Zoo Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Blame It On Leo

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Let's blame everything on Leo. 

We're getting answers to the summer's biggest questions on Zoo Season 1 Episode 5, and it looks like Jamie's crazy theories about that big bad chemical company, Reiden Global, might not have been so crazy after all.

While I wasn't totally surprised by the revelation that Reiden Global is, in fact, behind the Mother Cell, and knowingly allowed their products to be infected by it, it was still really great to see the satisfied look on Jamie's face. 

Bat Extermination - Zoo

Chloe: Pack your bags, we're going to Rio!
Abraham: I love this job.

Jamie was right, but it looks like the chemicals aren't only contained to animal food, and it also appears that there's more to the animals' rage than just what's for dinner. Technology is playing a role, though how large that role is still remains to be seen. 

Mitch's knowledge of bats is astounding. Between his fun "bat facts" and the tidbits about the nocturnal creatures that roll right off the top of his head, Mitch showed that he is indeed a different kind of bat man, which is interesting, because someone out there considered calling on him to save the day.

Who was surprised when Clementine's mom tilted that frame, and we realized that Mitch was the little girl's father? These vignettes are usually reserved for setting up the animal drama for the following week. Naturally, I expected that next week would be all about puppies abandoning their loyalty to their owners, but it turns out this vignette showed us that Mitch's daughter is very ill, and he hasn't seen her since she was two. 

Chloe: Someday, I would like to meet this person who made you become this thing you are today. Was it his mom, who didn't hug him enough? A college girlfriend who broke his heart? Or was he always the last picked on a sports team?
Mitch: It was all of those things.

Did anyone else notice the parallel of Clementine wanting to get rid of all of her clothes, with Mitch's saying that he threw out all of his ex-wife's clothes? Like father, like daughter. 

So, should we just go ahead and blame all of this animal drama on Leo Butler, the man whose name was scribbled all over Evan's bible in jail? The simple answer is, yes, he's really to blame. He created the Mother Cell, the vector that Reiden Global is using that's contaminating everything. Sure, he's blackmailing them about it for money, and donating that money to charity, but that doesn't change the fact that he made it. Way to go, Leo. Jamie should not go sailing with that guy. 

Which led to the great cliffhanger ending, that car wreck that left the Mother Cell in Evan Lee Hartley's hands. What's he going to do with it? We know he was connected to Robert, so did Robert know about the Mother Cell? 

Bat fact number three; it's worse than we thought.

Mitch

And what about that bat? The bat that died and resurrected itself...are we heading into zombie animal territory? Or is the combination of the Mother Cell and technology giving the animals new skills AND making them invincible? 

Stray thoughts:

  • I'd pay for a CD of Billy Burke reciting nursery rhymes. 
  • When Chloe said they were going to Rio, did anyone else wait for  "Vacation" by the Go-Go's to play as they all drank cocktails and danced on the plane in a fun 80s montage? 
  • Mitch is that guy you don't want to sit next to on a plane. Bat facts? Come on, man. Drink a cocktail and listen to the Go-Go's. 
  • Thank you Agent Shaffer. I was sitting on my couch wondering what a vector was, and I actually started to Google it, but you asked what it was so that I didn't have to. 
  • Subtle product placement, Surface tablet. "Look at photos on my tablet guys!"
  • According to the trophic scale, humans are a two, on the same level as pigs and anchovies? That would be one weird pizza order for a level five.
  • Who else waited for Chloe to tell Jackson that she missed him on the phone? 

If you're not caught up yet, don't worry! There's plenty of time to watch Zoo online, right here at TV Fanatic! You don't want to miss a minute of the best summertime mystery to hit television. 

What's Evan going to do with the Mother Cell? Will Jackson get some answers about his father next week? Were you surprised that Jamie was right along? Has your opinion of Mitch changed now that we've met the family he left behind? Leave us a comment and tell us what you thought of "Blame It On Leo" and come back next week for Zoo Season 1 Episode 6!

Crazy seems to be on a sliding scale since I met you guys.

Mitch

Blame It On Leo Review

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Zoo Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Chloe: Pack your bags, we're going to Rio!
Abraham: I love this job.

Bat fact number three; it's worse than we thought.

Mitch