Bah! I need someone to come over to my house (hollowed out tree) and check under my bed (a mass of dolls tied together) for monsters, because that was a very scary episode of The 100! I don’t know why this week’s hour of our regularly scheduled programming was replaced by a legit slasher film, but I am not complaining! Other than the fact that I am now stuck in my bedroom (a single wall of duct tape) because I’m too scared to leave, I genuinely enjoyed it!
I will be accepting your casseroles of condolences for the death of my very serious boyfriend Sinclair. Thank you in advance. This is a difficult time for us all, but especially me, so thanks, please make all casseroles cheese-based.
YOU GUYS! What is even going on?? What WAS that? Is it just me, or did this episode seem… dare I say it… kind of fun? Okay, yes, it was a nightmare ride, and my boyfriend died, but it was nice to see the show shake things up a bit in terms of style. Maybe I’m biased because I am still riding the high of having our Adventure Squad fully in tact. *content sigh* Also amidst all that terror, the show snuck in some pretty heavy stuff regarding human emotions and how they are assholes sometimes, but also a pretty necessary part of life. It was sad as heck, but also a relief from all the anxiety.
We watch shows to escape the stresses of our own lives, right? … okay, just checking. I guess our lives are looking pretty darn great in comparison to the literal horror show we just watched. Let’s photo recap it!
Like every horror movie ever made, this one started with a couple of teens telling scary stories around a campfire.
Then, by some horror-movie compulsion, Miller had to go to the bathroom, and Bryan had to follow him out when he didn’t return. They might as well have said, “I’ll be right back” and sealed their fate right there! Have none of these teens seen Scream??
And then the opening credits rolled! Oh man, that was a stressful / fun way to start the episode!
Elsewhere, our Beautiful Creepster was taking a stroll with his psycho captor lady friend, when his ACTUAL ninja turtle lady friend showed up selling rats (because of course).
I was very happy to see Emori, you guys! Very happy.
Back with our Adventure Squad, they were basically just recapping Thirteen while Raven read Becca’s journal – she created the twin AI’s, put one in herself, created a cult, so on, and so on… then they pulled up to Arkadia, which, by the decrees of the horror movie deities, had to be the creepiest version of ‘deserted’ imaginable, complete with a bloodstained ground, flickering lights, half-eaten dinners, and an unfinished game of backgammon… *shivers* The only thing missing was a broken-down carnival.
Speaking of breaking down, Octavia had to go into the room she shared with Lincoln, and it was very sad.
But it was too late! He had already been unleashed, and Jasper and Octavia were taken.
Meanwhile, Raven and my boyfriend Sinclair figured out ALIE 2 would show its Matrix Bug powers if it heard a secret password.
Hilariously, my boyfriend Sinclair knows latin, because that seems like a requirement for a space mechanic. He was able to figure out the password, and the Matrix Bug showed it’s beautiful tendrils of death. It wanted to merge with Raven because WHO WOULDN’T, but Clarke pulled her back. We all know the Matrix Bug kills people without nightblood… which probably won’t come in handy later.
Then, because this episode was determined to live on forever in our nightmares, Clarke and Monty heard the delightful sound of a child’s toy emitting slow, creepy music.
Then they were gassed! And because I guess Clarke is impervious to gaseous toxins, she faked being passed out, then unmasked the Lucky Charms Guy, who WASN’T the Lucky Charms Guy at ALL.
Emerson! It was the last Mountain Minion! He was still pissed about Clarke murdering everyone he’s ever known and loved, which was last season, so get over it, pal.
Back in Polis, the Beautiful Creepster showed Emori the garbage pile that the Grounders pray to, and she seemed very into it for NO REASON WHY ARE YOU ASKING??
The Beautiful Creepster spilled all the beans about his new overlord girlfriend, including the fact that he sexes her, and Emori was like, “I don’t give an eff, get to the good stuff!”
Then Clarke and Bellamy warned Raven and my boyfriend Sinclair about the danger, and what followed was an amazing night-vision fight scene, where we hardly knew what was happening. BUT THEN…
And the last thing my boyfriend Sinclair saw in his mortal coil was his last living friend being torn away to meet her probable end. THIS SHOW. Rest in peace, Midnight Razer. At least now you won’t be that one adult in a friend-group of teens.
*Sigh* Anyway, then Emerson was all, “come get your friends, girl, they’re annoying me.” and it was a classic “the call is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE” play, because it puts Clarke in the position of save her loved ones vs. escape.
BAH HA HA I love these two. It truly does not matter what ship you’re sailing on, these two are always so much better when they’re together. Clarke got all self-sacrificy, and Bellamy rolled his eyes so hard.
Back in Polis, things were getting 100% douchier.
Jaha waltzed in and blew the Beautiful Creepster’s shit up. He knew everything he had told Emori, because Emori was chipped, and ALIE was creepily watching and taking notes while they did sex together.
UGH. Poor Murphy. That kid simply cannot catch a break.
Back at Arkadia, Emerson saw right through Bellamy’s planned rouse, and forced him into the airlock with the others. Then he turned off the air and made Clarke watch as her pals struggled for breath. You know, like a normal, balanced person.
They had a kerfuffle, and Clarke yelled out “Matrix Bug, Activate!”, and it latched onto Emerson, and it was so gross and so awesome.
Bye, Emerson! I’m happy you kept the consequences of Mount Weather a’coming for our heroes! You can eat so much marshmallow-laden cereal in the afterlife, I promise.
Then things got sad.
Octavia finally cried over Lincoln’s death, and kissed his corpse. How long had it been since he was brutally shot in the head? Maybe let’s not think about it.
Then the Adventure Squad split up and I started to pout. I knew it had to happen, they had to focus the squad in, but it still hurt my wittle heart to see them hugging each other goodbye. So, we’ve got Adventure A-Squad heading to Luna, and Adventure B-Squad conquering all the science.
Then we circled on back to Polis to see…
BOOM. ALIE is large and in charge, and planning to chip everyone in the Grounder Capital. Well damn.
So what did you guys think?? It was fun, right? In a horrifying, pulse-racing, anxiety-riddled sort of way. Was Emerson integral to the overall plot of The 100? Nope. But was he integral to the show’s track record of not letting our heroes off the hook? Yup! Clarke, Bellamy and Monty killed a community of people. That has to keep biting them in the ass. It has to. That’s what this show is. Actions and consequences.
It’s also about relationships, and we got some forward momentum in that department, too. The Adventure Squad is gelling again. Bellamy and Octavia are working through their sibling crap, Octavia got to mourn Lincoln, and Monty and Jasper even made some strides.
Even though this episode felt a little stand-alone(ish), it still moved the pieces on the board. The flame is on its way to Luna, and ALIE has taken over Polis. Shit is going down, you guys! I’m pretty pumped for next week.
- “stay in the rover… it’s okay, stay in the rover…” Sinclair repeating these words to Raven got to me FOR REAL. He just wanted her to be safe. Ugh, Sinclair! You snuck up on my heart.
- Monty and Jasper are on their way back to that adorable high five they do. Please let it happen soon. WE NEED THIS.
- “Following creepy music is a bad idea.” – PREACH, Monty!
- Who directed this episode?? The internet won’t tell me. Am I a dummy, or is imdb mad at me? I wanted to look up if she / he has done horror before, because everything about this episode was perfect – the lights off/ night vision fight scene, the upside down shot of Raven getting taken, the ambiance, the music, the unnerving angles, the razzle-dazzle of it all. High five, whoever you are.
- Does Jaha’s half-goatee enrage me because it’s on Jaha’s face, or do I hate Jaha because he has a half-goatee? PHILOSOPHY!
- So many mouth ties! For real, you guys, where are they getting them? How are there so many on-hand??
- The Lucky Charms Leprechaun; a total sociopath, right?
[Originally Posted April 2016 on tv.com]