The 100: Join or Die – Review

The 100: Join or Die (Season 3, Episode 13)

“The key to surviving on the ground and on the Arc is to keep fighting at all costs, against all odds.” – Pike

The City of Light is growing and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon.

This week Marcus and Pike arrived in Polis and refused to submit to the City of Light so were taken prisoner. Needing Marcus to assist in locating Clarke, Jaha threatened Abby’s life and to save her, Marcus took the chip. Flashbacks of the day before the 100 were sent to the ground were featured heavily in this episode and we learned that Pike helped to prepare them. Clarke, Jasper, Octavia and Monty continued searching for Luna.

The episode opened with the streets of Polis covered in blood and the message was clear: you either join the City of Light or you die. I say it every week, but the show continues to get more and more intense: as the population of the City of Light grows I struggle to see how they’ll be able to stop it.

As the characters can’t immediately tell when somebody is under Alie’s influence, the show is really playing with the alliances that they’ve spent three seasons building up. Watching Abby manipulate Marcus was a fantastic scene this week – you can see his relief at seeing her and he obviously wants to trust her. I imagine that they’ll try a similar tactic if Clarke ever arrives in Polis and I’m not sure she’ll be able to hurt her mother.

For a while now, Marcus has been this pure light and symbol of peace – some may even call him a Christ-figure. If you weren’t calling him that then the heavy symbolism of hanging him up on that crucifix might having you saying that. I mean, a crucifix? Come on.

Unlike certain shows (I’m looking at you Arrow), the flashbacks felt like an important and relevant part of the episode. Initially, the most striking part about them was the innocence of the kids on the Arc: at that point we were able to call them kids but life on the ground has robbed them of that. We also saw Pike pre-ground and the show didn’t try to give him a sympathetic back story which I appreciate. As far as we can tell he has always been the same – his overall intentions are good but his method is cruel and wrong.

Nonetheless, seeing Pike getting cut by Indra was far from satisfying. I’ve spent the season wanting him to get his comeuppance but that kind of up-close cruelty was difficult to watch. Murphy saved his life, again proving how much he has grown from the first season.

It is a testament to how good a character Jasper is that, even amongst all of the sad and awful things that happen in the show, he doesn’t fail to make me smile.

By the end of the episode Clarke and co. had found Luna but Luna refused to help them. Now they’re in the middle of the ocean.

Will they convince Luna to help? How are they going to get back to land? Let me know in the comments.

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