This is The 100 I know and love! I cried within the first three minutes of the episode, which is so on brand for both me and the show.
Just a reminder, spoilers galore!! Like ALL the spoilers- proceed with caution!
We Are Family
The episode opens with the scene that made me sob: Hope learning to live without her mom and O, Hope meeting Dev, Hope and Dev becoming a family in their own right, Dev straight up sacrificing his life for Hope. I have included the full clip below, because I don’t have enough words to describe how lovely it was. Here we are, with two characters we barely know, and somehow are able to fall in love with in just a few short minutes.
The best part is, it gives us some genuine insight on who Hope is now, what she’s gone through, and how these things have shaped her into the person she has become. And in essence, it explains her actions through the rest of the episode. I don’t really know who the five years will be hardest for. Hope’s entire life has been lived with a population of fewer than five other human beings. That is mind boggling. She’s also spent ten years waiting for a chance to escape, so she knows how hard that is. But Gabriel and Echo aren’t used to such isolation and desperation. Even when Echo was on the Ring and Gabriel was in the woods, they had a core group of people with them. Here, they are with virtual strangers, who I suppose aren’t strangers by the end.
They come up with a plan to “pretend” to be a cohesive unit to attract Orlando and “trick” him into helping them. The truth is, they are becoming a family unit, and they won’t be able to trick Orlando (but it won’t matter, because he will come into the fold naturally).
See, bickering like loved ones already!
Hope refuses to miss another opportunity to get her family back. Echo won’t lose Bellamy. Gabriel… well I guess he just wants to know what’s going on and probably to not be stuck on Skyring forever. Problem is, where Dev was willing to help, Orlando is… less so. He eventually begins to come around a little, but it’s a slow start.
Ah, a Level 12, you say? Much like our friend, the late Bill “I ♥ Cults” Cadogan? 🤔
Orlando is super devoted to whatever is happening in Bardo, and also he’s a little off his rocker, so it takes him a hot second to warm up. But he does. He offers to train them on the condition that they try to keep his people alive. And so they train. They learn. Time passes, and we don’t see this time, but they’ve become stronger, more cohesive, and they really may be able to do this.
Adorable, they’re all going to live happily ever after right? Right!?!
And in the time it takes for a few hours to pass on Sanctum, five years have come and gone on Skyring. Orlando’s clock is at zero, and the Disciples have come to retrieve him. He allows himself to be “captured”, but things take a turn. After promising she’d not kill his friends, Echo does just that, and decides that Orlando is going to have to stay behind too.
This betrayal will come at a cost to Echo, make no mistake. She loved him, that was clear. Perhaps not with the same fierce loyalty that she loved Spacekru, but this won’t be easy for her. Especially when she finds out that he took his own life. Really, I think, the moment she saw his affection for the Disciple that Hope killed in self-defense, she knew he would waver. And I really hoped she could be talked out of it, but alas.
I also can’t fully comprehend how Hope and Gabriel allowed it. I guess they are simply more loyal to Echo than Orlando, or wanted their people (or in Gabriel’s case, answers) back more and figured that deep down Echo was right. And I guess it’s possible that she was, but I’d have thought that Dev would have taught Hope that maybe Orlando would have been there for them. Anyway, they’re suited up and off to Bardo, for better or worse.
“This Planet Sucks Anyway”
Nathan Miller, my current hero, telling it like it is. Sanctum sucks but looks like we’ll be seeing less of it! I was super confused at how the Disciples were found in Sanctum, but I guess some Believer found them? Cool story, doesn’t matter. Anyway, no one can get the mask off the Disciple and they have the good sense to wait for Raven, who is currently going through some crap from killing all those EIV folks.
Has he done something different with his hair, or….?
While she tries to figure that out, Clarke is told that they’re waiting for her on the other side of the shield to take her to Bardo
and kill her. It goes as you’d expect. They need Clarke, Clarke doesn’t trust them, they’ll meet at Gabriel’s camp. You know, that old story.
Sure, Chad, we’re totally buying what you’re selling. 🙄 Clarke Griffin was not born yesterday. (Also Niylah, never change.)
So off Clarke goes with whatever is left of Earthkru that isn’t baby-sitting Russheda I guess. Raven and Jordan are bonding over that one time he realized Sanctum was a moon and then got stabbed, and sure pal, pour on the guilt, that was totally the fault of Raven and not at ALL that you threw yourself in front of a knife to protect not-your-girlfriend-anymore. But Raven figures out that the helmet is far cooler than Jordan could ever hope to be, and so they’re about to have an adventure!
As Clarke & Friends meet up with the Douchebros of Bardo™, Clarke gets a wee bit sanctimonious on account of her friends hiding with guns. Only oopsie whoopsie, Captain Douchebro has friends with guns too. Only his are invisible and they’re all up in Earthkru’s business. Luckily Jordan picks that moment to show up and allows Also Invisible Raven time to shoot the heck out of the Douchebro army.
Raven’s moral quandary over this most recent massacre will have to wait, because they have to go get their pals back! The gang gets ready to enter the digits in the Anomaly Stone and peace out of Sanctum. Clarke tells them they all have a choice, of course, but I can’t imagine not going!
He is zero percent wrong.
Gaia’s gonna stay back to get Madi on the school bus or whatever. Just kidding, the second everyone leaves, an errant Douchebro grabs her and yeets her to another planet. The rest of Earthkru is none the wiser, as they have just landed on Planet Snowfort or some such thing and are going to need to find a way off, stat.
Nakara sure is lovely this time of year! A balmy -70°, from the looks of it.
- The comparison between Echo on the ring and Echo on Skyring is clear. I mean, it’s very similar. Echo is now presumably just as close with Hope and Gabriel as she was with her Spacekru fam, and that isn’t an accident.
- Where’d Gaia end up? Bardo makes the most sense I guess. Unless they go chasing the others through space and time. 🤷♀️
- Wow Miller should have left a note for Jackson. They’re gonna need couples counseling after this. Goes to another planet without telling his boyfriend? Yikes.
- How the hell is Indra going to tell Madi her moms are gone? I do not envy Indra. It’s like telling both Madi and Lexa that she lost Clarke! Whoopsie!
- I miss Dev and I miss Orlando and now my eyes are leaking again. They keep doing that and it is rude!
Episode 7×05: Welcome to Bardo
I am so very excited to finally get to see Bardo, and hopefully Diyoza, and Nakara, and everything!!
- Bardo looks fun. Just kidding, it looks like a nightmare. Someone send help.
- I swear if anyone touches Memori or Indra there shall be hell to pay. I mean, gotta worry about Memori since they’re the fake Primes, but Indra’s got a bunch of cannibal defectors to handle so I guess it’s a draw.
- Sheidheda looks as stable as ever. And by that I mean not at all. Maybe we’ll finally see what made this dude so freaking angry. Like calm down! You wanted to rule the world, and sure this isn’t the same world, but it’s a world. Take the free cookies and Jo Juice, and be happy! This moon needs a lot of therapists.
- How will our heroes get off Nakara? Raven at least has a snowsuit, everyone else is screwed. I really cannot wait to see what (or even who) is on Nakara!
- Bellamy? I know Bob needed time off. I know, and I get it and it’s totally understandable. But I really need Bellamy back soon, yeah?