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‘The 100’ Review: “The Gospel of Josephine” – Hallowed Be Her Name

The 100 — “The Gospel of Josephine” — Image Number: HU605a_0661r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Eliza Taylor as Clarke and Bob Morley as Bellamy — Photo: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Honorable Mentions

Murphy: Clearly whatever Murphy saw when he died for those few minutes in episode two royally forked him up. He’s always been a cockroach and considered his survival over everyone else’s. However, there’s been character development over the last five seasons and he’s actually been shown to care about other people, namely Emori, Raven, and Bellamy. Some would say even Clarke as of 6×01. That seems to have fallen to the wayside for now as the idea of immortality really seems to be one that he fancies. After all, you can’t go to hell if you never really die. Josephine picks up on this from him while they’re watching the video of her first resurrection and uses it later as a bargaining chip. We’ll get more in to that under theories though.

Bellamy and Clarke: Yes, I already waxed poetic about them up top but it deserves another shout-out. It’s no secret that I think they deserve to smoosh their faces together-in fact, it’s no secret that I think they should have been smooshing their faces together for at least the last two seasons but that’s neither here nor there.  But this goes beyond that.

It was always going to be Bellamy that would figure out that Clarke was no longer Clarke. Because no matter who they’re dating or banging or canonically with, they are each other’s person. Period. They know each other better than anyone else and from the moment JoseClarke entered the pub and spoke to Bellamy, he knew something was up. Sure, he originally brushed it off as her being happy for once which is something he wants for her but as the episode continued, his suspicion grew. He knew that his Clarke would never be on the opposite side of him on an issue such as this. It’s why he kept speaking trig to her in the first place, he knew something was wrong. Could they have drawn something a little more personal to them as a test? Say, a ‘together’ reference or ‘head and heart’ or even the phone calls?

 Sure.

But something tells me that the real emotion of the story is coming down the line a little later in the season where we’ll get all of those references, and god willing, some new ones.  If it doesn’t, it’s a severely missed opportunity, but I actually have a pretty good feeling about it.

Regardless, the scene where Josephine asks Bellamy to repeat his last line because it “sounds like flashba which is flashback. So, it is dream?” What truly nailed it was her little smirk after the fact. She knew that he knew and was testing her and she stopped pretending and gave him the answer he was looking for.

 Amazing.

 Bellamy pushing her up against the wall, covering her mouth, demanding to know who she was?

Also stellar.

It should also be noted that it’s more than likely that the gang all watched the video of Josephine’s original resurrection because our characters needed to be made aware of just what had happened to Clarke. She’s ‘dead.’

(She’s not dead.)

It was a good tool to up the emotional stakes for Bellamy, Murphy, and the others, to make them understand just how much they had lost.

Priya: We didn’t get to see much of her this episode and she tried to play along as Delilah for Jordan for a few seconds. Ultimately, she too knew that he knew and stopped pretending.

“Delilah is happy. She wants you to know that.”

Sounds fake, but okay.

Priya was likely trying to offer Jordan a sense of false comfort as a kindness, like she all but demanded that her followers say, “Hallowed Be Her Name” after mentioning Delilah, which is typically reserved just for the Primes and not their hosts. After all, the Primes believe that the host is completely brain dead before their consciousness is uploaded.

Gabriel and Russell: Clearly they weren’t always the sworn enemies they are now. It’s clear that Gabriel is the more reluctant of the two of them using hosts and uploading people, but in his desperation to get Josie back, he did it anyway. What changed for him to change his mind and now be the figurehead of the anti-Sanctum?

We learn from the Eureka video that hosts must be at least twenty-one years of age to be viable. Otherwise their brains are under-developed and can’t handle the upload of someone else. We also learn that when ‘killing’ the hosts, the brain shuts down except for the lower brain.

I’d hate to know how many experiments they had to go through that became obvious. Yikes.

Theories

So. Many. Theories.

Typically, my theories touch on how our people are going to get Clarke back. This week it’s a little different. Now, it’s what are Bellamy and Murphy going to do since they both know that Clarke is dead and Josephine is wearing her like a nice jacket?

Clearly, Murphy’s mortality scares him. Josie offers him immortality. To do that, we know that he’d have to become a nightblood which makes me wonder if at some point this season all of our main characters will become nightbloods. Also, clearly, Josephine’s main agenda is convincing Abby to turn most of Sanctum in to nightbloods, or at least those of them she’ll consider worthy of the honor. She might lie and volunteer herself. Sort of a, “You make us new hosts, I’ll help bring your daughter back.” situation.

Where does Madi fit in though? She obviously gets grabbed at some point, something I can’t see Bellamy being cool with. That paralytic can’t last forever and something tells me that there’s going to be hell to pay when it wears off. We know that Sanctum can’t use Madi as a host anyway since her brain is still under-developed, but we also know that she’s strapped to a chair with that brain wave detector on her head in the trailer. Are they just studying her? Are they going to put her in to the bubble stuff to make her older like Octavia’s hand so that they can use her more quickly? How do their flames interact with Flame 2.0?

 So many questions that I need answers to.

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Don’t forget there’s no new episode next week and The 100 returns June 11th on The CW at 9/8c.

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Heather Mason

Heather Mason joined the TV Source Magazine team in December 2017 with plans to cover The CW's 100.