The 100: Perverse Instantiation (1) – Review

The 100: Perverse Instantiation (1) (Season 3, Episode 15)

“Clarke’s always in trouble.” – Murphy

The first half of The 100′s season finale was just as action-packed and intense as deserving of such a great season for the show.

Roan found Clarke in the woods and was going to take The Flame back to Ontari but Clarke convinced him otherwise. They embarked on a plan to get into Polis and remove the chip from Ontari’s brain and then implant The Flame so that they could learn how to shut down Alie. After a stream of deaths they were unsuccessful and ended the episode stuck in the tower with no real way to leave. Over in the home base, we also learned that Jasper had been chipped and was doing his best to disrupt their plans from there.

I haven’t been keeping count but has The 100′s death rate surpassed Game of Thrones yet? I understand that it’s the finale but we’re running out of main characters and they still have to do the fourth season. Roan was killed; Ontari was killed; Indra and Marcus may be dead; and Monty was stabbed by Jasper. The show is definitely communicating that these last two episodes are high stakes – nobody is safe (except Clarke, Clarke’s pretty much always safe) so it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Amongst all of the death and destruction, we saw some nice moments: Bellamy and Clarke have barely been in the same place this season but now that they’re back together it’s like nothing has changed. Romances in The 100 are strong but fleeting (largely due to the high probability of death) but the friendships and alliances are really the back-bone of the show.

Monty and Jasper were a prime example of a strong friendship which is why I was so ready to believe that Jasper had turned a corner and so crushed when he stabbed Monty in the stomach. Just like last week, the show is using these characters to give me emotional whiplash and I don’t appreciate it (except I kind of love it…).

Clarke is a “strong” character: she’s not a great fighter but she is a leader and she makes difficult decisions whilst maintaining a calm front. For these reasons, seeing her cry and her emotional wall break was really sad. She was being tortured by her own mother and whilst her relationship with her mother hasn’t been the best throughout the series, you could still the hurt and betrayal in her eyes.

The show ended with no real way forward but that’s how it seemed last week. With only one episode left I can’t see how they’ll be able to beat Alie but I can’t wait to watch next week and find out.

What did you think of this week’s The 100? How are they going to get out of the tower? Let me know in the comments.

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