Welcome to our first fist fight recap of The CW’s critically-acclaimed and fan-beloved series, The 100. I know I’m starting off a little too late but hey, better late than never.
So this season follows a tumultuous season 3 where people got high on ALIE, a drug that makes you forget your pain, and lots of major character deaths that left us in a Game of Thrones haze (don’t think about Lincoln, don’t think about Lincoln). But like Season 1, this season is looking much more promising. Especially when we’ve got the dynamic duo of one Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley) finally at the helm…unless we’re talking about this episode, that is. But we’ll get to that in due time.
The new season’s tagline, “From the ashes we will rise”, returns to a dark time for humanity yet again: the nuclear reactors are melting, there’s only two months of survivability, and there is a growing tension between the Grounders and Sky People (Skaikru) as Skaikru races to find a cure for everyone.
In this new episode, “A Lie Guarded”, tensions rise between the people of Arkadia and Clarke because of the newfound list, Roan and the Ice Nation’s patience grows thin, and, my personal favourite, Octavia does an Aragorn after a potentially fatal fight…
I don’t like it when Clarke gets separated from Bellamy and beside that, as Jaha points out in front of everyone in Arkadia, “strong leadership is essential for survival”. With the radiation at their doorstep and a failed sojourn to find a hidden bunker for shelter (as seen from the last episode titled “The Four Horsemen”), Clarke, abandoned by Bellamy who has gone off and got himself kidnapped, is again left behind to try and round up the Arkadians who are off on a singing in the acid-rain act of confusion, anger, and a cry for justice.
The Ark can only save a total of 100 people. And as a last resort, Clarke writes down a list of 100 names, leaving out a number of enraged Arkadians who demand justice. Understandably, no one wants to be locked out of those doors when the radiation arrives like a fatal cloud.
In an effort to appease the crowd through negotiations, Clarke finds herself bombarded with moral questions (Harper’s questionable genetic lineage) and economic questions (Monty as an apprentice engineer as opposed to a solid 10 Raven). The camera circles a surrounded Clarke and we’re almost out of breath with the accusations (and their truth) until Jaha lets go of the hose and enters the circle to unite the front. Clarke keeps the list, desperate for a friend who isn’t Jasper calling her out. We haven’t seen the end of Clarke’s turmoil yet. Her own people are against her, the doom of the apocalypse looms over their heads, and Bellamy, her partner in crime, er, survival, is nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile in Polis…
Kane reprimanding Octavia was long called for. Though we love her badass-ery and her ability to stare everyone down with those death brows, Octavia has been off-leash for too long. Killing innocents, drawing blood at any cost, she’s forgotten that a warrior needs to know when to hold back. Kane’s disciplinary actions were fatherly and affectionate. This dynamic is important if Octavia will be more than just the badass killer we know her as. She has a potential to see people beyond what they are (i.e. Lincoln) but she cannot allow that “darkness” to cloud her judgment.
Her “death” didn’t just show us Bob Morley’s acting chops as a grieving brother, but that she has a dimension beyond being an aggressive negotiator. Octavia will be a character we grow to love throughout the series: the child caged for her protection; sent to die for simply living; who grew up to be a young woman who loved and cared and fought to live against bitter odds. Her story arc will be one to definitely watch out for and take note of.
The rest of the episode sort of blurs together. Along with Luna the Nightblood – their key to the radiation cure – an unlikely troupe led by Abby, Raven, Jackson, Miller, Murphy, and Emori, find themselves in a showdown against aggressive drones that are guarding the laboratory of salvation. This same laboratory was made by last season’s Becca, the woman responsible for ALIE and the Nightbloods. And there’s a particular tidbit to take note of: Raven’s slight twitching that suggests that ALIE really has “upgraded her brain”.
And of course, to end our little summation, Roan has finally depleted his patience reserves and calls for the expulsion of Skaikru from the Coalition. Along with Asgeda, they will march to Arkadia and take a hold of the Ark as a refuge for their own people. Kane is desperate to keep the alliance to no avail and Bellamy is confident that Octavia would beat them to it and warn Skaikru of their impending attack, only to find out that she has died “a good death”. Echo really is trying so hard to prove that no one likes her. And I like that. A true, cold-blooded, jingoistic villain. Unbending and determined to do what is best for her people at all costs. We should give her a bit more credit, folks.
Anyway, as dire as Bellamy’s screams were, we find Octavia to be alas, alive and determined to get home still. Thank Helios! As Aragorn-epic as her washing up on shore was, I think we’re all ready for the narrative to do a double-time and get on with the apocalyptic program. Ain’t nobody got time for another war.