No, YOU’RE crying!
Our beloved Adventure Squad is back after a 3 week pause, and with them is also the return of all our emotions. I’ve said it many times, and I will say it at least seventeen more times – I’m here for the hugs, and D.N.R. delivered! Not only that, but it reached deep into its emotional bag of tricks, pulled out a leather glove and slapped us across the feelings with it. So many heartfelt goodbyes! So many callbacks! These kids have been through some shit together, and now they’re parting maybe forever and *sniff* there is SO MUCH DUST IN MY EYE.
Guys, let’s take a quick four hours to talk about Raven. The 100 fandom has been split over many a thing in its history – ships, moral quandaries, deaths, what the mutant Gorilla’s actual name is (Matilda, obviously), but it has always vehemently agreed on one thing – Raven is awesome. Raven has always been, and forever shall be awesome. I would like to live in denial and believe that the show will somehow save her, but I can’t because despite how it may seem with all the snark, I actually pay attention. The 100 follows through on threats, and I am very scared and sad.
Now let’s take another few days to talk about the relationship between Raven and the Beautiful Creepster. In season 1 did you EVER think I would be typing that sentence? But I did! And I am very serious about it! This friendship was HARD FOUGHT, and their emotional goodbye was very, very earned. It has been three seasons in the making! We’ve been hurtling towards this development since the moment Murphy limped into the dropship in episode 1 of season 2 and told Raven a sad story that smelled heavily of redemption. He finally apologized for shooting her! And she forgave him! And it is REALLY DUSTY IN HERE AND THAT IS WHY MY EYES ARE LEAKING.
Ugh. The 100. What are you even doing to me? Besides the emotional ass kicking, this episode was also very twisty. Everyone is getting along, NOPE. There’s gonna be a war, NOPE. Clarke is the next Commander, NOPE! I am very happy the Matrix bug didn’t slither into the back of Clarke’s head. From the moment we learned that you could manufacture nightblood, a lot of commenters figured it was only a matter of time before Clarke became the next Commander. I was always of the camp that that would be just a bit too much, and apparently so were the writers. There’s going to be a conclave! What fun!
Let’s get this dust out of our eyes and dive in, shall we? The episode began like the best sitcom ever, with three pals joking around, hanging out, and ribbing each other with hilarious quips about the end of the world.
For real you guys, if this show turned into Raven, Emori and the Beautiful Creepster trying to make it work on a rocketship, I WOULD WATCH IT. Anyway, things were real cool and fun until a certain hallucination crashed the party.
Becka! It was Becka, you guys, just chilling out in the rocketship, but also in Raven’s mind. Then Raven had a seizure that was very upsetting, so let’s not talk about it. Moving on!
Meanwhile, on a farm (LOL)…
Oh man, Octavia is soooooo bored! Look, I love Ilian, and this thing they have going is very cute, but he better start finding terrible humans for Octavia to hunt down in a forest or something, because she is NOT loving being a farmer. Anyway, some chick showed up like some kind of gruesome girl guide, except instead of selling cookies, she was shaming her neighbours into going to war.
Back at Ark Camp, Newj was doing what he loves more than anything – giving a speech about how he’s the best.
Newj was all, “I saved everyone,” and they were all, “oh, okay cool,” and he was like, “you don’t seem as excited as you should be,” and they were like, “no, it’s just that, you claim to save us every other week, so…” and Newj was like, “no, but this time I really did!” and they nodded and were like, “sure, pal.”
One lady in particular did not seem very keen:
Jasper hinted very heavily that he’s not about on the whole “survival” thing, but more importantly, look who his new best friend is:
His smile screams, “someone please call 9-1-1, I am under duress.”
What we know so far: Riley was imprisoned by some Ice Cubes, fought to be rescued, is every main character’s best friend, and was very upset and hurt when he wasn’t on Clarke’s survival list, going so far as to throw poor Darcy under the bus because he was a better shot than her, and now he doesn’t even WANT his spot in the bunker? Jeez, Riley, pick a damn character trait and stick to it!
Abby told Clarke that the alliance with Roan was at an end, which Clarke very quickly figured out was code for, “we’re at war now, hun.” Of course, like any plan Skaikru has ever had, it went downright terribly, and everyone was captured.
YEAH GIRL! Oh how I missed Echo with her badass no-nonsense, and her sassy, hilarious buddy-cop friendship with Roan. More! More! More! Anyway, she instinctively knew he was in danger so she showed up and put a stop to Skaikru shenanigans. This lead to the reappearance of the oldest, most consistent aspect of this show… MOUTH GAGS! So gross. I am legitimately concerned for the oral health of these actors.
Clarke explained that she didn’t know about the schemes, and Roan instantly believed her because they are practically family and no one can convince me otherwise. Then Clarke countered this situation with more schemes, and Roan was about it.
Meanwhile, back at the farm (LOL):
Maybe take it as a warning sign when your girlfriend interrupts a cuddle-sesh to get all nostalgic about war. Speaking of girlfriends who just weren’t into it this episode…
Harper doesn’t want to go to the bunker!! This was an upsetting turn, you guys. I get it, life in the world of The 100 is a hellish literal apocalypse, but Monty had a good point – Harper ran for her life during the black rain, so maybe this decision isn’t the most consistent? Then again, people change, and shit happens, and you know what, I retract my nitpick – you do you, Harper!
Newj was all “pitter patter let’s skedadder,” and the kids were like, “if it’s a choice between listening to more of your speeches, or dying, we’d rather just die, thanks.
Then Monty’s best friend and girlfriend entered into a suicide pact with this look;
Speaking of, our glorious Goddess of Awesome was making a decision of her own.
This was beautiful and heartbreaking. Raven is dying. Her most prized asset – her brain – is failing. Faced with the choice of quickly deteriorating and relying on your friends to help you brush your teeth vs. going out with a blaze of glory… I’m not saying which way I would go, but once again the show is asking its audience the hard questions. That being said – RAVEN! Don’t die ever!
Seeing as the Beautiful Creepster and Emori were banking on Raven’s awesomeness as a draw to get rescued, watching her having a full-out conversation with an imaginary friend was a touch disheartening. So they decided to live in a love-bunker for two.
Meanwhile Roan and Clarke descended into their future paradise to try and negotiate with Indra. Naturally it went about as well as two mean girls both up for prom queen.
Then Indra was all, “if only we had a commander, everything would be fine, we’d all get along, everyone would survive and somehow we’d all get cool jackets or something. But we don’t have a commander. A commander would solve everything. Commander, commander, commander!”
Clarke showed Gaia her nightblood, and the game was afoot!
Back at Ark Camp Jasper and the others had locked themselves into a room, and Bellamy and Monty figured they could logic them out.
Newj was concerned that this teenage drama was eating into his very important plotline, so he decreed the kids were allowed to stay and die or whatever, he didn’t care, as long as everyone knows how great he is.
Very serious question – when is Monty going to catch a freaking break? Asking for a friend (my heart). Anyway, back at the farm (LOL), Octavia got paid a visit by some rude wannabes, so she started handing out one-way tickets to hell like she was Oprah Winfrey giving away cars.
Octavia is Octavia again!! Look, this girl has always been a bit brutal, even before all the shit that went down. So yeah, I don’t think playing nice at a farm (LOL) was ever going to cut it, even if she hadn’t been attacked by a bunch of noobs. Ilian didn’t actually say anything, but he seemed pretty bummed. I hope this isn’t the last we see of his handsome face!
Back at Polis Roan heard the horn of power, or the whistle of magic or whatever, that signified a new commander was having her cotillion. He knew it was just Clarke being Clarke – going to very extreme extremes, just the absolute most extreme of extremes to try and single-handedly save the universe.
Roan totally called Clarke out for sciencing her blood! He even called in her mom to confirm it.
Welp, no matrix bug for Clarke! I wanted to high-five Roan so hard in this scene. Not only did he stop a plot point that would have been way too much, but he also came up with a fun solution!
A conclave!! They’re going to do a conclave with one representative from each clan! How exciting.
Back at Ark Camp everyone was saying goodbye, calling back to season 1, reminding the audience how much these people have been through together, and it was VERY MOVING, OKAY?
I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.
The closing scene of the episode was a classic Bellamy/Clarke discussion about how effed they are, but how they have to try anyway. They don’t have anyone who can fight! Skaikru is the wimpiest kru! They’re gonna looooooooose!
YESSSSSSSSS. Octavia strolled up on her kickass horse, with her kickass face and kickass one-liners and her kickass thirst for murder. Man oh man is this going to be an awesome conclave!
Well, that’s it! What did you guys think? Worth the 3 week wait? Are you SO PUMPED for next week’s inevitable awesomeness that you’re working on building a time machine out of a DeLorean so you don’t have to wait?
- Will Octavia even fight for Skaikru? Are they on speaking terms?
- If this bunker is the absolute best, where are the people it was intended for? Shouldn’t their descendants still be chilling out down there?
- Was that FLIRTING going on between Miller and Jackson??? Look, you all know how much I love Brian, but I also HAVE get behind any development that gets those strings off Jackson. #MakeJacksonARealBoy
- Someone explain mouth gags to me. How does having a strip of cloth in your mouth stop you from talking and/or screaming? How does every character on this show just HAVE mouth gags? Do they rip up old clothes and then carry the strips around in their pockets? How often do you think those things are washed? How do they taste? Ugh – these questions have burned within me since season 1.
- It’s nice to see Erica Cerra back in action as Becka. This lady should be in more things!
- Bellamy brought up a great point – the kids were sent to the ground to die and have survived despite nearly insurmountable odds. This is the first time since the show began that they were given a choice. Did they do the right thing by letting them have that choice, even if it meant loss of life? You all know how much I love moral quandaries.
- On a scale of 1 to IT WAS SO DAMN EARNED IT SHOULD GET A PAYCHECK, how earned was the Murphy / Raven hug?
- Did you want Clarke to become the Commander, or did you think it would have been way too much? Like when calendars have pictures of babies cuddling with puppies AND kittens AND chicks and they’re all on a picnic or something. Like, calm down, calendar.
I googled “too much” to have a visual representation for this last point and the first image was this:
[Originally Posted April 2017 on tv.com]