[Environmentally Friendly Recap] CBS’s Zoo

An animal behaviorist,  a journalist, a safari guide, an intelligence agent, and a veterinary pathologist walk into a bar…. No, this isn’t the start of a really bad joke. This is the start of Zoo, a tv show that’s so quirky you either love the complete bullshit of it all or you hate it. Luckily for actors James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Nora Arnezeder, and Billy Burke, enough people liked the show for CBS to renew it for a second season. If you like stories about animals getting their revenge against humans, then you can either binge watch the first season on Netflix before season two premieres on June 28, or you can read on to find out what crazy adventures await our mismatched group of heroes.

From left to right: Nora Arnezeder as the intelligence agent Chloe Tousignant, James Wok as the animal behaviorist Jackson Oz, Billy Burke as the vet pathologist Mitch Morgan, Kristen Connolley as the journalist Jamie Campbell, and Nonso Anonzie as the safari guide Abraham Kenyatta. Photo credit: CBS

From left to right: Nora Arnezeder as the intelligence agent Chloe Tousignant, James Wok as the animal behaviorist Jackson Oz, Billy Burke as the vet pathologist Mitch Morgan, Kristen Connolley as the journalist Jamie Campbell, and Nonso Anonzie as the safari guide Abraham Kenyatta. Photo credit: CBS

The first episode starts off with cats. Lots and lots of cats. And not just the big cats of Africa. No, lions slaughtering two groups of tourists isn’t strange enough to cause alarm, so Zoo throws in a tree full of house cats stalking the children at a local school. That’ll clue our heroes into the fact that something’s just not right in the animal world.

I wasn't exaggerating about a tree full of cats. Photo credit: J. Carson Reviews

I wasn’t exaggerating about a tree full of cats. Photo credit: J. Carson Reviews

From there, the group travels from country to country, trying to figure out why bears are attacking people in Paris, dogs are forming gangs and slaughtering their owners, and bats are going crazy above Brazil. Eventually they link the change in animal behavior to research done by the young animal behaviorist’s father, which of course leads them to a big corporation’s cover up of a dangerous ingredient that’s in almost every product on Earth. An environmentalist’s worst nightmare!

Photo credit: CBS

Photo credit: CBS

Since there’s no way for our heroes to go against the big corporation during season one, they focus on finding a way to stop the animals from mutating and acting upon their newly realized hatred of the human race. This involves a very boring and sciency explanation that tries really hard to make this tv show seem legit. But basically, the cuteness of a baby leopard saves the day–until the plane transporting the uninfected baby leopard back to the United States crashes. Bum bum bum!

Connolly knows--that baby leopard she's holding is way more important than her friend who's just been shot. Photo credit: CBS

Connolly knows–that baby leopard she’s holding is way more important than her friend who’s just been shot. Photo credit: CBS

And that’s Zoo in about as sarcastic an explanation as Burke’s antisocial vet could give. The situation this show portrays is so unbelievable that you actually enjoy laughing at the crazy conundrums the gang always seems to find themselves in. Will the second season try to take a more serious approach to the story line? Will the big bad corporation be brought down by our rag-tag team? Are we, in the real world, really at risk of invoking an animal revolution? And most importantly, will the cute baby leopard survive the plane crash? Stick with Omnibus Journal this summer to find out!


Featured image courtesy of CBS.

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