Mythbusters Takes on the Science of Star Wars

Adam Savage Mythbusters Star Wars

The world may still be recovering from a retail hangover caused by Force Friday, but that doesn’t mean this Star Wars-centric Labor Day weekend is over just yet. In fact, some traditional media outlets, such as television, are also getting into the game.

Following the success of the show’s previous Star Wars-themed episode, Discovery’s MythBusters will take on a whole new crop of myths from a galaxy far, far away. What myths, exactly? Well, just check out the videos above and below for examples.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have been very keen on testing the merits of pop-culture more than urban legend as of late. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago the duo made headlines by taking on the plausibility of Walter White’s trunk-based machine gun in the Breaking Bad series finale. And, that’s only the latest on a list that also includes Indiana JonesJaws, and Simpsons-themed episodes.

The last time the team dove into Star Wars, they were testing myths that fell more into the realm of believability, such as whether or not Luke and Leia could have actually swung to safety in the Death Star. This time, however, it seems the team is more willing to get into the fictional mechanics of the franchise. There may be no such thing as a lightsaber, but that doesn't stop them from asking whether or not a Jedi (or someone with a bamboo stick) could truly be fast enough to stop the blaster attacks of stormtroopers at close range.

If you're curious as to what the Mythbusters discovered, a clip currently available at the L.A. Times has the answer you're looking for.

It’s too bad that Discovery won’t get to do a supersized Star Wars-centric episode during the release of the The Force Awakens, but having a season finale centered on such an enormous franchise - that happens to air the weekend everyone is scrambling to buy the new BB-8 toy - is certainly a nice consolation prize. The real fun, though, will be to see what myths J.J. Abrams’ new film inspires, when it finally hits theaters this December. Trisaber anyone? Oh wait, never mind, Stephen Colbert already took care of that.

MythBusters airs Saturdays at 9/8c on Discovery.

Source: Discovery, L.A. Times

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