by Billie Doux
My first notetaking scribble when I started watching this episode was, "This is so not fair. I got a Finn episode."
I was wrong. This episode was amazing.
What Finn did
Like other soldiers before him, Finn lost control of himself in a tense situation he didn't completely understand, and he killed a whole lot of innocent people, including children. Killing innocents is inexcusable. The Grounders were justified in demanding justice, and threatening war if they didn't get it.
When Abby and the others were talking about never giving Finn up, I thought, he's so not worth it. Why should the Ark survivors die en masse for Finn, who massacred innocent people because he was obsessed with finding Clarke? (Which does not make it Clarke's fault, or Murphy's fault. It was Finn's fault.) At the same time, I understood the other side of the situation. Don't give up one of your own, especially one so young. Especially considering the extremity of what the Grounders had planned for his extended execution.
Finn was a romantic. In the flashback, Finn sacrificed his freedom for Raven's mistake because he was under 18, and she was not. He could have died for it, too. He drew all of the anger and hatred for the loss of three months of oxygen onto himself. How interesting that as it turned out, Raven got the chance to spacewalk, anyway; Finn's original sacrifice was for nothing. He was called "spacewalker" derisively, and yet he never got to experience the freedom of a spacewalk himself.
This time, Finn sacrificed his life instead of allowing the Ark survivors to fight a war on his behalf. He had to be deeply terrified of what was going to happen to him. In his last moments, he knew what Clarke was doing to him, and he didn't struggle or scream; he thanked her. Honestly, it makes Finn seem like a much better person than I've taken him for up until now.
What Clarke did
What Clarke did for Finn was absolutely hard core, and took incredible maturity and strength. Clarke even offered to take Finn's place, and she was sincere. How many teens would have the courage to do something like that? It was so like Buffy in "Becoming", even down to the body language and dialogue. (I wonder if that was intentional?) I also kept thinking of that incredibly upsetting execution scene in the 1992 movie, The Last of the Mohicans. I cried. Not so much for Finn, but for Clarke.
Lexa the Commander saw the difference in the hundreds of Grounders that Clarke killed in battle, and what Finn did to non-combatants. Interesting that Lexa would have been not just ousted but killed if she didn't have Finn executed. Also interesting that she accepted and respected Clarke killing Finn herself. I wouldn't have swallowed all this earlier in the series, but Clarke has become such an amazing character that I totally believed it. It was what Clarke would do.
I also loved that Clarke and Abby have reconnected so strongly, particularly the scene where they clasped hands. They're the natural leaders of the Ark survivors. Forget Jaha and Kane. They've had a few good moments while in command, but mostly they screw things up. In fact, during the Abby/Jaha/Kane meeting, I was pissed that Clarke and Bellamy weren't included. By now, they should be.
What Raven did
I'm starting to like Murphy, and I was angry at Clarke for blaming him, and even angrier at Raven for trying to sacrifice him to save Finn. I wonder how Raven will react to what Clarke did for Finn? Will Raven see how incredibly difficult it must have been for Clarke to kill the man she loves in order to save him from suffering such a terrible death? Or will Raven jump off the deep end because she loved Finn so much herself?
I've always liked Raven tremendously, but letting Finn take the fall for her back on the Ark made me lose just a bit of respect for her. Even under the circumstances.
Bits and pieces:
-- Lincoln has recovered but is still in restraints. He is clearly having a hard time with what he did as a reaper.
-- Jaha compared sacrificing Finn to sending the Hundred down to the ground. He was right on that one.
-- During the scene where the air was escaping from the airlock, I kept saying, "Raven! Put your freaking helmet back on!"
-- The transition from Raven in the drop ship to Raven spacewalking was lovely.
-- I just realized that Alycia Debnam-Carey, who plays Lexa, is one of the stars of the new show Fear the Walking Dead. It immediately made me like her Fear character a lot more.
Finn: "You're running fluid dynamics specs while we're having sex. I think you've been over it."
Murphy: "Byrne actually gave me a gun. I guess we really are screwed, huh?"
Lincoln: "We've all got a monster inside of us, Clarke. And we're all responsible for what it does when we let it out."
Abby: "No offense, Marcus, but I'm keeping the job until this is over."
Clarke: "The things that we've done to survive, they don't define us."
Finn: "What if you're wrong? What if this is who we are now?"
Finn: "Am I going to get in trouble for this?"
Clarke: "I'm soaked in Grounder blood. Take me."
Finn: "Thanks, Princess."
Just excellent. Four out of four barbarians at the gate,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.