The 100 followed it’s successful premiere with an even more engaging and conflicting episode, reminding us that the show is in no way slowing down.
The second episode of the fourth season sets up the high stakes that all characters have to prepare for if they want to survive the possible end of the Earth. The story is split up once again, with groups scattered everywhere from Arkadia to Polis to the Ice Nation. Raven and Clarke have to figure out what to do to save everyone before the radiation hits, and the question of whether the general population should know about the danger that lies ahead comes up in a startling way.
Meanwhile, a group heads down to Farm Station on Ice Nation grounds thinking they can just pick up a hydro-generator and return back safely. Instead they got held up and it’s revealed that many of their people are slaves to these grounders.
Over at Polis, things heat up between Kane and Abby, but freeze up between Roan and just about everyone else. Without his favorite couple, Bellamy and Clarke, the King of the Ice Nation isn’t feeling that friendly. Another character who might be able to understand is newcomer Ilian, a grounder who isn’t looking to let go of what ALIE made him do.
Most Important Fairy Grounder There Ever Was
Ilian isn’t actually a fairy grounder, for now? But he very much looks the part even when we’re introduced to him as he has killed his brother to convince his mother to take the chip.
We only knew a few details about who he was prior to 4×02, but everything that was promised held up. Now, Ilian doesn’t like the Sky People because they introduced technology that caused him to kill his family. And I do think he has a point but before we go into that, does anyone else wonder why the Grounders despise technology when their Commander literally had it implanted in the back of her neck? Just wondering.
Anyway, Ilian is looking for revenge but things go south when Octavia gets involved. He’s supposed to challenge Roan and the coalition but Octavia kills the Ambassador that convinces Ilian to do this before the meeting. This stops Ilian’s plan so where does he go from here?
It looks like Octavia and him aren’t done seeing each other, his first scene even started with a glowing butterfly which is like Octavia’s spirit animal. But it will be interesting to see how they contrast each other since they are both looking for vengeance. Octavia has gone full assassin these days, going for the kill in a way that her past self would never approve. Meanwhile, Ilian’s darkest moments so far have been under ALIE’s rule. It’s possible that his revenge against the Sky People and the new King will be just as brutal, but he seems to think things through very well before he initiates anything.
Ilian was a surprise character, one that sounded promising and was even better on screen. I don’t want to get my hopes up but since I already have the term Fairy Grounder coined, I would like to formally request that Ilian stays alive. We’ve seen limited interactions between him and other characters, it would be great to see that expand a bit. At this point I’ll take anything as long as Ilian sticks around, but maybe not in Ice Nation because things are escalating over there.
The Bellamy, Clarke and Raven triangle
This episode set up what will probably be the most complicated collection of decisions (for now).
On the one hand we have Bellamy, he spent a whole season being manipulated by Pike
to think that a few Grounders needed to die to save their general population. Things got bloody and he got shamed a lot before Bellamy pulled back. It could be argued that Bellamy’s reasoning still makes sense for him as a character, one who puts his people first because of his values and the loss he’s seen. But this season there’s a definite shift, with Bellamy trying to save everyone.
In the newest episode, everyone meant their people from Farm Station that they had no clue were still alive. Turns out they were, especially Riley or as others know him: our favorite person to ever exist.
Their people are slaves being kept by the Ice Nation and Bellamy ends up the tie breaking vote that decides they should be saved. And yes, the reason they were there was because the hydro-generator would have saved more people going forward. But expecting Bellamy to look into the eyes of these slaves and leave them there makes no sense. From a tactical point of view it could matter more to save the hydro-generator but I’m sure being in the actual moment, surrounded by all their people and children spells out something different. Plus who thought things would be this easy? It’s the second episode, a lot needs to go wrong before there is even a tiny chance of something going right. At least now they have more people to help them and they saved more lives because Harper, Bryan and Bellamy pushed to sacrifice their mission.
Then we have Clarke, back at Arkadia and struggling to decide if the people should know what’s happening. Again, there’s no easy decision here and in the end she decides to tell them while also not telling them. She thinks that by inspiring them with promises of everything working out that will achieve more than telling them the whole truth. And while Raven disagrees, to me they both have a point.
The 100 wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t for the tough decisions the characters and viewers had to make. Raven has a point about withholding all the information, because while it’s good to have hope, what will it get you if they can’t figure out a way to solve all this? Raven is frustrated and it makes sense, she’s the one who has to try and save everyone while still keeping up an appearance that everything is okay.
As much as I wanted to see Raven and Clarke together again, watching them butt heads about how to handle the end of the world may be one of the most fascinating parts of this episode. It’s real and raw, and Bellamy bringing home 25 more kids didn’t help the situation. Those three have very different views and that’s really the core of this show, our favorite leaders trying to make everything okay while also figuring stuff out between each other.
Kane, Abby and the big bang
Kane and Abby finally did it. They had their room (Clarke’s old room?) all to themselves in Polis and they definitely took advantage of it, finally consummating their relationship. And if that wasn’t enough, they had a heart to heart that later resulted in Abby taking off her wedding ring!
That was a lot to take in, I didn’t think these two would bring such emotion into this next step of their relationship but who was I kidding? Kane and Abby have been through so much that they deserved this nice break. It’s also nice to see that they are on the same page, in fact Abby took a huge step forward to prove how serious she was about all this.
Subtly watching this relationship grow throughout the seasons was interesting and chaotic but it was worth it. But while these two continued to grow closer, I always felt like Kane’s feelings were more obvious. That may have been true because of Abby’s pain over losing Jake. I can’t say I’m much of an expert on this couple but Abby had more of a past to move on from. From what we know, Kane never married so he was always ready to be with Abby and he was really just waiting for her.
Their separation wasn’t unexpected, couples can only be happy for so long on The 100 before they are required to take some time off to go save the world. The only thing I ask is that Abby doesn’t give her ring to Clarke. She may want to create this nice gesture for her daughter during ”the talk” about her getting a new man in her life but I would vote no. Clarke already had her father’s watch and that’s pretty much been lost in the shuffle, Abby might be better off keeping it somewhere herself for the time being. Just a thought.
Heavy Lies The Crown was executed tremendously well. Not only did we meet some new characters (big shoutout to the amazing and legendary Riley), there were decisions presented to both the characters and the audience that created even more questions. The tough questions that always seem to connect back to real life is astonishing and it really makes you think more about what you would personally do in that moment. From this point forward, things will only get harder for the Sky People but 4×02 was the perfect introduction into that very difficult future.
The 100 returns with new episodes, Wednesdays at 9/8c.