does anyone else’s feet hurt from being KEPT ON YOUR TOES so much?!?
Our darling band of misfit space toys are in some serious peril. SO MUCH has been set up for the grand (season) finale. I won’t even be mad if they save some for season 3 (or season 19, which this show will undoubtedly get). Who will survive? How badly will our hearts be crushed? Who is Indra’s new Reaper pal? What does the Mountain King DO with his days in that white room?
Blood Must Have Blood Part 1 not only set up what’s sure to be a catastrophically good season finale, but it also treated us to so many familiar faces! Monroe, Miller’s awesome dad, Jackson, the hot Grounder lady in white underwear. I hadn’t realized I missed these folks until they appeared on my screen and I said, “oh yeah, that guy!”
“Toni, why are you listing all the awesome things about this episode? We know! Just re-cap it already!”
The episode began with Bellamy freeing the smoking Grounder chick, among others. I can only assume he stole the keys off one of the many guards he’s brutally murdered. This is our hero, people! We love him for it! Anyway, then the Mountain Prince came on the radio.
Bellamy figured out that everyone is going to turn on his pals, so he ran off to save them and gave the keys to the foxy Grounder. I’m sure that won’t come back to bite him in the ass.
Meanwhile, Cage was getting pissy about not finding The 19 yet.
Cage picked up a stack of papers and threw them at his minion. PAPER. He didn’t slap him, he didn’t hit him with a computer, he didn’t threaten to lock him up. No, in a fit of rage, Cage threw some PAPER. He doesn’t know what those papers are! What if someone is writing a novel and now he’s mixed up the order of the story? It was such a douchey thing to do! The minion looked so annoyed. I loved everything about this. Cage is such a little gremlin.
After his hissy, Cage sent his guards door to door to search people’s homes and murder them.
Jasper bravely popped out of his hidey-hole, and the guard SHOT THE NICE COUPLE. Did this couple not remind everyone of their adorable aunt and uncle who want to fit in with the kids so badly they’d go to a Taylor Swift concert and pretend to understand her lyrics? I was very upset when they were brutally murdered. Also, quick question, Mountain Manor has like eighty inhabitants right? There’s no way this guard didn’t grow up knowing these fine folks.
This all happened before the opening credits!
Back in a war shanty, Clarke was explaining the very elaborate plan to everyone. More importantly, though…
Is Clarke’s glove bedazzled??? Is it cold enough for fingerless gloves? Did she join a punk-rock movement? Does she need her fingertips free to work a touchscreen smart phone? Did they raid a Marie Claire? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
Basically there are 5 teams and they’re gonna do a thing with another thing and blow stuff up and draw attention away to do a bait-n-switch so they can rob a casino, I think. Then Lexa was all, “our alliance is the best, the alliance is what made this possible, I’m the smartest for making this alliance, friendship forever.”
Then they all started chanting ‘blood must have blood’ and was chilling and powerful as all hell.
Back at the Manor, Maya’s hot dad took a stand.
But it was okay! Bellamy came in at the last possible moment and shot the guard. WHY he waited so long is a mystery. Maybe he just likes seeing Maya cry? Who knows. What I DO know is that Miller skillfully killed the other guard like it ain’t no thing, then sassed everyone.
Every second that went by with someone mentioning Monty and him not instantly appearing made me very anxious. Where you at, Monty???
Right?!? I mean… is it? I forget sometimes.
Indra and Octavia had a nice chat how about Lincoln is the best, but also the worst, and how Indra is going to take her friendship bracelet if he sneezes at her, or something. Then they ran into some Reapers!
WHO is this mysterious Reaper making Indra show emotion?
Lincoln and Miller’s cool dad gave each other a pep talk and it was magic.
Meanwhile, in a suspiciously empty generator room, Raven and Wick were casually setting bombs and working through their relationship problems.
Then they were busted! A Mountain Minion told on them, so Wick had to bust his face open with a wrench. Not bad for a murder-virgin.
Since the Mountain Prince is a dumb-dumb and ruined everything, he decided to ask his pops for advice. The Mountain King has been sitting in a white room all alone with zero to do for how long now? I like to think he’s writing a musical in his head.
Mind-musical aside, this scene was great. The Mountain King was all, “you’re the worst”, and Cage was like, “yeah, obvs, fix it.” And the Mountain King was reluctantly all, “ugh, fiiiiiiiiine.” We weren’t privy to the plan at the time, but DAMN the Mountain King is smart!
Meanwhile. Clarke and Lexa were patiently waiting for the power to go out so they could blow open the door.
Oh Lexa. Oh Clarke. Will these two crazy kids ever just be happy?
Because Raven has a magical nerd brain, she figured out how to blow everything up without a fifth bomb. But then a couple of nuckle-heads barged in on them.
Because everything Raven does is awesome, they backed up JUST enough not to get melted by the explosion. What a first date, ammiright?
Outside, the power went down, but the cartoonishly large and red “explosion” button wasn’t working! Oh no! This is a job for Miller’s cool dad! Oh no, wait, never mind, they shot him and like, a dozen Grounders.
Lincoln used his Bro-rage to shoot the bomb and make it explode. This probably could have been done BEFORE a dozen or so people died to do it “manually”, but whatevs.
Since the shooting had to be violently stopped, Lexa had to scamper off.
Bye Lexa! Good luck with all the above-board stuff you’re about to do!
After Maya pointed out the unliklihood she’ll make it to season 3 (no!), they found Monty leaning over a dead body.
MONTY IS ALIVE. Hello, Monty. I’m sorry you had to watch some murder, but that’s old hat by now, right? Very glad you were not the dead body! He told the squad that the Mountain Minions know about the Grounders, and that the Adventure Squad is not as Ocean’s Eleven as they thought.
Meanwhile, the Grounders did the ol’ heave-ho and opened the door.
This was soul crushing. Lexa made a deal with the Mountain Men to free her people in exchange for a Grounder retreat.
Uuuuuuggggghhhhh, this was painfully magnificent story telling. All this build-up! A promise of an epic battle, akin to last season’s finale, only to rip it away with a brutally poignant betrayal. The 100 doesn’t recycle storylines, you guys, no matter how awesome battle 2.0 would have been.
Speaking of un-kept promises, Indra gushed to Octavia about what amazing besties they are.
Octavia refused to retreat without her brother and Indra disowned her! Haaaaaarsh, you guys. “Come home with us.” – “I have no home.” I have never seen a a character on The 100 act so emo, and I LOVED IT? Octavia being melodramatic is my new favourite. You still have a brother, girl. Relax.
Speaking of Bellamy, he, Maya and Jasper ran to the blood-sucking-chamber to find a very handsome dad lying dead on the floor. Maya was obviously upset, but so was a certain dream-boat.
RIP Maya’s hot dad. May you and Bellamy find each other in the afterlife, on some other show that casts Canadians and Australians.
Raven and Wick were making relationship progress when they got rudely interrupted AGAIN. Do you think they’ll be thrown in with the rest of the squad-prisoners? I live for reunions, you guys.
Cage dropped in on his dad to thank him for the stellar war-tip, and was all, “we won!”, and the Mountain King was like, “nuh uh, man.” And then the Prince left the door open and the Mountain King looked SO EXHAUSTED. Just let the man write his musical.
Outside, everyone was packing up and telling Clarke that it’s all over like there ISN’T another episode left in the season. I mean, did they not see the Part 1 on the title? Pssshh, glorified extras, the lot of them. Clarke stayed behind, obviously.
This shot was amazing. Didn’t it just suck all the hope from your body? Now imagine Octavia all alone in a dark Reaper cave outside a door she can’t open. That’s where we’re at right now. Most of our heroes are trapped in Mount Weather without any escape route in the works, and the Mountain Prince intends to suck them all dry. The 100 is basically living in the pit of despair right now, and it is DELICIOUS.
I simply cannot wait to see how our heroes get themselves out of this pickle, and what NEW pickle will come of it. I just want all the pickles, is what I’m saying. Preferably baking into a potato chip. The 100 delivers the pickles!
- No Jaha this week. Can we assume he drowned?
- Is Kane with Abby trying to heal people with the power of their sexual tension?
- “Miller, you okay?” = “Miller, I’ve missed you so much, I hope we’re never parted again, give me a lock of your hair to carry with me always, I love you.”
- “Today, Wick!” – “I’m moving as fast as I can! Actually, I can go faster.” Dear The 100, please don’t kill Wick. Just don’t, okay?
- Miller’s cool dad is alive. How long do you think it’ll take for him to hunt down Lincoln so they can shoot some hoops?
- Are you craving dill pickle chips now? Yeah, me too.
[Originally Posted March 2015 on tv.com]