by Laure Mack
So much setup for the finale.
In fact, almost nothing happened. They had to call this 'part one' because calling it a whole grown-up episode would be an insult to the show. And to television in general.
Here's a rundown of all the things that didn't happen.
Jasper didn't find a way to work past his Mt. Weather demons and make up with Monty. I was plenty shocked when ALIE showed up in the first place but that surprise was NOTHING compared to finding out that Jasper was the one chipped and that his return from the moping Olympics wasn't genuine. And then an entirely new wave of shock when he stabbed Monty. No no no no no no no. But, by far, the creepiest thing that came out of Jasper's mouth was the listing of his fallen friends and how they died. Most of it was recited in the background while Raven and Monty were working. The way a song might play while you clean the kitchen. Like a soundtrack for their lives on the ground. Just death and carnage and acid fog.
Raven did kick ass and find a backdoor into ALIE's network, but with Jasper holding a gun on unconscious Harper (and no Clarke to pull a crazy Hail Mary out of thin air) is there a lot of hope that the plan will stay on track? I knew Harper didn't have a lot of time left to live the second she got fresh with Monty, and Monty has proved that he can make the hard choices when it comes to weighing out the good of the many. So it's possible that he and Raven won't give in. That Harper will die alone in the hallway and Jasper will add her name to the ever growing list of casualties on the earth.
Clark and co. didn't fool ALIE into giving up Ontari. Or in securing an ally in Roan since they got him shot. Or in getting the kill code. All they really managed to do is get themselves locked in the tower that probably sustained structural damage from the cave in and subsequential bomb set off, which I feel like I've mentioned before didn't seem all that stable to begin with.
Ontari didn't die (yet), but she is brain dead making her a) useless in defeating ALIE and b) the time spent setting her up as a deranged sociopath all for nothing. Huh? Abby and Kane didn't die either, although they both came insanely close. I wonder if near death experiences will give them a little distance from ALIE. That would be wildly convenient.
For next week...
I'm willing to bet that next week will be an action-packed and nail biter to the bitter end. I'm most anxious to see if there are any differences from past season finales. In the past it's always been Clarke that comes up with a way to save her people at the last minute and always with a steep body count. Will we see a lot of bodies drop again? Will it be Clarke that saves the day again? It very well could be, but I'm betting on a curve ball.
Maybe Charlotte will turn up in the City of Light and hit the kill switch redeeming her from that whole murder/suicide fiasco from season 1. And then she and Wells will skip off together clutching his severed fingers. Probably not.
The only people I am adamant about surviving, and I didn't realize this until watching this episode, are Clarke and Bellamy. Which is strange because I love so many other characters. Many I care about more than Bellamy too, but I love watching the two of them work together and trust each other and lead together. I hope next week isn't the end of that.
The only one I'm actively rooting to die, other than ALIE, is Jaha. I've never really liked him but his self-importance is rubbing too thin. Good riddance. And this might be a little petulant, but I really hope that ALIE somehow kills him. Only because I think that might hurt him the most.
2 out of 4 fluffy, filler, setup episodes
Bits and pieces
All the hugging and goodbyes put me a little on edge. Plus Miller and Bryan were talking about their future retiring on a lake. Are we being setup to lose a bunch of our core group?
I must've seen Hostel one too many times because I was 100% sure that Abby was going to Clarke's eye with that scalpel, and couldn't breathe.
I'm still fuzzy about how Raven was able to see the truth about ALIE and actively fight to get ALIE out of her head when no one else has been able to gain even a moment of clarity.
Much of the time Murphy's presence this season has felt forced to me. Not to mention annoying. But he was nothing short of heroic here. Don't tell him, but the ground (and probably just as importantly, Emori) has changed him into a person that not only went back to help Bellamy save Clarke but also walk into a room and save Abby without even thinking twice. Plus he is half decent with the plan-making. He has earned his place in the finale.
It's genuinely painful watching characters do things under ALIE's control that they wouldn't normally do. Like Kane shooting at people he cares about (or anyone innocent for that matter) or Abby carving her daughter up like salami. I spent a lot of time wondering how hard it would be for them to forgive themselves for doing these things should they regain control of themselves. Raven seemed to move on easily enough, but words aren't as sharp as scalpels and bullets.
Jasper: "What are we looking for again?"
Monty: "A motherboard loaded with RAM."
Jasper: "And that looks like...?"
Monty: "A motherboard loaded with RAM."
Raven: "You doing okay?"
Monty: "Yeah, I think so. If it hit anything important I wouldn't be, right?"
Raven: "Yeah. You got lucky. We could use some more of that."
Jasper: "They sent us all down here to see if the ground was survivable. From what I've seen, it's not."
Murphy: "You know, after this, doing the right thing can kiss my ass."
:) I predict using this way too much in my everyday life.
Murphy: "You get that we're screwed, right?"