After 14 seasons and 282 episodes by the time it wraps up, Mythbusters will finally close shop.
The show started out in January 2003 with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who used clever and fun experiments to test things we saw in movie scenes, Internet videos, or things we heard in old sayings and rumors. Most of the experimenting was done in warehouses and workshops in San Francisco and northern California with a few episodes done on special location.
In the second season, they added new presenters including Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci and Kari Byron—and this lasted until 2014.
Tonight’s episode is the “Volunteer Special” because they needed hundreds of volunteers to carry out their experiments. They re-test the effectiveness of weapons during two different types of zombie attacks (one where you are surrounded and one where they breach a barrier). They test the ax, the gun and the chainsaw. This re-test was done because viewers had legitimate concerns about the first one.
On a less stressful level, they test supermarket lines: lines per check out counter or the serpentine.
Mythbusters reminded us, in the most fun of ways, to think and ask questions before believing things we see and hear right off the bat. So many react quickly or make big decisions based on something that won’t work or isn’t verified.
Going off tangent a bit, I caught a great documentary called The Ground We Won. It was shot in black and white about a season in the life of the rugby team from Reparoa, in the North Island of New Zealand. The team is made up of farmers and men from their community.
In the docu, you get to see how much heart the team has, the male bonding that goes on and just how hardy and tough these guys are. They are ready to take on the challenges of a rough, rough sport often played on wet muddy pitches, and they also do a lot physically and mentally demanding farm labor.
The tasks of milking the cows and delivering calves are not passed on to farmhands—they do this all themselves.
One “character” in the film is a single dad who raises his kids to have a love for the sport, a respect for its rules, and a sense of independence and the ability to take care of yourself (fixing meals, doing simple errands, wearing fresh undies) at a young age. There is no narrator but just clips of interviews, scenes wonderfully weaving this strong narrative.
It’s directed by Christopher Pryor whose other work I now want to see.
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This week’s episode of Mythbusters airs at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel. You can learn more about The Ground We Won via it’s website www.thegroundwewon.com.