Cells at Work! – Ep. 11

Guess I’ll add heat stroke to the list. In hindsight, one of us should’ve made a bingo game out of the many health problems this body would run into.

The summer heat has gotten pretty bad this year, at least where I live, so this episode about heat stroke especially felt like it was trying to guilt me. Never in my life, have I felt so happy to stay hydrated…and crank up the AC in my house. For crying out loud, you’re even showing the Platelets suffering from the neat. You’re just not playing fair, Cells at Work!.

This will sound odd but I couldn’t help but find the fight scene between the germ of the week, Bacillus Cereus, and White a bit contrived. The set-up itself is fine; naturally a germ would take advantage of a pre-occupied body. But man, you have no idea how many times I was talking to screen, demanding that White just take his damn jacket off. Maybe if he did, the heat wouldn’t get to him so much. All the Red Blood Cells are doing it anyway (you can even see some of the extras in their underwear) so clearly, the professional bar has been set low at this point. Then again, I am nitpicking over the actions of a human cell so I think I’m starting to sound petty here. I am admittedly willing to let slide since seeing White get rejuvenated at the end and surprise the germ was perfect comedic timing.

Speaking of the climax, I love that the IV tube is played a hundred percent straight. As in, it is in fact just a tube. Really think about it. Cells has generally been pretty creative about how it pictures things. Sneezing is essentially rockets firing up in the sky, glucose is ice cream, medicine are Terminators. And yet, here the tube is actually just a tube, appearing in the sky and turning the area into a water park. I’m glad the storytellers just left it as is since it seems that, by default, it just makes for a weird image.

The only joke that didn’t work for me was seeing one of the maintenance cells perform a Native American styled rain dance. I wouldn’t go as far as call it inappropriate. Cells has, in the past, incorporated all sorts of different aesthetics with its location design to (just look at the heart for example). Still, this joke was odd, shall I say. At the very least, I just didn’t think it was that funny.

Overall, this was a simple yet fun episode of Cells at Work!. It’s always fun to see it enact an educational guilt trip on its viewers and this episode was no different. It seems that we’re next up for a two-parter which seems fitting as we’re nearing the end.


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