In the fifteenth and penultimate episode of the third season ofÂ The 100, well, everything is a mess now, isnâ€™t it? If youâ€™re intrigued, then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ The 100.
Trigger Warning: For mention of suicide.
Holy shit, this episode is relentless.
Goddamn it, I get Jasperâ€™s reasoning. I do! Itâ€™s heartbreaking, but thinking back on â€œRed Sky at Morning,â€ I can see how his choice was foreshadowed. He saw another life there on Lunaâ€™s rig. Shay reminded him of Maya in a roundabout way, though not necessarily at the time. The peace he experienced, even for a brief moment, was so infectious that he decided to chase it more permanently by taking one of Alieâ€™s chips.
I get the sense that the writers wanted us to go into the finale feeling hopeless, and this is one of the methods they used for that. Perhaps the payoff will be immense, but Iâ€™m also wondering how the show will ever move beyond this. On the one hand, many of these characters are very explicit about the fact that the people chipped by Alie can be saved once the killswitch is hit. I donâ€™t imagine that Monty will necessarily hold it over Jasper for stabbing him. But in Jasperâ€™s case, heÂ knewÂ what the chip did. He knew the threat that they all faced, and he knew how important it was to stop Alie. And yet? He still took a chip. He still betrayed his friends for a selfish reason. One I understand, I should note, but not one I think absolves him of the ramifications of what heâ€™s done.
But if we really wanna talk about hopelessness, let me turn my attention to Polis.
I do love impossible quests. Itâ€™s so rewarding and satisfying to watch a group of underdogs fight against ridiculous odds to accomplish something. The addition of Roan to this plan made the story a million times more interesting. I HAD NOT EVEN CONSIDERED THAT HE HAD THE SAME GOAL AS CLARKE. Gods, could you imagineÂ thatÂ story for season four? Ontari as the Commander, trying to decide whether to reward Clarke for her help or still take out her people. So thereâ€™s promise and potential here, which is why itâ€™s so tragic and upsetting when everything falls apart. (GODDAMN IT, JASPER.) This was such a good plan that hinged on secrecy, so Jasperâ€™s betrayal sends them all into a trap instead of a rescue mission or a heist.Â And yâ€™all know how much I love heists.
Amidst the thrill and the terror, thereâ€™s still aÂ lotÂ of great character development and emotional power, and I appreciate that the writers found a balance between them. Clarkeâ€™s need to save everyone is openly discussed, especially as it relates to the way she can actually put others at risk. (In this example, going village-to-village might get those people destroyed/chipped by Alie faster.) When Octavia discovers that Pike is an â€œally,â€ I NEARLY EXPLODED. There is a 0% chance that the writers will ignore that in the next episode becauseâ€¦ seriously, I donâ€™t think Octavia can wait much longer and delay the inevitable. These two are going to confront each other because IT IS DESTINY. Thereâ€™s even a neat little exchange between Murphy and Bellamy about why theyâ€™re trying to stop Alie, whichÂ sort ofÂ sheds light on why Murphy hesitated in the last episode. (It still doesnâ€™t feel like enough.)
And then thereâ€™s Alie. I think the first real clue to her endgame comes from Jasper, who claims that he knows why Alieâ€™s mission is important: the world is not survivable. It seems like such a strange statement to make because Alieâ€™s own actions haveÂ madeÂ the world less survivable. How many people has she killed? Letâ€™s put aside her original act of nuking the world. Since sheâ€™s been activated, she has relieved the pain of countless people by cutting off the part of the brain that sends pain messages. She has excised memories. And she has, through Jaha and many of the people sheâ€™s controlled, caused untold misery. Suffering. Death. Destruction. She wants people to feel at peace in the City of Light, and yet she increasingly has listened to Jahaâ€™s claims that she should do anything to get what she wants.
Why? Why is her behavior at odds with her stated mission? I suspect she has something else in store. What if she plans to destroy the entire world, but keep everyone in the City of Light? What ifÂ thatÂ is her solution to human suffering??? No physical bodies, just souls and minds uploading to her server, living in perpetual bliss in a digital matrix? THATâ€™S TOTALLY IT, ISNâ€™T IT?
Iâ€™m probably wrong. The thing is, thereÂ hasÂ to be something there. The things Alie has done are absolutely heinous. Here, she compels Abby toÂ hang herselfÂ in front of her own daughter in order to get the Flameâ€™s password. Likeâ€¦ jesus christ, this season is so unbearably disturbing at times, and I feel like the audienceÂ needsÂ to know why Alie has been so willing to cause so much pain. Is it because sheâ€™s so certain everyone will eventually take the chips and they can forget how Alie made them suffer?
Perhaps. Even Ontari was sacrificed for this plan, leaving Alieâ€™s opponents with literally nothing to access the Citadel and stop her. Is Kane dead? Indra? (If Indra is dead, Iâ€™ll be furious.) What of Miller and Bryan and Harper? Can Raven actually help destroy Alie, or will it be left to Clarke in the end?
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