Two Far-Fetched but Entertaining New Shows


I watched two new shows last night which were on my TiVo digital video recorder.   One was Sci-Fi Science, hosted by Dr. Michio Kaku, on the Science Channel.  The premise of the show is to examine the real world plausibility of science fiction ideas, such as the premiere episode's topic, "How to Travel to Parallel Universes."  It was mind-blowing stuff, and Dr. Kaku offers a good blend of scientific fact with fun "what if" scenarios from his brilliant imagination.  I'm looking forward to upcoming episodes, especially "How to Make a Light Saber."


The other new show was Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on TruTV. The former Navy Seal, Governor, best-selling author, actor, and professional wrestler leads a crew of investigators searching for answers to alleged government cover-ups, urban legends, and wacky speculations about what might be going on in the mysterious shadows of covert operations.  Ventura is a theatrical guy and knows how to turn any topic into entertainment.  The first episode dealt with "The Secrets of HAARP" (that's the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Alaska which uses radio frequencies from hundreds of massive antennae to conduct atmospheric experiments, and according to the show's Web site, many skeptics claim "is actually a sophisticated weapons system that can destroy incoming missiles, manipulate the weather, and even control human brains.") 

Outrageously fictional speculations that sometimes defy the laws of physics on a channel called Science?  Unproven conspiracy theories about mind control and other hard to imagine stuff on a channel called Tru? Surprisingly, a show about theoretical physics and a show about possible conspiracies both really complement each other.  It's as if one is science fiction (with theories based in science, no matter how far-fetched) and one is fantasy (where literally anything goes) -- you can enjoy both.  And there are moments in both programs that had me scratching my head at their inexplicable leaps in logic, trying to wonder how the host's explanation that A leads to B somehow can get them to arrive at Z. 

Nevertheless, Kaku and Ventura are both great personalities and do a fine job with their respective shows.  I'm looking forward to more guilty pleasure episodes in the future.

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