Zoo Episode Review: “The Cheese Stands Alone”

Zoo

Season 1 | Episode 8 | Aired August 18, 2015

This episode was gross. No really, it was disgusting. And why is that? Rats! Rats are the reason this episode grossed me out so much. A huge swarm of squeaking, blood-thirsty rats. I’m cringing as I type this.

“The Cheese Stands Alone” saw Jackson, Abraham, Jamie, and Chloe heading to Pender Island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the supposed rat infestation that’s taken place there while Mitch claims to be going to Harvard to do some research. Mitch never actually makes it Harvard, instead he goes to visit his daughter, Clementine, and spend the day with her before going to Reiden Global to bargain The Mother Cell for Clem’s medicine. However, while he’s there he something that surprised him and completely shocked me.

This was a pretty good episode, even if it did have my skin crawling the whole time. We’re still learning, piece by piece, some things about Jackson’s childhood and it seems like things really started to go downhill with his father when he was twelve, which is actually the last time he was at Pender Island.

There’s been some hints at possible characters getting together (I haven’t read the book so maybe this actually happens, maybe they’re just teasing), but as a person of the Internet I already know couples are being shipped. Some Internet people like Jackson/Jamie. However, last night a character we met for the first time made a comment about Jackson and Chloe (something else the Internet likes). Personally, I’m a fan of Mitch and Jamie in any capacity just because she seems to drive him crazy and he’s incredibly sarcastic so them just being friends and hanging out is hilarious.

Speaking of Mitch, we know last week he seemed to be transferring to the dark side when he called Reiden Global and told them in exchange for The Mother Cell being returned he wanted medicine for his daughter. Well, this week he went to make the exchange and saw something that I most definitely did not see coming. Delavane, the man who has been leading their entire operation, is at RG head office. What?!

Please tell me I’m not the only one totally surprised by this. Is he with Reiden Global? Is he undercover? Whose side is he really on? From the looks of next week’s preview, he’s definitely not on the right side.

We also found a bit more about Ben Shafer or ‘Number 12’ as he’s apparently called. There was this whole scene with a random guy (I still am not totally sure who he is) on a date with a woman (who now seems to be irrelevant). He ends up getting a phone call to say Number 12 is dead and is then sent video footage of FBI Agent Ben Shafer talking to Jackson and the others, though the man doesn’t know who they are yet.

So now we have even more questions. Who is Ben Shafer really? Why is he called Number 12? Who is this man and what is his involvement?

So many questions and so little time left before they all get eaten by animals.

Especially since they seemed to determine this episode that the animals various evolutions has nothing to do with them surviving, but rather them being able to wipe out other species, namely: humans. Wonderful. This show is just making me slowly more and more scared to go outside. But then I also don’t want to stay inside in case my dog turns ravenous and learns how to call other dogs to come attack.

Look at it. It’s vicious.

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I’m really loving Zoo so far. All the characters are interesting, the storylines are great, and I love how they don’t give away everything all at once. They keep you guessing and give you the information piece by piece.

I seriously need to go buy this book.

What do you think of Zoo so far? Are you terrified of your pets?

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Zoo Episode Review: “This Is What It Sounds Like”

Zoo

Season 1 | Episode 6 | Aired August 4, 2015

Shocking. That’s the first word I would use to describe “This Is What It Sounds Like”. Mitch and Chloe spent majority of the episode trying to stay alive after being kidnapped by Silva and his gang who want them to solve the bat issue while Abraham searches all over for them.

Meanwhile, Jackson and Shafer help Jamie remember what happened during the crash and this information actually leads them directly to Hartley. Unfortunately, they reach him too late and Hartley dies before they can get any information from him.

More surprising than this is that we find out whose side Shafer is really on. There’ve been a lot of characters in this show so far so I’m not 100% certain who it was that paid Shafer off, but considering how badly he wanted The Mother Cell, I’m guessing it was someone at Reiden Global. Before he can get it, Jamie shoots (and I think kills) him which I’m fairly certain makes them fugitives.

As all this is going on, a new animal has been affected by The Mother Cell: bears. A poor woman in France is trapped in her pantry after a bear gets into her house and tears apart her kitchen. This was absolutely terrifying.

So I definitely did not see Shafer’s storyline coming. I didn’t like the guy from the moment he was introduced, but I never imagined he would tie Jamie up and then beat up Jackson, all for this Mother Cell. Not only that, but he killed someone! Like I said, I’m assuming he’s being paid off by Reiden Global (if I’m wrong, please correct me).

If that is the case though, then their reach goes pretty far and taking them down might be even harder than it seemed. Though I don’t think it’ll be too hard to convince them they need to do it, especially since Mitch tried to contact his daughter in Tuesday’s episode and we all knew Clementine’s dog is taking medicine from RG.

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There are just so many things I can see right now are going to go wrong and so many more than we obviously don’t know about yet.

Also, Hartley’s dead. Again, not what I was expecting. I was expecting this big crazy showdown given how determined he was, but it seems he got what he wanted when he had an optometrist put something back inside his eye. What it was, we don’t know yet. I’m guessing we’ll find out next week and hopefully get some answers on Hartley and on Jackson’s father.

From the looks of the preview we’ll also be getting some answers on why a bear raided a poor woman’s kitchen and then went into hibernation. In the middle of spring. I was so confused at first how it was that this woman didn’t hear the bear walking behind her.

Like, she had hardwood floors. When my dog is walking on my kitchen floor I can hear her and she’s twelve pounds of fluff. How does anyone not hear a bear in their house? Even if you don’t know it’s a bear, you’d think that a woman who lives alone (I’m assuming) would hear other footsteps in her house! But apparently not. She didn’t notice the bear until it was a couple feet away in the kitchen at which point she hid in the pantry.

Yup, pretty much exactly what I would do. Hide or just get out as quickly as possible and get as far away as possible. They say you can’t outrun a bear and that you’re supposed to make yourself seem bigger and make lots of noise. I’m guessing this information doesn’t apply in Zoo, nor would it apply if there was actually a bear in your house. I’m not sure what the protocol for that is so let’s hope it never happens.

I really enjoyed Tuesday’s episode. I normally have to watch each episode twice before I review it to make sure I got everything and understood it all, but as the season goes on I’m not having to do that and it’s becoming easier to follow everything.

What did you think of the most recent episode?

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Zoo Episode Review: “Blame it on Leo”

Zoo

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”!

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