The 100: 04×02, Heavy Lies The Crown

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The 100 continues its fourth season with chaos and conflict, but what else would we expect from the high-stakes series? Now let’s dive straight in to this week’s episode that introduced the difficulties of accepting leadership in the midst of relentless danger.

“Heavy Lies the Crown” Recap

The episode begins with a flashback, nine days prior to present day where we see a young grounder under ALIE’s influence as he prepares to kill the rest of his family to prove a point in her name. Just before he can finish himself off, ALIE is summoned away to stop Clarke from destroying the City of Light (unsuccessfully of course.) It follows Illian (the young man) back to Polis where he is next seen listening in as an ambassador plans to fight King Roan and overtake the throne. Luckily for him, Octavia overhears and her and Kane warn him, but even though he isn’t willing to back down to recover from his wounds he gives them a chance to at least try another solution.

In preparation, he and Echo try sparring but he isn’t able to best her in battle. Echo questions Roan as to why he is so willing to forgive Skaikru so he explains they are going to try and help keep them all alive. Her next idea? Becoming a spy and infiltrating Skaikru. Now that Octavia and Kane have decided to stop the ambassador from battling Roan, he and Ilian aren’t keen on the concept and are ready end Roan – and Skaikru. Octavia challenges the ambassador one-on-one, but he declines and acts as if she couldn’t take him. Octavia (being the badass she is) takes the blade and stabs him through the ear – yes, the ear, she’s a brute savage and I’m all for it. Octavia covers up the evidence that she was behind the crime, muttering “long live the king.” More like long live the queen!

The other ambassadors come in the next day to inform Roan of his demise and it seems like nobody is fooled by Octavia – as Ilian asks if he will meet his end next. Instead she offers her condolences and it seems like they have a mutual agreement to let bygones be bygones (at least in the world of ‘The 100.’) Life at Arkadia isn’t exactly in the greatest place, with Jasper becoming someone so ready for death I can’t help but feel it’s actually inevitable in a bittersweet situation. Raven continues to look for alternatives, hoping there’s another Mt. Weather on the horizon, but the others stop her from telling anyone (which she compares to Clarke’s father.) Raven is a bit aggressive with her words and actions, but in all honesty there’s a major point she has about who they are quickly becoming.

It’s then that they discover that Alpha station may be an obvious solution – it managed to survive temperatures at extremes and radiation from space, so Raven begins preparation to salvage it as long as they can obtain a very special component. Bellamy, Miller, Monty and Brian form a small unit to find this important hydro-generator that’s in ship remnants of Farm Station, now in Ice Nation. The mission doesn’t go as planned when they are taken as prisoners eventually, but Azgeda warriors reluctantly agree when they know they have a deal with Roan. Things get complicated as they see one of their own being held captive with others and discover their chance of saving them is narrowed down to that small window of opportunity.

It comes down to a split decision as to if they should take the hydro-generator and leave people, or use it as a weapon against the Ice Nation soldiers and free the people who were turned into slaves. Bellamy makes the executive decision to save the captive individuals and essentially detonate their live-saving equipment that wipes out nearly all of the Azgeda warriors. Before they can separately kill their leader, Monty learns that his father’s death was at his hands – and Monty lets the former prisoners finish the job instead of making another tough call.

Back at Arkadia, Raven convinces a small pool of people to help maintain the ship she wants to repair (under a guise because of Clarke) and she is practically forced to accept Jaha’s help also at the request of Clarke. I truly feel like Raven’s feelings and perceptions are actually the most level-headed and fair after what betrayals and life-threatening choices have hurt them. When Bellamy finds his way back to Arkadia without what they needed – he makes it known he doesn’t want to be a part of anyone else dying, so Clarke naturally guilts him for sealing everyone else’s fate (which she has no room to judge.)

Clarke’s next step consists of her owning up to telling her people the truth (after Jasper accused her of hiding their fate and acting like the former council who banished them to Earth.) Clarke tries to share her knowledge, but backpedals and acts like they will all survive if the ship is repaired. Clarke made a bold choice to hide something that will certainly come back to make her pay but as usual she doesn’t seem to take other’s views into consideration. Is Clarke trying to save them? Absolutely. However lying to the people they are making help them can’t be acceptable for too long if she wants to hold on to any trust with those she swears to protect.

Overall Grade: 8/10

For the second week in a row, The 100 has earned a solid ‘8’ for using a build-up of leadership tension in Arkadia, Polis/Azgeda and the ramifications of failed leadership. Making each choice have a trickle effect for others has been a strong suit for The 100 and the coping (or lack of) mechanisms are a crucial sign that everyone has come so far from the people they were in the beginning – which can be good or bad, but perfect for storytelling.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Let’s take a minute to appreciate the romance that is Abby and Kane.

– Part of me wants to feel for Clarke, but as usual I feel like I would be tempted to challenge her choices as now forcing herself into a role that she shouldn’t necessarily be responsible for after the events of the past three seasons.

– I understand Jasper’s views on the 6 month expiration date, but he either needs to be a part of the solution or possibly remove himself entirely from Arkadia because it doesn’t look like he’ll ever find any semblance of happiness with people he seems to despise.

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The 100: 03×09, Stealing Fire (Review/Recap)

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After a few weeks on hiatus, The 100 returned to pick up the pieces after things in Polis and Arkadia began to fall apart. The episode featured some very heavy emotional moments, but before that all occurs – we begin by discovering Clarke and Murphy remain in captivity while the conclave gathers elsewhere. Titus arrives to greet the pair (after Clarke tells Murphy that Aiden must win his position as ruler.) Titus gives them the option to leave, however Clarke refuses to depart without seeing Lexa’s potential successor. Clarke finds him in the middle of a ceremony for the deceased Heda and insists that he stay strong but is interrupted by the second in command to the former ice queen (oh yeah, she also wants to be the new Heda.) with a strong desire to wipe out Arkadia and anyone in association with Clarke.

Over in Arkadia, everyone on team Kane has found themselves in dire circumstances – still locked away by Pike. The corrupt leader tells them that everyone involved in Kane’s plan will receive the same punishment of death but settles on a few power players (Lincoln/Kane) as a bargaining chip. A wavering Bellamy tracks down Miller and Harper, offering assistance to aid a plan to save Kane and the others. They haven’t quite come up with a strategy yet, but nothing is solid and trust doesn’t come easy after everything that transpired. Bellamy requests Octavia on her own to finally have a discussion, but she renders him unconscious to assure her potential scheme will go off without a hitch.

Titus tells Murphy and Clarke that if Ontari becomes the next to ascend to power, their balance will be completely altered for the worst – and Clarke remains firm on doing whatever is necessary to help Aiden. Unfortunately in a devastating turn of events, they hear a victory horn that sends everyone to the throne where Ontari sits covered in the blood of the youngsters who had such great potential. “I win.” the brute savage declares before dropping the head of her competition. I can truly say I didn’t expect that to go down and The 100 continues to shake things up as often as possible.

When Bellamy regains consciousness, he discovers he’s been chained up by his sister and Indra who have no trust in the man who betrayed them. Miller is met by his boyfriend Bryan, now realizing that he had bugged him in cooperation with Pike’s faction. Bryan insists that he truly loves Miller, but this divide has sent them down two completely different paths. Abby is given a few moments to say her goodbyes to Kane but she tells him that she can’t let him suffer for doing the right thing. Kane pleas with her to leave it alone in fear of her receiving punishment so he pushes her away in a last ditch effort to make his death easier in his own eyes. Sidenote; these two belong together. In a moment of clarity for Clarke, she faces Roan, the prince of ice nation, and comes to a decision that she isn’t willing to leave Polis without getting her hands on “the flame” AI and out of the reach of a dangerous leader.

Kane, Lincoln and Sinclair are taken away to be killed for their “crimes” but Monty’s wicked mother foils part of the plan (she thinks) by overhearing Harper patch through to Monty. Pike realizes that Octavia and others are on the premises, setting up his own to kill anyone who appears. In polis, Clarke prepares to steal the flame – but Titus appears out of nowhere and blames Clarke for the death of Lexa. She tries to persuade him that anyone else would be better than Ontari, but she’s the only remaining Nightblida after the madwoman went on her murderous rampage earlier. Clarke knows that Lexa spoke of an eighth in the conclave, but Titus doesn’t offer much information at first. Eventually he begins to agree with the notion, referencing a girl named Luna who is their last option. Titus reluctantly hands over the flame to her and explains the process in which Luna will use it (Clarke remembers the name spoken by Lincoln.) Titus then promises to help Murphy escape (uh-oh) telling Clarke her main mission is to locate Luna.

Pike has his crew sweeping the camp for any signs of Octavia and the others, feeling as if something about the situation felt wrong. They can’t locate Kane and Lincoln, because Octavia has hidden with them in the floor of a room they were temporarily kept in. Harper notices a slew of guards that complicate the escape plan, so Monty diverts the attention against his mother’s will. As they all begin to leave through another route, Abby tells Kane she can’t follow – hoping to change the way things are managed. They share a kiss, but are ultimately separated in a dangerous time. Pike makes an announcement throughout the facility that if they don’t offer one of those who were meant to be punished, the other grounders will be killed. Lincoln begins to turn around, with Octavia pleading that he doesn’t leave her. He tells her he loves her, kisses her, and drugs her – making it impossible for her to stop him. Lincoln gives Octavia to Kane, offering himself to Pike for execution in a truly honorable moment.

Murphy (who is stuck at Ontari’s side) becomes aware of her interest in him, beginning to try and lure Murphy in. Roan bursts through the door with Titus to tell her that he’s no longer holding the flame. They decide they need him around to partake in the ceremony, but he uses Roan’s blade to slit his own throat before bleeding out into the bath of Ontari, as a last ditch effort “for Lexa.” The (hopeful) queen tells them to announce her ascension regardless of the flame which is heard across the land. As the sun rises, Lincoln is taken to be killed in front of Arkadia where Octavia has awoken and made her way to see it for herself. Lincoln tells him he has no last words for him, looking to the sky and whispers “may we meet again” about Octavia and she meanwhile cries in the distance as the love of her life is shot point blank. The heart wrenching scene shows Octavia go from devastation to rage with a pent up anger ready to seek revenge on anyone responsible. Congratulations The 100, I’m emotionally compromised  by this excellent series yet again.  

Overall Grade: 9/10
After a few weeks on a temporary break, the episode jumped right back into multiple storylines with a ferocity that made the wait worth it. We earned major developments on both ends of the spectrum (Arkadia/Polis) that felt evenly distributed in a single episode. A devastating death hit hard, but made sense given the loyalty he has always had for his own people. The loss of Lincoln was brilliantly different from Lexa’s demise in terms of consequences and characterization, but both undoubtedly pulled at the heartstrings effectively. I guess this ends my enjoyment of the romantic pair of Lincoln and Octavia, but at least we’ll have the memories… Farewell Lincoln.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Ricky Whittle will be missed for his honest and commendable portrayal of the complex character Lincoln, maybe we’ll see you in the City of Light?

– Octavia is going to be rightfully pissed off at Pike and her brother, so he definitely has a major ass-whooping in his future.

– I have a strong feeling Abby won’t be able to survive much longer, which will be yet another hard pill to swallow.

The 100 is past the halfway point with so much going on and more evidence that it’s an all around successful series.

The 100: 03×07, Thirteen (Review)

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The 100 season 3 is progressing quickly, and this episode brought one of the most emotional loses of the entire series in addition to shinning a light on crucial history. Beware of spoilers below folks, this is going to be a heavy one…

In Polis, Titus continues to hold an Imprisoned Murphy captive, seeking answers on the drug from Jaha with a “sacred symbol.” Murphy tells him that Jaha stated if he took it the woman in red would take him to the City of Light, but Murphy being smart – never actually took it. The next scene shows us the origin of this symbol, with a flashback of a lab in space and the person A.L.I.E. received her image from. We then realize this moment is the catalyst of events that sparked nuclear war, and A.L.I.E. was responsible for the initial launch, hacking their mainframe. As people present in the facility try to say their emotional goodbyes to loved ones, we see a shot of the warfare from space annihilating Earth’s population. This is the first time we’ve actually seen the act that set up the premise for the series, and the reveal was an impactful one most definitely.

At Polis, a grounder brings Octavia (bound and a prisoner) insisting she and her people receive punishment. Others chant for blood, and Clarke looks on worried for the fate of her on-and-off friend. In private, a heated Titus asserts his dominance and insists that her peaceful approach isn’t going to maintain itself much longer. Despite his fears, Lexa opts to block Skaikru into their current camp and attempt peace once again. Her people begin to become filled with rage, and this is a strong indicator of bad things to come.

After having basically the worst luck, Murphy escapes his shackles and arms himself – before realizing the connection between Polis and Polaris. We return to the past and see Becca (the creator and doppelgänger of A.L.I.E.) has injected herself with a black substance to hold the A.L.I.E. II AI (like what Lexa calls the night blood) and faces animosity from her comrades for continuing to work on the AI development after it caused the end of the world. She claims that while the first A.L.I.E. Couldn’t understand humanity, this updated version will truly grasp the concept. In a last ditch effort to save her research, she overrides the station to keep them out of her lab – leaving us unsure of what she could do next.

Octavia tells Clarke that she’s so blinded by Lexa and her own needs that she has forgotten about her people (true) but Clarke insists she’s doing what needs to be done, or will at least try. Titus requests time alone with Lexa, and he tells her that her love for Clarke will result in her own death. His certainty is worrisome, but she chooses Clarke and insists he leave things alone. Octavia finds a recovering Indra and pleas that she revert to the warrior spirit she once was, and attain revenge for what was done to her. It’s nice to still see the specific connection between Indra and Octavia, even though it’s not a constant with everything that’s happened.

By the time Titus returns to the basement where Murphy is kept, he is attacked by Murphy (unsuccessfully) so he offers information on Polaris instead. Murphy proves that their beliefs of faith actually stem from what occurred to cause their space station – nuclear war caused by a woman. Good eye Murphy! Now as we return to the backstory of Becca and Polaris, the other stations threaten to blow up the 13th and she exits with her program in an escape pod, leaving the rest to be made an example out of. I’m very fascinated by Becca and her motivations, So I’m very happy they decided to make her an important character storyline this season.

Clarke makes the decision to return to Arkadia with her people, seeking out Lexa for a last goodbye. She tells her she understands her choice, but shows how hurt she is at the thought of losing the one she loves. The emotions take over, and they finally share a kiss with tear-filled eyes – leading to something a little more passionate (a Clexa first.) After sleeping together, Clarke asks about Lexa’s tattoos that represent the “nightblida” and the conclaves (one of which isn’t divulged.) When Clarke prepares to leave she comes across Titus with a gun, and a tied up Murphy. He hopes to kill her for Lexa’s benefit, and Clarke fights with him until Lexa enters to be accidentally shot with a stray bullet in the blink of an eye. She drops to the ground in a heartbreaking moment, and Clarke does her best to stop the thick black blood seeping from her chest. Nearing her demise, she tells Titus to never harm Clarke and he gives her his word. Lexa tells Clarke that her spirit will truly live on and that she can follow the next commander – but Clarke tells her she only desires Lexa’s presence. Way to make me more emotional…

“My fight is over.” Lexa tells the woman she loves, adding “you were right. Life is about more than surviving.” Clarke struggles to recite the grounder send off, finally saying “may we meet again” and gives her a final kiss before taking her last breath. This is by far the most devastating death so far, and even though I knew it was coming, it still has a major impact. When doing the final ritual to ensure her spirit is passed on, Titus turns her body over and a “sacred symbol” tattoo is revealed to be on the back of Lexa’s neck – leading us to our final flashback of Becca landing in a desolate earth with stitches in the same place. We return to Titus using a blade to slice the symbol open on her neck, and a small chip like device with a black stringy attachment that Murphy explains is the A.I. (That Becca placed in her own body) and Titus claims it’s actually the “spirit of the commander.” Now that we know more about A.L.I.E II and its bond with a human vessel, we’ll find out just what that means for the few who can withstand it’s needs very soon. I don’t know about you but I’m still comprehending such a massively important episode of The 100, and one of the best episodes so far!

Overall Grade: 9.5/10
This episode provided necessary plot details at every moment possible, elaborating on the history of the world we’ve come to know. Seeing the flashback sequences with Becca gave a better insight, and made for a richer backstory with impressive writing from beginning to end. The relationship between Lexa and Clarke came to a head in the most emotional way possible, and will be regarded as a memorable TV death for a long time. With strong performances, writing, and directorial work this is another must-see episode that will require emotional preparation to cope.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

-We now know that Becca passed on her treatments, being the reason for the genetically altered nightbloods. It also can be understood that this new A.L.I.E. requires a human body to thrive, but doesn’t shape their personality.

-Lexa’s final bow provided her with a proper yet sorrowful send off. The commander will be missed!

-Becca clearly has more involvement with whatever went on between the grounders and the space stations downfall – so be sure to watch for details in coming weeks.

-Things could go either way with the next commander, so the next few episodes should give us a better idea of what’s next for the 12 clans.