MythBusters fans, be aware that Discovery Channel is moving your series to Sundays starting March 25. But also be aware that this Sunday, March 18 at 10pm ET/PT, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman premiere their new series, Unchained Reaction, that draws on the mechanical physics skills for which they’ve become so famous. The six-part competition series pits numerous teams against each other in a contest to build the most elaborate chain-reaction contraption.
Not just a bunch of dominoes, mind you — the Unchained Reaction teams are given identical sets of tools and materials, and a specific theme. And from the word go, they have five days to use their ingenuity, skills and imagination to construct the most impressive, most massive and theme-appropriate chain reaction sequence. Whether it involves using a refrigerator as a pendulum, building a guillotine or a flying saucer, everything is fair game.
In Sunday’s Unchained Reaction premiere, the Blecha Brothers — a team of Hollywood set builders who have worked in various art departments for television — take on Team Crash Space, a motley crew of hackers, programmers, builders and artists, in a competition with the theme of “Heavy vs. Light.”
Executive producers on Unchained Reaction, Savage and Hyneman also serve as judges in the series alongside a different guest judge each week. For the premiere, the guest judge will be Adrian Hightower, assistant professor of engineering at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.
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