With teamwork turning to anarchy, technological failures, and a contagious capacity for violence, The CW’s newest show is providing a great deal of craziness to dive into.
If episodes 1 and 2 were the introduction and foregrounding, the following two episodes hit the ground running; hard, and bloody. I’ve previously compared The 100 to Lord of the Flies and episodes 3 and 4 only furthered this view. A deadly fog in episode 3 (Earth Kills), which burns and ultimately ends up killing its victims, forces Finn, Clarke and Wells into a bunker. We find out that it wasn’t Wells – Clarke’s best friend – who was the reason behind Clarke’s father’s death, but in fact, her mother, Abby. Placing trust in the wrong places is becoming a recurring theme in the series.
I’m enjoying seeing all the characters work together, or at least, create unique dynamics. For instance, a favourite moment of mine was when Atom, Octavia’s one-time flame, is left almost dead from the burning fog, and Bellamy struggles with mercy killing. In the end, Clarke sooths the dying boy with a lullaby before killing him, as Bellamy watches on in newfound respect. At the risk of sounding cruel, I enjoyed this moment – not simply because it showed that Clarke is more than capable of making tough decisions. It also portrayed Bellamy as not just a one-dimensional villain but also someone who’s willing to learn from others. As I considered before, I expect he’ll grow to an anti-hero, given his love for his sister coming out through Charlotte’s fate in episode 4.
Before I move on, the ultimate shocker in episode 3 definitely boiled down to the last few moments: Charlotte fatally stabbing Wells.
Earlier on, Clarke kindly sat with the younger girl and comforted her nightmares and worries. However, Bellamy – surprisingly comforting too – encourages Charlotte to “slay her demons” in order to regain lost sleep. I very much doubt killing Wells was what Bellamy was suggesting, but Charlotte takes it upon herself to kill Wells because his father was responsible for her parents being ‘floated’ and killed.
Whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of Wells, I admired his love for Clarke – which was clearly more than a best friend – and the unnecessary punishment he selflessly took for hiding her mother’s secret. Brave and loyal, The 100 has lost a brilliant friend and character in Wells.
Episode 4 (Murphy’s Law) centres on the Ark in more detail. We see Abby and the ballsy mechanic, Raven – who we later discover is Finn’s girlfriend – preparing to launch their pod to Earth. An interesting moment I enjoyed was watching Raven refuse to sleep with someone on-board to obtain a pressure compressor for the pod. It added integrity and self-respect to her character. So as she manages to head off to Earth in the final few moments, unfortunately without Abby – who is arrested by Kane – I look forwards to seeing Raven’s addition to those on the ground.
Taking a darker tone, Wells’ body is discovered, and the theme of justice and revenge is explored in the hunt to find the killer, and then decide the punishment.
At first, the killer is believed to be Bellamy’s right-hand man, Murphy, but after a brutal, almost-hanging scene, Charlotte confesses. Interestingly enough, it’s not just Clarke who refuses to stand by and watch the others kill Charlotte. It’s also Bellamy. Linking back to a point I made earlier, how Bellamy is strongly rooted by his love for Octavia, and Charlotte even addresses this at one point as to why he’s helping her. She cries, “I’m not your sister. Stop helping me.” Later on, Charlotte, unable to stop the fighting, throws herself off a nearby cliff, and we see Bellamy’s livid anger spring to life once more. The group decide to banish Murphy and head back to camp.
Episode highlight: Jasper and Octavia’s relationship, whatever it may be, is blossoming to be a caring one and whilst youthful, is still sweet, and I’m overjoyed that Jasper is up and moving again. His struggle with fear and anxiety is only understandable. Considering he was speared and almost died, I expect I would be too.
The only criticism I still have is with regards to Finn’s character. I see little point in him other than to romantically pursue Clarke. Whilst I’m a fan of romantic relationships, I dislike when they feel forced or too soon, and Finn and Clarke’s hook-up in the final moments of episode 4 felt rushed and unneeded.
Overall, the characters and episodes are shaping up wonderfully, and with Raven’s decent to Earth, Abby’s arrest, and the tension between the not-so-happy campers, I look forward to episode 5.
Earth Kills: ★★★★
Murphy’s Law: ★★★★