The X testers was one of the least favourites as the main hosts seemed to lack all signs of charm or panache. They weren’t classy, nor quirky , nor even guilty of over acting or over trying., There was just nothing of any substance in the characters presentation, and with myths mainly aimed towards supernatural and other less spectacular tests, this program failed very badly indeed. So much so that it appeared to only enjoyed a brief run. When comparing it to the original mythbusters series it almost felt like watching poor quality clone.
Mad Lab is a quirky British mythbuster fore runner and could even be considered one of the pioneers of the style. It features John Tickle and a number of co hosts.
The over acting and the Benny hill style of the program makes it curiously interesting, with some scantily clad girls in some scenes providing some further evidence of the style!
The fixation with dropping old caravans from a crane, blowing up old caravans or any other ways of destroying caravans epitomized the program. Garden sheds were also a favourite. The program is firmly aimed at a British audience with maybe less appeal for international viewers, though some of the scenes of destruction remain well worth tuning in for!
Just happen to catch an broadcast of an earlier mythbusters series 2 and it was quite nic e to reveiw this as it is possibly a time when the two hosts were at therie most comfortable. It certainly was an interesting contrast to the later series where the three other co-hosts were taken on. However even though the 2 main characters took on the whole one hour episode, the stunts which included looking at gas station fires and silicon breast implants (not at the saem time), provided great viewing.
“I didn’t know that” fairs as a good contender for the 2nd place position as a runner up to the original mythbusters series. The two British presenters, Richard Ambrose and Jonny Philips provide a natural humuor along with an intelligent and informative presentation.
Their rough and ready look also ads charm to the program, though some might argue it is less of a trade mark of the program and more of a trademark of Britishness!
The stunts and tests are certainly, in the main, lower key when compared to the Mythbusters’ stunts, but the content is nonetheless interesting ranging in one program at least from bra design to the origins of crop circles
Of the crash, test and “experiment for the sake of it” genre, The original Mythbusters series’ still seems to be the best of the bunch by far.
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are by all accounts a natural win-win team exhibiting a great set of both complimentary and contradictory traits that make the programs a treat to watch before any of the action has began!
Jamie’s older and wiser style works nicely with Adam’s boyish, almost impatient outlook on things and with the stunts all crying out for both character traits the entire offering still has no real competition in the quality department.
In terms of narration, Robert Lee absolutely makes the program the diamond that it is, stitching together all of the scenes in style. Writing, editing and filming is also thoughtfully and carefully undertaken and the final cut is flawless. The use of high speed cameras in most of the stunts is nice touch as is the use of multiple cameras on many of the scenes.
In later series, 3 additional team members were added, and although it may seem a gamble to dilute the already great appeal of the main characters, the three eventual long running co hosts, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara are very well chosen, are all a pleasure to watch and supplement Jamie’s and Adam’s performances by perforating them to the extent that the an hour’s worth of programming never seems to be enough. Stunts range from the less exciting, but still interesting, to the highly destructive or even highly constructive. The building of a rocket was one such example of the latter. All in all, even thought there are many clones, nothing has managed to come even close to this fine example of how to do it completely right!