The 100: 202 “Inclement Weather” Review
Reviewed by Owen Bush.
Mayhem started once again as episode two of The 100 season two, Inclement Weather, kicked onto our screens. After last week’s devastatingly amazing cliffhanger, I was counting down the days till Tuesday – and once again, I wasn’t let down. The episode followed on from the events of the season premiere, with all plots developing in massive ways – as well as our questions from last episode being answered in a shocking turn of events.
The 100 also finally got some intro credits, which are well deserved for a show which was just renewed for a third season (may I say, they also look incredible).
The episode began with some tense scenes between Kane and Bellamy. We left the premiere wondering how the remaining criminals of the 100 would be treated around the adults of the Ark – and in Inclement Weather, rivalry within leadership between the two was argued and it’ll be interesting to see how this concept is played with. Especially with characters now mixed upon Earth, The 100 can easily change who is in charge. Whilst debates were happening, it seemed the Grounders had made an attack on the group, which can only lead up to the events that may follow.
Clarke remained tense at Mount Weather, discovering wounds of those outside and doing some detective work as she delved deeper into who these secretive people are (be careful Cumberbatch, Clarke might be stealing your role!). Plague-like victims scattered the hospital, leaving our brave leader Clarke more suspicious of the world around her. Raymond J. Barry’s character Dante Wallace again provoked Clarke; his anonymous personality left us confused whom to believe. Is Clarke really onto something or is she just creating danger that isn’t there?
Jaha earned his place as possibly my favourite character of The 100 after last week’s thriller, and he didn’t stop there. The newfound baby played with his emotions, leaving him desperately searching for a way around his never-ending cycle of sacrifices. Isaiah Washington once again outdid his character’s writing, with epic emotion that immensely pulled at your heart (The 100 knows how to give us the feels). The scenes stole the episode again, really giving us an insight to the world of a parent who has lost his child, and the effect children can have on us.
More emotion was felt through the episode as Raven’s fate from Murphy’s bullets was announced. Although Raven’s story hasn’t been the strongest, her acting was incredible throughout the episode and you could definitely feel her inner and outer pain translating around the group. I felt heart-breaking sympathy for her, as her character was developed as more than just a heroic figure, but also a young girl who is afraid of her future (as she should be). The operation scene left me biting away my fingernails as Raven’s screams echoed throughout the village, both intense and tragic as she fought for her life.
Finn, personally, has always been a hit-and-miss character. With some scenes he shows signs of development and leadership, and other times he seems boring and a little bit too nice – unfortunately it was the latter in this episode. His scenes beside Raven felt wasted and pointless; we understand their misleading love for each other and developing that is both strange and dull to watch. Lindsey Morgan (Raven) killed her scenes within the episode, and didn’t need Finn to help her promote her desperateness. However, I am glad to see Finn taking Raven’s words and using his skills elsewhere, helping find Clarke and the others, rather than holding his ex-girlfriends hand (like I said, a little too nice).
Last week I criticised Octavia and Lincoln’s plot, with the writing and acting seeming weak and dry compared to the on goings of the other characters; and unfortunately, this did not change. However, the story did push ahead and I still believe the plot will go somewhere we haven’t explored yet on The 100. Lincoln’s best friend didn’t add much to the plot either, but only thickened the evidence of something larger scale occurring soon. Season 1 Octavia did shine back a little during her speech made to the leader of the group and a small cliffhanger left us wondering where her character will go next.
As the episode progressed, we found answers to the screams earlier, as Kane and his group found a string of dead and wounded soldiers hung upon a tree, The Grounders supposedly finding another enemy in those of The Ark (how nice of them). In a wider context, could it be just the writers playing with us and could we see those of Mount Weather actually being responsible of the murders? Or am I just being a little too ‘Clarke’?
Eventually finding a way to rescue himself and the baby, Jaha went on a desperate mission to go back to Earth, only to uncover the fact the baby was just his mind playing tricks on him due to the loss of his son, giving him the courage to go to back to Earth alone. The scenes were written incredibly – I did not expect this turn of events after last week’s incredibly tense cliffhanger. Normally, ghost scenes can seem both clichéd and over-edited, but The 100 team found a way to make it subtly beautiful, a scene that was truly needed to find the true intensity of love between Father and Son (never minding how scared I was as the crack in Jaha’s space helmet grew). As Jaha throttled back to Earth, we noticed how he landed in a place we’ve never seen before, which can only leading to more intense and brutal scenes for Jaha. Can’t this guy get a break?
As it was revealed Finn and Bellamy would break Kane’s rules and assemble a team to find the other remaining people from The 100, we found out Abby was the person who led the group, and not to my surprise. Abby has always taken risks as a character, as well as disagreeing with leaders. It’s not always paid off in the best way, though – and I’m sure Abby may regret her actions to lead Bellamy and Finn to The Grounders.
I always mention The 100’s use of incredibly intense cliffhangers that leave you hanging for more, and this week’s was another awesome end to the episode. As Clarke found herself lying in pain due to her Sherlock Holmes investigations leading to purposely hurting herself to end up in hospital (which may I say, looks a little like the War Doctor’s TARDIS). We were led to believe Mount Weather wasn’t as nice as Jasper thought, as the intensity of the situation rose. She uncovered a room above the patients, which saw many bodies being used for blood and in a twisted sequence, many moaning victims being kept in cages. As Clarke shuffled her way through the cages, the camera panned, showing The Grounders leader, Anya…
Although Inclement Weather fell short again during some scenes, the action paced forward as many shocking discoveries that has left me begging for more. The acting was at the peak of excellence for many actors, and the writing took both a more emotional as well as twisted and dark route heading into the third episode.