Holy Haleakala! Phil Plait’s Bad Universe!

If there’s one thing we’re known for here at GeekBeat.TV, it’s our timely and insightful reviews of new TV shows. Wait, no, we’re not… but we’re making an exception for this one because this particular show is about as geeky as it gets.

Phil Plait’s Bad Universe plays like a cross between Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” TV series and “Mythbusters”, another TV series all geeks should be aware of. In the pilot episode, which aired Sunday night, host Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) takes the viewer on an in-depth exploration of asteroids and comets and the certainty that Earth will be taking a big hit in the future.

While that’s cool (and scary) enough on its own, it’s really the presentation that elevates this show. The Mythbusters comparison comes in from Plait’s almost child-like glee for the material and the hands-on, fun approach he uses. It’s very clear that this is a guy that loves science, loves astronomy, and really, really loves explodey things.

I could go on and on about all the stuff they shoot and blow up while demonstrating different theories about how best to destroy or deflect comets and meteors that we think might hit us, but instead I’ve included Discovery’s own video preview for the series. A picture’s worth a thousand words, and video’s worth thousands more.

Check it out, then check out the show, then leave us comments. And perhaps even more important than that, leave Discovery comments; they’ve made 3 episodes, but have not yet announced that the show is going to be a full series. If this first effort is any indication, we do definitely want more. So what are you waiting for? Go!


  1. B-square says

    Looks very interesting. I hope it becomes a series. It seems like there is seldom anything on worth watching anymore. I loath so-called reality shows.

  2. Bruce R. (BPR639Geek) says

    All I can say is cooooool!!! Very much looking forward to this show… “B”