So much happened in this episode. For me what stood out a lot are the parallel stories told about leadership. On one hand, we have Clarke, who is acting Counselor in Kane's absence and while Clarke is doing what she believes is best for her people, she's clearly conflicted about her decisions. On the Ark, Clarke hated everything about Jaha, but now placed in a similar situation, she finds herself seeing a sort of kinship with the man. Then there's Luna, who has abdicated leadership in the past and now finds herself in the position to save all of humanity by virtue of the blood she actively seeks to reject. Luna could be a leader but she clearly wants no part in it. Roan, clearly believes that he was meant to lead his people and enjoys his power but is all too aware of exactly tenuous his position is. Kane, is desperate to hold the shaky alliance together but is also desperate to hold onto his new found morality. Finally, we have Abby, who depends on science to save the day. The 100, is offering us several different types of leadership styles and they are all to some degree sympathetic. At the end of the day, what really matters is humanity being able to survive the coming storm.
Let's begin with the return to ALLIE's little island. It seems that Jaha informed everyone that there's a lab there where Nightblood was originally made. Abby, Raven, Nyko, Luna, Murphy, Emori and a few soldiers head out with the hope of turning everyone into a Nightblood. As they reach the markers, Emori stops, having never passed it before because to do was to break ALLIE's rule about mutants on the island. It's Murphy who crosses first and extends his hand in support to Emori. I really like these two as a couple, even if they are always scheming for the best advantage for themselves.
The moment they get through the barrier, they are attacked by ALLIE's drones and have to take cover. Nyko ends up sacrificing himself to stop Luna from being shot to death. As the crew dives for cover, Luna takes the opportunity to disappear. Without Luna's blood -- this entire endeavor is pointless -- so they split up to find her. Abby heads off with Emori and Murphy, who discuss hiding out in the shelter that he was locked in the first time he came to the island. Murphy's only objection is that it's no longer stocked with supplies, even though it's large enough for two. Raven is forced to stay behind because of her leg. This is when Raven notices that the drone Jackson shot earlier is still active. Raven tries to get to it but is chased back to the bushes. It's then Raven notices Luna making her way back to the boat. Raven chases after Luna, and just manages to cross the barrier before being shot. Clearly, Luna has had enough and thinks that humanity is just horrible, and therefore; believes that project save humans should just end. Raven manages to talk Luna down by reminding her of just how good Adria was and adds that there are other Adrias out there. Luna helps Raven retrieve the drone and Raven shuts it down. I really like that even though Raven's disability slowed her down that her skill at hacking served as a reminder of just how skilled Raven is.
With the way no clear of drones, Abby and crew reunite and enter the lab. It's all bright and shiny, causing amazement. It's only then that they begin to wonder why ALLIE felt the need to have drones in the first place. Exactly what was ALLIE protecting the lab from? Abby wisely advises Raven to get the drones back in the air as soon as possible.
Things in Arkadia start off light and almost fun, but don't stay that way for long. Courtesy of Jasper, Jaha awakes to find himself floating on a mattress in the middle of the lake. Jasper calls the peoples attention when Jaha awakens before calling out to Jaha that he's been floated. It's a light take on the very real punishments Jaha inflicted when he was Counselor. It's also btw the last time that I didn't want to slap Jasper this episode.