by the Collected Mutineer
The last two episodes of The 100 have left viewers like me on the edge of their seats—and not just because of our faves reuniting. This season is packing a punch, and packing it hard.
Spacekru leaves the relative safety of the Ring, realizing that their only way down to the ground is to board Eligius IV and use one of their drop ships. They discover Eligius to be abandoned, but fully operational. While Raven tries to figure out a way down to the ground, Echo stumbles across a bay of cryogenically frozen people. Spacekru quickly realizes that Eligius isn’t just a mining ship, but one that was manned by prisoners. Unbeknownst to Spacekru, the Eligius crew already on the ground has received an automatic alarm that their ship’s doors were opened. As a safety precaution, they awaken one of their frozen comrades remotely. The prisoner attacks Spacekru but is killed by Bellamy.
While trying to figure out what to do next, they overhear a radio transmission from Eden—it becomes apparent that the Eligius crew, headed by Diyoza, is tracking someone. Believing the someone to be a person from the bunker, Spacekru creates a plan to leverage the frozen prisoners by making it so that they can only be awakened by someone on board the ship; they can also be killed with the flip of a switch. Raven opts to stay behind to make sure the job gets done, telling Bellamy that there’s an extra escape pod she can use later on to join them. Bellamy, Echo, Monty, Harper, and Emori leave for Earth after Murphy says he wants to stay with Raven. Raven admits that there is no escape pod and that they’ve just missed their last chance to escape space forever.
Having absolutely no clue about what is happening out in Space, Clarke and Madi are hiding from the Eligius crew, who have discovered their Shallow Valley. Realizing that McCreary is hot on their trail, Clarke hides Madi before being captured and taken to Diyoza. Clarke refuses to give up any information, pretending that she doesn’t understand English. But Diyoza is observant and knows that Clarke is listening to their radio transmissions. To force Clarke to tell her about what she believes is a large group of people who live in the Shallow Valley, she threatens to have Madi shot on sight. Clarke breaks and promises to explain everything about the end of the world, the bunker, and how the only people who live on the surface are her and her daughter. But before she can divulge anything of importance, some of the Eligius men note that there are others on the ground—Bellamy and the others who have just landed.
Angered at being lied to about the number of people on the surface, Diyoza orders McCreary to hurt Clarke, and he uses a shock collar on her. Not far away, Madi kills the Eligius men who found Spacekru and instantly recognizes Bellamy even though they have never met. She leads him to where Clarke is being held, and he offers Diyoza an ultimatum. Her 283 frozen people will be killed on the spot if she doesn’t release Clarke.
Bellamy and Clarke are finally reunited (this time for real), and if you’re a fan of Bellarke, then boy is this a moment for you. Bellamy explains that he’s made a deal with Diyoza in exchange for the lives of her sleeping crew members. The Eligius people will open the bunker with their mining equipment, and in return Spacekru and Wonkru will give them half the valley and the lives of their people still on board Eligius IV. What my OTP doesn’t know is that Diyoza agreed on the surface, but has ordered her pilot to try to hack back into their ship’s mainframe to take control back from Raven.
Meanwhile in the bunker, things are going just about as well as can be expected. Kane is put into the gladiator ring on the charge of stealing medicine when it was actually Abby who took it to ease her seizures. Kane wins the first round, but refuses to fight again. Pissed off at being challenged, Octavia (aka Blodreina) refuses to make an exception for him. Before things can escalate, the ceiling breaks apart thanks to Eligius. Bellamy and Clarke are lowered in, and begin the evacuation. Despite not trusting Diyoza at first glance, Octavia agrees to be lifted to the surface. (Did anyone else get massive throwback feels to season 1 when she first stepped foot on Earth?)
Things begin to go wrong when Diyoza makes it known that all they want from Wonkru is their doctor. Abby and Kane agree to go with them to avoid further bloodshed, and to free Kane from his chains. They try to fire missiles at Wonkru to ensure that the valley will belong to them, but realize that Raven has changed the launch codes. Diyoza orders her men to take the ship back up into space to deal with Raven in person, while Octavia tells her people to prepare for war.
Far from Earth, Raven and Murphy are coming to terms with the fact that they’re probably going to spend the rest of their lives together on Eligius IV when Raven admits that she’s uneasy about the possibility of pulling the plug on the prisoners, despite knowing their crimes. Murphy promises that if the time comes, he’ll do it for her. They have a refreshing moment of togetherness playing soccer when everything changes—the crew on the ground has opened the docking bay doors in an attempt to kill them. In retaliation, Raven wakes the prisoners so that they will shut the doors to avoid killing their own men. While her plan works, it also means that the 283 prisoners are awake…and angry.
A Look Forward
There are a lot of things that I’m loving about this season, but perhaps what stands out to me the most is the socio-political commentary. This isn’t new for The 100—after all, much of the first two seasons deals with the idea of colonialism, land ownership, fairness, and morality. But season 5 seems much more poignant in these areas than what we’ve seen in the past. This is the first time that people who had once called Earth home are coming back…not their descendants. The members of the Eligius IV crew were born on and lived on Earth before going to Space. So whose claim is legitimate? What does it mean to be a grounder, when all human life originated on the ground? I can’t help but draw comparisons to not only American history but also current events in Israel and Palestine. Who gets to decide who has the right to live on certain land? Is it the people who were born there, or the people who feel they belong there? Is it the land of your ancestors, or the land of your choice? Or, in some instances, can it be both?
Where will these ideas take us for the rest of the season?
Thanks, The 100, for making me think.
May we meet again.
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