After the shocking and slightly controversial episode from last week, The 100 takes a break from the Grounders to focus on the Sky People and the confrontation between Kane and Pike.
WARNING: This review contains spoilers
Ever since Pike appeared, there has been tension within the Sky People. There’s been spying, disagreements and it’s been almost like a cold war. In ‘Terms and Conditions’, this war actually becomes physical as the two parties have an intense, direct confrontation. As the title suggests, the episode was supposed to be about negotiation, which there wasn’t much of. Neither side was willing to sit down and listen to the other as they were just trying to convince each other that what the other was doing is wrong. It’s no surprise since “doing the right thing for my people” is something that has been mentioned a lot this season. “Doing the right thing” has been a major theme since the beginning of the series, but this episode seemed to focus on the “my people” part.
Morality is a complex thing. There’s no right and wrong, just different points of view. In fact, when philosophers speak about morality, one of the aspects that is more discussed is whether a person would be more willing to save someone if it was a relative or a friend. Applying that to The 100, we have seen that Bellamy didn’t mind sacrificing a few of the Sky People for the greater good (another notion often studied in morality). However, things were different when the one being put in danger was Kane, someone whom Bellamy knows very well and who was served as a mentor for him for a long time now. This is when Bellamy makes the distinction between “my people” and “MY people”. Listen, it might not be ideal, but if it brings the Bellamy we have all grown to love back, I’m willing to roll with it. I have already talked about how I don’t buy into this whole Bellamy going backwards in his character development by siding with Pike because it seemed to be just a cheap way for the writers to add more drama. And it was. The only positive thing about this plot point might be getting to see some of the best work Bob Morley has done in The 100. Morley did an excellent job in making Bellamy go from ruthless and indifferent in the first scenes to being completely devastated at Kane being sentenced to death and later lying to Hannah.
The revolution didn’t only come from Kane’s people attempting to break free from the cells, but also from Raven. The fact that the writers didn’t have Jasper turn to the magic pill like Raven did was a very gratifying twist. Instead of that, Jasper helped Raven realize that, just as we had previously seen with Jaha and his son, Raven couldn’t really remember anything about Finn. Unlike Jaha, Raven is able to break free from Allie’s manipulation and aborts Jaha’s mission. Hopefully this realization will also give Jasper a new purpose and a more interesting role to play this season. I would definitely be on board with a storyline that had Raven, Jasper and Abby (where was she?) teaming up against Jaha.
And now for the elephant in the room: Lexa. A big portion of the fandom are not only mad at the decision of having killed her (there are many ways to write a character off), but also at what it implied: the death of one of the most interesting LGBT relationships on TV right now. It gets worse when we consider that Clexa was a queer relationship between two women (take a look at LGBT relationships on TV and you will see it’s mainly males). The thing is, straight characters dying is very common, so is straight relationships ending, but given that there are fewer queer relationships on TV, the backlash when they are ended will be bigger. It’s only been a week since Lexa died and adding the fact that there was not a single mention of Lexa or Clarke in this episode and that ‘Terms and Conditions’ didn’t even pass the Bechdel test, it’s understandable that fans are still mad at the show. The 100 had a golden opportunity to write one of the greatest lesbian love stories on television and they ended it abruptly.