Engineering Catastrophes (Science Channel)

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Engineering Catastrophes (Science Channel) – Premieres 5th April

A show that is the like the reverse of Impossible Engineering. Where it shows four building projects that have either yet to be completed due to planning errors, or have design flaws discovered after construction that need to be fixed.

In the programme the two main structures featured are where the host visits the place, and is taken around the location by the people that work there. While being shown around, the engineering problem is explained. Where the people that look after the structure talk about the conditions that could cause fatalities, and why the decision to was taken in the building phase to incorporate it. Then after being shown around, the presenter reveals the plans being put into action to rectify the problems.

The other two segments go along the same lines, but are presented by local reporters in a more investigative guise. Where they try to get answers from the structures owners about the problems that are effecting the buildings. Only to find that they’re not too willing to talk to a person with a video camera strapped to their shoulder.

For a science/engineering show it does exactly what you’d expect, and while it’s not the greatest of programmes it is easy enough background viewing.

2.8/10

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Deadly Intelligence (Science Channel)

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Deadly Intelligence (Science Channel) – Premieres 8th April

A docu-series that looks into the mysterious deaths of scientific geniuses in recent times. Where in the programme it goes over the events and tries to determine if the scientists death was accidental or deliberate.

The episode starts off by showing a brief career of the featured scientist. There it goes into their previous works before explaining what field they were working on during the time of their demise.

It then moves on to the persons murder, where along with an investigator who has been working the case, goes along the time time and highlights anything that is suspicious. As well as the investigator the programme talks to those who originally worked the case as well as showing the theories and evidence that was found. Then after everything has been presented the investigator gives his opinion on what happened and if it was intentional.

With the first episode being about the death of Frank Olsen, it is more or less a brief recap of what was shown in Wormwood, but without the input of Olsens son Eric. Though that said the subject matter is interesting even if it is delivered in a by the numbers manner.

4.0/10

Worlds Most Epic (Science Channel)

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Worlds Most Epic (Science Channel) – Premieres 5th April

Along the same lines as programmes like Mega Machines, Indestructible Mega Structure & Alaska Mega Machines. This looks at some of the technologically advanced creations being used in the world at the moment, along with some former revolutionary examples still being used today.

In the show each episode is focused on a certain aspect, and from their it goes through the creations by listing its stats before seeing it in action. While showing what and how it does what it does, there are interviews with the people that work on the maintenance and the day to day running of it. These folks briefly chat about how they got into their current role, before the programme follows them doing what they do.

As factual piece of programming, it’s more than a little similar to the aforementioned shows. And with this having a 40 minute runtime it does being to drag at around the halfway point, making it one for those that have a serious interest in the shows topic of the week.

2.8/10

Invisible Killers (Science Channel)

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Invisible Killers (Science Channel) – Premieres 29th March

A docu-series that looks into a deadly virus, how it has effected the human population and how scientists have worked on understanding it and created the appropriate inoculations.

The show beings with highlighting how the virus affects the body, showing the symptoms it causes, how it spreads, and the conditions it needs to thrive. From there the show interviews scientists where they talk about how it was discovered, and after analysing its make up how a cure is produced.

After going through the history of the virus the programme then goes into how the virus has managed to mutate over time, and what what caused it. As well as showing the processes the scientists go through to make new treatments to make sure any outbreak is kept under control.

The show is a lot like the programmes Human Inferno & Breakthrough in both content and production, so if you liked those two this is more of the same.

3.5/10

Silicon Valley: The Untold Story (Science Channel)

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Silicon Valley: The Untold Story (Science Channel) – Premieres 19th March – Miniseries

A documentary about the history of Silicon Valley, where it shows its origins spawning from Stanford University and how it manage to attract the people behind cutting edge technologies to the area.

In the programme it goes over the history of the area before looking into how after the war, Stanford started to give start up funds to companies set up by former students. Therefore starting Silicon Valley and also the trend of venture capital.

Along with showing the stock footage of the area throughout the years, the programme interviews former people from Stanford, and head honchos from  the bigger companies with headquarters there. As they talk about what attract them and other inventors to start up in the area.

The programme also interviews people who were involved in the initial stages of the Valley starting up, where they talk about what it was like, and how the troubles they faced being the first starting businesses in an area that was just  was in its infancy.

It’s a solid opening episode, where it does cover a fair amount during the runtime though in place it does start to drag a bit. That said it’s still an interesting watch.

/10

Secrets Of The Lost (Science Channel)

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Secrets Of The Lost (Science Channel) – Premieres 25th February

A show that looks into how and why certain ancient structures were built, what problems the people of the time had to overcome and why the buildings were constructed in the first place.

During the programme it follows experts as they discover artefacts that reveal answers to how and why these constructions took place. As well as talking about their discoveries it shows people practically using techniques found to show how the ancient civilisation could produce the materials needed, and how they could move them vast distances.

As science documentaries go this goes along at a decent pace and explains the science behind certain aspects in an easy to understand way. While it’s one of the more interesting shows of its type, it’s still not something you’d go out of your way to watch.

2.7/10

Mega Machines (Science Channel)

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Mega Machines (Science Channel) – Premieres 4th January

The more generic version of Alaska Mega Machines, where in the programme it focuses on one piece of modern machinery and looks into how it works by breaking down the main components and showing footage of it in operation.

As the operators go about their tasks, the programme brings up a CGI version of the machine which breaks it open and shows where the relevant components are housed that make the process possible. There the programme explains the forces they are put under and how they have been adapted and improved from similar machines.

Like Alaska Mega Machines this is a grind to get through. But unlike the aforementioned, which at least that went through three different machines during an episode, this drags the content out to mind numbing levels of tedium.

1.2/10