The 100 Season 2 Episode 8 Spacewalker review

This week’s episode focuses on one storyline only, that of the Grounder’s demand that Finn be handed over to be executed for the village massacre. So there are no cutaways to Mount Weather for a change.

Clarke returns to the Ark camp escorted by two Grounder horsemen who stay at the gate. She tells everyone the news that there is a truce but only if they give Finn to the Grounders. Some background Ark bods react in a “lets totally lynch mob Finn” sort of way and Finn has to be taken indoors to safety. Really, it’s all a bit Battlestar.

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Marcus turns up as he has been freed from the Grounders but Abby wants to stay in charge until she resolves the Finn situation.

They talk to de-reaperised Lincoln to see if the Grounder commander would be open to a compromise. For example perhaps Finn could be tried and sentenced by the Ark people and they could still avoid a war. Beardy Lincoln says the commander has already compromised by just asking for Finn in return for the 18 people he killed. Also he describes how Finn would be executed and its, well, not pleasant, as it involves much burning and chopping and blinding and so forth.

Clarke sneaks off with Finn to hide him away from the camp. They encounter a Grounder who injures Clarke before running off. Finn takes the injured Clarke to the drop ship where they meet up with Bellamy, Raven and Murphy. A group of Grounders find them and Raven goes to shoot Murphy. It turns out she asked him along to see if she could switch him with Finn seeing as he was there at the village massacre as well. Finn stops her. Then Finn (predictably) gives himself up to the Grounders to stop anyone else from being hurt.

Back at the Ark camp they discuss what to do. The Grounders are erecting what looks suspiciously like a stake to burn Finn at within view of the Ark people. Clarke says she wants to go and plead with the commander and Raven gives Clarke a knife to conceal. If it all goes wrong she wants Clarke to kill the commander and maybe Finn can escape in the confusion. Oh, yes… that’s a wonderful plan Raven.

Clarke approaches the commander who refuses to free Finn. Clarke makes the very good point that she was the one who crispy-fried 300 grounders at the end of season 1. For a second I thought the commander might say “good point” and swap Finn for Clarke, but I guess the difference is that Clarke was trying to fight an armed group of Grounders whereas Finn was shooting unarmed ones.

Eventually Clarke realises its futile and asks to say goodbye to Finn and the commander permits her. Clarke goes to Finn for a final kiss, while she surreptitiously stabs him to death in the stomach.

So, hell, this show has gone a long way since the season 1 love triangle shenanigans where Clarke and Finn were getting all smoochy together and Raven was a big jealous head. Finn was arguably one of the four main characters in the show and for the “hero” to be removed in this way at the hands of someone he loves is quite something.

There were also a number of flashback scenes to a year ago on the Ark. Basically Finn gave Raven an unauthorised spacewalk for her 18th birthday. Some equipment malfunctioned and precious air was lost. This, like all crimes on the Ark, was a capital one with the death sentence. As Raven was 18 she would have been floated so Finn put on the spacesuit knowing as a 17 year old he would just get locked up. So I suppose the theme of the episode was one of sacrifice.

Really, I thought Finn’s days were numbered since the village massacre, but it’s a little surprising how he ends up going out. He gets no chance to earn any redemption or die heroically.

So Clarke finally has her truce with the Grounders. Hopefully they’ll set their sights on Mount Weather while their pals still have some bone marrow left.

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This episode has a very interesting opening sequence. We see a girl (who we don’t know) waking up in a field of grass. At first she’s shocked at where she is and doesn’t understand how she got there. As she realises that she is not getting sick from the radiation we then see she is outside the door of Mount Weather and cameras are watching her.

Doctor Tori from Battlestar and the vampire looking son of the president are watching her on the cameras. It’s obviously a test of the Ark-Kid-Blood-Treatment Tori has been doing.

Well, you can tell the girl is going to get sick and she does. She bangs the door yelling to be let back in. The Vampire looking son goes to let her back in but Tori asks him, “do you trust her not to talk?” That stops him. As they debate sacrifice for the greater good in the background you can hear the girls cries for help. It chillingly done.

Tori thinks they need to go to the source of the immunity of the 47. The bone marrow of the kids may be the key, but each kid will have to donate to eight bunker people so they will all die in the process. That means that they will have to convince the president to sacrifice the 47.

Back at the Ark crash site we see the original Chancellor and Chancellor Abby debating if they should stay put or leave in advance of the oncoming Grounder attack. Original Chancellor gives the Ark survivors a full-on Battlestar-style Eddie Olmos speech about leaving to find the City of Light he heard about from those people in the Mad Max desert. Chancellor Abby says no decision has been made, but, you know, best pack your things, just in case.

Bellamy finds Clarke and tells her about Lincoln. He and Octavia took the reaper-converted Lincoln to the drop ship. Clarke goes with Bellamy.

At the drop ship we see Lincoln chained up again. Deja vu for Clarke. She’s trying to look at his wounds when he breaks free. They manage to subdue him. Then the Grounder healer dude turns up to warn Octavia about the oncoming Grounder attack, because they saved each other’s life or whatever. He sees Lincoln and goes to treat him but Clarke realises the healer is going to do a mercy killing because the Grounders have no cure for the reaper conversion process. Clarke stops him.

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There’s a bit of business at the Ark camp where the former Chancellor and Abby try to overrule each other and get the other arrested. The soldier boss lady sides with Abby and arrests the former Chancellor.

At the drop ship Finn turns up to warn them that the evacuation of the Ark camp is happening. And of course the healer dude sees Finn of the village massacre and they fight.

Lincoln’s heart stops and Clarke has to use CPR to bring him back. Healer dude is impressed. Clarke realises that if they can keep Lincoln alive through the reaper drug withdrawal then they might cure him. This is something the Grounders can’t do so maybe she can negotiate with the Grounders…

At Mount Weather Jasper and some others break into president’s office to see if they can get any info to help them escape. They hack into the president’s laptop and find photos of the Ark crash site which is the first they know that there are Ark survivors.

The Vampire looking son takes the president father to the surface where, thanks to the new treatment, they have a few minutes with the gas masks off. They enjoy the view and the smell of the air and all of that. For a moment I thought the son would leave his father on the surface to die. But the president heads back to the bunker door and says he refueses to allow the the bone marrow operations.

Clarke goes back to the Ark crash site and convinces Abby to let her try to negotiate with the Grounder leader. Eventually Abby lets her.

Clarke meets the Grounder leader lady and tells her she was imprisoned with Anya in Mount Weather and escaped. (She wisely kind of skates over the part about Anya being killed by the Ark people.) the Grounder leader lady get interested when Clarke says she can cure the reaper conversion. She agrees to go with Clarke to the drop ship to check out Lincoln.

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They go to the drop ship and there’s a nice little moment where the Grounder leader reacts to seeing the crispy fried Grounders from the end of season 1. They go in just as it looks like Lincoln dies. There’s a standoff between the Ark people and the Grounders. But just as it looks like all is lost Abby zaps Lincoln with the electric pain stick to restart his heart and he’s back and no longer a reaper. Octavia is happy. Clarke’s deal is done.

(It occours to me that the Grounder leader did not actually see Lincoln as a reaper so she’s taking Clarke’s word that he was converted, but I suppose the healer dude saw Lincoln doing the whole reaper thing and he could vouch for them.)

In Mount Weather Jasper is looking for the girl who was part of his gang that helped him break into the president’s office earlier. No one has seen her. Oh dear.

The poor girl has been captured by doctor Tori and is strapped to a table. Tori tells her this won’t hurt a bit. The girl cries that she wants to go home. Thats what we want, says the vampire looking son. Then Tori drills into her to get the bone marrow. It’s perhaps an understatement to say that the girl screams. Now that’s just dark, dark, dark.

And if that’s not a memorable enough ending by itself, how about this… Clarke meets the Grounder leader who says she has one more condition for the deal.

Clarke says anything.

The truce is on if they give Finn to the Grounders to be executed. I saw that one coming.

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After the explosive climax to the last episode (namely Finn’s massacre of the unarmed civilian Grounders) we jump forward a day or so. Clarke, Finn and the others are back at the Ark crash site. Finn has been given a pardon for, you know, massacring innocent Grounders.

Raven tells Clarke that she has worked out that the Mount Weather people are jamming their radio transmissions and preventing the Ark from contacting any other survivors who made it to Earth. Clarke convinces her mother to go on an expedition to blow up the Mount Weather jamming transmitters.

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As they approach their destination the deadly yellow fog appears. Clarke and Finn have to take shelter in the bunker they found before. There Clarke sees the deceased one-eyed grounder that Finn assassinated earlier.

Bellamy and Octavia had also split off from the main group to do some reconnaissance on finding a way into Mount Weather. Octavia finds an overgrown door and they end up in a parking garage inside the mountain.

They and some “red shirt” Ark personnel explore the dark garage and check out the abandoned SUVs which are probably a century old. But they are not alone down there. There’s a nice tense little moment when someone finds a wind up music player that plays Carol of the Bells as reapers approach and attack the red shirts.

Then Lincoln appears. He is a reaper too! So that’s what the Cerberus program is for, to turn Grounders into reapers! Bellamy and Octavia have to figure out a way to stop Lincoln without killing him. Eventually they manage to subdue him. But how can they un-reaper him?

Back on the surface Raven and Abby are sitting out the fog in a tent. Raven realises that one frequency has not been jammed and decrypts it. She’s able to listen in and she hears the Mountain Men refer to the fog as the “veil.” This suggests that the fog is actually a man-made weapon directed at intruders.

Inside the Mount Weather facility Maya is doing very well after being treated with Jasper’s blood for the radiation leak. Doctor Tori from Battlestar thinks she’s even doing well enough to survive outside.

The president says he wants to get the 47 Ark kids they have to volunteer to give blood rather than force them or cage them. We discover that the original plan was to interbreed with them so their descendants may be able to return to the surface.

Maya show Jasper the caged Grounders because she is afraid Jasper and his friends are next. Jasper gets the others to volunteer to give blood to buy time. He correctly surmises that Clarke will try to rescue them.

Elsewhere the two Chancellors have been captured and are forced to fight to the death to balance out Finn’s massacre. A young woman is put in the same room as them as they discuss their guilt and what they need to do to save their people. Marcus feels guilty for culling people on the Ark and is willing to die. The original Chancellor tries to use the girl by threatening her.

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But the girl is actually the Grounder commander and thinks Marcus behaved with honour. The guards take the other Chancellor away.

At the end of the episode Clarke is reunited with her mother who has been convinced by Raven to not destroy the jamming equipment. Being able to listen in on the Mountain Men may turn out to be a tactical advantage.

Then the first Chancellor appears. I had the impression he was toast but he has just been sent back to his people to tell them they have two days to leave, presumably meaning leave the Ark crash site.

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So it’s a solid episode without being Earth-shattering. I suppose I shouldn’t expect uber-surprising events such as Finn’s massacre in every episode. Still, there were nice revelations that the Mountain Men are apparently responsible for the fog and the reapers. And there are hints of a power struggle brewing between the president and his vampire-looking son who wants to cage the 47.

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Clarke is taken into the Ark camp. at first they think she is a grounder but then Abby (newly appointed as Chancellor number 3) recognises her daughter. Clarke is given medical treatment but is only concerned about the others from the drop-ship namely Bellamy and Finn. She also tells her mother that it was not the Grounders that took their people but the Mountain Men.

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The next morning Clarke leaves the medical area and encounters Raven. they are glad to see each other (despite the whole both having a thing for Finn situation) and embrace. As an aside I have to say Raven was looking very well in an attractive sort of way.

Then there is a comotion as some others return to the camp. It’s Bellamy, Octavia and the other wounded girls. Clarke automatically runs over and embraces Bellamy. At first Bellamy hesitates to respond but then hugs her back. I found it to be a surprisingly touching little moment as there was no love lost between these two, indeed they didnt like each other very much. Or as Octavia observes, “Now there’s something I thought I’d never see.”

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A big part of the Clarke storyline is how concerned she is that the others are still stuck in Mount Weather. She wants to go and get them out and correct the misapprehension that the Grounders have them. After all Chancellor 2 is off trying to negotiate a peace treaty and get the kids back from the grounders who don’t even have them.

Also Clarke is concerned that Finn and Murphy went off looking for her, again thinking the Grounders have her and the others. Now it’s Abby’s turn to lay down the law. Clarke is forbidden from going looking for Finn. So of course she goes anyway accompanied by Bellamy and Octavia.

In Mount Weather Jasper and the other guy who isn’t Jasper are debating what to do about the disappearance of Clarke. The President tells Jasper that Clarke escaped but of course Jasper is free to go after her. Jasper and the other guy are debating this with Jasper’s bunker girlfriend present in the room. Suddenly bunker girlfriend get sick as there has been a radiation containment breach in the compartment they are in. The exact same compartment… Mmmmmmmmm… Coincidence?

It’s worth mentioning that exposure to radiation acts really quickly on these bunker people. The poor girl is covered in burns within moments. It is all very horrible and it does evoke a tiny bit of sympathy for the plight of the bunker people.

They still need to be stopped though.

So in the medical bay the doctor lady played by Tori from Battlestar Galactica let’s slip there there might just be a theoretical cure for the girl’s condition. They could run her blood through Jasper’s circulatory system which should heal her. Of course Jasper agrees. It works.

Later the president confronts Tori for doing the experiment behind his back. But you can see he’s considering “using” the Ark kids. And it’s certainly implied that the containment breach was no accident.

Elsewhere in the complex good grounder Lincoln is taking part in his own experiment, part of the “Cerberus” program. He’s being injected with some addictive substance and then tortured with the sonic weapon thingie. His endurance impresses the experimenter guy (who has a Twilight vampire look going on). Eventually Lincoln and another captive are made to fight to the death for the next dose of the substance. Lincoln prevails.

As mentioned before Chancellor dude 2 is on a quest to find some Grounders to negotiate with. His captive Grounder leads him to their territory. The Chancellor leaves his weapons as requested and sets the Grounder loose. He promptly gets a kick to the head for his trouble. Later when he comes to he is being thrown in a hole in the grounder camp. But he’s not alone. What’s this? It’s Chancellor number 1…

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But we come to the pivotal moment of the episode. One that shows just how dark this show Can and does go. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Finn and Murphy make it to the Grounder camp that the one-eyed Grounder directed them to (before Finn shot him in the head). Remember, they believe that the Grounders are holding the others captive.

There do not appear to be any warrior type Grounders around so under cover of darkness they sneak in and set fire to the food storage building as a distraction so they can search the village. But one of the Grounders sees them. Finn and Murphy take him captive and because they have guns they are able to round up everyone in the village.

As day breaks they are still searching the village but are frustrated at not finding any of their friends. Finn becomes increasingly desperate. He finds some Ark type clothing hanging up and is convinced the villagers have his friends. Eventually he pushes a young girl into the mud and threatens to kill her. This is even too much for Murphy who tells Finn to calm down.

Eventually Finn agrees to leave with Murphy. As they back off one of the Grounders runs out of the stockade trying to get away. Finn seems him run and automatically shoots him. A young grounder is angered by this and rushes at Finn. And Finn shoots him too. Some more run at him and he shoots them down.

Eventually the ground is covered with bodies and cowering Grounder survivors. And just in time to see this are Clarke, Bellamy and Octavia. Once more Clarke has been unable to stop unnecessary bloodshed. “I’ve found you” smiles Finn as Clarke looks on horrified.

Now that is just dark. Remember that Finn is the nominal hero of the story, the voice of reason backing up Clarke against Bellamy’s bad decisions in the first season. And here he is gunning down Grounders in panic. And again, no matter Clarke’s best efforts it seems the two sides are destined to be at war.

This show just continues to impress. There is something to surprise me in every episode. And I appreciate that they are having “good” characters do bad things and “bad” characters do good things. This is something Battlestar Galactica did so well and few other shows bother to do.

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Last time there was no sign of the chancellor guy who had made it to earth in the previous episode. This is rectified at the start of this episode with a visually interesting sequence where a figure walks across the desert and finds a parched and barely conscious chancellor under the remains of a parachute. There is a distinct Mad Max feel to the sequence which I am sure is deliberate. The figure turns out to be a young boy who takes the chancellor back to the hovel where he lives with his parents.

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Max Max Lite.

It turns out the boy is badly disfigured by radiation. His parents had to leave left people as mutant children are usually left to die and they were not willing to kill their son.

One minor criticism. The woman playing the mutant’s mother spoke her dialog in a very “Stargate alien” way. Now, I’m a big fan of the Stargate shows, but the people they encountered on other worlds always spoke very formally, very “welcome stranger, I will take you to our village and introduce you to our elder,” sort of thing. It just sort of popped out at me when watching this episode and I wish she had spoken a little more naturally.

Then again the Earth-born characters in this show tend to have their own languages and dialects which is a nice detail and I think it is implied that English is a second language for a lot of the natives, so from that point of view this “formal speak” was probably done very deliberately.

Anyway it turns out the parents betray the chancellor to some “bad men” in order to escape punishment for helping him and also to get a horse to take them to a mysterious “city of lights”. The chancellor is fairly philosophical about being handed over as he knows they are doing it for their son who he has grown fond of.

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Watching the “Bad Man” approach…

A nice touch, we see the chancellor handed over in the distance. He approaches the “bad man” on a horse who just swipes down with a club and the chancellor falls. It’s all done as point-of-view long shot with no sound effects and it is very effective.

But enough about the chancellor, what about Clarke and Anya? Well as promised Anya is taking a captive Clarke back to her people where they will no doubt be annoyed at having 300 warriors fried by Clarke. Soon the pair realise they are being chased by mountain men who fire tranquilliser darts at them. One hits a tree and Clarke grabs it. I’m sure that will come in handy later…

Clarke realises that Anya has a tracking device imbedded. As she’s working out how to remove it with some sort of sterile blade Anya just bites into her arm and spits out the device. Seems she’s not keen on going back to the mountain.

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Clarke and Anya. Note where Anya has bitten a chunk out of her own arm!

Meanwhile Bellamy’s gang finds the crash site of another piece of the Ark. There are lots of bodies of former crew members scattered around the ground with the noise of flies buzzing around. They hear a cry for help and find a terrified girl dangling from a branch halfway down a vertical cliff. One of the gang wants to help get her up. Finn says they can’t waste the time and he tries to convince Bellamy of this. It’s a testament to how this show goes dark that Bellamy eventually agrees. But not waiting for permission the other dude goes down the cliff face with a rope to get her.

And then the knot slips and he falls to his death. Bellamy then decides to go down himself and gets the others to make a new rope. He goes down and there is predictably many tense cliffhanging (ha-ha) moments. To complicate things some Grounders attack as they are trying to pull Bellamy and the girl up.

A fog horn sounds and the Grounders run off. (Remember fog on this future Earth is deadly.) But it’s Octavia who sounded the fog horn to scare off the Grounders. Bellamy is understandably happy to see his sister. He decides to take Octavia and the injured girls back to the camp. Finn and Murphy are to keep looking for the others and Bellamy will catch up.

Back at the Ark crash site Mister Gaeta from Battlestar Galactica puts Raven to work on building a radio beacon to try to contact any other Ark survivors who made it to the ground. Eventually she hits on the idea of putting up a balloon as a visual beacon. There’s some other guff about how she is adapting to having a leg that doesn’t work correctly.

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I told you Mister Gaeta was in it…

Elsewhere Clarke gets Anya with the tranquilliser dart she hid earlier. So now Clarke is leading the half-conscious Anya back to the old drop-ship camp site . Obviously there is no longer anyone there but she sees the message that Abby wrote on the drop-ship, albeit badly faded from exposure to the elements.

She and Anya fight. Anya just won’t give up so Clarke starts beating her to a pulp. Eventually Anya smiles groggily and says Clarke fought well.

Clarke sees the balloon Raven put up so now she knows how to get to the Ark crash site. Of course it also means that every Grounder for miles knows where it is too. Back at the Ark Raven gets a telling off for this. I actually kind of like this as it’s an example of a smart person doing a stupid thing because they are so focused on solving a problem that they don’t consider the implications.

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Raven on crutches because of her bad leg. Doesn’t stop her doing mechanic type things though.

In any case as night falls Clarke and Anya make it to the Ark crash site. Clarke decides to free Anya. Well, the fight between them must have done wonders for Anya’s attitude as she and Clarke now finally make friends. Anya promises to try to get her people to help fight the mountain men. They clasp hands. Friends at last! Things are looking up!

Then a shot rings out and Anya drops to the ground mortally wounded. Clarke cradles her dying body as the Ark camp guards appear. They mistake Clarke for a Grounder and knock her out. I love the incredible irony of that shock twist where fate intervenes and says “no you’re not getting away with it that easily”. I did feel sorry for poor old Clarke after everything she went through to free Anya and escape from Mount Weather.

So another strong episode. I look forward to the next one.

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The episode starts by picking up with Clarke’s discovery of the captive Grounders in the Mount Weather facility. She frees Anya, the Grounder leader she encountered previously. They get out of the cage area but find themselves in what turns out to be a disposal chute, sort of like the one in Star Wars, only this one deposits them on a pile of barely alive bodies.

Yes, this show has been getting dark. And it seems it will go darker still…

Some reaper cannibal dudes appear in the tunnels under the mountain so Clarke and Anya hide in an old mine car kind of deal. The reapers start tossing bodies from the disposal pile on top of them. So it would seem that the bunker people are using the reapers as a disposal mechanism.

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Clarke and Anya escape from the mine car and go deeper into the tunnels to try and find a way out. Clarke wants to team up with Anya but the latter is not impressed.

Back at the Ark camp Marcus, the guy who wasn’t the chancellor but thinks he is, decides to punish doctor Abby for letting Bellamy go and supplying the kids with guns. She is given ten lashes with the pain stick. (“No! Not the pain stick!”) But later he tells Abby he is taking a captive Grounder to go and make peace with the Grounders and will try to get the other kids back.

Bellamy and his gang use Murphy (the guy from Continuum) to find a Grounder camp. They see a one-eyed Grounder with Clarke’s watch. They capture him and take him back to a bomb shelter to question. He draws them a map that will supposedly take them to Clarke and the others.

They then argue about what to do with the captive. Bellamy surprisingly is the voice of reason and wants to leave him tied up. Finn however is talking with his fists and just wants to shoot him. The argument continues until Finn just shoots the guy.

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See, I’m impressed that the writers have made the “nice boy” turn nasty. This show is throwing up a few surprises.

Elsewhere Octavia shadows the Lincoln Village Grounders (huh, sounds like a seventies pop group) who are looking for their people who where taken by the reapers. Initially the Grounder leader lady wants to kill Octavia but eventually she agrees to let Octavia “help”, i.e. play dead as bait for the reapers. They do manage to free four captive Grounders including the hairy healer guy (who Octavia took captive last time despite him being twice her size) but unfortunately there is no Lincoln among them. Octavia is upset and cries. But at least she is now allowed to tag along with her new Grounder gang.

Back with Clarke. Anya leaves her alone and Clarke gets surrounded by reapers. Just as she is about to be eaten some bunker people appear in radiation suits and repel the reapers with some sonic devices.

(Clarke is unaffected so do the reapers have implants or something?)

The bunker people capture Clarke and are going to return her presumably to have her blood extracted as she knows too much to rejoin her people. Then Anya returns and attacks the bunker people and Clarke gets loose. Anya leads her to the way out.

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“Way out” being a hole in the wall of a dam hundreds of feet above a lake. Anya jumps into the water far below and Clarke has no choice but to follow when more bunker people appear.

When she comes to later she thanks Anya only to get knocked on her head for the trouble. It seems Anya still bears a grudge about the small matter of 300 of her people getting fried by Clarke’s “let’s set off the rocket engines” plan.

Back in the bunker tunnels a suited bunker person is looking at new captive Grounders. Most are being sent to “harvest” in other words have their blood extracted. But there’s Lincoln! And it looks like they have something else in store for him…

This was a very strong episode. I’m enjoying how lots of different factions are coming into play. Also I’m a little (pleasantly) surprised that the makers have their attractive young cast covered in blood and mud for the running time of the episode in a nod to realism.

It’s also nice to have the adults on the surface now too, apparently for the long run as the wreck of the ship seems to be around for the foreasable future. The decision to punish Abby in accordance to the old rules of the Ark, where out of necessity the tinest infraction could get someone killed, was a nice bit of dubious morality thrown into the mix.

And I’m enjoying both Octavia and Clarke having the opportunity to go all Ripley.

Really, this show is turning out to be unexpectedly really very good and for me unmissable.

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The first thing I need to remake on is that there appears to be a nifty new credits sequence at the start of the episode. At least I don’t remember the earlier episodes having the sequence. It shows some ruined future Earth landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty. It really gives a feeling of a larger scale for the show. Anyway, I liked it.

So, on to the episode… Clarke is still suspicious of the bunker people. All her buddies are happy to be there. There’s even some pillow fights and arm wrestling going on. At one point Clarke sees some injured bunker personnel being worked on and one guy in particular has very bad burns.

Everyone is getting annoyed at her continual suspicions. Jasper (I think his name is Jasper, the guy who got speared in the chest by the Grounders) tells her she’s making things worse for them. More on Clarke later…

Octavia wakes up at the Lincoln memorial waiting for (the other) Lincoln to get back with some antidote. Some hairy dude turns up with the antidote instead. Turns out Lincoln was his friend and got the hairy healer to do this favour for him. But Lincoln is in trouble back at his village because helping Octavia caused some Reaper problems. So what is a girl to do? Octavia goes totally badass on this hairy guy who is twice her size and takes him prisoner. She goes back to the village and demands Lincoln is freed in return for the hairy healer dude. The boss lady of the village agrees and meets Octavia at the Lincoln memorial for the prisoner swap. Then the Reaper guys attack and capture Lincoln.

But seriously, we are meant to believe Octavia can capture a big hairy grounder dude? Never mind. Moving on…

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The Ark adult type people are setting up camp. The guy who isn’t the chancellor is taking charge. Abby has to operate on Raven without anaesthetic to get a bullet out from near her spine. Abby wants to look for Clarke and the others but after some guard people get crucified by Grounders the boss guy says no. So Abby frees Bellamy and the guy from Continuum to go and look for the others.

Up on the space station the chancellor is hearing things. Or his he? He goes looking and finds a baby in a cupboard, apparently forgotten about in the evacuation. He decides to try and get the baby to the surface using an unfired missile left over from before the nuclear war. Problem is the missile is on the other side of the station and he will have to make a spacewalk.

He straps on an old spacesuit with the baby inside only to find the helmet has a crack in it. Nevertheless he opens the door to get whooshed out with the remaining air.

I loved this bit. It was (I am sure deliberately) reminiscent of 2001 A Space Odyssey. As he zooms across the intervening space to the opposite side of the wheel his helmet inevitably cracks. He makes it to the door and shoots through, grabbing the handle to close the door and fill the airlock with air. Just like Dave Bowman did in 2001. The composition of the shot was quite similar.

He opens his spacesuit to check on the baby, only to discover… No baby! He was imagining it after all due to oxygen deprivation. Then his dead son appears. The baby was his son! Head slap! His son tells him to use the missile to get to the surface. Somehow the plan works.

I also like playing Spot the Battlestar Galactica Reference. There were a few more nods in this episode. We now have one of the Final Five Cylons, Tori, working as a doctor in the bunker place. Mister Gaeta is still hanging around with the Ark people. Also some of the cgi space effects shots had the patented BSG shaky camera and zoom-in effect going on.

Back to Clarke in the bunker. It looks like she is gradually accepting the world of pillow fights and arm wrestling. She eventually scrunches up the escape map she’s been working on. Then she sees the burned guy from earlier. He’s still a bit burned but a lot less than when she saw him before. What is going on? She follows him to the medical area. This is off limits to her. What to do…

She still has her arm stitched up from cutting it when escaping from her room last time. She basically self harms by ripping open the wound. Ew!

Clarke wakes up in the medical lab patched up. She sees other patients from the bunker getting some sort of blood transfusion. But where is the blood coming from? She follows the tubes to another area and sees a couple of unfortunate folk getting their blood drained. And then in another area there are lots of cages filled with captive Grounders, including the female leader of the Grounders she encountered before.

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So I was sort of right, the bunker people are kind of cannibals or vampires!

I have to admit I had a vampire clue in the first episode of the season when a bunker girl was given some sort of mysterious blood transfusion.

In any case it was a great cliffhanger that tells us a lot about the bunker people and what they have had to do to survive. They never venture outside except in radiation type suits and they must capture Grounders to live off heir blood. So they are sort of vampires.

Anyhow, I look forward to Clarke going all badass and blowing up the bunker. As Corporal Hicks says in Aliens, “it’s the only way to be sure.”

The 100 season 2 episode 1 review

Suddenly The 100 is back on TV. So suddenly in fact that I completely missed it and ended up resorting to a catchup service.

So here are a few musings on the first episode.

The previous season ended with the surviving “100” folk using the remaining fuel in their drop ship to fry dangerous marauding Grounders into crispy less dangerous Grounders. And the only other thing I remember is main character Clarke waking up in the Mount Weather (former US government bomb shelter/bunker) facility.

So the new episode picks up with Clarke in her cell/quarters. She eventually goes all badass on the window of her cell door. (That reinforced glass sure breaks very easily.) She escapes from her room and eventually finds a bunch of well-dressed folk having dinner with a full on party atmosphere. They get a bit upset at the sight of Clarke and run away fearful of contamination.

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Clarke meets the bunker people.

It turns out that survivors of the nuclear war have stayed in the Mount Weather shelter and managed to keep going with hydroelectric power, clean air and water. But exposure to the surface would apparently pretty much kill them. Meanwhile the folk from the space station can survive on the surface because they have lived their lives exposed to high levels of solar radiation. Ok, I’ll take their word for it.

Turns out other 100s are there and are happy to see Clarke. But Clarke remains very suspicious and keeps trying to unsuccessfully escape. Until she does escape she is resigned to eating nice food. And all the bunker folk are friendly towards the 100s when they realise there’s no risk of contamination from them. And they get to play dress up into the bargain.

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Clarke meets keypad.

But what’s the twist? There’s always a twist, right? Are the bunker people cannibals? I mean, that’s usually what happens, like in The Walking Dead. I bet they’re cannibals. You’re not eating chocolate cake, Clarke! Put down the spoon!

Up on the surface nice Grounder Lincoln is trying to get some antidote for Octavia’s poison situation. He takes her to a spot (allegedly near his village) which has the actual Lincoln memorial in the middle of a bunch of trees. Hey, that’s why he’s called Lincoln! But hang on, I’ve seen this scene in Logan’s Run. Michael York and Jenny Agutter found the memorial but didn’t know who it was. Oh well.

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The guy who wasn’t the main boss Chancellor but has now taken charge. Plus Clarke’s mother, played by that nice Paige Turco from NYPD Blue.

Elsewhere the survivors from the Ark crash-landing meet up with Finn and Bellamy who take them back to the drop ship. There the only 100s they find are Finn’s former engineering-savvy girlfriend from before he fancied Clarke and that dude from Continuum and Bates Motel. The guy who wasn’t the Chancellor on the Ark takes charge and arrests Bellamy for trying to beat up the guy from Continuum, oblivious to what a jerk Continuum-guy is.

So overall it was an entertaining episode. I’m left wondering if the Mount Weather people are indeed cannibals or vampires or something. Or will the twist be that there is no twist.

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The President of the bunker people. Probably a vampire or cannibal or something.
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