Mister Tachyon (Viceland)

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Mister Tachyon (Viceland) – Premieres 11th July

A by-the-numbers science show that is linked together with an utterly ludicrous premise. The host Mister Tachyon is the son of a scientist, who in an experiment turned himself invisible, leading to Mister Tachyon also being born invisible. So now he spends his time looking at fringe scientific research, performing experiments on what he’s seen and hoping to find a way to make himself visible again.

So in the show Mister Tachyon, donned in black clothing and a bike helmet, visits scientists looking into specific fields, explaining what they are looking for, and how they are testing their theories. Then after learning about what they are doing, monitors an experiment to see if there’s any validity in the theories.

As a science show most of the stuff that’s looked into comes across as junk science. And with the way it’s presented with the whole Tachyron backstory, seems like the show is laughing at it, but without the nerve to make the straight up jokes. Altogether it ends up becoming an awful bit of programming.

1.4/10

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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

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

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

Building Giants (Science Channel)

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Building Giants (Science Channel) – Premieres 4th January

In the same vein as Project Impossible & Impossible Engineering, this is a show that looks at the process of how a large groundbreaking building was designed and built.

In the programme it documents the construction process where the foreman explains the complexities of parts of the build and how they need to be pin point accurate to make sure everything works. Along with the structures designer explaining how they came to create some unique answers to the problems they faces.

As the build is going on, each pivotal part of the construction is shown via CGI and highlights the difficulties they face, along with showing how the intended process should play out. Then after the key parts of the process are completed it shows the final version working as it should.

The programme is similar to Project Impossible, As it is like one of the segment has been expanded to fill 45 minutes. And at times it does fill like it with certain bits padded out.

It’s one for those like like to see how big buildings are built.

2.6/10

Untold Secrets (Travel Channel)

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Untold Secrets (Travel Channel) – Premieres 21st December

Hosted by historical investigator Adam Mastrelli, this is a programme where he looks into an American icon and reveals some lesser known facts.

As the show highlights key periods of the subject, Adam heads off to place in the US where it occurred. There he chats with historians and visits the sites to show the backstory, along with showing some of the actual artefacts and processes used. After collecting all the info, Adam then reveals how certain aspects are either misinterpreted or are completely different to the perceived facts.

As history programmes go it’s watchable enough as it reveals things you wouldn’t normally know. But it’s not something you’d go out of your way to watch.

2.8/10

Strange Evidence (Science Channel)

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Strange Evidence (Science Channel) – Premieres 17th October – Renewed

Using the CCTV footage of weird occurrences caught on film, this show looks into what really happened by having experts analyse the events and revealing what caused them.

The show looks into four separate events where along with initially analysing the the footage the experts try to recreate the conditions to find the most likely answer and explain how everything came together to create what was seen.

While the programme is watchable enough the waste 45 minutes, the things they covered all seemed to have obvious enough answers before they began to look into it.

4.7/10