What an incredibly frustrating episode.
All that work on creating alliances, all those deaths at TonDC and elsewhere, Bellamy's amazing Die Hard undercover work, not to mention the devious four-part plan to get inside Mount Weather, and it was foiled because Lexa put her own people before her own personal honor and her passion for Clarke. And I sort of get it. It was very in character for Lexa. But wouldn't the vampires in Mount Weather eventually become a problem again, especially if Wallace's people manage to make it to the ground? Throwing away a powerful alliance with the Sky People feels like a decision that will come back to bite her, too.
It's also sad in a romantic sense. Before the deal with Wallace, Lexa had asked Clarke to go to the Grounder capital with her, probably for a hot weekend. The two of them even pushed the boom button together, essentially holding hands, even though it didn't go off. (No symbolism there, huh?) When Lexa and Emerson confronted Clarke with her decision, Emerson had this smug expression I just wanted to slap off his face, and I could swear I saw Lexa's nostrils flare. I'm sure Lexa was conflicted. Not that that will help the Sky People now.
Then there was The Door. The whole Grounder and Sky army standing in front of a huge door that wouldn't open. For an entire episode. In the end, Clarke was completely alone, still facing that door. Her task does seem insurmountable. (Was that a mountain pun? Sorry.) And that was after so much effort and so much death. Raven and Wick blowing the generators and getting all bloody and captured, after a lot of romantic banter. Octavia gave up her hard won Tree People status and her new relationship with Indra because she wouldn't leave Bellamy. Lincoln got to be cool by taking out the door with a flaming arrow, only to get dragged away by the Grounders; I'm sure he'll be the focus of some future plotline.
|Doesn't this pose make Clarke look like an action hero?|
I did love that Cage realized that he had completely screwed up everything (no shit, Sherlock) and that he finally went to Daddy for help. And got it. Even though Wallace had felt compelled to help Bellamy and the 44 earlier, it didn't surprise me that when it came down to brass tacks, Wallace was there making the hard decisions for his people. I particularly liked that first shot of Wallace in his cell under the outline of a no-longer-there painting -- pretty obvious symbolism. Followed by Cage taking off the sheet that was covering Van Gogh's Starry Night and saying everything would be destroyed, hint hint.
Frustrating. And bleak. There doesn't seem to be any way for Clarke and her people to win their freedom and avoid being used and killed as marrow donors. Fortunately, we still have part two to go.
Bits and pieces:
-- Bellamy finally got back to that Grounder woman in the cage. I really thought that there would be some half-naked Grounders fighting in the halls of Mount Weather, but no.
-- Cage actually told his people to turn in the 44 or be considered enemies of the state. Not Nazi-like at all.
-- Is Cage wearing a Nazi eagle pin? Or is it a Mockingjay pin? Come on. If anyone in this story is Katniss, it's Clarke. She should have a revolutionary pin of some sort.
-- I didn't realize until I got to the end of the episode that Jaha and his crew weren't in it at all. I'm sure they're working on set-up for season three and we'll see them in the season finale.
Lexa: "The Mountain has cast a shadow over these woods for too long. They've hunted us, controlled us, turned us into monsters. That ends today." Or not.
Raven: "I think I liked you better before we had sex."
Wick: "Right back at you. They can't leave if you push them away first, right? How's that working out for you so far?"
Cage: "I underestimated their commander. Is that what you need me to say?"
Wallace: "It wasn't the commander. It was Clarke. You've killed us."
Wick: "Catastrophic failure? That's your plan?"
Raven: "Okay, when you say it like that, it doesn't sound like a good idea."
Since this is part one, I'm going to hold my rating until the season finale,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.