It’s fitting that after the disastrous decision to allow the missile strike to happen, “Resurrection” makes a case for everyone perhaps being a better leader than Clarke at the moment. The show doesn’t do the best job tracing Clarke’s guilt, or the emotional and mental ramifications of the choice she made, other than having her resolve to find and kill the sniper who aimed the missile and is now picking off survivors. Clarke argues with Lexa about it as if she didn’t fall silent and go along with what Lexa wanted, only stirring from her decision to rescue Abby and still leaving everyone else to die. But Clarke’s immediately guilty about doing so, while everyone’s running around trying to stay alive and rescue other survivors (and sparing some seconds to hope that Clarke is still alive), Clarke’s trying to fix this how she can, which ends up not really fixing anything at all.
There is something interesting about the show taking this turn after having devoted this season to Clarke, setting her on a pedestal and having her make all the decisions with barely a hint of the conflict of last season. Now there are hints that this was a bad move on Camp Jaha’s part, since they placed all their faith in Clarke and had her do nothing when countless lives were in jeopardy. And we can assume that if she’d been talking it out with someone who wasn’t Lexa, things wouldn’t have worked out like they did. The 100 tries to make some kind of point about the Ark having taught Clarke that sacrificing people for survival is the way to go, and while the Ark was certainly a terrible example for young minds to have, it doesn’t quite work here. Clarke’s always been bucking against the Ark and its rules, enough so that it’s how she got stuck on Earth in the first place, discarded along with the rest of the Ark’s underage, criminal population. It’s not the Ark that Clarke abandon everyone to the missile, it’s Earth.
While the ground is having a poor effect on Clarke, it’s doing the opposite for just about everyone else. The rest of the cast has been freed by their landing on Earth, even in the midst of carnage and war. Bellamy’s an entirely different person, and we know he would have argued against letting that strike land. Bellamy, whose spent the season in Clarke’s shadow for no apparent reason finally moves back into his own light at Mt. Weather. The relief his presence inspires in the remaining 48 is testament enough to the power that he still holds as a character and a leader and proof that the Clarke only sentiment only exists in Camp Jaha, and once the truth inevitably comes out it probably won’t exist there either. Bellamy’s in full hero mode in Mt. Weather, rescuing the grabbed Fox and even turning back to help Maya when Cage uses her as a bargaining chip. After this there’s absolutely no reason why The 100 should ever utilize the character so unevenly ever again, but I’m sure it will.
The ante’s been upped significantly at Mt. Weather, which has become a million times more interesting now that Jasper, Monty and the others are actually fighting against Cage instead of being slowly picked off. Jasper even gets to try his hand at leading his friends, and it’s not a bad turn for Jasper, who is mostly unannoying this week. The 48 in general are really on their game, turning to bloody violence against Mt. Weather to save themselves. The fighting against the Grounders was enough to change them all, but the close quarters massacre of the Mountain Men, including Jasper taking an axe to one still alive, makes it clear just how the desperation to survive has so thoroughly altered them.
And even Abby, who’s on a pendulum as far as being likable week to week, swings to the likable end of the spectrum. Seeing her trace her disgust at Clarke’s decision and her attempts at finding something to grasp onto is made even more emotional as she tries to save Kane, another victim of Clarke’s choice. Though she’s probably never going to really succeed at taking leadership away from Clarke (that will be someone else I’m sure), she has even more incentive to do so, now that she has proof that Clarke’s leadership is more harmful than it is beneficial. When she asks Clarke to help with the injured and Clarke says she’s leaving, you can see Abby’s disappointment, even with Clarke’s reasons for going (to storm M. Weather and save her friends) being sound ones, because this is another something making her think Clarke’s lost to her.
At the moment Abby and Kane are the only ones who know what Clarke and Lexa did, but it can’t stay that way can it? It would be very cheap if it did, and having Clarke skirt the consequences and the personal (and political) fallout of that choice would be terrible. Surely no one would look at her the same or even trust her to protect then, and coming after her mercy killing Finn this would look even worse. And characters like Bellamy, who have backed Clarke and trusted her, would write her off. And Octavia, who’s rising to a position of power with the Grounders and Indra, would have little reason to consider her an ally anymore. And as for Lexa, we once heard the Grounders would have killed her for letting Finn go unpunished so what’s the response to this going to be? But this is the show that never fully captured the ramifications of Finn slaughtering the Grounders either so I may be asking too much.
- Miller swinging blunt objects has become my new religion.
- Oh yeah the 48 have no idea that Finn is dead. Awkward.
- Thank goodness Indra’s still alive. I got worried for a minute, and I’m glad to see her embracing Lincoln again though I’m confused about just what the show’s trying to do with him these days.
- Henry Ian Cusick guest starred on Scandal this week, reprising his role as Stephen, and I wish he’d stayed on there because The 100 has no idea what they’re doing with him. That being said I’m not sure Scandal would have any idea either.
- I haven’t had many favorite Abby moments in awhile (I’mt still very bitter about her slapping Raven) but her interrupting Lexa’s “inspiring” speech with a reminder that there are still people in need of saving definitely makes the cut.
- No Raven. Again.
- And no Murphy, Jaha or the City of Light either.