‘Zoo’ season 2, episode 7 review: The origin of species

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No doubt, “Zoo” is a ridiculous show, and within that there are a wide array of fairly ridiculous things that happen. We saw a fairly good assembly of these on Tuesday night’s new episode, starting with the fact that some dude with an X-ray from more than a hundred or so years ago may have been responsible for this whole triple-helix nonsense in the first place.

This revelation sent the team on a tour to rural England to try and figure out the source of many of the animals who first developed the helix, and yes, the entire idea of all of this is as nonsensical as it sounds. You really just have to roll with it, just as you have to roll with Jackson uttering phrases that are really mnemonic devices for nucleotides and him starting to slowly lose it as a result of the mutation.

The reason that we’re able to look past some of the silliness inherent with this show is because there are a few moments wedged somewhere in here that are sweet, vulnerable, and do give you a much different sense of these characters and who they are. For example, we learned that in some ways Jackson as a child may have accidentally kickstarted much of the world’s present crises, but he was also treated excruciatingly terribly by his father … even to the point of him being injected himself. There was a specific reason why he became the person that he is now! It’s fairly messed-up stuff, and the fact that Jackson’s father is still alive means that more is likely coming.

Also, it looks like Logan really is not to be trusted in full, which is something that we really all should have seen coming, yet at the same time it worked. Maybe we’re just feeling somewhat forgiving since the Jackson backstory surprisingly got to us, but we’ll take it. Episode Grade: B+.

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