Parasitic wasps on Weeds: We have video!

By Carl Zimmer | August 17, 2010 2:05 pm

Thanks to Mandarb for posting this clip from Weeds I was wondering about yesterday. I should point out that it’s a very abridged version of my original piece on the radio. For example, it sounds as if I’m giving God my own personal forgiveness for parasitic wasps. I was actually talking about a letter written by Darwin in which the wasps figured in his musings about God.

And I have to say that I’m not much closer to figuring out what parasitic wasps have to do with the show’s plot. I guess I’ll have to watch the whole episode. But–for the record–here it is:


Comments (7)

  1. Hi Carl,

    I’ve just been catching up on this series, and I’m going to guess that parasitic wasps have nothing to do with the show’s plot. I haven’t seen the episode yet, but my guess is that the producers used your sound byte to set an eerie tone for that scene – with words like “parasite” and “evil” being emphasized. Also, the show is coming to be known for its unusual soundtrack choices…this may be a chance for you to earn some street cred with the indie crowd!


  2. Your work has crossed a new boundary! I hope they invite you to meet the cast. If they contact you for a sequel, maybe you can interest them in our amazing parasites – and parasitologists – on Appledore Island.

  3. cicely

    I watched the episode and thought, “Huh, that seems familiar, somehow”. :)

    My suspicion is that they’re trying to suggest an analogy between Nancy’s personal relationships, and the relationship between the parasitic wasp and its hosts/prey.

  4. And you’re going to laugh, but you might want to head to the newsstand and pick up a rather obscure magazine called “Gothic Beauty”. There’s a gothic gardening column this month on hunting wasps that mentions Parasite Rex, too.

  5. They were focusing on the description of the wasp’s actions as pure evil, relating it to Shane’s actions in last season’s finale (killing Pilar) and his seeming numbness to the situation in this episode.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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