[Environmentaly Friendly Recap] CBS’s Zoo S2E3: Collision Point

Spoiler Alert!

Did I forget to mention in the last recap that the mutation has jumped to bugs? That must have been because I was so enthralled with the concept of the mutation affecting humans, not because I was completely traumatized by the scene where a swarm of bees attack and kill a woman. Nope. It had nothing to do with my irrational fear of bees.

While not from Zoo, this is still a terrifying picture of a man with a bee beard. Many people create bee beards by placing a queen bee on their bodies and having the worker bees swarm to them. Photo credit Imaginechina/Corbis

While not from Zoo, this is still a terrifying picture of a man with a bee beard. Many people create bee beards by placing a queen bee on their bodies and having the worker bees swarm to them. Photo credit Imaginechina/Corbis

Lucky for me, episode three was only filled with deadly ants. I can handle deadly ants.

Quick recap: Ants now have the power to conduct electricity and blow things up. This means the ants go marching two by two to go blow up the Large Particle Accelerator (LPA) under Geneva. I’m not entirely sure what this means since I favor environmental sciences to topics of particles and electromagnetism and vacuums, but basically it’s bye-bye to hundreds of people if the ants make it to the LPA, so the gang goes in and stops them in a very scientific way. Yay suspension of disbelief! During their defense of the LPA, Mitch observes the ants avoiding Jackson as if they can tell he’s one of them, which leads to Jackson finally admitting that something’s not right with his biology. And up in Canada—because the writers had to give us a reason to care about our stranded journalist—Jamie has her toe cut off by some dude who was stalking her through the woods. It’s okay though. She told him to do it. It was infected and could have killed her. That still didn’t stop her from maybe accidentally shooting him when the ax came down. He shouldn’t have been stalking her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM7QEqfBHUw

Once you’re done slamming your head against a desk after that whirlwind of an episode, think on this: there are actually ants in the real world that are attracted to electrical currents. Now, they’re not electrocuting humans like they were in Zoo, but crazy ants (Paratrechina longicornis)—most commonly known as Ant Man’s sidekicks—can short circuit electrical equipment. They don’t do it because they like the jolt, though. One ant will accidentally make his way into a plug or an air conditioner, and once he gets zapped he releases a scent that calls all of his brothers and sisters to come help him. They come, get zapped themselves, release even more of the pheromone, call even more crazy ants, and soon the bodies are piling up to the point where it breaks the electrical device.

A huge pile of dead crazy ants outside of a home in Texas. Photo credit Bill McCullough for The New York Times.

A huge pile of dead crazy ants outside of a home in Texas. Photo credit Bill McCullough for The New York Times.

I’ve always found it interesting how tv shows, movies, and books can take tiny pieces of fact and warp them into some crazy new story. What kinds of facts would you like to see twisted into this season of Zoo? Comment below or on the Zoo thread at The Unrefined Forum.


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