Mythbusters – Fixing a Flat Review

Adam and Jamie try to fix a flat tyre the MacGyver way with various materials. Did a fish escape capture on a rod so quickly, that it set the fishing rod on fire?

Adam and Jamie before the big race


Fixing a Flat

This myth didn’t really grab my attention. While it wasn’t a particularly interesting idea, I was hoping that it would be an episode where Adam and Jamie tried to come up with their own innovative solutions, rather than trying out what had been suggested on the fan-site. There wasn’t even really much setup, they just went straight into testing the first method, and none of the footage was particularly exciting.

The second and third methods were a little more interesting, and they went into their method a bit more, but again it wasn’t particularly exciting. I guess that I just wasn’t really buying into the whole idea behind the myth. Especially when they took the myth into an urban environment. The whole thing seemed a little bit silly, which isn’t always a bad thing, but it stopped me from getting invested into this myth.

The final race was obviously a lot of fun for the pair, but by the point we reached it, I had lost virtually all interest in this story.

Flaming Reel

Another old wives tale supposedly demonstrated in a viral video. While it’s quite logical that your fishing reel heats up while running out a line, the idea that it would generate enough heat to combust seems fairly ridiculous. Unsurprisingly, they weren’t able to catch any fish to test it out in the field so they had to head back to the shop. Thankfully, they didn’t spend too much time relying on the antics of the trio, it was a pretty quick segment first up.

After that, there was a nice series of methodical experiments testing different types of line and reels. This was a really unusual case of me enjoying the secondary myth much more than Adam and Jamie’s segment. It wasn’t the most exciting myth, but the possible consequences were far more interesting than a flat tyre. Watching them test the myth with a go-kart was really fun to watch, and I was definitely looking forward to the final experiment and it didn’t disappoint. Watching the sidecar bike (with a really cool paint job) fly down the runway was about as exciting as this episode got, and the driver seemed to be having fun. On a side note I thought it was a little dismissive for the narrator to refer to the sidecar passenger merely as the driver’s mate rather than using her name.

All in all, this was a fairly forgettable episode. Next week’s myth sounds like fun though.

What I Liked – The final segments of the secondary myth were a lot of fun.

What I Didn’t Like – The primary myth was completely uninteresting, this was certainly a watch and forget episode.

Rating – 2 out of 5 (Disappointing)

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