Has anyone else seen this show? Â I just watched the first episode (it had been sitting on my dvr for a month so I figured I should watch it). Â It’s a new forensic archaeology show on Discovery. Â I have to say I was disappointed. Â The host, while highly credentialed and educated in the field, appeared to be playing dumb for the camera–badly, I might add. Â Also, the show was poorly edited together and repeatedly brought up subjects and failed to follow them through. Â When it came time for conclusions, the answers presented did not appear to fit the evidence that was found. Â Maybe they just didn’t have sufficient time to document everything, but it seemed to me that they could easily have done a better job. Â Why is it so difficult to find good science on television? Â Apart from Mythbusters, which totally gets it, and is very successful, all that’s out there is badly presented, dumbed down crap. Â At a time when the public understanding of science is lagging, I think it’s important to present real science in a smart and fun way. Â People aren’t stupid–they know when they’re being manipulated and pandered to, don’t they? Â I don’t know, maybe I’m deluding myself and people are eating this stuff up…Â
Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.
April 13, 2020