Have you ever had the best intentions and had faith and hope that everything would turn out for the best if you just did the right thing and stuck by your morals. Yeah, so did Kane…and SPOILER ALERT, that doesn’t work out very well.
Welcome to New Polis
Apparently it was two-episode long trek back to Polis, as Kane has finally arrived, aiding the grounders and seeing Pike off to the new commander. Their warm welcome into the city? A line of men crucified; nailed to crosses, hung up and bleeding out into the city streets. Also clustered all over the streets of Polis – people who appear to be meditating, no doubt COL minions, currently transcended to the City of Light. ALIE has taken Polis. The new ‘commander’ Ontari and Jaha immediately greet them. Wasting no time, Jaha request that Pike take the key. He replies that he knew Jaha was crazy and that there is no way in hell he was going to take it. For a brief second, he puts up a fight and puts a knife to Ontari’s throat. His own men, who are now ALIEfied, arrive to subdue him. Off to the dungeon! Or maybe it’s more like a cellar? Either way, he’s going to jail!
As ALIE needed information from Kane, who also refused the key, he was given another option. Abby (also ALIEfied) volunteers to get it out of him (wink, wink). They take Kane to a room in the tower, and Abby comes in all beaten up and crying, claiming to be ‘scared’ and that she has been tortured for Clarke’s whereabouts. Kane says he thought Clarke was actually in Polis (which makes perfect sense). ALIE tells Abby to try harder, so what does she do? She jumps Kane’s bones! And though I’m sure he (and we) had been waiting for them to get together, Kane knows something isn’t right. I mean they did take like three years to even kiss once! This isn’t HIS Abby. He pushes her off knowing she had taken the key. Well, that was a bust, and he’s taken away too!
Pike for the People
I wouldn’t have believed it before this episode, but Pike was not born a crazy power-hungry dictator. It appears the Ark itself made him that way. In the present, he ends up in jail with all the other rebels refusing to take the pill. Among them, John Murphy, a former student who he literally beat up (I will get to that in a moment) and Indra, the woman whose people he slayed right before her very eyes. To say this was an awkward moment for Pike would be an understatement.
For decoration and to fly under the radar, Indra has apparently been pretending to be chained to a hook in the wall, a hook with a very sharp end. She decides to take out her own very personal justice. Giving the very tied up Pike 300 cuts for the 300 of her people he had killed. He replies, “get on with it.” And she GOES TO TOWN.
Undoubtedly, Pike is a strong man who doesn’t back down from danger and apparently never has. In a flashback we see that back on the Ark, Jaha, Kane and Abby approached him to teach an Earth Skills class to the prison children (the 100). Of course he asks why and on top of learning the kids are being sent to Earth, he learns the Ark is dying. Warned that this was all classified information that he would be floated for sharing, he does what he is brought there to do, teach. In the classroom we see some familiar faces, little dull shy Octavia, a-hole Murphy, and awkward Jasper to name a few. Of course, being dejected rebellious teenagers, they don’t pay attention.
Pike, realizing he’s not going to get through to these kids, asks Jaha if he could go to Earth with them to help them survive. Jaha refuses. His refusal is unfathomable. Why not give them their best chance at survival? And Pike, feeling the same way, has to try and get through to them. He decides to pick a fight with smart a** Murphy. Murphy doesn’t back down but he doesn’t fight either, and he ends up getting his a** kicked! In shock and disbelief, it takes a while before any of the other kids intervene, but eventually someone smacks Pike in the head with a chair. Just in time, Kane walks in and demands to know what’s going on. Pike says they just passed the class. Not much for non-violence, but he’s all for brotherhood.
In the present, Indra’s still laying into Pike’s flesh with her hook. Having enough, Murphy and another female Grounder yell at Indra to stop. Murphy notes that Pike is strong, and they will need him when it comes time to fight the enemy. Seeing the logic Indra stops, for now.
How to Beat a Hero
I hadn’t contemplated this until just now, however there is almost one sure-fire way to beat a hero. Jaha tested the theory once with Abby, so why not try it with Kane. Breaking my heart, Abby has Kane nailed to a cross. Yes. She has them hammer nails into Kane’s wrists and lifted up to hang. ALIE points out that Kane is strong. Jaha then takes out a gun and tells him to take the key. Kane tells Jaha he can shoot him, and Jaha says the if he shoots him he won’t get results. He points the gun at Abby (who’s in her meditating COL state) and threatens to shoot her if Kane doesn’t take the key. And thus we have arrived. Beating a hero is as simple as threatening the people that they love most, even when they have literally strung you up to die. Kane takes the key.
Searching Land and Sea
Still on the hunt for Luna so that she can take the Flame and be the new commander, Clarke, Jasper, Octavia and Bellamy ride in the rover following Lincoln’s map. It starts to feel like a lost cause when suddenly Octavia, struck with intuition (and stopped dead on their tracks in the rover by a fallen tree), hops out. Following the map, they get to exactly where they are supposed to be. Downside is, it’s not a village; just a bunch of impressively stacked rocks. Octavia bawls in disappointment and yells at Bellamy some. Bellamy goes into a corner and looks out at the ocean, sad about how much his sister hates him. Octavia decides to make a fire (learned from Pike’s Earth Skills class), which will hopefully signal Luna. Jasper throws a leaf on the fire which sparks the fire green. The same leaf that’s in Lincoln’s journal, right by Luna’s picture. This MUST be how to contact her. (I say this is sheer dumb luck)
Clarke and Bellamy then have a heart-to-heart concerning Octavia and the awful things they have done. Bellamy admits he hated Clarke for leaving him. They realize they have to get through this together, and they hug (touching really). Barely out of their embrace, they find themselves surrounded by men who literally came from the sea! Granted they were wearing scuba gear, this was still pretty jarring. Rejoining Jasper and Octavia the men asked why they signaled, they responded that they seek safe passage and they should be granted such as they were sent by Lincoln. The men accept this, but first they must all drink an unidentified liquid from small vials. Asking no question Octavia jugs it, Jasper (who’s like YOLO) does next, they both pass out. The men tell Clarke and Bell it’s the only way they are going anywhere, so they comply. #nightnight
They wake up in what appears to be a giant metal rectangle. The doors open and from the light emerges a wild haired, doughy-eyed Luna. Flattering, sweet and inspiring, Clarke lays it on thick and explains how they need Luna to take the Flame and be the new commander. In Clarke’s hand, she extends the Flame to Luna. Luna looks Clarke right in her eyes says ever empathically, “No” and closes the Flame back into Clarke’s hand. If that wasn’t enough to shoot their spirits down, the crew decided to step outside of the metal tanker as they hear the sound of rushing water. They are in the middle of the ocean on an oil rig. Luna being in hiding was NO JOKE.
So they have come all this way just to hear a no, and Luna appears to be their only hope. Maybe Luna has a secret cousin with knight’s blood? If not, it appears all hope is lost. Yep, never count on this show for a happy ending, but do count on The 100 to be action-packed and leave you longing for more. Come back next Thursday night (5/5) at 9 on Atlanta’s CW and get your 100 refill.