Zoo Season 1 Episode 3 Review: The Silence of the Cicadas

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Who's afraid of the big bad wolves? 

In Zoo Season 1 Episode 3, the wolves took center stage, as they infiltrated a high security prison to break out a death row inmate with a defiant pupil who had the ability to communicate with them. The heist was stirring and bloody, and I will never look at wolves the same way ever again.

Any reservations I had about the future of Zoo last week were completely abandoned after watching "The Silence of the Cicadas." A plane crash and a burning prison book ended an episode that returned to the thrills and mystery that had been set up in Zoo's premiere.

Oz and Kenyatta in Japan - Zoo

What if what we thought was a man on the verge of insanity was actually a man on the verge of an extraordinary evolutionary breakthrough?


Making amends was a theme that ran throughout; Jackson wished that he had made amends with his father, Jamie's fight against Reiden Global is her way of making amends with her deceased mother, and death row inmate Evan calls the wife of the man he murdered to make amends on his final day. However, while Jackson and Jamie both use the animal quest as a way to subconsciously make amends, Evan doesn't seem to want to make amends at all, but instead taunted Mrs. Blanchard. 

We finally learned more about the defiant pupil this week, that googly eye that has continually popped up in the animals each week before they attack. Animals get mutated, defiant pupils after they realize that a friend is now an enemy, which leads me to wonder exactly how Evan got his. Another mystery for another week.

Perception can sometimes stain reality.


Evan is a nice addition to the cast. While I shouldn't like him because he's on death row for murder and seems to be a bit deranged, I couldn't help but be captivated by the murderous hunting story he told Mrs. Blanchard. I got the sense that he murdered her husband in defense of the animals. He is a champion to these wayward animals, which is why the wolves went to such elaborate lengths to spring him from prison, and there's something intriguing about that, despite the big bad overtones that surround him. 

As Jackson gets closer to putting together the puzzle that Robert has left behind, he gets more charming. James Wolk's eyes have an amazing boyish sparkle each time Jackson makes another link in realizing that his father was on to something, and the pride that lit up his face when he told Abraham he thought Robert was on the verge of an extraordinary, evolutionary breakthrough was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. 

I'm an acquired taste.


The mysterious man Gaspard is the Nick Fury of Zoo, assembling our cast of characters to be Avengers... avengers coming together to stop the impending animal apocalypse. (Seriously, give Gaspard an eye patch and long leather coat for next week's episode.) I am elated that they are finally all together, because just based on their last scenes as a group, this cast has great chemistry when all members are present.

While most of the mysteries continue to stump me, I'm pleased that the writers are beginning to give us answers to some of them (at least now we know WHY the defiant pupil occurs) and it leaves me hopeful that we won't get to the end of the story with more questions than we had when we started (i.e., the Lost complex). 

Stray thoughts: 

  • Who cuts up credit cards anymore? Is that actually still a thing? 
  • When that plane crashed and KILLED two people, how did Jackson and Abraham walk away completely unharmed? And their little radiation device was fine, not at all water logged. Convenient.
  • Has that video of Robert and the horses been on loop since he died? 
  • Mitch totally accused that senator of having a small penis. Zing.
  • Jamie and Mitch, sittin' in a... Christmas bar? 
  • Was Delavane the one who hacked Jamie's computer? Are we supposed to assume that?
  • Did you notice Jackson sit up a little straighter when Chloe walked in? 

Jamie: I know I shouldn't have lied to you, but I did it for a good reason.
Mitch: That's the problem with you. Your good reason barometer is on the fritz.

What did you think of Evan? Are you excited to see what happens next now that the gang's all together? What's up with Reiden Global? Are your pets looking a little scarier yet? Comment below and let us know!

Remember, if you've missed any episodes, there's plenty of time to catch up! You can watch Zoo online right here at TV Fanatic, and don't forget to come back next week for Zoo Season 1 Episode 4! 

The Silence of the Cicadas Review

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Zoo Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Jamie: I know I shouldn't have lied to you, but I did it for a good reason.
Mitch: That's the problem with you. Your good reason barometer is on the fritz.

This was not humans, but dogs. What purpose would it serve them to be more efficient murderers?