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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reboot of MythBusters (2017) has all the over-the-top inventions, weapons, fire power, and explosions the franchise is known for, but a new team of hosts to guide the fun. Some of the experiments are a little edgy (like testing whether you can smoothly slice a person's head off using a rocket-powered sword), but it's all offered within the context of STEM-based learning. Viewers of all ages should be reminded that these experiments are controlled and supervised by experts and should not be tried at home.
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What's the story?
MYTHBUSTERS (2017), a reboot of the original series of the same name, offers lots of explosive science-oriented entertainment. Product designer Jonathan Lung and biologist and master builder Brian Louden host the show, and seek to dispel commonly held assumptions and urban legends using STEM-based testing methods. Joined by Brian's dog, Bo, the duo designs and builds devices they'll use for their larger-than-life experiments. What they build is often over-the-top, and the process doesn't always go smoothly, but they use their smarts and creativity to problem-solve in order to determine whether the myths they are testing are based on fact or fiction.
Is it any good?
This fun and somewhat goofy rendition of the show features an enthusiastic cast, over-the-top experiments, and lots of learning opportunities. The hosts, who were winners of a national search, also offer some detailed scientific explanations behind each project. It also maintains some of the series' original character, thanks to the off-camera presence of its original announcer, Robert Lee, and its continued commitment to big crashes, loud noises, and (when possible) fiery explosions as part of the testing methods.
Some of the things they examine -- including measuring how far a bullet can be shot and remain lethal, and using rocket power to create a sword that will slice a person's (or zombie's) head off without knocking it off the neck for a few seconds -- are a little edgier than what was explored in the parent series. The hosts often quip and use slang that gives the show a more contemporary feel. Nonetheless, this installment of MythBusters still fits the bill if you're looking for something exciting and informative.
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