by Laure Mack
What a heavy episode. So much emotional hoopla and a lot of content.
It feels like we've slowly returned to the beginning. With the adults in Arkadia brainwashed and the grounders being led by a bloodthirsty psychopath, it's kind of like starting back in season one again. The kids, who aren't exactly kids anymore, they're alone again.
Watching Bellamy look on as one-by-one his (former?) friends filed in was a special kind of painful and heavy of the guilt. As was the realization that Lincoln wouldn't be coming through the door. Octavia taking her rage out on him was very, very sad and mildly therapeutic. Like she was a surrogate for the audience punishing him for being so dumb.
Everything that happened in medical was more than sufficiently creepy and heart-wrenching. Watching Raven writhe remembering the most horrific experiences of her life cut me like a rusty saw. Abby yelling at Jackson for help with easing Raven's pain and getting nowhere was bad too. And frustrating. I get it, she had her hands full, but it was similar to what happens when watching a horror movie and screaming at the TV that the killer is right behind! I kept wanting her to realize that she should stop turning her back on him.
The worst, though, was when Abby was restrained and strong-armed into taking the key. In that moment, she had to choose between saving someone she cares about from dying and memories of her daughter (not to mention ex-husband, Kane, friends, etc). And why was Jackson continually smirking like he was getting off on his boss's agony? Does the City of Light make you an asshole, too? The wrist slicing was gruesome enough to make me shudder. Ick. I was very worried that Raven was going to bleed out for a second. Thankfully, no, but will she ever be herself again? Surely there's a straggler bracelet somewhere, right? At the dropship, maybe, from when Monty was experimenting with them?
GOOD CHRISTMAS ON A CRACKER! CLARKE'S GROUPIE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON HAD A BRACELET. This thought literally came to me while I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep. I need a life.
Ontari is seriously off her rocker, isn't she? Wow. We got a little backstory on what molded her into the maladjusted loony toon that she is today. Being taken from your family and raised with cruelty and entitlement would break even the gentlest of spirits. It's a little annoying that in one episode she wants to avenge the death of her fallen queen and in the next she is lamenting about how mean she was, but who doesn't have mixed feeling about their mothers, am I right? We are still figuring Ontari out. One note villains never really work, a la Kane season one. Hopefully she'll get to be a fully formed character soon.
Also, according to extensive bingeing of Law and Order: SVU, Murphy was raped. Ontari is in a position of power, which makes it impossible for him to consent, plus he said no and only gave in after she made thinly veiled threats. And he is chained to the wall and spent the day realizing that she thinks it's a legit option to just kill everyone and watching Ontari blind a man to make a point. As of now, I'm not sure how the writers are going to treat this so I'm going to hold off on judgement, but I am seriously hoping that it wasn't supposed to be sexy. Because it wasn't. Rape never is.
I could not be more excited that Jasper was back this week. And I don't just mean that he showed up and had lines, but also that he was sober enough to see his friend in need and tried over and over again to help her. I've missed that guy. He did call Clarke the angel of death to her face, but hey, he didn't run her over with the jeep. Progress. I'm proud of you, J.
3 out of 4 awkward encounters with a past one night stand.
Bits and pieces
Welp, Clarke now knows that Lincoln is dead. I wonder how she'll find Luna now. I'm sure she will figure it out. You know what they say, where there's a Clarke, there's a way.
I'd like to go on record and say that I don't hate Murphy nearly as much as I've apparently let on. And I am constantly impressed with his survival skills. The kid can adapt to literally any situation, even chained to the wall as a sex slave/life coach combo.
Ugh. Monty's mom (even Pike calls her this and not by her name) and Bellamy should start an I was a shitty family member while under Pike's spell support group.
The death of a major character has the power to change an entire series. With both Lexa and Lincoln gone, the politics of this show is almost unrecognizable and still completely unsettled.
Lindsay Morgan did a fantastic job as ALIE. Gold stars. I wonder if it hurt her back to stand so straight up like that, though?
Kane mentioned Finn when he reminded us that for the grounders to feel vindicated, Pike's death would need to be excruciating and tortured.
Quick question: who do you think is worse, Pike or Ontari?
Murphy: "We talked about restraint."
Ontari: "You told me not to kill him."
Murphy: "Next time I’ll be more specific."
ALIE (talking about Raven): "She’s so much stronger than the rest of you."
Abby: "Now that Arkadia has fallen, we'll move on to stage two."
What the hell is stage 2? This can't be good.