There is nothing quite like a song to make you feel nostalgic. And a good flashback doesn’t hurt either. Tonight’s tune of choice was “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. Well, I should say a cover of it. I was one of the few people who didn’t hate that particular part of the pilot. (Does this mean I have bad taste in music? Probably.) But I feel confident in saying I’m one of…everyone who loved tonight’s slowed-down cover playing over the Ark and Dropship flashbacks. To quote my colleague Katie Minard, “Radioactive” has become The 100‘s “Chasing Cars.”
Were the flashbacks necessary? No, probably not. But I loved them anyway. Paired with the emotional Kane scenes and the expedition of Clarke and Co., it was another solid episode in the back half of season 3. So let’s quit talking about it and actually TALK ABOUT IT…
Not sure how this happened, but Jaha, Abby, and the chipped Ark population beat Kane and Pike to Polis. By the time the latter group gets there, the streets are filled with Grounders meditating in the City of Light. Ontari immediately chips the Grounders who enter the gates. Pike tries to threaten them by holding a knife to the commander’s throat, but that doesn’t seem to faze anyone. Instead they put a bag over his head and lead him to a holding cell, where Murphy, Indra, and other Grounders are also being held.
Jaha tries to get Kane to take the key, but he resists. A.L.I.E. says he’s part of the 3 percent of people who aren’t taking the key. (I like to think of the 3 Percent as a political movement with Raven Reyes as their figurehead.) So they put a bag over his head and take him away — but Abby appears out of nowhere and says she wants to deal with him separately.
They take Kane to a room where Abby tries to pretend as if she’s not chipped. She says they interrogated her and want to know where Clark is going. He believes her until she starts kissing him and pushes him onto the bed. He realizes then it’s not her and refuses to help, so they decide to crucify him. Yes, CRUCIFY HIM.
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They drag Kane out to a metal cross where they chain him up and then nail his hands to the structure. A.L.I.E. 1.0 DOES NOT F— AROUND! It’s painful to watch — and even more painful for Kane to endure, but he doesn’t break. He refuses to join them, even when Jaha says he can stop the pain. Kane would rather be shot. And he even asks Jaha to shoot him when his former friend grabs a gun. But instead Jaha trains the gun at Abby’s head. So, naturally, Kane agrees to take the key.
For a nice guy, Kane is getting it pretty easy. Because on the other hand, there’s Pike — who massacred 300+ people — and he’s simply chained up in a cell. But don’t you worry, Indra will make sure he receives his punishment. She’s found a way to pull her cuffs from a piece of stone. She’s sharpened the stone it’s attached to, and she uses it to give Pike 300 lashes, one for every one of her people he killed.
NEXT: Flashback time!