by Laure Mack
I don't know what to say here. Blah blah blah.
The blood in the streets of Polis was appropriately horrifying. I kept cringing watching people walk through it in what I can only assume are their only pairs of boots. And it has to smell great.
Let's start on a lighter note. I loved loved loved the flashbacks on the Ark. It was like a nod to the return to season one that we've been experiencing this season. And not just in the way that Clarke and co. are the only hope against ALIE. Abby and Kane are now back to following Jaha, too. While I'm talking about that, is he ALIE's errand boy or the mastermind? As far as we know, ALIE wasn't strong arming people into taking the key before Jaha so it has to be his influence, right? But she is the all powerful AI that destroyed the world. How likely is it that she'd take orders at all?
Of course not everything is exactly as it was. (I hated the thin excuse for why Monty wasn't there and how Finn wasn't even mentioned. Continuity, people, get on this.) While everyone is growing and evolving, Murphy and Octavia in particular are leaps and bounds from where they were when we first met them. Murphy was right, he will survive, but he has to be impressing even himself at this point. I don't think he spoke up to save Pike because he cared if Pike lived or died. Although it was wildly clear that Pike's suffering didn't roll off his back and he certainly wasn't relishing it the way the grounders were. I think he saw that Pike could be useful in getting out of grounder jail so he convinced Indra to stop the torture. In Pike's classroom Murphy only saw what was right in front of him, but now he is a master strategist and chameleon. Octavia has changed, too. No longer timid or apologetic for existing, she's brave and strong and has the ability to take charge. She drank the roofie cocktail right away because she was able to trust her instincts and her faith in Lincoln. When the drop ship first landed, she probably still would've downed it, but out of impulse.
I have a confession to make. When the grounders started coming out of the water, there was a brief moment when I got excited about mermaid grounders. How great would that be? I mean radiation gave that deer two heads, couldn't it have given people gills and fins and magical flowing Ariel hair?? But no. No mermaids. Just scuba gear and and an oil tanker(?).
And in true The 100 fashion, after spending half of this season making sure that we hate Pike, it's time to turn him into a whole character now. Seeing him fret about whipping the 100's earth skills into shape and even trying to go down with them was very sweet. It was the first time any of the adults acknowledged how ridiculous their plan was. All that was well and good, but I'm getting a little tired of characters being made out as devils incarnate only to be expected to forget the horribleness that they've inflicted.
2.5 out of 4 mermaid grounders
Bits and pieces
There is an insane parallel between Jasper's reaction to Maya's death and his blame/hatred for Clarke and what Octavia is going through now. Octavia blames Bellamy and hates him for it, but she isn't self destructive. She isn't batting between flying off the handle and wallowing in self-pity.
In another parallel, Kane was strung up in almost the exact same manner that he had Abby strung up to be shocklashed in Camp Jaha last season. And he was coerced into taking the key in the exact same way that Abby was. Are they trying to say something about these two characters or are they running out of ways to tell this story? Plus, Abby practically jumped Kane's bones out of nowhere trying to get him to find out where Clarke is. Did ALIE make her do it? Was it a way for Abby to show Kane that it wasn't really her? It just seemed too insanely out of character.
I like peace loving Luna already. What are the odds that she turns out to be Lincoln's sister in yet another parallel? In this case to the Octavia and Bellamy relationship.
The percentage of unchipped people is 3. I think. Right?
Kane: "This is madness."
Abby: "This is unity."
Pike: "Perhaps you'd like to tell us the key to surviving on the ground."
Murphy: "No, not really. No."
Pike: "Ms. Blake, how about you? The key to survival on Earth, what is it?"
Octavia: "Not dying?"
Indra: "You killed 300 of my people. Now you'll take 300 cuts by my hand."
Murphy: "Listen to me! Our real enemy is out there. Jaha has an army of chipped soldiers. They don't feel any pain. That means they're not gonna stop until all of us either join them or die."
Murphy: "Go float yourself. Everything I learned, I learned on the ground."
Bellamy: "C'mon, O. How long?"
Octavia: "I don't know. I can't even look at you. Because every time I do, I see Pike putting that gun to Lincoln's head. I hear the gunshot. I see him fall."