In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, CBS
In the UK: Acquired by Sky1
Imagine what would happen if all the animals in the world suddenly decided that humans were screwing things up and they were going to run the planet instead.
Well, we’d be screwed, that’s what. Even putting aside what would happen if it was just the ants - they’d win all by themselves - even with overpopulation, there’s only seven billion or so of us and there's 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 insects, just for starters, and they’re all largely bastards to begin with.
Okay, so let’s dial it down a notch and imagine it’s just zoo animals - and only a few of them at that - as well as maybe some cats. Not quite so worrying, is it? I mean, we’ve always suspected the cats were out to get us, haven’t we?
Yet so far, that’s all the thrills and spills we’ve had from Zoo, CBS’s latest attempt to capture the summer lightning in a bottle that was Under The Dome.
Based on James Patterson's (Women’s Murder Club) novel of the same name, Zoo is initially set in two locales: Botswana and Los Angeles. In Botswana, US ex-pat James Wolk (Lonestar) is jaded with life and off running safaris for tourists, when he starts to notice some lions acting strangely. They’re ganging up with each other to kill people and are even using battle strategies to do it.
Meanwhile, newspaper reporter and conspiracy theorist blogger Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, Houdini, The Whispers) is getting all het up about some lions that escaped the local zoo, killing their keepers and some innocent bystanders. She blames the food, but person-hating animal pathologist Billy Burke (Revolution) reckons it’s all just a freak incident - until he goes looking for all the missing pet cats, that is…
If that sounds ludicrously bad, then you’re right and you haven’t even been exposed to the toxic dialogue and characters yet. Frankly, with TV like this, the world probably would be better off with the animals in charge.
Here’s a trailer. Try not to laugh too hard.