Unfortunately for me, there was only one episode of Zoo broadcast in Australia this week. CBS aired two episodes and is airing the finale next week in time for the beginning of the fall television season, but in Australia Zoo is on after The Bachelor. It’s just there. I am glad that I didn’t have to watch two episodes at once but at the same time, I could be done with this show a week from now. Zoo was an entertaining show for the first few weeks, but it seems to have gone on forever, and my concerns that they’re stretching out the story so that they have a 13 episode season seem to be more valid with each week.
For some reason I misnumbered last week’s episode of Zoo, which I think is a subconscious sign that I think this show has gone on for too long. Zoo is a fun show that is enjoyable to watch outside of the Channel Ten webplayer, but I think it would have been beneficial to make it a 10 episode season. Then again, this is network television, and this show belongs on network television, so it’s a standard length for a summer show on CBS. I just don’t think there’s enough story there. I don’t know what I’d cut out, but I think the facts that they identified both the problem and the solution 2-3 weeks ago and figured out that the best place to go is Zambia last week, shows that I don’t know if there’s another three episodes of story in this show. It also doesn’t help that the episode length appears to be getting shorter each week. Anyway, onto “Emotional Contagion”.
I’m clearly out of practice on watching television shows that aren’t on the CW (Hart of Dixie was just added to Stan, so it’s pretty much my favourite thing right now), so the whole idea of Agent Dixon from Alias working for Reiden Global never occurred to me. I thought that Mitch had handed over the Mother Cell, so it was a surprise when he managed to escape. One of the best things about Zoo is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but I clearly haven’t been taking it quite seriously enough, because I was impressed by the twist, which is like a much pulpier version of the ending to 1984. On the plus side, it’s not the end, because there are still four more episodes to go, and everything is up in the air now, pun fully intended, because this week Zoo decided to pay homage to The Birds.
There is a moment of “The Cheese Stands Alone” that made me laugh out loud: the elevator doors of an abandoned hotel open, and the gang, expecting to see Jackson’s ex-girlfriend of sorts (they were 12), are confronted with rats flooding out of an elevator. It should have been scary, but Zoo has almost reached the Sharknado level of “so predictable it’s hilarious”, so I knew what was going to happen, and I loved it. Zoo is not a good television show, but it is the best bad television show. It blows True Detective out of the water. It hasn’t quite embraced its B-movie status, but it doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not, which is why I love it.
I didn’t have any problems watching “Sleuths” online today, and it was a fine episode of television, but it wasn’t the high octane levels of bonkers that Zoo has become known for. They also decided to begin the episode in media res, which is good when used well, but it just seemed lazy here. Sure, it’s fun to open the episode with three of our heroes plus an extra running from bears, but then you spend the rest of the episode waiting for the bear chase. We learned something important this week, but no one was being chased by a bear at the time, so who cares? As I suspected, our heroes went to Paris this week to investigate the bears, now that they’ve displaced the bats from Rio and obtained the Mother Cell. Aside from one scene, the episode was largely confined to one location, which makes me wonder if they’re going to stay in Paris next week as well.
Mitch: What the hell is a mother cell?
I could have listened to “When Doves Cry” at least 100 times in the time I spent trying to get through this episode of Zoo. There comes a pont when you have spent so much time watching something on a dodgy web player that the quality of what you’re watching becomes irrelevant. You just want to get through it. This is my experience watching “This Is What It Sounds Like”, which I am currently trying to watch, when it’s not busy loading. The Tenplay player is so bad that I’m getting audio from two different ads at once: Tip Top bread and Nissan. The audio for the Tip Top ad was also playing during the scene where the French lady hid in the wine cupboard to get away from the bear. I’ve had issues with SBS OnDemand and iview before, but this takes the cake. It’s taken me an hour to watch fifteen minutes of the show, so I’m giving it one more chance, or I’ll have to do a partial review and fix it up tomorrow.
If you watch Zoo, why have you chosen to watch it? Is it for the mystery, or the completely bizarre goings on? If it’s the former, there are some possible answers this week before they’re snatched away. If it’s the latter, there’s more stuff happening with bats, but nothing as bizarre as a man who is the Alpha of the pack but unfortunately not a werewolf. “Blame it on Leo” is a typical mid-season episode of a drama: we get a little further along in the quest, but they can’t get too close to solving the whole darn thing, because there are still another 13 episodes left. We also learn some things about Mitch’s personal life that were so obvious that I’m ashamed of myself for not putting it together. Much more interesting is Agent Schaffer joining in the investigation.