The CW’s The 100 Resurrection TV Show Review. The 100: Season 2, Episode 13: ‘Resurrection,’ should have been a major step, in the roll out to all-out war, but wound up being another incremental step, in the jockeying of would-be combatants, towards that end.
The parallel scheming of Clarke (Eliza Taylor), and Cage (Johnny Whitworth) had locked them both into sacrificing many innocents, for the greater good; so ‘Resurrection’ took the time to focus on the fallout to that last step. In the case of the Horizon Coalition, this meant Clarke – with Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey) nipping after her, like a young Lady MacBeth – looking for a win, with which to face the survivors of her decision. Back at Mt. Weather, however, Cage’s accelerated plans, for the Donor Party (I’ve lost count of the 47’s losses), resulted in open revolt.
If Jasper (Devon Bostwick) was finally free of the illusion of sanctuary, at Mt. Weather, before Dante was deposed, then Cage’s takeover made resistance a matter of life & death. Between Maya’s (Eve Harlow) collaboration, and Bellamy’s (Bob Morely) ongoing infiltration, resistance became full-on revolt. There may have been an element of guilt to it (particularly upon learning that his colleagues were now dying), but Jasper had been playing it passive, since getting that first peek, behind Mt. Weather’s curtain, and was now intent on making up for it.
Emmerson’s (Toby Levins) riot squad managing to spirit Fox (Genevieve Buechner) out of the hen house made it personal; but Cage took things a step further, by leveraging Jasper’s soft spot for Maya against her life. As for Fox, well, going from obscure background character, to upfront player, too fast, often comes with a red shirt. Sometimes, however, Bellamy happens. Not only did Jasper fight mean, he fought smart – no small thanks to his partnership with Monty (Christopher Larkin) – cheating Cage of what should have been an easy suppression.
With this pretty much being open war, the introduction of a conscientious objector element, from within Mt. Weather, either steers its people away from a genocidal fate, or viewers are being set up for a bad end of epic proportions.
Frankly, the events at Mt. Weather have provided the arc with most of its momentum, since the mid-season break. It could be argued that the Donor Party had some catching up to do, regarding current events (yes, Jasper, it had been a while since you got word on Finn); but I had hoped that the Horizon Coalition wouldn’t fall into a holding pattern, in the meantime.
With Clarke & Lexa lurking the periphery, most of the heavy lifting (in some cases, literally), back at the crater, fell to Abbie (Paige Turco), Lincoln (Ricky Whittle), and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos). Of those three, it was Octavia gaining the most character gain points; the Weatherman spotter, who had blazed the site for the missile strike, now took to killing/ pinning down the survivors, providing her with an opportunity to prove herself, as Grounder Second material.
Traditionally, the best spotters are also snipers. Having said that, our Mt. Weather spotter was no sniper. Too many shots, too many misses, and all from the same spot. I don’t know whether this was an oversight on the part of the script, or Mt. Weather, but you don’t deny an opponent battlefield mobility by shooting at everything that moves; you do it by hitting everyone that moves, with every shot – preferably prioritized by rank/ threat level, and in ways that deny them the ability to hit back.
Our shooter only seemed to catch on to that last part, on the last leg to being flanked – and even then, he screwed up. He missed a priority target (that was blissfully unaware that she was in his sights), then came down with target fixation, staying in one place, again. Lincoln did his job, well enough; but the script called for a dramatic savoring, of the killing blow, so a hostage crisis happened. I was surprised, actually, that Clarke didn’t take the bait, replying “no it wasn’t, I was aiming for his head” to Lincoln’s set up compliment. Just as well, I guess, word of her latest kill ought to bring her one step closer to mythological stature, among the Grounders, anyway.
With savior status, to help with covering up the sell-out, Mt. Weather effectively blind, again, and the resurgent energies, of both the Coalition & the Donor Party, filling the air, the resolution to ‘Resurrection’ amounted to “a funny thing happened, on the way to the vengeance rally” being a bigger deal than the actual speech.
The real problem I may be having, with the slow burning Weather War, is that this might actually be the longest the series has gone (since Clarke & Bellamy came to their season one understanding) without any rapid turn-arounds. With season two focusing almost entirely on Clarke, ascending, the only real character developments (that counted – I’m looking at you, Finn) have come from Jasper taking an axe to paradise, President Dante turning out to be earnest, and Murphy learning to give a damn. Everything else has been an extension of season one developments, and the show has been long on suspense (regarding the long awaited assault on Mt. Weather), and short of actual pivotal events, since Finn’s death.
However obvious some of The 100’s plotting may have been, I’ve always appreciated its ability to get to – and beyond – those points, as if it had better things to get around to. Maybe that was just job insecurity doing the showrunning. Maybe I’ll just have to settle for this being as far as they’re willing to go, this season, in light of them knowing there will be more to fill.
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