Dallas and Robo are experiencing some mechanical issues onboard the Georgia Overdrive due to solar flares on their delivery route. They are able to get the ship running but the electromagnetic disturbances are affecting Robo’s circuits. Soon, they receive a distress call and check out the scene where they find a run-down scientific research station with people inside.
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The four remaining survivors board the Georgia Overdrive where they share their horrific tale of fighting off a murderer. The scientists picked up a stranded motorist who turned out to be a cannibal biker that terrorized them and killed many of their colleagues. If it weren’t for the heroics of their intern, they would all have been dead.
Not learning from the scientists’ story, even more people trapped in the storm are picked up and a dinner party is held on board the ship. Soon, guests are murdered one by one and it’s up to Dallas and Robo to find their inner Hercule Poroit to catch the killer in time.
“Murder on the Georgia Overdrive” is a silly and pleasant one-off that puts a nice slant on the murder mystery. The episode never takes itself seriously and the absurd interpretation on the genre works well for a comedy. There are twists and misdirects that, though not shocking, are still entertaining. The final reveal is very fitting for Dallas & Robo and makes the viewer question everything that takes place.
The addition of a narrator is a nice touch and effectively complements the storytelling. It adds another level of separation between the viewer and the plot which can help look at the big picture to solve the mystery. But it also brings up the credibility of the tale considering the ending.
There are pretty good jokes and gags throughout the episode including Robo’s embarrassing attempts to impress one of the scientists. In addition, there are pretty hilarious moments with The Woodsman. Like mentioned before, he’s the kind of guy that nobody likes but its kind of endearing the many different ways Dallas gives him a hard time. I could watch her tool and bag on The Woodsman all day.
Despite being a stand-alone, I wished there was more of a link to the overarching storylines. The first three episodes built upon Robo’s enigmatic AI history and why someone is keeping tabs on him. That plotline isn’t advanced and when the season only has eight episodes, I hope there’s enough time to flesh it out with a satisfying conclusion.
Watch Dallas & Robo Saturday nights at midnight-ish on Syfy.