'The Colony' lights up with purified pig fat
August 4th, 2010
01:51 PM ET

'The Colony' lights up with purified pig fat

“The Colony’s” second episode of the new season opened two hours after last week's attack, and the colonists decided that they need to step up their security.

On their fourth day in the encampment, the participants woke up exhausted, scarred and feeling dirty. They began building window blockades and defense screens to deter attackers, but the power tools they’d found earlier were running low on juice, meaning they didn’t have the proper equipment, or electricity, to heighten security.

After a lot of whining about the loss of battery power in the tools they’re lucky to even have, the colonists decided they needed to make a generator.

They had three car batteries that were low on energy, but Sally the auto-mechanic was there to save the day (once again) by putting together abandoned car parts to build the generator.

But of course it wouldn’t be that easy – they soon realized they didn’t have any fuel to run the generator. Luckily, Deville the retired contractor knows how to make gas out of animal fat, a little trick he picked up as a kid. Good thing the crew just so happened to find those rotting pig carcasses the other day. And what do you know: There were enough dead pigs to make about a gallon of fuel that could last them a long, long time.

All this luck makes you think about how perfect these opportunities are for each colonist to contribute a skill. Now we only have to figure out what secret talent the model Becka has.

After a disgusting ten minutes of pig carcass gathering, (where we got to see the group in their underwear!), Jim decided he was going to build a bridge so that they could sweep the creek with fishing nets. His work did look a bit questionable, but he’s a carpenter after all.

We did eventually find out what Becka’s skill is, and that would be washing her hair. While a few members looked on with disdain, Becka used some of their valuable drinking water to freshen her ‘do.

The crew started cutting up the pigs to render the fat into oil, and Jim finished his bridge – which really was quite impressive for something made from nails and plywood. But, unfortunately, sweeping the creek with the nets didn’t yield anything, and the group grew discouraged of ever being able to hunt food. With half of their canned goods eaten, the colonists were rightly worried that if they couldn't fish they'd starve.

Deville decided it was time they went fishing in the bayou, where there's bound to be more animals than in the creek. Jim and Deville set off for the bayou with fishing poles that they, for some reason, didn’t try using before. While Deville fished, Jim went hunting through the brush and found two snakes. He (too) calmly and (very) skillfully cut off their heads and brought them home for supper. Becka decided they tasted like “chish” – that would be chicken and fish.

After super-Jim dangerously, but necessarily, welded two parts of the generator together, the colonists were ready to get it working. Artist/inventor George purified the pig fat as best he could, and brought the gallon of oil to the rest of the group to be put to the test.

Long story short, it worked. The participants got their tractor running on straight pig fat, and now they have a way to recharge their batteries.

The episode ended with the colonists celebrating their electric victory, needlessly running power tools and putting up lights in their now secure home.

What'd you think of last night's episode? Let us know in the comments!


soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. TonyP

    I have 2 episodes of Season 1 to watch and don't have cable, so you guys are way ahead of me. I'm still trying to get over Season 1 when they found a large collection of shotgun shells and made ... fireworks. Why didn't the Professor make a zip guy and blow away the marauders that were bothering them. Right! Scripted reality.

    December 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jo ann

    love the show. you never know when you might need this info to really survive.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. HAHA

    These people on the show crack me up. Especially that guy Reno I think he has downs syndrome. But seriously I would just kill all these idiots in a survival situation to give myself a better chance.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. jennifer

    This show is seriously lame...How much time and money was wasted on this crap! There is real problems in the world today..homeless and starving people and economy that has gone to hell, oil spills...I can think of a whole lot of better the money wasted on this show to go to!!

    August 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aaron Egnor

    I've tried watching this show and everything is just WAY too convenient. That's the problem with these "reality" shows – writers. You can't write reality, but you sure can write reality television.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ann

    I guess I don't understand the concept of this show. I have lived in this area for more than 37 years and know what was left after Katrina. Just find it hard to believe the members have conveniently discovered some of the items they have. I could only bare to watch a total of 15 mins. of the first episode.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    I thought the episode was very good. But can you imagine the smell of cooking rotting pigs down to make bio-diesel. Then imagine the smell of the exhaust of the tractor. That would smell of rotting pig also. Great episode was surprised it worked. cant't wait till next week.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |

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