“Zoo” Season 1 Episode 1 “First Blood” aired on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. In Botswana, after coming upon an empty camp and an abandoned safari van, as it seems like the lions have been attacking humans, safari camp guide Jackson Oz (James Wolk), rescued a survivor of the attack, and realized that his brilliant father, whom the world thought was insane, had been correct about animals being able to coordinate with each other against a species. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, while investigating a zoo lion attack, journalist and blogger Jamie Campbell (Kirsten Connolly) met veterinary pathologist Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke), who was also investigating what had happened to the lions in the zoo. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began in Botswana, with Jackson Oz (James Wolk) trying to calm down his barking dog.
A voice over, whose voice is later revealed to be that of Professor Robert Oz (Ken Olin), Jackson’s brilliant father. He ended up insane, wondering, on a recorded video tape, what would happen to humans if all of the animals decided to strike back against humans. These tapes were being watched by Daniel (Isaac White), the son of Abraham “Abe” Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie), the co-owner of Kituko Safari Camp, where Jackson worked. After waking up with a hangover, he dismissed Daniel’s questions about his father’s theories on animals knowing when a mass extinction event was coming, and about something he called the “defiant pupil.”
During their safari tour, they scared away a nearby rhinoceros. It was after realizing that Philip Weber (Brian Tee), was about to shoot one, much to his chagrin.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, reports started to come in that two male lions had escaped from the City of Angels Zoo. They killed and injured several people, including their zoo keepers.
Inside the office of the Los Angeles Telegraph, journalist Jamie Campbell (Kirsten Connolly) tried talking to the head of the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation committee, Lawrence Fremer (Wayne Pere), but was interrupted by Ethan Boyd (Reid Scott). He was a senior reporter whom she had been sleeping with for a year, as their boss, Brenda Montgomery (Tamara Tunie), scolded her for writing about a sister company in her blog. Jamie’s blog post stated that the lion attack had been due to the meat from cows which ate grass with pesticides on it. It was supplied by a sister company of the paper’s, had been the cause of the lion attacks.
Later, Jamie decided to call things off with Ethan, as he didn’t even defend her in front of their boss.
She then went to the house of Fremer. He told her to stop looking at him, and to investigate instead why all the cats had gone missing.
She then went to the zoo, where she met veterinary pathologist Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke). He told her that the lions’ behavior wasn’t due to the food. She then told him about the missing cats and gave him her number.
Back in Botswana, on the way to Msisimko Safari Camp to deliver a radio to Abe’s cousin, Simon, Jackson told Abe that Daniel shouldn’t be watching his father’s tapes if he wanted to be a scientist.
At the camp, they discovered that no one was there, and a video camera on the floor had taped a coordinated lion attack. Out in the valley, they encountered one of Simon’s vans, where Abe was attacked by several lions. A French woman, Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnezeder), who had been there for her honeymoon even though her wedding had gotten canceled, then appeared, and urged Jackson to leave the area quickly. Later, as the lions had gotten the car’s radiator, they were forced to go on foot back to the camp. They were then cornered at the edge of a sharp drop by the five male lions, who forced them into the ravine, near a lake. They, however, survived the fall.
Back in Los Angeles, Jamie decided to refuse the reinstatement in the paper. He went to Mitch who had discovered all the cats up in a tree at a preschool where a day camp was supposed to begin the very next day.
Back at the camp, Jackson told Chloe that his father had a theory that animals could coordinate with each other and kill the species that posed as a threat, and talked at length about the “defiant pupil”, which he had seen in one of the lions’ left eye. This, for him, was the only explanation, as it was strange that five male lions would coordinate and travel together to hunt. He then radioed for help, but instead of help, the police arrested Jackson for stopping Philip from hunting his rhinoceros.
The scene then shifted to Daniel watching a tape of Professor Oz. He wondered what the animals would do in order to survive as the humans continued to destroy the earth.
It was also shown that Abe was still alive and had been dragged up into a tree by one of the lions.
And that was all for the recap of “Zoo” Season 1 Episode 1 “First Blood.” For more news, updates and recaps on “Zoo” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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