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LORD OF THE FLIES #9x06  12.16.01 
LORD OF THE FLIES LORD OF THE FLIES
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During historical periods of witch hysteria, accused witches were thought to harbor demons disguised as animals, or "familiars," that assisted them in carrying out spells and bedevilment. Ownership of common house pets (especially black cats), farm animals, or even common insects found in the vicinity of the accused were supposed physical proof of witchcraft. Since human interaction with the animal and insect world is inevitable, these associations provided plenty of false evidence for overzealous prosecutors. According to The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, "in witchcraft trials, if so much as a fly buzzed in the window while a witch was being questioned or tried, it was said to be her familiar."

The aggressive flies in this episode were inspired by the actual habits of the blow fly, especially the Australian species, the Musca vetustissima Walker. While many species of blow fly are found worldwide, these stout insects of the land down under are particularly aggressive in their hunt for protein excreted by both humans and animals. The flies search for protein contained in saliva, sweat, mucus and blood, and they will attempt to get at it through any open orifice they can find. Fortunately, these flies are more of an irritating nuisance than a physical danger to their chosen victims.

Pheromones are odorless substances released by certain animals and insects, which serve as a means of chemical communication to other organisms. These compounds help the emitter influence behavior in a variety of ways, such as attracting mates, notifying others of a food source, or marking territory. For instance, when a beehive is disturbed, threatened bees may emit a pheromone to warn others of an intruder. Researchers have long suspected that humans secret pheromones themselves. While studies have shown that female sweat may influence other women's menstrual cycles, research has not been conclusive on whether humans can attract mates through chemical communication.

The title "Lord of the Flies" is the translated name of Beelzebub, a demonic god in ancient Judeo-Christian belief, and it is another commonly used name for Satan. According to religious reference material, his association with flies was possibly due to the invocation of Beelzebub to drive away flies from a sacrifice.

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett was the founder and original singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd. While the band's first album was sitting high on the UK charts, the band was facing a personnel crisis: Syd Barrett was using so much LSD that he became very unstable, often staring into space while the rest of the band performed. He missed recording sessions and shows, and even disappeared for days at a time. In January of 1968, the band brought in David Gilmour, who had gained reputation as a skillful guitarist, to cover for Barrett on stage. After only a few shows, it became apparent that Barrett could no longer perform at all. On the way to a show one night, the band simply did not pick him up, and he was officially fired a few months later. Yet Barrett and Pink Floyd remained friends. After a period of hibernation, Barrett re-emerged in 1970 with a pair of albums that attracted little attention at the time. It is theorized that these records are a glimpse into a creative psyche gone awry after too much fame and too many drugs at such an early age. With increasing psychological problems, Barrett withdrew into near-total reclusion. He never released any more material, and rarely appears in public, let alone to play music. Yet his albums today still attract a cult audience.

The two songs played in the episode are "No Good Trying" and "Terrapin," both by Syd Barrett.