The 100 “Fallen” Review (Season 3 Episode 10)

Alright, however else I feel about this week’s episode of The 100? It was arguably the most cathartic moment of the television season to watch Octavia beat the crap out of Bellamy, finally giving him the smack down most fans have been dying to see him get all season. What followed was a lot of distrust and paranoia towards Bellamy, with nobody willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. It was a high point in “Fallen,” an episode that otherwise continued to show just how disjointed this season has become.

One of my complaints last week was how the Alie and Pike narratives never had any real interactions, despite both taking place in the same location. Instead of fixing the issue, things were taken to an absurd length here, with Jaha and Alie taking over all of Arakadia while Pike is conveniently out on a manhunt. He didn’t leave any guards? No one has alerted him to the religious zealot in his midst? It’s crazy how completely independent these arcs have been, so it comes as a relief that both of those arcs come to a head this week.

Weird isolation aside, though, the Alie plotline this week was a huge success. We’ve gotten a sense of how menacing and dangerous Alie can be before, but seeing how hard Raven was fighting to keep Alie from controlling her showed how desperate the situation has gotten. From there, things escalated quickly; once Raven figured out a way to drive Alie out, the deranged AI gave Raven her pain back, forcing her to relive every moment of pain, torture, and heartache that’s been inflicted on her since reaching the surface.

Though she’s only had sporadic appearances this season, Raven’s been given some of her best material this year, and Lindsey Morgan has knocked it out of the park every time. Here, she did a great job pulling off Raven’s despair and pain as well as the cold, emotionless state of Alie. Like just about every other character from season 1, the show’s done a great job of developing Raven and sending her on a new, unique path.

Hopefully, the show will get a chance to extend this same courtesy to late-season arrival Ontari, because she certainly needs some depth. While her first few appearances built her up as a competent if brutal warrior, this week’s episode showed her to be a petulant, neurotic child, one who’s desperate for her role as heda without any idea of how to actually handle it. I would say she at least had Murphy around to provide his dry, inconsiderate wit, but then he was weirdly turned into a sex slave at the end, and so… I don’t even know where this is going, but I’m hoping in a more positive direction. I hope that for the entire season, really.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!