An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind. But I guess if you're already blinded by vengeance and hate, it doesn't really matter.
Lexa defended the actions of the ambassadors by saying that they were only doing what they thought was best for their people. Just like Clarke does. It's the common theme in The 100 and it was heavily displayed this week. Everyone is doing what they think is best, but it often conflicts with the actions of someone else and not everyone can be right.
Over in Polis:
Don't you love being surprised? When it was made clear that Queen Nia was aiming for war against Lexa, I figured it surely meant more of the same type of war tactics that we saw in season one. Nope. Her plan was much more complicated and nefarious. When Nia called for the challenge against Lexa, I figured it would be a trial of some kind. Nope, a fight to the death, naturally. Then it came time to pick fighters, and I thought Clarke, as the commander of death, was about to be thrown in the ring. Wrong, wrong, wrong. And that was all in the first five minutes of this episode. Brilliant.
The animosity between Roan and his mother was so understated that you may have missed it. Or not. Geez Louise, I half expected one of them to go for the other's throat right there. Not to mention her motherly advice while he was losing the fight to the death that she volunteered him for. With a mother like that, who needs enemies? There is a twisted part of me that is sad we won't get the see more of that relationship play out.
Sparks were flying when Lexa came to Clarke's room for the pajama party at the end. There is obviously still something between them, but Clarke never offered to take Lexa's place and I kept expecting that she would (not that I think Lexa would let her). She begged to take Finn's place when he was about to be killed and she swore to Roan she would stop fighting for her freedom in exchange for Bellamy's life.
|Have you ever played light as a feather, stiff as a board?|
Let's talk about Bellamy. I hate to see him hurting. I hate it even more watching him slide into such a Finn-like violence first, questions later haze. Stupidity like that hasn't proven to end well on this show. It isn't hard to follow the logic. Pike, his farm station newbies and Bellamy are angry. They've lost family and friends in bloody, horrible circumstances. Watched loved ones suffer. It's normal, rational even, to want someone to pay for those losses. I wonder how they'd feel if they'd known that Lexa killed the queen that ordered it. Would that thirst for vengeance be quenched? Can it ever be?
We finally got the democratic vote we were promised. Not only did it happen off camera, but Abby and Kane are both out. I can't see why they'd elect Pike, though. He lost more than half the people he landed with by doing things his way. I wonder what role Kane will have now. Abby will go back to being a doctor, but I doubt Pike is going to let Kane resume his place as second in command. In any event, the change in leadership styles is bound to throw a wrench in basically everything that the Arkadians have been working towards.
|If you want more war and a reaffirmed target |
on your back, vote Pike. Pike is always right.
And the dropship:
Leaving a hole in the wall seems like a bad move when the Ice Nation is hellbent on killing everyone in the camp, no? We've come to expect this kind of destructive behavior from Jasper this season, but come on Monty -- you know better. At least patch it up behind you.
Jasper stole Finn's ashes to punish Clarke for Maya being dead. He spewed hateful words in Monty's face and even said that Monty's friend died the day everyone in the mountain died. I feel like my heart should've been breaking for Jasper. You could almost see the pain rolling off of him, but I mostly only felt bad for Monty. In the final bit, where Jasper fell down and Finn spilled out on the ground, I cringed. I think I cringed for all the parts of it, though. How disrespectful it is to steal someone's ashes and then the heartbreak of losing them forever, for the loss of the Jasper we came to love, the (hopefully not permanent) death of a friendship, Monty having to defend his decision to save his friend. Cringe worthy. All of it.
I liked going back to where it all started and seeing the home of the original 100. Even if it was for a very sad exchange between ex-besties.
Bits and pieces
People still refer to Clarke as Wanheda. As a commander.
Billie made a good point in the comments last week about hair being distracting on this show. I kept wondering where they get all the bobby pins/hair ties/hair spray they need to keep their braids in place. Someone must have had the foresight to hoard them before the apocalypse.
Good Christmas on a cracker!! Did Miller find his boyfriend?!?!?! He had lines and everything.
I laughed when I realized they managed to set up a bar situation inside Arkadia. Priorities, you know?
I'm not keen on Lexa dying. I like her, sometimes. But I would like to see what it looks like when her soul chooses the next commander.
Clarke spent most of this episode trying, unsuccessfully, to keep Lexa from fighting. She even attempted to take Nia's life after Roan urged her to. Bellamy got manipulated into arming Pike's band of merry murderers to kill peacekeeping grounders. I wonder how far he will go down this hole before he realizes the mistake he made. Our two former co-leaders aren't doing as much leading as they used to. In fact, they're being led around by almost everyone around them. It's not my favorite look for either of them.
I hope someone is able to get out and warn Indra about Pike's plan. I really don't want to see Indra killed. My money's on Octavia.
Lexa: "What are the three pillars of being commander?"
Kid 1: "Wisdom."
Kid 2: "Compassion."
Kid 3: "And strength."
Clarke: "I'm sorry if I'm worried if the fate of my people lies in the hands of a child."
Clarke and her friends were considered incapable children, too, when they were first sent to earth.
Nia: "If you won't fight for your mother, or your queen, fight for your clan. I want her head."
Roan: "Is that death I hear stalking me or just the commander of death?"