So far this year, The 100 has not been shy with character deaths or plot twists. In a world like this, peace is fleeting; a new Commander attempts to control the coalition, while artificial intelligence ravages the population of Arkadia. Clarke remains Wanheda, attempting to reconcile the person she was with the person she longs to be. Season three body count: 500+
Luna’s Oil Rig
Clarke, Bellamy, Octavia, and Jasper are left to their own devices while they wait to find out what Luna will do with them. They observe the people living on the oil rig—it is a group those who have fled wars and killing, choosing lives of peace. Luna returns to the foursome and lets them know that the boat that brought them to her will return at nightfall and take them back to the shore. Clarke begs her to take the flame and become Commander, but Luna refuses again. Clarke later attempts to let the flame latch onto Luna against her will but is overpowered by the last Nightblood.
Just before the group will depart, it is made clear that ALIE has somehow infiltrated their ranks and is after both the flame and Luna. Luna refuses to take either the chip or the flame despite being tortured, and in the end is forced to kill her lover Derick, who had taken the chip thinking that doing so would protect her.
Despite the fight being brought literally to her doorstep, Luna steadfastly declines her birthright, explaining to Clarke and the others that if she were to become Commander the amount of lives lost in order to win the war against ALIE wouldn’t necessarily be worth the number of lives saved. Our favorite Sky People are knocked out yet again, and returned to the last spot on Lincoln’s map. Although they still have the flame containing ALIE 2.0, they now have no person who is able to become one with the AI and survive.
In the abandoned Skaikru settlement, Raven and Monty are working tirelessly to figure out how best to infiltrate ALIE’s system that had been loaded into the Ark’s mainframe. They must tread carefully, because not only do they not want ALIE to detect their presence, but they can’t deactivate ALIE without the kill code from ALIE 2.0. While Monty is distracted with Harper (**bow chicka bow wow**), Raven discovers a secret “room” called the Citadel in ALIE’s code (aka the City of Light). She hacks into it, and realizes that she is temporarily in control. ALIE realizes that someone is in her system from the Ark’s location, and tells Jaha. He urges her to disconnect immediately, but she is hesitant since then her only power source will be that weird backpack from the first episode of this season. Jaha explains that the only people skilled enough to hack into her system would probably be Monty or Sinclair. ALIE dismisses the idea of Sinclair, saying that he has died, and instead decides to distract Monty however she can to keep him from digging further.
Meanwhile, Raven has found a kill switch, but can’t activate it because something or someone is in the way. It’s Hannah, who has been summoned by ALIE to speak to Monty. Monty exchanges a few words with what is left of his mother, even though he knows that it’s simply a copy of her brain that’s been uploaded into ALIE’s computer system. Although it pains him, he asks Raven to delete Hannah from the City of Light. Unfortunately, they don’t work quickly enough, and even though Hannah is now out of the way, ALIE disconnects from the Ark, leaving them without a way in.
Thanks to Indra, the group in the dungeon overpowers their guards and is free. Murphy, Pike, and Indra go to the sacred part of the tower (really, what is that place called?) to attempt to destroy Jaha’s backpack, and hopefully destroy ALIE at the same time. ALIE, aware that they have escaped, sends Emori to the sacred space to distract Murphy. They tie her up while Pike tries to figure out how to best destroy the backpack without irradiating the entire city of Polis. Just as Murphy is about to cause the necessary damage, Emori begs him not to touch it, saying that the minds of everyone who is in the City of Light will be erased. He pauses just a moment too long, and destroys the backpack too late. ALIE has already uploaded herself and her system to what appears to be an escape pod somewhere in orbit above Earth, far out of the reach of anyone who wants to get rid of her.
1.) How did ALIE know that Sinclair was dead? Obviously, someone from the group currently at the Ark is chipped. My money is on Harper. Unless there are still traces of ALIE left inside Raven’s brain…in which case, how the hell are they going to fix that problem?
2.) This episode dealt primarily with the common moral dilemma, “how far is too far?” Though (much like the attempt at Pike’s redemption) this feels as though it is coming to us too late in the season, it is an important thing to discuss in a world like this. The show has touched on it before, particularly towards the ends of seasons 1 and 2—at what point do your actions make you no better than your enemy? Luna said this plainly to Clarke, not mincing words about Wanheda’s choices versus her promises of peace. These are issues that every nation in the world today encounters when it comes to war. Can you let your enemy walk all over you? Of course not. But how far can you fight back in the name of peace before you become just as bad as, or even worse than, they are? Clarke and her group are so acclimatized to violence that they may not even realize that their priorities have changed. We already know that this is a show will blurred ethics, in which there are no good guys. But when did Clarke unwitting confuse the mantras “blood must have blood” and “blood must not have blood”? She’ll do anything to free her people from ALIE, including taking the lives of innocents. She even wanted to eliminate Luna’s free will in the process. Where can she go from here?
3.) We are in for one hell of an emotional ride for the two-part season finale. Not only do we know this from experience with the previous seasons, but this episode’s title is a pretty good indicator.
Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning
This old saying means that there’s a storm brewing—a bad one.
Are you ready?
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May we meet again,
The Collected Mutineer
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