The MythBusters Take on Breaking Bad Tonight!

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With the acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad having begun airing its last episodes before ending last night, there’s not much time left for it to have a tie-in with another show. That being the case, tonight on Discovery Channel you can see an excellent special episode of MythBusters that tests two Breaking Bad-inspired myths.

Airing tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT, the episode sees Adam and Jamie run an acid-related test, while Kari, Grant, and Tory investigate the explosive properties of Mercury Fulminate (see below). You know it’s going to be a good episode when testing one of the myths involves primary explosives.

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Breaking Bad show creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul (though sadly not Bryan Cranston) are on hand for the episode as well. It’s not the best MythBusters ever, but I think it’s among the better tie-in episodes they’ve done. Check out a clip below of part of the Mercury Fulminate testing:

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Images and video © Discovery Channel.

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3 thoughts on “The MythBusters Take on Breaking Bad Tonight!

  1. I know it’s heresy, but as much as I’ve enjoyed Mythbusters over the years, I really REALLY dislike the ones with product/movie tie-ins. They’re few and far between, but I just cringe when they’re scheduled.

    And since we’re on the subject, I’m curious to know what other readers think about the current format — at some point in the past, the show changed to a more scripted format where the back-and-forth dialogue just doesn’t flow properly. It’s especially annoying when one of the crew asks *surprised* when someone offers up a new myth, like they’re really completely unaware at the time of the filming. Just a small thing, but I definitely enjoy the earlier seasons where it felt like the editing was done using so much of the off-the-cuff conversations between Jamie and Adam.

  2. I think the last several seasons have been poor — very little real science, and what there is has been dumbed down. We still watch it — but it’s definitely not a “must see” these days.

    Being critical — I think the quality of the show has decreased in proportion to Adam and Jaimi’s rise in “popularity”

    Which is a shame

    1. I will say that Adam is a very engaging person out in public… he’s not shy about lending his name to various events and activities. I’ve heard that Jamie is a very private person and I can totally understand that. These guys are probably in constant demand for all sorts of non-Mythbusters activities.

      But yes, something has been missing from the show for me personally — I chalk it up to the increase in scripted conversations, but only about 1 in 5 or 6 episodes really thrills me these days. I think the last one was the duct tape episode a month or more back. I almost wish they’d take a step back and consider doing something a bit different. I’d watch these guys every week just tinkering in the workshop to build remote control devices and strange machines. They should get back to their roots. That said, I know that Mythbusters is a phenomenon that Discovery probably won’t let go of any time soon.

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