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Zoo - S02E11

Thriller . Sci-Fi . Drama
 

Mitch and Jamie brave an animal attack at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Jackson finally gets the answers he's been looking for from a surprising source.

 
Episode Title: The Contingency
Airs: 2016-08-30 at 21:00
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The story will grab you, as we slowly see the animals begin asserting their control and the humans at a total loss as to what to do about it.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    If there's a breakout star in Zoo, though, it's probably the state of Louisiana, which does an astonishingly good impression of the African veldt that's used to excellent effect. Using little in the way of computer-generated effects, Zoo is a striking example of how much a talented director of photography can achieve with just his cameras.

    Reason.com Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    As with many a Patterson thriller, the breathless pace and spine-tingling what-ifs make it easy to get caught up despite your well-founded reservations.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    CBS’ Zoo has more than enough edge-of-your-seat drama to make it feel like the television equivalent of great summer beach reading.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Mutating Wild Kingdom into a subversive fun-time apoca-thriller, Zoo is a worthy small-screen complement to a Jurassic World summer.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Amy Amatangelo

    Zoo is fun, escapist fare. The kind of show that will make you want to pop some popcorn and plop down on the couch.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's all great fun, especially for those of us who have not read the book and so do not know if there is a clever cause or a nifty solution. Even if there is not, we get to watch a solid cast work its way through this latest spin on a classic tale, while keeping a wary eye on our own pets.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    If only the humans in Zoo were as compelling as their four-legged antagonists!

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    If you’re willing to suspend enough disbelief to enjoy Zoo, you will definitely think twice before ever again saying, “Here, kitty, kitty.”

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Zoo is expertly made and fits the current fascination with dystopian what-if scenarios, but it’s basic.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The first episode gets us in the mood for the TV equivalent of a beach read adventure..... [James Wolk] easily rises to the task, making Jackson charming, sympathetic, and capable. Though Zoo may turn out to be more silly than sensational, Wolk is always delightful TV company.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Zoo very much spares the gore in its less than scintillating but better than lackluster opening hour.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Daniel Holloway

    While the pilot script excels in efficient plot building, it lags in dialogue and character development.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Zoo keeps things moving quickly enough to glide past its more portentous moments.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Sure, it's summer and the viewing is easy--and Zoo is about as easy as it gets. There is some fun here, or potentially some fun.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Locked up in cliches, tedium and barely believable bipeds. ... As far as extinction events go, Zoo is lame and tame.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There's nothing particularly special about Zoo, but were we back in the days when books like this became self-contained miniseries, it would be easy enough to recommend as a non-taxing summer potboiler.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Its premise simply isn’t interesting enough to sustain the intrigue over the course of a television season.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    A laughably over-serious pilot episode makes it difficult to take Zoo on its own terms.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    There's potential here, especially if it's not burdened with biological mumbo jumbo that makes little sense in explaining why these animals are going ape on humans. But even that potential is only that of a Patterson novel: cheap, easy to digest, and you don't have to think all that much about it.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It’s a snooze. And it’s disappointingly dull filmically given that Brad Anderson directed the pilot. Like Wolk and Connolly, Anderson deserved a better script. You do too.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Zoo might build toward something more satisfying, but based on the premiere, there’s not particularly strong incentive to take the bait.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It's all so groaningly obvious and B-movie earnest you'd almost welcome a Sharknado attack. [29 Jun - 12 Jul 2015, p.12]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Zoo could have been silly, over-the-top fun, but instead it’s plodding and monotonous.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Zoo has 13 hours, and many more animals, to make some sense of its zany story, but the leaden dialogue is almost certainly to make that seem much, much longer.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    We can suspend disbelief when watching “Jurassic World” because it’s dinosaurs, but when the predators are zoo animals, it’s a greater challenge to take seriously.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review