by Billie Doux
Dr. Tsing saying that to the Ark kids that she was killing for their bone marrow seemed to hit the very limit of outrageous entitlement. The writers must have given her that line solely so that Jasper could lob it back to her in that incredibly satisfying moment in the elevator when she was dissolving into a puddle of radioactive goo. Please tell me that it's gently wafting curtains for Dr. Tsing. Please.
The title of this episode was apt because everyone seemed to be going just a bit too far and to the point of no return. Upset and disappointed, Abby told Clarke that she had crossed the line. Did she? I think she did. Yes, there are 47 Ark kids (or actually a few less by now) being actively dissected in Mount Weather, not to mention an unknown number of Grounders in cages. But how many were at the meeting in TonDC? Is this a numbers game? Yes, it was ultimately Lexa's decision to not evacuate in order to protect Bellamy, awesome inside man and superspy, but Clarke agreed with Lexa or it wouldn't have happened. It's something Abby would never have done. Maybe Kane would have, since he was the one who did the culling thing back on the Ark, but he's not in charge any more.
(I absolutely loved Clarke and Kane talking about leadership and delegation. Clarke delegated Kane to attend the meeting in her place. And he went!)
President-elect Cage absolutely crossed the line sending a missile to strike TonDC, but he's been crossing lines for quite awhile now. Strike that. The Mount Weather inhabitants crossed the line generations ago when they began sacrificing Grounders to stay alive. Making people into Reapers was another line. Killing the Arkers for their bone marrow, hey, what's one more line? It's true that the Mount Weatherites are highly motivated. They're trying to stay alive and I can understand that living inside a mountain has gotten old. But they didn't have to turn into Nazis, did they? Bone marrow can be donated without killing the donor, you know. Dr. Tsing wasn't even springing for anesthesia.
President Wallace may have followed the tradition of his people in bleeding Grounders, but he couldn't sanction doing the same thing to the Arkers. That's something of an arbitrary line. He's evil, but only a little bit. It's interesting that President Wallace just sacrificed eleven of his own people to do what he thought was right, and Clarke and Lexa just did much the same thing. Guess it's fortunate that Octavia, along with the rest of the cast, was busy in the woods when the missile arrived, or Bellamy would have been pretty darned pissed.
What now? How many more missiles do they have up there on Mount Weather? What will the Arkers do about the dam? It sounds like we're approaching a real mess of a battle in the season finale.
In the somewhat boring B plot, Jaha and twelve followers (how New Testament of them) trooped out to the wasteland to visit the spot where that nice family that betrayed Jaha used to live, and there was a girl named Emori waiting there to fool them twice. I'm sure the City of Light will end up being important, but it would be nice if they got there already because it's taking us away from the Arker/Grounder war on Mount Weather, which is a lot more interesting. Even if Jaha did take Murphy along. I like Murphy now. He's always fun to watch.
Was Emori lying to Murphy? Nah, she dug him. He thought her deformed hand was badass. Due north. New York City? A million lights they flicker there, a million hearts beat quicker there. No skies are gray on that great white way. That's the Broadway melody.
Bits and quotes:
-- Lincoln is a shadow of his former self. He was practically whining. Octavia was not amused.
-- As they were running for their lives, Abby kept stopping and demanding that Clarke tell her what was going on. The way Abby keeps trying to wrench power back from Clarke is sort of driving me nuts.
-- There was a self-conscious art shot of the Jaha expedition climbing a dune in the dark with a huge moon in the background. I nearly laughed.
-- Delegates from the Ice Nation showed up at the meeting in time to get blown up. Would that be Canada?
-- Why hadn't the evil Dr. Tsing gotten some bone marrow herself by now?
Murphy: "Touch me again and I'll end you. (pause) In a noncriminal way."
Lexa: "This is war, Clarke. People die."
Duh. But really. I do think that Lexa and Clarke went a bit too far. Awesome Bellamy saving the day, or not.
President Wallace: "And it only cost you your souls!"
This was a terrific episode. Four out of four art shots,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.