|I'll say "I didn't kill my wife" and then you say "I don't care".|
First of all, a gold star to whoever it was who came up with that puntastic title.
This episode's A-plot featured Clarke and Anya staging their own amateur production of The Defiant Ones (with a little bit of The Fugitive) as they fled Mount Weather and the creepy creepies that reside inside, and I don't mean the Reapers. If the previous episode didn't convince you that the mountain men (and women) were up to no good (and I can't see how it couldn't) then this one was sure to do the job, because harvesting human beings for blood to stay alive is one thing, but feeding the remains to your personal army of crazy cannibals? That is a whole new level of creepy.
It looked like this daring escape was going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, until Anya ruined things with betrayal. Seriously, Anya, would it have killed you to show even a smidgen of gratitude? Clarke saved you from being another unwilling blood donor at Mount Dracula, and you betrayed her at every available opportunity. Sure you're enemies, but it is time to put the past behind you and work together to avoid being Nosferatu'd by Arlo Givens and Dr. Cylon.
With no annoying love interests around to get in her way, Clarke is continuing to prove that she is the one who truly runs this show. If she had business cards they would read "Clarke Griffin. Professional Badass. Come with me if you don’t want to die horribly". What makes Clarke such a badass is not her fighting skills, but how she thinks fast on her feet and always makes the smart, practical choices more TV characters should make. She grabbed the discarded clothes because she knew they’d need them, she knew to pick up the rifle after the soldier dropped it (I hate it when people don’t do that) and when the soldiers had guns pointed at her she pretended to surrender so they'd lower their weapons and wouldn't have the chance to shoot her when she jumped. Anya, if you know what's good for you, you'll let Clarke go now and call it quits.
Back at Camp Freefall, Kane foolishly listened to Major Iago and had Abby publicly tortured for helping Finn, Bellamy and the others leave the camp to search for their friends. But it's okay, because he felt really bad about it. Seriously? You're going to make Abby being for all intents and purposes publicly flogged all about Kane and his feelings? WTF???? Abby's first act as chancellor should've been to have his ass strung up and flogged.
They say absence make the heart grow fonder. In Finn's case absence seems to make the brain develop a full blown case of the crazies. He and Bellamy continued their search for their friends, and by friends I of course mean Clarke. Come on, there's no way these guys would be out there if she wasn't amongst the missing. While this storyline is helping to make Bellamy and (*gasp*) Murphy more likeable characters, it is doing the opposite for Finn. This more unhinged, Clarke obsessed, trigger happy Finn is twice as annoying as the original version. Why couldn't he have been captured by the reapers?
Notes and Quotes
--Is Tori going to turn poor Lincoln into a reaper? That guy just can't catch a break.
--What don't they have in Mount Weather? I'm starting to think they've got the Ark of the Covenant in there somewhere.
--Good to know the well-being of his friends comes second to Jasper's libido.
--The dam is named Philpott Dam, after James Philpott, the show's production designer.
Abby: "I broke the rules and I accept the consequences. But you can lash me a hundred times and I am still gonna do whatever it takes to find those kids. My kid."
Clarke: "Once we get out of here, we can find help. We can come back."
Anya: "There is no we."
Kane: "Are we really back to this? On the Ark, you did anything you wanted. Without a second thought about the consequences."
Abby: "On the Ark, I did what I needed to do, and I was right. Just like now."
Octavia: "I am not afraid."
Inara: "You will be."
--If you don't know what that is reference to, you've come to the wrong site.
Murphy: "You thought I was the crazy one, huh?"
Three out of four underrated Harrison Ford movies.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.