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

SciJinks (Science Channel)

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SciJinks (Science Channel) – Premieres 16th May

Hosted by Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory fame, this is a hidden camera prank show, where Galeckis scientist co-presenters set up and perform practical jokes on members of the public. 

In the show, the practical jokes performed all have a science aspect linked to them, either by using a current technology and then exaggerating what it could do, or using some lesser know science theory to create the prank.

After going through the setup, the show goes into a straight hidden camera show style. Where what they planned works out and the victim is perplexed until they do the reveal.

Barring the science aspect it’s a pretty run of the mill show. All of which isn’t helped by the fact that Galecki looks like he doesn’t even want to be there.

2.0/10

The Tesla Files (History)

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The Tesla Files (History) – Premieres 4th May

Almost along the same lines as Tesla’s Death Ray: A Murder Declassified, investigator Jason Stapleton, along with astrophysicist Travis Taylor and Tesla expert Marc Seifer, try to find out why Teslas research was confiscated after his death.

Using the recently declassified FBI files on Nikola Tesla, the trio try and find out what actually happened in the lead up to his death, along with finding out if some of the more far fetched theories Tesla had could actually work. The three then head off to Teslas former haunts to discover what he was working on and why the government took such an interest.

While the show looks at the wide range of theories and inventions that Tesla was working on, it still covers almost the same ground as Tesla’s Death Ray. That said, it’s a lot more assumptive in it’s theories and while the other show actually built something from Teslas plans. This seems to skirt over their own testing of some of the discoveries and generally comes across as a more unfocused programme.

4.4/10

Nova: Wonders (PBS)

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Nova: Wonders (PBS) – Premieres 25th April

A science show that looks into some of the more groundbreaking bits of research that are currently being worked on within different scientific fields.

In each show it is given a topic that it looks into, where the three presenters – scientists that work in specific areas – introduce what the folks in that field are working on. From there it has interviews with the scientists involved and shows how they are each tackling the problem. Along with showing the history of the research and how it is changing.

As a science programme it’s an interesting watch, even if it does at times start to drag a wee bit.

3.7/10

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

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