I have some very mixed feelings about this episode, naturally. At first, I rage-hated it, quite like I did with “Demons”, but the more I think about it, the more… complicated it is. I still think it could have been done in a half an episode, but I also absolutely appreciate things about it. And if this episode happened, say, 4-5 episodes ago, I probably wouldn’t have been as upset? But wow we are close to the end here, and I am just plain terrified!
Just a reminder, spoilers galore!! Like ALL the spoilers- proceed with caution!
The Journey of Bellamy Blake
Zero percent of all people thought that Bellamy Blake was dead. So when Levitt confirmed this (more on Levitt below), no one was gasping in shock. We were, however, glad to see Bell back on our screens. I was equally excited to see what exactly was happening on Etherea (spoiler: literally nothing) so that was fun. Bellamy pops out of the Anomaly with his soon-to-be-bestie Doucette. Idk if this is his first name, last name… actually maybe none of these people have last names, considering they’re community property or whatever. I digress.
They pick up where they left off, beating the hell out of each other. Bellamy because Doucette captured him and threw him into another planet, Doucette for all mankind, because of course. Bellamy leaves him injured but doesn’t kill him (which proves Echo wrong in like, the first minute of the show), but eventually goes back for him. I guess he went back because he couldn’t climb some crappy mountain, but I’d also like to think it’s just cause he didn’t want the guy to die on this useless planet.
That isn’t an ominous foreshadowing or anything….
Bellamy nurses Doucette back to health, via some tips that Pike taught him. Okay, I guess I should have been a little concerned when he started citing Pike, but hindsight is 20/20 and all. I just thought it was a fun callback, that’ll show me. Anyway, there’s a lot of Bellamy chatting, mostly to himself because Doucette is unconscious, about how crappy it is that he is stuck on this random planet. And it is!
We’re pretty bummed about it too, Bell.
Eventually, Doucette wakes up, and they chat a bit about the Shepherd before heading out to scale a mountain or whatever. They make some progress, but are eventually halted by a snowstorm. They settle in some weirdass cave where apparently Cadogan hung out while he was backpacking around the universe. Bellamy realizes who he is when he finds a picture, but honestly, how do he and Clarke both remember this guy they saw once for five seconds a hundred years ago? I don’t remember what my family looks like, but sure.
I mean, it’s okay? ?♀️
So there are some kind of lights, but I am not impressed. Clarke and Company were stuck in a living being’s stomach, and Doucette wants me to get worked up over some lights? Pass, bro. But he convinces Bellamy to pray with him, and Bellamy suddenly has some visions.
Ah, sweet sweet Altitude Sickness.
Seriously, if I am stuck on a mountain with a “disciple” and start seeing my dead parent and some guy from Jaha’s iPad, I am probably thinking I am suffering some kind of High Altitude Cerebral Edema, not a case of the Culties. But here is the truth of the matter: This is who Bellamy Blake is. I hate to say it, but he is easily swayed. Which brings us back to Pike, but we’ll get to that.
Right when Bellamy is done having
a stroke a revelation, the storm stops, and now he and Doucette think miracles are real or something, and they continue their climb.
You. Were. Already. Worthy.
They finally get there after a few hairy moments (where Bellamy again saves Doucette’s life even though Doucette is like “nah, I’m good, because mankind”), and Doucette enters the code. Only, seems to be the only way into the Anomaly is jumping off the mountain into it. Doucette doesn’t hesitate, because of course he doesn’t. Bellamy does, because he isn’t stupid. But he has to take the chance.
When they land back in the Stone Room, we see Bellamy bow to Cadogan, calling him his Shepherd. We know we’re in trouble. I know people are begging for it to be an Echo situation where he’s playing Cadogan, but it isn’t. It 100% isn’t. And here is why: 1) He has no idea that he needs to play Cadogan, especially at this point, and 2) Like I said before, this is who Bellamy is. (And I guess 3) They already did this storyline and it would be absurd to keep doing it, but let’s stick to the first two.)
He isn’t a bad guy, let’s clear that up really quickly. I am not saying he’s a crap person, just that he is more easily swayed than the others. He doesn’t have the mental strength of those around him, which is why the strong women in his life help to balance him so much. Think about how he became accepting of Pike. A tragedy befalls him, and Pike offers him the forgiveness he needs, the validation he needs. And that is what happens here. Did Cadogan save Bellamy and Doucette? Hell no, they saved each other and themselves! But Bellamy doesn’t have enough faith in himself to believe that he saved them, so he has to default to Cadogan being his savior.
I am hoping, desperately, that because of the growth Bellamy has gone through in the past
century six years or so, it won’t take as much as it took last time before he realizes that he’s wrong. I hope it doesn’t take him killing another of O’s lovers before he figures it out, but I mean… Plus, he doesn’t understand yet what is at stake. And true, he should have trusted his friends over some rando cult leader. Obviously. But he has no idea what Cadogan has been up to. Perhaps they can get him to see reality before it is too late? Either that or we will all be forced to mourn the loss of who we hoped Bellamy was forever and ever.
Aftermath in Bardo
First, before Bellamy gets back, Levitt realizes (via another Disciple’s M-Cap) that Bellamy isn’t quite as disintegrated as he thought. Whoopsie! It seems that Levitt figured it out basically minutes before Bellamy popped back in, but I think it’s important for another reason. First, he basically dismissed his colleague, and ignored the Disciple in the M-Cap when he found Bellamy. But even more, is this:
Did… did he just roll his eyes!? Living for it.
I think that scene was meant not to tell us about Bellamy (we already knew), but to tell us some stuff about where Levitt is at. After Bellamy comes back, the gang is trying to formulate a plot. Clarke is about to sacrifice herself to get everyone else back to Sanctum, but Echo isn’t about that life. But the debate is interrupted by their friend and new Disciple, Bellamy.
Remember that time your brother saved you from yourself? Looks like it’s time to repay the favor.
It’s so great! Only, we know it is not. He looks happy to see them, which I will take as a hopeful sign for the future, and they are beyond thrilled. O, Echo, and Clarke all go to hug him, but the Disciples throw up their spidey weapons to stop them. Echo and O back off but Clarke is basically like “shoot me then” and hugs him anyway. She explains that they won’t shoot her because they think she has the Flame, and shhh don’t spill our best kept secret!
Everyone’s least favorite Bellarke Hug™.
And then… he immediately spills the damn beans. Like- I know he is all #TeamCadogan at this point, but wouldn’t you at least ask your lifelong friends and family what was going on before betraying them? Ugh, again, Bellamy has been down this road before, acting rashly before thinking through the consequences, out of some sense of undeserved blind loyalty.
Their faces are all of our faces.
The looks on their faces… wow. Talk about a betrayal! This is quite possibly worse than the situation with Pike, since while it was an absolute atrocity what Pike did to the Grounders, this is the fate of every single person. Let’s hope he sees reason. Preferably the next episode, so I don’t have to hate him through another damn hiatus. ?
- Is… is there a chance that “Etherea” is just a simulation? I had the thought when I was watching the episode, and then Greg asked me as well, and so now it is nagging at me even more. I had talked myself out of it because he looked like he had just climbed a mountain but… stranger things have happened, and it would explain a lot. Like… everything. Because it is either a gnarly case of altitude sickness, or a sim that is making our guy hallucinate. I refuse to believe that Cadogan is a god. Please. ?
- Gabriel eating after all they have been through is a literal mood. Just when I think I could not possibly love him more, he proves me wrong.
- Is Echo’s massacre of Disciples what ends them? Or, will she end it because how very dare Bellamy? Honestly, I prefer the latter. Kick him to the curb, girl.
- I cannot wait to see Levitt defect . It’s gonna happen, right? In a blaze of glory? I only wish Anders was there so his face could be rubbed right the heck in it.
- Nice to see Aurora! I will never not love these dead folks coming back to hang out. If only she could have like, told him that he didn’t need to join a cult for validation? ?♀️
- Why do none of these people care that Anders is dead, and shouldn’t that be a red flag? I hope Bell finds out soon that they give zero fucks about him and his life. Just saying.
Episode 7×12: The Stranger
This is going to be intense. That is literally it. (Also, after this there will be another two or three week break, which is too hard, this close to the end. It’s like they want us to go mad!)
- So Gaia and Orlando are definitely on Earth now, right? I mean, where else in the universe can they even be at this point? And if you are sick of me saying this, well, sorry, but until I have proof to the contrary… ?♀️
- Can Miller be the voice of reason here? I really hope so tbh. I want Miller to get a chance to save the world. Also, since he and Bellamy saved Clarke the last time, maybe he can like, remind him of that shit.
- I have a feeling O will be the calmest. I mean, she has been there, doing awful things for crappy reasons. She’s also been through the shit and has found some kind of equilibrium that the others haven’t achieved.
- Bellamy looks so pretty, but Bearded Bellamy was nicer on the inside. Just a fact.
- Jordan and Hope really do need to bond, I approve. I mean, they kind of had the same childhood, Hope’s was just a little more stabby.
- Sanctum… is there. Look, I am so stressed about Bellamy, can someone just shoot Sheidheda so we can get back to business? Cool, thanks.