The 100 returned on Thursday night with the first episode of a two-parter premiere. Picking up three months after the events inside Mount Weather, the delinquents and Arkers are enjoying a tenuous peace with the Grounders. But what happened to Clarke Griffin?
What was once Camp Jaha has become a blossoming settlement named Arkadia (I see what you did there). The Arkers have reinforced their walls, cultivated gardens, and utilized what remains of Alpha Station. They make regular runs to Mount Weather to gather extra food, medical supplies, and to save things such as art and furniture from eventual decay.
After a sparring session between Bellamy and Lincoln, Harper and Bellamy present the Grounder with a guard’s jacket that Abby wants him to wear. Lincoln doesn’t seem convinced at first, but agrees. He asks if he can go with Bellamy on his mapping run, since they will be close to the Ice Nation border. Bellamy refuses the request, as Lincoln is under a kill order from Lexa and would be more of a liability than an asset.
Despite the fact that Jasper has sunken into a drunken depression in the aftermath of Maya’s death, Bellamy still lets him accompany the scouting group (i.e. Raven, Monty, Miller, and Octavia) outside the walls. Tensions are running high between Monty and Jasper, but everyone tries to make the most of their outing. Things quickly go downhill, however, when they receive a transmission from the missing Farm Station—which turns out not to be from members of the Ark, but from a transmitting beacon worn by a member of the Ice Nation. The Ice Nation warriors are looking for someone named Wanheda, but Octavia doesn’t know who that is. Everything escalates when Jasper attempts to take the beacon back and is nearly gets his throat slit; the warriors are killed, despite Kane’s orders to only use nonlethal force. Octavia and Miller take Jasper and Raven back to Arkadia, while Bellamy and Monty go to meet Kane in sector 4.
Unbeknownst to the Arkers, Kane has been in touch with Indra, who has brought news of Clarke: the Chancellor’s daughter is the one they call Wanheda, the Commander of Death. Because Clarke has killed so many people and eliminated the Grounders’ greatest enemy, it is now thought that she has great power. The queen of the Ice Nation, as well as various other Grounders, have put a bounty on her, believing that if they kill her they will acquire her abilities. Not only is this a great threat to Clarke, but it is dangerous for the nebulous coalition of Grounder tribes. Bellamy and Monty join Kane and Indra in looking for Clarke, but their vehicle becomes trapped when someone cuts down two trees in the middle of the road.
Despite the attempts of various search parties, Clarke herself has managed to remain hidden. She has gone “feral” so to speak, living in the woods and disguising herself to look more like a Grounder. Not only is she is having trouble coming to terms with the horrific deeds she, Bellamy, and Monty did to free their people from the Mountain, but she’s now also on the run from the various bounty hunters who want to acquire what they view as her power and heroism. She has been staying alive thanks to a small trading post run by Niylah and her father. Clarke brings them the animals she has hunted in exchange for dried meat and other supplies.
She is waiting for Niylah to get her supplies ready when some bounty hunters come in looking for her. Niylah lies, and tells the warriors that Wanheda had been there two days prior, but was now somewhere along Eden’s Pass. After they leave, Niylah admits that she has known who Clarke is all along, and is grateful to her for stopping the Reaping. Later, after Niylah has cleaned one of Clarke’s wounds, they end up sleeping together. When Niylah is asleep, Clarke gathers her things and prepares to leave, only to be captured by one of the bounty hunters right outside the door.
Across the Dead Zone
When last we saw Jaha and Murphy, they had made it across a strange body of water to a lighthouse. Jaha followed the drone to a mansion, while Murphy became trapped in a bunker. Unable to escape, Murphy learns the truth about the force that set off the bombs 97 years before—not knowing that Jaha is still alive, and has met ALIE in person. Just as Murphy has run out of food and is contemplating suicide, the doors mysteriously open. He finds the mansion, where Jaha has seemingly been convinced by ALIE that she launched the bombs to save the world, as the root problem was “too many people.”
Murphy refuses to ally himself with either of them, and contemplates going back across the water in a rowboat. But later that night, he is met at the shore by Jaha and a man called Gideon who are preparing to leave as well. At first, he refuses to go with them until he realizes that the boat is manned by Emori. He boards willingly when he sees her, unaware that it may be a manipulation by ALIE who wants him to join her and Jaha in finishing the work she began nearly a century prior.
1.) Jasper, Jasper, Jasper. While it is understandable that losing Maya was traumatic for Jasper, there is something about his new storyline that just doesn’t ring true. His actions feel tremendously out of character, and I hope that he either gets help soon or that we can see some flashbacks in order to gain insight.
2.) Possible parallels to the Iliad? After their most recent supply run, Bellamy’s girlfriend Gina (yes, you read that right) presents him with a copy of Homer’s Iliad. Obviously this is very sweet, as we know that everyone’s favorite freckled soldier is a mythology nerd: however, this brief mention may tell us something about the arcs for season 3. For anyone not up to snuff on their ancient Greek literature, the Iliad is the story that precedes the Odyssey and tells the tale of the Trojan war. It is full of bloody battles, betrayals, and death. Very much like a post-apocalyptic drama, wouldn’t you say?
3.) Virtual reality…maybe? What the hell is Jaha doing with ALIE and is he really convinced by her? My guess is that the mystical City of Light is actually a virtual reality that ALIE wants all humans to embrace.
May we meet again,
The Collected Mutineer
P.S. Bellarke is totally reuniting next week.