Season 1 | Episode 5 | Aired July 28, 2015
Bats were the theme of Tuesday night’s episode of Zoo. After finding the name ‘Leo Butler’ written all over Hartley’s bible, Jamie and Jackson (along with FBI Agent Ben Shafer after he invites himself along) head to out to find out who he is, especially after learning of his former ties to Reiden Global. Meanwhile, Abraham, Mitch, and Chloe fly to Rio to try and figure out why there is a sudden influx of bats during the daytime.
Jamie and Jackson manage to find Leo, but he doesn’t know anything about Robert Oz or Hartley. However, he knows quite a lot about Reiden Global and reveals to them that RG has something they call “The Mother Cell”. The group is shocked to learn that The Mother Cell is literally in every product Reiden Global distributes and seems to be what is causing the animals strange behavior.
Jamie and Leo go to retrieve The Mother Cell, but before they can get back to Jackson and Shafer, their car is hit by Hartley, who then takes the cell.
In Rio, Mitch, Chloe, and Abraham discover that the bats seem to be attracted to technology after Chloe is attacked by one while on the phone to Jackson. This would explain why the bats took down Abraham and Jackson’s plane while they were in Japan and why there were bats in Antarctica, attracted to the solar panels.
As they try to create an antenna that will help test and deal with this issue, they are once again confronted by the gang from earlier who, unfortunately, don’t go quite so easy on them this time. I was very confused by this and was definitely freaking out at my TV when that guy attacked Mitch with the baseball bat (they think they’re so clever) and I’m really looking forward to seeing where they take this next week. Why were these guys attacking them? What was the reason? Is everyone good? What happens with the bats?
While all this happening, we are introduced to a new character, a little girl, Clementine, and her dog, Henry. After being hit by a car, Henry needs surgery and medication. Medication that we see is distributed by Reiden Global. This whole storyline seemed a little pointless at first and I was confused as to why we were suddenly being introduced to this little girl until it is revealed that she is Mitch’s daughter.
Tuesday’s episode was very bat-centric which is something I’m sure all those people who really hate bats appreciated. Now I’m not gonna lie, this episode confused me a little and I definitely have a lot of questions. Is Reiden Global definitely responsible? Seems to be, I think we can assume it is. Are all the animals attacked to technology or is just the bats? And what on earth was Mitch saying for most of the episode?
They should’ve gotten Mitch and Leo together, that would’ve been a conversation no one could keep up with.
Speaking of Mitch, we met his daughter! Finally! He mentioned her last week, but I totally make the connection when we first saw her. Yeah, like I said before, I was a little confused as to why they were suddenly adding this girl to the mix. I was a little worried the dog was going to eat her or something, but then it tried out find. Doesn’t look like it’ll stay that way though!
Now that Henry’s taking meds that come from Reiden who knows what’s going to happen. I’m guessing that’ll probably lead to an interesting reunion with Mitch and his family. I’m just really hoping Clementine doesn’t get eaten.
I’m really liking how they keep splitting the group up into little sub-groups. Last week it was Jamie, Jackson, and Chloe (and Shafer), and Abraham and Mitch. This week Chloe has gone with Mitch and Abraham. It’s just interesting to see and with these smaller groups it feels like we’re able to learn more about each of the characters.
If you had all six of them together all the time we probably wouldn’t learn too much, but by splitting them up there’s more time to focus on the individual characters and their backgrounds and their affects on each other. I’m loving that we’re learning more about Mitch, but I really can’t wait until we more of Abraham’s background as he’s still quite the mystery.
Of course, this mystery isn’t just down to the script, it’s also down to how the character is portrayed and Nonso Anozie does a spectacular job in his role. They all do. It’s really funny when I watch The Whispers on Monday night with Kristen Connolly and then Zoo on Tuesdays because all I can think is how busy she must’ve been filming both.
I think all the actors did particularly good last night, especially Anozie, Nora Arnezder, and Billy Burke. I’m going to make the assumption that the creators of the show didn’t throw hundreds of live bats at their actors (if they did then kudos to the actors for standing there while that happened), but assuming they didn’t they did a great job at pretending they were surrounded.
I’m also really enjoying James Wolk’s performance in the show. He was a big reason I started watching in the first place and after seeing him playing clean and composed former-President’s son Douglas Hammond in Political Animals, this show is so different and he’s done an absolutely phenomenal job.
I have so many questions after Tuesday’s episode and am anxiously waiting for next Tuesday to get here so we can hopefully get some answers.
Make sure to check out the preview for next week’s new episode and tell me what you thought of “Blame it on Leo”!