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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.

Well, actually the regular ol' animals are doing just fine now. But it wasn't always so: When CBS's silly summer show Zoo began in 2015, the world's fauna had collectively decided that we humans had had our run, and it was high time to give some furrier fellows a shot at world domination. Polly didn't want a cracker anymore: She wanted blood.

(Cue nefarious parrot laughter.)

All that Darwinian overkill ended when a team of do-gooders, led by the scruffily intrepid zoologist Jackson Oz, discovered that it wasn't the animals' fault, precisely, but a scheming group of people: A wicked little gas infected all those animals, turning them into voracious predators and killing their taste for regular kibble completely.

It's 10 years later now, and humanity is still on the brink. Though a cure was apparently found for the animals, it had a rather unfortunate side effect: It's made humanity completely sterile.

I'd forgive you if you thought that maybe the beasts, given their mixed success with direct assaults, had simply adopted a more subtle strategy for outlasting humanity for world dominion. But no: They're in pretty grave danger, too. See, the same folks behind the gas also created mutant animals—naturally vicious critters that'd like nothing more than to devour man and beast alike. Indeed, they've taken over most of the West Coast, and they'd be in control of the whole North American continent had it not been for a gigantic wall.

And yeah, given the circumstances, I'd build a fence, too. Do pit bulls make you nervous? How about massive dogs with saber-tooth fangs and spikes down their backs! Think a rhinoceros is a scary thing to see walking down your neighborhood street? Try a gigantic, furry rhinoceros! With poisonous fangs! And wings!

OK, the rhinoceros doesn't have fangs or wings just yet. But give CBS time.

So the old team's getting back together to save humanity once again. They may lie, cheat, steal or kill to rescue the world's future, but one thing's for sure: They won't be watching Bambi anytime soon.

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 mutants 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 (safari guide Abraham Kenyatta, veterinary pathologist Mitch Morgan and blogger Jamie Bell, along with a few others) 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 mutant wolves lobbing profanities, people let loose a few.


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 6, 2017 "Diaspora"
Zoo: July 4, 2016 "Collision Point"
Zoo - August 25, 2015 "Murmation"



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James Wolk as Jackson Oz; Kristen Connolly as Jamie bell; Nonso Anozie as Abraham Kenyatta; Nora Arnezeder as Chloe Tousignant; Billy Burke as Mitch Morgan; Carl Lumbly as Delavenne; Alyssa Diaz as Dariela Marzan; Josh Salatin as Logan






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Paul Asay

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