The Planets (Science Channel)

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The Planets (Science Channel) – Premieres 22nd August

Hosted by astronaut Mike Massimino, this show looks at the planets in our solar system, and shows the new discoveries that scientists are finding out about them.

Each segment of the programme rolls into the next as it builds upon the discoveries and popular thoughts on how they are caused/formed. Each part has the usual experts being interviewed as to how they’ve come to the verdict, along with showing NASA imagery and footage of the experiments that have been created to confirm their assumptions.

For a science programme it’s not too bad a watch.

4.2/10

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Mysteries of the Missing (Science Channel)

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Mysteries of the Missing (Science Channel) – Premieres 26th August

Hosted by Terry O’Quinn of Lost fame, this is a docu-series that looks at some of the most well known disappearances in history. As each episode looks into one particular disappearance, and the show recounts what happened leading up to the event. Then various theories are put forward and explained by experts as to how it could have occurred.

For what it is, the show goes into some depth on the subject matter fully explaining the theories, and if you need to burn 45 minutes it’s a pretty interesting watch.

4.8/10

Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel)

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Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel) – Premieres 21st June

Science show where the host Todd Sampson introduces a scientific law that he demonstrates in a small scale experiment to members of public, and then devises a large scale experiment that puts him in a situation that could prove fatal if the sums behind it go awry.

During the build up to the main experiment, Todd visits various experts and looks into each element that could effect the outcome. After each visit the experiment becomes more refined, where at the end everyone he has met are brought together to witness the attempt.

The show is like a more risky Mythbusters challenge with Todd placing himself in the position where a test crash dummy would usually be. It’s a decent enough way to waste 30 minutes though it’s something you wouldn’t go out of your way to watch like you would shows such as Mythbusters or Experiemental.

3.8/10

The World Without Canada (History)

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The World Without Canada (History) – Premieres 31st May – Miniseries

A three part documentary which looks at the inventions and discoveries that Canada has given the world. The show goes through the list by putting out the hypothetical situation that Canada is wiped from history to show how the lack of these discoveries would instantly effect the world.

With each invention the programme goes into back story of who the inventor/scientist was and who the breakthrough came about with the usual mix of expert interviews and some stock visuals. After explaining the discovery it then goes into how it not existing would cause almost instant disruption with the use of some dramatisations.

The programme itself is an easy enough watch though the way a couple of the inventors/inventions are claimed to be Canadian could at worse be seen as tenuous.

3.7/10

Year Million (Nat Geo)

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Year Million (Nat Geo) – Premieres 15th May

Doom mongering science docu-series where it shows the possible future scenarios in Year Million, a time where human advancement has become so great it resembles nothing to current day life.

Similar to fellow Nat Geo show Human Inferno, this along with interviewing scientists and futurists about what you could expect to see, intersperses the science chat with brief dramatisations of the possible events. Though with the subject they look into the main assumptions they come to are almost depressingly bleak, where it seems anything to do with technology will wipe out the human race or render it completely pointless.

Like Human Inferno this gets to be a bit of a slog to get through, where the dramatisations that could have been interesting are kept to the bare minimum, and the tech they look into have been done in more detail by other programmes quite recently.

3.9/10

Motherboard (Viceland)

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Motherboard (Viceland) – Premieres 12th May

A technology docu-series, where host Brian Anderson looks how certain industries and products that are being affected by advancements in technology.

In the programme they look into the current problems faced by its chosen topic, then interviews people that are either pro or anti modernisation. While gaining an insight to both sides of the argument it looks into the different advancements actually being made, how they vary and what effect it’s causing within the industry.

For a Viceland docu-series it’s watchable enough and a bit reminiscent of Cyberwar.

4.6/10

Bill Nye Saves The World (Netflix)

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Bill Nye Saves The World (Netflix) – Premieres 21st April – Renewed

Focusing on various real world problems this is a science show looking into the cause and effects of current issues. After showing a school level science demonstration to give a brief illustration on the topic, the show then goes into some more depth with on location reports and a round table discussion with people involved in trying to improve the situation.

While the show tries to cover the topic it’s focused on, it never really gets to disproving the current misinformation believed by some, could have been done in the round table segment of the show, and ends up with Bill Nye ranting to a crowd that already agree with him while not doing much to explain why.

For something that sets out to show the science behind certain issues it never really gets past giving brief outlines to the subject matter and at times comes across as a bit preachy.

2.5/10