Zoo Season One Finale Review: “That Great Big Hill of Hope”

Zoo

Talk about a season finale! Oh my gosh, Zoo did brilliant, absolutely could not have had a better episode to end season one.

“That Great Big Hill of Hope” was so different than all the other episodes in the season with the team actually being separated for majority of the episode.

After the plane went down at the end of last week’s episode, Jamie was rescued from the water by a strange man in a boat. However, the others don’t know this and all presume she, along with the cub (and the cure), are dead.

The others were granted immunity from their past actions in exchange for them agreeing not to talk about what happened. And they don’t talk about it, not even with each other.

Jackson and Chloe have been working with Amelia Sage to try and find a new method of curing the animals, but it is shown that Jackson has really been struggling and was let go from leading a team after months of failures.

Poor Jackson

Abraham has started working as a bodyguard and protecting people from the animals. He and a group of others have taken it on as their job to drive people around and protect them from the animals now out to kill them.

Meanwhile, Mitch has taken up pretty permanent residence on a bar stool and has been drinking away his sorrows. He’s in a perpetual state of misery over losing Jamie and believes he is a failure because he wasn’t able to save her or the cure and couldn’t stop the world falling apart.

It is revealed during their time apart that Reiden Global made a deal with the government. Essentially they would be pardoned of their actions so long as they helped deal with curing the animals. Typical, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Eventually, the team is brought back together, but not without a lot of drama.

Chloe finds out that a military team in Zambia had found the leopards. Unfortunately, it was too late. The leopards had wandered off their usual territory and were now infected just like all the other animals.

While Jackson is out filling his neighbour’s prescription and grabbing beer he is attacked by baboons, bitten by a dog, and has an epiphany. Mosquitoes are the answer. They bite every living creature, regardless of what it is and they lay their eggs in water so if they inject mosquitoes with the cure then it will be spread in no time.

However, without the leopards it doesn’t matter and it seems like all hope is lost.

It's Over

Then Abraham shows up. The man had been on one of his own runs, driving a man from his home to the hospital when they had stopped at an underground restaurant still serving meat. The man made Abraham realize that now is not the time to push away those you care about, but rather hold them closer than ever.

Jackson and Abraham reconcile and, though they still don’t have a solution, things don’t seem totally hopeless now.

Then something wonderful happens. Jamie calls Mitch. At first he doesn’t believe it’s her (my heart was literally breaking for him, amazing performance Billy Burke, seriously spectacular), but she finally managed to convince him and he was so happy!

Seriously, the fan girl in me was squealing very happily, it was so adorable. Things got even better when Jamie revealed that she still had the cub! Though not really a cub anymore, the fisherman who pulled her from the water that day also saved the leopard cub which means they still have a cure.

Now they the whole team, the cure, and a way to spread the cure, they just needed to get all those things together.

The Team

Mitch calls the others and the four of them are together again, driving to a boat so they can get to Jamie and the cure. However, before they get there they are stopped by a herd of animals who charge them in the road.

And that’s it. That’s where the episode ends. I swear, if this show doesn’t get a second season I will scream. Between Zoo and The Whispers I desperately need to know what’s happening and it’s very much not okay to leave us all hanging!

Alright, so that was a ridiculously long summary of what happened, but last night’s episode was crazy! So much happened and each character had their own little plot and then they all came together, it was great!

Alright, so where do I start? Well, Reiden Global. I said I’d get to that in a minute so let’s talk about that first. I thought that was brilliant what they did with that because it’s so true. RG is a giant company who makes tons of money and basically controls the world so instead of being forced to shut down or re-evaluate everything, they get a slap on the wrist and have to help clean up their mess.

That’s it. That’s all they have to do then they can just go back to what they were doing before. I thought this was so accurate to what actually happens in real life because who hasn’t seen something like that happen with big companies in this day and age.

And then the government was talking about killing all the animals and starting from scratch with rebuilding populations. Are you kidding me?! Yeah, like that’s going to work. Jackson said it best, the human race is just aiding their own demise and extinction.

Killing all the animals and pardoning big companies is exactly what will be the downfall of the human race and I feel like Zoo is showing that brilliantly.

I loved the way they did this episode. It’s always important for a show to have a killer season premier and a killer season finale, especially on the first season if they’re hoping to be renewed (I’m hoping!). And this season finale was killer.

It was so different! I don’t think any of us expected the team to be scattered like that. I assumed (hoped) they would all survive and that when they did they would all still be together.

Instead they were totally separated. It sounded like they talked to each other sometimes, but really had cut themselves off from everyone (expect Jackson and Chloe) and it was both sad and interesting to watch it happen like this.

It was interesting to see how the characters all got on by themselves now. They’d all been so reluctant to work together at first, but now being separated it was like they didn’t know what to do. I just felt so bad for all of them!

I think it really showed a lot of character development when Abraham said the team were friends who became family because at first they were just working together for the sake of figuring out what was going on. Now they couldn’t even look at each other because it was a reminder of their failure, but they couldn’t stay away from each other because they were family.

There's a story there

And the family gained a pet apparently because the cub survived! Oh my goodness, any of you who read my review last week know I desperately wanted to know what happened to the cub and tonight we learned it’s alive! It’s not a cub anymore, not by a long shot (so was Jamie just asleep that whole time or…?)

Yes, the little guy is now a big guy, but still adorable and still holds the key to the cure as Jamie very excitedly told Mitch.

These two are adorable. I know one person who read this ships them just like I do and from looking on Tumblr and Twitter I know a lot of you were very excited at what happened last night.

Mitch basically admitted (drunkenly, yes, but still) that he loved Jamie and it was so incredibly heartbreaking to watch him falling apart and sinking into this deep, dark hole.

Mitch Love

Then they spoke and I was feeling so many emotions all at once it was wonderful. Then, just when things seemed to be looking up and it looked like Mitch and Jamie were going to be reunited, a herd of animals got in the way.

Another character duo I’m glad to see reunited was Jackson and Abraham. I love Chloe and Jackson and I was so happy to see they’d stuck together after everything, but I have to admit I was kind of surprised Jackson and Abraham hadn’t spoken, especially after everything that happened last week!

Not the days

Thankfully the pair made up and the brotherhood was reunited so we got to see Jackson and Abraham and Jackson and Chloe.

Though I have a really bad feeling about Jackson if the show gets another season. They drew attention to that dog bite at the end of the episode and that has to mean something, right? That bite looked really gross and it got me wondering if maybe the animals have advanced so much they can pass the Reiden Global virus onto people?

I mean, we don’t know for sure they can’t, right? Not at this point where when an animal attacks they just kill you. In the beginning when they attacked people maybe they weren’t advanced enough, but that bite looked really nasty and I’m desperately hoping nothing bad happens to Jackson.

From the bite or from the stampede.

Yeah, if you’re going to end your first season, what better way to go out than to have majority of your main cast trapped in a car being charged at by a bunch of blood-thirsty murderous animals?

Herd

As if this episode wasn’t crazy enough already, that ending was insane. Every animal you could think of was just stood there, stopping them from reaching the boat and reaching Jamie and the cure. It was like the animals knew who they were and where they going. Then they charged and it turned to a black screen.

What?! Come on, this is worst than last week! At least last week we knew we’d see the aftermath of what happened, this was the season finale! What if it doesn’t get renewed? We’ll never know what happened.

I’ve said before that if a show ends of a cliff hanger and then gets cancelled they should be able to make one more episode just to show what would have happened. Like, a five years later of something. I decided this after watching Heroes and I stand by it. I will especially stand by it if Zoo and The Whispers don’t get renewed.

Please CBS, give us season two! This show was amazing and fantastic and so many other positive adjective! We desperately need to know what happens!

What do you think happened?

Let me know down below what you thought of the season finale and what you think happens next (no spoilers if you’ve read the book)!

Thanks so much for sticking with me over the course of season one, hopefully we’ll be back here next summer for season two!

**Update: As of October 2, 2015 Zoo has been renewed for a second season!**

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Zoo Episode Review: “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves/Wild Things”

Zoo

Season 1 | Episodes 11 & 12 | Aired September 8, 2015

Just when I think things can’t get any more nuts they throw a non-stop two hour episode at us!

I’m so glad this episode was two hours! There’s always so much craziness in one hour and I don’t think I could have waited a week after the first hour to see what happened next.

Let’s see, Ray died, he was killed by a leopard. Ben Shafer’s friend was killed and then Chloe was kidnapped by Reiden Global only to later be rescued by Delavenne (Apparently I’ve been spelling his name wrong for the past several weeks, blame Wikipedia because I just copied the spelling from there) who is apparently on their side again, but I really didn’t know if we should trust him.

Ray Leopards

Jackson got shot and almost died, but thankfully he was fine, he managed to save three kids from the leopards and him and Abraham made up. Mitch, Jamie, and Abraham successfully made and tested the cure for what is happening to the animals only for something to go horribly wrong with their plane on the way home with it. Oh yeah and Mitch and Jamie kissed. That was a thing!

Jackson Shot

In this two-hour episode there was so much craziness. The team is in Zambia to find a leopard for the cure. They manage to find a cub, but in this quest Ray ends up dead and Jackson gets shot. They must then take Jackson to the hospital which, unfortunately, has been overrun by animals.

While Jackson goes in for surgery, Abraham, Mitch, and Jamie take the cub and Mitch manages to make the cure using a tooth and a rubber heart. They administer it to a dog that Abraham borrowed and see a change almost instantly.

Puppy!

Meanwhile, Jackson’s surgery was successful, but while he’s in recovery the leopards get in and he must save three children who are also in the recovery room. This near death experience helps mend the bond between him and Abraham who had been fighting since the last episode over Jackson’s reckless behaviour.

Back in the States, Chloe has been taken into custody of Ben Shafer’s friend only for him to be killed moments later. She is kidnapped by some men from Reiden Global who torture her sister in an attempt to get her to tell them where the team is. Before Chloe can tell them the real answer, Delavenne shows up and helps her escape.

Chloe

He takes her to a conference where he has her tell a room full of scientists and doctors about the Defiant Pupil and what the team has found, but none of them believe her. Except for one woman, Amelia Sage whose team of researchers has also been investigating the strange mutations found in the animals.

The team in Zambia are rescued by soldiers sent by Chloe and are finally on their way home with a cure. Everything seems good. Jackson and Abraham are friends again, Chloe is safe, Mitch and Jamie finally kiss, and then their plane is attacked by animals.

That’s it. Black screen. End of the episode.

What?! No! They can’t do this to us! Mitch and Jamie had just kissed and I was so excited because I’ve been waiting twelve episodes for this and then they have animals attack the plane and things go horribly wrong and asdfghjkl.

So I’ve been anxiously awaiting this week’s episode ever since we saw in the preview last week that Jackson gets shot. I definitely thought Ray was going to have something to do with it, but then he got dragged off by a leopard so that theory went out the window. Instead he got shot protecting Abraham and that was just an arrow straight to the heart, wasn’t it? Talk about an emotional rollercoaster between these two for the past two weeks.

Abraham and jackson

Thankfully Jackson was fine and he seems to have pulled his head out of his ass and realized he was acting really stupid. Now his brotherhood with Abraham is back to normal, I’m excited to see what will happen with him and Chloe when they are (hopefully) reunited soon.

I was so happy with what we got to see of Chloe this week. Not the whole ‘her family member is being tortured’ thing, but up until this point we’ve only seen little bits and pieces of her character. Tuesday night I feel like we got to see a lot more and we saw how strong she really is.

Delavenne

It’s always been obvious she’s a tough character, but I thought it was really interesting to see the change from episode one where she’s being rescued by Jackson to this episode where she rescued, not only Jackson, but the whole team by sending those soldiers for them.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll get to see even more of her badassness next week in the aftermath of whatever it was that happened at the end of this episode.

Ah yes, the end of this episode. The ending where, right before the animal attack, something happened that so many of us have been waiting for. The Jamie and Mitch kiss. It happened! It finally happened!

Mitch Jamie Kiss

They’d really been building it up to it for ages and this episode especially we could see them growing closer. We learned more about their pasts through them sharing things with each other like how Mitch dropped out of med school, Jamie spoke more about her mother, and the whole interaction with the tent was hilarious.

Moody Teenage Mitch use This one

I know I’ve said it in past reviews, but one of the things I really love about them is the banter. Mitch is so sarcastic and cynical, while Jamie is basically the opposite so seeing the two of them work together on anything is always interesting. Throw Abraham into the mix and even the most dire situation (where it seems like the cure didn’t work and the Mother Cell is lost) ends up full of sass and wit.

The banter was strong between all the characters this episode actually. It’s definitely one of my favourite things about this show because it’s like watching real people, not characters, have a conversation.

I found it really interesting how even though there are plot lines focusing on all the characters every week, something seemed different this week. Jackson sort of had his own storyline happening, as did Chloe, and I really liked how we got to see so much of Mitch, Jamie, and Abraham together in their own story which then interweaved with the others.

I would like to take a minute now just before the end of this review to talk about how adorable that kitten was. The team found a baby leopard to use for the cure and it was SO CUTE! All the animals are going crazy and hunting people, but I didn’t even care. This thing was so adorable and I wanted ten of them.

Cub

Is he a Bono or a Bowie?

But what happened to him during the flight? Was he okay? Are we going to see more of him?

As you can see, I’m asking the real questions about these episodes. Forget the main characters on the plane, what happened to the baby leopard?

Though I must admit, I’m kind of wondering what happened to the main characters too. Last we saw they flew up and hit the ceiling of the plane as it was attacked by animals, but what happened after? What animals were attacking the plane? Why were they attacking? Is everyone okay?

Gah! We just have to wait until next week and it’s driving me crazy. Next week is the last episode this season and I am incredibly excited to see it, but like all other shows, I don’t want it to end.

I’m curious to see if this is going to get renewed. I guess it sort of depends on the end since it seems like everything’s been solved now they have a cure, but it also seems like things could horribly wrong leading to a second season. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

What did you think of this two-hour episode? What do you think of Mitch/Jamie?

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Also! On a sort of unrelated note, I went to Fan Expo this past weekend! It was amazing, I don’t think I’ve ever nerded out so hard in my life. If you’re at all interested, you can read my blog post about Fan Expo Friday Here! I’ll be posting about Sunday soon!

I’m also going to a Supernatural convention next month and will be blogging about that too! Writing about Fan Expo is sort of practice for that as I will be attending the SPN convention all weekend so let me know what you think!

Zoo Episode Review: “Emotional Contagion”

ZooSeason 1 | Episode 10 | Aired September 1, 2015

Alright, so this review is late because I was busy being emotionally traumatized by the last season of White Collar. Yes, I have had it forever, but I didn’t actually watch it until today and I am severely emotionally hurt right now.

I had hoped reviewing Zoo would help me, but nope, this episode was so uncalled for and the preview for next week? Oh my goodness I am so done!

After their discovery last week of a potential cure, the group must find a way to get to Zimbabwe which is proving difficult since they’re on the run. They end up teaming up with a guy Jackson and Abraham know (and who got them into trouble on more than one occasion), Ray Endicott (Warren Christie).

Ray

Ray agrees to help them on the condition that they help him and his group break a bunch of animals out of a zoo. While doing this they are caught by security. They manage to get away, but not before Ray gets shot. Thankfully (or not, in Abraham’s opinion) Mitch is able to save him, but since Ray has been shot he can no longer fly the plane they were supposed to be taking to Africa.

Abraham and Ray’s partner go ahead to the airport so Abraham can set everything up (as he will now be flying them out of there) and the others plan to meet him later. As they’re leaving though, Ray wakes up and insists on going with them and on taking the animals they had stolen from the zoo, despite the group telling him it’s too dangerous.

Without room in the truck, Jackson and Chloe end up riding in the back with the murderous animals. Not exactly a cozy spot, but that doesn’t matter as Jackson and Chloe (finally) kiss while they’re back there.

Immediately afterwards (it was like the animals were protesting their affection) all the animals start freaking out and Mitch is forced to pull over the truck after the trailer carrying their cargo opens.

The group manages to run to the airport and Abraham starts the plane, but just before takeoff Chloe stops Ray’s partner from shooting at the police and they both fall out of the plane.

While the others get away Chloe is arrested by Ronnie Brannigan, Ben Shafer’s friend.

Chloe Arrested Use This One

An emotional rollercoaster, that’s what this episode was, an absolute emotional rollercoaster. And Jackson was right in the middle of it.

We don’t know a whole lot about Jackson’s father, but what we do is that he apparently became so obsessed with his work it drove him crazy. I feel like this can probably be debated slightly now as we know everything he said in his research was actually right.

We also know that his obsession with his work is pretty much what drove Jackson and his mother to move to Africa and caused a major rift between them. I can imagine then that being compared to his father probably isn’t something Jackson likes, especially from Abraham.

However, we learned last night that this isn’t the first time Jackson has followed Ray into one of his crazy schemes and it seems that a lot of the time it was Abraham who got Jackson out of trouble so it’s definitely understandable why he’d want to avoid the man.

Abraham

He pointed out that Jackson’s been making a lot of rash decisions lately that don’t always turn out so well and that this is exactly what Jackson said his father started doing towards the end. Ouch.

I was not prepared for what I would feel during this scene. Zoo is the worst in that it’s only been on for ten episodes now and I’m already so emotionally invested it was like watching two people I’ve actually known for years fighting about something. So far these two characters have looked out for each other and it was definitely weird and a different side to their characters to see them disagreeing about something.

Really makes you think though, what Abraham said, on whether or not Jackson’s father was really as crazy as people thought.

Another Jackson-centric storyline last night was with him and Chloe. Now I am an Internet person. I spend a lot of time on Tumblr and Twitter and Fanfiction so I know what people are saying about this show. I know what fandom-type people are saying about this show, especially because I am one of those fandom type people.

Jackson and Chloe

People have wanted Jackson and Chloe together for weeks! I am one of these people so I was so excited last night when they were getting closer and then finally, in the back of the trailer, they kissed. I was so happy! I then also couldn’t stop laughing when the animals freaked out because it’s like they were angry about what had just happened in front of them.

“Nope, no affection in front of us!” and then just start bashing down the doors.

However, I guess I should’ve seen it coming that as soon as these two characters actually start something and are happy it would all be ripped away. Classic.

Yup, they kissed and about two minutes later Jackson was on a plane to another country and Chloe was being arrested in America. I have to say, of all the ways I’ve seen in shows and films to tear two characters apart who just started something together, this was one of the least lethal, but perhaps one of the most cruel since they’re both still alive and just being kept apart.

Now that’s officially a thing all us Internet people can start nudging for Mitch and Jamie. I don’t care if it’s a relationship-relationship, I just want to see more of these two sassy people interacting with each other because it’s hilarious.

And they were definitely sassy last night. Mitch was just not having it with Ray and kept schooling him on everything he said.

Mitch

He just brings humour to the show and it’s wonderful. Him and Jamie broke into one of the offices at the zoo for a piece of equipment needed to make the cure and, after some struggle and sass, he managed to guess the password to the door. Not, however, before saying “I got this.”

I Got this

There wasn’t a whole lot of animal terror last night, I think they’re giving us a break. Sure there were animals, but it wasn’t like the past couple weeks where there were hordes or rats and killer, mass-communicating birds. There were some angry zebras and camels and other zoo wildlife, but they were in cages or enclosures for most of the episode so it wasn’t so bad.

What I found really interesting about this though is that, even without animal rampages, things still went so horribly wrong last night and it was all because of people.

The people were wearing animal masks which were meant to be symbolic to the group, but I think it was symbolic overall. These animals are going crazy and saying “screw you” to all the people and they’re becoming the dominant species and yet that’s still less terrifying than what people are capable of.

Animal People

Obviously I don’t want a bear to break into my kitchen or to be surrounded by a swarm of rats and you already know my opinion on birds, but people are scary. People are way scarier than any of those things and I think last night’s episode really showed that.

Next week’s episode (which is two hours!) looks amazing and like another rollercoaster. We’ve only got three episodes left in the season and I have no idea what is going to happen!

What’s going to happen to Chloe? Do the team find a cure? Who shoots Jackson next week?!

I am not prepared for this at all and yet I am so excited for the two hour episode.

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Zoo Episode Review: “Murmuration”

Zoo

Season 1 | Episode 9 | Aired August 25, 2015

You know what freaks me out? Birds. You know what animal went crazy and attacked people in this episode? Yup, that’s right, birds.

“Murmuration” starts off exactly where last week ended with Mitch escaping from Reiden Global right after seeing Delavane at the Reiden Global office. I’m still so confused by this.

Mitch Running - Use This One

He manages to escape with both the meds for Clem and with The Mother Cell and then had to explain to the rest of the team what had happened and what an idiot he was. Obviously, they didn’t take it very well, but were forced to put their personal feelings on hold after an arrest warrant was issued for Chloe and Jamie.

They devise a plan where Jackson and Chloe go to visit Delavane to try and get him to admit everything, but he refuses. At the same time, Jamie is contacting one of her friends from the paper to help expose the truth, and Abraham and Mitch are busy getting the medication to Mitch’s daughter.

But of course this is Zoo and nothing can go exactly the way it’s supposed to. When Jamie, Jackson, and Chloe meet with her newspaper friend, the man from last week who is Ben Shafer’s friend finds them. He refuses to believe Shafer was a dirty agent and they are forced to run, barely escaping.

Mitch and Abraham arrive at the house to find it empty. His ex and daughter are trapped at the park where people are being attacked by birds. They arrive just in time to save them and everyone regroups back at Mitch’s ex’s house where, once again, they barely escape the FBI.

Save the world

However they did discover two key things. First, the birds, it seems, have developed a universal language. Horrifying, right? Maybe the concept of all birds being able to talk to each other isn’t that bad, but the noise they made when doing so? Yeah, that was awful.

The second thing they discovered this week may just be the secret to a cure. Leopards. Leopards were mentioned early on in the season, but no one knew why they were significant. Now though it seems leopards in Zimbabwe may hold the secret as they haven’t been directly exposed to any Reiden Global products.

So now they’ve got to get to Zimbabwe to try and figure out the cure all while they’re on the run from pretty much every law agency and from one of the largest, most influential companies in the world. Wow the next few weeks are going to get really intense.

Speak Spy

Alright, so last week’s episode with the rats grossed me right out, but this episode was terrifying. Birds freak me out so much. I will literally move out of the way when I’m walking somewhere if a bird is about to fly over me. I have had birds in my yard fly at my face and then stare at me before doing it again. “Murmuration” was basically my worst nightmare.

I’m starting to get really concerned that one of the main characters is going to die in this show. So many other people have died from animal attacks and I just think that there’s no way all of the main characters can stay that lucky for the entire season.

There were a lot of close calls and near misses last night and I feel like it’s leading up to something or hinting at something that might happen, but I really hope I’m wrong.

I also get more and more worried every time Henry the dog is on screen because I don’t understand why Reiden Global products only affect some animals and not others. Why isn’t Henry foaming at the mouth yet? I don’t understand it, but that’s why I’m not a scientist.

team on the run

I’ve mentioned this in the past couple of episodes, but I’m going to mention it again because it’s still relevant. I really like that we’re slowly getting to know the characters more and more in each episode. I also really like that the characters are getting to know each other more and more in each episode.

So far Mitch has been sassy and sarcastic all season, but last night the rest of the team saw the kind of lengths he’ll go to. Jackson (and viewers) also got to see a bit more to Chloe last night when she blamed herself for everything that had happened with Shafer.

The only ones on the team who really know each other are Abraham and Jackson so it’s fun as a viewer to not only get to know these characters as time goes on, but to watch them getting to know each other.

team Meeting

When Mitch went to make the trade last week I’m sure all of us were watching and going, “oh come on, don’t be an idiot” and this week we got to see the other characters react to the situation.

I’m also really enjoying the ideas used in the show. I know the show is based on the book by James Patterson, but as I’ve never read the book (I’m working on it) I don’t know if they’re pulling everything directly from the book (I assume most of it is) or if some stuff they’re coming up with themselves.

Either way, I don’t think I could ever come up with stuff like that. Bears growing shells and birds creating a universal language? It’s insane and so incredibly brilliant and not something I ever would have thought of myself.

“Murmuration” gave us a look at some of the characters in a different light and it’s given me nightmares for weeks. Well done writers and James Patterson. Last week after watching the episode I dreamt of mice which was horrible so I look forward to sleeping tonight.

Check out the preview for next week below!

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The Whispers Episode Review: “Traveller in the Dark”

The Whispers

Season 1 | Episode 12 | Aired August 24, 2015

Part of me wishes this episode had been boring. Why? Because I woke up this morning feeling like there’s an elephant sitting on me. Fun right? But this episode wasn’t boring. It was the farthest thing from boring and I just have to talk about it.

“Traveller in the Dark” was equal parts heartbreaking and stressful. After last week’s dramatic end, all signs point to Minx being Drill. However, we actually learned that Minx is innocent (in the nick of time) and it’s actually Cassandra, the President’s daughter, who has been possessed by Drill.

Who saw this coming? I was iffy about Minx last week. I thought maybe it was her and there were times in this episode where I thought she was Drill. However, after watching the ‘Previously On…’ part at the start of the show I was doubting it was her because Cassandra grabs her arm.

Turns out that’s exactly what happened. Cassandra framed Minx so that the rest of the children could be let go and Drill could get into the White House.

As all this is going on, Sean and Jessup are still talking to that reporter who thinks he’s knows what’s going on (he doesn’t) and Sean makes a choice. He’ll tell the reporter everything that’s been happening, the truth about Drill and the children, all so the man will contact the White House and they’ll be forced to let the children go.

sean and Jessup

This was a great plan, but with Minx accused the children were already going to be let go and the President was going to hold a press conference to tell the people of America the truth. Needless to say things don’t quite go as planned.

Sean realizes Cassandra is Drill when the reporter mentions all the President’s family members having code names. Cassandra’s code name? Orion.

Claire tries to stop the press conference from happening, but it’s too late. Drill (as Cassandra) stands in front of all the cameras and screams, sending out a signal to his family. Excellent.

Despite all this crazy, awful stuff that happened, one good thing was that all the kids were returned home. Wes managed to rescue Minx (with two seconds to go!) and Henry was reunited with his dad. Just in time for Drill to call home.

Sean and Henry

This episode was non-stop from start to finish and Kylie Rogers definitely stole the show. The actors always do an amazing job, but this episode was definitely focused on Wes and Minx (whose real name is actually Millicent!). Barry Sloane did a phenomenal job at portraying the emotion this episode.

Wes

He’s playing a man whose daughter is being accused of something horrific and he doesn’t seem totally sure what to believe, but it’s his daughter so he has to try anyway and he was amazing. Seriously, every moment he was on screen was fantastic and emotional.

As for Kylie Rogers, I can’t even begin to describe how amazing she was. There were moments where I was convinced she was Minx, but then there were other moments where I thought otherwise. By the end of the episode I was crying along with her and all I could think is, “wow, this kid is beyond fantastic at what she does.”

Minx

She and Barry Sloane both did outstanding jobs in last night’s episode. They had me crying and laughing and eventually, thankfully, feeling relieved. Minx is fine, Wes is fine, everybody is fine. At least they are until Drill’s family arrives.

This show cast some seriously amazing kids. Some kids who can pull out the creepy perfectly for this show. Cassandra’s line at the end, “Don’t worry Claire, I’m not going anywhere”. Shivers. Seriously.

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These little one liners are so perfect and terrifying. Like, I was genuinely concerned we were going to see Minx die (what on earth was that machine?), but thankfully it’s not that kind of show. Instead they just mentally scar and terrify you by giving these adorable and talented child actors some heart stopping lines and plots.

There’s only one episode left this season! What? It feels so sudden, I desperately hope they get renewed.

I have no idea what’ll happen next week, but I think we can all assume it won’t be good.

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Also, Kylie Rogers favourited my tweet yesterday and this made me very happy.

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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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The Whispers Episode Review: “Homesick”

The Whispers

Season 1 | Episode 11 | Aired August 17, 2015

After the emotional mess The Whispers left me in last week I didn’t think it could get any worse. Boy was I wrong. More people died, plenty of people almost died, and there was just a lot going on.

“Homesick” wastes no time in delving right in to the insanity. While at the wake for Lena, Wes and Minx are talking when Minx suddenly passes out. Taking her to the hospital, Wes discovers many children are sick, some of whom he recognizes as being friends of Drill.

It turns out then when Drill contacts a child, something in their brain changes that keeps them connected to Drill. Wes decides the best way to weaken Drill is to cut him off from all the children, namely, quarantine.

With the President’s permission, they start rounding up all the children and taking them to an unknown location, Henry included. However, things don’t go exactly as planned when Dr. Benavidez, who had been there at Wes’s request to help, ends up dead.

They discover Drill has possessed one of the children and is inside the facility so Wes calls in Claire to talk to each of the children and try to figure out which one was Drill. She discovers that one of the children, Silas, knows who Drill is, but as Claire is showing him pictures of the children, alarms start going off.

They evacuate everyone outside and that’s when it’s revealed that Minx is Drill.

This episode just had me all over the place. It was insane! First of all, I felt really bad for Wes and suspect that his grief is probably the reason he made so many bad decisions this episode.

He just lost his wife and while mourning her death at the wake, Minx passes out. Yeah, I can understand him being terrified and freaking out. However, I don’t think rounding up all the kids and taking them away from their parents was really the solution.

Last week I thought Henry might’ve been right and that maybe Drill was punishing him for not talking to him anymore. Now I have no clue what’s going on. Why are all the kids sick? What is Drill doing to their brains?

Especially since all the kids starting feeling better at the same time, I’m assuming this happened when Drill possessed one of them. So does he mark them to keep track of them? Does he use this to decide which child is best? I need answers!

There are six children I know by name who seem to sort of be the main kids they’re focusing on: Henry, Minx, Harper, Silas, Cassandra, and Nicholas. Obviously there are others (hundreds as we saw last night), and a few of them I recognized from the last time they had a bunch of them together (cause it worked so well then). But these six seem to be key figures so I think it’s probably safe to assume one of them is being possessed by Drill.

Now by the end of the episode it does appear to be Minx who is possessed, but the preview for next week makes me question that.

There’s no way it was Silas, he was too terrified. And I pretty much ruled out Henry (I was so happy about this, I really didn’t want it to be Henry). I think Harper can be ruled out too since she wasn’t acting all weird and creepy during her interview, but like a kid who was sick and tired of being questioned over and over again.

That leaves Minx, Cassandra, and Nicholas. I don’t think it’s Nicholas just because Drill already tried to possess him so I think we’d probably know if it was him. Also, the handprints from the possessed child looked too small to be Nicholas’s.

It would make sense if it were Minx. She was definitely the creepiest kid during the interview and she very easily could have been possessed when Drill killed Lena last week.

But then from the looks of the preview next week it seems like Drill is in the White House. How would he get there if he’s possessing Minx? Can he go from child to child cause I didn’t think he could. So right now it seems like it’s Minx, but then Cassandra also seems pretty likely.

Which child do you think he’s possessing?

I really hope it’s not Minx. I mean, I don’t want it to be any of them, but how awful would that be that Wes loses his wife in one episode and then a couple episodes later, his daughter is possessed by this terrifying alien creature.

A terrifying alien creature looking for ‘Orion’ or ‘O’Ryan’ or something like that. I have no idea what it is because the characters don’t actually know what it is, but Sean, Jessup, and the strange man who has been following everyone (who is apparently a reporter Dr. Benavidez knew) are looking into it and trying to figure out what it is Drill wants.

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I read a fan theory online that said Orion is some sort of spaceship or something that contained a lot of a radiation. If this is the case then that would make sense since Drill needs radiation to survive, like at the power plant.

There’s only one episode left until the season finale and it looks like things are only going to get crazier!

I have so many questions and so many theories and there’s only two episodes left to get answers. What is going to happen? Who is Drill possessing? What is Orion?

And the big one: Is The Whispers going to be renewed for a second season? Please ABC? Please? Can this happen?

Apparently the weekly ratings haven’t been great, but it’s still one of the top rated shows of the summer. However, with some of the cast members (Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia) on the fence about returning for season two, they haven’t confirmed anything yet.

I really hope it gets renewed. I absolutely love this show and watch every episode more than once. Keeping my fingers crossed that it gets renewed!

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