This episode can be best described for me as… relief, I suppose. I mean- my biggest fear with this storyline was that it was going to take eons to figure it out, but nope, thank goodness it isn’t. Our heroes are too smart for that anyway! It combined a solid storyline with amazing character development flawlessly, as always. Now how exactly can I go a whole week until the next episode!? Rude.
Just a reminder, spoilers galore!! Like ALL the spoilers- proceed with caution!
“That Woman Was a Monster”
From your mouth, Abby. Oy, I cannot wait until Josephine bids us adieu. But since she just got here, I suppose I’ll have to wait. For now, she’s called in her old pal Kaylee (or “Lee-Lee”, gross 🙄) in to chat. Apparently, her bud here was the one responsible for Josephine’s fall. Which I think merits someone giving Kaylee a trophy or plaque or some such award, but alas, all she gets for her effort is a fatal stab wound.
Clarke would never stab her friends. Unless she was saving them from Grounder torture, I suppose.
Then after a little painting party, she has a talk with her parents. They want Clarkephine to go figure out how many nightbloods there are and wow are they going to be disappointed! She grudgingly agrees, and I think she really only cares because she doesn’t want to wear Clarke’s clothes? Mind, she has no actual concern for Earthkru’s lives or anything. Or lives in general, but at least she calls Russell out on his hypocrisy. Because make no mistake, he doesn’t care either, he just likes to make people think he does.
So off she goes to meet her “friends”, and I daresay Josephine overestimates her own acting ability. By a lot. Because by about three seconds into their conversation, everyone’s giving Clarkephine a hard side-eye.
Jordan is trying to convince everyone that Prililah just isn’t working for him, while Bellamy and Murphy are blowing it off as a “breakup”. Seriously Jordan, be suspicious, because this place is shady as fuck. Marper is proud. Then Clarkephine goes ahead and tells Madi she can go to school (because of course, she gives zero fucks about Madi), leaving Gaia dumbstruck and bringing out the Trigedasleng. Guess Jo should have grabbed a copy of Post-Apocalyptic Rosetta Stone, because that becomes her downfall in a real hurry.
When Clarkephine finds Abby, she and Jackson are arguing, because Abby isn’t taking care of herself. Because she’s trying (desperately and in vain) to find a cure for Kane. It… isn’t going well. Clarkephine dismisses Jackson, and has a little chat with Abby, who is honestly not tickled to see “Clarke”. Jo spots a book she’s authored and tries to give it to Abby- presumably because it is about Nightbloods, and she’s trying to suss out if Kane is one, but Abby tells Clarkephine that she’s read that one, and it’s messed up.
No no, I promise it’s the first thing.
I don’t know why Jo finally helps Abby, I guess to distract her from the fact that Clarke is left-handed but writing right. But help she does, giving Abby a book about some bug that basically… does dialysis? But Abby’s giddy and forgets all about the fact that her kid appears to have become ambidextrous overnight, and Clarkephine skips away.
When we pick up with Diyoza and Octavia, they’re chasing Xavier through the woods. Well, turns out he’s led them to a… pool of Orbeez? I genuinely don’t know but it looks kind of fun. Except for the fact that it’s akin to quicksand and might kill them, especially if they struggle.
I really like this dude. Can’t help it, just do.
He refers to it as “The Crucible”, and he says he’ll save them when they tell him how many nightbloods there are. O’s refusing and struggling, and is in neck-deep. Diyoza is chillin’, no more than up to her ankles, but she’s trying to have a little come to Jesus talk with O while they hang out. She guesses that O doesn’t want to die, and she’s not wrong, but before they can get their shit together, a temporal flare comes a knocking.
Look, I don’t know what this thing is or does, Xavier didn’t really have time to lay out the basics for us- he just throws them a rope and tells them to run. Diyoza and O both realize that O isn’t moving- she’s in too deep. So O tells her to save her baby and run. Diyoza promises she will return for O, and I believe her. I think she is starting to feel a real kinship with O. Anyway, O does the only thing left for her to do before the Flare is upon her- she goes Orbeez swimming.
Honestly the visuals here are just beyond gorgeous, despite the precariousness of the situation.
True to word, Diyoza comes back as soon as the threat has passed. But the place is just… gone. It looks like Praimfaya swooped through, except stonier. Diyoza is able to pull O out of the now-frozen Orbeez, and she appears to be okay- Diyoza even quips that it looks like O wants to live after all, which O agrees with. Until she sees her hand- it’s aging or calcifying, or I don’t even know but it’s bad and it is happening right before her eyes.
Sword wielding might be a distant memory…
Instead of going to Rose’s funeral, the gang takes a Jordan-led detour into some weirdass crypt. You know the one, with all the Prime bodies? Yeah well, Earthkru did not know. Murphy wants to get the hell out of dodge, but Jordan, Gaia, and Bellamy need to know what’s up. Clarkephine spotted them going in, so she shows up to join the band.
This is how you know Jo’s taken the wheel.
What they find is… horrifying beyond their wildest imagination. We see Brooke, a young woman, being strapped against her will to a medical table. And then we see basically exactly what happened to Clarke. Only without the paralytic, and I honestly don’t know which is worse. But when Jo wakes up in Brooke’s body, she’s terrified. Gabriel has aged significantly, and the last memory she has of dear old dad is him slitting her throat. But then we see her true colors and can tell that she is super excited just as Russell is.
Dr. Santiago is significantly less enthused than Mr. Lightbourne.
Gabriel, for his part, looks horrified. Not that it excuses him, he shouldn’t have gone down this road, but he at least seems to think it’s awful? I guess we’ll find that out later. Anyway, Earthkru is appalled. Like, beyond appalled. But Clarkephine sticks up for it, because of course she does. Which leads everyone else to gape at her, but still. Once she finds out that she was made a nightblood by Abby, she has a new plan.
But first, she wants to have a chat with Bellamy. Sure, nothing can go wrong there. He asks for a minute alone in Trig, and Jo can figure it out enough to acquiesce. But when he confesses his sins to her in Trig, she’s overpowered, and confusion seeps in. I think she knew the jig was up, because she flat out asks him for etymology of certain words, and his face…. oh his face broke me.
How can it be so heartbreaking, and heart-affirming?
Since he’s now in her way, Clarkephine paralyzes Bell and then introduces herself and leaves him helpless on the floor. Charming, this one. And when she walks in on Abby and Jackson in mid-fight (Abby calls him a war criminal, so it’s safe to say these two won’t be meeting for coffee tomorrow), she decides she needs an ally.
Put down the Kool-aid, Murphy. Now sloowwwllly back away…
And will he? Your guess is as good as mine. It’s a smart move on Jo’s part- I wonder if she just took his siding with her as a good start, or if she knows even more about his past? Either way, if anyone will help her, it’s going to be John “I’m going to hell” Murphy.
Song of the Week:
Oh this was another no-brainer! Alors on Danse by Stromae is one of the best things to ever happen to The 100. Outside of Charmaine Diyoza. And Clarkephine dancing around was made extra hard because I wanted Clarke to be dancing around, not this evil bitch!
- The thing about Josephine that irritates me the most is her glibness and selfishness. Honestly, she is just the worst. She kills Kaylee so easily because death means nothing to her. And she doesn’t care in the slightest that she killed Clarke- nor did she seem perturbed when Brooke was killed. These people don’t come back, Josephine. She, and the rest of the Primes, really must think they’re somehow superior to the rest of the human race, for reasons I simply cannot comprehend, but I am going to need them all to be eradicated, please and thank you.
- How bad is Abby going to feel when she realizes she didn’t realize? Ohh, I am living for this mom guilt to come to fruition. She noticed, for a hot second, that her kid isn’t right-handed. But then she went right back to the Land of Kane, and that was that. She failed here, and she’s going to figure that out eventually.
- Is whatever jacked up O’s hand the thing that made “the old man”… old? 🤔
- I know everyone thinks Murphy is bluffing, but… Look, I hope he is! But he was so adamant about not caring what was going on in the crypt, not wanting to be kicked out of Sanctum, not even wanting to worry about what happened with Prililah. Even after seeing the video. And after this whole “hell” thing, he’s genuinely scared of dying. So I’m really scared that he will end up betraying everyone.
- These asshole Primes developed the paralytic for themselves, not their victims. They didn’t give a shit about Clarke or Brooke’s comfort- wouldn’t it be more awful to not even be able to fight back? No, they wanted the victims paralyzed because it was easier for them to deal with and wow they get more awful every time I see a new minute of them.
- Can I please riot about Indra now? It’s been half a season FFS.
Episode 6×06: Memento Mori
Hiatuses are hard, guys. Thank goodness this one is just a week, could we even handle any longer? No, no we could not.
- People-eating-trees! Okay is it bad that I am so excited for this? Oh but I am. It reminds me of a really cool book series I read.
- The title scares me. “Remember that you must die”?!?! NO ONE CAN DIE! And the fact that it sounds close to Emori isn’t helping me sleep any better. And then don’t forget that things are looking bad for Kane, and there really haven’t been any major deaths this season (I seriously nearly forgot about Shaw, oopsie).
- I swear John Freaking Murphy better not let us down. I mean come on, thought you didn’t want to go to hell? Chip implants don’t last forever, my dude. No matter what Clarkephine says.
- That Josephine bitch better not hurt precious cinnamon roll Bellamy Blake. I mean. Now that he knows, she can’t just let him frolic around Sanctum. I assume she’s gonna lock his ass up so he can’t tell anyone else. This is one of those times I wouldn’t mind Echo saving her man. You know, so he can go save his true love. #Sorrynotsorry