Spoiler Warning for this week’s episode of “The 100”
After a few problematic episodes, “The 100” delivers a thrilling and intense episode that reunites many of the main original characters. As one threat is subdued, another rises up and attacks in a very unusual way. More conflicts arise as our characters are forced to work together to save themselves.
Last week’s episode ended with the daring escape of Jasper and Raven from Arkadia with the help of Clarke. This episode picks up with Jasper driving a truck to a nearby cave where Octavia and Bellamy wait. A tense argument erupts between Octavia and Bellamy while they wait for Jasper and the others; Octavia holds Lincoln’s death over Bellamy and insists that she will never forgive him. Having these two close sibling on opposite sides is incredibly unsettling, but definitely moves the plot in an interesting direction. Jasper and Clarke arrive and explain what has happened in Arkadia. Raven (controlled by A.L.I.E.) awakens and begins questioning the group about the Flame that Clarke has in her possession. A.L.I.E. realizes that the Flame is her second version and sends Raven running out of the cave in an attempt to figure out the group’s location. Jasper drugs Raven before she is able to describe her surroundings to A.L.I.E. Clarke takes charge and leads the group to Niylah’s outpost.
Niylah has one of the last remaining wristbands, which the group hopes can be used to short-circuit the chip in Raven’s head. Niylah is not happy to see Clarke and the gang as her father was one of the many victims in Pike and Bellamy’s massacre back in “Hakeldama.” Niylah declares that she is no longer a friend to Skaikru and attempts to send them away. Raven begins to wake up so Bellamy points his gun at Niylah and leads everyone into the back of the outpost. Bellamy and the others struggle to tie Raven down to a bed; Raven dislocates her shoulder and reopens her wounds in the process. Clarke establishes shifts to watch Raven, but Jasper immediately shuts her down, highlighting the clear lack of trust among the group. Jasper’s anger towards Clarke after her actions at Mount Weather at the end of Season 2 is also displayed. Possessed Raven lashes out at Clarke by mentioning the deaths of Wells, Finn and Lexa as failures of Clarke’s leadership. Clarke gets angry and yells “we’re going to fry you” to Raven; this declaration from Clarke allows Raven and A.L.I.E. to piece together the group’s plan of using the wristbands.
The plan of the group is put into place as Monty and Octavia make their way to the Dropship to collect an electromagnet that will be used to short-circuit Raven’s chip. The pairing of Monty and Octavia is incredibly dynamic and feels reminiscent of the first season. Monty reassures Octavia of her place among the group by stating “you’re one of the 100.” Unfortunately, the plan takes a drastic turn as Monty’s mother, Hannah, reveals herself and begins claiming that she escaped from Arkadia. Monty quickly realizes that she is yet another mindless minion under the control of A.L.I.E. There’s a conflict as Hannah attacks Monty, prompting Octavia to get involved. Hannah holds Octavia at knife-point, leaving Monty only one option: to shoot his own mother. This emotional scene is sure to develop Monty’s character, however, I am not sad to see Hannah go as she is partly responsible for many of the hardships faced this season.
Back at Niylah’s outpost, Raven begins taunting Bellamy and Jasper. Bellamy makes Jasper leave the room due to the irrational nature of Jasper; Bellamy takes all of the jabs that Raven throws his way. Niylah bursts into the room after realizing Bellamy had a role in her father’s death. A.L.I.E. is able to determine where the group is based on Niylah. However, Sinclair is able to configure the wristband leaving A.L.I.E. with very limited options. She causes Raven to bash her head against the wall in an attempt to kill herself. They manage to get the wristband on Raven’s arm and successfully send an EMP through her body, knocking her unconscious. In a fit of anger, Jasper threatens to destroy the Flame, which Clarke panics and declares “it’s Lexa.” This nicely parallels the situation that Clarke found herself in during the Mount Weather situation with Jasper’s girlfriend, Maya. Normal Raven wakes up and complains about the pain she feels; this assures the fact that Raven has returned to normal as people in the City of Light do not feel pain. The group realizes that they must leave the outpost and find a new place to hide from A.L.I.E. and the others. Before leaving Clarke apologizes to Niylah and tells her to leave, fearing A.L.I.E. may arrive to recruit her. The final few moments show Raven explaining that the Flame is the only thing that can stop A.L.I.E. Jaha and A.L.I.E. stand in the City of Light and decide that their only course of action is to kill Clarke and the group. The entire City of Light storyline is a definite refreshing and reinventing turn in the plot that also creates a terrifying tone. Will anyone be able to stop A.L.I.E. and Jaha?
“Nevermore” is a frightening twist in the story of “The 100” as Raven is essentially possessed by technology. The performances across the board are spectacular, specifically Erica Cerra and Lindsey Morgan as A.L.I.E. and Raven, respectively. The City of Light storyline is finally revealing itself to be a horrific threat to the entire cast of characters. Will the group be able to escape the various threats? Be sure to tune in to “The 100” next Thursday at 9 p.m. on The CW.