The MythBusters Talk Cosplay and their Favorite Explosions at SVCC

Sunday, 23 April 2017 - 8:08PM
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Sunday, 23 April 2017 - 8:08PM
The MythBusters Talk Cosplay and their Favorite Explosions at SVCC
It's been over a year since MythBusters finally went off the air, but the crew is still around - host Adam Savage runs Tested.com and hosts a live show called Brain Candy, while the show's former build team (Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara) already have the first season of White Rabbit Project out on Netflix.

Still, they seem to have remained friends (to some degree) and Savage and the duo of Belleci and Byron held back-to-back Q&A sessions at this year's Silicon Valley Comic Con. While the build members stuck to explosions, Savage talked quite a bit about how much he enjoys comic conventions and the culture surround it.

Savage has a huge love for cosplay - besides hosting a Cosplay Workshop at SVCC this year, he's also gotten into the habit of disguising himself at conventions so he can wander the show floor uninterrupted. This weekend, he admitted he'd been sneaking around the show floor in both an impressive Chewbacca costume and the popular Totoro suit he'd created on Tested

"It's such a weird hobby and yet I so get it," he said. He very much appreciates the hand-built craft, and also the sweat and discomfort, that goes into making a costume, and spend much of SVCC helping cosplayers improve their creations. 

Savage doubts he'd do something completely like MythBusters again, as the show taught him that he's "not an adrenaline junkie" for all the stunts and explosions the show required. But while he "didn't expect to make MythBusters a science show," he recognizes that he's a science-based storyteller now, and should TV ever fall, he fully expects to maintain his online presence telling similar stories. 



Savage ended his panel by introducing Belleci and Byron as they came out. And even if Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman no longer get along, Tory Belleci and Kari Byron still seem to be the best of friends (and Grant too, but he didn't make it out to San Jose). Kari reminisced about getting onto MythBusters by working as a free intern for Jamie, while Tory came onboard after working with them at the Industrial Light & Magic special effects company - including work on some Star Wars films, although Tory said they were "not the good ones" (he brought up Jar Jar).

The former build team is still doing very MythBusters-esque work in Netflix's White Rabbit Project - the first episode alone saw them trying to recreate superpowers, including a scene where Kari hooked up Tory to a "mind control" machine so she could send electrical impulses to his muscles. Kari said the act of "amateur neuroscience" was one of her favorite moments, while Tory called it one of his most nightmarish ones (some wine spilled onto the machine during filming, resulting in a very painful short-circuit in Tory's arm muscles).

Much of the questions they answered involved things like their favorite explosions from over the years. According to Tory, his best explosion memory was the cement truck they blew up in 2005, accidentally saying "I highly recommend it" before catching himself and retracting that. Kari noted the time they blew up a ton of coffee creamer as not her favorite explosion, but her most memorable one, as the wind brought the flames their way and nearly killed them all.



Unsurprisingly, nearly getting killed was a recurring problem on MythBusters, although everyone made it out. As for whether or not they'd do it all again, Kari Byron said: 

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