The secret is out at Arkadia, Polis, and probably beyond
Uncle Ben was right: With great power comes great responsibility. But unlike Spider-Man, Clarke doesn’t have superpowers. She does have power — she’s a strong leader, and she’s never shied away from that. But following “A Lie Guarded” (and basically every big decision she’s ever had to make), it would be understandable if she did just want to step away from it.
Luna, on the other hand, has a bit of a superpower in her blood. After healing from ARS thanks to her nightblood, Luna has the opportunity to save all of humanity. She has a great responsibility, but she’s not eager to exercise it. And that could mean the end of the world.
But it’s not all sturm und drang! Jasper might be a bit unhinged, but he does make life interesting. Episode 4 starts with him up to his old pranks: Jaha wakes up on a mattress in the middle of the lake next to Arkadia. “It looks like you got floated,” Jasper yells at him as everyone laughs. Jaha himself chuckles — and even Clarke cracks a smile.
Things turn dark quickly, though… literally. Clouds roll in, and, worried that it’s black rain, they all run inside to shelter. But not Jasper. He stands outside, opens his mouth, lets the rain run in, and begins to choke. Harper has to physically hold Monty back from running out to save him. But Jasper starts laughing that he tricked them all — it’s regular rain. I guess if this isn’t the time for gallows humor, when is?
After the rain subsides, Monty and Jasper rig up another prank in the chancellor’s office, which Clarke is using in Kane’s absence. While they’re setting up the prank, Jasper finds The List. Monty doesn’t understand why Jasper would care what happens since he’s eager for the world to end. “Clarke’s deciding who’s worth saving,” Jasper explains. And the last time she did that, he lost Maya. It’s understandable that it’s still a trigger point for him.
Clarke enters right then and gets fire extinguisher foam to the face. (Was this a juvenile prank? Yes. Did I laugh anyway? Also yes.) Jasper yells at her for trying to play god and then tries to use the intercom to announce her plans to all of Arkadia. Clarke shock-batons him before he gets the word out, though. Then she asks Miller’s dad to lock Jasper up, and man, this feels eerily similar to Jaha on the Ark.
Monty won’t even talk to her. She thinks he’s upset that he’s not on the list (there were too many other engineers for him to make the cut), but it’s about Harper not being on the list. He wants her to tell everyone the truth. “Maybe they’ll surprise you,” he says, but she thinks it’s too risky.
So Monty decides for her. He goes over to the rover intercom and starts reading out the names on The List. Monty, how dare you! And, Clarke, how dare you put people on the list we’ve never even heard of! Crowds quickly gather — obviously — and question her reasoning. She tries to explain why she picked some and not others. For instance, she had to pick young, strong females who could reproduce and help repopulate the Earth. Harper didn’t make the cut because her dad had an illness, one she could get, and that would make her a drain on medical resources.
Once people see that Clarke and Bellamy are on the list, they really start to get angry. But of all people, Jaha is able to settle them. He says that everyone should have a shot at survival, so they’ll hold a lottery. As long as they work toward fixing the ship, they can have a chance to survive in it. Happy with this solution, everyone disperses and gets back to work, which frankly would not be my reaction after finding out I might be dying in two months.
When the two of them are alone, Jaha tells Clarke he isn’t trying to undermine her — he just knows that their people need to have something to fight for. “The list was pragmatic,” he explains, “but the people need to feel like they have a say in their fate.” I don’t know about y’all, but I’m really starting to like this teacher-mentor relationship. This third (fourth?) iteration of Jaha is the best so far.
Once things settle, Clarke goes to the holding cell and releases Jasper. She tells him what happened, how everyone knows the truth. “What a shame,” he says. “You were giving Jaha a run for his money… Jaha-Lite.” But she has a new respect for Jaha, and, as Jasper points out, that in itself is worrisome. Although, Jasper doesn’t have time for grudges anymore: “Someday, when all of this is over, you’re going to realize that foam bit was funny.” (It really was.)
NEXT: There’s no pranking at Polis