Well, no Clarke, it never is that simple is TV land. Wow, though, what a packed finale, and so much set-up for the next season.
Bellamy is a good leader because he can inspire people like Clarke said, but Clarke is a better leader because she's smart and always thinking ahead. People don't do what she says because she has a way with words. They follow her because she gives them better options. When plan A to run for the coast ended with a blade in the face for what's-his-name, Bellamy made a we'll do our best and it'll be fab speech. But Clarke came up with a real plan that could actually save many of her people. I've enjoyed the journey that he has been on and I enjoy watching the two of them lead. They make a good team.
The actual fighting part was pretty good too. Lots of action and excitement. Almost everyone got the chance to show what they were made of. Octavia is less annoying when she's being a samurai and she got to save Bellamy's life for a change. Jasper is such a character, and he always comes through in the clutch. Note to self: you should've paid more attention in chemistry, because someday you might need to know things about splicing wires and charging rockets. Good on Finn for figuring out a way to use the firefly reapers to his advantage. The grounders are skilled fighters. They were smart enough to get their enemy to waste bullets, tore through the
The people in the Ark are planning to free fall their way to the ground. You know, if they don't explode first or crash violently into the earth. Not that it really matters, but the only way Jaha made it out before Kane did was if no one tried to stop him from making that sacrifice like Abby stopped Kane or slowed him down with consolatory 'thanks for saving my life' handshakes. Is it because he's the chancellor and people have been conditioned not to question him or because everyone is sick of his shit like Diana said in the last episode?
Set up for season 2:
Who are the mountain men? Obviously more technologically advanced than the grounders with smoke bombs and lasered sniper rifles. Not to mention their intense love of the color white from the looks of Monty and Clarke's cells.
Are Finn and Bellamy dead? Is Jaha close behind them? Hey, Monty is alive. Maybe there is hope for everyone.
Listing my hopes for season 2 seems silly because I've already seen it. But I will say this show isn't done improving.
Did any of the other stations survive the free fall?
Octavia was shot with an arrow, but Lincoln whisked her away to probable safety.
I am a fan of this show and episodes like this are the reason why.
4 out of 4 fried orange wires
Bits and pieces
Winning against the grounders meant scorching the ground around them. Everything was dead gray ash. No living green. A little symbolic of the effect people have on the earth, maybe?
What's-his-name took a blade to the eye. Octavia stabbed the grounder through the eye. An eye for an eye, and the whole world goes blind.
Raven yelling at Clarke to "look harder" and balking "it isn't rocket science" even though it was was funny. I like Raven. And Clarke telling Raven that she would pick her first was touching.
Murphy's gotta be on his last life by now. Even cats only have 9.
Clarke: "You did good here, Bellamy."
Bellamy: "18 dead."
Clarke: "82 alive. You did good."
Bellamy: "The gully is now mined."
Raven: "Partially mined thanks to Murphy."
Bellamy: "She also made grenades."
Clarke: "Again, thank you Murphy."
Bellamy: "We'll make them count."
Raven: "Give me enough time? Yea, I'll cook 'em real good."
Jaha: "No one said this would be easy, ladies and gentlemen. Just that if we don't try it... we all die."
Clarke: "Hey, Raven? I'd pick you first."
Raven: "Of course you would. I'm awesome."