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Zoo Episode Review – “Pack Mentality”


Season 1 | Episode 4 | Aired July 21, 2015

Apparently I’m really terrible at reviewing shows that air on Tuesdays. I have no idea why that is, but anyone who read my reviews for Finding Carter can attest to this (especially since I haven’t reviewed the last two episodes yet). But, it’s finally here, my review for last week’s episode of Zoo!

Several things happened in “Pack Mentality”. The five recruits were forced to work together for the first time, we learned a bit more about Mitch’s background, the fate of Evan Lee Hartley was revealed, and I found out I spelt Reiden Global wrong multiple times in my last review.

In this fourth episode, Jackson, Abraham, Mitch, Chloe, and Jamie headed to Mississippi after hearing about the wolf attack at the prison. While Jackson, Chloe, and Jamie head to the prison, Abraham and Mitch are assigned to try and find one of the wolves so they can run some tests and try to figure out why the attack happened.

While at the prison, Jackson realizes that Evan Lee Hartley is the only surviving member from the wolf attack. Not only that, but determine that Hartley is actually the pack alpha, though none of them know why or what Hartley’s connection to all of this is.

Jackson Wolves

Mitch and Abraham go out into the woods to try and catch one of the wolves and must avoid a hunting party who want the wolves dead. However, the hunting party is not their biggest worry as they are instead found by Hartley. Before Hartley can do anything to them though, the hunters shoot one of the wolves and Hartley runs off.

Jamie goes on a little solo mission to try and gather information about Evan Lee Hartley and discovers a photo of the man with Jackson’s father, Robert. She also learns that Hartley used to just a normal guy, until he suddenly went out into the woods one day and murdered an entire hunting party. That’s definitely disturbing and it makes you wonder what it was about that day that suddenly changed things.

After each of their solo missions, the group reunite to run tests on the wolf and make quite the discovery with the use of a coffee pot and coconuts. Not going to lie, I’m not 100% certain what it was they did here or what this test proved, but I gathered from the coffee pot exploding that it was incredibly bad.

Meanwhile, in Antarctica, a research station is attacked by a cloud of bats. The two women working there believe the reason by the bats suddenly being there is because the animals are trying to protect each other and the bats know the women have several birds in cages. After the birds are released, the bats leave, but not until the two women have already died from exposure to the cold.

Also in this episode, we are introduced to FBI Agent Ben Shafer (Geoff Stults) and I’m intrigued to see what part he will play in all of this.

Like the last episode, I really liked how we got to learn a bit more about the characters in this one. It’s revealed that Mitch has an ex-wife! And a daughter! Is that why he seems so bitter all the time? We don’t know for sure yet, but I’m betting we’ll find out soon.

We also learned more about what Jackson’s childhood was like with his father. While parts of it sound great, other parts… well, not so much. Though I reckon Jackson’s probably rethinking everything that happened during his childhood that he called ‘crazy’ now that all the animals are going nuts.

This episode has also increased the fear I feel whenever I’m around any animal now. It doesn’t help that the birds in my backyard sit on the fence and stare at me through the window, but you know, I’m sure they’re not conspiring or anything.

The whole concept of this episode was genuinely freaky. Somehow Hartley is connected to the wolves, he is also somehow connected to Robert Oz. Not only that, but the increased changes in the animal’s behaviour just gets more and more disturbing. It was creepy enough when the bats flew too high in the sky, too early in the day. Who ever heard of bats in Antarctica?

Honestly, this show just gets better with each episode. We’re only four episodes in and they’ve already got me freaked out by my dog and desperately wanting to read the book. One of the reasons is because I want to know what happens next.

What is Hartley’s connection? What made him snap that day? What is his connection to Robert Oz? What is the cause behind the animals sudden change in behaviour? And so many more! All in all, this episode was fantastic and I am very excited to watch tonight’s.

This felt like more of a recap than a review, but this episode was actually really hard to review! So much happened and it was so good, but I don’t know how to react to it without using the words ‘freaky’ and ‘amazing’ several more times.

What did you think of last week’s episode? Any predictions for tonight?

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