Mythbusters returns for its 14th and final season with founding presenters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage tonight.
But fans shouldn’t be too distraught – the popular weekly Discovery Channel science show will live on in its sister network, Discovery Science (available on OSN), with new presenters.
The current team promises the final season will be, literally, the most explosive yet.
“We did an explosions episode where we tried to supersize the explosions, and there’s some tremendously energetic things that happen,” says Hyneman. “In one case we had set off an explosion trying to flatten a car using explosives, and we destroyed three of the rental vehicles that we had, even though they were sitting behind a mountain.”
After 14 years of making science accessible to the masses, Hyneman is in no doubt the show has left behind a vital legacy.
“It has encouraged so many young people to become interested in the sciences and engineering,” he says. “And it presents a certain mindset of inquiry, critical thinking about your world in general. It sounds simple but it’s not, it’s something that’s incredibly important to have that mindset about who you are, what your place is in the world, the things that you come across to be able to methodically and critically understand the right way to interact with them.”
While the onscreen chemistry between Hyneman and Savage is responsible for the show’s success, Hyneman reveals the pair are unlikely to be spending much time together once the season has been wrapped up.
“I’ve known Adam for about 25 years now, and we’ve not once had a dinner alone together,” he says. “We really enjoy working with each other when it’s a hands-on sort of thing. We have this ability to communicate about what is happening and what needs to be done. We love that, but when it comes to anything else we’re like oil and water, we just don’t get along, we pretty much don’t like each other. Never have.”
• Mythbusters screens tonight at 10pm on the Discovery Channel
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