Recaps, Rants, Raves: The 100, Season 2 Episode 9 – “Time To Harden Up”

Recaps, Rants, Raves is a sporadic feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share our thoughts of a TV show every Saturday! For now, we have the second season of The 100!

Disclaimer: Ahead are recaps, reactions, and rants about the CW show The 100. If you haven’t watched the episode or the series, and you plan to do so, it is advised not to proceed due to inevitable spoilers. Otherwise, enjoy!

After Episode 8, I needed some time to process everything I’ve taken in, and that’s why I wasn’t so much in a hurry to get to the next episode. But, the finale is done, I’m still waaay behind, so I hardened up (HAH) and watched the episode finally!

The Episode in a Nutshell:

The previous episodes were so emotionally intense, so I was glad that this episode was pretty mellow compared to the previous ones. I didn’t think it would do my heart any good if it continued to get one explosive episode after another. But even though episode 9 is quieter than the others, that doesn’t mean it’s not as good. I liked the pace and the atmosphere here – really gives you that “calm before the storm” feel!

My Thoughts:

1.) I wanna hug Clarke. :(

As we all know, Clarke knew that Finn was going to suffer under the hands of the Grounders, and so she decided to put it upon herself to give him a dignified, quick, and hopefully, painless death. In this episode, you can see that she is clearly troubled by it, and it rests heavy in her conscience. She knows it was the only way, she knows this in her heart, but that doesn’t diminish the fact he died in her hands. Whether or not this fact will haunt her for the rest of her life, it is evident that she didn’t and doesn’t and will not relish it at all, and I just wanted to hug her when she was crying at the beginning, wanting to wash away his blood that was on her. In the end, it wasn’t simply about giving Finn a “better death”, it was also about finalizing a truce between two factions against a common enemy.

“Clarke, you don’t have to do this.”

“Yes, I do. If this truce doesn’t hold, I killed Finn for nothing.”

It’s amazing to see how mature she’s handling everything. Her time since coming here with the original delinquents really gave her not only the skills to survive, but the determination and resilience to take everything on. That’s why Abby needs to grow up herself, to see that these “children” are not children anymore and have seen and experienced enough to gain valuable wisdom, wisdom she needs to heed as well.

And can I just say her small conversation with Bellamy kind of clenched my heart a little? He kept insisting that it’s more effective to simply infiltrate Mt. Weather to have insider information, which Clarke refused to do several times.

“Since I don’t take orders from you, I’m going to need a better reason.”

“I can’t lose you, too, okay?”

2.) The Finn hallucinations… 

To be honest, that bit kind of threw me off-guard, especially when Clarke started talking to it because it seemed really cheesy to watch (especially since it seems to happen to everyone forced to kill someone dear to them), but that scene when Lexa gave the torch to Clarke in order to flame the dead and Finn appearing consequently to guide her arm… I don’t know, but that was kind of bittersweet to me, somehow. Yes, it was a nice gesture from Lexa, considering she is a person of authority in the eyes of the Grounders, but more than that, that scene felt like it was Finn’s way of telling Clarke to not be guilty, to not be sad, to not let his death loom over her conscience; as if urging her to let him go and save their people.

Either that or I am overreading things again. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case, honestly.

3.) And I wanna hug Monty, too. YOU GO, MONTY. 

Seriously, guys, what would Jasper and the rest of the trapped delinquents do if it weren’t for Monty? It feels like if Monty weren’t there, they’d be forever waiting for something to happen to them rather than doing something to make things happen. Thank god for ever-so practical, logical, smart Monty who actually tries to find ways to get them out of there. If first plan failed, that’s okay! We’ll look for another plan! We’ll find loopholes! We’ll find something, even in the most unexpected of places, and that’s what Monty did, that crafty kick-ass mofo.

But even the smartiest of people get caught sometimes by some stupid thing, and that ending where he gets found out crushed me. I DON’T WANT MONTY TO BE TRAPPED IN A CAGE, WAITING FOR HIS BLOOD TO BE DRAINED AS FUEL FOR THESE MOTHERFUCKING BASTARDS, OKAY?!?! But, hey, at least he was able to deactivate the jamming thing! Things will finally spring to action in the coming episodes AND I CANNAE WAIT!

4.) AND RAVEN, I WANNA EMBRACE YOU AND COMFORT YOU!!! 

I really felt for Raven in this episode. I just can’t imagine how it feels to witness the person you owed your life to, the person you loved, the person who protected you and gave up his life for you, to die before your very eyes. Even though Clarke was definitely not at fault here, I can’t blame her for being angry at our blonde-haired heroine. She’s just so heartbroken, and you can see the hurt etched on her face and how it pained her to hold Finn’s lifeless body – the corpse of the boy who gave everything to make her happy. Even though she and Finn had some rocky experiences, they did have a history, and they did care for each other. Awww, Raven </3

AND GOODNESS GRACIOUS, HER CRIES WHEN SHE WAS BEING PUNISHED! She was framed for allegedly attempting to poison Lexa, and her cry of pain each time someone punished her made me tear up. She already lost Finn, and someone just had to add salt to injury when she became the scapegoat of some moron who wanted to sentence everybody else to death by sabotaging the alliance.

I’m just glad that even if Lexa is brutal, she is, at least, fair and just when it comes to enforcing the law and discipline. But damn their punishment is really extreme, but at least they are not completely bias if they find one of theirs guilty of a crime. However, I don’t blame Gustus for doing what he did… it’s akin to what Finn was guilty of as well – he did what he did because he truly believed he it was  for the greater good, that he was doing it for Clarke, just like how Gustus thought it was for Lexa’s benefit. Amazing how things change once you try to see it from another person’s shoes.

OVERALL


Slow-paced but still just as good. This is the calm before the storm, and tensions are rising. The stakes are definitely higher than ever before and I LOVE it!

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Overall: 4.2
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  1. says

    LOL I can say much here as I’m not watching the show, but Glass is a huge fan. She’s been pushing me to watch it for some time now and I might cave in finally. Also Raven sounds like someone I want to meet too. I’m glad you enjoyed this episode. Great review, Faye :)
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  2. Laila BC says

    poor Raven! but anyone can betray anyone…*sigh* well i hope the alliance will push thru…thanks for the recap Faye as always :)

  3. says

    I wanna hug Clarke and Raven together. It was such a bittersweet moment for me when Raven finally understood why Clarke had to do what she did with Finn. That it was actually a favor and not just killing for the sake of the truce between the two groups.
    At the beginning I thought Finn was there to haunt Clarke but it was not. I thought the same Faye. I was also thinking it was like Finn’s way of freeing Clarke from the guilt that haunts her after killing Finn herself.
    I’m not sure if it was just me being biased towards Bellarke, but I saw some reactions saying that the scene fomr the moment Clarke killed Finn to this episode showed that what they had was really love. I don’t know. I wasn’t convinced. How about you? What do you think?
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    • FayeFaye says

      Exactly! Raven realized if Clarke hadn’t done what she did, he would only suffer more, and die in so much pain. What Clarke gave him was a mercy in and of itself :(

      Haha, I’m glad that we thought alike, Ella! :) I don’t think that Clarke was really IN love with Finn, but I know she loves him in a friend way. That she cares about him. That’s what I think anyway XD

  4. says

    Your post just made me realize something HUGE. I can’t tell you what, but my goodness, I will tell you later, when you are done with the season, but I think you may have hit upon something big! (Sorry, that is confusing, but I got excited!)

    I was so scared this whole episode, so worried that Clarke had killed Finn and Lexa would just be like “nah, nevermind”, especially with the whole poison thing. I understand The Grounders’ apprehension, but goodness, what good is that doing anyone!

    AGREE with the Abby stuff, but I guess it must be really hard watching your “baby” make those kinds of choices. Either way, she has to get over it! And Raven. Ugh. I think I felt worse for her than Clarke, because Raven’s connection with Finn was definitely deeper than Clarke’s, IMO. Even if they weren’t IN love still, Raven and Finn had a very long history, and he was really the only person Raven had. THE FEELS.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Eek! You can’t just leave me hanging Shannon! What do you meannnn?? What am I on to?!?! HAHA!

      That moment really was full of tension. As much as the Grounders irk me, the Sky People need their help more than ever. I was so scared it would be the end of everything they worked hard for.

      And yes, Abby really needs to get on with the times! Everyone has become more mature during this ordeal. They have gained invaluable experiences that would render any of them competent.

  5. says

    THIS was the episode where I finally connected with Finn, that THAT happens. Raven broke my heart in this one, not only for being accused of poisoning Lexa, but with what Clarke did. Her grief was so believable. I’m up to episode 15, and the standout for me this season has been Lexa and her character development. This series just keeps getting better and better. Holding off on the finale until you catch up, so we can console one another. I have a feeling big bad things are coming Faye. We’ll need hugs.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Right?! My sweet Raven! I don’t ever want to hear her cry in pain :( And yes, her anger was absolutely justifiable. Yes Clarke was not at fault at all and only did what she could, but I don’t blame Raven for feeling what she did. Thanks for waiting for me, love!!

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