The 100: 04×11, The Other Side (Review/Recap)

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After Octavia managed to defeat all of her opponents in the conclave and won the deciding rights to the bunker, she hoped to use it as a token of unity to show evolution amongst the population. Unfortunately, all of Octavia’s hard work was met with a decision that trumped the Blake siblings’ hopes and proved Clarke and Jaha are self proclaimed leaders who don’t take others into consideration…

“The Other Side” Recap

With Clarke having come up with a plan to overtake the bunker, Jaha and the rest of the former Skaikru make themselves comfortable despite utterly shocking everyone else with the rash decision. By the time Bellamy regains consciousness, he begins to clash with Clarke, finally calling her out for making choices she shouldn’t be deciding on her own. Abby realizes the same thing Bellamy has, and the evil duo of Clarke and Jaha allow them to at least radio their goodbyes to Kane and Octavia. Octavia fills her brother in on her victory so he takes an opportunity to say he will do whatever he can to get her inside the bunker and safe with the others. Jaha (who wasn’t so pleased about the radio contact) has guards shock-baton him to take him as a temporary prisoner with concern over what he will do next.

As he is dragged away, Abby and Clarke aren’t too thrilled by Jaha’s orders (which Clarke is equally a part of, in my honest opinion), but Clarke finds Murphy to keep an eye on Bellamy. Murphy notices Bellamy bleeding from the chains (that tends to happen when one is held captive against one’s will), so Abby is sent to tend to his wounds. Bellamy had hoped this would happen, taking the opportunity to tell Abby he will do whatever is necessary to save his sister and Kane — Abby’s love interest, in case you need a refresh for the lack of Kane/Abby scenes. Abby frees him from his chains, and, although she isn’t sure he will succeed, she feels better trying than just allowing madness to ensue like her daughter repeatedly allows.

Above ground, Octavia is surrounded by the other clans, who grow anxious over the looming sense of danger, with Azgeda becoming an issue due to Echo “dishonoring” her people. Octavia shows her true leadership attributes and explains that, even though she may not have played fairly, it shouldn’t reflect her entire clan — a round of applause for her sheer brilliance and forward thinking, right? Abby approaches Jaha for one last shot at persuasion, but he refers to Kane as if he has died already, so, in response to the shade from her former ally, she injects him with a sedative and aids Bellamy to the hatch, both working toward the same goal of opening the bunker.

Just as he comes close to gaining access to the hatch, Clarke appears toting a gun aimed at her “friend.” She receives the talk she needs from him, pointing out that, if she allows this to happen, she’s completely responsible for allowing many others to die. Bellamy stands strong and says she will have to kill him if she doesn’t want him to open the door and Clarke realizes at least one horrible act she can’t commit — lowering the gun. Now the Blake siblings have a chance to reunite, and Octavia proclaims unity for all … just not Echo, which is totally understandable given all the treachery she has sparked. Octavia explains that, as long as she and her brother are given a spot, the remaining slots for the bunker can be determined by the powers that be (Clarke, Kane and Jaha).

Elsewhere, Raven is realizing her time on earth is coming to an end and begins to see visions of Becca and her close friend Sinclair, with the new knowledge that she could (possibly) survive if she were to “reboot” her brain. How does one do this? Well, with the mix of an ice bath and defibrillator, of course! Shockingly (and semi-strangely) enough, her plan works, and Raven Reyes is back in the game. Monty does his best to convince a group of The 100 to join him in the rover and make their way to (semi) safety. The group (including Jasper, Harper and a few others) decide to follow Riley’s direction and agree that, with the correct amount of a dosage, they can end the suffering that very night. A surprising change of character shows Harper later tell Monty that he isn’t enough for her to want to survive and gives a pretty cruel breakup on account of the suicide pact — but the truly heavy moment comes from Monty and Jasper.

Monty next finds Jasper staring outside of a window into the deep red moon, knowing that the end is coming for them eventually. Jasper asks his childhood best friend to tell him he loves him, triggering Monty to realize that Jasper has overdosed. He tries to stick his fingers in his throat to make him regurgitate the drugs; however, Jasper stops him and makes a joke out of the situation as only Jasper could. He kisses Monty’s hand with one final bit of life he has remaining and tells him he will “see you on the other side.” Overcome by emotion (Monty … and me), he repeatedly states his love for Jasper to make his feelings for his best friend known even though he had passed on moments before he could muster the words. After everything they had been through, it was apparent that Jasper was heading down this path after losing the potential love of his life, he was now a fractured person who wasn’t willing to fight on any longer. There have been several deaths in The 100 during its four seasons, but this one was an emotional punch to the gut.

The only silver lining of the situation was that Harper didn’t actually go through with it, telling Monty she loves him (but I must admit I’m not to pleased with her after this episode). Now only two episodes remain, and plenty of characters are in danger of radiation, so any bets on who can survive the upcoming danger?

Overall Grade: 8/10

Rest In Peace, Jasper. Your sarcasm, goofiness, scorned attitude and words of wisdom will be missed. After four seasons, he rightfully became a fan favorite who reflected some of the darkest moments of grief the series included. His story’s conclusion was one that could have been predicted by watching the slow deterioration of who he once was and his lack of interest in what the world around him had become — it’s just a shame he didn’t want to stick around to reshape what it could eventually become.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts
  • Giving Jasper and Monty a scene for his send off was the most appropriate choice by far.
  • Still waiting on that afterlife reunion for Jasper and Maya.
  • Raven’s plan of survival seemed slightly insane, but, if it kept my favorite brainiac around, I am all for it.
  • Clarke can try to do the right thing all she likes, but she will never make amends for the choices she has made at this point.

The 100: 04×10, Die All, Die Merrily (Review/Recap)

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The battle of the conclave is ready to commence, and Octavia is amped up and ready to battle for her people on one of the best episodes The 100 has offered us.

“Die All, Die Merrily” Recap

With each sect providing a warrior (in addition to two advisers), they gather inside the walls of Polis to fight for those they represent — but Clarke and Bellamy have no intentions of persuading Octavia from proving herself in this epic battle. Everyone else represented in battle must resort to a warded-off section to remove them from the fray, concerning Bellamy and Clarke. Octavia on the other hand becomes more concerned by the fact that her brief fling with Ilian will be coming to an end as he is present to fight for his own people in a war where only one is intended to survive. He doesn’t seem as concerned to fight Octavia as much as she is, so the budding romance looks to (potentially) be a false alarm.

Enter Gaia, who fills the warriors in on the rules of battle — a gruesome fight to the end — and collecting the sigils of the fallen, which is when Luna arrives and makes her presence know to enter the battle. The difference between Luna and those other warriors is that Luna has nobody left to fight for, so if she were to win it would mean that nobody will survive (a very dark and bittersweet notion for the Floukru sole survivor.) Clarke knows it cannot bode well for the others seeing as how Luna is actually the only with legitimate training for this very reason, but Roan doesn’t want to forge any alliance that deviates from their traditional tactics. Clarke’s concerns only grow because of Roan’s indifference, so all of their survival rides solely on Ocatvia in battle.

As Octavia prepares for the intense trials, Indra appears to give her a few tips to withstand the others, throwing Octavia off since she opted to be an adviser for Trikru. That’s when Octavia is genuinely surprised by the next thing Indra does, telling our favorite grounder that “she” is her people. How can you not love these two? I am all for a Octavia/Indra 2020 presidential campaign, and, if you aren’t, you need to get there with me. With Octavia nearing the battle, her brother and Kane offer suggestions to aid her survival (basically, the good old-fashioned hiding technique) until only one other remains. It might not be Octavia’s preferred method of battle, but it’s something she begins to see as a viable option to dodge some of the unavoidable bloodshed. Even though she misses an inital portion of the fight (Roan had already established a kill count.), she comes face to face with an enraged Luna who has abandoned her peaceful way of life to cuase some carnage against the fleeting humanity. Octavia manages to stray from Luna’s path just in time to turn down a proposed pact between her and Illian – but it doesn’t stop him from helping her fight off three other men. Kane and Bellamy (who watch from afar) notice that Echo is no longer around which leaves a scent of untrustworthyness to the Blake sibling, later finding her shooting arrows at the other warriors.

Just as Bellamy is able to stop Echo from interfering any further, she fires off an arrow that pierces Illian’s throat before Octavia’s eyes (a very dark scene one might add.) Echo prepares to finish Octavia herself, but Bellamy nearly kills her when Roan discovers what she has done – banishing her from Azgeda and resulting in a slow-clap from myself. Next we learn of the conclave fight, everyone except for Roan, Octavia and Luna has since died and Roan offers a partnership with Octavia to kill Luna and battle it out between the pair. I must admit, I really wanted to see the three make it out alive, but at least it makes for an interesting event! We briefly see a shot of Bellamy getting kidnapped by a mysterious figure, but the attention is fully focused on the brewing battle between the three remaining participants. As it begins, Luna Octavia and Roan begin a masterful fight that showcases some of the major assets to The 100 for its intensity and enjoyably manufactured fight sequences. Mid battle, the acid rain begins to pour down, sending Octavia for cover but Roan and Luna continue their epic brawl until she stabs him and ensures the death by drowning to send a message — she really likes a sense of finality apparently.

Luna follows Octavia whilist giving a speech about the inner darkness of humanity, stumbling up to a cabinet with trickles of blood she assumes is Octavia’s. Luna begins to stab-away and is met with a blade through the back courtesy of Octavia’s cleverness and ability to hide (such as her entire existance on the ark I suppose.) With the final death now in place, Octavia is told that her people now hold the bunker as their own… but something Clarke has done may change that for everyone again. Octaiva offers that the bunker is for everyone to suggest a peace treaty as Lincoln would have appreciated to everyone’s pleasure, but Clarke and Jaha took out the guards and moved Skaikru into the safe haven. So after putting her life on the line for her people, humanity as a whole and a chance at survival, Clarke has once again made an executive decision that thwarted anyone else’s input and continues to ensure I will not ever be able to root for the worst person to lead Skaikru or anyone for that matter.

Overall Grade: 8.5/10

Of all of the episodes this season, this feels to have the best essence of the series by returning to the conflict for survival and the high stakes aspects the series does best. I additionally was pleased to see an Octavia centric episode and I believe The 100 writers should groom her to be the next lead as Clarke spirals further down the rabbit hole of unsuccessful leadership. The fight scenes and dramatic overtones were a perfect fit to the post-apocalyptic series, making the 10th episode one of the most memorable installments they’ve provided thus far.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

  • With 3 episodes left, I am very concerned to see how things will play out for the survival of Skaikru if Clarke continues as the role she’s placed herself in.
  • RIP to Roan and Luna, two supporting characters who I enjoyed for the time they were around.
  • This episode was one that original fans of the series should truly enjoy. It felt like an mini-film with all of the series’ best elements.

The 100: 04×05, Tinder Box (Review/r

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The 100’s fifth episode of the fourth season faced a potential war and a risky concept that could save humanity or cause a fan favorite their life – so let’s jump right in to an episode filled with multiple breakthroughs.

“Tinder Box” Review / Recap

The episode “Tinder Box” begins by taking us back to Octavia post battle with Azgeda who is now barely clinging to her horse – until she actually ends up falling off and passing out from the fight and falls to the ground. It is then that Illian (the grounder whose life changed due to ALIE) finds Octavia and helps her make her way to Arkadia, where Clarke performs CPR on the Blake sibling. Octavia takes a breath and has enough energy to warn Clarke and the others that war with Azgeda is approaching, their people will come for them. This notion is enough to engulf everyone with turmoil and the preparations to withstand Azgeda must become a reality. In this chaos, they try to reach Kane via radio to no response, a reminder to viewers that there is a lot going on for Skaikru.

Because Monty can’t get ahold of Kane and Bellamy’s rover is found by Jaha, concern is initiated causing Miller’s father to crave a battle without any regard for their safety or land. Clarke (being the diplomat she is) offers up an idea to open a line of communication between herself and Roan, only being backed by Monty. The idea isn’t received well, but it’s better than immediate bloodshed so Clarke goes horse bound to meet their warriors and speak with the king himself. Clarke finally gets to their location somewhere between Polis and Arkadia, but she’s greeted by archers ready to end her existence. She asks to speak to Roan for a few minutes max but he’s not as interested in talking. Fortunately for Clarke, her people cover Roan in sniper lasers and they both know there is going to be a brief standstill.

Shortly after, Roan tells his people to bring Kane and Bellamy (hostages of a new war) to the forefront in an attempt to show them what is at stake. The meeting between both leaders gives them some privacy in a nearby cave just after Monty convinced Riley to hold off on revenge-killing Roan for his own suffering. Clarke wants to know what could have made him go back on their truce to which he says is credited to his new knowledge of the ship. Clarke reinforces that it is only a backup plan capable of saving 100 people, but the nightblood could be the key to everyone’s survival somehow. She promises she isn’t trying to overthrow him with a new leader because the chip is gone (imagine how much trust he’ll lose when Octavia shares the truth.) Roan tells Clarke a harsh truth regarding the woman she loved, saying that Lexa knew how to put loyalty over clan – and that she needs to figure that out for herself too.

The words resonate with Clarke apparently, because she offers up 50 spots to Azgeda and the other 50 to Skaikru, a split divide to appease both and avoid bloodshed. Even though they take an oath that should stop fighting, Riley has disappeared and Monty is forced to tell Echo about his plan to kill their current king. Bellamy uses the opportunity to get out of being a prisoner and give his aid to Echo in the search for Riley. When they find the young man, he is prepping to kill Roan and Echo readies herself to kill him. Bellamy begs that she doesn’t become a murderer from war but Riley eases the decision by putting his gun down and keeping his own hand clean (for the time being.)

Elsewhere, queen Octavia (nickname from me, not an official title) awakens to find Niylah taking care of her injuries and asks how she ended up back at the ship. When Niylah tells her about Illian, Octavia instantly worries about what the others should have worried about before fleeing and leaving him alone in their tech-heavy ship. By the time they find him, he is just about ready to burn down the ship and he succeeds at annihilating their only current option to withstand the radiation storm sweeping their way. Everyone comes back after postponing war to see their ship torched to the ground, so the nightblood option becomes their only option to stay alive.

In the lab that ALIE/Becca has created, Abby works had to find an alternative way to fuse nightblood with their own and recreate it, but Raven gets caught up enjoying some flight time. In reality, Raven has a seizure that Abby helps her through, yet Raven is convinced she actually just was given a brilliant idea. Raven shares that because they used an EMP to remove ALIE from her brain, fragments remain and because of the constant thought process she seized (as a normal human couldn’t handle that much brain activity) but the solution: Becca needed to go to space (I won’t pretend to have Raven’s brain) in zero gravity to bond the blood. Luckily, Becca had a small ship with functionality to return to space so Raven volunteers to set out for space with Abby. Jackson stops them both and says Raven is showing signs of a stroke and a CT scan proves she has black spotting beginning to cover her brain. Raven insists she will give her life to save the others if needed, so Jackson reminds Abby she received the EMP too. Abby says she’ll watch for symptoms, but the moment she’s alone she sees a blistered Clarke adding pressure to finding a cure for what’s to come. Better work quickly people, the clock is ticking!

Overall Grade: 8.5/10

Raven seems to be evolving and crumbling simultaneously which makes for a fascinating line to tow as one of the series best characters, who also happens to be the brains behind the operation. Clarke made (another) decision to avoid conflict, but in doing so she has ignited a spark that could cause Arkadia to crumble as a unit -I just hope to see Clarke finally realize that she isn’t the single person capable of leading Arkadia . Five episodes in and The 100 remains one of television’s most consistently impressive series.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Raven for new leader of Arkadia

-RIP to the Ark portion of Ark-adia, but kudos to the scene where we watch it go out in a blaze. 

– Octavia surviving and being the only person to have suspicions about Illian is another reason to praise the relentlessness of the youngest Blake sibling.

– A (short) return to space could be a nice change of pace after focusing solely on Earth for awhile.

– I’m happy that Niylah has been able to stick around, she’s a pleasant surprise when she appears.