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


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.

Chloe and Mitch

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”


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.

Mitch Bat

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.

Mitch Abraham Chloe

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.

Jackson Jamie Shafer Leo

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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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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