Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: How will THIS logic-defying plot point be explained?

One of the biggest surprises of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 reveal trailer was the appearance of Sergeant Frank Woods as an old man in the year 2025. It was a surprise because I was pretty sure I remembered him getting blown to bits at the end of the first Black Ops.

So I checked and - yeah - pretty much he gets blown to bits. Although the whole gory mess of Frank Woods getting blown to bits actually happens off-screen. Regardless, I still can't see how Woods could have possibly survived. See for yourself, this is that bit in Call of Duty: Black Ops when Frank Woods 'dies':

To me that's pretty conclusive. But let's go over it again.

The man that Woods goes crashing through the window with, Kravchenko, has five fragmentation explosive devices strapped to him:

Kravchenko pulls the safety pins of all five fragmentation explosive devices:

The two men dive through a window:

A second later it is strongly suggested via the medium of a large explosion that all five of the fragmentation explosive devices detonate successfully:


When you consider that frag grenades most commonly used during the period in which the first Black Ops is set have a casualty radius of 15 metres and a fatality radius of 5 metres, Woods' chance of surviving not just one but FIVE grenades exploding simultaneously and at such close proximity would be zero. He would be completely dead.

Here's a pie-chart that shows the chances of Frank Woods surviving five grenades exploding simultaneously at close proximity:

Yet despite all of this conclusive evidence, Frank Woods isn't dead. For anyone that cared to look deep enough, this miraculous death-defying revelation was actually buried as intel in the first Black Ops:

Above: Notice how the message neglects to explain anything about how Woods survived being blown up in a big explosion. How very convenient

So apart from looking old, which is to be expected seeing as though it's like 50 years later and he is old, Woods doesn't look half bad given that he took the full explosive brunt of FIVE fragmentation grenades going off pretty much right in his face. Seriously. If he was any closer to those grenades they would have been inside him. Actually inside his body. Exploding him from the inside out. But I suppose he would have survived that as well.

Above: All things considered, he looks pretty good for a man that got exploded by FIVE grenades

I understand we are dealing with a work of fiction and should engage the suspension of disbelief principle and not rely on such abstract concepts as logic when jumping to conclusions. But I really hope Black Ops 2 reveals how Frank Woods survived something so blatantly unsurviveable. Because it'll have to be completely and utterly and totally implausibly ludicrous. And those are always the best explanations.

Can you explain how Frank Woods might have survived being exploded by five fragmentation explosive devices? Perhaps they rebuilt him piece by itty-bitty piece. Or perhaps the grenades didn't actually explode and the explosion was actually just part of a nearby pyrotechnics display. I don't know. Do you have a better explanation? Get it in the comments...


  • SiPod - May 3, 2012 6:18 a.m.

    I assume it was the magic amulet he found in the third level that saves him. The one to be used by the hero in their hour of need. I haven't played Black Ops.
  • IRIsH - May 3, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    After they smash through the glass Woods pulls off a gravity defying, Final Fantasy style freerunning/falling sequence using Kravchenko's body as a launch platform, then using thin air as some kind of stair like platform and running to a safe distance to witness Kravchenko's body get blown into tiny pieces before buggering off to the Hanoi Hilton to enjoy a prawn cocktail and a glass of Mateus Rose whilst watching The Sweeney
  • Dared00 - May 3, 2012 6:40 a.m.

    After jumping from the plane, grenades didn't explode. But Woods and Kravchenko lost all of their clothes while jumping through the window, so Activision made the fake explosion to censor the "parts".
  • Dared00 - May 3, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    Woops, not a plane. A building. But maybe it was a flying building. Makes sense.
  • taokaka - May 3, 2012 6:50 a.m.

    The answer comes from an old nursery rhyme (actually more of a horrible retelling of a classic) Frank woods, star of duty of call frank woods had a great fall, all the kings horses and all the kings men successfully put frank woods together again Magic horse surgery is of course the answer, how else would he survive the explosion? just be glad he didn't fall of a wall then there would be no protagonist for black ops 2.
  • bass88 - May 3, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    If anybody want's to know how he survived: Fuck you! That's how. Probably will make more sense than the explaination that will be offered.
  • radiodeaf - May 3, 2012 7:06 a.m.

    it's COD...none of the stories have been very interesting or thought out. The zombie stories are better....
  • Effexor - May 3, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    It was all a dream.
  • Hobogonigal - May 3, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    The pie chart was great. Laughed for ages! I think we can all conclude two reasons for how Woods survived -He was part of an early Lazurus project that rebuilt him from scratch, however the side effects made him age 50 years and be able to see into the future. Therefore the game actually takes place in the past from the perspective of Woods 2.0 looking into the future. -Or he is indestructible because he is with the press.
  • Blacky71385 - May 3, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    bitch please, your all forgetting you can re spawn in games
  • mattdark - May 3, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Damn, beat me to it!
  • HitmanSB07 - May 3, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Either a double or Cerberus found him.
  • wingsdjy - May 3, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    BLOPS had a campaign? Who knew
  • MercurialForce - May 3, 2012 7:54 a.m.

    Hey, maybe Woods just survived an impossible situation like Reznov did! ...wait.
  • Manguy17 - May 3, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    lots of robotsand jazz in blops 2, mabye he is a robot too? side note, did the trailer not say it was a cold war? Tell me if im wrong, but with all the explosion in that trailer I feel that trollarc dont understand what a cold war is.
  • n00b - May 3, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    good on you for even remembering their names
  • makatak7 - May 3, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    They Mass Effect 2 Sheparded him. It's the future, after all
  • Viron - May 3, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    Couldn't survive 5 grenades? Are you kidding, he took like 20 on the way into the cave and all it made him do was trip and fall over. You want think about something really weird my Captcha has FRANK in it
  • GaryTheGuidoHunter - May 3, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    The military did a Deus Ex HR style revive on him with machine parts(like mechanical lungs,heart,stomach etc.)? It's probable for the time period the game is set in.
  • Kirol - May 3, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    It's easy - Final Stand.

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