'MythBusters' March 5 final episode promises to be explosive

Leave it to Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to send their science series out with a big bang. Plus, Science Channel will show a never-before-seen duct tape episode.

Must you leave us, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage?

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Racing cars in the desert, smashing houses with wrecking balls, outrunning giant boulders. And, of course, blowing up as many things as possible, all in the name of science. That's what "MythBusters" does best. But sadly for us fans of the show, the series has finally come to an end.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will separate science fact from science fiction one last time in the series finale of "MythBusters," airing Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m. local US time (international viewers, check your listings).

After 248 episodes, 2,950 experiments, 1,050 myths and 900 explosions, "MythBusters" promises to deliver one heck of an explosion in its finale. Of course, for fans it's going to be hard to top being taught how to survive being trapped in a free-falling elevator, or avoid drowning aboard the sinking Titanic.

In the finale, the duo is expected to blow an RV to smithereens, make their crash-test dummy co-star Buster go supersonic, and do something spectacular with a cement truck and 5,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fuel oil.


Following the episode, former "MythBusters" B-team and show co-hosts Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara return to join Savage and Hyneman in a reunion show to bid farewell to the series. This should make for interesting viewing considering the trio left the show abruptly in 2014, sparking controversy with fans about the show cutting back on its original lineup and personality.

It'll be great to see them come back so they can reveal their favorite moments from the show, and hopefully we'll get some great backstories. I'm mostly hoping for a hilarious gag reel of everything that's gone wrong with experiments on the show.

The B-team has kept busy post-"MythBusters." Imahara acted as host to a series of McDonald's YouTube videos that went behind the scenes to see how the fast food company makes everything from french fries to chicken nuggets. Byron and Belleci, meanwhile, tested mighty roller-coasters and other death-defying rides on "Thrill Factor" for Travel Channel.

If, like me, you still feel depressed that "MythBusters" won't be testing new topics, the day after the show finale, Discovery's sister network, Science Channel, will premiere a never-before-seen "MythBusters" episode all about duct tape on Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. local US time (again, international viewers, check your listings).

As we diehard "MythBusters" fans already know, duct tape has been one of the most important ingredients in many "MythBusters" experiments. But according to Discovery, fans "will see the duct tape build to end all duct tape builds in size, engineering, complexity and sheer ambition."

Fingers crossed this end to "MythBusters" will inspire other networks to consider adding more fun science shows to their lineup instead of the usual vapid celebrity reality shows. After all, wouldn't you rather watch explosions than another Kardashian tantrum?

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