Another cast member was voted off the island this week in "Murphy's Law," and unfortunately it was Charlotte, the young girl (emphasis on girl) who was last seen slashing Wells' throat in an effort to slay her inner demons. The Hundred just assumed he'd been killed by Grounders while on watch, but then Jasper and Octavia found the knife (jeez, Charlotte, where did you learn to murder people? You should never leave the murder weapon behind!), which served as the jumping-off point for this week's big discussion about right and wrong, when it's okay to kill a fellow human being (apparently, the answer is "sometimes"?), and chaos versus regulation.
I don't want to downplay the importance of Charlotte ultimately jumping to her death over the guilt and shame she felt as a result of killing Wells, because that's a very big deal, but the real discussion has to be about what transpired because of her actions. For every action there's a reaction, or consequence, and there's no way that Charlotte's throat-slashing of Wells was going to go undetected, let alone unpunished. Charlotte used Murphy's knife to do the deed—a knife Bellamy had given to Charlotte during the acid fog—which gave Clarke an enemy to direct her anger toward. And Bellamy, God help me, did the right thing when he told Clarke not to confront Murphy. Now, he didn't warn Clarke away from Murphy because he remembered giving the knife to Charlotte—Bellamy looked equally shocked when Charlotte confessed to killing Wells after the group had already strung up and tried to hang Murphy for being a dick—he did it because Murphy was his bro. But he wasn't wrong to want to keep the knife detail quiet, perhaps recognizing that making the news public would result in a lynch mob. And what do you know, when Clarke confronted Bellamy in front of the entire camp—where everyone was busy building a wall for protection after Wells' death—there was indeed a lynch mob!
In Clarke's defense, she had no reason to believe Murphy hadn't killed Wells. It was no secret Murphy hated the guy—a lot of people hated Wells because of his father—but he'd already tried to kill Wells back in Episode 2. Murphy was a jerk, plain and simple. He was hungry with power. He'd just peed on someone a few minutes earlier in a display of dominance. I'd have probably jumped to the same conclusions as Clarke and the rest of the group, because all the signs pointed to Murphy and his Shoulder Pad of Doucheyness being the killer. Unfortunately, the problem with jumping to conclusions in this setting is that problems and arguments escalate very quickly, which is why Murphy was hanging from a nearby tree branch in the span of a few minutes. The group skipped right over judge and jury and went straight to executioner, and Bellamy—the self-appointed leader of this ragtag group of survivors—made no move to save his minion, instead choosing to blame Clarke because she had the audacity to ignore his orders and confront Murphy in the first place.
Bellamy's protective nature regarding Charlotte is no doubt a result of not being able to protect Octavia growing up. It makes him feel human and when coupled with his inability to kill Atom last week, makes you wonder what kind of a person he really is underneath the facade he's built. But he can't go around picking and choosing when to let chaos reign and when not to. And he certainly can't go around blaming Clarke when he could have easily calmed the mob of people trying to hang Murphy for his alleged crimes. He's proven several times now that he has command of the Hundred, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, and by staying quiet, he allowed chaos and revenge masquerading as justice to win out over the truth and common decency.
The Hundred is struggling with how to govern themselves on the ground, and it's an interesting thing to watch take shape. They were all for killing Murphy because he's treated them poorly, but very few people jumped at the chance to kill the young girl who actually killed Wells. That's a pretty effed up double standard, in my opinion. No one wants to murder a child, even if she is a murderer. It's much easier to blame the douche bag who's been barking orders and pissing on people, than taking the life of an orphan girl. Tensions are still running high in the group, and now that Murphy has been banished from the safety of the base they've set up, it'll be fun to watch how Clarke and Bellamy plan on working together to set up some sort of boundaries and rules regarding life on the surface. They don't decide who lives and dies, but they can help form a society that isn't completely based on ruling through fear.
Perhaps the most interesting development from where I sit is that these are all teenagers who've been imprisoned, some of them for harmless crimes. From our perspective, you'd think that people who've been wrongfully imprisoned wouldn't be so quick to jump to the harsh punishments of the Ark, but then again, that's also all they've ever known. It doesn't appear that there's any sort of judicial system on the Ark. If you're deemed guilty of committing a crime (probably by the council?) you're either floated or, if under the age of 18, locked up. Growing up in this kind of society would definitely warp an individual's mind and sense of judgement.
Back on the Ark this week, Abby was facing her own dilemma as the escape pod needed a pressure regulator before they could launch for Earth. Once Clarke removed her wristband in an effort to punish her mother for essentially murdering her father, the timetable was moved up by two days. Raven did her best to have the pod ready, but Abby ultimately took the fall after their shady business to secure the regulator was discovered by Kane. Abby will be punished for trading morphine for a (busted) regulator, but Raven was able to set off for the surface on her own.
I'd still like to explore the government structure on the Ark more than we have been able to, and I'm pretty sure I don't care about Finn and Clarke hooking up in a moment of anger and loneliness-inspired passion, or that Raven is definitely Finn's girlfriend and is now headed to remind him of that fact. The relationship drama that's probably about to hit the fan is only going to complicate the good thing the show has going right now, and I'm not sure I'm ready for it. I'd much rather watch a show that explores the guilt of a young girl who murdered an innocent man and her subsequent suicide than have to watch Finn explain why he was allowed to hookup with Clarke because he thought he'd never see Raven again. "Murphy's Law" managed to make many strides in terms of story, I'm just not sure the show can handle the relationship stuff on top of the heavy material it's already working with.
Current Population of The Hundred (not including Bellamy): 93
– This was Episode 4 of The 100, which means it's time to declare whether or not you should stick around after tonight's episode. I'm going to go ahead and give this one the thumbs up!
– Did Clarke hoard all the Pantene Pro-V when they reached Earth? Somehow she manages to have hair that looks freshly washed and silky smooth while the rest of the Hundred appear to have the unclean, greasy look you'd expect them to have after however many days on Earth.
– Finn's got himself a little bunker full of goodies, and apparently that bunker belonged to Emily Thorne because there were enough candles in there to light an entire mansion in the Hamptons. Honestly. who told Clarke and Finn to light every single candle? Conservation is key, folks!
– Where do you think Murphy is going to go? How long can he last on his own outside in the forest?
– I like that Monty's attempt to contact the Ark failed. It's more realistic that he fried the rest of the wristbands rather than open a line of communication on his first try.
– Do you think it's sometimes okay to murder people as long as they're really big dicks?
AIRED ON 5/19/2016
Season 3 : Episode 16