Friday, August 22, 2014

Love for the Mythbusters

Today's blog post is not gaming related, but it is geeky. Since 2003, Mythbusters has been a household staple for my family and I. We would tune in every week to see what myth madness Jamie and Adam would try to bust, with Kari, Tori, and Grant soon joining the crew. They became that weird family we wanted to hang out with for an hour every week, because they blew stuff up and taught us a few things in the process. You know; they're that one weird uncle who has a PhD and teaches high school chemistry. He's a little nutty, but once a week, you stop by, say hi, and make cool stuff happen. The Mythbusters gave us hope that being a geek, nerd, or dweeb was okay. You can love your robots and be a human too.

After last night's season finale, Discovery announced that the M7 trio of Kari, Tori, and Grant will not be returning for 2015. As a fan, I'm sad. As a film/tv/radio degree holder, I'm not surprised. It was going to happen eventually.

Over the past 3 seasons, Discovery has danced Mythbusters around in the scheduling of the program. They bounced from Thursday, to Sunday, to Monday, and everywhere in between. Discovery no longer wanted them in the slot that they had claimed and held for so long, wanting to provide new programming during that frame. Pitting the Mythbusters against Sunday night football was not a good move. And typically when a network does this, it means they are trying to get rid of the show in their own way, without breaking the contracts.

And Mythbusters has been on for 13 seasons. They have 200+ episodes under their belt (if you include the specials and those not released). Eventually, the busting of myths has to end.

But of course as a fan, I'm sad by this change of events. Adam had said that 2015 would be a change in the Mythbusters tone to bring it back to it's origins. I don't think any of us felt that it would include nixing the M7 team from the cameras.

While there are sad faces and condolences all around, there is a positive in all of this: Kari, Grant, and Tori are not actors. They have very impressive skill sets that have only grown through their time with the Mythbusters. All three worked in various parts of the movie industry before joining the cast as model builders and robotics. This is one of the few times where I can look at this and say "they're going to be just fine." We'll miss them, but they have resumes of greatness to build off of.

Next weekend I will be at Dragon*Con, where Grant will be attending as a media guest. I hope to see him again, shake his hand, and thank him. I wouldn't have started getting back into engineering or math without him and the rest of the Mythbusting crew.

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