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.

 

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.