Thursday, January 14, 2016
Zoo is a fun show based on a novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, about a team of five people brought together to investigate cases of strange animal behavior. Not just isolated cases though- animals all over the world are acting strange and attacking humans. The premise is that a chemical is affecting the animals and causing them to learn new behaviors and to not fear man.
Jamie is a journalist and blogger who has personal reasons for mistrusting Reiden Corp. and she believes they are behind the attacks due to the aforementioned chemical. Together with the rest of the team she goes up against Reiden as the same time as they track animal outbreaks around the world. The other members of the team are Jackson Oz, a safari guide named Abraham, French intelligence agent Chloe, and Mitch a veterinary pathologist. They are brought together by a shadowy organization that knows all about them, and wants them to solve the mystery of the outbreaks if they can. The characters are all fun, although Abraham (played by Nonso Anozie) is a standout, as is Chloe (Nora Arnezeder). I cared surprisingly much about these characters by the end and the episodes move along quick.
Towards the end we see some relationships develop and it feels natural rather than having them all sleeping together right off the bat. All of the cast are compelling, really, no mean feat on a show with a premise like this one.
I think Zoo is worth a shot, the casting and the interactions between the team members are first rate. This is a surprisingly good show and I think the cast is why it works. I am anxiously awaiting S2.