Saturday, May 4, 2013

Never ever Do This At Home: Scary TV

I'm trying to figure out what age group the new TV series Never Ever Do This At Home is geared to attract?
The 9 p.m. time slot is too late for the impressionable kids who might like watching a house burn down.
But the approach is too funny for the scientific minded.
My conclusion: it's for the kid in all of us, you know the sensation when you're watching fireworks specifically the one where the school house burns down.
The new Canadian made series debuts Monday May 6 at 9 p.m. on Discovery with back-to-back half hour episodes.
Basically the two funny co-hosts, Teddy Wilson from Innerspace and Norm Sousa from The Sketchersons conduct their madcap experiments with everyday items which carry warning signals most of us usually stay clear of.
This is a format that has proved popular on many European TV networks. This is the English language version and it should have a long run provided the hosts don't blow each other up.
In each episode the two hosts disregard the warning statements for an anything goes attitude.
The setting is a beautiful nineteenth century farmhouse immaculately kept up. That is it looks beautiful until these two dunderheads get through with it and turn it into a charred ruin.
I wonder if the owner had insurance against two TV nincompoops trying to self implode in the kitchen?
First up we're told fireworks should only be set off in a vacant field far from buildings.
But this twosome ignite fireworks inside the farm house. Destruction reigns and thankfully the local fire fighters are there to put out the glaze. But watching all those fires started is sort of fun. Particularly if you're a  budding pyromaniac.
Putting two soup cans on the stove and turning up the heat might seem just silly.
Except that at camp when told to cook the beans for supper that's exactly what I did only to have the cans explode and the beans get stuck to the ceiling.
One can of soup bursts so much faster than the other. Am I giving away too much plot?
Then the boys get hold of a gigantic frozen fish, too big to be placed in a conventional microwave oven.
So they decide to build their own using a close that they "paper" with tin foil that will bounce the waves off many microwaves.
I started shuddering a bit about then because one false move and a person could get burned right badly.
The fish does get cooked. Sort of. But there's a distinct stink that the boys notice. We never see them sampling their cooked meal.
At the end of each experiment an expert comes in and tells us what has happened.
And special cameras can capture all the action at 2,650 frames per second for those truly beautiful shots of combustion.
It all makes for a fast paced 21 minutes per episode. The cagey executive producer is veteran John Brunton for Insight Productions which made the 13 episodes based on a format devised by Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Later episodes promise us a death match between a toaster and a popcorn maker, how to make spaghetti in a washer/dryer and brewing coffee in a water tank.
But I'm still wondering what happened to the farmer who lent out his beautiful home and then came home to this mess.

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