Everything keeps going wrong, and A.L.I.E. just keeps on winning
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
This ancient proverb has helped solve plenty of famous conflicts: World War II, the Cold War, John Tucker Must Die, something in Game of Thrones probably. In “Red Sky at Morning,” two groups of people are trying to work together with their enemy’s enemy — and it has varied results.
In Polis prison, Murphy is somehow uniting Grounders and Grounder haters alike. Yes, you read that right: Murphy is uniting people. Murphy, the person whom I believe I called a “weasel” more than once in season 1, is now the great peacemaker. I love it — and yet I’m nervous what this means about Pike.
Dare I say it…I don’t actually hate Pike now? He’s speaking some sense for once. While Indra wants to run out of the prison and kill every chipped person in sight, Pike says they need to flee the capitol, regroup, and come back with a stronger contingency plan. Indra asks about killing Jaha, whom she perceives to be the leader, but Murphy says A.L.I.E. is the true leader.
Speaking of the AI, she enters with a chipped Grounder and a chipped Sky Person to convince everyone to take the key. But when A.L.I.E. sees Pike’s lashes, she realizes someone has been out of their chains and makes the Grounder circle the room to find who; when he gets to Indra, she pulls the spike from the rock and shoves it into his head…and then takes out the other guy, too.
Grabbing the keys from the guards, everyone is free to go; Indra sends the Grounders to safety, but she goes with Pike and Murphy to find A.L.I.E.’s backpack — which Murphy believes to be the only way to stop her. He knows it’s in the Flamekeeper’s sanctuary, but before they head out, Pike tells Murphy, “Your father would be proud.” Damn it! Am I seriously going to like Pike now!?
In the once-empty City of Light, people fill the streets. A Grounder who just escaped from the prison appears — that didn’t take long — and tells A.L.I.E. their plan to take out the backpack. She knows the one person who can stop Murphy is Emori.
(Sidenote: I loved, loved, loved that Emori still is partly herself in the City of Light. Jaha tells her she can fix her hand if she wants, but she says she doesn’t feel she has a deformity. Even in this “perfect” world, Emori is still comfortable with who she is. Maybe she could have a little bit of power over A.L.I.E. just like Raven did?)
So when the strange trio gets to the sanctuary, Emori and other chipped Grounders have already filled the room. Pike takes them out handily with his rifle, but Murphy stops him from shooting Emori. They see that the Grounders were trying to power Becca’s space pod, but all they care about is the backpack — which Murphy wants to smash to pieces. Emori yells that it’s a nuclear fuel cell and, unless he wants to irradiate the entire city, he probably should not do that. So Pike, Murphy, and Indra have to figure out how to disable a bomb while a mob is banging down the sanctuary door.
NEXT: How do you stop a problem like A.L.I.E.?