I apparently missed the last episode of season one, but it made for a fantastic season two premiere! Since this recap is supposed to be about the actual season two premiere, I’ll just answer a few of the burning questions from my last Zoo recap instead of completely covering season one, episode 13: That Great Big Hill of Hope.
“Will the second season try to take a more serious approach to the story line?”
Yes. And they will fail.
“Will the big bad corporation be brought down by our rag-tag team?”
No. In fact, Radon Global is excused from any crimes against humanity their mutant mother cell may have caused in return for handing over the mutant mother cell to scientists. Now they are proposing that humans kill every single animal on the planet and then use uncontaminated DNA to bring them all back. And the public agrees with them.
“Are we, in the real world, really at risk of invoking an animal revolution?”
Yeaaaah…. Probably not.
“Will the cute baby leopard survive the plane crash?”
Yup! Although, our heroes spend half of the episode believing that it and their journalist friend have drowned in the crash. She somehow managed to drift from a plane crash in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, from a plane that was going from Africa to Washington, D.C., all the way up to New Brunswick, Canada. All while keeping a baby leopard afloat. Yay suspension of disbelief!
Now that those troublesome questions have been answered, what’s left to fill a two hour season premiere? Of course, they’ve got to go after the journalist, Jamie Campbell (Kristen Connolly), and of course they’ll only manage to save the baby leopard from the hordes of animals attacking her safe hold. Jamie will be forced to wander the wilds of mid-winter Canada while the rest of the gang enjoys a nice vacation in Argentina tracking down a “Phase 2 Mutation.”
What is a Phase 2 Mutation? Well, it’s bad news for the baby leopard because it means that the animals are still mutating, and the leopard’s special uncontaminated blood is useless in forming a cure. Yay suspension of disbelief! On top of that, the only known Phase 2 Mutation currently in existence is, in fact, a human mutant. Call Professor X!
Certain humans, if bitten but not completely mauled, undergo a transformation that turns them into the perfect predator on a killing spree. And you know what that means—Jackson Oz (James Wolk), the cutest and most likeable guy in the group, gets bit. No way Jackson or his French intelligence agent girlfriend, Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnezeder), are going to tell the others about their fear that Jackson may be turning into a monster. That’d be too easy! Instead, they’re going to run test after boring test on the only mutant they’ve caught and oh-my-god-some-random-new-chick-they-just-introduced-to-the-show-just-killed-it!
That’s about the gist of it. I left out the many CGI animal attacks that take place throughout the episode because, just like a stampeding elephant in Argentina, they’re just too crazy to talk about. But something I am really interested in is a scene where three businessmen enter a bar that a depressed Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke) has recently made his home. (And yes I realize this was in episode 13 of season one but I still think that should have been the season premiere!) The bar owner continues to have his dog stay in the building with him even after the rest of the world’s animals have gone ballistic. The businessmen want to kill the dog—even though it’s clearly still a laid back pooch—and Mitch has to step in to stop them.
What I want to know is, would you throw your pets out if the majority of animals were attacking humans? Would you kill them? I’ve got a dog, four cats, a fish, and a turtle, and while I’m sure my little reptile could totally rip my throat out if he mutated into Raphael, I don’t think I could get rid of any of my animals. They’re part of my family. Though, I guess if my Great Aunt Gertrude came at me with a kitchen knife, I’d defend myself. So maybe in the end, if they did mutate, I’d suck it up and do what needed to be done. What would you do? Share in the comments below, or join the conversation on Omnibus Journal’s sister site, The Unrefined Forum!
Featured photo courtesy of CBS.