A tense, well-done episode, the best yet. I was impressed.
Winning the "best timing ever" award, Murphy decided that with a powerful enemy on its way to wipe them out, he would take the 100's only defensible stronghold and use it to play hangman with Bellamy. As Raven was fiddling with wires in an attempt to open the dropship door (and talking with Jasper way too loudly; I kept expecting Murphy to hear them), I thought, Raven has turned into The 100 version of Scotty. Would that make Bellamy Kirk, and Clarke Spock?
Do they even have time to use the thruster fuel in the dropship to create more handmade bombs? And who is going to do it since Raven has been shot? She'd better not die, that's all I have to say.
This was the first time I outright liked Bellamy. Not only did he trade his own life for Jasper's and agree to put together a rescue party for Clarke and Finn, he also gave Jack's "Live together, die alone" speech on Lost. And he was clearly right that they should have executed Murphy, who used all of the 100's precious gunpowder to blow a hole in the side of the drop ship and escape. I'm sure he'll be back to wreak havoc at some future time.
Interestingly, in an episode where Bellamy proved he's a good leader after all, he ceded his authority to Clarke, who told the 100 to pack up and leave for the Eastern Sea. I haven't seen any episodes after this one, but I'm willing to bet that Clarke's decision (actually, Lincoln's) is the right one.
Who exactly is living in that neighborhood? Anya and her people seemed to be in charge and all badass, but then this guy Tristan arrives and takes over with orders from "The Commander". We also heard about "Mountain Men". What's up with them? Are they all male?
And there are some very Firefly
Sadly, Clarke reunited with Finn, who is not dead yet. Did they really have to stop the action dead while Finn washed symbolic blood from his hands and told Clarke that he loved her? I was going, no, no! Don't stop to talk about love. You need to get to the freaking camp!
With no more dropships and life support running out, the remaining people on the Ark were looking at certain death in 51 hours. Kane, who has somehow one-eightied into a hero in less than a season, was using his final hours to desperately search for an answer, but Jaha was the one who stumbled on it while watching videos of his son Wells on Unity Day. Eureka! There are thrusters on the Ark!
So they can steer the whole mess right into the atmosphere, and most of the Ark will break up and burn up in orbit, but hopefully our featured actors and some extras will make it to the ground. I'm so looking forward to seeing this. Did the producers save their CGI budget for the season finale?
Bits and pieces:
-- "This crap will blow your face off." Laugh out loud.
-- Abby was devastated when her patient, a girl who looked like Clarke, died on the table. It was a nice way to have Abby talk about how much she regretted dying without having a chance to mend her relationship with her daughter.
-- Did Murphy hang Bellamy with a couple of red seat belts?
-- If Lincoln lives, and he'd better, Clarke may have ruined one of his tatts by cauterizing on a slant.
-- Loved Jasper awkwardly hugging Bellamy.
A tense, well-done episode, and I'm very much looking forward to part two. Four out of four red seat belts,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.