After season 2, everyone knew it was going to be very difficult to top the events of Mount Weather. Mount Weather was one of the most intense story lines in the series so far. It had the gruesome acts that the people of Mount Weather were willing to go to to survive and the ultimate mass genocide that Clarke and Bellamy have to live with after having killed everyone in Mount Weather to save their own people.
Add to that the betrayal by Lexa at Mount Weather and Clarke finds herself with very little trust in anyone and seeking isolation after what she did to survive Mount Weather. When we last saw Clarke she left Camp Jaha and was wondering on her own, though the writers have said she will find Lexa again and just what that means we don’t yet know.
Season 3 begins with every one of the ground nations looking for Clarke, who has been nicknamed “Wanheda”. Bellamy and his group go out in search for Clarke and end up finding members of the farming section of the ark, adding 60+ more to their group of survivors. Both sides are struggling to come to terms with the alliance between the Sky People and the Grounders.
Personally I feel like the Clarke versus the world and Lexa angle is a bit over done at this point. We spent a lot of time on it in season 2, and so far they are spending a lot of time on it in season 3. The interesting thing is the story line that was the most dis-interesting in season 2, is now the most interesting in season 3. The City of Light and Jaha.
The A.I. has been gathering up followers to find technology and Jaha is continuing to gather more believers to her cause. Murphy who is normally the one causing trouble is not sure that Jaha can be trusted anymore and he is looking out for himself, which is pretty much what Murphy does. However, what the A.I’s goals are remain to be seen but it can’t be any good. Erica Cerra plays the A.I. Alie and is a perfect choice of calm and calculating. It is really great to see her back on TV. Makes me miss Eureka.
Overall I would give the season 2-part premiere a 3.5/5. The show is rehashing a few old story lines with slightly different chain of events. The new story line with Jaha and Murphy keeps things interesting and different but I fear they will be hanging on to the Clarke/Lexa/Grounder story too long this season. What made season 2 so incredible was Mount Weather, a real dark enemy. We are only 2 episodes in and we can only hope things get better.