In the second episode of the third season ofÂ The 100, LOTS OF PAIN. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ The 100.Â
WHEW, THIS IS GOING TO BE A TREK, ISNâ€™T IT.
The City of Light
I am so confused. SO CONFUSED. I know Iâ€™m supposed to be; the show is being extremely coy with this whole plot line. At times, I think itâ€™s smart; rather than give us everything at once, the writers are revealing the secrets of the City of Light slowly. Unfortunately â€“ and this is the case across the board â€“ that means that the writers are filling the space between plot reveals with a lot of reallyÂ weirdÂ behavior from these characters. Part of the reason Iâ€™ve enjoyedÂ The 100Â so much is that even if itâ€™s ridiculously dramatic, it was full of characters trying to do their best. They were thrust into terrible situations with no easy solutions, they made the best decisions they could, and then the show dealt with the ramifications of those actions.
I can still see that in the premiere, but then there are a lot of characters who just do silly, foolish things in order to advance the story. Iâ€™m not sure why Murphy suddenly trusted Emori after she betrayed them all, but I can excuse that because sheâ€™s a familiar face and Murphy clearly wanted to get as far from Jaha as possible. But once Emori snuck up on Gideon? Yeah, that was just silly. Was she surprised that Gideon fought back? The scene felt designed; it didnâ€™t felel natural. It was a means to kill Gideon for later purposes. Now, IÂ amÂ interested in Emori and Murphy because I want to see where theyâ€™ll go after this. They know that Jaha and Otan are way too far gone to come back, soâ€¦ where to next?
I STILL DONâ€™T GET THE CITY OF LIGHT, Yâ€™ALL. I DONâ€™T GET IT AT ALL. So, the backpack device allows Jaha and Otan to access Alie. Is that where the City of Light is, too? How can peopleÂ notÂ die there? Iâ€™m guessing it is some sort of digital city, since Alie can travel into it and out of it, but requires that weird backpack device. I DUNNO, Iâ€™M JUST THINKING OUT LOUD.
NowÂ thisÂ was an intriguing plot. Given the set-up for Abby and Lincoln in the previous episode, I find it totally believable that Abby would question her role in Arkadia. SheÂ isÂ spread too thin, and the moral and political challenge of Mount Weather presents her with a chance to do something meaningful and focused. Of course, itâ€™s a nightmare of an idea. After sneaking into the facility with Octavia, Lincoln, Jackson, and Jasper, theyâ€™re able to save Nyko. How many others can they save if they modify the terms of the truce to use Mount Weather as a medical facility? ITâ€™S A GREAT IDEA, ISNâ€™T IT? As long as the Grounders are included in it, it could be a way to transform life.
But itâ€™s a delicate situation, and given whatâ€™s happening with the Farm Station folks, I imagine this isnâ€™t going to be easy to pull off, if they even get a chance to do it in the first place. Itâ€™s also complicated for another reason: Mount Weather represents a terrible thing to aÂ lotÂ of people. Lincoln reminds them all of this, but then we get toÂ seeÂ what it means to Jasper. IT IS GODDAMN HEARTBREAKING. Yet one of the coolest things about the second half of â€œWanhedaâ€ is Octavia, who comforts Jasper during his moment of grief. Itâ€™s a beautiful scene that reminded me that these characters were all once very close. I donâ€™t even remember the last time Jasper and Octavia interacted! Yet the scene made sense, and itâ€™s another fine moment in the episode.
The Farm Section
AHHHHHH MORE PEOPLE FROM THE ARK. AND ONE OF THEM ISÂ MONTYâ€™S MOTHER. HALLELUJAH. Does this mean Monty gets a story of his own this season? I am hoping it does! Of course, the appearance of the Farm Section folks complicates matters even more because these people have survived the Ice Nation, the most brutal and uncompromising of the Grounders. Thus, theyâ€™re all intensely prejudicial towards the Grounders. I AM SURE YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEM WITH THIS. Those of Arkadia have managed to maintain a peace with the Grounders because they understand them. The Farm Station folks? Yeah, they HATE the Grounders because all theyâ€™ve ever known of them is slaughter. Death. Murder. Torture.
Oh god, ITâ€™S NOT GOING TO GO WELL. I can already see how Pike is going to provide conflict in Arkadia; heâ€™s too stubborn to accept that all Grounders arenâ€™t the same. And I get it! I get that heâ€™s spent all this time fighting to survive after over 120 of his friends were killed by Grounders. (Assuming Kaneâ€™s math is correct.) This world is survival of the fittest in the most absurd sense, and this is how he believes heâ€™ll survive.
AHHHHH CLARKE IS SO INTENSE IN THIS EPISODE. Itâ€™s ironic that I wrote about her self-imposed isolation because within minutes of the start of this episode, sheâ€™s back to being violent again. I actually thought she was going to kill Roan, you know??? But the mythology surrounding Clarke at this point in the story is ridiculous enough that I believed someone would nearly drown, nearly get choked to death, and would GET STABBED IN THE STOMACH andÂ stillÂ manage to bring her in. Now, we donâ€™t know much of the Ice Nation beyond their brutality; it sounds like theyâ€™ve also got an intense mysticism or mythology to their culture, given that they believe that Clarke has some magical power thatâ€™ll give their leader the power over Death.
Itâ€™s certainly a bit of a twist to the show, which doesnâ€™t often stray into fantasy. Itâ€™s more of a realistic dystopian world than a fantastical one. So how are they going to address this? Whatâ€™s going to happen when they find out Clarke is just one person like them?
I did want to call foul on that one scene with Bellamy, by the way. The more I thought about it, the more it bothered me that he didnâ€™t actually check to see if there was anyone else in the subway station. During the video, I tried to argue that he was being impulsive â€“ which is aÂ veryÂ Bellamy thing to do â€“ but that isnâ€™t mutually exclusive with beingÂ careful. Bellamy is smarter than that, you know? The scene felt like one of those moments where someone does something foolish just to push the plot forward.
BUT LETâ€™S TALK ABOUT THAT PLOT BECAUSEÂ LEXA. I honestly thought Roan was taking Clarke to the Ice Nation. Itâ€™s far more interesting to me that Roan is a prince in the Ice Nation (!!!!) and that Lexa wanted Clarke to prevent a war from breaking out. ITâ€™S NOT GONNA WORK, IS IT? Oh god, how is Clarke going to deal with being around Lexa after her betrayal????
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