by Laure Mack
It's looking pretty grim on the hope-searching front, but on the character development /plot/relationship fronts, I am all in for the season.
When stuck in an almost constant state of war, how important is it to have hope? Jasper doesn't seem to have any, and he is completely reliant on those around him to care for him. Monty, on the other hand, just found his mother and lost his father in the space of a few hours and is fine with it because he has to be. Maybe in this situation hope is just a coping mechanism to get through all the heinous realities.
I don't know if it's the loss of his floppy hair, the gash in his neck or if the actor is just that good, but Jasper is almost unrecognizable to me. He's hanging on by a thread. No longer the fun-loving kid crushing on Octavia, and it's written all over him. Impressive work by Devon Bostick, and his mini-breakdown after finding Maya's favorite painting was the first time that I felt even a little sorry for him. In comparison to Monty hearing about his father's heroic death and Bellamy risking life and limb to get Clarke back (and failing), it could have fallen flat, but it didn't.
The Ice Nation is the new black. Irrationally lashing out at people for little reason makes for a dangerous enemy. They don't even have Clarke in custody to sacrifice for her magic powers, but they're already breaking treaty borders and banging on war drums? Talk about poor planning. I guess the radiation must have killed all the chickens and thus people forgot not to count them before the eggs have hatched.
We learned a ton about new kid on the block, Roan. He's a prince that was banished from his home and he desperately hopes to get accepted back. To where, though? I would assume to the Ice Nation with his Queen mother, but if the Ice Nation soldiers are actively marching against the coalition, then surely they wouldn't care about a Lexa-imposed banishment. Roan wouldn't need her permission to go home if the Ice Nation were the home he was trying to get to. Here's another question -- why didn't he kill Bellamy? Because Clarke agreed to go quietly if he did?
Nyko is back (yay), but he is seriously injured and needs a blood transfusion (no yay). Luckily Abby has access to state of the art medical facilities. Why exactly did Jasper have to go, though? Aren't there other Arkadians that Abby would have believed more qualified to help her and Lincoln get Nyko to Mount Weather? For that matter, there is still a kill order on Lincoln. Why is it all of a sudden just accepted that he'll be going on field trips? When Nyko woke up in the hospital bed in the mountain, I couldn't stop wondering what he thought of the pillows. As far as we've seen, the most comfortable bedding the grounders have are extra leaves over the dirt. He didn't really state an opinion about them but he was pretty quick to defend using the mountain. So maybe he dug the pillows?
It's hard for me to write about Jaha and his acid trips, because I just don't care about what's happening over there. At least not yet.
One of the most interesting parts of this season so far has been the different reactions to Clarke. In part one Niylah looked at Clarke like a celebrity or idol. She risked her own life lying to the bounty hunters to protect the woman that avenged her mother and even seemed shocked that Clarke didn't celebrate her kills by marking them off on her back. Roan, on the other hand seemed like meeting the commander of death was a let down for him. And I'm really not looking forward to Clarke and Jasper interacting any time soon. Mostly because he is probably going to treat her like Maya's murderer instead of someone that repeatedly saves his ass. Not only am I sick of his ungratefulness, I seriously doubt how much more guilt Clarke can take on.
And finally Clarke and Lexa came face to face for the first time since the big betrayal three months ago. What a powerful scene. The ego on Lexa to think she could betray Clarke and then have her abducted and brought against her will with any kind of positive result is outrageous. For Clarke's sake, I hope she doesn't get painted into corner where forgiving and forgetting is her only option. It was hard enough watching her go through that after she couldn't save Finn, and I don't want the writers to keep sticking her on the same train going nowhere. If you ask me, Lexa earned Clarke's rage. You go girl -- spit to your heart's content.
Sometimes rating episodes can be confusing. Last week the episode got a 3.5. I thought it was good but not 4 worthy. Part 2 was even better than part 1, but I still don't think I can give it a 4. So...?
3.75999 out of 4 memory foam pillows.
Bits and pieces
There were lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner on the wall of the underground tunnel.
According to Jasper, Maya's favorite painting was a depiction of the second circle of hell. That is the circle reserved for those overcome with lust. Was this the writers telling us that Jasper and Maya were definitely not in love?
The Ice Nation is led by the ice queen. No mention of a king (yet). I can't tell you how much lighter my heart is watching a show with so many female leaders.
The tower Lexa has set up camp in cannot be structurally sound.
I wonder how the renegade farm station survivors would have felt about the Mountain Men. They certainly have a blind hatred for all grounders for taking out so many of their friends.
Bellamy: "Are you okay?"
Monty: "I have to be."
Roan: "Looks like the great Wanheda is human after all."
Emori: "Don't try to be a hero and I'll leave you on your feet this time."
Murphy: "A hero? And here I thought you got me."
Bellamy: "We can't lose Clarke. We can't lose her."
Nyko: "Places are not evil, brother. People are."
Jasper: "This was her favorite. Represents the second circle of hell, which is pretty ironic if you think about it."
Lexa: "War is brewing, Clarke. I need you."
Clarke: "Ah! You bitch! You wanted the commander of death, you've got her. Ugh! I'll kill you! AAAAH!"
Typing the words of this exchange does it absolutely zero justice.