Cells at Work Episode 5: Maybe They Should Rewrite The Manual?

After establishing last week that every cell had an individual role to play and their own strengths and weaknesses, this week we see what happens when those cells get a little over-zealous about their work as they battle an invasion by pollen.

Cells at Work Episode 5 - The pollen invasion

It begins like a disaster movie with a vaguely sepia tone over the usually bright colours of cells at work, the flaming meteor streaking over the town before plummeting into the water. It is the first of many. This is a pollen invasion.

The impact on the cells is both educational as to how our immune system deals with allergens, and pretty hilarious as the macrophage’s complain it is chaos as their tea was spilt (they seem so sweet until you remember them during the flu episode).

Cells at work - Episode 5 - Macrophage

For whatever reason, we do still have some white and red blood cell action with red once again being at the centre of the invasion and white jumping out and saving her early on. She then gets told to run away and the white blood cell remains an observer to the chaos caused by cells doing exactly what they are programmed to do.

Perhaps my favourite part though was when red returns rolling what is clearly a medicine. It unleashes essentially a killer robot that takes out everything in its path. The mechanical creature looks so out of place amongst the humanoid cells and its path of destruction even as it does settle the problem is pretty clear. Still, I’d have to ask why the memory cell can’t just rewrite the mast cell’s manual so she didn’t overload the system with histamine, or why the B cell can’t be instructed to act in moderation.

Cells at Work Episode 5 - B Cell

If I have any complaint this week, it would be a lack of platelet appearances with two of them showing up very briefly in a crowd shot but taking no active role this week.

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21 thoughts on “Cells at Work Episode 5: Maybe They Should Rewrite The Manual?

    1. I think it just understands that even though it seems to want to explain things to the audience, that it still should be entertaining. It is getting the balance pretty right.

  1. I love seeing how allergic reactions are just the body trying to do it’s job and the miscommunications that happen.

    This show is like a gameplay loop, you either like it or get bored. I’m loving it.

    I actually just tried the show Asobase last night and now that show and this show are making this season a hilarious one.

    1. I think the lack of other watching options this season has helped this show a bit. In stronger viewing seasons, I’d probably still be a bit hesitant on this one. However, it is fun and I like it, and that’s actually enough this season.

  2. This show is still a lot of fun, but as I said over on Cactus Matt’s blog earlier today, I do honestly have to admit that I do feel the formula is starting to get a little bit thin now. Still…the show is so much fun to watch that it’s even hard to say something negative about it. Next week it seems the story might take a different approach so it will be interesting to see how that is going to turn out 😊

    1. The formula is pretty set at this point and you are right in that they haven’t managed to top the first two episodes (mostly because we now know what to expect from this show). Still, it is fun and in a season like this one, it remains one of the high lights of my week.

      1. Yeah I totally agree, it’s definitely one of the most fun series to have come out of this season, next to of course Phantom in the Twilight (and of course Attack on Titan, but that pretty much speaks for itself 😊).

        1. I’ll admit, Attack on Titan season 3 has so far been very good. I’m pretty glad I decided not to drop the franchise at the end of season 2. I may still change my mind about that, however so far its been going very well (or not well for the characters but great for the viewer).

          1. Haha lol, no it’s definitely not going well for the characters that is for sure. Even though I do miss the action agains the Titans, it’s really a very interesting direction they are taking the series in, and I can’t wait to see how this will be play out. I’m very glad you didn’t drop it either 😊😊

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