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Season 2 episode list

Episode Title Original Airdate
201 Wrath of God January 5, 2010
A look at the fate of humanity's religious symbols and artifacts after the disappearance of man – such as the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Crystal Cathedral and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Southern California, the Colosseum, Jubilee Church and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Shroud of Turin in Turin, Italy. The episode also examines Kolmanskop, a desert town in Namibia established by Germans during a diamond rush, and abandoned over 50 years ago.
202 Toxic Revenge January 12, 2010
A look at how toxic materials will leak into the environment without human intervention: spent nuclear fuel rods spontaneously burst into flame, chlorine gas spills out of tanks and turns lakes into deadly acid, raccoons try to survive without people, and in New York underground methane gas leaks into the MetLife Building, which eventually ignites an explosion. Cargo ships from the Great Lakes tumble over the edge of Niagara Falls. The episode also features Picher, Oklahoma, a toxic former lead mining town which has been slowly abandoned over the course of the last 40 years.
203 Crypt of Civilization January 19, 2010
A look at how crypts, safes, vaults and time capsules survive in a post-apocalyptic world, including a visit to the "Crypt of Civilization" at Oglethorpe University, the Gherkin in London, and the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington D.C. Military-trained German Shepherds battle coyotes in the wild. The proposed KEO Satellite, Rosetta Disks, and the prototype of the 10,000 Year Clock meet their fates in the far future. The episode also examines Norwich State Hospital in Connecticut, sections of which were abandoned between 40 and 15 years ago.
204 Last Supper January 26, 2010
In a world without people, man's food supplies decay as grocery stores turn into breeding grounds for insects and vermin, humidity causes Leonardo DaVinci's mural The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie to crumble, and both the landmark Randy's Donuts restaurant in Los Angeles and the restaurant atop Taipei 101 in Taiwan succumb to the force of gravity. Cavendish bananas die out. Snack cakes survive 25 years, but jars of honey might remain edible for millennia. The episode also includes video from a Fort Worth, Texas grocery store which was abandoned for three months—with all the food still inside. This episode also examines the town of Tranquille in the Canadian wilderness which was abandoned in 1985.
205 Home Wrecked Home February 2, 2010
This episode predicts the apocalyptic fate of homes—from the Stahl House to the San Remo. Co-Op City sinks beneath the water and Dubai's Burj Khalifa corrodes and collapses. Gas leaks turn suburban homes in Levittown into infernos, a hidden flaw topples Hearst Castle, linseed oil in paint-soaked rags causes some high-end homes to explode in flames, and the contents of the Corbis Archive meet a tragic fate. Bobcats use abandoned houses as dens, and zebras from the Hearst Castle private zoo escape and survive for generations. The episode also visits the Italian town of Balestrino, which was abandoned during the 1950's due to geologic instability.
206 Holiday Hell February 9, 2010
Vacation destinations and holiday treasures are featured in this episode; a fireworks factory explodes with no people to see the event, sand inside the Silver Bullet Roller Coaster is the key to its destruction, while fruitcake lasts for over 130 years (the store is not so lucky.). Ski Runs resist the encroachment of nature. Domesticated reindeer join herds of wild caribou, only to be devoured by wolves. Lions escape the San Diego Wild Animal Park and become top predators in the Californian ruins. Nearby Palm Springs is consumed by the desert, its aerial tramway suffers catastrophic failure, and its wind turbines shatter. In Detroit, Aldridge's Always Christmas Store witnesses a not so jolly scene as power goes out, and domesticated turkeys die off while their wild relatives live on. This episode also examines the Salton Sea, where parts of Salton City, California, a former resort town, were abandoned over the last 40 years.
207 Waves of Devastation February 16, 2010
This episode examines the effects of water on man's structures. Rotterdam floods as levees fail; washing away the treasures of the Boijman's Museum, while Sacramento is first swamped, then destroyed when Folsom Dam ruptures. Non-native Asian carp slip through man-made barriers to invade the Great Lakes, but must compete with another invasive species. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline spills its hazardous contents, the Santa Monica Pier sinks into the ocean, the Sydney Opera House caves in and the Sydney Harbour Bridge tears apart. The episode also explores the Russian coal mining town of Pyramiden, abandoned in 1998, and preserved by Arctic temperatures, it may survive as one of the last towns standing on Earth.
208 Sky's the Limit March 2, 2010
Human neglect affects the world's skies and aeronautic icons, including Air Force One, the Theme Building and LAX Control Tower at Los Angeles International Airport, the Spirit of St. Louis and the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota. Elsewhere, Rocky Mountain locusts invade the cities in the Midwest, Mount Everest's ice preserves artifacts left by climbers, and the migratory patterns of birds are affected by the absence of mankind patrolling the skies. Solar-powered radio station KTAO continues broadcasting long after humans are gone. The Cassini Probe crashes into Saturn's moon Enceladus, leading to extremophile bacteria from Earth colonizing its possible water ocean and causing life to evolve on it. The episode also visits Edgar, Ontario, a Cold War radar site which was abandoned in 1999 and the aging Berlin Tempelhof Airport in Germany (abandoned only a few years before.).
209 Depths of Destruction March 9, 2010
The underground and underwater world suffers a destructive destiny in a post human era. The NORAD operations facility comes under assault, the echo chambers below the foundation of the Capitol Records Building outlasts the structure's downfall. The subterranean Carlsbad Caverns is repopulated by bats, the gypsum crystals inside the Naica Mine grow unchecked, and mankind's former geothermal power sites such as the Geysers in northern California relinquish their strength to geologic forces. The Satellite Transit System at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is disabled and the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park outside of St. George's, Grenada are taken a hold of by coral reefs. Prairie dogs reclaim their territory in Lubbock. The episode features the Bonne Terre Mine which was abandoned in 1960 and subsequently flooded and also the steamboat Arabia in Parkville, Missouri.
210 Take Me to Your Leader March 16, 2010
This episode analyzes how structures and testaments devoted to world leaders factor adversely without human sustainment, among them include the White House, the Palace of Versailles, Monticello, the Secretariat Building and the General Assembly Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters, and the Hall of Supreme Harmony in China's Forbidden City. The entombed body of Ulysses S. Grant is buried for the first time in history, and Mao Zedong's mysterious body at the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong submits to the quirks of his embalmers. As a result of his owner's disappearance, the dependent life of the United States president's dog Bo, is transformed as his wild instincts take effect. The episode also examines the aftermath of the Hiroshima bomb on the San Francisco Naval Shipyard in Hunters Point.

Season 2 Timeline

Time Period Predictions
1 day As the power goes out, bacteria, mold, insects and rodents begin to eat and decompose the produce left on grocery store shelves. The Crypt of Civilization at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta still lies buried underground waiting to be opened, but now, in a world without people, it never will be. In the absence of humans, the damage that is caused by ground squirrels and beavers gnawing at Sacramento’s levees will never be repaired and will eventually cause the city to flood. In Washington, D.C., the United States president's dog Bo wanders through the empty halls of the White House, soon he must escape to survive.
2 days In sugar refineries, the loss of power has shut down the plants’ ventilation systems allowing sugar dust to build up; soon sparks ignite the sugar dust and the refineries explode in flames. The pumping stations along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline shut down and oil stops moving through the pipeline. In Valdez, Alaska, without humans to shut off the oil flow, the storage tanks continue to feed the oil tankers causing the tanks in the ships to spill over and spill millions of gallons of oil into the water.
3 days Only the solar-powered radio station KTAO in Taos, New Mexico still broadcasts, all conventionally powered radio stations have gone dead.
4 days In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer Statue is claimed by the night as its illuminating lights turn off. In the Atlantic Ocean, rats begin to take over an abandoned cargo ship full of wheat. With no more planes in the sky to create condensation with their contrails, it is now warmer in the day and cooler at night. The pumps that pump water out of the Naica Mine fail and water begins to reclaim the mine.
5 days Due to raw sewage that has filled up New York’s flooded subway tunnels, the MetLife Building starts to fill with methane gas.
1 week In Vatican City, at St. Peter's Basilica, black cats roam freely without fear of being killed as pests. Most sheep will be killed off by predators; the only chance for survival are for the sheep still protected from predators by Anatolian Shepherd Dogs which have been bred for over 6000 years by shepherds to help watch over their flocks. Some German Shepherds from military and police K-9 units have turned feral. The training that they received will help them to survive in the wild. The golf courses of Palm Springs still remain lush and green thanks to the wind turbines that still supply the city with electricity. In Chicago, the electric barrier that protects the Great Lakes from the invasive Asian carp shuts down when the emergency generators fail. Canada geese flock to airports to graze without fear of being killed by planes.
10 days Former guide dogs raid abandoned grocery stores but will have trouble surviving in the wild due to the training they received that dulled their ability to hunt. In New York City, linseed oil in paint-soaked rags causes the San Remo to erupt in flames. Spent nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants is generally stored in pools in on-site facilities. Without people to ensure that this water remains cool, the heat of the fuel rods boils it away and the fuel rods catch fire. The resulting nuclear disasters spread fallout over large areas. Most plants and animals within the affected zones die.
1 month A storm hits the Dutch city of Rotterdam, without humans to close the giant floodgate that normally protects the city from flooding, Rotterdam floods, destroying the works of art in the Boijman's Museum. Liquefied natural gas tanks begin to fail, causing many fires and explosions. Domesticated reindeer join herds of wild caribou. In Glacier Bay, Alaska, cruise ships capsize due to the weight of composited snow and ice. At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the last emergency battery of the Satellite Transit System fails and the entire subterranean transportation system grinds to a halt. In Los Angeles, the LED lights of the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier still light up the night due to being run on solar power. The hydroelectric power plants that line the Niagara River shut down and the Niagara Falls is returned to its past glory as the full force of the Niagara River flows over the falls once again.
3 months In grocery stores around the world, produce such as, meat, fruit and vegetables have either rotted away or been eaten. Vermin still inside the buildings have taken to eating up the dry goods.
6 months In Washington, D.C., half a year of weather have left the American flag on the Marine Corps War Memorial tattered, frayed and just barely hanging on to the statue, soon a strong gust of wind blows it away.
1 year The rat population in the abandoned ship in the Atlantic Ocean is thriving living off the ship’s supply of wheat. During the winter, water pipes in houses freeze and burst, this causes extensive damage to the homes in the spring when the ice thaws and melts. Carpenter ants, termites and mold begin to colonize the abandoned houses. The Asian carp have been stopped from entering the Great Lakes due to the lock gates in Chicago that separate the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. In Palm Springs, the wind turbines are destroyed by high winds when their emergency brakes fail. As a result, the city loses power and begins to be reclaimed by the desert. At Andrews Air Force Base, Air Force One has begun to rust and plants have started to take over the tarmac. The Naica Mine has completely flooded with water but the gypsum crystals inside the mine continue to grow; without people to remove them they could grow to up to 30 meters large. Prairie dogs had lost 98% of their former population due to overhunting, now, with no people to kill them as pests, prairie dogs have begun to make a comeback.
2 years All produce on grocery store shelves has by now been eaten away or decomposed; pests that evolved to live off of human produce now go extinct. In the Atlantic Ocean, the rats inside the cargo ship have used up the ship’s supply of wheat and succumb to starvation and cannibalism. The rats’ dead bodies help feed starving seagulls. The last igloo in the Arctic evaporates. The Underwater Sculpture Gardens outside of St. George's, Grenada have begun to be invaded by coral.
3 years The last watch battery on earth finally runs out of power. In Sacramento, the levees fail due to lack of maintenance and the city floods with water. In Chicago, the Chicago Harbor Lock finally fails and the Asian carp begin colonizing the Great Lakes. Without human farmers intruding on their habitat, Rocky Mountain locusts begin to make a comeback.
4 years Sea lampreys now prey upon the Asian carp that have colonized the Great Lakes. In Australia, corrosion is threatening to seize up the hinges that allow the Sydney Harbour Bridge to expand and contract. The reservoir of the NORAD operations facility has begun to leak due to a lack of maintenance.
5 years Taipei 101 survives a typhoon thanks to its mass damper system. The degraded circuitry on Air Force One fails and deploys the plane’s false target flares, causing the plant growth underneath the plane to catch fire. The conflagration soon reaches the plane’s fuel tanks, causing them to explode and destroy Air Force One. In New Mexico, a steady flow of toxins continues to flow into the Carlsbad Caverns from the cars that have been abandoned on the cave’s parking lot.
6 years In California, the Geysers geothermal power plant explodes when water touches the magma underneath the power plant causing a huge amount of superheated steam to overwhelm the power plant’s corroded pipes.
8 years The mission of the Cassini space probe ends but without any people to operate its descent into Saturn’s atmosphere the probe continues to orbit the gas giant. After escaping the White House, Bo’s natural instincts as a water dog have taken effect and he now lives of a steady diet of fish, shellfish and clams.
10 years In Dubai, the cables supporting one of the Burj Khalifa’s window washing buckets snap due to corrosion and the massive bucket falls 2,000 feet to the desert floor below. In New York City, the methane that has been seeping into the MetLife Building from the flooded subway tunnels finally ignites and results in a large explosion. In Los Angeles, the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier finally goes dark. Outside of Sacramento, the Folsom Dam collapses due to excess water pressure; the massive amount of water released during the dam’s failure destroys the suburbs of Sacramento. In Atlanta, kudzu now covers Oglethorpe University but the Crypt of Civilization is still safe underground.
15 years In Los Angeles, a wildfire destroys the glass paneling of the Stahl House but leaves the steel frame and the concrete foundation unharmed. In Taos, New Mexico, the KTAO radio station finally falls silent when the computer controlling the station overheats.
20 years In Southern California, the nearly all-glass Crystal Cathedral becomes a greenhouse as plant life invades the interior. Meanwhile the concrete Jubilee Church in Rome remains untouched by nature because of a protective coating. The International Railway Bridge on the Niagara River collapses and ships can now drift towards the Niagara Falls. A forest fire in Pennsylvania advances on a fireworks factory, the factory explodes in a spectacular display but with no people around to witness the event. Most domesticated reindeer have been devoured by bears and wolves, those that survive mate with wild caribou, erasing any traces left of domestication. In Washington D.C., the White House’s white paint has been weathered away and the house now appears grey. The Cassini Probe crashes into Enceladus, a moon of Saturn.
25 years Snack cakes such as Twinkies may remain edible for 25 years.
30 years Most semblances of a prepared meal have long disappeared, but some foods are still edible. Freeze-dried goods could remain edible for 50 to 100 years; canned food could remain edible for hundreds of years if the cans are not compromised by moisture and humidity, while fruitcake could last for over 130 years. However, the structures of the grocery stores that house these products have badly deteriorated over the past 30 years and they begin to collapse. In the American Midwest, the population of the Rocky Mountain locust has returned to its former density and, for the first time in over a century, the locusts swarm.
50 years Chlorine tanks, weakened from fifty years of corrosion, fail and send their gas into the surrounding environment. Many animals die of suffocation. Some of the chlorine also seeps into lakes and turns the lakes into deadly acid. Lions that escaped the San Diego Wild Animal Park have become top predators in the California plains. In Los Angeles, after half a century of corrosion all that remains of the Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier is its A-frame. In the National Air and Space Museum at Washington DC, the Spirit of St. Louis takes its final flight when its corroded and chaffed support chains fail. In North Dakota, the KVLY-TV mast collapses during an ice storm when ice from the freezing rain becomes too heavy for the structure to handle. In New Mexico, the steady stream of toxins flowing into the Carlsbad Caverns from the abandoned cars has finally abated and bats begin to repopulate the caverns. In China, the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City collapses after a heavy snowfall due to rotting wood and termite damage. In France, the Palace of Versailles has become a shell of its former self, plant life has invaded the interior, most of the roof has collapsed and the mirrors in the Hall of Mirrors are broken.
60 years In Milan, Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural of The Last Supper is destroyed by mold and dust. In Los Angeles, corrosion caused by rainwater causes Randy's Donuts to collapse. On the Niagara River, a lake freighter has become free of its moorings and tumbles over the edge of the Niagara Falls.
75 years With no people left to cull their numbers, Texas rattlesnakes grow up to nine feet long. In Australia, the Sydney Opera House collapses after 75 years of saltwater damage and sinks to the bottom of the harbor. The weakened glass and corroded steel structure of the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County gives out and it collapses. In Los Angeles, the Stahl House falls off its cliff face and shatters on the ground, with the Sunset Strip below.
100 years In Turin, the Shroud of Turin is exposed to the elements when the roof of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist collapses. Mold and humidity consume the cloth and the image of Christ on the shroud becomes unrecognizable. With its hinges seized and its structure weakened from a century of corrosion, the Sydney Harbour Bridge finally collapses into the harbor. In New York City, the Hutchinson River has reclaimed the former marshland that Co-Op City was built on and the buildings there begin to collapse into the water below. At Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, sand inside the Silver Bullet Roller Coaster leads to its collapse.
120 years Palm Springs has been completely consumed by the desert and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway suffers catastrophic failure and collapses in a domino effect.
125 years The LAX Control Tower at Los Angeles International Airport collapses during an earthquake but the Theme Building survives thanks to its mass damper.
150 years In the Great Plains of North America, prairie dogs have made a huge comeback, returning to population levels not seen since the late 1700’s. The prairie dog’s main predator, the once endangered Black-footed ferret, has also made a comeback now that the prairie dogs have returned. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum still hangs. But now, it moves too much during an earthquake and is swallowed up, though the ancient Colosseum in Rome will remain standing for centuries more. In New York City, the MetLife Building rips itself apart, destroying the interior of Grand Central Terminal along with it, although the building's four walls will last for decades more. In Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello is nearing the verge of collapse after 150 years of moisture damage. In London, the floors of the Gherkin fail and pancake down on each other but the unique shape of the building saves its frame from collapse. The Science Museum in London pulls into itself, destroying the prototype of the 10,000 Year Clock in the process.
175 years Plant and animal life has now completely returned to the former dead zones around nuclear power plants and the power plants themselves collapse. In Washington D.C., the White House collapses after over a century of water damage to its sandstone structure. In Los Angeles, the Capitol Records Building folds into itself but the concrete echo chambers underneath the building will continue to last for a very long time. In New York City, the buildings of the United Nations Headquarters are in dire straits; finally the General Assembly Building falls out of the skyline along with the Secretariat Building following shortly after. At Ulysses S. Grant's Tomb, the entombed body of Ulysses S. Grant is now buried under six feet of humus.
200 years In San Simeon, an earthquake topples the Hearst Castle. Zebras descended from the Hearst Castle’s private zoo’s zebras still survive on the California plains and are hunted by cougars. In Taipei, the Taipei 101 disintegrates when its tuned mass damper fails and freefalls through the building. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline collapses during an earthquake but the remains of the pipeline could last for over 2000 years due to the low rate of corrosion in Alaska.
250 years In Rio de Janeiro, a strong wind topples the weakened Christ the Redeemer Statue. In Dubai, metal corrosion caused by humidity has devastated the Burj Khalifa and finally the winds of a massive desert sandstorm cause the world’s tallest building to knock over.
300 years In London, the Gherkin has been reduced to a steel skeleton for 150 years; finally a strong wind causes the corroded structure to dance it's way down as if you were to place a carrot in a blender. In Butler, Pennsylvania, the photographs stored inside the Corbis Archive have become completely unrecognizable. The Chesapeake Bay now covers Annapolis, flooding the Tomb of John Paul Jones.
500 years In Rome, the dome of St. Peter's Basilica caves in after its steel support chains weaken. In Washington D.C. the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress also caves in. The Marine Corps War Memorial remains recognizable, though it is now covered in swamp vegetation.
1,000 years The Colosseum in Rome crumbles during an earthquake but outlives every single one of Rome’s modern-day structures. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have avoided crossbreeding with other dogs and still protect their flocks from predators. Of the coast of Grenada, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park has become a coral reef, exactly as its creator had intended.
1,500 years At Niagara Falls, the American Falls have run dry after the Canadian Falls have eroded upstream of Goat Island.
4,000 years Honey preserved in glass jars still remains edible and could possibly even be mankind’s last surviving food item. The NORAD base remains recognizable.
5,000 years At the base of Mount Everest, glacial ice thaws revealing a long dead mountain climber. But now, his body is exposed and bacteria begins to feast.
6,102 years (AKA 8113) In Atlanta, the walls of the Crypt of Civilization have been cracked and breached and moisture and mold has decimated the artifacts inside.
10,000 years Descendants of house cats still survive in the wild but have adapted to be larger than their ancestors in order to help them catch larger prey.
50,000 years The KEO Satellite, a space time capsule carrying messages from the citizens of present Earth to humanity 50,000 years from now, finally falls back into Earth's orbit. But without humans to reclaim the satellite, it crashes and sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
2,000,000 years Bacterial life is thriving on Enceladus, brought to the Saturnian moon, it stowed away from Earth on the Cassini Probe. More complex lifeforms will evolve and eventually terraform the moon.
50,000,000 years Buried under layers of sediment, various human artifacts made of plastics still survive. In New Orleans, plastic and glass Mardi Gras Beads remain fossilized in the swamp that used to be Louisiana. Plastic goods will be the last objects produced by humanity still identifiable. All that is left of humans themselves are piles of bones and oil particles.