Hey guys. How is everyone doing? Are you good? You okay? Maybe we should all just drink some tea, take some deep breaths and have a rap sesh about what just happened.
Last week focused on Polis, bridging the Ark’s history with the current politics of war. It was a captivating sendoff for Lexa, a fitting love letter to her policies, her strength, her open mind, and her evening wear.
This week focused on Arkadia, and it was the absolute exact opposite. It was hate mail to Pike, showcasing his bigotry, his closed mind, his shoot-first attitude, and his stupid face (Important distinction – Micheal Beach is very handsome, but the character of Pike is a stupid face).
There is a place for both of these stories, and they are both necessary, even though one is more enjoyable to watch than the other. This week was frustrating. The good news is, this week was SUPPOSED to be frustrating. It had to be. Terms and Conditions was the breaking point for a lot of characters, and without that frustration, this story couldn’t be told.
Was it in the top ten best episodes of The 100? No way, Compadre. It didn’t have the Beautiful Creepster, or Polis, or Clarke, or Kane/Abby sexual tension, or any kind of mutated killer Gorilla… it didn’t stand a chance. What this episode did was set up the NEXT one as a serious contender. Because WHAT IS EVEN GOING TO HAPPEN YOU GUYS?
Perhaps Arkadia’s political struggles isn’t a strong enough storyline to devote an entire episode to (especially if you bench Abby and Octavia), but some pretty top-drawer plot developments shined through. The most important being that Bellamy has finally seen the light! And Raven saw the light for what it really was! Oh, and Kane was sentenced to death. There was that, too.
So, let’s shake the frustration from our bodies by doing the Macarena five times in a row, and then photo recap this thing! The episode began with Monty’s Awful Mom and Pike’s Stupid Face discussing the fact that they are the worst, and I couldn’t understand anything coming from their horrid mouths other than how terrible they are. Then Arkadia got some visitors!
Bellamy shot those fine young gentlemen dead! Their offer was so good! Give them Pike (to kill) and then everything will be sunshine and rainbows and puppies and ice cream. WHO DOESN’T LOVE THOSE THINGS? Bellamy, apparently.
Pike wanted to go all Big Brother on his people and set up surveillance. Too bad social media isn’t still around on this show, the people would surveil themselves, ammiright?!? He also wanted to get evidence that Kane is the worst, which will never happen because KANE IS THE BEST.
Speaking of, Kane and Co. still had the listening device in Pike’s office, so they were crowded around the walkie like an old timey family listening to a radio drama.
A plan was afoot! And it wasn’t the only one.
So many plans! Jaha and Raven were discussing how to get the Matrix Chip back, when Jasper threw a hissy and a lightbulb went on over their heads. Get the grieving, emotionally unstable guy to help! Solid plans all around.
[Note – I joke about Jasper because joking is my shtick, but I am still on record as saying that his story and his struggle are important. YOU DO YOU JASPER!]
Then Kane tried to talk sense to Pike, which BAAAAHAHAHAHA HAHHA HAHAHA HAHHA HAHAHHA… *sigh* oh Kane.
Needless to say, this talk did not go well. Ugh, Pike IS the worst, right? I know what you’re thinking, “but Toni, what about that bone-marrow-sucking doctor from season 2 who got melted in an elevator? Wasn’t SHE the worst?” At the time, yes. She was the worst. But now Pike has taken that title from her, because she was a legit sociopath, whereas Pike truly believes the codswallop coming out of his stupid face.
That evening, as Kane and Co. settled around their radio show, they were treated to a rehearsed script, because Pike’s Stupid Face KNEW about the bug!
While Bob Morley is a superb actor, I like to think that his character Bellamy would be terrible at it. Anyway, now Kane and Co. are working under the assumption that THEY have the upper hand, when they don’t. WHAT WILL HAPPEN??
Kane recruited Sinclair to help with the plan because it’d been a while since we’d seen him (when he turned awesome in Mountain Manor).
Sinclair was caught! And Kane just sat there watching the whole thing go down. Aw man, looks like their plan was foiled. OR WAS IT???
You guys, I think Sinclair might be the coolest. He got to jail and as it turns out, it was all subterfuge! He WANTED to get arrested! So badass. Am I in love with Sinclair now? DON’T TELL HIM, you guys. I want to play this cool.
Meanwhile, Raven asked Jasper to figure out Monty’s password to Pike’s office because she, as well as everyone who is paying attention, knows that Jasper and Monty’s heart beat as one. Man, I miss those two. My heart would sing if I could just see them do their special friendship high-five… PLEASE SHOW, I need this.
Kane arranged a secret meeting with Bellamy on his Try To Talk Sense tour, which dissolved into a very sexy staring contest.
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Then we had a cute / tense scene with Miller and Bryan.
Bryan bugged Miller’s jacket! *SIGH* Please don’t break up this couple. I enjoy their tight t-shirts and also their personalities but mostly their tight t-shirts.
Raven and Jasper made it into Pike’s office (which likely smelled of ass and deceit), and found the Matrix Cracker oven.
Raven realized that she doesn’t remember anything about Finn! How devastatingly haunting. For real, friends. This is downright awful and terrifying. To lose memories of someone you loved and lost. Damn. That is a nightmare. I hope this gets fixed pronto. PUKE UP THAT MATRIX COOKIE, GIRL!
Then it was time for Sinclair and Lincoln to put on a show of their own.
But it was all a ruse to distract the guards so Kane could do this:
Huzzah! Kane loaded Pike’s Stupid Face into the back of a car and went on his merry way!
UGH! Dammit, Bellamy!
Remember last season when it looked as though Finn was going to die, and I was like, “no way, nuh-uh, they won’t do that, not in a million years,” and then HE DID and I ate my hat so hard and it tasted so gross. The thing is, I don’t think Kane will die next week, but I TRULY DON’T KNOW FOR SURE AND I AM TERRIFIED. This show follows through! The 100 takes our hearts and squeezes out blood-juice, then cuts it with our tears and makes cocktails that the writers and producers sip while brainstorming more ideas. Kane may die, you guys. HE BETTER NOT, but he may.
After a seriously great montage filled with tension and SO MANY meaningful glances, Monty’s Awful Mom asked if he and Bellamy know who else was involved, and Bellamy gave our beloved hero THIS look.
Huzzah! He didn’t tell her about Miller and Harper! This looks to be the beginning of the end of Bad Bellamy… Badamy? Haha… don’t ever put me in charge of shipper names.
We are hard on the characters we love because we hold them to a higher standard. We’ve seen Bellamy’s growth from a big jerk, to an anti-hero, to a bonafide hero, and now into a misinformed accidental villain (and maybe back into an anti-hero??). The cruel reality within the world of The 100 is that the characters we have grown to love don’t have the benefit of watching their own show every week. They don’t get to see the bigger picture. They don’t get to see Indra being awesome all the time, or Lexa’s evening wear. They have to make decisions based on what they know, which can be frustrating for us viewers, because we know things they don’t.
I still believe this turn of Bellamy’s happened rather quickly to be 100% believable, but the writers made a bold choice, and they stuck to it. It would have been even worse for him to quickly change back to our beloved hero simply because the writers know what he doesn’t. It needed to take time. Luckily, it looks as though this frustrating journey with Bellamy may be coming to a close.
- Blatherskite = a person who blathers nonsense. Tommyrot = utter foolishness. Horsefeathers = foolish or untrue words. Monkeyshine = mischievous activity; a prank.
- “They know I’m with Jaha, but they think you’re just…” – “A drunken idiot. I know.”
- It was nice to see Harper involved in all this hambuggery. (Okay, I may have looked up old timey words for my radio drama joke, and now I want to incorporate them into my everyday life. Hambuggery means false or deceptive behaviour. What fun!)
- Who is in charge of music for this show? The song during the ending montage was haunting and powerful and perfect. Well done.
- Monty’s Awful Mom gave him a pep talk that was like, “surviving is the right thing to do in all circumstances no matter what, eff moral standards.” And it made me wonder how THAT woman raised a boy who, when he saw the Grounders get blood-raped, and heard Maya’s stance of, “without it we die, what were we supposed to do?”, he responded with, “die.” WHERE IS THAT MONTY NOW??? He obviously gets his heart of gold from his dad.
- “Is any of this worth lying to someone I love?” PREACH, Bryan.
- Bellamy shed actual tears when Kane was sentenced to death. I needed to point that out.
- Are Octavia and Abby off in the woods somewhere playing Settlers of Catan? SOMEONE should be enjoying a nice game of Catan, RIGHT? … Someone play Catan with me.
- Heyyyyyyyyyy Macarena!
[Originally Posted March 2016 on tv.com]