The CW’s The 100, Nevermore TV Show Review. The 100: Season 3, Episode 11: ‘Nevermore,’ seemed like the resolution to Raven’s (Lindsey Morgan) Faustian Gambit arc. This was a good thing – she’s much more interesting with her legitimate angst in place. The downside to the episode was that it revisited the well-worn angst of a whole lot of other characters – most of whom were much less interesting for it.
After appearing at the end of last ep, and being picked up by Raven rescuing Jasper (Devon Bostick), Clarke (Eliza Taylor) was brought up to speed… and then subject to every (mostly) passive aggressive snipe he could throw at her. With the loss of her mother to Alie (Erica Cerra), this meant that Clarke went back to being a mere mortal form of emo, while Jasper went back to being the plain old annoying kind.
More annoying was the fact that, for all his wounded warrior talk, Jass was still way over his head when things go sideways (like Raven going sideways right out of her arm socket, once that Cylon music started playing). Hell, he couldn’t even handle a Clarke apology.
Strangely enough, the gravity of their situation (with the Devil in the Red Dress trying to get into their details) allowed Bellamy (Bob Morley) to downplay both his reunion with Clarke, and his being on the outs with Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos). Heck, Octavia put her own going solo plans on hold it. Yet, somehow, no one could get over themselves long enough to keep Alie out of the loop.
Sadly, Monty (Christopher Larkin) had to show them all how it’s done (sorry, Monty). Besides wasting precious time, on a conversation with Octavia that could’ve waited until the ride back, he got over his that-is-no-longer-your-loved-one issue in record time, and did the-deed-that-needed-doing in similar fashion. Even his post-action recrimination was refreshingly matter of fact. The rest of the show (never mind his peers) could use that level of level-headedness, when melodrama is called for. If there’s any justice, Monty may prove – to characters & fans alike – that too much time was wasted on Jasper’s brand of emo (give ‘em hell, Monty).
Most of the heavy lifting was done by Raven, however, as her demonic possession turn served the plot well. Sure, it doesn’t take an A.I. to know how to push these emo-geniuses’ buttons; but Morgan did a good impression of Alie (why can’t all demons sound so good, speaking through their victims).
The Exorcist games might’ve also been someone’s idea of getting some the record straight – regarding the show’s plot/ character history, and maybe even address some fan issues. Issues like the fact that fans have been as forgiving/ forgetful of Bellamy’s Red Ledger, as critics of Clarke have harped on hers.
Why it took Clarke so long to relate back to her previous chip experience, I don’t know. Despite the fact that the chips were clearly administered differently, Clarke managed to provide one more reason why she gets to give orders (suck it, Jass-man). Her latest burn victim seemed to get it, leaving her some wiggle room; but the episode seemed to go out of its way to make Clarke answer for a lot of things that shouldn’t have mattered at the time.
Of course they needed to make the whole thing about the blood on Clarke’s hands, and the bridges she continues to burn. Getting her level with Bellamy is the quickest way to get both characters back to a standing only Bellarke shippers hold them in, at this point.
We already knew what was at stake for Alie – I was more interested in what remains at stake for everyone else. This will be made clear later, of course; but for now, the resolution to Raven’s exorcism came without an actual payoff (unless a nervous Alie counts).
If the showrunners plan on saving Alie’s master plan for the final stretch, then there better be more than just filler, between now & then. Alie still controls Arkadia, and Polis is still in the midst of a hostile take-over; so there’s still a lot of ground to cover. I just hope they get to it, already.
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