The 100: 03×16, Perverse Instantiation Part 2 (Review/Recap)

perverse instantiation part 2

After an entire season of bloodshed, survival and politics, The 100 has concluded its third season with a bang. Just how did the season resolve the major storylines of ALIE and more? Let’s start from the beginning…

When we jump back in, Clarke is using the technology they’ve modified to shock ALIE out of their body, successfully reuniting mother and daughter when it seemed nearly impossible. Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy, Murphy and Pike establish that Ontari is unable to bear the “flame” AI, so Clarke nominates herself as a willing candidate. With Abby’s assistance they plan to make Clarke the next to receive the AI but must act fast as ALIE’s followers begin to climb their way up to the small band of survivors. In Arkadia, Jasper holds Harper captive while threatening her life if Raven and Monty don’t give themselves up – but Harper manages to showcase a little bit of her guard prowess and knocks him out before he can make a move.

Despite Abby’s reluctance, she infuses the necessary fluid into Clarke’s bloodstream if they hope to install the flame. By the time Murphy places the AI inside of Clarke’s neck, she screams in agony before quickly regaining her composure with one thing certain – she must take the chip to defeat ALIE. Clarke says her temporary farewells and takes it, only to find herself entering the city of light that appears with full structures representing a society they’ve never experienced. Clarke begins to rush through the city, slowly becoming overwhelmed as countless people appear in an every-day normal setting. She sees her first familiar face, a smiling Jasper, and discovers she isn’t able to be seen by anyone under the influence for the time being.

People continue to climb the tower in Polis for their AI leader which prepares Octavia and Pike for battle. Just before they enter, Octavia decides she will receive some justified payback, cutting Pike and incapacitating him to get attacked by the followers crawling through an entry point. They escape (with Bellamy saving Pike) and he tries to persuade his sister to stay focused on the matters at hand. (Sure Bellamy, easier said than done.) with everyone working on protecting Clarke’s physical form, her consciousness resides in the City of Light. Once ALIE learns that Clarke has breached it, she knows she’s surrounded with all of the eerie cult-like followers. At that moment, her body is put through stress from the rejection of night blood – making everyone have to fight to keep Clarke active. Raven (having entered ALIES coding) is able to stay updated in the situation, noting that the killswitch is crucial to the AI’s defeat.

Clarke is caught by a few of the drugged men and women, until Lexa arrives and singlehandedly stops each one of them. While we may have lost Lexa earlier, it’s still an important inclusion to give them an opportunity to appear face to face. Clarke fights for breath to tell Lexa she never thought they’d see each other again – which Lexa responds with the thought that she knew the next “chosen” would be perfect. Clarke nearly dies as Abby and Murphy perform surgery on Ontari that requires her heart to be pumped by hand (a very unsettling situation that was strongly executed) Elsewhere in Polis, it becomes apparent that the others are resourceful by shocking another sect of people under ALIE’s thrall.

Clarke and Lexa make their way to somewhere distant from people but are still found with Jasper’s form making the first contact. He tries to state that humans are the reason for the downfall of society in the first place (as ALIE,) but takes a broader approach when others begin to surround them more forcefully. Raven hacks a doorway into the program with the symbol of a Raven (very literal) however Lexa is needed to give Clarke enough time to escape. Clarke makes sure to tell Lexa that she does in fact love her, which Lexa replies with “I’ll always be with you.” Clarke pushes through the doorway created by Raven, taking her to the space station where she encounters original Becca, both hoping to stop the AI.

The crew of survivors (non-ALIE influenced) are down to their last room – the throne room. It comes down to this last stand where Clarke’s body is located and they are all equipped to kick some major ass regardless of being outnumbered. Clarke’s consciousness is present for a meeting between Becca and ALIE debating their perceptions of morality. ALIE tries to say that if Clarke lets the AI do what she intends to, she won’t have to feel the pressure or weight of heavy decisions ever again. The opportunity to use the killswitch dwindles at Clarke’s awareness, making it apparent that she doesn’t have the clear answer as of yet (shady.) After a seemingly long debate, Clarke flips the killswitch to shut ALIE down once and for all, painfully snapping everyone out of the AI state of mind whilst regaining their painful memories. A now returned Clarke insists they take out the flame as well, while reunions are underway among those who have been gone for so long. At Arkadia we see Jasper has also gone back to normal,  tearfully apologizing to Monty when his best friend assures him they will all be happy again one day. Octavia and Pike come face to face once on a very peaceful occasion, but the Blake sibling exacts her final moment of vengeance by stabbing the murderous leader through the chest and killing him without blinking an eye. Things aren’t quite a happy ending when Clarke tells Bellamy that they haven’t “saved the world” yet, meaning there is still plenty of trouble on the horizon – they’ll just have to celebrate their win, a first for The 100.

Overall Grade: 9.3/10
We really saw the series return to its sci-fi roots towards the later half of the season, finding ways to stray from previous plot lines. I respect that the writers took a different direction by ending on a slightly optimistic note, going with yet another unpredictable season finale. I enjoyed seeing characters like Octavia, Murphy and Raven play pivotal roles with some integration of other characters on the brink of the core group. By leaving the season with no indication of what will come next, The 100 certainly succeeded in adding new unknown layers to the powerful series.

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Season 4 of The 100 is especially exciting because of the ambiguity.

– I was immensely pleased to see more of Becca, who I find to be one of the most intriguing characters the series has ever provided.

– Major credit to The 100 for numerous intense scenes that ranged from medically reliant, to morally questionable, or even emotionally based depictions of plot and characters.

– I can’t wait to return next season for more coverage of The 100! May we meet again next year! 


The 100: 03×15, Perverse Instantiation (Review/Recap)

Perverse Instantiation

The first of a two-part finale covered a lot of ground in the world of The 100, so let’s not waste any time and dive straight into the fray! After unsuccessfully recruiting Luna, the four searching for her (Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy, and Jasper) go over their futile options without a Nightblood to take the place as the next commander. A frustrated Clarke takes a moment to herself to grieve of Lexa with the stressors surrounding her; however, one of ALIE’s followers has discovered her location. Roan makes an entrance and kills the man before he can make a move, proving they need each other to achieve one goal — place the chip of the commander in Ontari. Eventually they make their way back to the small pool of allies who haven’t been placed under ALIE’s thrall, sharing their new plan with Raven, Monty, Harper, Miller, and Brian. For this to take effect, Clarke takes the role of bridging this new unity with Roan. At first, he says his people (Ice Nation) aren’t afraid of ALIE until Bellamy and Clarke suggest just how influential she’s been thus far. Roan doesn’t take too much convincing with a quick response of “when do we leave?” 

With preparations being made to act on their plans, Raven and a few others make sure to stay behind to stop the AI. We learn that ALIE is very much aware of their discussions, signifying she has already breached their group with one well hidden follower. Clarke’s group makes it as far as they can by vehicle, but they are forced to split up with Roan and Clarke pairing off. Jasper and Monty search for a motherboard at Arkadia, and Jasper’s numerous questions make him a major suspect of the ALIE influence. He tells Monty that he’s spent enough time blaming others for what happened, but Monty then notices the tech they needed. ALIE refuses to let anything happen to risk her existence — making him stab his own best friend to stop their attempt. 

Roan takes Clarke into Polis, pretending to use her as a prisoner with Octavia, Bellamy, Brian, and Miller covering them. Brian and Miller talk about a future without fighting where they can be together and live a simple, happy existence with each other, shifting to a scorned Octavia staring her brother dead on with a justified expression of anger on her face. Roan calls out everyone else to see his “offering,” but Jaha is the only one to appear (not part of their Ontari-centric plan). Before they realize it, their cover is taken hostage by ALIE’s followers, and Roan is killed by Kane, saving Clarke because she’s the only one who can access the full scope of the AI 2.0 upgrade. Raven and Monty have locked themselves into the room where Raven can work with an especially creepy Jasper talking through an intercom hoping to gain access. Back in Polis, ALIE uses Abby to get to Clarke’s emotions, having her ask for the pass phrase — while cutting her own daughter whenever she refuses to oblige. It’s an especially cruel tactic and rough scene for a mother and daughter, but things look to get more difficult when they decide to take Bellamy next. Things begin to look bleak for the Blake sibling until Murphy and his band of survivors kill the guard faction, keeping the others at bay. They try to leave but Bellamy informs them he refuses because Clarke is still in trouble. “Clarke’s always in trouble,” Murphy accurately responds before ultimately agreeing to join them in a quest to finish what they’ve started. 

The two groups become a stronger unit, quickly forcing their way into an open area where Bellamy and Murphy are raised to the top of the tower. Octavia become emotional when talking to Indra about Lincoln being her “home,” but it’s shortened by a trigger-happy Kane firing at the others. Brian is shot (only injured as of now), and the delay causes the elevator shaft to slow, letting ALIE’s men into the elevator with Bellamy and Murphy. They manage to fight (and kill) those in their way and rise back up toward the higher levels. Raven hacks her way back into ALIE’s mainframe, which calls for a brief celebration, but Harper enters the hallway, only to be knocked out with her gun taken by Jasper. Monty’s blossoming emotional attachment to Harper makes this an especially high-risk scenario, and Jasper tells him he doesn’t want his friend to have to lose anybody else… 
The dwindling group of those rebelling makes it difficult to continue to raise the elevator manually, and the rubble separating others that follow ALIE begins to shift like they are getting closer and closer. In a last ditch effort, Abby threatens to hang herself if Clarke doesn’t give them the answer, but Clarke sobs and says she can’t give it up for the sake of the world’s survival. She proceeds to drop with the rope around her neck; at the same time, Bellamy and Murphy bust through the doors. Murphy cuts Abby down with only a moment to spare, while Bellamy shoots and knocks out Jaha — but not before Jaha struck Ontari in the head to prevent her being used as a vessel. The two free Clarke, though they realize Ontari is bleeding out and, at the very least, is brain dead, making their entire schemes and hopes seem intangible with only one nail-biting episode remaining. 
Overall Grade: 9/10
This first part of the finale was a high-stakes episode, like The 100 is always able to do, but brought the sci-fi elements of the series back to the forefront of the plot. The balance between the apocalyptic yet futuristic dynamic makes this season different from where we were last season, in a refreshing change of pace for an evolving drama series. There are so many interesting plot lines to tie up in the season finale so I can’t help but feel like we’re in for a major suspenseful thrill ride before the conclusion next week! 
Aedan’s Final Thoughts:
– ALIE is still that diabolical villain who manages to be a formidable opponent. 
– My theory remains that Clarke could be the next commander in some capacity (just not sure how she’ll obtain what’s needed like Becca did).
–  Murphy saves the day! The misunderstood character saved multiple lives while finding the time to bring out his snarky side, well done sir. 
– Raven is still probably one of the most brilliant characters of the series for repeatedly showing ALIE they won’t go out without a fight. 
– My heart still hurts for Octavia, and a happy ending this season doesn’t seem too likely…

The 100: 03×14, “Red Sky At Morning”

Red Sky

We’re quickly approaching the end of The 100’s third season, and the mysterious quest of ALIE continues! As the AI expands her grasp over mankind, Indra, Murphy, Pike and a few select others make an escape from the it cell in Polis – unsure of what the next step entails. Jaha and ALIE can be found inside the City of Light where it’s resident appear somewhat mindless or at the least heavily influenced. Once the AI determines they are going to use the backpack as a weapon against her, she summons Emori to intervene on her behalf.

Somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Clarke and the others remain present on the oil rig with Luna, hoping to enlist her help to combat the AI as the only proper commander left. Octavia addresses the state of war they are in and tries to spark the inner badass inside of Luna but the girl has no inclination to fight in any way. Jasper on the other hand meets a girl that makes him smile for the first time since Maya’s death which is noticed by those who played a part in her demise. At Arkadia, Raven begins to draw her own plan to dismantle the advanced AI, yet Monty tries to persuade her that waiting for word from Clarke’s crew is the best plan (I’m with Raven.) Even when she begins to find potential weaknesses in ALIE he frustratingly suggests they wait it out. During a routine patrol with only a few individuals, Harper takes the opportunity to make a move with Monty by kissing him – and eventually hooks up like Raven and Bellamy’s random spontaneity in season one.

Clarke finds Luna teaching a group of grounder youth and comes up with the idea to force the AI upgrade into her – but Luna gives Clarke an impressive flip for even trying, leaving her sore and unsuccessful. Some of ALIE’s followers make their way to the rig and either kidnap or contain everyone they can. Clarke and the others figure out that ALIE will need to chip Luna, and if it occurs before the AI is entered then it will be a potentially impossible reversal for them. In the meantime, Raven takes things into her own hands and begins to override ALIE – which the AI can feel as it happens. Raven attempts to cut her off from Arkadia which could compromise her existence, so ALIE feeds a signal though of his deceased mother as a last ditch effort to stop them.

Raven tells Monty that it’s a diversion to keep them at bay, but she explains to him it’s like a downloaded copy of his mother. He makes the grueling choice to delete the existence of his former mother, leaving ALIE vulnerable to Raven’s hacking. She locates a kill switch but is shut off from the computer just as the AI disconnected from the mainframe. Monty is sent into a state of anger targeted at Raven because of what he just went through – but he’ll soon need to move on. Indra, Murphy and Pike find a way to smash a server that holds the personalities of people they know but are too late by the time Pike destroys it. Yet another plan stopped by the AI, however she can’t stay protected from the persistence of those opposing her forever. With that being said, she does complicate things once again when she is able to connect to the shell of the Ark remaining in space. 

By the time Clarke, Octavia and Bellamy escape a containment cell, Luna has battled her way through ALIE’s minions with her bare hands. The Nightblood survivor is forced to kill the people she holds closest to her, something she swore to never do again thanks to the bloodthirsty AI. They begin to believe Luna now understands the danger they are up against, but in the final moments before the ascension she makes it known that she will not partake in any part of the war. Next thing the group knows, they wake up back at the landing platform they were taken from with no help from Luna – giving us another strike in the fight against ALIE.

Overall Grade: 8.5/10
Seeing all of Arkadia’s core group making their acts of rebellion known was a crucial reminder of just how strong they have become in the face of danger. The desperation to stop ALIE’s goals is certainly felt in this episode and it’s giving us insight on the main battle brewing at the end of the season – with enough ambiguity to keep us on our toes. 

Aedan’s Final Thoughts: 

Raven is the badass of technology in The 100 and anyone who opposes her ways is going to regret it.

-Luna is a badass, but not mankind’s badass.

-ALIE continues her reign as the queen of troll-iness, who knows what she will attempt in the last two episodes of the season.