The fuck did I just watch? The most cringeworthy episode to date, and by now, that’s really quite a feat.
To get the minor stuff out of the way: Congratulations, Maggie and Hal, you are no longer the couple with least chemistry! Pope and Popette just dethroned you by bonding over a burned corpse!
Now, back to what matters: Tom Supermason. For the second time since the mole planted explosives in Charleston, we find the 2nd Mass digging through rubble for survivors. Tom, while being buried under tons of debris and a crashed beamer, naturally has no scratch and can easily free Dingaan with his superhuman strength. He then proceeds to stick his arm into slimy alien devices to open the conveniently present hatch of the beamer. Once inside, we witness the 418th infection with some alien parasite in Tom’s life because he just has to touch something that suspiciously looks like Lexi’s cocoon. Y’know, the thing Weaver badly burned his hand on. Dingaan takes a brief break from completely freaking out about everything to remove the parasite. Remember the badass guy who builds suits from trash to escape Espheni ghettos? Well, Dingaan does not, which is unfortunate, considering that badass guy was him, last week. He’s now a whiny mess and blames himself for the death of his family and wants to die. Lucky him, because there’s also an Espheni bomb on board of the beamer, and the pin was removed. (It’s a grenade bomb with the world’s longest timer.) Not a problem for Supermason, he simply drags Dingaan back through the hatch and voila, both are protected from the blast, all while reciting speeches about not losing hope as usual.
Above, still digging in rubble, Weaver and Matt Mason are… digging in rubble. That is all they do, except in the beginning, Matt knocks down Pope for the suggestion that Tom is probably dead. Matt. 11 years old Matt. Knocks down Pope. Worf Effect detected. Whatever.
Meanwhile, Ben has been taken to some Espheni facility by Lexi, who shows him “the future”. And that is turning humans into skitters because evolution. This is apparently supposed to be the Espheni’s “true big plan”. The one they only remembered in season 4, while doing completely unrelated things in the 3 seasons before. Then Lexi just lets him go.
Ben returns just in time to join the second coming of the “paralyzed” story arc. This time, it’s Maggie being paralyzed instead of Hal. Before Ben’s arrival, Ann has already performed a syringe-only procedure on Maggie and injected the spine spike fluid from Deni into her back, with zero success. Ben then insists that Ann takes out his spikes and implants them into Maggie because “he couldn’t save Lexi”. (I must have misunderstood the episode before, as to me, it looked like Ben was going to find Lexi so she could save him.) He also points out to Ann that “the Lexi we knew is gone”. Strange, the Lexi I knew was always a psychopath, right after magically aging from 5 to 21 and changing her race. Anyway, of course, the Volm can provide the technology Ann needs to go through with this plan. And why wouldn’t she, after Deni’s fluid did absolutely nothing and no-one had any reason to believe the spikes would even work on adults.
After the surgery, the Espheni bomb detonates and conveniently reveals Dingaan and Tom, right where Matt and Weaver were digging in the rubble. Ann then abandons her two unconcious surgery patients for many a Mason Hug [tm]. It ends with Hal and Tom witnessing a strange green light on the moon. I can only repeat what I said before… whatever. This show started so damn strong, and now… it just really, really blows. It’s so sad. Sorry, Tom, I cannot have hope here anymore.