Final Thoughts from The 100 Episode "Rubicon"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the television episode that first aired February 11, 2015.

Synopsis: With the leaders of the various clans gathering together, Mount Weather has one more surprise, a missile. However, even though Clarke (Eliza Taylor) knows about the impending attack, she can't use this information to save people without the Mountain Men learning they have Bellamy (Bob Morley) spying for them.
Inside Mount Weather, Jasper (Devon Bostick) and the rest of the Ark hostages go on the offensive in an effort to keep themselves alive for a while longer.

My Thoughts

1. I sense a power struggle forming between Clarke and Abby (Paige Turco). Clarke is quickly starting to embrace the Grounder way of life and her decision to sacrifice lives in an effort to protect her spy is one I think will end up working against her if her own people ultimately find out. And, Abby, who, up until this point, has never seemed to truly have her daughter's interests in mind could just try to take advantage of that.

2. After the missile exploded, I had the same thought I'm sure most other people had. What happened to Kane (Henry Ian Cusick). We didn't see him following the explosion, though we do know Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) survived. I suspect he's OK since he was discussing going into the woods to search for Clark and Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey) and I'm pretty certain that's where he was when the missile hit.

3. It's pretty cool that Jasper is finally starting to step up his game a bit and acting like a leader inside Mount Weather. But, his decision making skills still seem to lack something. He had a gun in his hand courtesy of Bellamy and completely wasted his shot. Instead of firing the weapon at a guard wearing full body armor, he should have shot the doctor (Rekha Sharma). Without her, there would have been nobody to extract the bone marrow and, since she was the one giving orders, might have caused at least some short-term confusion. He's fortunate Bellamy finished the job by exposing that area to radiation.

4. I can't help but be a little curious about what will happen with President Wallace (Raymond J. Barry) now that he has been injected with marrow and will be immune to the radiation outside as a result. Part of me thinks he will continue to help the alliance, mostly out of spite for the son (Johnny Whitworth) that removed him from office. However, that's also the type of thing that might result in him seeing his son's point of view and turning on Jasper and his friends.

5. It was great to see Raven (Lindsey Morgan) take two seconds to give Clarke a hug to show her she was still on her side. Of all the people on this show, she is the one character that has every reason to dislike Clarke but, even after being pushed to do quite a bit more than I think she can handle by herself (they seriously don't have anyone else with enough technical background to at least assist her?), I think she is the one person that seems to understand just how much stress Clarke is under.

6. It's easy to dislike John Murphy (Richard Harmon) after all the trouble he has caused. But, one thing I do like about that character is the fact he seems to just roll with the punches. He has been walking in the desert with Jaha (Isaiah Washington) for what seems like an eternity, has been attacked and, despite having no food or water, wants to push on simply because he has nothing better to do. I have to admit, I don't think I'd be that confident, especially if I were traveling with a group of people that don't really like me all that much.

Final Opinion

I think this episode is an important one because Clarke and Lexa's decision not to save their people is one that has the potential to come back to hurt them at a later point. It'll be interesting to see if they can hold things together long enough to free their people from Mount Weather.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 10/08/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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