Robert Oz: “For centuries, mankind has been the dominant species. We’ve domesticated animals, locked them up, killed the for sport. But what if all across the globe, the animals decided no more? What if they decided to fight back?”
“First Blood” is the June 30 premiere of “Zoo.” Warning: this article does contain spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Zoo” airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. CT on CBS.
Something’s gone very wrong in the animal kingdom. Lions have started attacking people and pulling them up trees. Household cats were all chilling together in a tree, and surprisingly they were being quiet and weren’t trying to kill each other. As someone with two cats who fight if they get too close to one another, it’s hard to believe all those cats are peacefully existing in trees.
Also, how did the lions manage to hoist Abe’s unconscious body up into a tree, and why would they want to? Maybe there is going to be some grand kidnapping ring where they lions try to extort money to raise funds for a cruise.
In all seriousness, it’s hard to understand what exactly is going on right now. Given that it is the first episode, it’s to be expected that we would be left a little confused. It was an action packed hour though, even those cats looked a little menacing in the trees.
The global phenomenon aspect does make all of this a bit more interesting. Even though the characters don’t quite know it yet, the stakes are raised. We saw how serious things are in both LA and Botswana, and also based on some news footage, things are not looking good in the Philippines, although it doesn’t appear to be animal related…yet.
Jackson came to believe that maybe his crazy father had some spot on theories, specifically about a defiant pupil. Jackson’s dad ended up killing himself, maybe because his theories didn’t quiet pan out. Seeing as how Jackson spent most of the episode talking about his dislike of his father, it was great that he was able to see that maybe his old man was right about something.
Jamie’s running theory is that Reiden Global’s food has something to do with the lions breaking out of the zoo and killing people. Anyone who has been watching “Mr. Robot” can easily jump on board with the evil corporation theory, but the fact that lions in Africa are going crazy seems to render Jamie’s theory useless. Does Reiden Global feed lions in the wild? Doubtful.
Who knows, maybe Reiden Global is playing a part in the defiant pupil animal syndrome. Also, maybe the Reiden theory was just a way to get Jamie involved. What do you think? Is Reiden Global somehow responsible for all of this or are they an innocent bystander?
What did you think of the episode? Will you be sticking around for the rest of the season? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.