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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Zoo Addiction

If there is one thing I love, it’s a captivating tale of science fiction. The television series ‘Zoo,’ based on a novel by James Patterson, is such a tale. That is why I would definitely recommend anyone to watch it. If you love delving into a world where science has some real repercussions, then you will love Zoo.

Zoo is all about when science falls into the wrong hands for all the wrong reasons. Each new episode adds suspense and leaves you wondering who will survive in the end. The summer series began at the end of June at a running start. It is the perfect way for any television buff to spend summer evenings.

One of the things that I really like about this is that it isn’t inclusive to one species of animals or location. The idea behind the show covers all animals on a global arena. One minute everything is fine. The next, the animals are attacking and killing people without provocation. In that way, it has an almost apocalyptic feel to it. Everyone is tense in the show because the problem that they all face is magnified and no one knows how to stop it.

The series began at the end of June in Botswana. James Wolk plays an American zoologist named Jackson Oz. Jackson rescues tourist Chloe Tousignant from a lion attack. Only Chloe turns out to be an animal behavior analyst. It seems that animals across the globe are turning on people. It only takes the first few episodes for them to form a group with others to solve the problem. 

Traditional animal behavior patterns across the globe change or alter. The animals’ behavior suggests a newfound level of intelligence that rivals that of humans. They attack unsuspecting people who venture into their territory or cross their paths. Back in episode two, a perfect example of this showed a man who led into an ambush by a pet dog owned by the hotel. Zoo lions in the same episode begin to portray hive-like communication patterns. Everything relates back to a powerful biotechnology company called Reiden. We also discover that Jackson’s late father, Robert is somehow involved as well.

In the center of the chaos is our primary group of characters, including Jackson Oz. Jackson speaks to his mother about the animals in episode three. She suggests he locate his late father’s rejected research results in Japan.

As the story continues, we delve deeper into the mystery behind the mother cell. It is the one thing that appears to be the root cause of the whole problem. The tale is one of science fiction that leaves you yearning for more.

James Wolk’s character, Jackson Oz, is the most interesting of the group. He is working on a global problem and dealing with his late father's involvement in it. There’s some internal conflict going on in his mind, no doubt.

Wolk is new to television acting. He graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, & Dance back in 2007. He has been a rising television star since 2008. That is when he landed his first role in Front of the Class. Since 2008, his acting career has been rocketing uphill. In a few short years, he has played several more roles, lending variety to his acting career.  I think it’s safe to say that we will be seeing much more from James Wolk in the future. I fell in love with him on his role as an advertising guy on the TV Series 'The Crazy Ones' with Robbin Williams.

Catch ZOO every Tuesday at 9pm on CBS.

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