When it was announced that season 2 of The 100 would have 16 episodes, as opposed to season 1’s 13, fans rejoiced: It meant The CW had faith in the show and wanted to see more. But this also meant that the sped-up storytelling that we’d come to expect in season 1 would be slightly slowed down in season 2. When I talked with Jason Rothenberg back in August for EW‘s Fall Preview issue, he talked about the opportunity to let storylines “marinate” longer with this extended season order.
“I feel like this year, the pace won’t slow by any means, but we can tell things over five or six episodes instead of two or three,” he said. And this is where we start to see that slowing—but not really slowing.
“Reapercussions” was just as frenetic and all over the place as the first two episodes of season 2, but it didn’t do quite as much to advance the storyline. Last week I talked about women running this world, and that’s still true, but boy are they getting beat up in the process. This was essentially an hour-long look at who is running from whom. We also learned in this episode that Clarke and Anya might or might not be new besties, and Finn and Kane could each be bipolar.
Let’s take a deeper look at episode 3…
The episode picked up right where we left Clarke last week: in the Undergrounder’s human containment center. It’s a terrifying place, but apparently Clarke has developed superhuman strength because she’s able to rip an electrical conduit off the wall and use it as a fulcrum to snap the padlock off Anya’s cage. (Sure.) She has to hide in a cage until Dr. Tsing (who now has a name according to IMDb) leaves the room. Then she and Anya make a break for it, through a door that says “End Containment Area” (along with a DHS seal). The door seals behind them and they fall through a chute in the floor… onto a pile of bodies. Some look dead, but others seem to be just barely alive based on the moans. As soon as Clarke and Anya get out of the Body Dumpster, they see they’re in the mines—right in the heart of Reaper territory.
And just like that, Reapers are headed their way, so Anya and Clarke get into an empty minecart. The Reapers come along and toss a few of the bodies on top of them and push the cart away. The episode jumps around to other storylines, but it can basically be summed up thusly: Clarke says the mines are like a maze, so they run every which way trying to escape; Anya tells Clarke “there is no we”; they get separated; Clarke almost gets captured by the Reapers, but the Undergrounders save her; Anya then saves her from the Undergrounders; they jump off a giant spillway; Anya saves Clarke from the water and then knocks her across the head with a rock. So they’re not besties quite yet, but I sense it’s coming.
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Maya and Jasper are hardcore flirting over dark William Blake paintings and breakfast dates. Monty is worried about Clarke being missing, but Maya investigates and finds out that she had a breakdown, pulled out her stitches (half-truths do make the best lies), and is in the psych ward being monitored. Monty is still worried, but Jasper thinks he can trust Maya. My money’s on Maya being good but unaware of what her people actually do.
In the questionably more civilized Camp Jaha, Major Byrne is telling Kane how the prisoners escaped. And he knows exactly who helped them. “Are we really back to this?” Kane asks Abby. And herein lies the problem with Kane: He only understands the letter of the law. He sees Abby’s past actions on the Ark and her actions now as her doing what she wanted “without a second thought about the consequences.” But she was doing what needed to be done to save the people of the Ark no matter the cost—and it’s what she continues to do now.
Kane tells Major Byrne to have Abby supervised and confined, but Major Byrne reminds him of that damn Exodus Charter: The punishment for her crimes is shock lashing. (ASIDE: Season 1 established that any crime committed by a person on the Ark over the age of 18 was punishable by death. Was the Exodus Charter meant to be enacted if and when the people for the Ark returned to Earth and on the Ark they were governed by something else? If that’s the case, it’s likely it was created 97 years ago and needs to be reassessed—stat.) Kane isn’t convinced, but when a Grounder prisoner joins the scene and someone in camp is accidentally shot in the resulting mob, he enforces and stares straight into Abby’s eyes as she gets the lashings. With friends like these…
But then Kane changes his mind so fast it could give you whiplash: He goes from authorizing 10 shock lashes on his friend to making her Chancellor. We’ve seen Kane redeem himself before, but this bipolar behavior in the same episode was too all over the place. Regardless, Kane will be embarking on a “diplomatic mission” to bring peace with the Grounders. And I can’t see this ending well.
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