Do you guys ever go to parties? I do. I go to sooooo many parties, all the time, I’m always just totally partying. You know the BEST parties are when you’re bobbing your head to Hanson’s MMMbop, sipping on a blueberry wine cooler, and you look around the room and you realize that you like every single person there. All the party people are close personal friends of yours that you enjoy hanging out with, and you are genuinely upset when one of those people decide to leave, or even when they hint that they MIGHT leave the party at any point in the foreseeable future.
The 100 is like all those fun parties I definitely go to all the time. I love every single one of the people on my television screen. I could spend time with any combination of them and it would be a good time, and I DO NOT want them to leave this particular party!
I would even tolerate Newj (pronounced nooge), who as you recall is “New Jaha”, a man who sacrificed his own life on the Ark to save others, and then disappeared for seasons 2 and 3. No one really knows how he got to earth, or what he did all that time, or whether or not he’s ever fed a teen to a sea monster. He just showed up one day in Season 4, and everyone was like, “oh okay, cool, welcome back?”
Look. The crux of what I’m saying is this: DON’T YOU DARE, THE 100! You are currently acting like that one parent who shows up all mad and tries to take the COOLEST GIRL at the party home because she has to visit grandma in the morning, or some shit. She can be tired at Grandma’s, okay? SHE CAN BE TIRED AT GRANDMA’S!
I need to calm down. The way to do that? Photo recap!
The episode began hot off the utter devastation of last episode, with a cheery chat between old pals.
Jasper was all, “ain’t no thang”, about the human race’s upcoming inevitable demise, while Newj fondled the coin from that one time he went on a side Adventure Squad with Clarke, Bellamy and iPadicus. Intrigue!
Ilian was chillin’ in his jail cell practicing being dreamy when a legit MOB descended to kick him a bunch.
This show LOVES faceless, angry mobs. Our beloved Adventure Squad is always either talking down or fighting off some mob. Like, maybe RELAX, faceless extras. You’re always causing so much shit! I do like the consistency of it all, though. The 100’s extras have been big jerks since day one, and I’m glad to see they’re really leaning into it. Remember when the teen mob wanted to kill Jasper after he was impaled? Consistency!
Anyway, they beat Ilian up a ton, until this handsome devil waltzed in and started shooting the place up.
Kane has been a bit sidelined this season, basically relegated to dreamy babysitter of situations. Is there a situation afoot? Don’t worry! Kane will be there on the sidelines babysitting it! What I’m saying is, I was glad to see Kane stepping up this episode, reminding us how
sexy capable he is.
Quick question – does Ilian shop at Marie Claire? Or is his shirt like that because he’s in the middle of a workout regime, and he doesn’t want to limit how big his biceps can get?
Back at ALIE Island, two of our favourite things were happening: Raven was being awesome, and the Beautiful Creepster was being sassy. Everyone else was napping, I guess? From what I have gathered from this episode and the last, ALIE Island has a rotating mandatory nap time. I would NOT be complaining.
Raven and the simulator had a fight about how not to explode while Murphy sat outside playing with a toy car like a kid in a dentist waiting room. I love this show.
Okay, so, I know I say this about a lot of characters, but I really dig Niylah. Other characters on this show ground Clarke, and help her constantly save the world, but Niylah helps her remember WHY. She’s big on making sure Clarke actually lives, and I respect that. Also, she seems above the drama, you know? Like, who CARES if Clarke is hanging out with someone else at the party, Niylah is doing her own thing, plus she has a book in her bag if things get boring.
What fun!! Bellamy, Clarke, Roan and some red-shirts were going on a quest to bring fuel to the nerds. You can almost taste Bellamy’s excitement at spending time with his new best bro Roan. Please, show, please just let Bellamy have a bromance that doesn’t implode and isn’t entirely fabricated by my imagination. We all need this.
Then Kane started Dad-ing and it was awesome.
And then THIS happened:
Are we all counting down the days until Clarke starts referring to Kane as her step-dad? Love these two!
Meanwhile in the infirmary, Bellamy and Octavia were having a classic sibling fight.
Octavia is STILL mad about that time Bellamy inadvertently got her one true love killed. This was in all honesty very distressing. Remember in season 1 when Octavia and Bellamy were the beating heart of the show? And now she’s all, “I didn’t murder you. You’re welcome.” OUCH! But also, thank you?
Then in an awkwardly expository moment, Monty took it upon himself to list all the stakes for the episode.
I won’t lie – I missed Echo this episode, if only because her and Roan are a 5-star comedy duo. Roan was still throwing around sassy looks, though, so I’ll forgive it.
You know when you’re on a trip with a friend you haven’t spent much time with before, and all of a sudden you start to notice the little annoying things about their personality that may or may not make you want to throw a mango margarita in their face? That was happening to Raven and Murphy.
But look who came to the rescue, like some kind of glorious, beautiful yogi life coach!
Luna scooped Raven up like a toddler and calmed her the eff down with a soothing chant / rocking motion. Let’s be real for a quick sec – I loved this. I mean, I hated it for the obvious reason that Raven’s broken brain is changing her personality / killing her, but I also loved it because Luna + Raven is the absolute best. I ship it, you guys. Whatever form it takes, I ship it so hard. Friendship, loveship, partnership, crime-fighting pair, circus act, WHATEVER – just put these two ladies in every scene until the end of time, please and thank you and please for the love of the TV Gods.
Meanwhile in Ferngully, the Road Trip came across some Trikru peeps who needed a doctor.
But then a curious little fella snooped into the gaping entrance of the truck, because I guess all sheets or covers of any kind were also burnt up in the great Ark fire of ‘17.
Whoopsie! The Adventure Squad hightailed it outta there while their Treekru pals shot arrows at them. I’m sure it’s fine. Then, because global warming is a very real issue in the world of The 100 and our own, they came upon a river that wasn’t supposed to be there. Roan volunteered to go find a place to cross, and Clarke was all, “Bellamy, you know you want to go with him,” and Bellamy was all, “nuh uh!” And then Roan was like, “are you suuuuuuuuure?” and Bellamy reluctantly nodded and was like, “fine, but only because Clarke said so!”
But in their hearts they were all…
Just let me have this.
Luna and Murphy had a delightful chat about his guilt over pretty much everything, but specifically shooting Raven that one time. One of the many things I love about this show is that it doesn’t drop story-lines. Pre-redemption Beautiful Creepster went a little nuts in season 1, and we’re still seeing the effects of his actions. Bellamy went nuts last season, and his sister still hates him for it. Clarke let a nest of animals live in her hair for a season, and I bet she still has tangles. It’s just really great to see all of these things compound instead of disappear. So, high-five, show!
Back at the Ark, Niylah noticed some shifty lack of guards in the med bay and scampered off, leaving Octavia to bond with Ilian.
Hahaha, OCTAVIA! He was like, “maybe help me not get murdered?” and she was all, “the sword doesn’t care what you meant, it just cuts,” and then Ilian ROLLED HIS EYES. I love these two so much.
Bellamy and Roan were pretending not to have an amazing time together, when Clarke flat-out refused to answer on the radio. Because they live in the world of The 100, they both assumed the worst, and they were right! When they got back, everyone was gone except for a very moist dead body.
Back at the burnt-up Arc Camp, Niylah went to the most obvious problem-solver she could think of – Monty – probably because she recognizes that within his chest beats the heart of a true hero. She let him know that angry mob #2 had full access to a dreamy grounder. Monty, in turn, let Newj know… for some reason?
The dialogue here was a bit strange, randomly throwing out that time they almost hung the Beautiful Creepster. I GUESS it was supposed to be a parallel for killing someone rashly without justification, but I think it was actually just to remind us all that Newj had a son who was killed by Clarke and Bellamy’s surrogate one-week daughter.
Back at ALIE Island, another Raven meltdown was subverted by a team-effort brainstorm.
And it worked! The think-tank came up with a way to land the rocket ship in the water and become mermaids or something. Huzzah! Oh, and Raven thanked Murphy and they eye-hugged and it was very heartwarming.
Meanwhile, the dude detective duo were on the case of the missing fuel / protagonist.
These two are the best of buds, and no one can convince me otherwise. Their sing-a-long was cut off by some pretty rude Trikru, which lead dude detective #1 to figure out it wasn’t Trikru who took the fuel, it was the Ice Capades! I guess they wanted it to make bombs to squash their enemies. Huh. It’s almost like there’s a parallel to be drawn from this about groups of people spending their energy fighting each other, even with the knowledge that the planet they live on is imploding.
At this point the faceless angry mob came a-knockin’ on the med bay door. Kane seemed to be the only one up for a rumble, including Ilian.
Octavia opened the door! Then she was all, “I’m the most badass, so I get to kill him,” and for whatever reason (probably because she’s scary) everyone was all, “sure kid, no problem.” Confession – at this point I thought, ‘awww, Octavia has a trick up her sleeve to save Ilian!’ Foolish, foolish Toni, always thinking I know what’s coming, and I never, ever do. She was very ready to straight-up murder a dreamboat.
What followed was horrible and emotional and beautiful and devastating, and un-recappable. The scene was juxtapositioned with flashes of Lincoln being killed by Pike, and Octavia broke down and cried. And then we ALL cried, because damn. High fives to everyone, but especially Marie Avgeropoulos who has been killing it all season (pun intended).
Oh, and Newj let Ilian go as if he was a dog they had tied up in the yard.
He got an approving nod from Monty, which I guess signifies an approving beyond-the-grave nod from Wells? I don’t know. Then he said the name of the episode. So. Way to go Newj?
Then we circled back to the veritable buddy-cop movie that is the life and times of Clarke, Roan and Bellamy. There was a car chase, a fight on moving vehicles, quips, an impossible dues-ex-gunshot, and then a near-collision that would have killed everyone.
Oh, the zany misadventures these two crazy kids get into!
Okaaaaaaaaay, how many of you are so excited / mad right now? Look, I know what you’re thinking, that Bellamy was about to be all, “if this is the last time we see each other, then I love you, want you, need you, take me now and may our hearts be forever entwined.” Of course, he COULD have been about to say, “There’s a half-eaten sandwich in my room that could get smelly,” or, “if I die, erase my browser history,” or “if you die, can I have your walk-man?” We just don’t know.
Then they realized that one of the barrels of human-race-saving fuel was punctured by one of those trouble-making Trikru arrows.
Oh dear. Remember earlier in the episode when Bellamy said, “what else could go wrong?” like AN IDIOT??? Way to go, Bellamy. You brought this on yourself. Anyway, then they told Raven, and it did not go well.
I AM VERY UPSET BY THIS. Show… listen to me, okay? Lean in and listen very carefully… DON’T YOU DARE. The next episode better open on Raven getting pampered.
What did you guys think of We Will Rise? This season keeps getting better and better, almost as if its trajectory to awesome-town is on a rocket ship or something. In four seasons the stakes on this show have risen from a plucky band of heroes trying to keep their teen shanty alive, to global destruction of the human race. That’s a risky move! Unless done perfectly, expanding story-lines so widely can lead to a disconnect with the characters in favour of the plot. BUT NOPE. The 100 pulls it off seamlessly, constantly making our hearts melt into puddles of gross goop on the floor.
I love the plot, don’t get me wrong, but I am here for the hugs.
- This episode was an excellent PSA about the effects of stress, ammiright?
- Ilian is NOT a murderer (if you don’t count the hundreds of future survivors). Way to go!
- “I’ll send her your love.” – “Yes, please do that.” Even from afar the chemistry between Kane and Abby is ELECTRIC.
- “I think peace is overrated. It’s the fighters who survive.” Lots of great lines this ep.
- What I want to know is – how old is the mob leader’s son? Four? Six? Somewhere in between? I wish they had told us.
- I know I focused on the Roan/Bellamy bromance this week, but I am still very much digging the big brother/little sister thing Roan and Clarke have going on. Keep it comin’!
- Is Jasper a bartender now? Do you think he does bottle-flips and makes up fancy drinks like the Jasparilla, or the Spritz-per, or the J-Shot- whoops that got sexual, DIDN’T MEAN TO!
- “I creep on myself”… I see what you did there, show! *wink*
- “Octavia, you’re not a murderer.” HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHA MONTY! Where you been?
- What do you think Newj has been up to since he was left behind on the Ark? Writing his memoir? Making all the recipes in a cookbook a-la Julie & Julia? Learning to tap dance?
That’s it from me, byyyyyyyyyyyye!
[Originally Posted March 2017 on tv.com]