10:05 pm EDT, May 15, 2018

‘The 100’ 5×04 ‘Pandora’s Box’ review: Abandon all hope

The 100 5×04 “Pandora’s Box” released all manner of evil upon the post-apocalyptic world. But what about hope?

“But then woman, raising the jar’s great lid in her hands and scattering its contents, devised anguishing miseries for men. Only Hope was left within, securely imprisoned, caught there under the lip of the jar, unable to fly out and away, for before this could happen she let the lid drop.”
– The Poems of Hesiod

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In the ancient Greek poet Hesiod’s original text, Pandora is depicted as the first woman, molded from clay, a curse sent from Zeus to punish Prometheus for stealing fire from the gods.

The formerly happy land of men is corrupted by the evils that Pandora releases from her jar — diseases, famine, death. All that remains in her jar is hope. Elusive as it may be, it is all that spurs the men to keep going.

A few days ahead of the airing of The 100 4×05 “Pandora’s Box,” Jason Rothenberg quoted American writer Kurt Vonnegut, who referenced Pandora’s Box in his novel Timequake. Vonnegut does not posit that hope remained in the box; rather, true to the nihilism that characterized his writing, he let hope escape and fly away.

There is no denying that The 100 is colored by a similar grim nihilism, often leaning heavily into the darkness at the core of the story (and indeed humanity itself). And Rothenberg has claimed before that hope in itself is not a ‘theme’ of this show, so yes, one might be tempted to take this quotation at face value. Of course hope has abandoned them; of course this is a tragic tale.

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But tragedy and nihilism is not all that The 100 has to offer. Hope may not be a theme, but it remains the driving force that pushes our heroes forward, against all odds, to whatever sliver of victory they can scrounge. The moment they stop fighting it is the moment the story is done.

Let us dive into The 100 5×04 “Pandora’s Box,” and talk about how this story of corruption, evil, and the ever-lingering hope might tie into the plot of season 5.

Prometheus, Pandora and the box(es) of evil

In Hesiod’s poem, Pandora was presented by Zeus to Prometheus’ brother Epimetheus. And since this story has identified Octavia as Prometheus (she stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race), does that make Bellamy Epimetheus?

And if Bellamy is Epimetheus, does this make Charmaine Diyoza the Pandora of this story, sent down from the heavens to punish humanity, corrupting the world of man by opening the bunker and releasing the evils within?

That is, of course, presuming that Pandora’s Box is indeed the bunker. While it is certainly a Pandora’s Box — and the terrifying Wonkru that Octavia has forged in blood and fire has now spilled out into the world, corrupting it — this is The 100. There is more than one box.

Because on the Eligius ship, 300 boxes of icy terror have also been opened, awakening another, equally terrifying army and unleashing their evil upon first Murphy and Raven, and later (probably) the ground.

And finally, we might consider the bunker as a box of secrets, which are now spilling out, poisoning everyone with the darkness of what happened there. Abby’s addiction, the fighting pit, whatever happened during the Dark Year — these are all revelations that have the power to destroy lives and relationships forever.

As for that elusive hope, one might think that The 100 would indeed allow it to fly away, rather than be left for the heroes to cling to. But wherever hope has gone, it is not lost.

Even The 100, a show so seemingly bleak and hopeless at times, cannot ever snuff out hope completely. (And it would not be such a powerful, universal story about humanity if it did.)

Clarke and Bellamy were almost overcome with it during that beautiful second reunion, not only because they were finally home, but because, for a brief moment in time, they believed that peaceful coexistence with Wonkru and Eligius was possible.

“You still have hope?” Clarke asked Bellamy the last time they shared a private moment like this. “We still breathing?” he replied then. And indeed, they still are, and they still do.

That anyone on this show can retain hope; that Bellamy and Clarke can keep pushing forward and forward and forward despite what they have already endured, is astonishing. And that hope is usually tied to connection, to unity, does not strike me as accidental. They need each other. All of them do.

As for hope ‘flying away,’ there are several characters who literally flew away at the end of the episode — Kane, Abby, and Zeke Shaw — that might yet offer some kind of light in the darkness.

Kane and Abby’s story, after all, has always been about hope. And Shaw embodies a goodness seemingly shared by none of his semi-peers which might just offer hope for (if nothing else) Murphy and Raven’s survival chances.

And finally, there is Raven herself, the Spacewalker, in orbit as we speak, who managed to save the day — again — several times over. If any character on The 100 embodies hope for humanity, it is Raven Reyes.

The 100 may serve it out in microscopic doses, but there is always — always — hope left to be found somewhere in the corners of this wretched world.

Be the last

Marcus Kane is living on borrowed time.

What we are seeing in this episode is a Kane who is walking to his death, willingly, because death is all he has left to give.

After six years in that bunker, Kane has not evolved, nor has he devolved, from what he used to be; he has been whittled down to the most basic version of himself, and by the time he enters the arena, there is almost nothing left. Certainly nothing of that hope which drove him in seasons 2-4.

Of course one motive for entering the death games is to save Abby. He has taken the fall for a crime she committed because he loves her, and lives and dies by her.

But Abby has nothing to do with what happens inside the ring itself, and she is not the reason he chooses not to fight when Octavia cruelly condemns him to another round.

I am reminded of the last time Kane was facing a similar certain death, under Pike’s leadership in season 3. As he waited to be executed with Sinclair and Lincoln by his side, he told them: “Death can be an act of unity, too. We don’t break. We don’t show fear. The people will remember.”

It was a powerful line then, and it rings doubly true now, when Kane is in so many ways the last good man standing, and still hoping that his death can somehow lead his people towards a better tomorrow.

Kane has always represented a hope for a better future, and has been invigorated by this hope in turn. And now that all hope seems lost, his will to endure the horrors of his own bleak reality have also been diminished.

Even more tragic than Kane’s dire predicament, and Abby’s pill addiction, is the way in which both characters spend most of this episode spewing old lines from the previous four seasons that are painfully out of place in season 5.

“What have we done?” Kane asks brokenly, clearly talking about more than stealing medicine. “What we had to do to survive,” Abby replies dully, without any of the conviction she used to throw behind these words of absolution (and leaving us to wonder what exactly they did).

The words feel hollow. Meaningless. We’ve heard them too many times before. Kane and Abby are like a pair of broken watches who keep ticking in place, repeating the same old stock phrases, and Kane calls them out on it: “How many times can we tell ourselves that?” he asks her. “It’s what we say to justify the horrors we inflict on each other.”

This is not the same world they used to inhabit. When Kane and Abby moved from the Ark to the ground in season 2, they both had to evolve and adapt to their new circumstances, and they did, emerging (mostly) better and stronger for it. But this time, neither of them were able become who they needed to be to survive.

Blodreina’s reign of terror was not a reality which Kane and Abby were able to adapt to. While most were able to adjust and endure (Miller and Jackson seemingly among them), Kane and Abby weren’t, for whatever as-of-yet undisclosed reason.

And, as organisms unable to transform and evolve to fit their new environment, the Red Queen hypothesis states that Kane and Abby cannot survive: they are the last survivors of a non-dominant species that is about to go extinct. There is only Wonkru, and the enemies of Wonkru.

Neither Kane nor Abby have anything new to offer — not to Octavia, not to Wonkru, not to each other. They are stuck, clinging to a past reality that is gone, and they are running out of time.

“Pandora’s Box” is for Kane and Abby what “Eden” was for Clarke: this is them sitting in the middle of the desert, crying to the skies, ready to give up and give in to the inevitable.

This all changes, of course, when they are offered their version of the symbolic death and rebirth, lifted out of the darkness by an unlikely (and dubious) savior. Where Clarke found Eden, Kane and Abby found Eligius, and there, they will begin a new chapter of their lives (however terrifying and painful it might be).

Because it turns out that Abby, at least, can still adapt and evolve when she needs to. Pulled out of the bunker cocoon, she undergoes a metamorphosis of her own, sprouting wings and flying away. (A hope, flying away.)

Ever taking turns to save each other’s lives, Abby gives herself up willingly to Diyoza, leaving her daughter behind with a hurried “I’m sorry,” in a ploy to get Kane away from Octavia. Kane and Abby escape with Eligius, and it feels like their real season 5 story can finally begin.

From a story standpoint, putting Kane and Abby with the Eligius faction is a genius decision, and I absolutely cannot wait to see them all interact in coming episodes. Particularly Abby and Diyoza butting heads — can you imagine?!

Whatever happens, I am so excited to see them both get to do something new and different in this new and different age. I am excited to see what they can become.

Abby’s pill addiction is still a bit of a wild card in the equation. I didn’t see it coming, and I’m not sure what to make of it yet, but I imagine that it will be an easy card for Charmaine Diyoza to play in order to get Abby to do what she wants.

As for Kane, it is hard to imagine where his story will go now that he was essentially ready to give up on life. What good are the lessons Kane has learned if no one is letting him impart his wisdom on them? What use is it to ‘be the last’, to last, to endure, if war never changes? After all, Diyoza is just a different Blodreina, of a different Wonkru.

But don’t give up yet: to be ‘the last’ in the context of Pandora’s Box is to be hope, so perhaps Kane’s purpose in season 5 has yet to reveal itself. Particularly since he and Abby were, in fact, the last two people we saw leaving the bunker.

Red Queen, Mad Queen

“Blake was mad, they say, — and Space’s Pandora-box
Loosed its wonders upon him — devils, but angels indeed.”

– William Rose Benét, “Mad Blake”

After seeing “Pandora’s Box,” I can appreciate “Red Queen” even more than I already did. It was so vitally important to check back in with who Octavia used to be before transforming her into Blodreina — the ultimate darkest timeline version of the character, which fans always knew she had the potential to be.

What we are seeing now is an Octavia who has learned into that darkness, who has lost herself in it. And we can feel pity for her because we know that it didn’t have to be this way; that there was once an idealistic girl who pushed through her own pain and heartbreak in an attempt to make the world a better place.

Kane tries to appeal to her, speaking to her like you would to a child king (indeed I distinctly remember character appealing to Joffrey on Game of Thrones in much the same way), with compliments and reassurances that the power is still hers, that she can be the hero, the savior.

Blodreina isn’t listening. Blodreina has no room for mercy or justice. For Blodreina, there is nothing but death and vengeance. She only sees red.

But somewhere beneath all of this, Octavia is still simmering. You can see rage, grief, and desperation peeking through the cracks in her armor.

Whatever Octavia has done, whatever she has endured, it has damaged her enough that she once again needs to hide behind a simpler facade, slipping into the role of Blodreina to keep all the wild and devastating emotions of Octavia Blake at bay.

It makes you wonder if perhaps one of the reasons she is so angry at Kane is because he is still capable of love and sacrifice, daring to express it so brazenly, challenging her to do the same. Challenging the ‘reality’ of Blodreina, and the very foundation of Wonkru itself.

Almost as terrifying as Octavia is Gaia by her side, pulling the strings, hypnotizing their people into believing the lie they have curated together.

Blodreina and the cult of Wonkru is clearly as much Gaia’s doing as it is Octavia’s, if not more. Octavia, after all, does not honor death; she does not close her eyes when Gaia prays, and she does not repeat the sacred phrases. Octavia is the blunt instrument; Gaia is the one who wields it.

Also standing by Octavia is Indra, as ever unflinchingly loyal to her former second.

Or is she?

The seeds were sown in “Red Queen,” when Indra revealed apprehension as Gaia and Octavia began creating the Blodreina persona. And now, six years later, she is outright defying her children, her own morality simply not allowing her to stand by as Octavia condemns Kane to death for a crime they both know he didn’t commit.

Indra’s actions in this episode were heart-warming, because it shows how deep a bond she still has with Kane, and how she has developed a bond with Abby as well. This really is the optimal Team Adults (and yes, part of me wishes Indra had gone with Kabby to Eligius).

But it also makes me anxious about what the season holds for Indra. Clearly, Kane isn’t the only one rattled by that Dark Year, and he isn’t the only one who sees Octavia and her death cult for what they are. If Indra is already disapproving of Blodreina’s actions now, what might happen when the war for Eden begins? And what might happen if Octavia discovers what Indra has done?

Some kind of confrontation is coming. And hopefully, some elaboration on how the relationship between Indra, Gaia and Octavia has developed over the past six years, because there is clearly much more to the story of Wonkru than what we have seen.

Eligius rising

The 100 5×04 drops so much information on us that we don’t yet have context for, both about the Dark Year in the bunker (hashtag cannibalism though, yes/yes?) and the Eligius mythology and ultimate endgame.

Last week, we learned about the mysterious ‘Order 11,’ which Diyoza had somehow found out about. We also learned that the captain feared she would “weaponise the cargo” (which could either be the mysterious hetholodium or the prisoners themselves).

This week, as Raven is perusing the files on the ship, we learn that Eligius I was unmanned, Eligius II had too few crew members, and Eligius III… likely holds the key to the big twist near or at the end of the season.

The file is encrypted (the spoiler police strikes again), which means whatever is on it is going to be important. But we already know a little about Eligius III: we know that the passengers aboard that ship had Nightblood, and we know they needed this to survive on a planet with two suns.

Is The 100 actually going to leave Earth, and head for another planet? It seems so unlikely! But then again, when has The 100 ever stuck to any kind of a status quo? Anything could happen on this show, and frequently does, which is what makes it exciting.

But before we get too deep into speculation about what may happen in season 6, there is plot and characters right in front of us that demand our attention.

Specifically Charmaine Diyoza, whose file is also helpfully read aloud to us by Raven. We find out she was a colonel in the Navy, a thrice-decorated Navy SEAL turned terrorist, leading a movement called the ‘United Liberation Army’ against the fascist government that had taken over the U.S. at whatever time this is.

(The world ended in 2052; we don’t yet know when Eligius IV set out from Earth, but seeing as Becca was developing Nightblood for Eligius III and she was 28 at the time the bombs fell, it can’t have been too long before.)

Newspaper clippings from the “New York Liberty Times” reveal the methods of the ULA, and the devastation they caused, but we don’t yet know why. We know Diyoza believes she was fighting for freedom. We know she is still fighting for something beyond frolicking in the fields of Eden with her supersoldier friends.

We also learn in this episode that Diyoza needs a doctor, and that the otherwise so irreverent McCreary also cares about the acquisition of this doctor. Why? Does it have to do with the weird stomach crawling thing we saw someone suffer from in the season 5 trailer? Is it for the prisoners? For herself?

We just don’t have the answers yet. This is just one of many setups this episode provides, and we’ll have to see what they payoff will be.

‘Why do you always have to be the one to sacrifice?’

Raven and Murphy’s story has always been building to this: camaraderie, understanding, and mutual respect, borne out of extreme dislike and distrust.

Their shared history is so incredibly complicated and painful, yet somehow, their relationship now feels simple and innocent, like they have truly found peace with each other. It is so rewarding to watch them in this episode, playing soccer of all things, simply enjoying each other’s company like the family they are.

Even more rewarding is the moment where Murphy tells Raven the real reason he stayed behind, which turned out to neither be to impress Emori or to win some kind of favor with the group:

“Everybody was so surprised when I stayed behind, most of all me. I thought I was doing it to impress Emori, but the more I think about it… I mean, why do you always have to be the one to sacrifice? If it comes down to it, I got this.”

Ever self-serving, who would have thought that Murphy could ever be this selfless? That he would ever risk his life, and put the lives of 300 people on his conscience, to spare someone else having to make this immense moral sacrifice?

And who would have thought it would be for the one person whom his selfish actions have arguably caused the most (unintentional) harm?

Even though they don’t end up having to pull the plug, you can see the surprise and gratitude in Raven’s eyes for the fact that he would take this burden from her. If anything could bring these two full circle, it would be the act of Murphy killing innocents to spare her the pain of having to do so.

We leave the pair at the end of the episode trapped on Eligius in the company of 283 potentially-genetically-engineered murderers. The transport, carrying Diyoza, McCreary, Zeke (!), Abby and Kane are on its way to meet them.

The season 5 trailer reveals Murphy being beaten and Raven trapped, pleading, potentially for his life (and potentially these are two separate scenes cut together). This is likely happening within the next few episodes, so brace yourself for some major angst.

But we know both of them make it to the ground. And we know that there is already a connection brewing between Raven and Zeke, who engaged in some heavy-duty cyber flirting (one might say these star-crossed lovers ‘met online’) before they ever even saw each other.

It took one word from Zeke — “cute” — to convince me that Zaven is happening. Who am I kidding? It took Jordan Bolger getting cast to convince me that Zaven is happening. And I am ready to see this story unfold, and to (hopefully) see Zeke break away from the rest of Eligius like he so clearly wants to.

Getting the band back together

Last week’s epic Clarke-Bellamy reunion was just the first of many! (Indeed, even Clarke and Bellamy got a second round.)

In “Pandora’s Box,” almost everyone got to reunite with the people they care most about. In fact, I think the only potentially emotional reunion left now is Raven and Abby… and Echo and Octavia of course, though these will be emotions of a very different kind!

I already spoke about Clarke and Bellamy’s scene, but I just want to empathise how lovely it was. He runs to her, they embrace, they struggle to believe that the other is even real, because how could they ever be that lucky?

“You’re really here.”

“Clarke, you saved us all.” “And now you’re home.” Salvation. Home. Such simple words, yet such all-encompassing sentiments.

And just like that, they’re back on the same side, working together towards a common goal, as though no time has passed at all — as though they haven’t spent the past six years emulating each other, transforming into reflections of who the other used to be.

Another amazing reunion was that between Clarke, Raven and Murphy. “And they call me the cockroach,” Murphy laughs, nothing but surprised delight that his co-cockroach is still breathing.

Beside him, Raven is overcome with emotion. “Thank you for saving our lives,” she manages, clearly holding back everything else she wants to say.

Aside from Bellamy, Raven has felt Clarke’s loss most keenly, and has felt like Clarke’s ‘death’ was her fault. This changes everything; it absolves her, it gives her hope.

I can’t wait for Raven and Clarke to reunite on the ground, if/when that happens.

Saved by the Bellameme

With Eligius’ help, Clarke and Bellamy get into the bunker, Bellamy getting his second big hero moment in as many episodes, descending from the heavens just like the infamous poster predicted:

What? That was totally how it happened.

He arrives just in time to inadvertently save Kane — and maybe to save Octavia, too, from crossing one final line (though I fear she crossed that line a long time ago).

For a moment, Octavia shows the same reverence for him as her people show for Blodreina, but only for a moment. They are both very different people now. “Six years is a long time,” she later tells him (and I only kind of feel bad about making so much fun of this expression).

“Someone read Ovid a few too many–” Bellamy tries before she cuts him off. Although it takes him a bit longer to see it than Clarke, Diyoza and McCreary (because he doesn’t want to see it), he is as clearly disturbed by Wonkru and Blodreina as they are. And she quickly becomes disenchanted with him in turn.

Surprisingly, Clarke and Octavia’s reunion has turned out to be my wildcard favorite so far, simply because of how much it says about their relationship, and what they are — and aren’t — to each other.

Clarke and Octavia’s relationship has always been simmering in the background, contextualized by their shared connection to Bellamy.

While similarly driven, and similarly tied to the Grounders, Clarke and Octavia have been teetering on antagonism almost since the beginning, the inevitable conflict perhaps only delayed because the story tends to keep them apart.

Whenever they have crossed paths, their relationship has been contentious: when Octavia found out Clarke was willing to let her die in TonDC; when Octavia wanted Clarke to come home with her in “Stealing Fire” and she refused.

Octavia, much like Jasper, put Clarke on a pedestal very early on and has suffered disappointment after disappointment ever since, because Clarke never again lived up to the idealistic savior they viewed her as in season 1.

Although it’s never been made textual, I think Clarke has probably always seen Octavia more clearly than the rest of the delinquents — certainly more clearly than Bellamy has. Clarke sees people: she immediately keyed in on Bellamy’s all-consuming drive to save his sister, and she always saw Octavia’s darkness, her wildness, and her unpredictability.

For a moment, it looks like they are going to hug, and they might have done, if Clarke hadn’t had time to look around the bunker, and if Octavia hadn’t had a few seconds to regain her composure. Instead, their arm grab is a realization: instant, mutual acknowledgment of how fraught their connection really is, and always has been.

It is also a great little appetizer for what is hopefully, finally, a joint storyline for Clarke and Octavia (potentially with Madi in the center).

Also of note here is that Octavia is the first one to leave the bunker, rising up in the column of light that bore Bellamy (and Clarke) down. Bellamy and Octavia grasp fingers until he has to let her go, and she ascends into the bright light.

Ever mixing its metaphors, The 100 here depicts Octavia like the Christ figure that her own people have come to view her as, resurrected, rising from the ashes.

What does it mean? Does it symbolize Bellamy having to let Octavia go; her slipping out of his grasp? Does it foreshadow Octavia disappearing, ascending, dying, leaving somehow? What does it mean that Bellamy is the first person to enter Pandora’s Box, and Octavia is the first person to leave it?

Certainly, the two characters are further apart than they’ve ever been before, even though physically reunited. It does not take much for Octavia to turn around and blame her savior for all their troubles.

“Epimetheus did not think on what Prometheus had said to him, bidding him never take a gift of Olympian Zeus, but to send it back for fear it might prove to be something harmful to men. But he took the gift, and afterwards, when the evil thing was already his, he understood.”
– Hesiod, Works and Days

At the end of the episode, Wonkru may be free, but the alliance with Eligius has failed, and in Octavia’s eyes, Bellamy is the reason for this — irregardless of the fact that he successfully bargained to get them out of the bunker, and that something has clearly happened to Raven and Murphy to cause this shift in the power balance.

This is in absolutely no way Bellamy’s fault. There is zero ambiguity here. But Octavia doesn’t stop to listen to reason — she has no interest in reason.

She turns on Bellamy so quickly and unfairly, I wonder if she hadn’t been looking for a reason to do so ever since she threw her arms around him in a moment of uncontrollable emotion; if she hasn’t become so used to antagonism and hate that it made her uncomfortable to feel any warmth for another human being.

Even free, Wonkru is notably subdued, looking to Octavia for leadership. The person who jumped in front of Octavia and was summarily vaporized was emblematic of her people’s worship of her — any one of them would have done the same.

All it took was a tiny spark to light their fire, and now, nothing is going to stop Blodreina and her army from the war that has always been in their blood.

For your consideration:

  1. When Clarke and Abby reunited, it was Clarke who had to reassure Abby, which was heartbreaking, and says a lot about how much their relationship has shifted due to their own individual journeys. We have to assume Indra filled her in on what has happened, as they immediately began working together to save Kane. I wish we’d gotten a little more context for this plan, especially since Clarke and Abby split up again so quickly.
  2. Was Bellamy also in on the plan to lure Octavia away from Kane and Abby, or was it just a lucky coincidence that he wanted to have a sibling heart-to-heart in that cute little Praimfaya-proof café?
  3. Brief as it was, I’m glad we got to see Bellamy and Miller’s reunion. It is interesting that Miller is being used as a bridge between Octavia and Bellamy, to show the shifting allegiances.
  4. Clarke and Kane also got to hug! Yay! It all happened so fast, but I’ll take what I can get.
  5. “You’re all still alive? Murphy, Monty, Raven-” “-Echo and Emori, yeah.” Harper, off-screen: “AND WHAT AM I, CHOPPED LIVER?!” Seriously, why on Earth did they leave one name off the SpaceKru roll-call? I suppose it was to show Bellamy cutting off Clarke’s listing of the Skaikru characters to include the Grounders he now also considers family, but not mentioning Harper just made it weird.
  6. Murphy in the cryo pod was the funniest fucking thing. Foreshadowing?! I don’t know. But certainly hilarious.
  7. Octavia looking up at the crumbled tower of the Commanders, only for her eyes to catch on the massive Eligius transport, reminds us how small she is. Blodreina may have become legendary, but Octavia Blake is only human, seeming so tiny and insignificant in the shadows of these powerful symbols.
  8. Seriously, what happened during that Dark Year? What is it about Abby and Kane specifically that rankles Octavia so much? Did something happen between them? Did they eat Niylah?
  9. Lol @ McCreary looking around the bunker, loving it. He and Octavia would get on like a house on fire. (Please keep them as far away from each other as possible.)
  10. Zeke makes an excellent point when he is arguing for keeping Wonkru alive: there are less than 1,500 humans left alive, so why kill more than half of them? It makes me wonder what is so important that Diyoza, who seems so smart and strategic, would be willing to kill them to protect her own army.
  11. Glad to see the “Take a Life With Me” anthem singer Julia Dominczak made the Praimfaya cut! They need their art and music, even now. Especially now.
  12. They’ve said it in so many other ways before, but this episode marks Kane and Abby’s first actual “I love you”! Who else is crying?
  13. That scene in the bunker with Octavia, Clarke, Bellamy, and McCreary and Diyoza all in the same place, and all relatively docile, feels like a once-in-a-lifetime moment on this show. I certainly can’t see that ever happening again.
  14. Raven spends most of this episode not wanting to kill the prisoners for ethical reasons, but honestly, there were other valid reasons to hesitate. The moment they DID kill the prisoners, Bellamy would lose his leverage, and Eligius would probably kill SpaceKru immediately and go back up for Murphy and Raven to finish the job.
  15. The scene where Banka (?!) explodes that guy was super gross but also secretly super cool. I DEFINITELY had this weapon in Fallout 4.
  16. In Greek legend, Pandora had a daughter, named Pyrrha, which means ‘fire.’ She was the first child born of a mortal mother, and she and her husband Deukalion were the sole survivors of the ‘Great Deluge.’ Relevant? I don’t know. But interesting.

‘The 100’ 5×05 ‘Shifting Sands’ airs Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW

CHALLENGES – Octavia leads her people towards Shallow Valley against the advice of Clarke and Bellamy. Meanwhile, Kane and Abby adjust to a new set of challenges.

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