Man, alive. This was
an excellent episode, guys. Super choice to come back off of a hiatus from so
whoever made that decision? Kudos to you. This is probably the first review
where there is nothing I was ‘meh’ about or that I didn’t like. I literally
loved everything. Season six is really trying to knock season two out of first
place for my favorite season of The 100.
Once again so much happened this episode, and again arguably
too much, but I am happy to announce that I officially think that we aren’t
going to hit that mid-season, “Why is literally nothing happening, the
plot has stalled, these characters are doing absolutely nothing but making
decisions that bring them right back to where we were five episodes ago”
that I’ve been so fearful of. Granted, there are still four episodes left where
it could go that way but I’m feeling optimistic. Let’s dive in to ‘What You
Take With You.’
[This review contains spoilers for the “What
You Take With You” episode of The 100.]
The 100 Review: “What You Take With You”
Season 6, Episode 9 | Airdate: July 9, 2019
Directed by: Marshall Virtue | Written by: Nikki Goldwaser
Things I Loved
Octavia, Gabriel, and
the Anomaly: Did you ever think Octavia would ever actually make it on to
this list without Diyoza there to assist her? Lord knows I didn’t. As it turns
out all she needed to do was go in to her own mind and face some of her own
demons to make it so that I didn’t want to smack her with a piece of salami for
being the worst. Ah, self-reflection. It’s a beautiful thing.
We start the episode off with Gabriel drilling Octavia on
what she remembered from going in to the anomaly which was big fat zero. Now
she claims that she was only gone for a few seconds per Gabriel’s own words but
he seems to be convinced that she was gone for much longer in anomaly time. The
prevalent fandom theory is that the anomaly is linked to time travel and this
does seem to cement that fact, doesn’t it? As Gabriel pointed out, not only was
Octavia clean and healed, her hair was even a bit longer. (Also, the fact that
he pointed this out was somewhat hilarious to me. You are an extremely
observant man, Gabriel.) He said she was running towards him as if something
was chasing her so my question is, assuming that the time-travel theory is
valid, was she coming back from the future or from the past?
He has been waiting 150 years to know what the anomaly does
and he will be damned if he doesn’t get some answers. So, he takes out his
floorboard chemistry set and mixes some of the red sun toxins up to make it ingestible
in to Octavia’s veins which is only a little weird. We learn that he himself
has done it before to get answers as to if the hosts minds are still intact
after a mind wipe to which the answer is no. (RIP Delilah, I was really hoping
you’d somehow make it back but that seems to have officially gone out the
window.) What it does is unlock sections of your mind and once Octavia got over
her hesitance and actually allowed Gabriel to inject her with the weird stuff,
open it did.
Speaking of my main badass Diyoza, am I crazy or did it
sound like her voice calling Octavia’s name from the green box? It did to me
but this is also very possibly wishful thinking because I am not willing to let
that woman go without a fight. Regardless, I guess I’ll never know because
instead of picking up the green box that was calling to her, she went with the
violent, shaking, screaming, red box. She just can’t help herself and her
self-destructive tendencies, can she? Everything about that box screamed
“DO NOT TOUCH AT RISK OF DEATH.” and yet she opened it anyway. In the
end it was probably exactly what Octavia-and the audience-needed.
Upon opening the box Octavia is swarmed by red butterflies-nice call back to season one and the glowing forest, by the way-and then unceremoniously dumped in to the fighting pit that she herself as Bloodreina put in the bunker. We’re treated to a series of flashbacks of Octavia’s most violent actions as the here and now version of her takes in the screaming crowd. When she tried to escape we see that she is chained to the floor and unable to escape and she collapses under the weight of what she’s done.
To drive that point home we get the return of Pike. If you
don’t remember Pike-let’s be real, if you’re reading this, you remember
Pike-he’s the one who went a little paranoid and crazy and was all gung-ho
about killing the Grounders in season three and even killed Lincoln. Now, what
I’m happy this show did was make a point of showing that losing Lincoln isn’t
what ultimately made Octavia lose her damn mind and go in to her downward
spiral. Did it play a part? Yes. Probably even the biggest part. However,
killing Pike in cold-blood was the real trigger to the destruction of Octavia
and the rise of Bloodreina and it was good to see that not only acknowledged
but actually addressed.
On the Ark, Pike was a teacher which is why he tells Octavia
that class is in session to help her admit to what she really wants:
redemption. Sure, she wants answers about the anomaly, sure she wants
forgiveness, and not be hated by her loved ones, but she also wants to actually
make up for what she’s done. The funniest line of the entire exchange was
without a doubt:
“What do you
“I want you
“You tried that.
It didn’t take.”
Pike’s a straight comedian in Octavia’s head. But this isn’t the end of their discussion. She’s admitted to wanting redemption but the second question is even harder: “What are you willing to do to get it?”
This line alone tells me we are in for something incredibly
anxiety inducing in the next few episodes.
Before she can answer the manifestation of all of her bad
choices has come before them: Bloodreina is back, bitches. At least in
Octavia’s head. Bloodreina tells Octavia to kill Pike like she knows she needs
to do and the two manifestations in her head have a snark off and then the real
pain begins when Bloodreina and Pike start direct quoting Lincoln’s death
scene. That wasn’t enough, oh no, we were also treated to the actual flashbacks
of it happening because this show just wants to make us cry. Ultimately,
Octavia has decided she is not Bloodreina, not anymore, and even if she’s only
doing it in her head, she’s going to make a different choice. As Bloodreina
goes to strike down Pike, Octavia stops her with a sword, and the two battle it
out, concluding at Octavia killing that part of herself. The symbolism was
When Octavia wakes up from her peyote like dream she tells
Gabriel that she knows what she has to do even though she remembers nothing
about the anomaly. I’m glad she does because as an audience member, I’m
certainly lost. However, for the first time this season, I’m interested in
where her storyline is going to go especially now that she and Gabriel know
that Clarke is hosting Josephine and coming right for them
. As an aside, let me tell you how happy and relieved I am
that Gabriel and Octavia are not love interests. He’s so in love with Josephine
and Octavia is now officially on her own path towards something and they seem more like buddies in arms than anything
even slightly romantic. Once again, a sigh of relief is heaved.
Kane’s Sacrifice: Phew.
From the moment Kane was resurrected in his new body the man was not here for
it. Studying himself in the mirror, looking at his unmarked skin, he was at a
loss. Visons bite, the crucifixion scars, the mark of the coalition? All gone. Abby tries to make him understand that she did
what she needed to do to keep him alive, arguing that all of those marks
weren’t what made him who he was but that the moral man he proved himself to be
was still alive and she needed him.
“They were a part
made me who I am.”
It seemed like she was getting through to him for a moment
but upon sharing a brief kiss, he pulls back and tells her that she tastes
different-(weird, but okay), feels different, and that everything was wrong.
She tells him that he’ll get used to it and as they stare down act Sanctum, she
sighs, “When we get down to the ground we can finally have a peaceful
Well, apparently even her best efforts weren’t enough to
convince him after he met Simone. Once he set eyes on Ciara, his host Gavin’s
wife, and realized that she was under the impression that her husband was still
in there somewhere, he was the biggest of dones. He attempted to call out
Simone on her lying before Abby interceded and then stalked off when he
couldn’t get the words out. Raven had asked Abby if it was worth it and then
finished it with, “Well, it wasn’t worth it to him.”
Raven and nu!Kane wake up Indra and tell her that they need
her help and they have a lot to discuss. Man! Indra being back. INDRA! Yessssssssss.
I was so happy. While I didn’t exactly like that she was like, “Yeah,
okay, I can see their point.” I did appreciate that she called out both
the Ark and the Coalition for being trash in their own rights for the things
they did to survive. So, mood.
Kane’s wish is to sacrifice himself for the greater good of
humanity. If you think this is out of character for him, you’re wrong. He just
did it in season five when he was willing to sacrifice himself in the pit,
refusing to fight anyone. Raven, Indra, and Kane device a plan to float the
nightblood serum so that Simone and Russell can’t make anymore hosts out of
people who are being lied to, Kane choosing to be floated with it so that even
more innocent people won’t be murdered in the name of false God’s. From the
moment the story started going this way, it was clear that Kane sacrificing
himself was the way this was going to go: he couldn’t bear living in the body
of a man who had been murdered so that he could live.
He locks himself in the air chamber with the nightblood serum ready to do what he feels he has to. Abby rushes in with Raven who allowed her to leave the bridge of the ship so that she could say good-bye. She begs him to reconsider, that she needs him, that she loves him. He tells her that he loves her too but eventually they would both regret the decision that she made, even if he would have made the same one id the roles were reversed. In another nice callback to season one he reminds her that she’s strong and once upon a time she had pledged that she would ensure that they all deserved to stay alive and that killing innocent people so that they could wasn’t it.
In a particularly feels inducing moment, Indra and Raven
recite the Arkadian Travelers Prayer:
In peace, may you leave the shore.
In love, may you find
Safe passage on your travels until our final journey to the
May we meet again.
After, Indra taps in to her own faith and wishes her friend goodbye in Trig, telling him that his fight is over before she pushes the button, opening the airlock, and floating Kane. What’s particularly brutal about this for Abby is that she lost husband Jake the same exact way, also due to her own actions. Another interesting parallel to keep in mind is that Kane did exactly what Jake did. Jake was willing to the tell the entire Ark about oxygen running out knowing the risks of getting floated but doing it for the greater good, just like Kane ultimately did.
Now, I did not see Kane’s decision as suicide. I saw it as self-sacrafice just like Jake, just like Clarke when she decided to stay behind so her friends could get away in season four, just like Bellamy did by going in to Mount Weather in season two, just like David Miller not putting his name in the lottery so that Nathan could have double the chances of survival. Suicide to me was Jasper, Charlotte, David (the one who shot himself in the head in front of Josephine at the diner): people who willingly took their own lives due to mental illness and depression. That being said, I know that there are those that disagree with me and if you are in any way triggered by this episode, I encourage you to reach out to someone you trust or to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
and Clarke’s Return: Bruh. Bruuuuuhhhhhhhh. There is so much to unpack here
that it’s not even funny. The first thing I want to say is that never in my
life have I ever witnessed a show be so mother-forking LOUD about a ship while
also saying nothing at all at the exact same time. If it wasn’t so
frustratingly absurd it would actually be impressive. Confused about what I
mean? Let me explain.
When we first connect with Bellamy and Josephine, he’s dragging her through the woods while she
berates him for being stupid and sacrificing everything for Clarke. After all,
is she really worth everything he’s doing (resounding yes) but before he gets a
chance to respond to that particular jab she has a seizure, robbing the
audience of his answer. Once again, kudos to Eliza Taylor for being an absolute
powerhouse as Josephine comes to and vulnerably tells Bellamy he has to take
her back to Sanctum so that she doesn’t die. Bellamy tells her in no uncertain
terms that that’s not going to happen because if he does, they’re going to kill
Clarke and that’s not happening on his watch. She tells him that the Children
of Gabriel won’t help him, they’ll kill her, and everything he’s done will be
for nothing as soon as they find out who she is. Thinking quickly, Bellamy cut
his finger and smears his red-blood on JoseClarke’s forehead disguising her
night-bloodness. Yes, I realize that’s not actually a word.
Despite this, Josephine tells him that he must care about
Clarke more than everyone else since he’s so willing to sacrifice them for her and
once again, before he’s able to respond in any significant way, the Children of
Gabriel make their appearance. The two are kidnapped and brought some rando
caves where Bellamy informs them that he needs to speak with Gabriel asap and
Josephine has a snark attack and basically craps all over them and their
As an aside, you know
Josephine has led a very different life than Bellamy, Clarke, and the rest of
the Earthlings because she didn’t recognize the smell of a dead body. Either
way, both Bellamy and Josephine are chained to a wall in the cave and informed
that if Gabriel doesn’t respond to the radio call then they will meet the same
fate as the decaying man in the corner. A confused Bellamy tells Josephine that
radio’s don’t work on this moon and she sighs out a, “They work in one
place.” and informs him that if they’re radioing him, it means Gabriel is
actually alive, despite her insisting previously that he had to be dead. Despite
himself, Bellamy asks what the deal is with her and Gabriel to which she goads
him, asking him if they’re going to be friends now. She tells him that she has
loved Gabriel for 236 years and he’s been trying to kill her for the last 70 of
them. What’s so funny here is that the camera pans to Bellamy who nods as if
he’s saying, “Word. I’d try to kill you for 70 years too.”
AND THEN IT GETS INTERESTING!
Josephine notices Bellamy staring at her tapping finger to
which she realizes is Clarke communicating via morse code. Clarke is mocking
Josephine telling her “Boo-Hoo” about her sob story with Gabriel and
Bellamy realizes that Clarke can hear them. It’s almost like he has her back!
He demands that Josephine let him talk to her and she refuses since that means
she’d have to give up control of her body.
“But she can hear
“Yes, she can
Here’s where it gets intense. Because Bellamy’s whole
demeanor changes when he realizes that he’s looking at Clarke and not
Josephine. He can even communicate with her in a way. His eyes soften, his
shoulders relax, and he just stares at her intently as if trying to communicate
something he can’t yet say. Josephine basically tells him to miss her with
those heart eyes and say what he wants to say. After another intense beat he
“I won’t let you
But there is so much being left unsaid that it’s actually palpable and so heavy in the air that the audience can practically taste it. Josephine seems to realize the depth of feelings that Bellamy has for Clarke because the little smirk she had playing on her mouth completely fades away and she just stares at him intently until Bellamy comes back to himself and turns away from her realizing that he’s not just communicating with Clarke but making himself vulnerable and exposing himself to the one who’s wearing her face. Honestly. As is she didn’t already know.
Josephine herself turns away from the intensity of the
moment and has an air of vulnerability around her. This could be a few
different things. Maybe it’s realizing the depth of Bellamy’s love for Clarke,
maybe it’s her feeling something inside her head from Clarke in response to
Bellamy’s oath to her, or maybe, just maybe
it’s her realizing that Bellamy loves Clarke in a way that Gabriel doesn’t love
her since he’s willing to kill her while Bellamy is going to such extreme lengths
to make sure that Clarke lives. She could also be having her first moment of
self-doubt that she’ll make it out of this alive since Bellamy basically just
vowed to get Clarke back with such emotion that she truly believes he’ll do
whatever it takes to make that happen.
When we come back to pair, they’re sitting on the ground as
Josephine watches Bellamy fiddling with the chains that bound him. When he
basically asks her, “Is there something on my face?” she tells him
that her father was an idiot for risking hundreds of years of work building
Sanctum when he threw it all down the drain for love. The camera pans to
Bellamy as she says this and he once again looks away not willing to let her
get a reaction at her subtle (read: not all that subtle) call out. What’s
interesting here is that Simone and Josephine have already established that
Russell is the heart while Simone is the head, much like Bellamy and Clarke.
When she tells him that Russell should have taken one look at Bellamy and known
that bringing her back via Clarke was a bad idea she’s saying that he should
have recognized himself in Bellamy and that just like he was willing to do
anything to get Josephine back, Bellamy would do anything to get Clarke back.
Beautiful, subtle, and yet, still saying what needs to be said without actually
saying it, so annoying.
Josephine then taunts Bellamy with a recap of
“Bellarke’s Greatest Hits” and sighs that their relationship is so
weird and frankly, exhausting. Welcome to being a Bellarke shipper, Josephine.
You must be new here.
The Children of Gabriel come back because the guards of
Sanctum are on their way and they need to move. When they reach for Josephine
she fights back, getting knocked over and busting her lip, revealing that she’s
not only a nightblood but after further investigation, a host. The haul her up
as Bellamy frantically informs them that she’s Josephine and that they can use
her as leverage against Russell. They ignore him, insisting that this isn’t a
negotiation, and they go to kill her. In a moment of self-preservation,
Josephine releases control of her shared body back to Clarke so that she can
get them the hell out of dodge.
THAT’S RIGHT, OUR GIRL IS BACK!
God, are you guys annoyed with me praising Eliza yet because here I go again. The transition between Josephine and Clarke was so quick but so obvious in just a matter of seconds, I just have to applaud her. Clarke kicked some major ass and freed herself from the clutches of the Children of Gabriel and immediately went to release Bellamy from his shackles. His relief and obvious joy at Clarke being back in control of her own body was such a sweet thing to witness. Gotta give my kudos to Bob Morley here as well because the man can say so much with just his face and eyes that it’s a little overwhelming. There’s a charged second where it seems like one of them is about to say something significant when they hear more of the COG coming and Bellamy grabs Clarke’s wrists, insisting that she runs and leaves him behind. She initially refuses not wanting to leave him again but he makes her go. But these soulmates are a smart pair and she leaves the guards keys in his hand as the distracted guards completely ignore him and chase after who they think is Josephine. The final shot of Bellamy, with the keys dangling from his hand as he stares after Clarke running away, his expression screams, “That’s my girl.” and you can tell me different but I’ll fight you on it.
Clarke leads the COG to the Sanctum guards who shoot them down. On Jade’s orders the remaining guard go to track down the rest of the Children of Gabriel and when she tries to get “Josephine” to follow her, Clarke whacks her in the back of the head with a rock. RIP Jade? I don’t know. She could just be knocked out. Could go either way, honestly.
Next we learn that the wall between Clarke’s consciousness
and Josephine’s is practically all the way gone as evidence by Clarke literally
seeing Josephine. Josephine tries to get Clarke to let her have control again
to which Clarke refuses, radioing Gabriel and telling him that Josephine is in
her head and they’re coming to him. When Josephine again tries to manipulate
Clarke in to giving her back the pilot seat saying that Clarke doesn’t know how
to drive a motorcycle, she proves her wrong, revving the bike. Josephine is
annoyed that Clarke stole that from her mind and demands to know what else
Clarke has stolen from her. The lack of self-awareness is made even more
delicious when Clarke mocks her in Mandarin saying, “Sucks, doesn’t
tl;dr? Clarke is BACK! And if I’m supposed to be reading the
relationship between Bellamy and Clarke as purely platonic then get new
writers, new directors, a new music guy, and tell the newlyweds to knock it off
with their longing looks because it’s not coming across the screen as a bff
type of relationship but instead of one of a love so deep that it defies
reason. Basically, stop toeing the line in an attempt to subvert expectations
and let the relationship that is already there take the final organic step so
that the story actually makes sense. The story obviously wants to go that way
so let it. Don’t pull a JK Rowling.
As mentioned before, there’s nothing I didn’t like about this
episode. It was a solid 4.5/5 (would have been a whole five if they would have
gone just a little deeper in to Bellamy and Clarke via Josephine but I loved
what we did get) so let’s dive right on in to theories. I don’t have many but
here’s what I do have.
- Anomaly = time travel
- After some hemming and hawing, Gabriel will
extract Josephine from Clarke
- Clarke will continue to suffer some sort of
brain damage because I don’t think your brain just bounces back from those
types of seizures and admitted deterioration just because the weird thing
making it melt-down has gone bye bye.
- Learning that Gabriel is in possession of
Josephine’s mind-drive (or that he’s wiped it all together) Russell will go to
war against Gabriel and our darling Earthlings.
That’s all for now! What did you think of this episode? Shocked? Disappointed? Delighted? Tell us in the comments below or on twitter @TVSource.
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