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TV Series Review

You there! Yes, you with the beef jerky! Put the snack down, tough guy, slowly. Sllloooowly. That's right. Now, get yourself some bean sprouts. Your jerky days are a thing of the past, mister. You're making the animals angry.

Or so it might go on CBS' furiously furry summer show Zoo. Animals of all stripes are apparently fed up with our penchant for teriyaki chicken, our yen for leather couches, our propensity to dress little dogs up in ridiculous outfits. Polly doesn't want a cracker anymore: She wants blood. And unless a handful of folks with complementary skillsets can crack the reasons for this new inhuman hostility, she might well get it.

(Cue nefarious parrot laughter.)

It won't be easy. How could it be on TV? Led by the scruffily intrepid zoologist Jackson Oz, this hastily assembled team must dodge lions, wolves, angry birds and the occasional ticked-off beaver in their pursuit of the answer. To make matters worse, other organic entities—specifically those with opposable thumbs and military medals on their uniforms—are miffed by the team's line of research. Also, a multinational corporation hopes its role in the animal uprising goes undetected and, more critically, unreported.

Fit for Man or Beast?

Based on a book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, Zoo is a lightweight sci-fi thriller. It's a little silly. Nah, let's just say it's ridiculous. The sort of show where you'll hear people shout "Jackson! The ants are right behind you!" with deep sincerity.

It's also a little rough around the content edges. Let me say again that these Zoo animals have murder on their relatively small brains. And we do see some of them kill with their claws, fangs, beaks, tentacles, etc.

On the human side of things, Jackson and his pals (French secret agent Chloe Tousignant, safari guide Abraham Kenyatta, veterinary pathologist Mitch Morgan and blogger Jamie Bell, along with newcomers Dariela, a soldier, and Logan, simply a mysterious stranger that Jamie ran into in the forest) sometimes discuss strategy in the closest bar, downing liquor as they do so. We see some man-on-man violence as well. And while we don't have to worry about angry wolves lobbing profanities, people let loose a few.

Zoolander

Zoo is not completely bestial, of course. The team valiantly pursues its leads and works toward its grand goals often in the midst of great danger. They sometimes make a few ethical missteps, but they've shown themselves to be reasonably concerned about saving the world without destroying their own souls. And they certainly do want to save humanity, something no one can argue with.

Well, no one human, at any rate. The gerbils may quibble.

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Episode Reviews

Zoo: July 4, 2016 "Collision Point"
Zoo - August 25, 2015 "Murmation"
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