Cable television hasn’t been the same sense the Mythbusters team split up and went their separate ways. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman had a contentious on-screen relationship that provided much more tension than some of the myths they were debunking. Yet there was an educational component that spoke to many Americans, and just enough science to keep the nerds in all of us waiting for the inevitable explosions.
Or was it the toilet humor? Only Adam would have volunteered to stand in for this stunt.
This one is older than the hills. Hollywood wouldn’t be the same without it.
This classic pirate trope is a staple of the genre. You could get a doctorate by tracing its origins in film and literature.
This one is easier to trace, but no less cinematic.
Most of the myths the team busted over the years had roots in film culture.
Even those with roots in history proved to be subject to a bit of hyperbole.
Some of the myths were proven to be true, to a point.
Some of these require an extreme suspension of disbelief. How the team kept straight faces while testing them seems to be the real accomplishment.
That this one was illustrated should have been a clue.
How many of their myths came from the James Bond films?
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, yet magicians continue to bamboozle audiences into believing it is possible.
This seems to pertain more to this particular canon. But yes, most of the Star Trek series centered on outlandish myth.
So what do we do with the knowledge we gain? Is it fair to hold Hollywood to a higher standard?
This one exists to convince kids to eat eat what they drop. It builds antibodies.
You can never yodel enough.
It sounds too good to be true. Or bad, I guess, depending on your point of view.
Some of their results, though, were just in service of the larger audience. Jamie, no doubt, would have had no difficulty.