The 100 Season 3 episodes 1 to 5 review

Last year I somehow managed to write a review of each episode of The 100 Season 2 each week after the broadcast. Alas this year I’ve not managed to do the same for season 3. I believe we are up to episode 5 or thereabouts in the UK. So consider this a catchup review of the episodes so far.

Season 2 ended with Clarke being forced to kill everyone in Mount Weather after being betrayed by Lexa and the Grounders. She then left the rest of her people and walked off into the wilderness.

Meanwhile the former Chancellor Jaha was looking for the mythical City of Light and eventually found a preserved mansion and a holographic lady who had a nuclear bomb. At the time I remember expressing some disquiet that they were going for a more overtly sci-fi storyline rather than sticking with the “what if” aspect of the story.

Season 3 starts a few months on. The people from the Ark have consolidated their landing site and have now named the burgeoning town Arkadia. They have negotiated a truce with the Grounders; hostilities will be avoided if everyone keeps to their territory.

Early in the season our Ark people find another set of Ark survivors from the farm station that landed some distance away from the main crash site. They are led by a man called Pike who is fairly bitter that many of his people were killed by Grounders. He and his companions are pretty much of the mind that the only good Grounder is a dead one.

Part of the truce with the Grounders is that Mount Weather is off-limits, understandably so since many Grounders were taken there to have their blood extracted by the Mountain Men. But the temptation is there to use the resources and eventually Abby agrees to send a group there including Raven and Bellamy’s girlfriend.

Meanwhile Clarke is hunting and trading with the Grounders and pretty much keeping to herself. It transpires that various factions of Grounders are hunting for her as it is believed that she has great power that could be possessed by the Grounder leaders. She is eventually caught and taken to Lexa who explains that the Ice Nation, one of the twelve clans, is growing more aggressive.

Lexa proposes to make the Sky Crew one of the clans in her alliance. Kane and Abby agree and Kane takes the Grounder brand on his arm to seal the deal. In return Lexa sends a force of Grounders to Arkadia to help defend it from the Ice Nation

However the Ice Nation throw a spanner in the works. They seem to have a survivor from the Mountain Men who tells them about the self destruct mechanism. An infiltrator sets it off killing everyone inside the mountain including Bellamy’s girlfriend. Raven is one of the only two survivors.

Back at her city Lexa is challenged for the leadership of the Grounders. Rather than choose a champion she decides to fight. She faces the son of the Ice Queen in an arena and it’s pretty tense stuff. I was convinced she was toast actually. But she gets the upper hand and wins the fight. And rather than kill her opponent she throws a spear at the ice queen – who is watching the fight – and kills her. Thus her opponent, the prince, becomes the King of the Ice Nation and she gains an ally.

Back at Arkadia in the aftermath of the destruction of Mount Weather Pike has become more restless and militant. He convinces the other Ark people that the Grounder force nearby is a threat and becomes elected Chancellor. He immediately leads a force to kill the Grounders. Bellamy is happy to go along, no doubt influenced by the death of his girlfriend.

Pike also orders the Grounders inside the town walls to be interned. This includes Lincoln and some other Grounders that Abby was giving medical treatment to.

Lexa and Clarke come across the field of bodies when journeying to the Ark. Indra is the only survivor. Apparently Bellamy convinced Pike to let her live to bring a message to the Grounders. Kane sends Octavia outside Arkadia in secret to make contact with Lexa. She brings Clarke back with her to try to convince Bellamy that killing the Grounders is wrong. But he doesn’t listen and Clarke and Octavia have to escape the town.

It’s at this point that the former chancellor Jaha finally returns to the town with his message about the City of Light. He’s looking for followers that he can convince to join him. It appears that there is some sort of virtual reality afterlife available through the technology that the holographic lady has. I think we’re going to find out more about that soon.

One follower he appears to gain looks to be Raven who is dealing with the pain and the loss of mobility caused by her injured leg.

So after a quiet-ish start the season has quickly thrown up some complicated situations for our characters to deal with.

The 100 Season 2 on DVD

One of my favourite TV shows of the last few years, the surprisingly enjoyable and dark The 100, is coming out to buy on 12 October 2015. Or as I like to call it, Next Monday.

The season is available by itself in “Mount Weather” packaging.

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And there is also a combined season 1 & 2 box with cool artwork of Clarke in the Mount Weather isolation room as inspired by the season 1 cliffhanger.

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These are DVD releases, but I was convinced I had also seen listings for Blu Ray releases. Maybe I imagined it but either way I certainly can’t find them now. I’ll keep looking.

The 100 Season 2 Episode 16 Blood Must Have Blood Part II

And so we come to the end of season 2…

The episode opens with an update about where Jaha and this remaining three disciples are. They are in that boat they found and are crossing a big lake or sea of some description. They obviously have been at it for a while because they are all exhausted and suffering from exposure.

Then Jaha spies a light in the distance and exhorts his remaining disciples to row. One of the oars falls out of the boat and the guy who goes after it soon gets munched by some mysterious beastie. The others panic as the beastie attacks and Jaha shows his true colours by pushing a second disciple out of the boat. The beastie thus distracted, Jaha and Murphy make it to the shore.

After last week’s shock betrayal by Lexa only a few of our characters are left in play. Octavia in in the tunnel under the mountain. A body falls into the skip through the disposal chute. I believe I heard Octavia say the name “Fox” which was the name of a girl from the 100 who was in the mountain. So it looks like the bone marrow harvest is back on.

Alas, poor Fox.

Clarke comes into the tunnel. It is fair to say that she and Octavia “exchange words” about the breaking of the alliance.

Then the door opens. It’s Bellamy, Monty, Jasper and Maya in a radiation suit. They all discuss what to do. The decision is made for some to go to former president Dante to see if he can help and the others will try to get Maya some air for the radiation suit as the only safe level of the mountain is level 5.

Back at the Grounder camp Indra talks to the captive Lincoln about what side he is on. He needs to make a decision. She gives him a knife and leaves him to make his choice.

In level 5 the vampire looking guy is in the big eating room with all the citizens of the mountain. He is called to the dorm. There lots of Ark folk are chained up and we can hear drilling noises. New prisoners are being brought in from outside. We see the new arrivals include Abby and Marcus.

Raven is selected as the next victim for the drilling of bone marrow. She is taken to the bench and strapped down. Here comes the drill. Ewwww!!! We saw it go into her leg! Ewwww!!!

Clarke gets to Dante who is alone in his white room. He admits he advised his vampire looking son to do the deal with the Grounders. Clarke takes Dante with her to the control room. Dante takes responsibility for the bone marrow use of the Ark people. “Deliverance comes at a cost; I bear it so they don’t have to,” he says

Murphy is on a beach and is injured. A drone flies over and Jaha promises to get help for Murphy. He runs off after the drone. Murphy is pretty annoyed with Jaha.

Octavia and Maya get to level 5 and hide in a room.

Clarke makes it to the control room where Monty can show her the different parts of the facility on big screens. She can see Marcus and her mother have been captured. She talks to the vampire looking son on a radio. She says if he does not release the Ark prisoners she’ll kill his dad. He refuses to let the Ark people go. Clarke has sort of backed herself into a corner here.

Clarke shoots Dante.

Vampire looking son has heard his father being shot over the radio. Clarke then says she will irradiate level 5 if the prisoners are not released.

It is now daylight and Murphy wakes up on the beach. He exposes a solar panel and then hears music. He follows the music and finds a well appointed bunker place. He goes in and explores.

Jasper has a plan. He’s going to pretend to be taken prisoner by the one remaining dissident guard. The guard will take him to the dorm room where the bone marrow is being extracted. He has a knife and he will try to kill the vampire looking son.

The vampire looking son sends Emerson up to the control room as he is the only remaining guard with the bone marrow treatment who can go the irradiated level. He will try to get into the control room.

Vampire guy then switches Raven for Abby. She is next for the drill. You know, I’m pretty sure Clarke didn’t think the whole “kill his father” thing through… Marcus pleads with the vampire guy. He says they can donate bone marrow. No deal.

Octavia and Maya are discovered. Octavia then does some seriously badass stuff dispatching some of the guards. She runs down a corridor and ends up in the main eating room where all the mountain people are gathered. They panic when they see her in Grounder makeup. But Octavia is captured.

Clarke gets Monty to program the air vents so they will pull in irradiated air. They can’t delay any longer. Abby is having the bone marrow thing done. Bellamy sees his sister captured. They also see Emerson setting up explosives to blow open the door of the control room. They have no choice. They decide to share the responsibility and pull the lever together.

Clarke and Bellamy pull the leaver. The fans stop extracting air and go in reverse to pull the outside air in. Immediately all the untreated mountain people get sick and collapse. Jasper had been about to try to kill the vampire looking guy but now has to run for for Maya. Emerson hears the alarm and decides to leave.

Later Clarke goes into the big room on level 5. All the mountain people are dead. She finds a distraught Jasper holding Maya’s body. He’s not very receptive to her “I had no choice” explanation. I did feel bad for Jasper. Maya was a nice person who deserved better. But she was always going to be toast.

Octavia goes to the dorm room and and frees Marcus who in turn frees Abby. Clarke goes to dorm room and embraces her mother. She cries and says to Abby she tried to be the good guy. Abby says maybe there are no good guys. Where is the vampire looking guy they then wonder.

He’s in the forrest making an escape from the mountain. Out of the trees comes Lincoln looking like he means business. The vampire looking guy uses his sonic weapon thing to stop Lincoln and and produces some of the reaper drug. Lincoln fights the sonic agony and uses his knife to cut off the vampire looking guy’s hand. He then injects the vampire looking guy with the drug and leaves him.

Looks like vampire looking guy is toast.

The survivors go back to the Ark site accompanied by Lincoln. Clarke and Bellamy get to the gate but Clarke refuses to go inside. Bellamy says if she is looking for forgiveness for what she did then he will gladly forgive her. Clarke says she can’t go back. Echoing Dante’s words she tells Bellamy “I bear it so they don’t have to”. She embraces and kisses Bellamy and then turns and leaves.

Its a very nice scene, very bittersweet.

Epilogue time! After all, there’s going to be a third season…

Murphy is messing around in the well appointed bunker and finds a video recording time-stamped 2052. Some guy in the same bunker is talking to the camera and says “she” has launched the missiles and it’s all his fault. He then shoots himself.

Outside somewhere Jaha finds a nice pristine mansion. “Curiouser and curiouser,” he says. He goes inside the mansion and he finds a lady who turns out to be holographic AI. She knows his name and thanks him for his gift. He asks how can she know who he is. She leads him to a room where the warhead of his missile is. The same missile he rode down to earth from the Ark earlier in the season.

So this AI lady must be the “she” the bunker guy talked about. Is it ok to call her Skynet?

And there we end.

Honestly I’m not sure if I like the sci-fi plot twist at this point. I liked the concept of the show just fine. “What if people came back from space after generations to an irradiated earth and had to adapt and then they find hostile people already there?”

It’s a bit like what happened with Revolution. In that show the what-if was “What if the electricity went off?” What kind of society would be built on the ruins of our technological world? How would people cope without all the stuff we take for granted? Then in season 2 it became much more sci-fi with nanites who had gained sentience and didn’t want to be turned off. And the whole thing crumbled under the overuse of Stephen King references.

Also another show, Under the Dome. “What if your town got cut off from the outside world?” What would you do for food and fuel? What kind of society would form? Would a strong man try to take over? Then it gradually becomes a load of mumbo-jumbo fantasy rubbish about “mini-eggs” and “mini-domes” and “four hands”, blah, blah, blah. And they killed off that nice girl Angie, grumble, grumble.

But hopefully The 100 won’t go go down the same route and overdo the sci-fi plot twists for the sake of sci-fi plot twists.

And don’t forget the Grounders are still out there…

But enough of season 3 which doesn’t even exist yet. Season 2 was some of the most fun I’ve had watching a TV show in absolute ages. It was a consistently good run of episodes and I remained impressed with how dark the show would go with the nominal heroes doing distinctly unheroic things.

Put it this way, I’ll be buying the blu-Ray boxed set.

The 100 Season 2 Episode 15 Blood Must Have Blood Part 1

And so we come to the first part of the two-part season finale.

Bellamy is in the harvest chamber and he starts freeing the Grounder prisoners, including the Grounder chick he met earlier. Then the vampire looking guy comes on intercom with a message for the denizens of Mount Weather. He wants the dissidents to turn in the 44 Ark kids they are hiding. Bellamy knows this will end badly so he leaves the Grounder chick to free her people.

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The Mountain guards are doing a door-to-door search. They come to the apartment where Jasper is hiding with Maya. The couple hiding them don’t give them away but a guard spots some water rings from coffee cups on a table and knows there’s someone else there. He is about to shoot the couple when Jasper reveals himself. The guard shoots the couple anyway.

At the Grounder attack camp there is a sort of war council. Clarke gives us a lots of exposition on her plan. Basically there will be different teams who each have different objectives. Raven is going to blow up the turbines at the dam. This will deactivate electromagnetic locks and give them a sixty second window to get the front door opened. The main army will be at the front door as a distraction, meanwhile Octavia will be with Indra’s team going into the Reaper tunnels to kelp the prisoners escape.

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In the Mountain Jasper and Maya are being brought down a corridor. Maya’s dad from Continuum and Bates Motel stands in the way. Bellamy helps them overpower the guards. Maya’s dad will take any Ark kids they find down to the harvest chamber to await the escape.

Outside the bomb is placed in a hole drilled in the front door. Now they just have to wait for the power to go off. Raven and her boy toy Wick are in a big turbine room setting explosives but they are discovered by personnel. One of their five bombs gets damaged in the tussles that follow. (By the way, I’m pretty sure it’s the same turbine room as the Alkali Lake turbine room in the movie X-Men 2.)

The vampire looking guy goes to visit his dad. He explains how Mount Weather is up the creek without a paddle. His dad is obviously underwhelmed by his son’s leadership abilities. As the vampire looking guy turns to leave the former president stops him. He obviously has an idea on how they can save their people. But what is it?

Raven only has bombs to blow up four of the turbines. Then she realises that she can deactivate the surge protectors from the fifth turbine and it will destroy itself by trying to do the work of all the turbines. More guards appear and Raven sets off the bombs before she and Wick have time to get clear.

Up top they realise the power has gone off. But when pressing their little remote control button the bomb isn’t doing any actual exploding. They can’t get closer because of gunfire from some Mountain Men in the trees. They need to get closer to the door and there’s a cool sequence where the the Grounders form a shield wall to get a button carrier closer but they are all killed. The seconds are ticking down. Lincoln shoots a fire arrow at the bomb and it destroys the door lock. Lexa takes a group of men to go into the trees and get the shooters.

Bellamy, Maya and Jasper are searching for Monty. They find him still alive. He tells them that the Mountain Men know about the Grounders being feed in the harvest chamber and some guards have gone down there.

In the Reaper tunnels underneath the Mountain Indra tells Octavia that she has been accepted as one of the tree tribe people. This is a big deal for Octavia.

Up top some strong Grounder men pull open the door. The order is about to be given to attack.

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Then Lexa comes back from her search for Mountain Men and stops the attack. She has one of the Mountain Men with her.

Huh?

The door is opened and all the Grounder prisoners walk out. They have been freed. But there are no Ark prisoners there.

Huh?

Clarke is understandably confused at this development. Lexa brings her up to speed. Basically Lexa has betrayed Clarke and put her people first. The Mountain Men offered the Grounders their prisoners if the Grounders leave them alone. Looks like the alliance with the sky people is toast.

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Lexa orders the Grounders to leave and they turn and go. Down in the tunnels Indra hears the retreat horn and orders her squad to retreat. Octavia is obviously not going anywhere as her brother is in the Mountain. Indra is unimpressed and says Octavia is no longer her second and she is no longer of the tree tribe clan people. The few Ark personnel with Octavia also leave and she is left alone in the tunnels.

Bellamy gets to the harvest chamber and finds Maya’s dad from Continuum and Bates Motel dead. There are no Grounders and no Ark people there.

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The vampire looking guy tells his father that the Grounders took the deal he suggested. He is now able to go after the few remaining Ark people for their bone marrow.

The episode ends with Clarke left alone at the front door of Mount Weather.

So. Bloody hell! I wasn’t expecting that. And after watching this show for two seasons I should have been ready for reversals and surprises. Still, after last week’s snog session I was expecting Lexa to die heroically protecting Clarke while freeing the prisoners and the alliance put into jeopardy that way. Or something.

So we have Clarke outside the front door, Bellamy in the empty harvest chamber, Octavia in the tunnel and an injured Raven in the turbine room. How can the four of them turn this one around?

Really looking forward to the finale!

The 100 season 2 episode 14 Bodyguard of Lies

We didn’t get an update on Jaha’s Quest in the last episode. This new episode rectifies that. Jaha and his remaining disciples are walking through a sandy area at night. One of the number is telling bad Grounder jokes. He reaches the punchline and boom! They are in a minefield. A lady disciple is upset by this development. Boom. She’s gone as well.

In Mount Weather the vampire looking guy wants the missing 44 ark kids found. Elsewhere inside the mountain Bellamy is running through different levels trying to get to the acid fog machinery. His stolen key-card no longer works. He has a few close calls while being chased.

Back at the ark crash site Raven is trying to find a way to neutralise the fog in time to be of use to Bellamy.

Octavia tells Clarke she has worked it out; Clarke and the commander should have died in the missile strike but got away in time. Therefore Clarke knew and let all the people get killed. Clarke pleads with her to keep the secret or the alliance is over. Octavia grumpily agrees. Lexa is also now aware that Octavia knows the secret. She tells some beardy dude to kill Octavia.

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Bellamy goes to visits Maya’s dissident dad from Continuum and Bates Motel. Another guard is there conveniently helping them. Maya’s dad has a convenient map that shows another way to get to the acid fog machines.

It is finally daylight at the minefield. Jaha and his disciples had to sat motionless all night but a sandstorm has wiped out their footprints that could lead them back out.

Clarke stops the big beardy dude from assassinating Octavia. She goes to have a word with Lexa in private and is all forceful and assertive to the extent that Lexa actually backs away from Clarke.

Jaha is making his way through the minefield by using his big messiah staff to probe the sand for a mine. Eventually they get out and over the next sand dune they see twinkling beams of light emanating from somewhere. It must be the city of light, right? They excitedly run up the sand dune to see it…

But what they see is a large field of old solar panels reflecting sunlight. No city, no people. They are discouraged.

With the help of Maya’s dad Bellamy gets to a machinery room with big tanks of acid. He’s on the radio to Raven to see how to turn it off. Back at the Ark Raven and another engineer type dude get him to press buttons on a control panel until they find the maintenance screen that allows the acid to be neutralised. The digital dial on the screen goes to a neutral ph and Bellamy tells them the good news. Raven then fires off a flare to alert Clarke that the acid fog is switched off.

At the Grounder camp Lexa promises not to kill Octavia. She says that in the past they always had to make hard choices to survive. Clarke says that living needs to be more that just surviving. Before you know it this leads to Lexa initiating a Clarke/Lexa snog session. It goes on for a bit. Not sure how comfortable the actresses are doing it but I’m sure it will get the Internet forums buzzing. (It also makes me think that Lexa is not long for this world.)

The snog is interrupted with the news that Raven’s flare has been seen. Hurray for Bellamy. Lexa tells the grounders it’s time to go to war! Off they march singing that “Hey-Ho” song from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (I made that last bit up.)

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Meanwhile at the Ark Raven and the other engineer dude start snogging and are clearly going to do the business. Right there. On the table. Never mind her leg brace.

But enough of the snogging shenanigans. Now we get to a very satisfyingly tense final act.

Bellamy is waiting it out in the acid fog tank room. He spots a physical gauge on a tank covered with grime. Curious, he wipes off the dirt and sees its the same dial as on the computer screen. But with horror he realises that the actual gauge says the fog is still acidic.

He tries to radio Raven to warn her but he can’t get through. Because we then find out that the vampire looking guy is listening in. A guard says Bellamy’s radio is cut off from the outside. So the Mountain Men faked the acid neutralising screen! Vampire looking guy tells his men to wait for all the Grounder army to get in range before activating the fog weapon.

Guards break in to the fog tank room. Bellamy is now desperate. He knows the fog is being activated but he can see no way to turn off the machines. He does however have a little oxyacetylene torch that he used to get into the room. And there is a big tank over there with an “oxygen” label on it…

Bellamy escapes in vent with some guards in pursuit. One of them follows Bellamy into the vent. Another guard is checking out the room and hears a noise. He looks over to see the oxyacetylene torch burning the oxygen tank. He has just enough time to think “oh, bummer” when we get a mighty boom.

The fog threat has been eliminated. The vampire looking guy orders the fog to be activated and the glum minion tells him it is not working. What other defences do we have, asks the vampire looking guy. Just the door, says the minion. He’s probably thinking “bummer” too.

Back at the Ark Raven and her man friend have finished doing the business. Raven just blanks the dude so he cleverly realises it’s time to leave.

Indra tells Octavia she also knows about the missile strike.

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As an epilogue it’s back to Jaha the Messiah on his Quest.

Jaha and his remaining disciples are examining the solar panels on the beach. Jaha wonders why so many of the panels are not broken. Murphy offers to change that and smashes one. Then a little drone vehicle activates and buzzes around them. Then it flies off, presumably under remote control.

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They chase the drone to the water’s edge and see it disappear across the water. And wouldn’t you know it there is an old boat conveniently there for them. Jaha says it is all a sign, they are supposed to follow the drone in the boat. They may yet get to this City of Light.

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So interesting, it seems they are working up a new faction for us to meet in season 3. Let’s face it, we need one as Mount Weather is surely about to be toast.

Incidentally the episode is apparently called “Bodyguard of Lies”. I believe that is a wartime Churchill quote about the truth needing to be guarded with a bodyguard of lies by using deception operations.

In summary a good episode with a tense final act with Bellamy blowing up the fog tanks. Also it’s nice to see the Jaha storyline getting somewhere.

I believe there are two episodes left this season and presumably they will all be about the attack on Mount Weather.

Will Lexa survive? Clarke’s previous love interests Wells and Finn didn’t.

Will the Grounders find out that Clarke knew about the missile strike? That could break the alliance.

Will any of the Mount Weather dissidents survive, including Maya and her dad? This is a dark show so I’m thinking “toast”.

And is there a City of Light? I guess we’ll see…

The 100 Season 2 Episode 13 Resurrection

The episode opens in the immediate aftermath of last week’s missile attack. You know, the one clarke knew about but allowed to happen anyway. Clarke sees a flaming horse (via CGI, no horses where harmed in the making of this episode) and a person who appears to have an arm blown off.

Lincoln digs out Indra from the rubble. She’s not happy to see him because of the whole reaper thing he had going on.

Shots ring out. The Mountain Men have left a sniper behind to keep the survivors pinned down. Clark and Lexa are in the forest. Clarke hears the shots and wants to kill the sniper.

Abby is helping missile victims. She hears a noise coming from the rubble. She looks in a hole and sees Marcus trapped. Abby goes down the hole to try and help Marcus. Indra tells Octavia that as she is Indra’s second she has to save her people since Indra is injured.

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In Mount Weather Jasper and his gang are fortifying the dorm room. It’s nice to see that girl Harper still has use of her limbs after the whole bone marrow extraction process she had suffered. Jasper promises a girl called Fox that she will be ok.

Some Mount Weather guards break into the dorm. They lob in some knockout gas grenades and then dismantle the wall of furniture blocking the way in. Inside the dorm all the Ark kids are lying on the ground. But it’s a trick. Jasper’s folk managed to catch the grenades in buckets of water so they were not knocked out. They spring up and attack the guards with knives. There is much stabbing going on.

The guards decide to retreat but manage to take a prisoner on the way out. Jasper is unhappy to see it is Fox, the girl he promised would be ok. He’s so unhappy in fact he attacks a wounded guard with his big axe.

Back in Ton DC Abby has made her way into the ruins and finds Marcus. He is trapped by a girder. Abby tries to move it but is unable.

Fox is taken to the bone marrow lab. A guard comes in and shoots the Mountain Men. It’s Bellamy in his disguise. He and Maya take Fox away. Bellamy wants to stash her somewhere safe. Maya takes them to her home where her dad is. And hey, her dad is played by that guy from Continuum and Bates Motel. He played Alec Sadler’s son from the future in Continuum. That guy.

Maya conveniently explains that her parents were part of the movement against using Outsider blood. Huh, First I’ve heard of it. Alec’s son says that Fox can stay, but just for one night. Yeah dude, honestly that’s probably all you’ve got left after Clarke gets there and blows you all to hell.

In the forrest Clarke and Lexa are discussing what to do. I feel your anger says Lexa to Clarke like she’s a Jedi or something. Then look who comes along next, it’s Lincoln. That’s awkward, what with Clarke being alive and all when everyone else in Ton DC is toast.

Abby uses a pipe to try and lever up the girder of Marcus but blood starts pumping out of a wound on his leg Apparently it’s the Femoral artery. Best put that girder back.
She is discussing a tourniquet when there’s a Cave in.

In Mount Weather Maya tells Bellamy about trash chute that could be used to get to level 5. Bellamy heads off to check it out when Vampire guy comes down the corridor with his gang. He recognises that Maya and Jasper had a thing going on.

He puts Maya in a radiation suit suit with only 20 minutes of oxygen and sets her down in level 5 which had the radiation breach last week. Vampire guy gets on the radio to Jasper and tells him to surrender or Maya is toast. Dilemma! Jasper must make a choice. Love a good dilemma.

Back at Ton DC the sniper still sniping. But at least it’s now daylight. Octavia wants to get to the crater where the cave in happened but her folk are pinned down.

Maya is reunited with the others on level 5. She tells jasper about Bellamy’s plan with the trash chute.

Abby and Marcus have been trapped by the cave in. Abby admits to Marcus that Clarke knew about the missile strike in advance.

“How could she do something like this?” Abby asks.

As always Marcus gets a good line. “Because she grew up on the Ark. She learned what to do from us,” he replies.

Marcus continues this train of thought by remembering culling 300 Ark folk to save the rest of the population when the oxygen was running out.

This in turn makes Abby remember being responsible for informing on her husband -which got him floated – to avoid panic at his news about the failing life support.

Bellamy makes his way down the trash chute to level 5. Just in time as Maya’s air is almost gone. He and Maya and Jasper go down the chute to another level. Her father is waiting there for them.

Clarke finally reaches the sniper. Lincoln is about the stab the sniper but the sniper produces one of those sonic reaper controller things. He is able to hold Lincoln as a human shield. Clarke is obviously a fan of Robocop as she just shoots the guy through Lincoln’s shoulder.

“Did that make you feel better,” asks Lexa drily.

“No,” admits Clarke.

Still, she’s badass.

With the sniper threat gone Octavia is digging to try and reach the trapped people.

Level 5 is empty when some guards get in. All the kids have used the chute to get to the other level where Maya has organised dissidents families who will help hide the kids until they can escape.

“War is coming,” says Bellamy to remind us of the war that has been coming for weeks already.

And just when all the threat is been sorted out at Ton DC along comes Mr Gaeta from Battlestar Galactica. He turns up to help with some rope. They dig out Abby and Marcus who are still alive. Clarke and the others return. Lincoln makes up with Indra. Abby tells Clarke not to forget they’re supposed to be the good guys.

So a lot going on in this episode, but the overall story is not advanced very much. Actually where was very little of Clarke in this one. The episode moves things on a little but there no major developments.

The 100 Season 2 Episode 12 Rubicon

The Mountain Man that Clarke set free at the end of the last episode is running back to Mount Weather. His air runs out and he crawls towards the hatch. Then we see a figure who leans down and plugs in a fresh air bottle. This figure is not wearing a radiation suit. It’s the vampire looking son of the president! Obviously he’s had the bone marrow treatment so he can survive outside.

Inside the mountain the Ark kids are in lockdown. The doors open and evil doctor Tori from Battlestar enters with some armed guards. They take another Ark kid as a victim. Tori says the kids are important to them.

Back at the Ark crash site Clark is worried that there has been no word from Bellamy.
Raven is looking into blowing up the dam to cut power to the mountain. There is a meeting of the twelve grounder clans imminent and they are all waiting for Clarke to give the go for the attack on the Mountain Men.

Just as Clarke starts to despair Bellamy calls in. Clarke tells him he needs to find the lab where they are taking the Ark kids. Raven has set up some sort of mobile radio link so he can keep in touch on the way.

Clarke wants to buy time. She was supposed to go to the grounder settlement of Ton DC (Washington DC, get it?) for the meeting with the twelve clans (all very biblical). She decides to send Marcus instead.

Abby approaches Marcus before he leaves and gives him a note that Jaha left. He took twelve people and some weapons to go off and find his City of Light. Twelve people, very biblical.

So let’s catch up with Jaha. He and his twelve followers are walking through a desert type landscape. There they find a lone native girl who is struggling with her cart. She says she was traveling with her brother when some Waste-landers attacked. Jaha tells Murphy to give her some water. She says she will guide them to the City of Light.

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In the mountain Bellamy is in a ventilation duct making his way to the lab. He knows he’s going in the right direction when he hears the sound of a drill. He is able to listen in and observe what is going on. The guy that Clarke freed, Emerson, is geting the latest treatment. And the kid they took is now dead.

Emerson is telling the vampire looking guy about the grounder army that Clarke made up. The new president says they will take care of things by firing a missile at the impending war council meeting at Ton DC.

So Bellamy hears this and because of the radio link up Clarke can hear it too. (It’s all a bit convenient but I’ll forgive it as it moves things along.) Clarke is horrified at the news about the missile. She decides to go to Ton DC to warn everyone. Bellamy asks about Octavia. Clarke lies to him and says Octavia is not at Ton DC as she does not want him to worry about his sister.

In the Dead Zone Murphy is befriending the native lady. He admits to her that he is a bad guy who has killed people. In return she takes off her glove to reveal her big mutant hand that she has to hide. Murphy says it’s bad ass.

In the mountain some guards come for another Ark person. Jasper tries to organise resistance but is pretty useless. A guard grads him and pulls home to one side and it turns out to be Bellamy in riot gear. He gives Jasper a gun and tells him to fight more effectively next time.

Next we see a guard bringing the former president his meal in a quarantine room where he is being held prisoner. It turns out to Bellamy and he asks the president for help. The president says he might be able to help Bellamy slow down the bone marrow processing but we don’t get to hear what it is.

Clarke arrives at Ton DC. She heads straight for commander Lexa and asks to talk to her alone as she knows that the Mountain Men are probably watching. Inside the subway building she tells Lexa about the missile. Lexa says Mount Weather must not know Clarke has been warned about the missile as it will compromise Bellamy. Lexa says she is going to allow the missile attack to happen while she and Clarke slip away.

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Clarke is horrified that they could allow the missile to kill everyone else, including the representatives of the twelve clans. Lexa says Clarke already knows this is the only way. Clarke seems to come to the same conclusion.

Out in the desert Jaha’s group encounters an armed man on horseback. It turns out that the girl with the big mutant hand has tricked them. She holds a knife to Murphy’s throat. Jaha’s people are ordered to to disarm. She then whispers something to Murphy before knocking him out.

Octavia is on patrol in the forest around Ton DC. She finds Lincoln in semi-reaper mode. She manages to subdue him because, hey, Octavia is now seriously badass.

Murphy wakes up. Jaha’s followers are pretty pissed off as they have no food, water or weapons. Some want to go back to the Ark camp. Murphy tells them the girl whispered “Due north” to him. He and Jaha think that is where the City of Light must be. Some of them continue on.

Leaving Ton DC under cover of darkness Clarke sees her mother unexpectedly arrive. She separates from Lexa and goes back to get her mother away from danger.

In the settlement Marcus and Indra confer. No one has seen Clarke or Lexa for a while. They are worried and agree to search the woods.

In the mountain the vampire looking guy orders the missile launch.

This is all getting extremely tense.

The missile launches. It only takes a few seconds of flight to get from Mount Weather to Ton DC.

Impact.

Ton DC is toast.

Clarke was caught at the edge of the blast. She comes to and finds Abby beside her. Abby realises that Clarke knew about the missile launch in advance. It is safe to say that Abby pissed off with Clarke.

Clark says that Abby can never tell anyone this. If the other clans found out it could destroy the alliance. Abby says she will keep the secret but this is blood that is on Clarke’s hands and it can’t be washed off

In the mountain some guards and evil doctor Tori come for another kid. They select one. Jasper then shoots a guard with his handgun. But the guard looks ok, he must be wearing a bulletproof vest.

After this Tori orders they take Jasper instead. Oh, and search the others for hidden weapons, she suggests.

Jasper is taken to the lift which will take him to the medical level. Just then Tori and the other guards gets sick. It’s a containment breach! We then see Bellamy in a room with machinery where he is messing around with the air filtration system. He has been following the original president’s instructions to slow down the bone marrow processing.

Back in the corridor it looks like Tori is toast as she’s getting covered in radiation burns. She pleads with Jasper. He coldly tells her she must know how important she is to them as she dies. Jasper is able to free his people and they now have control of level 5.

After the containment breach the vampire looking son visits his former president father. It is fair to say he is annoyed. Who did it? he asks. His father won’t tell him anything. Then the vampire looking dude gives his father a bone marrow treatment. You’ll thank me someday, he says.

Back in Ton DC we see Octavia and Lincoln enter the blast zone from the woods, shocked at the destruction. Clarke is there and looks on horrified.

And of course it his all her fault. She was the one who told Emerson about the Grounder army that didn’t exist. This is what provoked the missile attack.

I do love a bit of murky moral dilemma.

So another strong episode. Will the alliance hold out long enough to attack Mount Weather? Will Bellamy free the Grounder captives? Damn, this is a fun show.

The 100 season 2 episode 11 Coup de Grace

After the tense cliffhanger from last week the captured Bellamy is going through a decontamination regime before being brought into the Mount Weather facility. Note, It looks really unpleasant.

Elsewhere in the mountain Jasper is upset about Monty and Harper being missing so he resolves to go and do something stupid.

Outside two Mountain Men in radiation suits are watching Clarke on horseback. One has a gun and it appears that she is the target they have been hunting. Then Octavia appears in Grounder battle warpaint and kicks some serious ass under direction of her new Grounder boss. One Mountain Man gets dispatched and the other one has his suit damaged. Octavia then finds photos of Clarke and Lexa. Clarke has been targeted for assassination.

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In Mount Weather Bellamy is put in a cage. He soon makes friends with Grounder Chick in the next cage. When I say friends I mean she only spits at him when she learns his is of the Sky People. He is trying to break his way out of the cage but she tells him to calm down as the Mountain Men pick the strongest candidates.

Elsewhere in the mountain Jasper goes to see the president and demands to know where Monty and Harper are. He grabs the sword on display on the president’s desk and holds it to the president’s throat.

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The Ark people want to keep the Mountain Man prisoner alive as he could be useful to finding a way into Mount Weather. Abby is upset that Clarke was targeted by the Mountain Men.

In the cage area someone comes for a prisoner to bleed. They go for Grounder Chick in the cage next to Bellamy. He starts being all active so they go for him instead. They zap him with their taser devices so he’s more manageable. Bellamy is then strung up and they start pumping his blood into someone in medical transfusion room.

As luck would have it Maya is in there looking for a clue as to the whereabouts of Jasper’s friends. She notices the transfusion patient is recovering much more quickly than normal and investigates. She finds Bellamy and realises he is from the Ark. She frees him but a guard called Lovejoy appears. With help from Maya and Grounder Chick reaching out of her cage Bellamy kills the guard. He dresses in the guard’s uniform and disposes of the body. He promises Grounder Chick he will come back and free her.

Maya tells Bellamy that given the limited number of people living there everyone in the mountain will notice a new face. This gives rise to a nice tense scene in an elevator with another passenger becoming aware that Bellamy is bleeding. Yet again Maya saves the day. Quite a useful person to have around is Maya.

Jasper and the president arrive in the medical place where the unfortunate Harper is about to have another bone marrow extraction process performed on her while Monty watches from a cage. The president orders that she and Monty should be freed and Doctor Tori From Battlestar to be locked up. He promises Jasper he and his people will go home.

The president goes to his vampire looking son to have words. He ordered the son to be arrested but the guards do nothing. So it seems we have a coup d’état in the mountain as the men are loyal to the son; they want to go to the surface. Now the vampire looking son is president.

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Back at the Ark camp the surviving Mountain Man has been healed from his radiation sickness by a transfusion from an Ark person. He is locked up in an airlock but he refuses to talk. Marcus wants to open the door as an incentive to make him talk but Abby stops him.

Then they get the blood test back. There are genetic markers that indicate he has already had transfusions of Ark people blood from the kids in the mountain. When Clarke hears this she wants to kill him buy opening the airlock door. Again it is
Abby who stops her.

At this point it occurs to me after seeing the vampire looking son take over from his president father in Mount Weather that maybe we will have a bit of a juxtaposition going on with Clarke having a coup of her own…

Back in the mountain Bellamy and Maya are on the on way to the dorm where his people are. They pass a sort of Mount Weather school for small kiddies. One little boy talks to Bellamy and says his father is a guard and has applied to go on missions above ground. Then as the boy walks off Bellamy sees the name tag. It’s Lovejoy. He realises it’s the kid of the man he killed in the cage place.

Jasper returns to his dorm unaware about the coup. He tells his people to get their stuff as they they are going. Bellamy and Maya arrive at a corridor leading to the dorm just as the dorm is put into lockdown. Jasper and the others are locked inside. Bellamy asks Maya to take him to the radio transmitter they rigged up previously.

Bellamy sends a message and talks to Clarke. She asks him to set the caged Grounders free. They are the Trojan horse army already in the mountain.

Then she goes and frees the mountain man in direct contravention to Abby’s decision.

And here comes the coup d’état juxtaposition. Abby is annoyed that Clarke is letting the man go. She wants to keep him prisoner.

“You may be the chancellor but I’m in charge,” says Clarke.
“People will get hurt,” says Abby.
“Not if you get out of my way,” comes Clarke’s reply.
“The Grounders trust Clarke maybe we should too,” murmurs Marcus to Abby.

So just like that we have our Ark coup. Clarke is in charge.

(Clarke is totally badass. I can’t wait to see her go all Ripley on Mount Weather.)

So they let the guy go. Clarke tells him that they have a large Grounder army on the way and the Mount Weather people have this one chance to let their people go. She asks how long it will take to get to the mountain. Apparently it will be eight hours. She then let’s air out of his tanks so he has only six hours of air left. Better get moving, buddy.

So what big Grounder army is that? Clarke says there isn’t one but it will keep Mount Weather looking out to distract them from the army inside.

This was a brilliant episode that moves things along. It is perhaps convenient that Maya is there to give so much help to Bellamy by guiding him through the mountain. But I’ll buy it.

No sign of Lincoln. Or indeed Jaha who is on his quest for the City of Light.

The 100 Season 2 Episode 10 Survival of the Fittest

Ok, this was a strong episode…

Bellamy is with Lincoln heading to Mount Weather as agreed in the last episode. Lincoln disguises himself as Reaper using some animal blood and tribal type markings. The plan is to take Bellamy inside as his “prisoner”. Lincoln mentions how the prisoners were split into two groups, “harvest” and “Cerberus”. Bellamy recognises the mythological reference about the dog that guarded the entrance to the underworld because his mother read stories to Octavia as a child.

This leads them on to the subject of Octavia. Bellamy asks why Lincoln saved her life originally. Lincoln tells a story about finding a “sky person” who had fallen from the Ark in a drop ship. He tried to help the stranger but his father made him kill the man. Nice happy ending there, Lincoln. But I am very intrigued that others may have made it to earth before the 100.

Back at the Ark crash site some Grounders lead by Indra arrive on some sort of “get to know each other” exercise.

They really don’t get on. One Grounder recognises Murphy as they guy who was with Finn during the village massacre. He’s a bit upset that Murphy didn’t intervene to stop Finn. Before you can say “oh dear” a fight breaks out between the Grounder and Murphy and soon spreads.

And I can’t help thinking “that Grounder has a point”.

Elsewhere in the Grounder army camp Clarke is in the war room (well, tent really) with the commander. They are discussing attacking Mount Weather. Clarke is urging that they wait until Bellamy reports back. But the Grounders are impatient to attack. One Grounder guy wants no part of the alliance because his brother was burned all crispy by Clarke when they attacked the drop ship at the end of season 1.

And I can’t help thinking “that Grounder has a point”.

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Clarke goes walking through the woods. She realises she’s being tracked by the Grounder who doesn’t like her. Next thing he sends an arrow towards her.

She runs away and takes cover. Someone approaches and Clarke raises her gun. She’s relieved to see that it is the lady Ark solder who is sort of in charge of the Ark military.

She approaches and turns. Bloody hell, she has an arm missing!

“Save yourself,” she says to Clarke before falling dead.

Back at the Ark site the previous Councillor Jaha tries to befriend Murphy, perhaps looking for some ant-Grounder allies. He asks for Murphy to take him to his son’s grave.

Outside Grounders are punching each other in some macho show of strength thing. Ark guards are doing gun shooting practice. One Grounder is interested in the guns. Marcus offers to let him shoot but the Grounder leader Indra says no. Octavia explains how the Grounders have an aversion to picking up guns. The story goes if they pick one up the whole village dies. Apparently this prohibition was planted by the Mountain Men to stop attacks. Marcus muses how Octavia understands the Grounders.

Off in the forrest Clarke is about to be killed by that Grounder dude who doesn’t like her. The commander turns up and saves her. The guy admits to having a quarrel with Clarke but denies killing the soldier lady. The Grounder commander says its up to Clarke to kill him. Clarke seems to be considering shooting him without really wanting to.

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Then they are interrupted by a scary animal call. The Grounder commander cuts the dude on the leg so he can’t run and instead will be bait. They run to an old overgrown zoo and it turns out they are being chased by a gorilla. There follows a pretty exciting sequence where the commander almost gets killed but Clarke saves her. They take refuge in an old cage and bar the door with the commander’s sword. (For a moment I thought the commander was going to be toast. On any other show I’d not be all that worried.)

Back at the Ark site Octavia insists on taking part in a Grounder fight and and promptly gets her ass kicked and handed to her.

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In the zoo Clarke and the commander talk. The commander says Clarke should have let her die. She says if she died then her spirit will find another commander. Clarke realises she’s talking about reincarnation. The commander asks how Clarke’s people chose a leader but they are interrupted by the gorilla. It’s about to break in so they manage to hide by the door and let it in before getting out and locking the door from the outside.

As they escape Clarke realises that the key to taking Mount Weather is to use the army of Grounders who are already inside. Bellamy will be key to letting the captives escape their cages.

Back at the ark Octavia is getting patched up (and not by Abby who I realise must have this week off). Indra visits and talks to her. Indra is impressed that Octavia didn’t give up. She offers to let Octavia be her apprentice and train her in the ways of the force, sorry, of being a Grounder.

Later Marcus says he wants Octavia to get in with the Grounders so she can report back. She asks if he wants her to spy. He says he just wants her to look out for her own people. She ambiguously says she already is.

Murphy takes Jaha to the drop ship where the dead of the original 100 were buried so he can say goodby to his son. There are an awful lot of burial mounds and it’s a sobering sight. Murphy imparts the pleasant circumstances on how Wells died. He was stabbed in the neck by a twelve year old girl. Why, asks Jaha aghast. Because she couldn’t get to you, responds Murphy.

They spend the night in the drop ship and talk. In the morning a bunch of Ark folk turn up and Jaha tells Murphy he’s taking them to the City of light he heard about in the desert. He asks Murphy to join him on his quest even though he doesn’t know where the city is or how to get there. It appears that Murphy is going to joint him.

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Bellamy and Lincoln are finally in the underworld. They discuss the plan. Lincoln will cause a distraction when the door opens and Bellamy will run inside. They hear more Reapers approaching with prisoners and Lincoln is having second thoughts. Bellamy insists they continue on. When the time comes Lincoln will grab the Reaper drug and cause a commotion.

Bellamy is taken to the door with the other prisoners. Some Mountain folk appear in radiation suits and produce the red drug they give the Reapers. They go down the line of Reapers, each of whom kneels to receive the drug. Bellamy eyes Lincoln, waiting for him to cause the commotion.

The suited figure gets to Lincoln. Lincoln hesitates and then kneels. He passively accepts the drug. The final look on Bellamy’s face is priceless as he’s selected for harvest and Lincoln is completely out of it.

That was a very tense minute or two leading up to the cliffhanger because I had no idea of how it was going to go. In hindsight Lincoln’s reluctance to continue with the plan was probably to do with the proximity to the Reaper drugs he was weaned off.

Very strong episode. Can’t wait for the next one.

The 100 Season 2 Episode 9 Remember Me

So Finn is dead at Clarke’s hand to spare him a grizzly burning to death situation. She talks to the Grounder commander to see if the long awaited truce is on. She’s keen to go attack Mount Weather already. The commander agrees that the truce will begin when they burn Finn’s remains along with his victims back at the village.

Clarke tells her people this. Raven in particular is not happy with this development. Clarke overrules everone and says they must go to the village to see the ritual and start the truce.

Abby has major reservations about doing this deal with the commander. “She’s a child. They’re being led by a child,” she says of the commander to Marcus out of Clarke’s earshot.

“So are we,” replies Marcus simply, referring to Clarke

The Ark party set off with the Grounders to return to the massacre village. On the way Bellamy expresses a desire to try to get into Mount Weather to gather intelligence. Clarke says no and admits it’s because she doesn’t want to loose him too.

Along the way Clarke keeps seeing a ghostly Finn. He just stares back and says nothing.

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The vampire looking president’s son in Mount Weather is told that the Grounders have not attacked the Ark people as expected. Obviously the Mountain Men are keeping a close eye on the outside. Perhaps they can sabotage a potential truce…

When Clarke’s party get to the massacre village some of the villagers are understandably not happy to see the “Sky People”. One Grounder man speaks up against the commander who sets her big hairy guardian dude on him. He starts beating the man to a pulp until Clarke tells the commander how the Ark people will be blamed for his death too.

In Mount Weather Jasper and Monty are trying to work out how to send a radio signal to the outside. Monty disguises himself in a radiation suit and gets the control room all to himself under the pretext of a decontamination. He manages to turn off the jammer and transmit a recorded message. But he’s found out and captured.

In the Grounder base there is to be a feast to celebrate the new truce. Marcus passes a bottle of some unspecified booze across as a gift. The commander gets her hairy guardian to take a drink first to ensure its not poisoned. Clarke is about to drink hers when the hairy dude convulses. Someone finds a vial of poison in Raven’s backpack. Well that feast is quickly over. The Grounders lock up the Ark people while they discuss how to kill them. Lincoln wants to act as a mediator but is considered “one of them”.

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They decide to kill Raven for the attempted assassination. They tie her to a stake and start cutting her with knives. Hairy healer dude suggests to Lincoln that he and the Ark people should leave while they still have a chance.

As this is going on Clarke is off by herself, almost catatonic with the thought of how it’s all gone wrong. Then ghostly Finn looks down at the poisoned cup lying on the ground. Clarke snaps into action and runs outside. She gets the bottle of booze and drinks from it in view of the commander and the others. She doesn’t get sick. The poison was in the cup already she declares.

But who put it there? Clarke remembers the hairy bodyguard searched Raven’s stuff as they entered the village. The commander confronts him and he admits he was trying to destroy the truce because the Sky People are not to be trusted.

So now it’s his turn to be tied to a tree and cut with knives. Raven observes and realises the fate Finn had in store and why Clarke had to kill him. Finally the hairy bodyguard tells his commander to be strong and she sticks a big sword through his chest. Nice.

Afterwards Clarke realises that she needs to be more like the commander and not put personal feelings in the way of what needs to be done. By now they have heard Jasper’s radio message and she tells Bellamy he needs to get into Mount Weather and report back.

In Mount Weather Monty is put in a cage. No doubt a spot of bone marrow harvesting is in store.

A solid if not Earth-shattering episode. The main development is perhaps Clarke deciding to not let friendships stop her from what doing what needs done, no doubt as a coping mechanism for having to kill Finn. Also of interest is the correct observation made by Marcus that Clarke is actually in charge,

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