The season premiere was pretty fantastic but I dare say that The 100 Season 3 Episode 2 was even better. It was a near flawless hour, and it perfectly balanced each of the major stories that have been building.
Plus, EPIC reunions! Both tender and not-so-tender.
"Wanheda: Part Two" did a phenomenal job of quickly developing Roan's character with a few smart moves.
We learned a huge amount about him within the confines of a single hour, and it didn't feel overly expository. That's a big accomplishment.
Roan: The great Wanheda. Mountain-slayer.
Clarke: I'm no one.
Roan: Lot of people out there right now looking for no one.
Clarke didn't understand why he hadn't killed her yet; that reason became clear by the end, at the reveal that Lexa was the one who conscripted Roan to retrieve Clarke and bring "Wanheda" to her unharmed.
So, unfortunately, Roan not killing Clarke wasn't at all some big noble gesture on Roan's part. He was just holding up his end of the bargain in keeping her breathing.
On the other hand, Roan sparing Bellamy spoke volumes of his character. Of course, it was cruel to debilitate Bellamy by injuring his leg badly, but it was also practical: crippling Bellamy (temporarily, I hope) was the only way to stop him from his unrelenting following.
In a weird way, injuring Bellamy's leg was the kindest thing Roan could have done to him. If not for that injury, there was no way Bellamy would stop coming for Clarke. And if Bellamy wouldn't stop following them, Roan eventually would have had to kill him.
Again, this is all from Roan's perspective. He would have had to kill Bellamy in order to complete his Clarke retrieval task for Lexa.
Obviously, we all wanted Bellamy to rescue Clarke and bring her back to her people, but from Roan's POV this was the best way to take care of the Bellamy problem that didn't involve killing the guy.
But Bellamy's rescue of Clarke didn't happen because Roan is an unstoppable, Terminator-like mercenary. On the bright side, we now see that Clarke is actually in no imminent danger. (Besides being so angry at Lexa she'll pop a neck vein from screaming at her.)
This was an A+++ episode for Bellamy/Clarke 'shippers. Bob Morley is an incredible actor and the raw emotion in his eyes, his voice, his body movements when all he wanted to do was throw himself in Clarke's direction, across a field swarming with Ice Nation soldiers, was phenomenal.
We can't lose Clarke! We can't lose her.Bellamy
My heart broke in half when Bellamy uttered those lines. And it had already broken in half when Bellamy found Clarke with Roan and touched her face in disbelief, so by that point my heart was basically in fourths. I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
Clarke begging Roan to not kill Bellamy was also quite the powerful moment.
Girlfriend Gina who?
Where "Wanheda: Part Two" did great things in establishing the depth of Bellamy and Clarke's bond (which, importantly, is still not even remotely "officially" romantic), it took a flamethrower to all things Clarke/Lexa.
Everything about the Clexa reunion was golden (not in the sense that it was a warm and fuzzy reunion; it clearly wasn't).
For one, Lexa's conversation gave us even more detail about Roan's backstory.
He's a PRINCE, guys. His mother is the Ice Queen, Lexa's nemesis. When he took his shirt off, I had a feeling he wasn't going to just be some run-of-the-miller bounty hunter for hire.
This show doesn't play around with its shirtless men scenes. He's joined the ranks of shirtless Bellamy and shirtless Lincoln in no time flat.
As already mentioned, there is just so much more we need to know about Roan, though so much has already been revealed. Why was he with Lexa and her people instead of Ice Nation? Why did Lexa banish him? Why did he react so calmly to Lexa imprisoning him? So many questions.
Back to Clarke/Lexa. Their reunion scene was brutal. In no particular order, here are the greatest details that broke my heart all over again:
- Lexa snapping at Roan when she noticed Clarke's injuries and emphasizing that he was told to bring her back unharmed
- Lexa immediately kicking everyone out for alone time with Clarke
- Lexa apologizing and ungagging Clarke right away
- Lexa's "I need you"
- Clarke spitting on Lexa
- Also, of course, this:
You bitch! You wanted the Commander of Death. You've got her.Clarke [screaming]
Alycia Debnam-Carey did such a great job with Lexa's reactions to all of this. She looked like she'd been legitimately injured by Clarke's anger. Honestly, though, I'm not sure what other reaction Lexa could possibly have been expecting from Clarke.
Here's how I see it: everyone knows what Clarke did at Mount Weather. On some level, it's safe to assume that a large portion of Clarke's anger towards Lexa stems from the idea that, had Lexa held up her end of the plan and fought by Clarke's side, there may very well have been no need for Clarke to basically exterminate an entire race of people.
Doing that put a dark mark on Clarke's soul, and naturally, she's not going to forgive and forget Lexa's role in that any time soon. We couldn't possibly expect her to; that would be entirely illogical.
Oh and of course, plenty of other things happened that didn't have to do with Lexa/Clarke/Bellamy/Roan.
Those downed trees that cut off Bellamy, Kane, & Co.? Courtesy of Farm Station, an Ark station full of fellow survivors who'd landed elsewhere and remained separated from the other Arkers.
Among the Farm Station survivors were Charles Pike, an Earth Skills teacher, and Monty's mother, Hannah. Monty's father was killed by Grounders, along with over a hundred other Farm Station Arkers. I guess they forgot to ask about the fate of Miller's boyfriend?
Pike has been grizzled by watching his people get slaughtered by the vicious Ice Nation over the past months. As an unfortunate result, he's become kind of prejudiced against all Grounders, with no distinguishing between the clans.
This is obviously going to be a huge problem, and was already underscored by all of the awkward Indra moments.
Kane had one of the best character 180's I've ever seen from the beginning of the series to now. Whereas old Kane may have been with Pike, mistrustful and concerned only with his own survival, new Kane is not comfortable with abandoning the Grounder truce just because of perceived notions about the kinds of people Grounder are.
Kane was also against the idea of using Mount Weather for anything (again, because of the truce) but in his absence Abby made a drastic decision and OK'd it. This was precipitated by an emergency specialized blood transfusion incident.
They saved Nyko of Trikru by quickly carting him off to Mount Weather, and he was totally converted in favor of the plan to use the Mountain. It was refreshing to see some logic there, because certain Grounders have a tendency to choose tradition/ritual/leader commands over sound logic.
Octavia is one of those emotion-over-logic Grounders. Unlike Octavia, Lincoln and Nyko both realized how legitimately useful having Mount Weather as a resource would be.
Speaking of Mount Weather: during Nyko's emergency transfusion, Jasper, who accompanied them, had the opportunity to confront his trauma head on. He childishly destroyed some art, culminating in him finding Maya's favorite painting and being comforted by Octavia as he wept.
Devon Bostick continues to do an incredible job portraying Jasper's anger and pain. I got chills when Jasper coldly pointed out to Abby that Clarke had killed Finn (too). Yikes. Half of me is dying to see Clarke's reunion with Jasper and the others, while the other half is dreading it.
Finally, the City of Light storyline was underwhelming this week. It mostly served as a opportunity for us to watch Murphy and Emori flirt before they took off, leaving Jaha and Emori's brother Otan (converted into an Alie follower by Jaha) behind.
The big revelation was that, yes, the City of Light is some kind of place that exists only in believers' minds. A sort of virtual reality. In it, a "believer" feels no pain and any deformities disappear. And Jaha intends to "bring" all of his people there. A sweet idea in theory, I guess.
Oh, and if you're dead you apparently get to just hang out there. That, or Alie is able to project the images of dead people in the City of Light, in order to convince Jaha of the idea that the City of Light transcends death.
My money is on the latter. I don't think Alie's minion is actually still alive in the City of Light; I think this is a manipulation by Alie.
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