I can’t put into words what is happening in my mind / body / soul right now, which is problematic because I’m writing a thing that is made up of words? Everything about this episode was so deliciously upsetting. Show of hands, how many of you are sporadically bursting into laughter because your body can’t handle how upset you are versus how much you enjoyed this episode?
So many things! Monty and Murphy! Raven’s spacewalk! Monty’s hands! A super intense bbq! Clarke is a total hero! The recognition of the Beautiful Creepster’s redemption! And… hmmm, am I missing anything? The death of Matilda, the Mutated Gorilla, probably. That one is hard to accept. What else… um, oh yeah, a SIX FREAKING YEAR TIME JUMP. And some prisoners have come to play! And Clarke has an adopted nightblood! And short hair! And no one is returning her calls, which is SO embarrassing!
Keeping the narrative zeroed in on our beloved Adventure Squad was 100% the right call for the finale. The ONLY reason I was a smidgen disappointed that we never visited the bunker beyond the cold open is because I was going to be SO nice to Abby to make up for the fact that I was an insensitive ass-hat last week. And then she wasn’t even in the episode! Like, c’mon, Rothenberg, how dare you not predict that I would say something totally stupid, and then upon further reflection (and a thoughtful discussion on twitter, thanks for real guys), realize that I was wrong, and that I needed an Abby scene to express my remorse? That is on YOU, Jason, and you KNOW it. So I guess I’ll just have to say it earnestly, without any snarky captions (which I’m not sure I’m capable of). It was unfair of me to judge Abby so harshly. I was frustrated that she was being blamed (even by herself) for a decision that was the right thing to do. So, I overlooked the fact that she was actually going through something. Being “essential personnel” doesn’t mean she isn’t entitled to her struggles. Not only was her crisis valid, but her choice was also taken away, and I treated it as if she was in the wrong.
I’d like to apologize if my comments were triggering for any readers. That is the absolute last thing I want. The 100 fandom is such a supportive, fun, creative and beautifully passionate group of people. I am truly grateful to be a part of it, and OKAY OKAY I’M DONE, JEEZ! Let’s photo recap!
Because The 100 knows what the audience truly cares about, Praimfaya opened on a touching pep-talk Bellamy was giving to Octavia.
Then they both said they loved each other, but the connection cut off so Octavia didn’t hear Bellamy and ALREADY I AM UPSET. These two are the beating heart of this show, and I will slap-fight anyone who says otherwise.
Clarke couldn’t talk to her mom, which made her understandably upset, which lead to…
You all know I’m here for the hugs!
Back at Bunker Force One, Indra tagged into Bellamy’s pep-talk.
This was a small moment, but it was still so beautiful and important. First the show reminds us where Octavia started (under the floor), then it shows us who she’s become – not someone who sought out power, or even wants it, but someone who earned it.
And then the death wave hit! And we NEVER checked back in with the bunker. We don’t know who’s dead or alive. See what I mean?? It’s so delightfully upsetting!
Back at ALIE Island, Raven was outlining the basic plot of the episode.
So many things could go wrong! And there’s so much shit to do! First on the to-do list was sending two of the best humans in this universe to go get some science from Bunker Junior. Monty / Beautiful Creepster is a pair-up I never knew I always wanted. How often have we seen these two interact?? Obviously not a lot, considering Monty is still holding onto (very valid) beef from season 1.
KISS! KISS! KISS!
The wires were too small to handle with his gloves on, so Monty TOOK THEM OFF in order to safely disconnect the whatsit.
Montyyyyyyy!!!! Pure-hearted, heroic, daring, lovely Monty. Take notes, heroes everywhere. This is how it’s done. Speaking of, Clarke decided to give a “we’ve been through alot together” speech to Bellamy while half the audience screamed at their TV’s for them to KISS! KISS! KISS!
Yet another callback to season 1, when Clarke “didn’t like” Bellamy. This was a nice moment between two people who HAVE been through so much together. It was also a quick training session on how to be the leader, something Clarke was passing on to Bellamy. He was all, “I can still be impulsive, right?” and she was like, “No, are you kidding me, heck no, no way. Like sure, have a big heart or whatever, but also don’t be a dummy.”
Now, don’t send toenail clippings to the hollowed-out tree in which I live, but I really liked how these two left things. Their relationship has always been about mutual respect and support, and that’s exactly the send-off we got. Yes, they care deeply for one another, but I’m sorry #Bellarke shippers, I’m very glad they didn’t force a romantic moment. DON’T HATE ME!
Back in Chekhov’s Rocket, Raven had a bit of a meltdown because she couldn’t text or skype or facebook message anyone.
Then she spoke ABSOLUTE BLASPHEMY, and said she wasn’t smart enough to solve all the problems, at all times, in every situation, days after she survived multiple strokes and had a heart attack.
Bellamy gives so many pep talks, and I LOVE IT. #AlsoHereForThePepTalks
Anyway, he said something about ALIE, which made Raven remember something about science, and then presto, they were back in the game.
Every time Raven spoke to the computer it felt very old-timey sci-fi, and that is not a complaint. Then I remembered that we live in an age where we can actually have conversations with computers, and it terrified me for a sec. MOVING ON!
Monty and the Beautiful Creepster got the whatsit off the wall, and employed some very adorable teamwork to carry it, even though it was causing our precious Monty some serious ouchies. At one point Murphy said “who knew you were a secret badass,” to which the entire universe replied, “WE ALL DID.”
Monty was starting to fade, so Murphy tried to keep him engaged with some girl talk.
Monty was down for the count, so Murphy did the only thing he could do – saved the whatsit and left him behind. But he felt VERY bad about it, so… EMOTIONAL GROWTH.
Meanwhile, Raven was explaining to Clarke and Bellamy how to connect the thing to the other thing to make other things happen.
But then Murphy appeared with the whatsit, and told them of Monty’s fate. Naturally Bellamy ran off to save him, leaving Clarke to connect the signal by her lonesome. I’m sure it’ll be fine.
You’ll have to excuse me for a quick 5 days because my heart exploded, and I have to now clean all the goop off the woodland creatures who also live in my hollowed-out tree. This was the best, you guys. If Monty – the purest of heroes – approves, then it’s official. Murphy is redeemed. *long, obnoxious, contented sigh*
Clarke made it to the tower (running through radioactive fallout? Grosssssss), and tried to plug in iPadicus Jr.
It didn’t work! She had to do it manually, because OF COURSE. So our brave, sometimes morally ambiguous, tortured and heroic protagonist, decided to sacrifice herself to save her friends.
Meanwhile, Echo had decided to opt out of season 5, but look who was there to give her a pep talk:
Who could say no to that face??? Of course Echo is back on board (literally!). If season 5 is just flashbacks of Echo being sassy in space, I’m in.
Then it was time to get goin’!
So they got all suited up, filed into the rocket, and came to terms with the fact that Clarke wasn’t going to make it.
SO DELICIOUSLY UPSETTING!
The Adventure Squad (sans Clarke) got into space and saw their old digs were as dark and depressing as an abandoned circus. Everyone was all, “whelp, Clarke’s a total failure,” and Bellamy was like, “NUH UH GUYS,” so Raven suited up to go on her space walk, keeping the faith that Clarke would come through in the end. The very best thing to come of this sequence was Echo’s reaction to Raven floating around in zero gravity.
Back on the ground, Clarke and iPadicus Jr. were still in a fight.
Clarke murdered iPadicus Jr! I mean, fair enough, he was being sort of a dick, what with making her climb a tower, move a giant satellite dish with her bare hands, and then not even telling her whether or not she succeeded. I suppose that warrants iPadicide.
Then the death wave was all, “yo Clarke, remember me?!” so she hightailed it back to the lab.
The Squad realized that Clarke was in fact successful, so they popped on into the Ark Ring, and everything was totally fine!
Oh right, except for the fact that humans need oxygen to live.
It worked! Bellamy and Monty fixed the air, and then THIS happened:
I can’t handle Raven and the Beautiful Creepster’s friendship right now. It’s too much. IT’S ALL TOO MUCH.
What we learned in Clarke’s radio show was that not only did she have short, funky, coloured hair, but she was a “we”, she hasn’t spoken to any other main characters in six years and therefore doesn’t know if they’re alive, and she audio-blogs every day to “stay sane”.
I mean. WHAT? This is madness! It’s been SIX YEARS!! For real – how many of you yelped, or sat up straight, or threw up a little when you saw “6 years and 7 days later”. So brilliant.
ANYWAY, Clarke saw a rocket descending from the heavens, and got understandably excited. She even went to wake up her SURROGATE NIGHTBLOOD DAUGHTER??? HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA GOD I LOVE THIS SHOW.
A prisoner transport!! What a gloriously creative way to come up with possible season 5 antagonists! Or at least bring a new group of people into the narrative. Honestly, *slow clap*
YOU GUYS! How are you DOING? I’m not sure we’ll get over this for a while. Holy cannoli, what a ride. And not just this episode, but this entire season. The 100 kicked it up a notch, bringing us intrigue, violence, moral quandaries and so, so, so many emotions. Just think about the emotional character growth of this season. We care about these characters so much, and that’s rarely found in such a high-concept show.
Let’s take a moment to say goodbye to the characters we lost in this wicked, stunning, and violent season. Nyko, a beautiful blue-eyed teddy bear, Ilian, a sexy hero, Roan, a noble King, Luna, a complex, good-hearted warrior, Riley, a total freaking mystery, Miller’s Dad, a very cool dad, Matilda, a mutated Gorilla, and finally, Jasper Jordan, a fun-loving, kind-hearted, handsome quipster.
May we meet again on other television shows.
Thank you to everyone working on this glorious, violent, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining show. The 100 clearly means a lot to a lot of people. And thank you to the fans, who allow me to be a part of this beautifully wacko fandom. I appreciate every comment, every tweet, and every time someone says, “okay, Toni, stop gushing, you’re embarrassing yourself.”
I am so very pumped for Season 5. Until then, stay safe out there. I’m going to go eat all the ice cream now. ALL OF IT.
- “I don’t think I hate you anymore.” – “Give it time.”
- So many callbacks! *content sigh* I feel like these last few episodes were designed to be a little nostalgic to show us how far these kids have come. I quite enjoy it.
- How many babies are going to come down from space? 6 years is a long time with nothing else to do.
- What’s going on in the bunker? Are Miller and Jackson married? Did Abby forgive Kane? Did they brutally murder Jaha? Is Tim Bartlett still alive? Are they all tripping balls from Niylah’s tea?
- I love, love, LOVE that out of all of them in that rocket, it was EMORI who said, “Can’t we give her a minute?”
- The DETAILS on this show! That was the same bottle of booze Jaha was drinking at the end of Season 1.
- The actors now match their character’s ages! That must feel nice. Are we going to get flashbacks to fill in those skipped 6 years, or will they just dive right in to the prisoner drama? Do you think it’s going to be The 100’s version of Con Air? I can’t wait.
- RIP Matilda the Gorilla. You were a shining beacon of delight in an otherwise un-CGI world. May you frolic in the giant gorilla pit in the sky.
[Originally Posted May 2017 on tv.com]