WELCOOOOOOOOOOOME BAAAAAAAAAACK, Bellamy Blake! It was very, VERY nice to see you again, even if you did drink allllllllllll the Kool-Aid. Just all of it. I’m not sure there’s any Kool-Aid left for anyone else. It’s pretty sugary, so you should probably brush your teeth.
The heart has returned to the show, and his first act was to betray the head. There’s more to this, obviously, there has to be. After his season 3 stint being manipulated by Pike’s Stupid Face, there’s no way he would allow himself to be brainwashed. Am I saying he’s playing the Shepherd, like the Girlventure Squad did? No, our boy is #TeamShepherd all the way. What I’m saying is that there has to be a reason. Whatever Bellamy saw in his privacy invasion of a Cave-Light-Being (honestly, the sentences I get to write in these recaps are unreal), led to this abrupt turn. Whatever his reasoning for betraying the Squad, it isn’t blind faith.
The episode opened with a certain roughed up dreamboat getting back to work, going through the memories of some dude who was at the intergalactic subway stop when Bellamy ‘died’. WHY they were still going through these memories months later… *shrug* Who cares. I’m always happy to see Levitt, I don’t care what he’s doing. Let the boy mop floors in the background of every scene, just gimme more Levitt.
Anyway, the scene shifted to the beginning moments of our boy Bellamy (feels a bit surreal to be typing his name again without a “where’s” in front of it) landing on an alien planet, followed by the Bardonite Conductor, um… Marv. Yeah. Marv feels right.
They immediately engaged in some fisticuffs, and Bellamy went ahead and Blake’d him so hard.
(To Blake: [blˈeɪk], verb, to completely destroy someone in a fight to the point of embarrassment)
Of COURSE they were surrounded by an insurmountable wall of rock… of course they were. And because our boy isn’t part mountain goat, he had to sulk back to his sworn enemy to see if he could get a wee boost.
Not like *I* do that or anything, that would be… *ahem* stupid… right? ANYWAY, they kerfuffled a bit more, but then Bellamy was like, “omg quit it,” and suggested they team-up and
fall in love get off the planet.
Bellamy set Marv’s leg, and Marv was like, “Owe, owe, owe, what the H, man,” and Bellamy was like, “What, they don’t have foreplay where you come from?” and Marv was like, “We do, but it’s usually not this gross or painful,” and Bellamy was all, “Then you’re doing it wrong, heh heh.” He disinfected it with some Pike’s Stupid Face know-how about tree sap, then, as Marv took a lol’ snoozle, Bellamy settled in for some light reading.
The Bardo Bible was all, “we will all transcend blabiddy blah caves are cool blah blah whatever.” I’m sure that’s the last we’ll hear of that.
They argued a bit about the possibility that everything Marv believes is total bullshit, but on the flip side, Bellamy loving people is selfish? I don’t know, man, Marv was all, “I love EVERYONE,” which is pretty rich coming from a guy who legit tried to kill our boy before this sexy truce was made.
Don’t act like you don’t feel this!!!
Marv’s leg healed remarkably fast (let’s chalk it up to alien tree goop and call it a day), so off they went to the parkour doubles tournament. Marv insisted on going first because his arms are stronger than his legs (trying to show off your guns to your crush, eh Marv? I see you). Anyway, he scampered up, and for a hot sec Bellamy thought he ran away, leaving him looking so dejected that I wanted to give him a pint of ice cream. BUT Marv’s heart drew him back, and away they went.
They were Fellowship of the Ringing up a snowy mountain, chatting the whole time about how great the Shepherd is / isn’t, and whether or not he actually went to Etherea, or if he’s just a big fat fibber. Bellamy wanted to continue climbing despite the storm, but Marv was all, “nawwwwww, I’m out.”
Of course, the tug of his heart once again led Marv back to Bellamy to pull him through the snow and then SNUGGLE HIM BACK TO LIFE. They had to cuddle in order to conserve heat in the harsh cold atmosphere, and… are we SURE this isn’t a romantic comedy?? Are we SURE?
When they woke up from their spoon-fest, Bellamy found a picture of the prequel cast, and then followed an ethereal light further into the tunnel (you never follow an ethereal light to a second location, Bellamy! You KNOW this!). Marv was convinced they were the previous Etherea tenants who had ascended, but Bellamy had some pretty logical points to the contrary. Namely, how did cave-dwellers have the technology required for such a feat? Huh, Marv? HUH?
Bellamy then informed Marv that Call Me Bill was a cult leader, but dude just did not care at all. The conversation boiled down to this; even though they couldn’t quite agree on their core beliefs, they were still ride-or-die for each other.
“I even love you, a stranger. Because I love everybody. Not JUST you, like don’t get ideas or anything. My love is eternal and pure and maybe we should kiss a little, you know, like I would kiss anyone, because I love everyone.” I SEE YOU, MARV!
Marv was like, “All we ever do is measure our beards, you never take me out anymore!” So (after Bellamy ATE A BUG), he had them chant a bit, and Bellamy slipped into a mind palace, City of Light style, and had a little meeting with Call Me Bill (how? I’m sure we’ll find out), and his late mom (who, if you’ll recall, was floated for having two kids). Mama Blake was like, “The ethereal light beings are all the rage,” and Bellamy was all, “oh damn, okay, I’ll give it a try, then,” and he TOUCHED ONE (rude). We didn’t get to see what he saw, but I’m sure it’s not important.
The storm broke after his vision, and Marv was like, “It’s meant to beeeeee!” and Bellamy was like, “Yes, we are,” and Marv was like, “What?” and Bellamy was all, “Huh?” and Marv was like, “Did you just-” and Bellamy was like, “NOTHING SHUT UP.”
They bickered a little about whether or not they should brave the climb when
winter night was coming, but in the end Marv couldn’t say no to those soulful eyes, so up they went.
Marv slipped and begged Bellamy to just let him fall rather than risk his own life to try to save him, but Bellamy was like, “I shall not live in this world without you,” and used the strength of his new
love faith to pull him to safety.
This isn’t even a joke anymore, you guys. I ship it.
They reached the intergalactic subway station, but instead of the green swirl scooping them up, it slid on down the mountain, and they had to jump into it. Marv was all for it, what with his blind faith and all, and eventually Bellamy took a big-boy breath and dove in, too.
Bellamy tumbled through the intergalactic subway, EMBRACED Marv, then bowed to the Shepherd all, “I will follow you, follow you wherever youuuuu may gooooo (oooohhhhh) there isn’t an ocean too deep (too deep) a mountain so high that can keep (keep) keep me awayyyyyyyy, away from your-” and Call Me Bill was like, “how long is this going to take, I have a 4 o’clock.”
Did we all see this moment coming from the instant Bellamy starting sipping on that Kool-Aid? Yeah. Did it make this scene any less heartbreaking to watch? Nope! Our boy told on Clarke so hard, revealing her key-less-ness, presumably dooming them, and the look on Clarke, Octavia, and Echo’s faces cut me to my very soul.
But even that wasn’t enough to damper the neon-green light shining in my heart, because BELLAMY BLAKE IS BACK, you guys, and Bob Morley absolutely killed it. It takes a talented actor to carry an episode of this show. Eliza Taylor got her turn, Marie Avgeropoulos got hers, and now Bob Morley can join their ranks (not to say Jonathan Scarfe didn’t pull his weight as Marv, but the focus was definitely more on Bellamy’s journey).
This season has been suffering from Bellamy’s absence (the writers did what they could with unforeseen circumstances, but, well, it is what it is). He is (the show’s self-subscribed) heart, and without him, the plot has lacked some of that much-needed warmth. He returned at a perfect time, with the unexpected heart-replacement Diyoza (don’t @ me) gone, the show needs a little more love. You know, even if he is currently working against the Adventure Squad he once helped to lead.
Things are cooking now, pals, and I’m pumped to see what our boy has up his sleeve. On top of that, I’m especially excited to see Clarke’s home-memory-movie. Do you think they’ll show the Mountain King (please please please)? Or, more importantly, RILEY??? If we see the first moment Clarke met Riley, I will honestly flip out (do people still say flip out?)
- The fact that Gabriel is always eating makes me like him one thousand percent more.
- Bellamy chanting “I’m not afraid,” as he climbed a snowy mountain got me. It got me hard. That mixed with the swords and guns in his vision… well done, show.
- Where’s the rest of the Squad (and Hope)? How was it decided who stays with who? Do the Bardonites instinctively know who the main characters are?
- So, does our favourite adorable dreamboat understand that Octavia only left him tied up because she knew she’d be able to stop Echo? HAVE THEY HAD MAKE-UP ICE CREAM, OR WHAT???
- Beard-growth as a time marker. Classic.
- I loved how whenever Bellamy was like, “I fixed your leg and saved you!” Marv didn’t respond with, “yeah, because YOU broke it!” That’s just the kind of guy Marv is, I guess.
- I was 100% wrong about Bellamy being the invisi-jerk who anomal-napped Gaia, so, um, quick question, WHERE IN THE SWEET HELL IS GAIA?!?
- This episode used every romantic trope I love:
- Enemies forced to work together towards a common goal? ✔
- Enemies stuck in a deserted place together for a long period of time? ✔
- One nursing the other back to health? ✔
- ‘Reluctantly’ saving each other? ✔
- Banter that turns heated? ✔
- Snuggling to stay warm in extreme cold? ✔
- Looking out at a beautiful vista, realizing that maybe the REAL beauty was beside you the whole time? ✔
- Finding ways to express their love without actually saying it outright? ✔
- Sacrificing their own lives / safety for the other? ✔
- The ‘so relieved we survived’ embrace that lingers a little too long? ✔
This is the best romance Bellamy Blake has had in this entire series, I will not be convinced otherwise.
- Related: has everyone seen The Old Guard? (If you haven’t, go watch it right now, I don’t care what you’re doing, put down that baby or scalpel or cheese or whatever and turn it on posthaste) (on second thought, keep the cheese). Was anyone else picking up strong Joe / Nicky vibes?
- Pike’s Stupid Face (again, I would like to reiterate that Michael Beach is very handsome, and his ‘stupid face’ is purely metaphorical) is getting a lot of posthumous airtime lately. Are we going to see another cameo, or is this simply to remind us how far Bellamy has come?
- The shiny cave ghosts looked like Becca’s Grounder-shrine drawing, no?
I’m not saying that the energy is Becca (or am I??? I don’t know!), but I do think there’s a link. Is this where the anomal-stone brought her? Did she also invade the Light Being’s privacy? Is her consciousness somehow stored in there? Did Bellamy have a lil’ chat with our girl? Did she tell him what he needs to do in order to pass the test??? IS BELLAMY THE KEY NOW???
- If those light beings are what the Bardonites want to be, then nooooooooo thank you, that looks boring as all heck. And sorta frustrating? They can’t even scratch their nose!
- How is Indra, do we think???? Is someone feeding her cookies? Have Murphy and his new best friend gotten drunk and made prank phone calls? Did someone teach Madi how to play soccer?? I guess we’ll find out next week, as we return to Sanctum.
- A hearty honourary mention to Carrie and ninjachris3 for pointing out the JOKE FROM THE PAAAAAAAAST was Sheid offering candy out of a creepy van. I hadn’t even realized I used it with Season 2/3 Jaha. YOU GUYS KNOW MY RECAPS BETTER THAN I DO, how did this happen.
- Congratulations to this week’s winner, Alice Ramsay, for the familiar chant Clarke used to get her pals back…
OKAY THANKS FOR STOPPING BY ILY GUYS STAY SAFE OUT THERE!