Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bill Nye Saves the World - Season 1 Review

Network: Netflix

Genre: Comedy, Science, Talk show

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis: Acclaimed TV host, educator, and bow tie fan Bill Nye is back with a new show that looks at topics from a scientific point of view, refuting myths and claims that rebuke science. As Bill focuses on the truth, equipped with curiosity and chemical-resistant gloves, he tries to remind viewers that "It's not magic - it's science!"

My Thoughts: Bill Nye has been someone I have admired for a long time. I grew up watching Bill Nye, the Science Guy and have followed his scientific endeavors ever since. I graduated school with a degree in chemistry and a minor in psychology and it is because of this that I have will never stop watching all that the scientific community has and will continue to discover and accomplish. With that being said, when I heard that Bill Nye decided to make a new science show with Netflix, I was very eager to watch. I believe that there is a severe lack of interesting and important science-based shows on nowadays. When I was a kid, I lived for these types a of shows. It wasn't just science shows though... we had shows about reading and learning and even though they were educational, they were still fun. However, Bill Nye Saves the World does not live up to those.

Bill Nye Saves the World fails in two ways. The first is in its very obvious lack of science. The show focuses too much on debates, correspondent clips, and poorly written skits and not enough on demonstrations and explanations. It would also benefit from having better topics. There are episodes on AI and sexual orientations, and how could you possibly do scientific demonstrations about those things? The second reason that the shows does not live up is because it was advertised as being for adults. While they say the show is more grown up than his previous show, they still treat the viewers as though they are children. Bill makes too many puns, the show has too many awkward songs and skits, and the overall tone makes me feel like I'm being talked down to. I mean, I got really uncomfortable multiple times. Overall, I cannot express my disappointment with this show. Netflix seems like it could be such a great opportunity to bring something society has been missing to a larger audience. All I can hope is that if the show is renewed for a second season, they look at the reviews and try to re-haul it into something better.

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