Just a reminder, spoilers galore!! Like ALL the spoilers- proceed with caution! Also, maybe I should put some kind of trigger warning for… well, end of life choices/suicide.
This episode has a completely different vibe than Die All, Die Merrily did. So different. Ironically, it felt more urgent. I feel wholly unsettled after watching it, and there was decidedly less of the uplifting message at the end of Die All, Die Merrily. Though some of it remained, the primary emotion I felt in this episode was rage. And tears, as you do. Also, Greg @ Book Haven made such great points about the parallels in this episode, the choices between life and death and how people deal with them, so check that out!
“You know what? I must have missed the election that made you Chancellor again.”
I was thinking it and then Bellamy said it. Because seriously, who died and made Jaha Chancellor? NOT KANE, fuckers. I seriously cannot help but wonder if this is all part of Jaha’s master plan: To lock Kane out so Jaha has full power again. I mean, he has been trying to get power back since the minute he landed. He even had power, for most of Season 3, through ALIE. And when he didn’t have it in Season 2, he got his fucking panties in a bunch and led a whole bunch of people to their deaths in the desert because of it. So… maybe this is his way. I wouldn’t put it past him at this point.
Honestly, I think that Clarke is so damn unsure of herself at this point, that she let Jaha take the lead, and he grabbed it. But either way, they’ve now tased Bellamy into submission (thanks a lot, Miller, go float yourself) and Clarkha (literally don’t know who is running the show at this point anymore) is thinking that someone who is more worried about self preservation than Bellamy’s pleas should guard his door. So Clarke lets Miller and Rando go, and leaves Murphy there by himself which… is weird to me, especially considering how she just betrayed Murphy, and I was hoping he’d make her pay, but alas.
Jacapo Sinclair, How I Have Missed Thee!
When I saw Alessandro Juliani listed in the guest starring credits, I basically did some kind of excited dance in my bed. I miss Sinclair so much. I wish he was here. He is reasonable, and he totally would have helped tase the shit out of Jaha if need be. Anyway, he was here to help another lost soul: Raven.
We start at Becca’s lab with more of Raven talking to Figment Becca about how she can best spacewalk herself to death. But she starts hearing another voice. And this one is way better, tbh. But then she has another seizure, and whose hand is holding hers, whose face does she see as she passes out?
YASSS Sinclair!!! 😀
Guess who is not amused at Sinclair’s presence? Becca. Because when Raven wakes up from her seizure, she finds Becca has been… taken care of. I love it. Sinclair does not have time for her bullshit, and frankly, neither do I. Raven doesn’t need to take a spacewalk, she needs to get to the damn bunker.
YEAH! He died because… I think because the writers hate us and want us to suffer?
Anyyyway. Sinclair plants the seed of not dying in Raven’s head. Which, finally! He tells her that she can use some of her genius brain to find ways to survive instead of ways to float herself. And they come up with some kind of crazy plan that involves Raven… freezing herself to death and then restarting her heart? I honestly don’t follow this plan at all and think it’s weird but whatever, if it saves Raven, I’m down. But Becca is not, because suicide, y’all!
Seriously writers, I will give you cookies if we can have him back. Please?
Of course, Becca tells her all the reasons that spacewalking to death is so much better. Like, how Raven will still be in pain in the bunker, and basically the same bullshit she’s been repeating for weeks. So Raven has thought this through, and she has decided what she wants.
That’s my girl!
So they get to work making an ice bath and hooking up defibrillators from the med kit, and I still think that this is not something that would work in actual life, but again, I do not care. I just want Raven to not die. And I also don’t want Sinclair to go away again, but I guess we can’t have everything. So Raven is ready to… stop her heart so she has a chance to live? And it’s kind of tense.
No, you’re ugly crying.
So anyway, the thing works, hooray! Raven is back and better than ever. And she radios that she is alive. Now, I did not notice this during my first two watches, but while making GIFs, you can hear someone in the bunker, and it sounds like Bellamy, saying “of course we’ll go for Raven”. So they know she’s there! We shall see what happens next week, but someone’s ass better be grabbing Raven!
I had hoped that Murphy would have been not a selfish assface, but I guess we can’t always get what we want, can we? I still kiiiinda held out hope when Abby came to Bellamy’s… whatever he was in. I hoped Murphy would jump on board. But he didn’t. So Bellamy chokes him and Abby injects him with some sleeping shit and call it a day. But of course they need to get into the “main office” which is basically… Jahaland. I think he moved in, pretty sure I saw his old crusty t-shirt and a school picture of Wells on the desk. So Abby has to go take care of him. She pretends she wants a polite chit chat and he is patronizing as fuck.
Of course, this is a two man operation- one person from Jahaland, one person at the actual door. So Bellamy heads to the door. I honestly don’t even understand why Clarke was milling around, because about 10 minutes before this she was in bed with Niylah? But she sees the door open and no Murphy outside it. She finds him taking his Abbamy-induced nap. And heads for the door, as you do.
So off he goes to the other side. Get it?
Honestly, I think Clarke was glad this happened, because it was out of her hands. She was never going to shoot Bellamy, and his calm demeanor means he knew it too. This was just a way for Clarke to get the burden off of her, and Bellamy and O are fine with picking up the pieces. Also, they have a reunion!
YES! The Blake siblings are BACK- and I think for realsies this time!!
Yu gonplei ste odon, Arkfest 2150.
Fuckity fuck fuck, this is not how I wanted this to go down. I know people all over the interwebz are pissed about this whole Death Party situation but… did anyone really think it was going to happen any other way? First of all, these kids weren’t getting into that bunker anyway, at least the majority of them. But we’ll get into that later. Let’s start with the catalyst, and the last post in which I will ever have to say his name: RILEY.
Am I horrible for crying for 99% of this episode, yet just casually watching as Riley died? Look, it was no secret that I thought his character was the worst, and I am not sad he is gone. I still don’t understand the point of him, or why he was even there in the first place, and now that he’s gone, I guess there was no point? If you can think up a reason for his existence, please, let me know!
Anyway, Monty is planning to leave soon, because he is actively trying not to die, in sharp contrast with his buddies at Death Party. Riley had apparently overdosed, which gives the other party-goers a super idea: To replicate whatever Riley did.
Guys. Death Party, huddle up: Did we not all know that Riley’s ideas are the actual worst? Just get in the damn Rover with Monty, okay?
Monty tries to talk to Harper, get her ready for leaving in a few hours. He’s telling her all kinds of crap about the suits and the Rover, but she could not possibly care less, because she’s on her way to Death Party. But Monty still has hope that she’s coming with him. So what’s a girl to do?
Oh, just rip the poor lad’s heart out, why don’t you?
Reshop, Jasper. May We Meet Again
This is killing me. Monty finds Jasper, looking out the window at the moon, which is now appearing red from the radioactivity. When Monty realizes that Jasper has purposely overdosed on the Jobi tea, he is upset and fights with Jasper, begging him to stop, to let Monty help. And then… well, I can’t word properly, so here:
I just… no, it is too sad for words.
Look, I know a lot of people are not thrilled with the show for having this group kill themselves. I understand. But I also think that it is realistic as hell. Think of Jasper’s history. Could you go through everything he did, and keep fighting? A lot of these characters can, but some just couldn’t. And they knew they didn’t necessarily have a spot in the bunker; in fact most did not. So for them to choose this instead of radiation? It’s honest. It is what would actually happen. It was authentic to Jasper as a character, and while I fucking hate it, I understand it. Hopefully, he finds his peace.
Monty then realizes that they were all going to do this, and he hopes he isn’t too late to find Harper. But when he gets to the main room, everyone is dead. He is frantic, running and checking every body, but they’re gone. When the best thing ever happens:
Thank goodness, how much more could Monty even take?
Octavia for Heda
She is legit the only reasonable one left. Bellamy too, maybe. Abby. I don’t know, I am so mad right now at so many of these characters, I don’t even know where to start. But anyway, Octavia has won the conclave, Kane has made friends with all 1100 Grounders who are coming to play Bunker Buddies, and so I think O needs to be in charge. They respect her, and they listen to her, because not only did she win the conclave, but she has shown that she respects them as a people, values their culture, and basically treats them like human beings. Whereas Clarkha… well, you know. Anyway, Octavia is ready to let her new besties see their fabulous digs for the next half decade or so.
She said it in Trigedasleng of course, but I couldn’t find the actual words anywhere. Sorry.
Of course, Clarkha is suuuuper excited about the news that only 100 of Skaikru will be staying in the bunker. Actually, I think we might be back to just Jaha at this point, because even Clarke seems to have grasped that the jig is up. And finally, finally, someone stands up to Jaha and tells it like it is.
Well, damn. Good, I hope this continues.
THE HELL, Skaikru?! We’re back to the lottery bullshit? Didn’t we all agree like, 8 episodes ago that it was a shitty idea? Because it was then, and it is now- actually, it is an even worse idea now. At the end of this episode, they talk about how they need to prioritize doctors, engineers, etc. And they DO! Clarke spent half the time worried that if Skaikru isn’t there to run the technology, no one will be able to, and she’s kind of right. So why this lottery bullshit again? Throw the randos out and let’s start playing Bunker Games!