Adam Savage from Mythbusters has a new show on Discovery Channel. It’s called Savage Builds, and you can probably at least sort of guess what it’s all about given the title. Adam Savage is building stuff, with the help of some engineers, scientists, and what have you. He made an Iron Man suit. He made a sword out of a meteorite. It’s pretty cool at its best.
Savage Builds is a decent enough show. However, there is a looming shadow cast over it. After all, I did introduce the host as “Adam Savage from Mythbusters,” and that’s with good reason. That show was like alchemy, an idea they would have busted on the show. It was the perfect version of one of these type of shows, which has casted a shadow on the careers of everybody involved going forward.
If you aren’t familiar, Mythbusters was a show that aired for 296 episodes on Discovery Channel. It was hosted by Savage and Jamie Hyneman at first, and they were later joined by “The Build Team” of Tory Belecci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara. They were tasked with busting myths and urban legends through building cool stuff, although by the end they were less myths and more stuff like “Could this crazy thing that happened in a movie actually happen?”