The newest episode of The 100 brought back a sense of nostalgia that we didn’t expect back so soon. The core of the show finally reunited in ”Nevermore”, and it doesn’t look like they will be separated again any time soon. This episode combined everything we loved about the show since Season 1 and all the concerns that we didn’t see getting addressed. This formula reminded us why we loved the show from the very beginning, it’s main group of friends always there to save each other is the type of squad goals many shows aspire to have. And the dark underlying theme is prominent and raw because the talent on The 100 is unbelievable.
The show started with this group of characters relying on each other to figure out how
to keep everyone safe and essentially how to survive on Earth. They became a family so when they kept getting separated, I couldn’t ignore how disheartened I became. This is the core of the show and without these people planning and conquering the world together, what is left? So to see them finally working together and dealing with their issues was refreshing and exciting.
The episode started out with Clarke, Bellamy, Monty, Octavia, Jasper and Raven working together out of necessity. Raven needed to be rescued from ALIE’s mind games and the only way she could be saved is if everyone worked together. They didn’t seek each other out, instead coming together to reach a common goal. But as the episode progressed, so did their relationship. And by the end Clarke, Bellamy, Monty, Octavia, Jasper and Raven joined forces to take ALIE down together out of want. They weren’t forced to work together, they chose each other because if there is one constant on The 100 it’s the friendship between our favorite delinquents.
Let me start off by saying that Lindsey Morgan stole the show this week. She was the MVP and I am really glad that Raven has such a big role to play in the ALIE plot. This week we saw Raven completely controlled by ALIE, fighting her friend’s tooth and nail to get her what she wants. In this case it was the second version of her program which Clarke has handy in that little pouch that Titus passed down to her before he died. Raven uses brutal force on her own body to scare the group so they would give into her demands. When that doesn’t work ALIE realizes that they are running out of time before the gang figures out how to save Raven, and once she is free she will be able to tell them how to destroy her. This forces ALIE to brainwash Raven into a potential suicide attempt. Throughout this whole plot possessed Raven not only becomes a believable AI but she also makes us cringe and worry for her safety.
Everyone finally gets the wristband to work only to realize that it doesn’t exactly remove ALIE from within Raven’s mind. So instead they have to remove her the old fashioned way, by cutting her chip out of Raven, making for a bloody but successful plan. Now Raven is back to her usual self and she is the key to taking down ALIE. Her knowledge of ALIE’s inner workings is the one thing that will help them moving forward and I can’t wait to see how that will play out. Raven’s mind is a strong tool and it’s about time we see it as the basis of the villain takedown. Lindsey Morgan will without a doubt continue to remind us how talented she is and how much more there will be for Raven this season.
Monty Green was coined the ”cinnamon roll” of the show over the past three seasons.
But that all came crumbling down during ”Nevermore”, when Monty makes a choice that will leave him scarred for the foreseeable future. Monty’s focus this week was to convince Octavia to stay with them instead of going off on her own. She doesn’t see herself as part of the Sky People or the Grounders but Monty reminds her that she is part of The 100, her true family. It doesn’t look like she will change her mind until Monty’s mother (controlled by ALIE) attacks them in an attempt to find Raven’s location. Monty realizes that if he wants to save Octavia’s life, he will have to shoot his mother because she isn’t herself anymore. After shooting his mother twice, Monty saves Octavia and she agrees to come back with him but at what cost? The bullets were fatal and Hannah ends up dead. The only thing that helped him cope with what he did was the fact that there was no other choice.
In Monty’s mind he figured that once ALIE takes over your mind, there is no turning back. Hannah couldn’t be saved so he really had no other choice, until Clarke saves Raven. Clarke figuring out a way to keep Raven alive and sane shakes up the weak reasoning behind which Monty hid after he shot his mom. He thought that he did what he had to do but now all of that is called into question. Did he have to kill his mother? Was there a way to save her? Was this a mistake?
Monty pushing Jasper’s comfort away was a big look into the future. Monty will struggle and he will push away those closest to him because he is more lost than ever. Monty was sure that his mother was dead, only to find her alive and well. Their relationship hit a rough patch when she joined Pike’s force and essentially was ready to kill their own people. She betrayed Monty when he couldn’t follow Pike’s orders anymore and then Monty killed her. This is a relationship that was building all season but in their timeframe it was only a few weeks, and now his mother is gone leaving Monty a little lost. Killing his remaining ”family” really struck something in him and he is no longer the innocent boy we have come to see him as, instead he is now a man not quite sure where he is headed anymore.
Niylah made a pleasant appearance, helping the delinquents save Raven with the wristband that she was wearing when we first met her. It was great to see a character so well received brought back later on in the season since in most shows that character would have been forgotten about by now. Niylah isn’t exactly happy to see Clarke or her friends. The last she heard of the Sky People they had massacred a village with her father there, something Clarke denies their involvement in because there isn’t enough time for them to hash things out so clearly lying is the better option.
But if someone is keeping a secret, that will come to light by the end of the episode. This happens in 3×11 when ALIE taunts Bellamy with the deaths that are hanging over his head, from the ones he took with Clarke to his mother who he killed when he took his sister to an Ark dance where she ended up getting discovered. Niylah overhears this and shares an emotional scene with Bellamy, something I was hoping to see under more friendly circumstance but still. Bellamy genuinely apologized for the part he played in the massacre when he thought he was doing the right thing for his people, Niylah wasn’t looking to accept it but this was still a big move in the right direction. Niylah was the one who suffered this week, from a bunch of people invading her space to perform an exorcist like ritual on their friend to then having to leave her home because ALIE knows where she is now. Things didn’t look hopeful for Niylah but something tells me that we will see her again, maybe even happy?
Jasper has had a big arc this season on The 100, battling PTSD and trying to save the one
friend he could trust right now. Raven’s safety became his only anchor in 3×11, and Jasper was determined to keep her safe. In a way it was almost like Jasper was trying to keep the closest person to him alive to somehow make up for the loss of Maya. And I have to say, Raven and Jasper have some very interesting romantic and platonic prospects that I hope we continue to see. But the battle that Jasper had right now in 3×11 was a long time coming.
For a while he had stayed hidden in his usual corner of ignorance and escape. Drinking helped numb him but ALIE is the harsh reality that he couldn’t ignore. Everything that he ever thought and felt ashamed for came to light, forcing Jasper to deal with it somehow once and for all. We saw a hint of Jasper finally easing up on the blame game when Monty started to fall down a dark hole himself. Jasper was trying to comfort him somehow but Monty wasn’t having it. And as much as it hurt to see the two best friends drifting further apart instead of closer together, Jasper being there for Monty was a big step in the right direction. The group is going to continue on their mission together and hopefully Jasper will stay present for those old friendships.
The 100 returns with new episodes, Thursdays at 9/8c.