The race to get A.L.I.E. out of Raven is on
The gang is back together. The gang is back together. The gang is back together.
Like all episodes of The 100, “Nevermore” was heavy. Raven’s life was hanging in the balance. Monty had to make an impossible decision. And series-long mistakes were unearthed and had to be relived.
It was dark, yes. But I also couldn’t help but be giddy at the end of the episode. The gang is back together. These tough teens are stronger when they work with one another, and now that they’re common goal is A.L.I.E., there’s no way they won’t be able to take her down. (I hope.)
A.L.I.E. will do whatever it takes to get her second piece of software, and that’s apparent from the first minutes of episode 11. Clarke, Jasper, and Raven are on their fleeing road trip out of Arkadia. Clarke is very confused about what’s going on — she can’t understand why her mom was letting the Arkers shoot at her — but Jasper 1. wants nothing to do with her (“I saved your life, that’s more than you deserve”) and 2. is busy looking for the hideout cave. They have to get Raven inside before she wakes up or else A.L.I.E. will know exactly where to find them.
Jasper had radioed ahead to inform the cave group of the situation, which they think sounds kind of nuts … because it is kind of nuts. Octavia doesn’t care what’s going on at Arkadia, though; she wants to GTFO as fast as possible. Turns out being around your brother who was partially responsible for killing the love of your life isn’t super great. Bellamy tries to apologize, but O won’t hear it: “Turning Pike in does not make you one of the good guys Bellamy.”
Bellamy tries to rationalize why he massacred the Grounders by saying they were starving Arkadia out and could have attacked at any time. Although we all know this is a bogus excuse, it’s good to see Bellamy stand by it. He shifted to the bad side so quickly that we need to see his character motivation this time. We need to know that, as a character, Bellamy has learned from his mistakes and more organically gone back to the side we trust.
But, yeah, Octavia doesn’t buy his reasoning either. She tells him that the only reason he agreed to go with Pike on his Grounder-killing mission is because he was hurt and lashing out is what he does. Then she places the blame of not just Lincoln’s death, but also Monroe’s on him, as if he weren’t feeling bad enough.
They don’t have much time to hash out their sibling issues, though, because Jasper has showed up and is yelling that they have to get Raven inside before she wakes up. Octavia realizes she’s needed, so she stays … for now.
Once inside the cave, Jasper has a whole lot of explaining to do. He tells the group (Sinclair, Clarke, Monty, Bellamy, and Octavia; Miller, Bryan, and Harper are outside the cave and then kind of disappear for the rest of the episode) about A.L.I.E. and how everyone at Arkadia is now chipped, including Monty’s mom, how Raven isn’t Raven anymore, and how Raven was trying to get A.L.I.E. out of her by using the wristbands. You can see why they thought Jasper’s story via the walkie-talkie sounded kind of nuts.
Raven wakes up right about then and sees Clarke asking if the City of Light pills look like her handy-dandy Commander chip. A.L.I.E. realizes it’s her second version, and the A.L.I.E.-possessed Raven — let’s call her R-AI-ven — goes berserk. Apparently being possessed by an AI gives you the same results as Max Rager.
Raven runs outside to see where they are so that A.L.I.E. can come get the Commander chip. Luckily, she doesn’t see anything recognizable before Jasper drugs her with his last dose of knock-out juice. It just so happens that Clarke knows where to find a wristband to “kill” R-AI-ven, and the gang sets off on an adventure together.
NEXT: To Niylah’s house we go…