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Recap / The 100 S 05 E 013

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"Can you see it? Is it beautiful? It is in my dreams. I hope we do better there. I hope Jasper was wrong and we aren't the problem. I hope your lives there will be as happy as mine has been. Be the good guys. May we meet again."
Monty

The Season Finale of The 100's fifth season. Octavia defers to Madi, making her Wonkru's new heda, and she devises a plan to take out some of the Eligius fighters. On the Eligius ship, McReary tortures both Shaw and Raven in an attempt to get one of them to break and fly the ship. Clarke forces a standoff by pointing a gun at Diyoza's unborn child. They are eventually able to take out McCreary, but not before he launches the Damocles on Earth. Knowing this will destroy the valley and render Earth uninhabitable, the characters scramble to make it on the Eligius ship before takeoff, making it just in time. Since the ship can't sustain over 400 people, the survivors are put into cryosleep in order to wait out the years until Earth becomes habitable again.

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Later, Clarke and Bellamy are awakened by a young man who introduces himself as Jordan, Harper and Monty's son. He reveals that it's been 125 years since they were put into cryo. Video logs left by Monty and Harper reveal that they decided not to go to sleep, and lived out the rest of their lives on the ship. Earth didn't recover during their lifetimes, but Monty tells them that the Eligius expedition found an entirely new habitable planet...and they're already there.


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This episode contains examples of:

  • Apocalypse How: One that sticks this time. McCreary's launching of the Damocles renders Earth uninhabitable for decades, forcing Monty to redirect the ship to an entirely new habitable planet.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: All of Wonkru, including Octavia, kneeling to Madi comes off as this.
  • Battle Couple: Bellamy and Echo take on a firefight against McCreary's army together.
  • Binary Suns: The new planet is in a binary sun system, emphasizing how alien it is.
  • Bittersweet Ending: On one hand, McCreary is killed, Madi becomes leader of Wonkru, Clarke and Bellamy begin to repair their relationship, most of the major characters survive, and they have a second chance on a new planet. On the other hand, Earth didn't bounce back, Monty and Harper are dead, Bellamy and Octavia's relationship might be permanently broken, and there are still other unresolved issues. The final scene is Clarke and Bellamy crying while staring in awe at the alien planet, hammering this home.
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  • A Child Shall Lead Them: After Octavia defers to her, leadership of Wonkru is passed to Madi, who leads them into battle.
  • Call-Back: Quite a lot, due to it being a Series Fauxnale. Each major character is faced with a major choice from a previous episode, but makes a different one.
    • Octavia is once again faced with the choice of seeding power to Madi or fighting for control. She chooses to kneel before Madi and accept her leadership.
    • Clarke is faced with either saving a few people on the ship and letting everyone outside die, or dying trying to save them. She takes a third option and helps Raven take down McCreary instead.
    • Bellamy compares the conflict between the Eligius Prisoners and Wonkru to the original conflict between Grounders and the 100. He gets Madi to make a different choice than Anya, and by extension Lexa, did.
    • Mony is faced with a choice between leaving Murphy behind or probably dying trying to save him, and chooses to save him.
    • Abby is faced with letting the man she loves die. She let Jake die before, but this time saves Kane.
    • Octavia is faced with taking away someone's choice and forcing them to survive. This time she decides against it and doesn't force Abby to come with her, instead staying to help save Kane.
    • Clarke is once again left with leaving Bellamy and the others outside the doors of a dropship as Raven is about to fire the thrusters. She chooses to keep the doors open this time and not abandon them.
    • Raven once again pilots a ship taking off from a planet on fire, but this time leaves no one behind.
    • The genetic condition that killed Harper's father killed her. However, the decision to save her from Praimfaya helped save the human race, and she wasn't expendable like Clarke originally thought.
    • Clarke and Bellamy have to say goodbye to a friend in the Season Finale again. This time it's Monty, not Clarke, and he's not coming back.
    • Bellamy once again looks from the fewport over a planet. But this time the planet is vibrant and full of life, and he lets himself cry.
    • Two of the original 100 essentially commit suicide. However, while Jasper and his group gave in to despair and drank poisoned tea, Monty and Harper choose to LIVE to save the crew, providing hope, even if it means condemning themselves to being alone on Eligius IV for 30+ years.
    • The final episode of the season ends with a time jump, but this time the characters (save Monty and Harper) don't age or change with the jump. It also ends on an entirely hopeful, if bittersweet, note.
  • Character Death: Clarke stomps on McCreary's head and kills him. Later, Monty and Harper die of old age, after living peacefully together for decades on the ship.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Lampshaded by Diyoza. She and Clarke can barely keep track of what side EITHER of them is on.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Bellamy implores Madi to end the cycle of bloodshed that had been the show's status quo since the beginning by not slaughtering the Eligius fighters. She does.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Monty and Harper's son is named Jordan Jasper for Jasper.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The entire fight over the valley is rendered moot when McCreary, backed into a corner, launches the Damocles. This forces everyone to get back on the ship and evacuate Earth immediately.
  • Drunk with Power: Diyoza explains to Octavia that this was their mutual mistake. Both of them enjoyed the feeling of power too much to let it go, and it was disastrous.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Monty and Harper get a rare happy ending for this show, having lived alone (and with their son) for decades on the ship while the rest of the human rest was in cryosleep. Monty spends 30 years trying to crack the Eligius III files in order to save humanity and he does.
  • Earth That Was: Earth didn't recover from the combined destruction brought about by Praimfaya and the Damocles missile, so Monty and Harper redirected the survivors to a new planet instead.
  • Flirting Under Fire: As they prepare to take on McCreary's army, Echo yells at Bellamy, "If you miss, I'll never let you live it down."
  • Human Popsicle: Cryosleep is used to put the cast in stasis for over a century. Bellamy, Clarke, and Jordan seem fine once they've awoken.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: A wounded Murphy asks Monty and Emori to leave him behind and get to the ship, since it's too far a distance to carry him in so little time. Monty refuses to leave him and they make it in the nick of time.
  • If I Can't Have You...: McCreary says that if he can't have this valley, no one can.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Clarke attempts to exploit this by pointing a gun at Diyoza's pregnant belly to get McCreary to not fly the ship. Even McCreary has to give pause at that.
  • In-Scene Title Text: The final shot has "End Book One" overlayed upon it, in line with the ship's hull.
  • Internal Reveal: Madi tells Bellamy that Clarke called him every day for the six years Bellamy was on the ring, which the audience had known since the end of season 4.
  • Just in Time: Murphy, Monty, and Emori make it onto the ship with literal seconds to spare.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: Octavia kneels in front of Madi, prompting all of Wonkru to do the same.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Jordan, Monty and Harper's son, is introduced in the final act of this Season Finale.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: part of McCreary's torture of Shaw involves putting his leg in a Jaws-Of-Life style mining tool, and slowly crushing it until Raven complies.
  • Made of Explodium: Apparently, all the BFG's used by the Eligius Prisoners are this. Echo makes one explode by shooting an ARROW down its barrel, and Bellamy takes out another with a well placed bullet.
  • Meaningful Echo: In previous episodes, the phrase "good guys" is thrown around a bit, with Clarke eventually coming to believe that "maybe there are no good guys". In his last log, Monty implores Bellamy and Clarke to "be the good guys" this time around.
  • No Social Skills: Jordan's a bit behind in this regard. He's only had to socialize with two people his whole life up until this point, so he actually does rather well, all things considered.
  • Not So Different:
    • Madi is of the opinion that Clarke's extreme actions to protect her aren't so different from Bellamy's extreme actions to protect Octavia.
    • Diyoza acknowledges that she and Octavia aren't all that different, since they both let power get to their heads.
      Octavia: One garden. Two serpents. Eden never stood a chance.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: Paralleling last season's finale when Murphy carried Monty to the ship after Monty passed out, Monty carries Murphy on his back to the ship after Murphy collapses from his wounds.
  • Oh, Crap!: Diyoza freaks out when McCreary moves to activate Damocles.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Jordan "so didn't need to see" video logs of Monty and Harper being affectionate.
  • Scene of Wonder: Bellamy and Clarke's reaction to the new planet is a bittersweet version of this. Having just learned that their friends died in the process of getting them there, all they can do is stare in tearful awe at the new planet and its binary suns while bidding Harper and Monty goodbye.
  • Series Fauxnale: The show's renewal was still up in the air during the season premiere, so this episode was written as something that could possibly close the book on the show — Madi chooses to finally end the cycle of violence that began when the original 100 arrived at the ground, Abby chooses to save the man she loves instead of float him, the survivors have left Earth forever, and Bellamy and Clarke look out on their strange new world.
  • Sleeper Ship: The Eligius IV ship once again becomes this after most of the characters are put into cryo, to be awakened once Earth recovers from the Damocles strike.
  • So Proud of You: Clarke tells Madi that she's proud of her before putting her into cryosleep.
  • Shout-Out: The reveal of the new planet visually evokes the opening to 2001: A Space Odyssey, with one of the suns rising above it.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Echo uses a bow and arrow during a firefight, and proves just as effective as Bellamy with a gun.
  • Take Care of the Kids: In one of the video logs, a visibly aged Monty and Harper entrust their son Jordan to Clarke and Bellamy.
  • Together in Death: In his last video logs, Monty admits that part of him wants to go to sleep to see the new planet, but he doesn't want to do so because Harper is dead.
  • Time Skip: The final 10 minutes jump 125 years into the future, but it takes a few minutes for the characters to realize this.
  • The Tooth Hurts: As part of the Forced to Watch torture McCreary uses to get either Shaw or Raven to fly the ship, Shaw gets a tooth ripped out.
  • Wham Episode: Befitting a season finale. McCreary launches the Damocles, destroying the last habitable place on Earth. The surviving characters are launched into space and put into cryosleep. Clarke and Bellamy are awakened 125 years later, with Monty's video logs explaining that he and Harper didn't go into cryo, and instead lived the rest of their lives on the ship. And the kicker? Monty reveals Eligius's other objective: finding a new habitable planet. They succeeded, and the ship's already at said planet.
  • Wham Line:
    • Jordan delivers two in quick succession: first that he's Monty and Harper's son, and second, that the survivors have been asleep for 125 years.
    • This line by Monty, which means that the show's status quo will be very different from now on.
      Monty: Earth isn’t coming back.
  • Wham Shot: When the planet is revealed, at first it is unclear where they are as it has significant cloud cover. Shortly after, a second sun rises from the planet's horizon, punctuated by an intense soprano, and Monty reveals everything.
  • Zero-G Spot: Monty and Harper apparently did this often on Eligius IV.
    Monty: There's not much to do in space.

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