‘The 100’ 7×11 Review: “Etherea”

The man, the myth, the legend is back.

That’s right – Bellamy Blake is alive and well. Despite everyone thinking he blew up, Bellamy actually jumped to another planet right as the bomb went off. I’m not going to say I told you so, but I told you so.

I honestly didn’t realize how much I missed Bellamy until watching this episode. Bellamy has been and will always be such a vital part of The 100. The show hasn’t been the same without him and it shows.

This episode gave me a lot of familiar vibes to when Clarke wound up alone on Earth back in season five. Both were presumed dead and were left to survive on their own. They also both found companionship to get them through what would otherwise be a long, painful time of solitude.

The difference between Clarke and Bellamy is that Bellamy had the ability to hold on to the hope that he will be reunited with the people he loves. And that’s what has kept him going. Clarke, on the other hand, had no reason to believe people in the bunker would get through and that Spacekru would return to Earth.

A lot of the episode was spent showing us that Pike was actually a lot more useful than we initially thought. His earth skills class really came in handy for Bellamy as it allowed him to survive for as long as he did on this mysterious planet. He learned how to sew, to make a tourniquet, and that tree sap can heal wounds. Who knew!

One of the highlights of this episode was seeing Bellamy back in action. I’ve seen Free Solo so the idea of Bellamy free climbing that mountain gave me a lot of anxiety. There were some touch and go moments but ultimately Bellamy persevered and was able to climb that daunting mountain.

Never would I have thought I’d be having an appreciation for Pike one day but here we are.

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When we’re not watching Bellamy climb a steep and harrowing mountain to get to the anomaly, we were busy watching him fight the disciple about his beliefs.

Listen, I’m not entirely sure how The Shepherd managed to get all these people to subscribe to his absurd ramblings about “for all mankind” but whatever gets you through the day, right? That said, Bellamy has a lot of experience with people worshiping false gods and the consequences of following those holier than thou beliefs.

While deeming something as the last war they will ever face sounds promising, Bellamy has a point that it may be too good to be true. Everyone wants peace and hopes that the last war they fight is indeed their last. That doesn’t mean that actually happens, so what’s to say the last war of mankind will be the last?

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If I was Bellamy, I’d be a pessimist too.

I will give some credit to The Shepherd and his followers, however. Their idea of valuing everyone, not just the people in your inner circle holds a lot of merits. Perhaps peace could be attainable if everyone recognized their bond with one another. That way, the idea of saving “your people” yet killing others wouldn’t apply because everyone would be your people.

If Bellamy and others held this belief, maybe all the carnage they left behind on Earth may have been avoided.

Fortunately for The Shepherd, they made a believer out of Bellamy despite all his hesitation in the beginning. Throw in a glowing yellow light and a vision of his dead mother and Bellamy will be hooked. It’s this conversation that provided the biggest twist of the hour.

After Bellamy falls through the anomaly, he lands on Bardo where he is able to come face-to-face with The Shepherd. That’s when we find out that Bellamy has become a true believer as he falls to his knees in front of him. What was even more shocking was that within seconds of reuniting with Clarke, Octavia, and Echo, he has already betrayed them for The Shepherd.

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One of the biggest advantages Clarke, Octavia, and Echo had while on Bardo was that The Shepherd thought Clarke had the flame and was therefore the key to this war. Of course, as we know, Clarke doesn’t have the flame and it was actually destroyed. Clarke has decided to keep that information to herself as leverage.

That is until Bellamy informed The Shepherd just as soon as he got to Bardo that Clarke and Octavia have been lying this whole time.

I have to admit, the fact that this kind of spoiled their reunion bothered me. I won’t stay too mad though as this twist will no doubt have huge ramifications for the rest of the season that I’m excited for. With Clarke, Echo, and Octavia viewing The Shepherd as the enemy, will this now make Bellamy a foe as well?

If this is a final war of mankind, I feel as though everyone should put the past behind them and join forces. Otherwise, they’ll be doomed before this war even starts. There were mistakes made on both sides, but if this war is as serious as they say it is, I think it’s time to bury the hatchet.

We have seen countless times how working against each other will inevitably cause everyone to fail. Hello, Eden? You’d think these people will have learned from their mistakes by now.

It’s been roughly 2-3 months since Bellamy was presumed dead. That’s an estimate because the timeline of this season is very wonky but I imagine that’s enough time for Bellamy to grow out his hair. Regardless, that’s a few more months that everyone has spent fighting each other. My hope is that Bellamy will be the bridge to unify our favorite characters with the people of Bardo.

I, for one, will have a little faith.

The 100 airs on The CW on Wednesday at 8/7c.

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