New Bad Universe clip online!

By Phil Plait | September 23, 2010 7:00 am

Are we under the threat of alien attack? Is Hollywood right? Could monsters from another world already be on their way here to steal our water and enslave or eat us?*

Find out in the thrilling second episode of "Phil Plait’s Bad Universe", airing on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday, October 6 at 10:00 p.m. EDT, right after MythBusters!

Here’s a sneak peak:

Yup, that’s me in the F-16, and I won’t say whether I tossed my cookies or not, so you’ll just have to watch the show to see.

Next week I’ll have another Twitter giveaway contest and I’ll have some stuff from the show in the pack, too. Stay tuned. Mwuhahahahaha!

* We better keep broadcasting episodes of "Single Female Lawyer" just in case.

Ha ha! Mine is an evil laugh!


Comments (33)

  1. Nomadiq

    I’m wagering he tosses his cookies :)

  2. Egaeus

    Now with fewer “Holy Haleakalas?” I get it, because I read the blog, but my friends who don’t found it…odd.

    I actually had a chance to eat dinner with DJ Grothe the other day and he confirmed that you do indeed say that in real life.

  3. Grand Lunar

    Ooo, I regonize one of the concepts from “Death from the Skies”!

    I hope you point out what Hollywood doesn’t know in this one.

    Looking forward to this!

  4. You seem to have missed a close-emphasis tag on your “we better keep broadcasting” footnote, as everything in your blog after this post is italics.

    So, are you and your close personal friend[tm] Adam Savage going to have F-16 races?

    And, for a twist on “Death from the Skies”, check out this Get Fuzzy comic strip. (Don’t forget to check the following days’ strips as well.)

  5. Ha! I was fixing it as you posted that comment. :)

  6. DennyMo

    “Yup, that’s me in the F-16, and I won’t say whether I tossed my cookies or not, so you’ll just have to watch the show to see.”
    USD10 says you did. :)

  7. rob

    mmmm…F-16. you got to fly in an F-16…

    cue jealousy in 3…2…1…

  8. Ooo, was that the autonomous replicator swarm at the end, there?

    (That’s an awesome, if grim and creepy, concept… one of my favorite of the chapter opening vignettes.)

  9. CW

    “what we’ve got here is evidence of life on Mars” (0:44)

    OK, I’ll bite.

  10. Monkeyhybrid

    Phil, any idea if/when this show will broadcast on Discovery in UK? The show looks great, hope it comes over here soon!

  11. Peter Eldergill

    Ya, CW that seems perhaps….taken out of context? (Shocking!)


  12. And I thought tyrannosaurs in F-16s were dangerous…. 😉

  13. Anthony
  14. Douglas Troy

    Internet celebrity, Comic Con panel member, dances with Felica Day, has own TV show, blows stuff up for science, takes joy rides in F16’s and is Master of this Bad Universe …. Phil, this is your world and we’re just living in it.


  15. Gus Snarp

    I so wish they would make full episodes available on line. When will the Discovery Channel catch up with the 21st century? I don’t have cable, I watch TV online.

  16. Chris A.

    @10 CW:

    > “what we’ve got here is evidence of life on Mars” (0:44)

    > OK, I’ll bite.

    It almost has to be a reference to ALH84001.

    I’m not ready to call it evidence yet, more like “tantalizing hints.” But I’d love to be proven wrong.


  17. Daniel

    oh nostalgia … :)
    once participated in an air stunt with
    a spitfire-like plane – all cookies stayed. 😀
    – toughest actually were the “short waves” –
    a quick up and down, whilst looping; big deal.

  18. Messier Tidy Upper

    Love it BA. :-)

    Just wish it was screening in Australia & wasn’t on cable so I could see it.

    Is the planet on the left at the 14 second mark one of those Gliese 581 ones – c or d or Gl 436 b with Earth in the middle & Jupiter on the right?

    Also I’m guessing you did toss your cookies but I hope they don’t show that. Some things we can live without seeing! 😉

    Wonder how closely you’re following your book. :-)


    PS. Please BA can you have a non-Twitter contest instead this time?

  19. Jim Craig

    I’m trying to figure out how a planetarium director can land a bit part on Phil’s show… because it’s awesomely made of awesome awesomeness!

    Gee, if you ever do something on the whole “buying a star” schtick, I’m your man. You have my card.

  20. Messier Tidy Upper

    @13. J. Major : Nice ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ ref. :-)

    @18. Chris A. Says:

    @10 CW: “what we’ve got here is evidence of life on Mars” (0:44) > OK, I’ll bite. It almost has to be a reference to ALH84001.

    Or the Viking experiments reconsidered perhaps? Yeah, I know they were supposedly inconclusive but still .. ? Or just maybe, an outside chance, the BA will reveal for the first time ever the discovery of a buried Martian tripod a la H.G. Well’s original War of the Worlds novel! 😉

    Actually, I guess it could be a retrospective POV look back at Lowell’s mythical but widely believed Martian canals too – just taken out of context in the trailer. 😉

  21. «bønez_brigade»

    “right after MythBusters!”

    Methinks a golden opportunity to put “Adam Savage” and “warm-up act” in the same sentence has now presented itself.
    Tune in, I certainly shall!

  22. bonez-brigade (#23): Too late. I did that at w00tstock. :)

  23. Vex

    I’m so unbelievably excited that Discovery Canada has decided to air the show! I will most definitely be tuning into the pilot episode on Oct 3 – and this next episode really has my interest piqued!

  24. «bønez_brigade»

    Awesome, Phil. May that Savage bow before thee.

  25. BGC

    Speaking (indirectly) of video and Science!, your friend Brian Cox “stars” in this video about how pathetically small and minuscule your existence is when compared to the Universe.

    “We are all made of stars” by Spray

    I have to imagine you’ve seen this already but I can’t help but promote it. As my S.O. commented “[I’ve] never felt so upbeat and happy listening to a song telling me my life is meaningless.”


  26. ggremlin

    What is the tie-in with large inbound pieces of space debris? Are you doing a Footfall segment?

  27. Eric

    Wow, I can’t wait until October 6th – I want to watch this episode NOW!!!

  28. Steve in Dublin

    Phil, this post is nostalgia city for me! I’m an electrical engineer who worked in the field for Westinghouse from 1978 – 1982. We made the radar for the F-16. You’ve got one over on me as I’ve only sat in the cockpit of an F-16 on the ground, but I do have a related ‘war story’.

    Once I was debriefing the pilot after a test flight in an effort to track down an obscure radar problem. He showed me the cockpit videotape recording of the instrument panel, so I could see what was on the radar display. When he did an ‘S’ roll, the horizon line on the screen did a stomach-wrenching flip, and just watching the recording of it nearly caused me to, as the Aussies so eloquently put it, ‘technicolor yawn’. So I can only imagine what it must be like to experience the real thing.

    Anyway, the problem was that the pilots were getting lots of false targets whenever they were in the vicinity of Schiphol Airport (yeah, I was based in Amsterdam. But that’s another story). After thinking about it for a good few minutes, I finally deduced where the false targets were coming from: the F-16 radar was set up so that anything moving slower that 55mph relative to it would not register as a target. But speed limits in Europe are… just a bit higher than that (like 90mph on the motorways in Holland) :-)

  29. bela okmyx

    BTW, Phil, it’s “peek”, not “peak”.

  30. Chip

    Pulling G’s in an F 16 – wow, what a ride. I can imagine – I had a similar opportunity in a Lockheed T33 and that was a jet based on a WWII design! Gs are Gs old or new(er). By the way – trivia I know, but doesn’t “Holy Haleakala” originate from the observatory on Haleakala crater on Maui? I visited Haleakala as a kid and thought that maybe you or a colleague came up with that expression.

  31. Mantiss

    I had a blast with that F16 ride shown there, proves that not only is the BA a true entertainer but also has kahunas to go along with it! Kudos!


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