Based on a novel by James Patterson, ZOO sees a team of scientists, animal experts, a member of French intelligence, and a reporter, trying to save the world after a virus infects all the animals on the planet. The disease alters the animal’s DNA and brain chemistry, allowing them to communicate with each other, team up, and attack the human population. Season 2, which is currently airing on Sky 1 in the UK, recently included an episode containing a Sloth with a unique DNA sequence who can cause earthquakes, and a building bought down by a gang of moles… As we said, it is completely and utterly ridiculous, but if you let yourself ‘just go with it’, it’s surprisingly fun and watchable.
Part of what makes it so entertaining is the banter between the cast, which includes James Wolk (Mad Men, The Crazy Ones), Billy Burke (Revolution, 24), Nonso Anozie (Doctor Who, Dracula, Game of Thrones), Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle), and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Whispers).
CBS has rather struggled with it’s summer scripted dramas. ZOO is the only drama from their last summer season managing to gain a renewal after Under The Dome and Extant were ditched by the network. Unfortunately things don’t look too great for their replacements – Braindead and American Gothic (both air on Amazon Prime in the UK). Neither shows have really set the ratings alight, so it still remains to be seen whether they will land a 2nd season.
Season 2 of ZOO is currently airing on Sky 1, Sunday nights at 9pm in the UK.