The 100: “Blood Must Have Blood, Part I”
March 5, 2015 5:44 AM - Season 2, Episode 15 - Subscribe

The alliance faces unexpected complications...

...and breaks apart!
posted by travelwithcats (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Whoa, what just happened? Really surprising that those two would turn on Clarke.
posted by travelwithcats at 5:47 AM on March 5, 2015



I can't remember the last time I felt so personally betrayed by a TV show, I sat in shock for an hour before I could shake myself out of it. (It doesn't help that I've started shipping Clarke/Lexa after last week). I thought Lexa would have a longer term view of this, sure she got her people back, but once the Mountain Men capture all of the people from the Ark and get the bone marrow treatments, there's no way they aren't going to go and wipe out the grounders. Fingers crossed she sees she made a mistake and comes back to help next week.
posted by hobgadling at 6:17 AM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


no :(
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 7:52 AM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

Agreed, given that Lexa needs the Sky People - some of the just released Grounders need medical attention, surely + to turn Reapers back into Grounders + to defend the ground against the new and improved Mountain Men - that was a very short sighted move.

I also hoped ex-president Wallace would keep quiet, but he only seems to have respect for what he perceives as more evolved societies. So maybe he'll help the Ark People next week?
posted by travelwithcats at 7:54 AM on March 5, 2015


I have to say, I did not expect this twist in the story. I suppose for a society that faces the ordeal of survival on a daily basis, short sighted decisions shouldn't be surprising. What IS surprising is that it ignores the Grounders well established grudge over people who kill other Grounders. What the Mountain Men have been doing for Grounders for years makes what Finn did to the village a polite cough in a silent room, but they don't want blood for blood? Along those lines I find the deal to be rather out of character, especially as the Grounders were so close to having both.

The former President's role in this I think came across as his son having hit him where it hurts, the cultural legacy of humanity that the mountain has preserved over the last century or so, particularly the art work. I thought it poignant that the President had covered Van Gogh's Starry Night, as troubled as he was with what his people had decided to go forward on. I think his deal was something of one made with the devil, it preserved those things he cared about, which he probably believes are more important than the lives around him; but it came at the price of preserving his son's power base.

This brings up another matter that's really bothered me in this episode, the lack of hesitation to kill those who have sided with the 44. There has been no previous events that we have seen that show the Mountain Men to be ruthless toward their own people, just those they saw beneath them like the Grounders. This new turn kind of rachets them up to the level of the Ark, death on minor things. I just don't think their story so far has earned this sudden and violent turn against their own people.

I was kind of happy to see that the explosions to take out the turbines weren't designed to destroy them permanently (well, except the last one), as it seemed a waste to take out a hydroelectric power station in a world where electricity could be a very short supply.

Octavia, geez, just when you get ahead you go and blow it all. I do think she lay some seeds of discontent in Indra's mind. This may result in problems for Lexa in the near future or down the road.

Clarke, lost her army, possible girlfriend, and potentially all hope, all in a few short minutes. Owch. I appreciated how her own outfit was slowly merging into something between Grounder and Ark security personnel.

I look forward to next week, as we will hopefully find out what Jaha and friends discover on the other side of the water, and obviously, the Mount Weather situation.
posted by Atreides at 1:59 PM on March 5, 2015

My word for this episode: DAAANNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!

Wowie wow tension! The whole episode was completely riveting from start to finish. I don't know how I'm going to make it through to next week.

I think that the mountain men on mountain men violence makes sense in this instance. The "new" president took over with a much more ruthless tone. He was willing to sacrifice people for the greater good whereas the former president wasn't and wanted to free the kids. I think they maybe didn't have a reason for violence after getting settled, or took care of it silently. I mean how often do you think treason happened in a facility where everyone seems to have enough to go around.

Holy hell that twist. I was soooo angry and hurt I wanted to cry! I literally said "Oh NO you did not!" at Lexa. I mean come on! That was crazy, but at the same time I understand it from their culture of having to survive.

Lastly, I audibly gasped and said "oh no" when Maya's dad was shown dead. I mean I had a feeling he would die, but it really caught me off guard just finding him like that which I think was a really good call story-wise. (Instead of having some sort of standoff and then having him get shot.) It takes a lot for a show to surprise me like that.

I hope we hear more about Jaha in part 2. I also just read it was renewed for a third season. Hooray!
posted by Crystalinne at 5:54 PM on March 5, 2015

I really liked Cage coming to his father for advice. It was a nice counterpoint to a season of grown-ups being useless. And I had a feeling that they were going to release prisoners in order to disrupt the alliance. But I figured it would go the other way -- releasing the 44. Which, in hindsight, Cage would never do.

I suspect Cage's offer amounted to this: (a) with the marrow treatments, we won't need to abduct Grounders anymore, and (b) if you invade we'll kill all the hostages. That's certainly a compelling reason to take a victory today and worry about revenge tomorrow. My hunch, my hope, is that Lexa sees this as a tactical retreat and not a peace treaty.

I just don't think their story so far has earned this sudden and violent turn against their own people.

Agreed. It's something I can see happening in principle, given how insular communities can quickly turn on their own. But, you know, banishment or shunning or jail -- not murder. For a show that's usually so good at character work, the guards have been interchangeable henchmen. A bit more characterization there would have helped explain the turn a bit more: we know Cage's motivations, but why are his subordinates crossing the line with him.
posted by Banknote of the year at 6:02 PM on March 5, 2015

I guess on the plus side, we didn't see any of the sky people's bodies lying around. So they are still alive, I hope.

That Clarke didn't call Lexa out in personal combat in a sexually charged fight to the death right in front of the door was a little disappointing. But that Clarke just stood there while everyone left while going "wait, what???" was awesome.

This show has gone from some teen drama Lord of the Flies bullshit to something really complex and good.
posted by Catblack at 8:07 PM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

I was also wondering about the Mt. Weather soldiers. At some point it was said there were roughly 350 people living in Mt. Weather. Given that some are children, elderly people, scientists, etc. how many can be realistically soldiers? It seems like there is an infinite supply of interchangeable brutes, which just doesn't follow.
posted by travelwithcats at 12:15 AM on March 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Lexa's decision was definitely a surprise, but I guess it sort of makes sense considering her motivations and her character. I think/hope that this is only a tactical decision and that she'll find a loophole, if you will, to keep the alliance going and to help rescue the sky people.

Perhaps a little off topic, but any similar shows I should be checking out once this season wraps up? This is one of the only shows I've ever watched as it's been released, so it's been hard/weird not being able to binge watch all of it.
posted by lucy.jakobs at 6:25 AM on March 6, 2015

Haha, I've had the same impulse in the last few weeks, wished binge watching the unaired eps was possible.

As to Lexa's reasoning, I really fail to see how this could be a long con. They made clear that getting into Mt. Weather is not a simple task, they had to disable all electricity and only a 60 second window to force the door open. It's questionable that the new deal between Lexa and Dante holds more power than the combined forces of the tree and sky people, and their original plan.
posted by travelwithcats at 8:30 AM on March 6, 2015

I got spoiled on the deal through incautious internet reading, so it didn't have as big an impact as it might have. Still, poor Clarke.

I don't know that I have a lot to say about this other than how much I'm looking forward to part 2.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 1:04 AM on March 7, 2015

I feel sorry for Maya. It really isn't to her advantage at all to team up with people who can't possibly take her outside with them. She is going to inevitably die horribly (ditto anyone else who helps them) in this whole thing.

This sort of thing is why I didn't get too psyched about Clarke and Lexa.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:45 AM on February 21, 2016

The problem for Maya is that she simply knows too much about Mount Weather's secret - living as vampires, essentially. Arguably, the only way she can live with herself and what her people have done is to help the people in conflict with them and hope for the best.
posted by Atreides at 9:19 AM on February 22, 2016

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