Tonight’s second installment begins with Team Midas and…oh it’s Nicole blathering on about her chemistry background again making her “a target.” This go-round the two teams will be compete in a science fair. The contestants will be judged by the soundness of their science, the chemical reaction, and the creativity of the presentation. They have secret war rooms in Nerdvana to prepare.
Incidentally, these rooms are sponsored by Radio Shack. I have never, ever found a single thing of value at Radio Shack. But Radio shack backs this show so that’s something.
Team Midas decides to do a Mount Doom volcano that involves throwing in a ring. Titans of Rigel starts off to a very poor start by being unable to settle on any sort of vision for their fair — they finally settle on the eruption of Yellowstone in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Unfortunately, during the presentation the ring never makes it in!
What’s interesting is that two very different nerdy traits are at stake here, and it just goes to show that geekdom has a range of personality traits. On one hand there are the scientists, who want to make the chemical reactions scientifically sound. On the other are the creatives, who want to make a show of science. This is embodied in Katie and Kayla’s ongoing battle — they eventually reconcile their differences.
There are three special guests: Bill Nye the Science Guy (this episode wins because of him alone); winner of the Intel Science and Engineering Fair and 19-year-old genius Blake Marggraff; and actress Mayim Bialik who also happens to have a PhD in neuroscience.
- Mayim votes for Midas Touch Attack.
- Blake votes for Titans of Rigel.
- And Bill? Well he votes for…Titans of Rigel. Looks like Katie’s instincts were right. Go Katie!
Titans of Rigel wins! Their reward: one-on-one time with Bill Nye.
Rigel votes for Zack the Nerd-Off, and Midas votes for Josh. Given that these two hate each other, this promises to be the most epic-off Nerd-Off ever. The Nerd-Off? An alien autopsy. They have three hours to research alien (and human) anatomy. This makes no sense whatsoever.
Okay ,let’s try again. The contestants race to find organs from two alien donors and place them in specimen jars. And here we go:
Q: This organ serves several homeostatic functions: regulating electrolytes, maintaining an acid base balance metabolically, it is also the factory producing the hormones calcitriol and the enzyme renin.
- A: Kidney (Z) (J). Correct Answer: Kidney.
Q: This organ is divided into four chambers, two atria and two ventricles, surrounded by a fluid sac, it operates with the help of electric impulses.
- A: Uterus (Z) Liver (J). Correct answer: heart. Zack was first yet again with two points in the lead.
Q: By the time the chime has reached this tube, most nutrients and water have already been absorbed by the body. This organ takes what remains and mixes it with mucus and bacteria, preparing it to be expelled.
- A: Spleen (Z), Colon (J). Correct Answer: Colon.
Q: This blind-ended tube is located in the lower-right quadrant of the abdomen. It averages about eleven centimeters in length.
- A: Appendix (Z) (J). Correct answer: Appendix.
Zack wins, ensuring more drama on the team. Next week’s episode holds much promise: a cosplay/combat competition.
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