Impossible Engineering: Extreme Railroads (Science Channel)

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Impossible Engineering: Extreme Railroads (Science Channel) – Premieres 17th May

A science programme that looks at various railways, and the unique design solutions needed for them to be completed in the harsh environments they go through.

In the episode it looks at five different railways from around the world. Where it shows the geographical or climate based problems that faced the designers in its construction.

From there it shows the solution the designers came up with, and how it was implemented. And along with interviews from those that either worked on the building, or upkeep of the track, it follows a train in operation.

The show is like a mix between Impossible Engineering and something like Rocky Mountain Railroad. Though with some of the railways shown on this being already covered in other programmes, it does come across as repetitive.

1.7/10

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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

Velocity Dispatch (Velocity)

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Velocity Dispatch (Velocity) – Premieres 20th April

A short 20 minute show where a garage that creates custom vehicles takes on a low budget challenge to complete.

In the programme the people at the garage go through what they are trying to create, explain their plan and the goal they are trying to achieve. Then through the magic of montages go about creating their vehicle.

During the show the members explain the certain processes they are using along with the various components being used, and what exactly they are doing to them. Then after the build section is completed they go about trying to achieve the target they set out to achieve.

For a self filmed, low budget bit of programming it’s surprisingly watchable. Though not something you’d ever go out of your way to watch, the whole cheapness of the thing gives it a quirky charm.

3.7/10

JDM Legends (Velocity)

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JDM Legends (Velocity) – Premieres 17th April

Car restoration show where Eric Bizek, owner of Japanese car specialist garage JDM Legends, and his team work on their customers cars to either modify or completely rebuild them.

In the programme it starts off with Erik doing an introduction to the car they are about to work on, where he is driving an equivalent model around, talking about why the car is popular within the community.

He then meets up with the new client and goes over what they want incorporated into their car, after which Erik and his team set to work. While they are working on getting the car done, they encounter a few unforeseen problems that are soon rectified, and end up presenting the completed car to its ecstatic owner.

While the show is similar in many ways to programmes like Diesel Brothers, where it’s a specialised garage working on certain vehicles, this doesn’t end up having the same viewing appeal. What with the members of the garage not being that engaging, and the slow pace the show goes along at, all together it doesn’t really have much going on that would make you keep watching.

2.7/10

Last Outpost (Discovery)

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Last Outpost (Discovery) – Premieres 17th April

A show that goes along the same lines as Last Stop Garage, this follows the owners of Alaskan garage, CT Mad Mods, Clint and Todd as they go about making custom vehicles for folks.

In the programme Clint and Todd meet up with a local that need a vehicle made to suit their specific needs that can cope with the Alaskan terrain and climate. So the pair come up with an idea and agree payment in either cash or a trade of goods. From the there the duo being salvaging parts of other machines to be used in the vehicles creation.

During the build the Clint and Todd take what they’ve made and try to test it till it breaks, by either using it themselves, or subjecting one of their workers to an unsuspecting test. Then after everything passes their standards they add the finishing touches and reveal it to the new owner.

For what it is, this is more in line with car shows like Car Saviours but without the lavish outlay on new parts. That said it’s not too bad a way to burn 45 minutes, mainly for the Scrapyard Challenge-esque bodging together of old vehicles.

3.7/10

Fastest Car (Netflix)

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Fastest Car (Netflix) – Premieres 6th April

A car show where three owners of sleeper cars, regular looking vehicles that have been modified into high performance racers, challenge a supercar in a one off drag race to see who owns the fastest vehicle. Where the winner apparently moves on to a grand final to find out who is the quickest.

Managing to stretch out a programme about 10 second drag race to over 40 minutes long this follows the four competitors over the 10 days up to the race. In the first run through the drivers they talk about their early lives and how they got to the point where they made their own car, or in the supercar owners case, he amassed the cash to have such a collection.

The show then rotates through the drivers another two times in the build up to the race where they are tinkering with the cars trying to get the best performance out of them. All the while the programme goes into less detail than you would find in a pre race set up in any of the Street Outlaws shows. And those are about 20 seconds before they actually do show a race.

It then has them all arriving at the track where they check out each others cars and finally has them racing. Then with the race done the victor is announced where they are told they are moving on in the competition.

For a show based around a race it lacks a lot of what you’d expect, where after the chat of how/why the cars were built there virtually nothing about getting the thing ready for the event. An event that isn’t explained, so you’ve no idea if they’re just doing this for bragging rights or cash prize. Or how the tournament itself is set up.

And while they focus on the people behind the car, even that is drawn out to the point of tedium. So it feels like you could fit at least three races in the episode using the same format, and it being a more interesting watch.

1.5/10

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