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The Zoo plane is in freefall

Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

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  • Man, things are not going well for our crew this week, are they? Jackson gets abducted by his psycho sister Abigail, who easily taunts him into revealing his Dr. Doolittle superpowers. Then Abigail literally flicks a switch to turn Mitch into the Mr. Duncan assassin thanks to that carefully placed microchip in his brain. Meanwhile, an octopus takes over the Zoo plane, which is headed straight downward: seriously, the plane is in freefall as the episode ends, as various people just get knocked around it and Jamie tries to fight off her now-murderous boyfriend. See you next week!
  • Before he goes all assassiny, Mitch goes temporarily blind, as his dad has to give him three electrical shocks from a power source plugged into the plane to hopefully help him remember what he did when he was not in the dunk tank for 10 years. Blindness is one of the side effects. I know, it makes no sense, except if you think about Billy Burke stopping by the writers’ room and them asking him what he feels like doing that week. “Blindness? Sure, why not? We’ll write that in somehow.”
  • The only good news this week is Abe and Dariela getting back together, which really isn’t such great news for anyone except Isaac, their kid stuck on the plane with them. But the reunion comes in handy when Dariela turns into a samurai warrior to try to free Abe from the multitude of tentacles on that raging hybrid.
  • Speaking of things that make no sense: Jackson using his magical powers just once is enough for Abigail to harness it so that she can use it to set off hybrid beacons all over the country? She is really, really awful, bringing up the death of her brother’s wife and child and hammering away that he’s to blame for it. And even Jackson seems confused about her motives, which just seem to be that she’s an animal activist who’s gone all the way rogue.
  • With all of this action, the thorny Logan/Cylon subplot really sticks out, as he enters IADG to track a different kind of hybrid. Something about spores. See? Not a tentacle to be found.
  • Nobody’s actually flying the plane, right? It’s so well-equipped it just has an amazing auto-pilot?
  • They keep showing shots of that plane going down, but it kind of makes no sense, because according to all the interior shots, that plane should be as big as a condominium complex flying around. I can’t believe that this is the end of the plane, because what else would they do with all those sets? But it would be nice if all the characters weren’t pitched in the same dimly lit darkness all the time. And without the plane, how else would they be able to move around so freely, Peru one week, Copenhagen the next?
  • I guess it’s always handy to have some antelope blood around to throw at people.
  • “This is all we do: Danger.”
  • Comment that could be a theme for this show: “I don’t follow.”