It's a race to space to survive.
The only bad part about The 100’s season 4 finale is that we’ll have to wait a year to figure out what we witnessed in the last five minutes.
The hour was packed full of action in the best way possible: At the end of the world, the last few 100 delinquents (and a couple extras thrown in) must work together and find a way to survive. If that doesn’t just delight you with season 1 feels, then I don’t know why you’re still watching this show.
Jason Rothenberg told us he was hoping to pull off a “desperate,” “breathless” finale, and he definitely succeeded. Let’s get into it…
The episode begins with Octavia and Bellamy saying their goodbyes over the radio. Not only is O worried about her brother’s plan to live in space, she’s also concerned about being a leader to the 1,200 people in the bunker. Bellamy tells her she’s already succeeded at bringing about unity when neither he nor Clarke could.
“I love you, big brother — I guess it takes the end of the world for me to say it,” she says before the radio cuts out. Clarke comes in and realizes she won’t get to say goodbye to her mom.
Back at the bunker, Octavia comes out to greet her people. Wearing the same forehead emblem as Lexa, thereby sealing herself as the leader, she tells them that if they stand together as one kru, they will survive. “From the ashes, we will rise.”
The bunker begins shaking and that’s the last we see of them.
Over in Becca’s lab, they watch the death wave from their lone drone feed. Polis burns to the ground in seconds and then the feed cuts out. Raven tells them they’re only 210 miles from Polis, and they have to be off the ground 20 minutes before the death wave hits. That means they have 90 minutes to do a s— ton of things to prepare for their five-year space journey. And the clock starts ticking…
While everyone gets to work, Clarke and Bellamy have a little H2H. She’s reflecting on and worrying about those visions her mom had of her dying; after all, Raven’s visions of the spaceship came true. Bellamy doesn’t want to listen, but she makes him: “We’ve been through a lot together, you and I. I didn’t like you at first; that’s no secret. But even then, every stupid thing you did, it was to protect your sister. She didn’t always see that, but I did. You’ve got such a big heart, Bellamy. People follow you. You inspire them.”
Clarke then tells him that he’ll have to use his brain more than his heart in order them to survive. “I’ve got you for that,” he tells her. But she’s clearly not so sure.
Meanwhile, Murphy and Monty — a pair that probably hasn’t talked since season 1, when Murphy was more murder-y — go to Becca’s bunker to get the oxygen scrubber. They find it quickly, but in order to get it off in one piece, Monty has to take off his gloves. He’s able to get the device, but his hands suffer extreme radiation burns. And to make matters worse, he’ll have to use his hands to help Murphy carry the scrubber back to the lab. They only have 49 minutes left and Monty can’t carry it for very long — he drops the device and passes out. Murphy grabs it by himself and leaves Monty behind.
Back at the lab, there’s a small explosion in the spaceship. Raven says they’re pushing to get this done too quickly, and because of that, they now have no communications system. And as unimportant as that sounds, Raven says that means they can’t go to space: The Ark ring isn’t powered on and the only way to turn it on is through the comms system on the spaceship.
Raven’s frustrated and ready to give up, but Bellamy tells her she doesn’t need Alie in her brain to solve this problem. She was saving them long before she had the bit of AI in her brain. And that’s all she needs to solve it: Alie transmitted herself to the ring through the satellite towers. (Anyone else concerned that Alie may still be in the ring? Or is she definitely dead everywhere?)
Clarke, Raven, and Bellamy take off for the tower to turn on the ring with minutes left to launch. And it’s lucky they do because they see Murphy walking alone. Raven takes the oxygen scrubber to the lab while Bellamy and Murphy go to find Monty — which leaves Clarke to go to the satellite alone. Raven tells her she’ll need 10 minutes to get from the satellite to the lab.
(Recap continued on page 2.)