The 100 premiere set an amazing tone for the fourth season, there was a wonderful mix of danger and interesting dynamics that all carry an interesting vibe. This first episode of the season picked up immediately after Clarke told Bellamy that they weren’t finished saving the world. They reemerge in Polis and things take a huge twist when Echo shows up, blaming Clarke for their people dying and Roan being injured.
It’s a race for Clarke and Abby to save Roan, all so he could tell Echo that they can be trusted. Then there’s Raven, Monty, Harper and Jasper trying to figure out what to do after they saved the day just to get more bad news. Everyone but Jasper is ready to fight, meanwhile he is more focused on the idea that his thoughts of suicide no longer need to be handled because the Earth will do it for him.
Echoes was a great lead in to this season, there’s enough build up with the radiation slowly creeping in and the Sky People trying to figure out where to go from here. But there’s also moments of happiness, between friends and lovers, something we didn’t get enough of in season three but will hopefully see more of now.
Bellamy and Clarke Back At It Again
The word partnership has never made more sense than when it’s being used re: Bellamy and Clarke. They work together so well because they bring different things to the table, making sure that the other person doesn’t just follow their basic instincts but takes other things into account.
Clarke is known for using her head when it comes to figuring out how to keep her people safe, but as we saw in season three, that doesn’t work well. Her isolation in Polis separated her from her people, something that affected her both as Clarke and as a leader. Meanwhile, Bellamy follows his heart whenever he makes a decision, and while that makes sense it also lead him to Pike. Their teamwork turned into a disaster, and it wasn’t until Bellamy and Clarke found their way back to one another that things started to pick up.
In Echoes, Clarke thanked Bellamy for keeping her alive and that started their easygoing banter again. It was a much needed moment of nostalgia, something that helped distract from the million and one issues they were already running into in the span of half a day. But King Roan helped them make it out of Polis once they did a little information exchange and Clarke handed over the Flame. Now Bellamy and Clarke are headed back to Arkadia so they could somehow figure out where to go from here, and I’m kind of hoping to see at least a small Day Trip type scene. Those two have the best talks when they’re on some mission and take a minute to just discuss what they’re feeling.
Roan’s General Existence
Long live the King.
That can’t be just me, right? I wasn’t very happy when Kane shot Roan but I didn’t think
he was dead, his 10 pack just wouldn’t let that bullet truly kill him. And it just wouldn’t have been the same kind of Ice Nation story without Roan providing his dry sarcasm and lack of a shirt.
Outside of that though, Echo made a huge appearance in this episode with the way she swept in. There was definitely something between her and Roan, where Echo is very strict about the Ice Nation following the rules and traditions that they were taught while Roan doesn’t always follow that sharp approach.
It was interesting and we should probably continue to keep an eye out for those interactions, especially with Roan leading because it doesn’t seem like Echo is fully on board with that. Roan has been away from Azgeda for enough time to not actually understand what his people might want from him, especially considering the fact that he acknowledged the Sky People as a clan when Echo was so against it.
Monty and Harper Together Forever
These two came out of nowhere last season, a couple worth thinking about when they were in Mount Weather but a little forgotten about later on. But once Monty and Harper actually got together, it was like they could never be apart again. Those two have an adorable dynamic between them, really reminding the audience that there is some happiness left amongst all this darkness.
It’s also a way to crush the desexualization of Asian men trope that’s been a constant presence on TV. Having Monty be in a romantic relationship reminds the audience that Asian men are viable romantic choices, something that isn’t seen a lot. Asian male characters are usually never written into a relationship or a romantic plot, so The 100 actually portraying that through Monty and Harper means a lot of good is coming from this new connection.
Side note: Does Raven have some kind of radar that lets her know when those two finished having sex? It’s almost a tradition now for her to walk in on them at this point.
Kane and Abby Looking Out For Their Children
Echoes provided us with a tender scene between Abby and Clarke, one where they have
a talk about Clarke’s love for Lexa and the loss that she feels now. It was another much needed moment, a reminder that sexuality is really not an issue because Abby doesn’t even blink when she tells her daughter that she knew about her feelings. There’s so much chaos that there is never enough time for every character to talk all their feelings over, but Clarke just saw Lexa in the City of Light and to have her talk with her mother about that was truly beautiful. It allowed Clarke to mourn for Lexa before she was once again forced to deal with something threatening her people and human existence as a whole.
Kane and Bellamy shared several scenes, all of which could have different interpretations. Before Bellamy went in to talk to Echo, Kane reminded him to leave what was in the past exactly there. There are a lot of questions about where Kane was going with that, especially since he repeated similar words of advice before Bellamy left with Clarke to Arkadia. Kane can’t exactly tell where Bellamy is at in his head, there were conversations and decisions that Bellamy made that Kane missed. Last Kane remembered, Bellamy was still focused on doing things for his sister and not because they were actually right. This is another example of why everyone needs a minute to just rest before gearing up for another mission, partly because they need to catch each other up.
Personally though, the scene where Abby comforted Clarke only for Kane to look over at Bellamy was what captured my attention. Bellamy was thinking and again, it could have been about Gina or Octavia and Lincoln or even him just seeing Clarke in pain. But Kane’s instinct was to look over at Bellamy, and that’s the small details that create those special bonds on The 100.
Echoes was a thought out execution as far as premieres go. It was above and beyond last years premiere, proving that there is much more The 100 has yet to do. Yet at it’s core, there are certain relationships and conflicts that will always circle back because they are the most important on this show. 4×01 set a perfect scene for what the fourth season will be altogether.
The 100 returns with new episodes, Wednesdays at 9/8c.