The 100 Review: Echoes (Season 4 Episode 1)

The 100 returned strong after a messy Season 3, and the future of the story seems relatively clear. Clarke and Bellamy must find a way to stop the nuclear reactors from melting down and irradiating the world, killing them all. Will they be able to?

On The 100 Season 4 Episode 1, “Echoes,” the aftermath of ALIE’s attack showed the cost the attack took on the people; not just Skykru, but the Grounders and the Ice Nation as well.

Can we just take a moment to admire the brilliance of Clarke Griffin?

Clarke: Now we survive.

After everything she’s been through, everything she’s done to protect her people, she’s still taking charge and putting it upon herself to not only save her own, but save the entire world. She could’ve left everyone to die, but Clarke genuinely cares about the wellbeing of other people, even those that are trying to destroy her. Her title as Wanheda is far from gone; in fact, after ALIE’s failed attempt to bring everyone to the City of Light, she’s seen in an even less favorable light than she was in the beginning of Season 3.

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I can genuinely say I watch this show solely for Clarke Griffin, but the others surprised me. Most importantly, Bellamy surprised me. His actions in Season 3, helping Pike murder countless people, may be unforgivable, but Clarke bringing him in on the mission to save the world may be the redemption he needs for those that still hold him accountable. He’s changed so much since the pilot; he’s truly taking cues from Clarke and becoming a much more preserved, selfless leader, and while he’s still had his moments, he generally sees that looking out for his people as a whole is more beneficial than just looking out for himself.

Also, Abby Griffin is too good. Too good. She’s the best. Just the short scene with Clarke about Lexa while they were imprisoned by the Ice Nation shows that we need more of this mother/daughter duo. They’ve been split up from the beginning; hopefully Clarke and Abby find their way back together, because they’re the best relationship this show has to offer, and you can fight me on that. (Physically, I will protect them with my last breath.)

Going to war with the Ice Nation seems inevitable, given Skykru’s history. It’s only a matter of time before their new allies turn on them, and it’ll be interesting to see how their partnership with Roan will work out. Perhaps he can do what Lexa wasn’t able to and truly bring the Sky People in as the 13th clan, but given their track record, this new alliance will probably crumble before Clarke and Bellamy have a chance to even think about saving the world.

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Hopefully Clarke doesn’t make the same mistakes and try to do everything alone. She works better with her fellow people and trusted friends behind her, and they’ll definitely need Raven’s help, as well as their other friends back at Arkadia because it’s bigger than just fighting. This requires the biggest minds they have to come together to search for a solution to a problem that has been building for a century.

With the Grounders no longer the majority, power has shifted on Earth, and the Ice Nation taking charge cannot be good for anyone. If they weren’t ruled by Roan, the threat posed to everyone else would be much more severe.

Considering they’re keeping the potential fate of the world as such a closely guarded secret, when it inevitably comes out (because it’s The CW, and let’s be real), hell will break loose. Will Roan be struck down by his own people for keeping this from them and helping Skykru? How will the rest of Arkadia react to the secret being kept from them, too?

So many potential possibilities for things to go wrong this season on The 100, but it wouldn’t be the same without that tension.

The 100 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW. Stay tuned for our round table on the episode!

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