And so another season begins.
It’s been nearly a year since the massive cliffhanger from last year, with Clarke and Bellamy waking to meet Monty and Harper’s son Jordan, and then the bomb drops.
Earth is no longer habitable, Monty steered the ship to find a new planet, and he and Harper lived out the rest of their days on the ship as it flew through space to their final destination.
Spoilers for Episode One, Season Six of ‘The 100’
I thought it was a great episode.
It had plenty of call backs to the first episode as they’re essentially in the same boat as they were on the Ark.
The episode beings with more of the crew hearing Monty’s final message.
And I’d like to point out how great and tragic Monty Green is.
Just a Few Notes:
He was sent down with the 100 delinquents in a suicide mission to see if the Earth was habitable.
He was forced to help Clarke essentially murder over 300 people in Mount Weather.
His father died when Farm station fell in Ice Nation territory.
He was left off Clarke’s list.
He was forced to kill his mother while she was being brainwashed (also believing there was no cure, only to find out that the people infected with the chip could be saved).
His best friend committed suicide instead of going to space.
Spent his last years on Earth trying and failing to come up with a way for people to live peacefully, and have enough resources, only to watch Earth be destroyed.
He spent years trying to figure out how to make Earth habitable.
Harper died early because of illness.
He was forced to put his son in a cryo-chamber and live out his days alone.
And he was never able to see the new planet.
They better have a Monty Day on New Earth.
The episode was pretty straight forward.
The group gets a missive from Monty and Harper-to do better, to be the good guys-which is tough considering the passengers.
The crew breaks up to explore Alpha, the new planet (well, moon).
They want to find the remnants of the Eligius III crew that landed there 200 years ago.
The episode is split between space and ground crew, just like the old season one episodes.
There was some serious tension on the space ship.
Raven is furious with Abby because of her pill addiction and betraying the group.
Though, Raven got over Murphy shooting her and nearly crippling her, so I’m guessing she forgives Abby at some point.
Meanwhile, Abby uses some of Monty’s infamous algae as an anesthesia alternative to put Kane through surgery.
It looks like he’s saved when Nyla wakes up everyone’s favorite cannibal queen, who immediately picks a fight with Kane and causes him to bleed out. I really thought Kane was going to die. Michael Ian Cuisick is in a couple shows and I figured he’d have a limited role. I even figured he’d die early in the season, similar to Jaha last year, but I didn’t see him dying half an hour into the first episode.
Although, it would be just like The 100 to do this. Kane oversees man’s journey back to the ground. He tries to get redemption for killing 300 people in the culling. He becomes an ambassador to the Grounders to try to keep a war from happening. He spent days trying to stop the war between the Eligis crew and the bunker survivors. He’s put in cryo-sleep to save his life and flies for 125 years through the vacuum space, see the new planet, possibly mankind’s new home, only to die a few minutes later. Very 100-esque.
Also, I’m surprised that Octavia was woken up so soon. I figured she would be instrumental in causing trouble later in the season, but know they played the Red Queen card early.
I thought the half on the ground was more interesting.
The second Shaw went with them as the pilot I knew he was a goner-his days were numbered. He kept coming at Clarke and all I could do was giggle. Clarke’s murdered more people than Shaw’s ever met.
But, there’s an interesting dynamic between Shaw and the rest of the group. Shaw is technically from our time and while Diyoza hinted that things weren’t great, it’s nothing compared to what the the 100 kids grew up in.
They were raised in the most austere conditions possible. Crimes meant death. They were always one malfunction away from dying. They were sent to the ground to die. They fought the Grounders, the Mountain Men, and lived through two apocalypses. Almost every person they’ve known has died in brutal fashion. These are not soft people.
To paraphrase Murphy, giving her friends to criminals to be tortured is just a “Tuesday” for Clarke.
The ground crew explore the new world, swim in an alien river, threaten to beat up Murphy. You know the usual stuff.
They camp along a beach and just when it looks like the new world doesn’t seem so bad, they’re attacked by swarms of insects that were previously docile. We learn later that during the eclipse it caused a rage filled fugue state in animals and humans.
They come across a radiation fence and Shaw is electrocuted. He gives them a code to get through and dies.
They come across a settlement by the original Eligius III mission, but it’s completely abandoned. They completely vanished. The group looks around, and Murphy puts on a rock show, while Emori tries tries to pick a lock to the main building.
Their search is interrupted when they hear their spaceship taking off.
Bellamy reads the books they found and they figure out that the eclipse causes people to go crazy.
And Emori goes nuts and stabs Murphy. Though at this point who hasn’t tried to kill Murphy?
I thought they’d wake more people, but I guess it makes sense if they have limited resources.
I loved Jackson’s realization that they’re aliens. It’s pretty cool when you think about it.
I wonder what Bellamy is going to think when he finds out Octavia is awake.
That shot of the planet in the sky over the water looked great.
In the trailer, the new world looked really cheap, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the new world. It looked great.
I would definitely watch “The Murphy Show” — it’s crazy that a guy who was murdering kids in their sleep has become perhaps my favorite character.
Is it just me, or does it look like Bellamy has become the new leader? I figure he lead the space group, and maybe they’re having trouble trusting Clarke, but he definitely seemed in charge.
I figure part of it is to give Echo more lines (she tends to get lost in the shuffle), but when she first said she trusts Monty it sounded weird. Though, I forgot that she spent six years in space with him.
Murphy started singing and it occurred to me, is he one of the few people who still knows anything about music? There haven’t been many other times where they’ve shown them listening to music.
I loved the callback to the first episode and Octavia’s cringeworthy first line on the ground.
Bellamy brought up Clarke calling him on the radio every day for six years. Commence operation #Bellarke
And that’s it till next week.Originally published at https://geeks.media on May 4, 2019.