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Ape Agitator
Feb 19, 2004

Soylent Green is Monkeys

Fernando is quite possibly the most optimistic human being imaginable. "500 miles from the impact site, saved most improbably from the destruction and wandering on a molten wasteland, Fernando heads out to find his nearby family."

Why you gotta be such a B, comet?

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Ape Agitator
Feb 19, 2004

Soylent Green is Monkeys

That was intensely entertaining and I think informative.

One question though: they basically didn't mention anything about radioactivity. I was under the impression that a severe comet impact would distribute radioactive material into the atmosphere and would drop fallout everywhere. Am I wrong in that because they didn't even touch on that. They did cover a lot of climactic and physical effects of the impact.

Need to do more reading, I think. Good special, that was.

Martytoof
Feb 25, 2003



Awesome.

Awesome to
the MAX.




Supreme Allah posted:

Last weeks Mythbusters was the first time I had to stop watching the show -- the saliva collecting made me dry heave. I'm almost gagging just thinking about it.

Yeah, you'd better believe I fast forwarded the TiVo right past that

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001


Dr. Memory posted:

Man, this is like end of the world porn.

It was like an updated Threads but with a much happier ending.

LordOfThePants
Sep 25, 2002


I just watched this week's Dirty Jobs and it was hilarious.

They must be running out of jobs, because they seem to be spending an entire episode at one place now. This week, he was working at a snake farm (looked like one of those huge roadside attractions that are full of snakes).

Mike had to grab some of the snakes right below their heads so they couldn't bite him and it was hilarious to watch. He was clearly very unsettled, you could see him sweating the whole time.

I think after the Lake Erie snake collector episode, he's a little gunshy about getting bitten by snakes. I saw one episode where I think he said he was bit something like 30 times that day. I can't say I'd blame him for being nervous.

Free Market Gravy
Sep 17, 2005



LordOfThePants posted:

I just watched this week's Dirty Jobs and it was hilarious.

They must be running out of jobs, because they seem to be spending an entire episode at one place now. This week, he was working at a snake farm (looked like one of those huge roadside attractions that are full of snakes).

Mike had to grab some of the snakes right below their heads so they couldn't bite him and it was hilarious to watch. He was clearly very unsettled, you could see him sweating the whole time.

I think after the Lake Erie snake collector episode, he's a little gunshy about getting bitten by snakes. I saw one episode where I think he said he was bit something like 30 times that day. I can't say I'd blame him for being nervous.

Plus those were huge snakes that unlike the water snakes either were poisonous or were huge constrictors that could easily kill a man.

I don't think it's so much that he's running out of jobs as much as he's busier now than before and I think they're sadly coming to the end of the Dirty Jobs season. He had to do the Deadliest Catch special and voiceovers, interviews, Ford commercials, etc. as well as film new episodes of Dirty Jobs and I think the one coming up on Tuesday is the last one of the season, which is lovely on Discovery's part to hype the return of Dirty Jobs after a two month or so hiatus for 3 episodes and then end it again.

TheOneVader
Jun 9, 2006

Don't kiss your sister, Son...

Robot Relations posted:

Plus those were huge snakes that unlike the water snakes either were poisonous or were huge constrictors that could easily kill a man.

I don't think it's so much that he's running out of jobs as much as he's busier now than before and I think they're sadly coming to the end of the Dirty Jobs season. He had to do the Deadliest Catch special and voiceovers, interviews, Ford commercials, etc. as well as film new episodes of Dirty Jobs and I think the one coming up on Tuesday is the last one of the season, which is lovely on Discovery's part to hype the return of Dirty Jobs after a two month or so hiatus for 3 episodes and then end it again.

Woah, what? This season's only 3 episodes long? What the gently caress kind of season is that?

ToastyPotato
Jun 23, 2005

CONVICTED OF DISPLAYING HIS PEANUTS IN PUBLIC

TheOneVader posted:

Woah, what? This season's only 3 episodes long? What the gently caress kind of season is that?

They just broke the season into multiple pieces. Like they've been doing with Mythbusters. I don't know why they do it, especially to shows that are probably their most popular.

Free Market Gravy
Sep 17, 2005



ToastyPotato posted:

They just broke the season into multiple pieces. Like they've been doing with Mythbusters. I don't know why they do it, especially to shows that are probably their most popular.

Yeah, especially when I think their seasons run the standard length of a typical network TV series. If they only got 12 episodes to a season, I could understand trying to extend it, but the idea of putting Dirty Jobs on hiatus for two months so we could have the "Watch Every Episode Of Deadliest Catch 16 Times Extravaganza" and then bring it back for three episodes before going "hey no more dirty jobs until next season lol" is pretty lovely.

ToastyPotato
Jun 23, 2005

CONVICTED OF DISPLAYING HIS PEANUTS IN PUBLIC

My only guess is that these shows, while containing normal season lengths, are actually not being filmed like shows typically are filmed. That is, they only film a few episodes here or there. I don't know. I mean on Larry King Mike Rowe was talking about how he was about to head to Alaska to do an episode over there and I could see his schedule being all over the place with all the voice over work he does. And the Mythbusters probably still do work on commercials/movies/TV when they aren't busting myths. The thing with Mythbusters is that they definitely do seem to hold onto their episodes, because there have been times when there seemed to be overlap between episodes that were shown months apart.

It is just really annoying because it wasn't like this for the first couple of seasons of both shows.

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001


There's some sort of Dirty Jobs on in 2 weeks that looks newish: "Dirtiest Machines on the Planet." Or it's old and I don't remember it... or it's just a clip show (sounds that way).

I think they're just running out of dirty jobs to do, I haven't watched this week's yet, but that billboard one was lame and not dirty at all.

Dr. Memory
Jul 10, 2001

Ah, fuck the end of the world.

They're running the 2057 series right now. Lots of "In the Future, holographic cartoon sharks will mildly amuse your kids" stuff. I hadn't seen this before.

Free Market Gravy
Sep 17, 2005



IRQ posted:

There's some sort of Dirty Jobs on in 2 weeks that looks newish: "Dirtiest Machines on the Planet." Or it's old and I don't remember it... or it's just a clip show (sounds that way).

I think they're just running out of dirty jobs to do, I haven't watched this week's yet, but that billboard one was lame and not dirty at all.

It's probably a clip show.

And I've kind of accepted that while the dirty Dirty Jobs are usually the funnier ones, it's become a show that's not so much about "dirty" jobs as much as jobs that no one would see in the paper and go "hey, let me give that a shot" but would have to actually have a burning desire (for whatever reason) to do.

Which is fair enough, because as fun as it is to watch Mike Rowe get covered in all manner of filth and contagion, you can only see it so many times.

Pez
Feb 27, 2002

Thanks to CoX, my stairs will be protected forever!

I was flipping around the other day and saw that a new season of Survivorman starts August 10th! http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/s...s/episodes.html has 4 of the new locations listed, with more promised soon.

Trotsky1940
Sep 18, 2006


Pez posted:

I was flipping around the other day and saw that a new season of Survivorman starts August 10th! http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/s...s/episodes.html has 4 of the new locations listed, with more promised soon.

I had the same drat reaction; total unabashed excitement. Les is awesome.

Anybody been keeping up with "Ice Road Truckers"? I know, I know, History channel but same producers as Deadliest Catch, hell same format, even same type of opening. Still, I didn't like it as first, but I'll be damned if it isn't growing on me. I like Hugh, he's just a big ball of rear end in a top hat.

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001


I had been anticipating Ice Road Truckers since I heard about it. The one-off documentary they ran about it a long time back was really good, and I think the show has been pretty good too.

Supposedly, someone dies next week.

ToastyPotato
Jun 23, 2005

CONVICTED OF DISPLAYING HIS PEANUTS IN PUBLIC

I tried watching the second or third episode but just couldn't get into it.

Trotsky1940
Sep 18, 2006


IRQ posted:

I had been anticipating Ice Road Truckers since I heard about it. The one-off documentary they ran about it a long time back was really good, and I think the show has been pretty good too.

Supposedly, someone dies next week.

I heard about this, I think it is just another of those "preview tricks" that happened so much on Deadliest Catch. Somebody may die, but I don't think it will be anyone we know.

We'll see next Sunday I suppose.

chesh
Apr 19, 2004

That was terrible.


Given this report by Most Trusted Name In News (NY POST), Les clearly wins.

quote:

SURVIVALIST CHARGED WITH CUSHY SHORTCUTS

By DON KAPLAN

July 24, 2007 -- Discovery Channel he-man Bear Grylls, the host of the survival-skills show "Man vs. Wild," is barely the man he seems to be on TV.

On the program, Grylls appears to camp out in quickly-built shelters deep in the wilderness while battling hypothermia and dehydration. But when the cameras stop rolling, Grylls has actually moved to luxurious hotels.

In the last two seasons, he and producers have contrived other scenes to make it appear as if Grylls is more skilled than he really is, a consultant for the show told The Times of London.

"If you really believe everything happens the way it is shown on TV, you are being a little bit naive," said Mark Weinert, an Oregon-based survival consultant, who said producers hired him as an adviser for the show.

Discovery Channel officials declined to comment, but in the U.K., where the show airs with the title "Born Survivor," stunned network officials at Channel 4 said they are conducting an internal investigation.

"Discovery Communications has learned that isolated elements of the 'Man vs. Wild' show in some episodes were not natural to the environment, and that for health and safety concerns the crew and host received some survival assistance while in the field," a spokeswoman for the network said.

"Moving forward the program will be 100 percent transparent and all elements of the filming will be explained up-front to our viewers. In addition, shows that are to be repeated will be edited appropriately."

According to Weinert, while filming in California's Sierra Nevada mountains - an episode in which Grylls, 33, is seen biting off the head of a snake for breakfast - Grylls actually spent some nights with the show's crew in a lodge outfitted with television, stone fireplaces, hot tubs and Internet access.

The Pines Resort at Bass Lake is advertised as "a cozy getaway for families" and is a luxurious hotel with its own spa on a lake.

In another instance, where Grylls was supposed to be surviving on a desert island, he was actually in Hawaii and spent nights at a motel, Weinert said.

The same episode had Grylls building a Polynesian-style raft using only materials around him, including bamboo, hibiscus twine and palm leaves for a sail. Weinert said he actually led a team of builders to construct the raft.

It was then taken apart so that Grylls could be shown building it on camera.

In another episode, viewers watched as Grylls tried to coax what seemed like a wild mustang into a lasso in the Sierra Nevada.

"I'm in luck," he told viewers, apparently coming across four wild horses grazing in a meadow. "A chance to use an old Native American mode of transport comes my way. This is one of the few places in the whole of the U.S. where horses still roam wild."

In fact, Weinert said, the horses were not wild but were brought in by trailer.

This would be like if Mike Rowe wasn't actually getting dirty, and it's all been fake Hollywood poo.

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001


chesh posted:

Most Trusted Name In News (NY POST)

That's worse than the loving Daily Mail.

chesh
Apr 19, 2004

That was terrible.


IRQ posted:

That's worse than the loving Daily Mail.

Yes, that would have been sarcasm on my part.

LordOfThePants
Sep 25, 2002


See, a lot of that could be hidden in the details.

For example, talking about him staying in fancy resorts while on location. Maybe they got there a few days early and checked into a hotel before he parachuted/whatever into the wild? Someone could say he spent a night in a hotel, when in fact that was a few days before the "official" survival time.

Take the raft thing. Maybe he asked the people if it could be done and to check it out before he went on the trip. Some people tried it and assembled it, then Bear had to do it himself. It doesn't say if the he re-used their materials or had to find them himself.

The horse thing is sort of lovely, there's no real way to explain that.

I'm not surprised if Bear/the crew get help when their health/life is in danger - Bear himself said that the only way someone would intervene is in that case, so I fully expect it.

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001


chesh posted:

Yes, that would have been sarcasm on my part.

It's hard to tell these days.

Sydney Bottocks
Oct 15, 2004

Bottocks. Neither one thing nor the other.

LordOfThePants posted:

See, a lot of that could be hidden in the details.

For example, talking about him staying in fancy resorts while on location. Maybe they got there a few days early and checked into a hotel before he parachuted/whatever into the wild? Someone could say he spent a night in a hotel, when in fact that was a few days before the "official" survival time.

Take the raft thing. Maybe he asked the people if it could be done and to check it out before he went on the trip. Some people tried it and assembled it, then Bear had to do it himself. It doesn't say if the he re-used their materials or had to find them himself.

The horse thing is sort of lovely, there's no real way to explain that.

I'm not surprised if Bear/the crew get help when their health/life is in danger - Bear himself said that the only way someone would intervene is in that case, so I fully expect it.

I fully hope to see Bear show up on some comedy program spoofing this report (and himself), with scenes showing him in a humid jungle or forest doing whatever it is he does, and as soon as someone yells "cut" he gets all bitchy and walks over to a typical pampered star's trailer that is literally within spitting distance, complete with entourage, special effects crew (operating a bear or snake or whatever) makeup person (carefully applying mud and dirt) and a fawning director.

Syncopator
Jul 21, 2006

by Ozma


Spirogyra posted:

But How It's Made drives me into an inexplicable rage.

Watching it is OK. It's interesting to see the work that goes into the everyday things that I never think about.

However, the music and narration make it absolutely impossible for me to watch (and I can't watch it without sound--I'm strange that way, I suppose). It reminds me of the horrible film strips I used to watch in grade school, with the mind numbing voice and bad synth muzak. The narration, as the process for making a comb is explained as if the audience is a group of 2nd graders, will generally get me to change the channel in about 2 minutes.
I suspect that the narration is paced to fit with the footage, like if the narrators (for each localization) explained how potato chips were made at a speed more suitable for college students, it would take maybe two minutes instead of the 5.5 minutes for each segment in the show, and there wouldn't be enough time for that awesome footage of the peeler and the slicer and the optical air-blowing system to remove bad chips.

Also, maybe it's because of my predilection toward electronic music in general, but I like the music on that show.

Martytoof posted:

Now How It's Made is completely different. For some reason I can watch the same episodes over and over (and they sure do seem to play that "snowboards" episode a loving lot) but I never really get tired of it. Contrary to Mythbusters, I can come home, find 3 or 4 episodes that I've seen a hundred times before and just chill out watching them back to back. Plus, every time I catch an episode I haven't seen in a while it's like a special little surprise
I think by now I've seen all 104 episodes, and they're still interesting; I hope there will be a Season 9
fake edit: I haven't seen Episodes 5, 9, 13, 19, 20, 29, 30, 32, 34, 39, 43, 44, 45, 48, 50, 51, 60, 64, 92, 94, 99, 102, or 103, so I've seen less than 80% of the series: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_It%27s_Made


I must comment on how amazing it is when the same issue is covered in more than one Discovery Channel show, like when both How It's Made and Dirty Jobs dealt with quarrying and tire recycling, or when the latter dealt with cheesemaking and the former with cheese and butter making (along with the extraction of buttermilk), or when the latter dealt with sugarcane harvesting and the former with making sugar and molasses from it; I think some inadvertent synergy like this also happened with Mythbusters, like when both shows did something about cement.

For those of us who enjoy How It's Made more than anything, on weekdays when there isn't a marathon of some sort, the first thing to air after infomercials is an hour of How It's Made, which gets repeated at 5PM, and another hour block airs at noon and again at 7PM. The show also gets some airtime during the weekend.


Oh yeah, I have to echo the hatred of A Haunting and annoyance with Really Big Things, and I don't think Build It Bigger will be such a hit either.

TheOneVader
Jun 9, 2006

Don't kiss your sister, Son...

Syncopator posted:

Oh yeah, I have to echo the hatred of A Haunting and annoyance with Really Big Things, and I don't think Build It Bigger will be such a hit either.

I dunno, I kinda like Build it Bigger. I love shows like Extreme Engeringeering (Discovery), Modern Marvels (History Channel), Building the Ultimate (Science Channel), MegaStructures (National Geographic), and this show will go nicely next to them. The show has actually been around since last year and I assume it tested well so they made more episodes.

Syncopator
Jul 21, 2006

by Ozma


I almost forgot another instance of "inadvertent synergy": I just saw an episode of How It's Made about printing (packages), and I remembered an episode of Dirty Jobs about printing (posters).

I kinda wish I could catch an episode of Best Evidence, but it doesn't air again until 29 August at 1PM.

smackfu
Jun 7, 2004



Is "Build It Bigger" really a new series? I could swear I've seen a few of those episodes scattered around randomly.

ToastyPotato
Jun 23, 2005

CONVICTED OF DISPLAYING HIS PEANUTS IN PUBLIC

smackfu posted:

Is "Build It Bigger" really a new series? I could swear I've seen a few of those episodes scattered around randomly.

I had the exact same thought. I was watching a show with the same host, talking about building one of the buildings featured in the commercial, when the commercial itself came on.
Perhaps this show is only about finished structures, where the previous one always seemed to be about works in progress?

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001


smackfu posted:

Is "Build It Bigger" really a new series? I could swear I've seen a few of those episodes scattered around randomly.

Building the Ultimate?

Really, after Flip this House and Flip that House, I stopped trying to tell the difference.

ErIog
Jul 11, 2001

I RAPED MY WAY TO N1 AND ALL I GOT WAS
A SHITTY SCORE,
A BAD CASE OF THE SPERGS,
AND THIS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

Ladies, do not let this goon simultaneously interpret for you.


marry me kapalama


ToastyPotato posted:

I had the exact same thought. I was watching a show with the same host, talking about building one of the buildings featured in the commercial, when the commercial itself came on.
Perhaps this show is only about finished structures, where the previous one always seemed to be about works in progress?

Here's what happened for all you people that are very confused. What they did was they tested the waters by making some one-off episodes of Extreme Engineering(usually narrator-only) hosted by the kid who is now hosting Building it Bigger. They got a good response to those, and so they gave him his own show. They have since recut and rebranded those one-off Extreme Engineering episodes into Building it Bigger. So you may have some deja vu when you see the Toria Espacio episode under a different name. It's because you saw it nearly 4 months ago.

Don't fret though, there are all-new episodes of Building it Bigger to go along with it.

IRQ posted:

Really, after Flip this House and Flip that House, I stopped trying to tell the difference.

You have no idea how much TiVo confusion this caused me ~5 months ago.

Syncopator
Jul 21, 2006

by Ozma


I miss How It's Made. SHARK WEEK

Free Market Gravy
Sep 17, 2005



Syncopator posted:

I miss How It's Made. SHARK WEEK

Yeah, yesterday's "ALL SHARKS ALL THE TIME" marathon pissed me off. Every show Discovery has has done a Shark Week Special, even Cash Cab, so why not show those? I hope things are back to normal today.

TheChirurgeon
Aug 7, 2002

They're not dolls. They're action puppets.

Syncopator posted:

I miss How It's Made. SHARK WEEK

There's always the Science Channel?

TheChirurgeon
Aug 7, 2002

They're not dolls. They're action puppets.

IRQ posted:

Building the Ultimate?

Really, after Flip this House and Flip that House, I stopped trying to tell the difference.

You're not alone. Even execs at TLC/Discovery get the two names mixed up.

smackfu
Jun 7, 2004



Syncopator posted:

I miss How It's Made. SHARK WEEK
That would be epic: How It's Made: Shark Stuff.

Free Market Gravy
Sep 17, 2005



smackfu posted:

That would be epic: How It's Made: Shark Stuff.

I bet there is one showing how they make shark cartilage pills, sharkskin whatever-you-haves, etc. Hell, like I said, Cash Cab once had a "It's shark week, so all my questions for you are about sharks" show.

ToastyPotato
Jun 23, 2005

CONVICTED OF DISPLAYING HIS PEANUTS IN PUBLIC

So, no new Mythbusters special this year?

LordOfThePants
Sep 25, 2002


ToastyPotato posted:

So, no new Mythbusters special this year?
I think they only did the Shark Week special one year.

They did a shark week Dirty Jobs last year I think.

There is both a new Dirty Jobs and a new Mythbusters next week, I don't know if it's the start of a run of new episodes because my Tivo's guide doesn't go out that far yet.

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Syncopator
Jul 21, 2006

by Ozma


TheChirurgeon posted:

There's always the Science Channel?
I don't get that channel

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