The 100: 5×08 “How We Get to Peace” Review

Well, holy crap! Game changer is indeed the appropriate phrase for this week’s The 100 “How We Get To Peace.” I sincerely lost count of the amount of times I screamed at my TV during this episode, which tends to be the mark of a damn good hour of television.

Everyone was searching for a way to find peace, and given the violent undertones of their world, it was easy to rationalize the ends justifying the means. Kane, bless his heart, was able to step outside all of that — even just for one glorious scene — to visualize a world where none of that is necessary. Where people can just live, instead of fighting one battle after another to survive.

They’re all experts at surviving at this point, but living was what they were reminded of in the six year jump. Even in the midst of Wonkru’s descent to violent mayhem, Kane was able to find that peace. I just wish it was that easy for everyone else.

Eden: Paradise, Prison or both?

Shadow valley, aptly named Eden has firmly turned into the home base of one “enemy.” Quotes apply here since all the twists, and turns only prove more than ever that villainy is in the eye of the beholder. To Kane, who’s able to bare his thoughts on peace, he’s able to see the side of Diyoza who dreams of a home for her daughter. To Raven — who only got electrocuted because Diyoza has been feeding Abby’s addiction — she’s an irredeemable person who needs only to be defeated.

The juxtaposition of how we see peace coming to life highlights how well this show does in showcasing human struggles. Finding compassion versus relying on ruthlessness, to using newfound weakness against your enemy, to trying to protect someone who isn’t technically “on your side”. It’s all complicated as hell, and I LOVE IT!

Raven’s journey, and then breakdown with Shaw (please God, don’t die), tore me to pieces. I don’t hate Abby, but God, am I pissed off at her choosing pills over literally everyone she cares about, because she’s too deep into the self denial hole of “I will stop, but I need them now.” Now turns into the future one day at a time, and I’m scared she’ll wake up too late to figure that out. Despite the pain she was in, I was really touched by Shaw’s desire to protect Raven, and comforting her when she needed it. I don’t think she’ll let Echo kill him in the end because, quite frankly, kindness and understanding is hard enough to come by.

In a surprising display of quiet humanity, Diyoza and Kane’s conversation about the valley, and her little girl “Hope” nearly made me cry. Despite everything going on, I found myself wishing what Kane visualized could be a reality. Sadly because of the nature of this show, I know it’s not a scenario we’re likely to see. The fact that it made me hope for it in the chaos, is a testament to how well these writers flesh out all their characters, whether they are our heroes or the antagonists of the moment.

Which isn’t the case with Octavia right now…

Wonkru and the cost of War

The Red Queen has finally met her match in the form of her beloved brother. That last scene felt like a culmination of everything Octavia and Bellamy have been through in the last seven years. From the moment they first landed on the ground, their relationship has been a constant tug of back and forth. As much as Bellamy grew into himself during their six-year separation, Octavia became the worst version of herself – a tyrant who’s willing to betray former friends and allies in the blink of an eye because they challenge her power.

I know the last thing Bellamy wanted to do was turn on his sister, but that line was crossed — not when she threatened Echo, but when she threatened Clarke. It wasn’t lost on me that he didn’t even bother denying that he loves Clarke when Octavia tried to use it against him.

Bellamy, and Clarke made the choice they thought would bring them peace, even if it meant barely convincing themselves that the murder of Cooper — an honest threat — was worth the price. The fact that it was all for nothing, and ultimately landed Clarke with a death sentence was painful as hell, especially when she silently begged Bellamy to take the out Octavia was giving him so he wouldn’t die too. Their conversation preceding that was really my favorite scene of theirs to date. Their mutual understanding of how much the other has changed opens the gates of communicating, something they’ve struggled with since reuniting.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, these two love the hell out of each other, and it’s a struggle to deal with in the midst of danger constantly surrounding them. Recognizing it’s from someone they used to consider an ally is even harder, and while I have zero doubt Bellamy will succeed in saving Clarke’s life, they’ve passed a point of no return. I just hope when Octavia wakes up, it won’t cause all hell to break loose for everyone who’s still alive, and breathing.

The fight for survival is as much at stake as is the fight to live – Monty’s struggle was proof of that, and it was heartbreaking to see him forgo any desire to take part in questionable deeds to survive. I can’t blame him in the slightest, though, and if I had the choice he did, I’d make it every time. Harper’s affirmation and choice to stay with him, essentially saying to hell with anyone else’s war was just one example of how powerful love is.

If I had to pick a theme of this hour, it’d be don’t ever underestimate how powerful love can be in the face of anything or anyone challenging it. Octavia was overthrown because she underestimated how much Clarke loves Madi, and how much Bellamy loves Clarke and her. Choosing to draw that line of “this is too far” is one of the hardest things to do with a loved one, and yet sometimes it’s the best choice we can make for everyone involved.

I can’t predict a damn thing with this show, but I am certain things are only going to get more insane from here on out.

Who’s ready?

The 100 returns on July 10th on the CW at 8/7c.

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