You guys, I never thought I’d love an hour of The 100 that didn’t even whisper about Raven, Bellamy, the Gorilla, or Kane and Abby’s sexual tension. But in this, as with so many things, I was dead wrong.
This episode was amazing. That’s indisputable, so don’t even try. Remember last week when I was all, “isn’t it cool how the show is delving into its mythology? What a treat.” That was basically like getting a scoop of ice cream, mentioning to someone that you enjoyed it, and then that person going out and buying you an ice cream truck.
THANK YOU FOR THE ICE CREAM TRUCK, THE 100!!!
Nightblood, Polis, how the world came to be a nightmare factory, the beliefs that lead to the political system of the Grounders, the 13th station… ALL of this was laid out before us like a delicious sundae bar, and holy shit, maybe I should just go out and get ice cream because it is obviously going to star in all my metaphors until I get some.
Not only did this episode solve some mysteries, but it presented them, too. For example, just what in the heck happened to the 8th “officiate” in Lexa’s track and field heat? Why didn’t he / she get a circle on her back? Oh, and what is happening to Clarke’s hair? For real, though. Lexa’s hair game was on point this episode, so it’s not a Grounder thing. SO MANY MYSTERIES.
Oh, and also some soul-shattering heart-break. There was that, too.
Let’s DO THIS.
The episode began with Titus waiting patiently for the Beautiful Creepster to awaken, so he could beat him for information some more. I mean, it WAS nice of him to stay quiet while Murphy was in his peaceful slumber.
And it worked!
We already knew from last season’s finale that ALIE blew up the world, but seeing it play out as a little girl talked about learning to ride a bike was ROUGH. Oh, and we also saw Becca fiddling with that bug-probe thing from The Matrix. I’m sure that’s the last we’ll see of that.
Lexa was having a birthday party, when TriKru busted in and DID NOT bring any cake.
Amidst all this, it was decided to put a blockade around Arkadia to stop the Murder Club from being assholes again. Oh, and if they ARE assholes again, they get killed. Honestly… that seems fair!
Meanwhile, the Beautiful Creepster was working on his math skills.
Which lead to…
Becca was still working on the Matrix Bug in space, and this fellow was not pleased. He didn’t want to join with the rest of humanity if the AI was just going to murder everyone again. God, what a diva. Becca was very sure that ALIE 2 was going to be a totally cool, chill AI, because it would merge with humans and become Bicentennial Man.
Becca locked them out of the lab and was all, “haters gonna hate”. OH, and she was injecting some black goop into her arm. Soooooooooooo….
Meanwhile Octavia and Clarke were catching up.
Did anyone else feel like this was a scene out of one of those movies where someone from the neighbourhood gets rich and famous and forgets where they’re from, and then an old friend visits and reminds them of what a douche they’re being? Octavia always tells it how it is. I love that girl.
Anyway, Clarke, as usual, was like, “I got this” and strolled out.
Lexa asked her to stay, but then a walking cock-block strolled in and told Clarke to skedaddle.
Then Octavia popped in to see Indra and tough-loved her into feeling better.
Love these two.
Murphy, being the wily scamp he is, escaped his torture chair and tried to take on Titus, which hahahahahahahahaaaahahahahah…. oh, Murphy.
All this is seriously very awesome. Have I mentioned how much I love this? Because I love this.
Becca took her black blood goop and the Matrix bug and high-tailed it outta there, just as Polaris was blown up.
Clarke decided to go home with Octavia, but not before a stop in at her crush’s house.
And then they did sex together! Yayyyy! It was awesome and sad and poignant, because both ladies knew this was likely the last time they’d have the chance. Even if tragedy hadn’t struck, Clarke was crossing a literal line, and the odds they’d end up on the same side again were slim, at least for the time being.
Anyway, then Clarke casually asked about the next big mystery that will haunt all of our brains until next week – what’s the deal with the circles on Lexa’s back, and why is there only seven instead of eight? Hmmm, show? HMMMMM??
Clarke returned to her room all glowy, and saw a delightful surprise.
Titus accidentally shot Lexa, and all murder plots were abandoned in everyone’s mutual shock and grief. UGH THIS SHOW.
This was very sad.
Octavia got sick of waiting and left, but not before Indra showed up and they strutted together, they way they were always meant to.
We were then treated to a quick flashback to show Becca landing on a hellscape earth, yelling that she wants to help.
AND we saw an incision point where she put the AI into herself. THEN Titus pulled that SAME AI out of Lexa and called it her “spirit” and OH MY GOD ALL THE COMMANDERS HAVE HAD THIS AI INSIDE OF THEM FOR A HUNDRED YEARS.
I hope they wash it!
YOU GUYSSSSSSS! Holy shit, ammiright?? By The 100 standard, Season 3 started off a touch slow. But boy oh boy is it picking up now!!
This week focused the story on Polis and the flashbacks, which was the perfect choice. Imagine if we had the other characters at Arkadia horning in on this beautiful storytelling? No way, Jose. A full episode dedicated to her story is exactly what Lexa deserved.
You all know my feelings about this show and its willingness to go to the dark places, and rip our beloved characters away from us in horrifically violent ways. It raises the stakes. It makes us care, makes us afraid, makes us love them even more, knowing they may die tomorrow. Maybe we should apply that logic to the loved ones in our own lives? … wait, am I getting real right now? The 100, stop making me get real!!
Thank you to Alycia Debnam-Carey for bringing Lexa to life. You, madam, are magnificent.
- Lexa’s fight is over. If there’s one good thing about this, it’s that now she can join Anya’s ghost band with the Mountain King, and they can solve crimes during the day.
- “She’s a computer program. I know that’s hard for you to grasp considering you pray to garbage… no offense.” The Beautiful Creepster is the light of my life.
- Do you think the Murder Club is still in full swing? Did the murder wheel land on Tailgators, and now Bellamy and Monty are reluctantly hunting down people who don’t adhere to the “bubble rule” while driving?
- Erica Cerra is pretty compelling when she doesn’t have to play a robot hallucination.
- Did this make anyone else want to watch Bicentennial Man? No AI will ever be as charming as Robin Williams. He was a God among men.
- Someone needs to make a 3 second clip of Octavia saying the word “revenge” to Indra, because I went back and watched it seventeen times.
- What are you guys going to do to mourn Lexa? I think Lexa would want me to find an ice cream sundae bar. That feels right.
[Originally Posted March 2016 on tv.com]