Final Thoughts from The 100 Episode "Wanheda, Part 1"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season three premiere that first aired January 21, 2016.

Synopsis: Months after the massacre at Mount Weather, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) remains in her voluntary exile and is being hunted by Grounders seeking a trophy kill. Meanwhile, the remaining Ark refugees search for more survivors from the crashed vessel while trying not to cross any line that might break the fragile peace.

The Grounders Are No Longer the Problem

The main theme of this episode was the fact Clarke is being hunted because the Grounders believe they will gain her strength if she is killed. And, of course, that does put them at odds with the Ark survivors who wouldn't want to see her dead. But, I don't think they are the problem this season.

Instead, there seems to be quite a bit of tension among the Ark survivors themselves.Abigail (Paige Turco) is in over her head as chancellor. Jasper (Devon Bostick) is suffering and a potential liability and, by the way they are cleaning out Mount Weather like a bunch of vultures, they are in danger of losing their souls.

I fully expect to see some division in their ranks, especially if Clarke returns and puts them in danger from the Grounders.

Speaking of Clarke...

I'm OK with her being attracted to other women. In fact, I can honestly say I have no problem with it at all. But, am I the only one that feels like her trysts, such as the one with Niylah (Jessica Harmon) are less about romance and even physical needs and more about trying to draw in ratings? Sure, it was admittedly hot. But, it also didn't do a whole lot to further the plot.

Did I Miss Something?

When did the Ark survivors get an armored car? I'm guessing it came from Mount Weather like everything else. But, I honestly don't remember anybody at Mount Weather driving a vehicle.

Assuming, for a moment, I'm just forgetful, I am seriously impressed a bunch of teenagers who spent their lives living in a space station figured out how to drive that car so well and so quickly. I'm also impressed they happened to find 100-year-old gasoline to fuel it with.

On the Subject of Teenagers...

Are they now the entire security force for the Ark? Other than Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), I didn't see any older adults venturing outside the walls and risking their lives.

In fact, it's a little disturbing Bellamy (Bob Morley) would choose to take a half-drunk and mentally disturbed Jasper with him on a run instead of one of the more-experienced security force personnel.

Talk About Being a Hypocrite

I had to laugh when Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) lectured Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) about betraying his people by trying to fit in with the Ark survivors and be something he isn't. Isn't that what she did when she decided she wanted to be a Grounder?

Final Opinion

This is a two-part episode and I'm still somewhat undecided until I see the second half. However, I do think this season premiere did a good job of setting up a potentially good story and, depending on how that story is executed in future episodes, it could be worth watching.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 01/22/2016, StevenHelmer
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