Review: Zoo for Frights and Thrills

I've been binge watching Zoo, a CBS series, now on Netflix. (Both seasons are also on Amazon.)

What attracted me to the series is the premise that's at the heart of the dramatic: a widely-used chemical in products all over the world is altering the DNA in the animal kingdom, resulting in the animals viewing humans as prey no where near the top of the food chain.

I'd just finished reading up on the Monsanto/Round Up situation and had also watched some documentaries about this chemical.

Round Up (glycophosphate), widely-used on the planet, has affected the way wheat is grown and has found its way into our food supply. Scientific studies have linked glycophosphate to autism and also to the huge jump in auto-immune diseases.


Zoo is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. This scary drama series stars:

James Wolk as Jackson Oz, a zoologist
Kristen Connolly as Jamie Campbell, a journalist
Nonso Anozie as Abraham Kenyatta, a safari guide
Nora Arnezeder as Chloe Tousignant, a French intelligence investigator
Billy Burke as Dr. Mitch Morgan, a veterinary pathologist

In Season 2, these cast members were added:

Alyssa Diaz as Dariela Marzan
Josh Salatin as Logan Jones/Edward Collins
Gracie Dzienny as adult Clementine Lewis


A group of people from various fields investigate the violent animals attacks upon humans begin occurring all over the world.

Some of the animal scenes are really frightening. I wouldn't let impressionable children watch this, or they may become scared of cats and dogs.

The series is well-acted, and each episode is imaginative in the way it escalates the threat from the animals--including fish, birds, insects, etc.

Along with the increased threat, the team seeking to alert the public to this menace as well as a way to reverse the genetic changes in the animal kingdom find themselves imperiled.

Like all evil corporations, the officer's companies have influence with the politicians. Thus the team finds themselves labeled criminals.

The evil corporation of course has a plan to cover their tracks and hide their culpability while at the same time fattening their wallets by offering their own solution to the growing problem.

Takeaway Truth

For chills and frights, watch Zoo. The series returns to CBS on June 29 for its 3rd season. Watch Season 1 and 2 now so you'll be ready for this summer thrill ride.

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