**This article contains spoilers for “The Red Queen” and events that happened in prior episodes.**
“We’ve been off the ring for a day and we are already talking about murdering hundreds of people.”
Let’s start off by saying that my worries about the prisoner crew from earlier episodes have quickly started to vanish. I was hesitant that we may start to hit the exact notes that we’ve seen multiple seasons now. After getting to know them more though, it looks like we might be in for something very different.
The show did a fantastic job at throwing us into the middle of their crew. I can tangibly feel the history and past that these people share, even if I don’t know all the details. They already seemed like a fully fleshed out group that had been through hell, and that’s great. They don’t feel like a hollow group of people freshly introduced for the sake of the show—but rather a crew with their own experiences that happened to collide with our character’s stories.
We were given glimpses of the prisoner crew’s preexisting relationships and personal strains with each other as Charmaine interrogated Clarke. As Clarke held her ground protecting Madi, they clashed on how best to handle the situation—with more violence, or peaceful talks. Eliza Taylor did a fantastic job portraying Clarke’s stress and struggle to keep Madi hidden from them, and when she finally broke, it felt genuine and desperate. It was odd—but very neat—to hear Clarke explain to them how the world ended. It’s a great twist that these people really know nothing about how everything happened. This idea alone will hopefully bring completely fresh scenarios and ideals to the show.
While Clarke held her ground on the surface, the space crew successfully docked on Eligius IV. It was eerie exploring the ship with them, not knowing what to expect around every corner. I mean I certainly didn’t expect nearly 300 prisoners still in cryo-sleep being stashed away. This show is not holding back it’s punches. We’re only on the third episode, and our “protagonists” are already holding the lives of 300 prisoners hostage. It’s these massive and impossible ethical choices that really make this show shine. The theme of there being no good guys really holds true as they realize it’s a threat that they will need to stick to if they are to keep their people on the surface safe.
We got some great character moments as the space crew explored the mining vessel. Bellamy was abruptly placed in Clarke’s leadership shoes, John and Monty had a great personal clash, and Raven made a selfless decision. Raven realized that she potentially had to sacrifice her own life in order for their threat to go through, and she lied to Bellamy about her escape plan (something I immediately realized the moment she delivered the lines). In an effort to prove that he isn’t useless, John also volunteered to stay behind to provide backup for Raven. This is a decision that ultimately backfired, as he realized that Raven never had an out. It’ll be fun watching the two of them have to deal with each other for the foreseeable future.
Emori had a particularly powerful journey this episode. Raven had been training her for years on how to operate the drop ship, and when it was finally her moment, she nearly killed everyone. Someone who lived only as a grounder was now a fully capable pilot of a drop ship—that alone is awesome. On top of her piloting woes, we even got some intel on why there is strain between her and John, something which played even more into the remorse she felt for screwing up her big debut. Thankfully this all lead to a very triumphant moment as she successfully landed everyone on the surface.
I’ve always admired the momentum and drive of this show, and that admiration continued as our space crew landed on earth—a point that I feel many shows would have waited longer to get to. It’s here that they immediately ran into Madi, who informed them that Clarke was alive and in trouble (while also dropping the bombshell that everyone is still in the bunker). It was powerful seeing Bellamy realize that Clarke was alive, and that all the guilt he has hung onto may have been fruitless. At the same time, he now has to contend with the fact that his sister is still trapped in a bunker. The final scene with Bellamy reuniting with Clarke was badass, as he stood tall and threatened the lives of 300 people for the safety of one.
I can easily say that “Sleeping Giants” (great title by the way) is the strongest episode so far this season. The relentless hour gave us great character moments across the board, big ethical roadblocks, and several great edge-of-your-seat moments. We also got some fantastic screen time with the prison crew, as we got a better idea of who they are and how they operate. Now we just need to know when the Bunker crew will come into play—and how.
What did you guys think of the episode? Make sure to leave your thoughts on it down below!
- I’m very intrigued how Octavia will come into the picture on the surface—and how they react to the new threat.
- I really enjoy the stories of both Echo and Emori, having gone from being grounders to essentially have the knowledge and experience of on the original 100. It brings out a new perspective from both of them.
- Zeke’s reminiscing of growing up on earth was great, especially with how foreign it feels given the current state of things.
- The idea that Bellamy and everyone were essentially people of legend to Madi is awesome. They are the people of the stories Clarke told her growing up. It was a nice touch to see Madi immediately know who they were, and how excited she was to see them.
- Bellamy with that coffee mug. Fantastic and powerful moment.
- “Son of a bitch.”
You can catch The 100 on The CW when it airs on Tuesdays at 9pm EST.