The trailer for The 100’s episode of Demons set a certain tone from the very beginning. We saw that things wouldn’t be looking up for the delinquents when they finally found their way back to Arkadia. To them it looks like no on is there, until a not so friendly face reappears to tie up some loose ends with Clarke. Now I knew I would love this episode and I was not disappointed. This episode was clearly a filler, meant to shift some dynamics before the big plot movement that had to happen from 3×13 until the finale. But to me this episode was fast paced and it brought out the essence of the show that we were all waiting for. With the main characters finally reconnecting with one another, Demons was a good example of what would happen when you bring back the core of the show together in one place.
Horror Like No Other
This episode appealed to me the most because it had everything that I look for in a show. The best part had to be the horror aspect that wasn’t made out to be too frightening, instead going down the slasher style instead. We started out simple, with Miller telling a scary story to a worried Bryan and an excited Harper. And just like any slasher movie, the main character walks away and we don’t hear from him again.
Miller went to pee, Bryan went to find him and then Harper was left all alone. All three ended up kidnapped by Emerson, which we didn’t know at the time. But the tone of this scene and the way it had us more worried than scared was a cool way to start off the episode. This reminded me of my favorite slasher movie (Scream), where the plot revolved around suspense instead of gore. The 100 captured that perfectly when it established that this episode would be intense and emotionally terrifying.
We saw all our favorite characters continue to disappear until Emerson finally revealed himself to Clarke and Bellamy. Things only spiraled from there when Emerson put the delinquents in a life or death situation. The scene where Bryan, Harper, Octavia, Bellamy, Monty, Jasper and Raven were about to die while Clarke watched almost stopped my heart. It was an irrational worry where you know nothing will happen to these characters but it’s written so well that for a moment you actually think they might die. That scene was the most stressful and it was all because of the writing. We felt Clarke’s worry for her people, we felt how the group was slowly fading away without having a chance to say goodbye. Only Octavia managed to tell her brother goodbye, when she thought this would be the last time she would see him. The way she called him so his face was the last thing she saw and the way Bellamy told her her he loved her was an emotional type of horror.
Blood Does Not Mean Family
Season Three of The 100 had separated the family we have come to know. The 100 may
not be related by blood (apart from Bellamy and Octavia) but they are the definition of a family. They stand by each other, they love each other and they would do anything for one another. But after Clarke’s departure we saw the bonds between everyone else and her shift. She had left them and while Monty understood after everything they did in Mount Weather, others needed some time. Jasper was in pain knowing that Clarke, Monty and Bellamy took part in killing his girlfriend. Raven was struggling with a lot of her own issues, ALIE especially, but her friend leaving couldn’t have been easy. Everyone in Raven’s life has left one way or another and her friends is all she has left.
Bellamy was the one who struggled with Clarke’s departure the most thought. They were partners. They lead their people from the very beginning and they relied on each other like they hadn’t with anyone else. Octavia throwing all of her anger at Bellamy only makes things that much harder for him. Every character on the show is in pain but it’s their separation from one another that took a toll on all of them.
We saw this start to shift in 3×11 when the delinquents chose to work together and we actually see that come into play in this episode. Things are still rocky but almost dying and saying goodbye to the people that they lost is a big reminder that life is short. Demons put our favorite characters in situations that push them to grieve and start the healing process moving forward. They are a family because they are there for one another and they don’t have to be related for that to happen. I can’t wait to see more of their dynamics when they have to work together to find and convince Luna to take the flame/chip.
Goodbye To The People We Lost
I did not expect to say goodbye to Sinclair in this episode, it came at such a high point in the episode that I didn’t even know how to process it at first. As soon as Raven was on the mend, she lost someone else in her life that mattered so much to her. Just last week Sinclair broke our hearts when he told Clarke that Raven was all he had left. So when she came back I thought we would finally get some small moments of happiness. Instead we saw Sinclair die, and his last seconds where him trying to tell Raven to get back into the Rover. Even as he was dying, Sinclair’s priority was Raven above all else and if that doesn’t wreck you I don’t know what will.
When Emerson was defeated the delinquents huddled together to say goodbye to the lives lost. Not to Emerson, he didn’t deserve a passing second in the end but heroes like Sinclair and Lincoln. We see Bellamy do the one thing Octavia asked of him, he brought back Lincoln. It wasn’t in the way that we wanted but Bellamy did what little he could for his sister. And just when you thought that maybe the near death experience might bring the Blake siblings closer to forgiveness, Octavia reverts back to her hatred.
There is a lot I would like to say on this subject, something I plan to do for my review of 3×13 but I will say that understanding Octavia is getting harder and harder. The pain the group felt as a whole resonated with me much more than Octavia’s heartbreak when Bellamy brought Lincoln’s body out. The way Bellamy showed his respect to the dead with a parting Grounder term, the way the group said goodbye to people that were lost to them forever, the way they know pain like it’s second nature to them. All of these underlying messages broke my heart because we sometimes forget how young some of these characters are. They are young and broken from all the loss they have felt, something this episode touched upon quite a lot. I loved how effortlessly those feelings came across to the audience. We felt the emotions based more off the acting and the choice of words as opposed to the characters just telling us how they feel. Saying goodbye to the characters we lost in Arkadia this seen was harder than I thought but the respect that we got towards them in 3×12 really helped. Sinclair and Lincoln will not be forgotten because the way they were written never lets us forget how heroic they truly were.
Demons was a well written episode that showcased horror in a way we haven’t seen much of before. The 100 is known for it’s darker themes but when you combine that with an actual horror spin, it is even better. 3×12 incorporated the best parts of the show and it’s a small dose of what The 100 is finally returning to.
The 100 returns with new episodes, Thursdays at 9/8c.