The Pinetar Rag

January 17, 2008

Smash Lab – So Bad, You Must Watch

Filed under: Reality TV — mcgonnigle @ 12:48 am

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Tonight, I watched the silly show “SmashLab” again.  Same result.  Laughter.  Lot’s of it.  I know that I have already done a post on this but the second show was so bad that you just HAVE to tune this in and join in the fun.

Where to begin?  The silly shots of the four “scientists” walking in a row, all spaced apart like they were The Beatles is lol funny.  I mean shot after shot.  And a disproportionate number of shots featuring Deanne, the Valley Girl/eye candy, for sure. 

These 4 people offer no personality (contrast with Jamie and Adam) and are masters of the obvious.  Almost all of their, post-crash or post-explosion commentary could have been written by my 8 year old nephew.

And the “Science”?  Hahaha!  It’s ridiculous.  Today they crashed cars into concrete to see if they could invent a new Jersey Divider for highways.  Yea, it seems the brittle concrete is used at the end of runways to stop planes from overshooting.  Did anyone tell these genuises that you can’t put a 80 foot strip of crumbly concrete around all the major highways in the USA?  My goodness it was breathtaking stupidity.  How do projects like this get greenlighted?  You know, watching this has me more determined than ever to shop my treatments for my two decent reality show ideas.

How would I improve the show?  Ok.  Start with honesty.  Promo it as: “Masters of the Obvious: We break things.  No science will be done and we’ve just gone ahead and put the girl in a bikini”.


In other news, I’ve had a day to digest the bail out on the baseball and I’m more certain than ever that the guy doesn’t get it and that we did the right thing.  The other two guys, as predicted, are still with the team.

My latest brainstorm is to try and form a team for play in the mid to late summer and fall.  See if we can cobble together a squad and do some tournaments, perhaps even drive up to Mass and play a friendly up there against a friend’s team.

While working out details in my head on the drive home, I’ve hit on the perfect name: The Good Guys.  I see a logo with an interlocking GG.  Color?  Whichever one is cheapest.  The domain is even available.


I’ve also heard from my Babe Ruth statue buyer and all is on track for a late Feb delivery date to DC, in plenty of time for the Washington Nationals’ party at the restaurant.  It’s possible that they will do a little powerpoint for that gig, but I don’t know for sure.  Do they know that the sculptor gave talks for 3 years all over the country and even in Europe and Asia?  And that he’d be glad to speak?  They will soon.  Can’t hurt.  And we’ve been invited back to stay at the Gaylord sometime after the whole thing gets installed and cranked up.  I was very happy with that.  It’s a nice place and I’d like to say that I saw it humming. 


  1. Yeah, Smashlab is awful. The first time they showed it in Discovery’s sneak peak week, within the first 30 seconds of the show they were already blowing up a truck. For what reason? I wasn’t really sure yet. They gave no introduction of the hosts, no real explanation of what they were testing, and moved along with quick cuts like a Michael Bay movie. I’d give that first show a 2 out of 10. But I was willing to cut them a break because it was the first episode. So I watched the series premier this week. Unfortunately I can’t say it improved at all. If anything it got worse. Actually, yeah, it got way worse. The “scientist”/eye candy idiot female host pretended to examine their car crash. She gave her overly flamboyant explanation of how the car they smashed into the stationary cars at a 35 degree angle pushed the front car into the back car. If she would have spent 5 seconds looking at the high speed footage she would have seen that the front car was simply pushed aside and the moving car simply slammed into the back car. It wasn’t rocket science. It was hardly more difficult to see how the crash unfolded than middle school physics. she’s supposed to be a scientist??? She didn’t even examine the evidence correctly. Then they showed two of the male hosts in a contrived “brain storm” session that was so horrible I literally felt embarrassed for them and everyone making the show.

    Did any one of them ever wonder how crumbling concrete might stand up to a harsh winter? Or even a gentle rain for that matter? And did the female “scientist”, while creating the “arrester bed”, ever think that maybe simple sand might do a better job stopping a car? And, hasn’t any one of them ever driven through the mountains? They’ve got area for vehicles to drive into if their brakes go out. The research and development has already been done for this!!! Soft concrete is not the answer!

    You can’t just put idiots on the TV and have them “blow stuff up real good” and expect people to like it. The thing that makes Mythbusters so good is that the personalities are real. The chemistry between Jamie and Adam isn’t something you can synthetically create. They’ve been working together for years and they almost feel like an old married couple. And the young build team are all smart and intelligent, but they admit when they don’t know what on Earth they’re doing. And it doesn’t matter how big or small each experiment is, or how expected or unexpected the result of each is, they see it as a RESULT and are never disappointed. A true scientist doesn’t watch her experiment go “wrong” and get sad. Smashlab, you suck!

    Comment by Brian — January 18, 2008 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  2. I have to agree. As a scientist (chemist to be exact), I find the science behind the show a little lacking. Other than the crashes (yeah, I admit they’re fun to see), and the mildly attractive “scientist” (what kind of scientist is she anyway?), the show has nothing going for it.

    Blow up a cement truck and you’ll get my vote…oh, wait, Mythbusters already did that one…

    Comment by Jayson — January 19, 2008 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  3. Yes, I like the attitude that Mythbusters has re the explosions that are clearly gratuitous: They make no bones about it. They just say, “we are going to blow this up because on MB we like to blow things up”. Be honest. It works.

    RE Deanne, the “mildly attractive scientist”, I had done a post on the show and ripped the pilot a few days before this and a friend of hers commented in and defended her as a mechanical engineer. I felt bad for a few seconds and then it passed.

    You know another thing occured to me; listen to the cadence of the announcer on Mythbusters and then the SmashDorks show…notice any difference? One is pretty over-dramatic. The voiceover on MB has just the right touch. If nothing else, SmashDorks are making me appreciate Jamie and Adam all the more. Thx.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — January 19, 2008 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  4. You watched it TWICE?!! Surely you were joking about the bikini part; I’d have laboriously watched it again, MAYBE, for that.

    Babe is *very* cool. I’m impressed.

    UPDATE: After offering that coupon to our site here (remember, the Laser-Guided Whats?) we’ve gotten seven orders directly related to that post. Once it is up to 20 (a few more months?), we’ll make a PayPal donation to the charity of your choice! Thanks again for mentioning it in the first place. The website is CueSight Billiards Equipment, and the coupon code to take 10% off was “pinetar” (no quotes).

    Thanks again,


    Comment by Scott Taylor — January 20, 2008 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  5. Hi, mcgonnigle.

    Whadda ya mean the domain is available? :) Most domain names that have ‘goodguys’ in the name somewhere are already taken; CompUSA used to own the trademark.

    In addition to my own company website, I own Email me if you’d like to use it for your baseball team. Actually, email me either way and tell me more about the team; I’m not a regular reader of your blog so I don’t know anything about it.


    Comment by Dave Loyall — January 21, 2008 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  6. Dave: I realized that CompUSA had the good guys and I quickly checked for and it seemed to come up available although I checked it so fast, I may have been mistaken. Do you own the dot org domain too? I would think they are for 501 C 3’s or not-for-profits. All in all, I’m speaking mostly tongue in cheek here—I have not decided to use any particular name and if I did, it would be for a local (North NJ) little league team of approx 8 and under or 9 and under.

    If you’ve been reading (understand if you haven’t) then you know that I recently pulled my 8 year old nephew out of a club baseball team (8U) because the coach was practically abusing his kids right in front of us and because it seems that ALL the guys who coach seem to be over-the-top and not age-appropriate.

    Because of that, I have started planning what might turn out to be a league for that age range, that plays after their town stuff is over on July 4. I have done nothing more at this point than plan and discuss. Haven’t even put pen to paper to draw up my charter but I’m leaning to doing that soon. What will we call it? I don’t know but I just liked “Good Guys” because I think it’s a cute name for a bunch of 8 or 9 year olds and it is in reaction to all the rockheads who think their kid is going to be a major leaguer and so they pound out all the innocent fun from the thing. I’m not set on any name. The Splinters, the Sluggers, the Thumpers…any name will eventually do. I want to stay away from the obnoxious ones like: heat, predators, raiders…you know, the violent names. I’ll leave the desensitization of the kids up to Disney/ABC/ESPN, as it has been for this last generation.


    Comment by mcgonnigle — January 21, 2008 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  7. Hi, Fog.

    No, unfortunately .org domains are open to anyone, not just registered non-profits. The domain belongs to a reseller; they’d be happy to give it to you, for a price. The only good guys domains I own are, and We can probably work something out where you use the second of those for free, if you want it. The only domain name I really want is and I think it will be a while until I can get my hands on that. (I guess that I will eventually: business seems to be going better for me than it is (was) for CompUSA.)

    Yeah I’m pretty sure that nobody in the world could stop you from calling a Little League team ‘The Good Guys’. Hopefully, nobody would even want to. It’s a great name for kids team, especially one founded with friendly nonviolent fun in mind.


    Comment by Dave Loyall — January 23, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  8. I know the orgs are open to anyone, I just figured people knew enough to lay off mostly, but then again, FDR had to be told that George Washington only ran for two terms. I appreciate your kind offer. The amount of work I would have to do to launch my idea is daunting. Right now, freezing in January, it’s hard to imagine this happening in July. Stay tuned. Good luck on the business side. Entreprenuers built this country and this lifestyle and we salute them here at TPTR.

    Comment by mcgonnigle — January 24, 2008 @ 7:46 am | Reply

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