Clarke and the delinquents return to Arkadia in search of supplies and Lincoln’s map, but a nemesis from the past returns seeking vengeance. Meanwhile in Polis, Ontari tries to settle into leadership and Murphy reunites with Emori. Dawson and Kris talk about the changes in plotline and storytelling style.
- Dawson: I liked it well enough. This is two episodes in a row that fit into a structural trope. Is the show trying to meld procedural/serialized storytelling? Felt like an odd choice. I liked the early season 3 better, but the last couple episodes have been fun in their own way.
- Kris: Did anybody else get Halloween episode vibes? I thought it was pretty good. I agree that I’m less invested in what’s going on now than I was at the beginning of the season, but things have picked up from where we were a few episodes ago. I was kind of amused with myself for now being more interested in what goes on in Arkadia than in Polis, then I realized that what I’m actually interested in is what’s going on with Clarke, wherever she is.
Emerson vs. Clarke
- We talked about how Clarke’s choice of banishment was simultaneously merciful and an act of vengeance, so we’re not surprised to see him come for Clarke. But what’s the message here?
- Where did Emerson get all that gear? Did he take it with him when he left Mount Weather?
- Seems like there are flavors of the mountain and grounders in his gear, kind of a cool visual of the manifestation of various demons for everyone, especially Bellamy and Clarke.
- Nice touch having Clarke see Aaron’s name on the carousel, then using that against Emerson when he’s trying to kill her friends.
- Lexa to the rescue even after death! Just a very cool death scene there for Emerson.
Harper, Miller, and Bryan
- Kris is glad the show didn’t forget about them…
- But their scene was mostly to set up their (and subsequent) abductions.
- Loved the Demons story, Fidalgo and his hook. Some fun thematic stuff happening there
- Is it weird that I found something heartwarming about Harper and Bryan referring to Miller as “his boyfriend”. Weirdly, we don’t hear that too often spoken aloud on tv shows.
Sinclair & Raven
- WHY????? We’re sad about Sinclair.
- Raven and her big damn brain though. How rad is that? Reading Beca’s journal, etc. Her ending scene where she stays behind was vintage Raven and that was really good to see.
- Raven obviously has some knowledge from ALIE lingering in her brain (reading the code from Beca’s journal) should we be worried about that?
- Not remotely surprising that Raven leaned into the Flames tentacle-wires.
- At least his murder isn’t the last image we get of Lincoln.
- Octavia going through Lincoln’s belongings in the room they used to share — heartbreaking
- Jasper’s “it’s OK to fall apart a little” is way closer to the storyline we would’ve hoped for for him, being some of a counselor of grief.
- Kris is glad we get the closure of the Grounder death ritual of a funeral pyre for both Lincoln and Sinclair.
- It was interesting to see the delinquents and how close they’ve become to the grounders (grounder rituals, Clarke providing the mythology of the Flamekeepers to Raven as they figure out the chip, etc.)
- I KNEW Emori seemed weird when she came back to John after going after her brother!
- The whiplash move from various enemies to just ALIE has been a bit roughly handled, there was probably a more elegant way to do that.
- Ontari’s commander clothes seem a bit ill-fitting, which is appropriate.
- Emori’s reaction to the stuff in the temple gives us more hints at why Titus and the other Flamekeepers kept things so hush hush and secretive
- Not remotely surprised that “phase 2” is Polis
- Do we think Bob was actually carrying Ricky, or was that a dummy or something in the body bag?
- “That depends on your definition of alive” there’s a lot death this season, and Monty and Raven having that conversation about his mom maybe still being alive feels pretty important
- Clarke’s awesome new gear is pretty rad when they come waltzing into town
- “Mr Sacho, the ethnically ambiguous tech-xposition torch is yours. Long may it burn in your elegant hands.”
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