The first half of this episode is an adorable walk down memory lane for Red Blood Cell. Then the episode takes a turn for the darker leaving us on a To Be Continued note that suggests next week is going to be pretty intense. Cells at Work remains consistently aware of its role as both entertainment and education.
With the weak premise that Red Blood Cell is lost again, this week we get a look at the bone marrow where the red and white blood cells ‘grow up’. Through a flash back and reminiscence, we see that Red Blood Cell has always been pretty directionally challenged, and also always been a magnet for whatever weird thing is about to happen. Still, this sequence is adorable, introduces us to young White Blood Cell who is equally cute, and generally does a reasonable job of explaining the process by which cells are differentiated and how blood cells age (I notice they are still avoiding any mention of short life expectancy for our characters which would probably kill the cute buzz).
This slice of life aspect early in the episode is adorable and well handled. Transitions between past and present are reasonably well handled and even though it is extraordinarily coincidental that the white and red blood cell keep bumping into each other, given the concept of the story it is nice that we have these consistent characters to look forward to.
Then we turn into the second part of the episode when Red has left the White Blood Cell and he encounters a weird cell attacking another one. Soon Killer T Cell and a new cell, NK (Natural Killer), show up. We’re heading into a cancer storyline and the tone radically shifts until the final scene this week which is probably as dark as this show has gotten before it leaves us waiting for next week. It makes sense given cancer isn’t exactly something you can approach with the level of levity of allergies without risking putting your audience off, but I’m curious as to how they handle the sequence next week and whether they play it seriously or whether they find a way to bring the usual energy and enthusiasm into the mix.
By the way, the only platelet action was when they lent Killer T cell a bucket and they weren’t foregrounded so not much of a screen shot. Still, young red and white blood cells really filled the gap this week.
I quite enjoyed this episode even though by itself it doesn’t appear like much happened. I enjoyed the character moments of the first half, the cuteness of the characters, and the tonal shift at the end was well executed. Really looking forward to next week.
- Episode 1: The Adorable Edutainment Entry
- Episode 2: The Adventures of a Directionally Challenged Red-Blood Cell Continue
- Episode 3: The Zombie Horde of Flu-Ridden Cells
- Episode 4: Everyone Has Their Own Job
- Episode 5: Maybe They Should Rewrite The Manual?
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