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Recap / The 100 S 05 E 07

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Clarke turns to Indra after discovering Octavia's barbaric plan to conquer the valley. Echo forces Raven's hand to initiate Monty's cyberattack.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Belated Backstory: Combined with Motive Rant. Shaw reveals some of his. He witnessed Diyoza assisting with the evacuation of San Francisco, and how she prioritized the value of human lives over the cost of machinery. Later, when she was imprisoned on the asteroid mine, he saw the miners getting sick with a mysterious illness. The Eligius Corporation ordered the Hythylodium to be brought back but to abandon the miners to their deaths. When the captain of Eligius IV agreed to go along with the plan, Shaw deactivated the prisoner shock collars so that they could revolt.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: Clarke finally delivers Jasper's letter to Monty that she discovered at Arkadia six years previously. Turns out it's a belated suicide note from after he was rescued from the City of Light.
  • The Coup: The episode ends with Clarke, Bellamy, Monty, and Harper planning to do this to Octavia, and Diyoza won't share the valley without an unconditional surrender, they will most certainly lose any armed conflict, the plan with the sand worms might kill them all, and Octavia will never surrender.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Shaw mentions witnessing the aftermath of the Battle of San Francisco.
  • Death Glare: Too many to list. Safe to say, people are not getting along in this episode.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Monty points out that the plan to use the sand worms as a biological weapon is monumentally stupid. If they are released into the valley, neither side will have any way to stop or contain them.
  • Internal Reveal: Two of them:
    • Monty, Bellamy, Clarke, and Harper finally learn of from Jasper's note of his Interrupted Suicide from the beginning of Season 4.
    • Echo reveals to Diyoza that Shaw was the one who locked the prisoners out of the missile system.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: Diyoza deliberately provides Abby with more drugs to feed her addiction. She points out that they can't force Abby to detox effectively as A) the process is difficult and she might not survive, and B) Abby needs to decide to come clean on her own, or she won't have the proper motivation to stay clean.
  • Killed Offscreen: Karina died of her wounds between this episode and last, despite Abby's attempts to help her. Considering she had several filthy hands shoved into a gaping stomach wound, and was shot with a high caliber sniper rifle, it's a case of Reality Ensues.
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  • Mad Scientist: Kara wasn't exactly sane when we met her, but her scientific work mostly consisted of growing food and medicine for Wonkru. Now she's graduated to full on experimentation of living humans with Chestburster SandWorms, with just as much Body Horror as you'd expect.
  • Mama Bear: Clarke's maternal instinct kicks in full force when Octavia claims Madi as her second.
  • MacGyvering: Monty picks the lock to Kara's bio-containment lab with pruning shears and a magnate.
  • Mercy Kill: Indra euthanizes Tarik to put him out of his misery while the worms eat his insides.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Shaw is on the receiving end.
  • The Reveal: A few:
    • Diyoza is pregnant.
    • 75% of the prisoners are infected and likely dying.
    • Monty brought a sample of algie from the Ring. He claims they can sustainably grow it in the failing hydroponics farm, unlike the other crops, meaning the Shallow Valley isn't as big a necessity.
  • Unwitting Test Subject: Kooper decides to use the defectors as test subjects to see how long the worms can live in living beings. Octavia did not know about the live test subject, but is willing to use it to their advantage.

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