Where do I even begin with this episode?
This was a good episode. Like really good. The kind of really good episode I didn't think the show was capable of when I first started watching it. It wasn't flawless, mind you. Jaha and his ever decreasing number of disciples continued their long, boring walk towards the fabled City of Light only to discover... yawn, sorry, I just don't care about this storyline any more. Not even landmines or Murphy's snarky remarks can make it entertaining. If we're lucky that boat will have a hole in it and we'll never have to be bothered by another boring Jaha story ever again. Luckily the rest of this episode more than made up for their storyline's continual failings.
This week's edition of Die Hard in a Mountain saw Mount Weather security finally get wise to the fact that one of their security guards is missing. And just as Bellamy was about to take his final test before achieving full action hero status. Talk about bad timing. In typical action movie style, there was a desperate race against time to stop a bomb from going off, or in this case the acid fog from being released. Raven and Wick provided tech support via the radio, and as is always the case with tech support their help was mostly useless because Bellamy didn't understand half of what they were saying.
|"Has he tried turning it off and on again?"|
Yes, it was all a trick. Cage and his Number 2 figured out what Bellamy was planning and allowed him to think he had succeeded so they could lure in the Grounder army and wipe it out. With no time to lose, Bellamy had to quickly figure out a new way to disable the acid fog and save his friends before the guards stopped him. This meant that Bellamy Blake got to be the star of his own little action movie featuring such clichés as...
|"Tom Cruise ain't got nothing on me."|
People staring intensely at monitors.
|Cage takes playing Blockbusters very seriously.|
Twin gun action.
|John Woo-hoo motherfucker!|
|Bow chicka wow wow.|
|"And I was just one week from retirement."|
|That really should've roasted him|
Long before we even got to the kiss that sent Tumblr into meltdown, things were already looking pretty domestic between the Grounder Commander and the Princess of the Sky People. While Clarke was busy fretting over their battle plans (do all armies have a division devoted to building miniature scale models of battlefields?), Lexa was looking more casual than we have ever seen her before. She just wanted to kick back and relax and encouraged Clarke to do the same. Lexa's feelings for Clarke were more obvious than ever during this scene. She's always had this "I want to have your adopted babies" look in her eyes when it came to Clarke, but when Clarke started worrying about Bellamy her eyes practically turned green. Well, greener. Damn, Alycia Debnam-Carey has some pretty eyes.
Octavia has worked out that Clarke and Lexa knew about the missile. Clarke, ever the peacemaker, wants to reason with Octavia and explain to her why they did what they did. Lexa, ever the pragmatist, wants to shut up Octavia before she can blab. Luckily for the younger Blake sibling, Clarke figured out what Lexa had planned and put a stop to it. Even if Octavia wasn’t her friend, Clarke was never going to allow someone to be killed simply to save her own skin. She’ll allow an entire town to be bombed to maybe keep one person safe, but she won’t allow anyone to be assassinated to avoid an awkward situation for herself.
Finally fed up with all of Lexa’s little speeches about what it takes to be a strong leader, Clarke literally backed her into a corner until she admitted that she is not the cold hearted warrior she claims to be. And it worked, but not in a way that Clarke was expecting. She was completely thrown by Lexa’s confession (but not so thrown that she didn’t use it to keep Octavia safe). She clearly had no idea that the Commander felt that way about her. She put on a brave face in front of Lexa, but once she was outside Clarke looked like she was about to have a panic attack. Did she realise in that moment that she felt the same way about Lexa? Or was she worried about what would happen to her and her friends if she told the Grounder Commander that she only thinks of her as a friend? Judging by how she reacted to that kiss, my guess is the former.
Oh yes, that kiss.
|I feel Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture should've started playing about now.|
Notes and Quotes
--The title of this episode is part of a famous World War II quote by Winston Churchill: "In wartime, truth is so precious that she must often be attended by a bodyguard of lies." It is an appropriate title as the situation with the missile is similar to the myth surrounding the devastating bombing of Coventry during WWII. It was alleged that Churchill knew about the bombing in advance thanks to code breakers at Bletchley Park breaking the Enigma cipher, but did nothing to defend the city so that the Germans would not learn that their cipher had been broken.
--I loved that Clarke barged in on Lexa while she was putting on her war paint. Her "Do you mind" face was just perfect.
--Clarke has added some Grounderish touches to her wardrobe.
Murphy: "A shower would be nice right about now. Wash off the rest of Harris."
Wick: "I’ll have you know I was a god at fluid dynamics."
Raven: "You think you were a god at everything."
Wick: "Empirical evidence doesn’t lie."
Murphy: "Tell me what level of crazy is too much for you? I'm just curious."
Lexa: "Once Bellamy shuts down the acid fog and the battle begins everything will be clear."
Clarke: "What if he can’t? What if it was too dangerous and I sent him in there anyway?"
Lexa: "You care about him?"
Clarke: "I care about all of them."
Lexa: "But you worry about him more?"
Clarke: "250 people died in that village. I know you felt for them, but you let them burn."
Lexa: "Not everyone, not you."
Three and a half out of four games of Blockbusters.
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