Zoo S01E05 Recap: "Blame it on Leo"

If nothing else, it's heartwarming to see that bullies can exist and complete strangers can still be mean to one another amidst a global epidemic that threatens the very future of mankind. ("Heartwarming," obviously, as tongue-in-cheek as possible here) At least CBS is realistic in their portrayal of man, because this would probably be the case; which is sad, because it means we've all forgotten the Golden Rule. Of course, I'd argue another long-standing rule that's just as Golden would decree that animals are always our friends and would never actively try to kill every human being on Earth. Therefore, if that's being thrown out the window for the sake of this series, guess there's no need for the first one either…

Fresh off a manhunt that is in no way resolved, half the crew hops on a jet and heads off to Rio de Janeiro to investigate why thousands of bats are attacking the city. Jackson and Jamie stay in the States to put together the pieces of clues that were left behind by the crazed wolf pack leader. For all the gaps in logic that could have filled this timeframe within the episode, believable steps are made rather quickly in order to help the pair hunt down one person in particular with very strong ties to Reiden Global. That would be Evan Lee Hartley, a paranoid and seemingly schizophrenic shell of a man who's hiding from his ex-employer along with a critically important chemical substance. In addition to an awfully ominous moniker, the Mother Cell, apparently sports the capability to take down the entire corporation it represents if its powers/ingredients were to be revealed to the general public. So it makes sense that it's treated with the utmost care, but also that other unnamed and un-faced figures would be willing to commit murder in order to get it back.

I wasn't a huge fan of the cliffhanger ending, with Jamie seemingly clutching to her life while upside down in a totaled car and all, she doesn't deserve to die a fiery death. And every other film/tv show/book would lead you to believe that the next scene in that story sees gasoline slowly dripping from the car before catching fire and engulfing everything inside in flames. Maybe this time will be different for some reason. Let's hope so anyway. But it is kind of cool to see the showing actually coming away with a grip on what good suspense looks like.

Meanwhile, the soon-to-be-sad little snippet of a story that involves Mitch's terminally ill daughter, estranged ex-wife, and their lovable dog probably has the ability to make show's most hardened viewers end up shedding a few tears if the thing goes the distance. There's nothing quite as heartbreaking as seeing an obedient and helpful canine companion be fed poison (essentially, as these pills are seemingly the key for turning good animals bad). I hope it doesn't completely turn that way, and I hope Mitch is able to, despite everything, be reunited with his daughter before the whole world goes to hell. So props to you, "Zoo," for finally striking the right tone, pulling a few heartstrings, and turning the series into something that's inherently watchable throughout all its remaining episodes.

Some Other Notes:

• It's become a running joke at this point that French government has the financial breathing room to send our heroes from one city to the next at an alarmingly whirlwind pace. Which is fine—it's a part of the story, so why not have some fun with it? (With that being said, I fully expect that within 10 minutes of next week's episode, Chloe will inform the crew that they're needed on Prince Edward Island by the next morning) However, this suggests that the budget is indeed limitless, so why again did Mitch need to break-and-enter into a public high school during the middle of the day to use a single microscope? That seems silly, and creates a gigantic ordeal out of nothing at all. "Oh yeah, we can send these 5 people on a first class flight to Brazil but, are you kidding me, you want them to have access to a microscope too?!? Money doesn't grow on trees, kid."

• No matter how many times the word "Reiden" was spoken throughout the first four episodes, I never would have guessed it was spelled that way. (Yes, this quip is on the very fringe of noteworthiness)

• Talk about the most unnecessary long-reveal ever; as soon as Clementine's mother made a remark about her daughter's absentee father, you *knew* it was going to be Mitch. Add to that a picture frame that hung around in her hand forever before it was slowly revealed to the camera, and there was absolutely no mystery left. It probably burns Mitch a little that his ex-wife's new husband is also seemingly Mr. Perfect (i.e. a guy who is able to effortlessly articulate the right words, show off the right emotions, and make the right decisions at all times). Wonder if that illusion is scuffed up the slightest bit at all in the coming weeks.

Line of the Night:


Mitch: "That is not a dead bat!"