The return of multiple characters — Lexa! Nyko! — lead to unpredictable reunions

By Dalene Rovenstine
January 29, 2016 at 03:10 AM EST
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“Clarke is being hunted … by everyone.”

Indra spoke those words in “Wanheda: Part One” and they continued to be true tonight with “Part Two” — even though she’s technically captured. But the hunters now include her own people: Indra, Kane, Bellamy, Monty, and two Arkers we just met.

That’s right — there are new Arkers! In case you forgot with all that war going on last season, there were parts of the Ark that had yet to be found. One of those pieces was Farm Station, for which the beacon had been spotted last week. The group that felled a tree to stop Bellamy’s Jeep attacked said Jeep tonight. But when one of the attackers says, “Monty?,” (it’s Monty’s mom!) it doesn’t take long for the reunion to begin in earnest.

The Farm Station landed in the snow in Ice Nation territory. Kids were playing in the snow when the group was first attacked; in trying to save those kids, Monty’s father was killed. There are 63 people in Farm Station now, even though three times that number landed. Living in Azgeda has clearly taken its toll on the Other Arkers (Othkers? Farmers? We need to come up with a good name for them.). Under the direction of Charles Pike, a teacher on the Ark, they’ve become an army of “Grounder killers, one and all.” So needless to say, their introduction to Indra isn’t a warm one.

But no matter, finding Clarke is more important than a turf war at the moment. Pike sends his clan to Arkadia while he and Monty’s mom go with Monty, Bellamy, Kane, and Indra to track Clarke.

They stumble upon the trading post where Clarke had been taken the night before. And poor Niylah … she went from having a wonderful night with Clarke to having a terrible morning with an abusive bounty hunter. Bellamy comes to the rescue and shoots the bounty hunter. She tells them that Clarke was there the night before and that she was probably taken by the bounty hunter’s partner.

Luckily, Pike was the Earth Skills teacher on the Ark — and apparently that coursework included tracking? — so he has no problem picking up their trail. Granted that trail shouldn’t be that hard to find because Roan is basically having to drag Clarke. At one point she passes out, or so Roan thinks when he leaves her and goes to fill his water pouch. Wanheda is a smart one, though, and she attacks her captor. It’s a pretty great scene, so I’ve included it here in full:

The blond Clarke and the Ice Nation bounty hunter have an interesting relationship that seems to go beyond captor and captee at times. The next we see them, they’re walking through a field that has Ice Nation scouts in it. He tells her to stay quiet, but of course this is Clarke, so she screams. He has to fend off the guards while she runs away, but Roan’s able to kill them all and get her back. That’s talent.

NEXT: Just who is this “Roan” guy anyway?

Around this time is when Bellamy’s group gets to the same field. He sees Clarke in the distance, but an Ice Nation army is passing through. They all must hide in order to stay out of the warpath: Indra goes to warn her commander, Bellamy’s group finds a cave, and Roan takes Clarke into a subway station.

In the subway station (which looks an awful lot like where Kane was held captive last season), Roan tends to his wounds while getting to know Clarke a bit better. She acknowledges that he’s hiding from his own people, so they must be the same — in disguise, on the run, and in the wilderness. But Roan’s not the same as Clarke; he was banished, which is why he needs Clarke … to get a way back home.

Bellamy doesn’t last long in the cave. While the rest are talking about how the two Ark groups survived, he grabs gear from a dead Ice Nation Grounder and walks straight through the war party. Oh, what kids will do for love. He’s gets to the subway station with just enough time to take the gag out of Clarke’s mouth, but Roan’s waiting for him. He attacks Bellamy as Clarke screams out that she’ll do anything to save him. Roan stabs him in the leg and warns, “Don’t follow us.”

By the time Kane, Monty, Pike, and Monty’s mom get there, Bellamy is trying to limp after Roan and Clarke. He says, “We can’t lose her” through the pain. It’s heartbreaking. Monty tells him they’re not prepared to go after Clarke with just the five of them — especially when one of the five can barely walk — so they head back to Arkadia.

But it turns out they don’t need to worry about Clarke: Roan was taking her to … wait for it … LEXA. Lexa asked that in exchange for a safely returned Clarke, she would lift “Prince Roan of Azgeda’s” banishment. But now that his mother, the Queen of Ice Nation is marching on the capitol and dishonoring the coalition, Lexa locks him up instead. She sends the guards away so she can apologize to Clarke, but the Commander of Death just spits in her face and screams, “I’ll kill you.” Probably not the reunion Lexa was hoping for…

While her daughter is struggling with … everything, Abby is still struggling with her dual doctor-chancellor role. When Lincoln and Octavia find a hurt Nyko outside the gates, they bring him into Arkadia for Abby’s help. She and Jackson get to work, but it turns out he’s RH null, a very rare blood type (or so Google tells me). Jackson says there’s blood at Mount Weather to save him.

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Abby has a difficult decision. As chancellor, taking a Grounder into Mount Weather could break their truce with the Grounders. But as a doctor, it’s the only way to save him. She asks Lincoln what to do and he says “save him.” So Abby, Jackson, Lincoln, Octavia, and Jasper transport him to Mount Weather, where they’re able to save him. When he awakes, Nyko tells Lincoln that they need to change their people’s minds on Mount Weather — if it can save people, the stigma of the place shouldn’t stop that.

NEXT: And if that weren’t enough storyline for you, we still have the City of Light

We finally get to see the City of Light! Kind of. Jaha is “there” with A.L.I.E. It’s very a empty (virtual) place, but Jaha says he will help her fill it and together they will “save the human race.”

Murphy just thinks Jaha is on a “Zen nap,” so he forces him awake when they get to the other side of the lake. As they prepare to go around the Dead Zone, Emori’s partner, Otan, asks Jaha to teach him about the City of Light. They walk off to talk while Emori explains her business to Murphy. Basically, A.L.I.E. appears to her and Otan whenever she needs tech collected. They beg/borrow/steal what she needs and take it to to Gideon on the island. But Emori has other buyers and while Gideon is on a Zen nap of his own, she decides to steal the backpack tech he’s carrying.

As Emori is grabbing the backpack, Gideon grabs her by the throat. Murphy pleads with him to let her down, but Gideon just tightens his grip. Murphy starts whacking him over the head, but when that doesn’t work, Emori slices his throat open and kills him. Emori and Murphy decide to GTFO of there and head back to the boat. But Emori doesn’t want to leave without Otan, so they wait.

While they’re waiting they decide to open the backpack and see what’s inside. It’s a tech with an infinity sign on it … the same symbol that’s on the City of Light pill Jaha gave Murphy. He says this must be Jaha’s way of bringing A.L.I.E. along for the ride.

Otan shows up, and Emori’s ready to leave with him, but he’s not ready to leave the City of Light behind. Otan grabs her by the throat; Jaha appears and tells Murphy to give him the backpack. But Murphy’s no dummy (anymore). He says if they don’t let Emori go, then he’ll throw the backpack in the water. Well, actually he says, “You let her go, or I’m going to drown the bitch in the red dress.” Murphy really has a way with words.

So Otan releases Emori, who goes and starts the boat, while Murphy throws the bag in the water anyway. When Jaha and Otan go to save it/her, Emori and Murphy get away. Jaha goes to the City of Light to ask A.L.I.E.’s advice, and she says to let them go because they’ll soon understand. See, she left out a part even from Jaha. In the City of Light, there is no death. And a very undead Gideon walks up beside Jaha. Huh.

Other things we know:

  • Bellamy is still narrating! I dig it.
  • Abby tries to tell Jasper he should deal with his feelings by evoking the memory of Finn. “Your friend Finn — he never did that and it nearly broke him.” “Your daughter killed him, too.” You can say one thing: Jasper hasn’t lost his wit; it’s just turned very, very dark.
  • He does find a small way to deal with it at Mount Weather: He destroys priceless artwork until he can find Maya’s favorite painting, “The Lovers Whirlwind.” He cries when he finally finds it, and his good friend Octavia comforts him.
  • Pike growls “speak English” to Indra when she’s questioning Niylah in Trigedasleng. Turns out some things don’t change in the future! I foresee lots of hating Pike in our future.
  • There’s a Grounder capitol called Polis. It has a tall, deteriorating building, which the commander presides in. There’s a fire beacon on the top, which I really hope is a Lord of the Rings (movie) situation.

What did you guys think of the second half of the premiere? Are you already hating Pike? (You better be: He’s worse than season 1 Kane.) Do you think Abby should step down as chancellor? Were you satisfied with the Bellamy/Clarke and Clarke/Lexa reunions? Talk about it below or tell me on Twitter @realdalener.

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