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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Zoo Episode Review: “Sleuths”

Zoo

Season 1 | Episode 7 | Aired August 11, 2015

Because the bear fiasco from the previous episode wasn’t bad enough, they added more bears this week! Sure, why not.

Bears freak me out. They’re fast and huge and I know I couldn’t outrun it and I would probably die if I ever met one. Hopefully I’ll never meet any of the bears in this episode who have somehow developed a hard shell due to The Mother Cell. Great.

Just what bears needed, a shell. Not gonna lie, when Mitch first said they had developed a shell-like thing all I could picture was a bear with an armadillo shell and I’m not sure why.

Mitch was up to something sneaky in this episode. He revealed to Reiden Global that they have The Mother Cell so that his daughter can get medication that will help with her disease. I’m sorry, but there are just so many obvious ways this can go wrong and I don’t understand why he’s doing this!

Mitch RG

I really like Mitch, he’s one of the best characters on the show, but seriously? Reiden Global drugs are the reason all the animals are going crazy and you’re going to, not only reveal you have something incredibly important to them, but you’re then knowingly going to give these drugs to your child?!

I get that he wants to help his daughter and giving her the drugs that might cure her is definitely a good way to get back in the good books, but this just seems like a terrible idea and I think we all know this situation isn’t going to end well.

One situation I was surprised at the outcome of was the Jamie situation. It’s still not totally clear if “Ben Shafer” was a dirty FBI agent or not an FBI agent at all, but either way he’s dead. And Jamie killed him.

They started out by getting her a new passport with a new name (Nancy Armstrong, her mother’s name) and then decided to take things one step further by breaking into Reiden Global. Why? To try and prove that “Ben Shafer” was being off by RG by hacking into their computers.

Mitch Drunk

Yeah, I reckon the plan probably did make more sense and seem less crazy with alcohol in their systems, but, surprisingly, it works and they manage to download a bunch of files without getting caught.

While all this is going on with Jamie, we also learn more about Abraham’s past and it’s so incredibly sad! It is revealed that when Abraham was a boy, he and his brother were captured by this group and both his brothers were killed (because Abraham refused to choose one to die).

He was trapped there for several years, but finally managed to escape and is now determined to protect his family. This explains why he’s so protective of Jackson and their whole relationship. However, this also made me incredibly worried he was going to die when the bear came charging at him.

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That’s how it works right? A character tells their emotional back story and they die. We finally learn more about them and start to care more and then they’re ripped away from us. Thankfully that didn’t happen and all five of the main characters are still alive. For now.

Tomorrow night’s episode looks absolutely horrific. Rats. Something I think majority of people hate. I have friends with pet rats and I think domesticated ones can be cute (sometimes), but these aren’t domesticated rats they’re dealing with tomorrow. These are huge, gray, sewer-dwelling rats who are travelling in packs and eating people.

Nope. No thanks. The lions were scary, the bats were creepy, wild dogs terrified me (as my dog was sitting next to me while I watched), and the bears were scary. Rats are gross, rats that eat people are even worse. So as you can tell, I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.

Are you excited for the rats? Which animal has freaked you out the most so far?

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