Bad Universe on Discovery Canada tonight!

By Phil Plait | October 3, 2010 12:00 pm

baduniverse_logo_canadaHey Canadians! "Bad Universe" premieres tonight for you guys on Discovery Channel Canada! It’ll be on at 21:00 Eastern time and again at midnight (check your local listings).

Remember, Discovery Canada is showing it because so many of you wonderful folks sent notes to the channel via Twitter and email. I was amazed at the response, and really overwhelmed by it. So here’s your chance to get a look. And if you’re wondering what I’m talking about, I have to assume that a) this is your very first time on this blog or having contact with me in any way, and 2) you haven’t read the reviews saying Bad Universe is the greatest show since anything Lorne Green, Michael J. Fox, and William Shatner have ever done*.

So help out a fellow Canadian (well, honorary Canadian… well, OK, I really like Canada) and give it a look-see. And if you like it, please send the good folks at Discovery Channel a nice note or at least follow them on Twitter (and then send them a nice note).

See you tonight! And thanks for watching. Oh- and of course, Episode 2, called "Alien Attack!" airs on the U.S. Discovery Channel Wednesday night after MythBusters. I’ll be having another giveaway contest for that starting Monday, so check back here tomorrow!

* Possibly not a literal interpretation of those reviews.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Bad Universe, TV/Movies

Comments (43)

  1. Finally, our friends up north can experience the destruction of Sydney!


  2. Oh no! I don’t have cable! I was resigned to not watching at all when in aired in the US, but it’s so close now and I still can’t watch it! Is there anywhere to watch online?

  3. Wendy

    Phil, thank you for the kill-o-meter video! The logic is flawless, so I corrected my pronunciation of km after watching it two years ago. I’ve tried to pass the logic on to my fellow Canadians, but most of us just don’t care, eh? Me though, I can rest a little easier knowing I’m being consistent in my pronunciation. :)

    (I guess this post can be interpreted as sarcastic, but I assure you, it’s not!)

  4. You did a show?
    Look forward to it since I have never seen it before ever in my life.

  5. Phil

    Any word yet on this hitting the UK?

  6. All that was lacking – a very subtle omission – was a hypervelocity projectile impinging upon a train of snugged blocks of ballistic gelatin viewed from the side in slo-mo. Suppose you were an asstronaught doing a space walk during the annual Perseid meteor shower and…

    As for aliens, 100 lbs of compacted thermite electrically triggered (mix powdered KMnO4 with flake aluminum pigment into the top initiating volume) in a sealed aluminum sphere buried under 20 feet of refrozen Artic ice (CANADA!) could be nice. Don’t be in Jupiter’s Europa or (or Iceland) when vulcanism strikes.

    You want to stand back a football field and be behind a blast shield for that one. BLEVE it!

  7. Tobin Dax

    Isn’t Shatner doing some sitcom this season?

    How good is praising something as “the best show since now”? Is Phil really helping himself by making such comments? Do I have too much time on my hands?

  8. Arawn

    Congratulations!. Spread the wonders of the universe for all to enjoy. Any word on a latin american broadcast?

  9. Daniel J. Andrews

    Looking forward to it, Phil. I’ve already alerted a friend who said she’d watch it too as long as it wasn’t on the same time as Dexter (sigh…not everyone has their priorities straight).

  10. Taiga

    Hooray! I’m counting the hours!

  11. Daniel J. Andrews

    p.s. sent thank you note to Discovery. And I also see Bad Universe is on several times this week so now my friend has no excuse not to watch it. :)

  12. Hi Phil! We’d love to interview you again on Astronomy.FM Radio (AFM*Radio). Would you drop me an e-mail at Michael (at) Astronomy (dot) FM? Thanks!

  13. I like the show except for the stupid phrase Phil uses to express amazement 10 times.

  14. Do you know when will episode 2 will air in Canada?

  15. Mary

    The show has juist started! Got my popcorn, I’m ready.

  16. Geoff

    Really looking forward to finally seeing it Phil. I’ll be sure to write Discovery Channel another note to thank them.

    p.s. At least we don’t say NU-CU-LAR up here

  17. TSC

    Great to see this in Canada, Phil! I’ll be sure to drop Discovery an e-mail to let them know to keep it up.

  18. Daniel J. Andrews

    Heh…pretty good, Dr. Plait. Entertaining. Looking forward to the next one.

  19. And it’s just finished! Thanks again to all who wrote in to Discovery Canada, Discovery Canada itself, and of course Phil for bringing this to us. It was indeed quite entertaining.

    But of course, there’s always room for more questions. For all I know, you had answers to these which were cut for time, but I am still curious, in case anyone has answers to these:

    -How useful are nukes at changing the trajectory of an asteroid? Would the kinetic impactor still have them beat?

    -For that matter, how well would nukes work at creating a jet on a comet to change its trajectory?

    -How likely is it for an asteroid to come out of our blind spot, from near the sun?

    -You’re trying to make “Holy Haleakala” your catchphrase, aren’t you?

  20. Angie

    Excellent show, my hubby and I will be watching again.

  21. Mary

    Great show. I really enjoyed it. I have emailed Discovery Channel thaking them for airing it.

  22. Alareth

    What? They didn’t dub the show into Canuck?

    “Holy Hoser!”

  23. It was really good maybe you should write book.

  24. Apparently they refused my first post wherein I criticized the program, Phil Plait and Discovery channel for showing this program wherein Mr. Plait uses a blast to simulate a projectile impact and a projectile to simulate a nuclear blast. Pretty poor.

  25. Fred Nurke

    Holy Haleakala! Loved it eh?

  26. john harmsworth (#24): No, I manually deleted your comment because you were violating my commenting policy. I don’t mind negative criticism, just don’t be a jerk about it.

  27. Stubby

    Very cool Phil. Why Sydney ? My 6 year old was very impressed. She said ooh, Mythbusters in space :)

    Has episode 2 aired in the US yet ?

  28. Liisa

    Very nice. My dog’s favourite part was the air raid siren before the “nuclear” tests. (Also, it did NOT interfere with Dexter) I will go right now and send a note to Discovery. Looking forward to more!

  29. Been doing my homework down here in Venezuela, already contacted Discovery Latin America about your show sending links to your videos and stuff like that. Fingers crossed.

  30. Winston

    Holy Haleakala – that was fun. Can’t wait for the next episode.

    What do you have against Sydney? Is it the Wiggles?

  31. Kevin D

    Fan-damn-tastic show. Phil, you have that Adam Savage enthusiastically knowledgeable and eager to share kind of quality. You make an excellent host.

    How many episodes are there, and when are they on Discovery next? I saw your tweet which indicated they might not all be?

  32. Boomer

    Great show Phil, I loved it. If you like Canada so much, you should move here! (Seriously!)

  33. RobT

    Hey Phil, that’s great I’ll be sure to watch (on PVR). But I watched your kilometer video. Since we actually use the system don’t tell us how to pronounce the word. Just like we don’t tell you how to spell “colour” or “neighbour”, since you don’t pronounce them as you spell them – Col-OR? Neighb-OR? And don’t even get me started on Zed. Zee? Really? Just so it can rhyme with the ABC song? ūüėČ

    I suggest you try and find the Bob and Doug MacKenzie skit where they go into the metric system. Among others, they convert 2 pounds of back bacon into kilos. So you double it and add 30, so you have 34 KILOS of back bacon.

  34. Great!

    Please advise when it comes to Mexico. I understand it requires more time for the translation process but, you know, my 10 year old son is very interested in that.


  35. uncle duke

    Caught the show last night, well done! Blowing things up AND outer space stuff. And frankly, the Australians had it coming, although I notice Paris and some other major cities got flattened too. Can’t wait to see what the next episode is a-boot.

  36. Fytr


    Kids and I really enjoyed the show, although I think my 5 year may have developed some angst regarding the possibility of sudden and violent death from the skies…

    So yeah, thanks for that! ūüėČ

  37. drow

    Holy Haleakala!

  38. Chris S

    Re: upcoming repeats on Dicovery Canada…

    Bad Universe – Asteroid Apocalypse

    Phil Plait investigates the possibility that an asteroid like
    the one that wiped out the dinosaurs may strike again.

    (all times are Eastern Time)

    Thu 10/7   9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri 10/8   1:00 AM -  2:00 AM
    Fri 10/8   4:00 PM -  5:00 PM
    Sun 10/10 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Mon 10/11  7:00 PM -  8:00 PM
    Mon 10/11 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  39. Rob G.

    Holy Haleakala! The show was very well done and informative. Holy Haleakala! I especially appreciated how Dr. Plait’s enthusiasm and humor came through. Holy Haleakala! The explosion used to simulate the impact and resulting crater from an asteroid was incredible. Holy Haleakala! I can only imagine what it must have been like to be there when it went off. Holy Haleakala! If I had one complaint it would be that there wasn’t a shot of the entire crater and ejecta from directly above. Holy Haleakala! I think it would have been interesting to see it from an angle that would have been similar to what we see when we look at craters on the moon. Holy Haleakala! All in all a really good episode and I look forward to the next in the series.

    Holy Haleakala! I almost forgot. Holy Haleakala! There was one thing I found really annoying about the “script” but I can’t seem to remember what it was. Holy Haleakala! I’m sure it’ll come to me eventually. Holy Haleakala!

  40. Evan Bentz

    I’ve PVR’d (or DVR’d) the show and have watched the first little bit. Was it produced in HD? Unless I missed it, it was only being broadcast in Canada in standard definition, and thus I almost missed it. The HD channel had recently been showing the other show with Phil Plait in it (with great HD representations of naked black holes roaming around etc.).

  41. Taiga

    I really enjoyed it but I have two questions that weren’t answered. One, what is the possibility of an asteroid/comet hitting in a defined time span, like per year? Yes we know the chance of it happening between now and forever is 100%, but how likely is it to happen within a person’s lifetime? Two, you seemed to assume that a missile’s aim would be 100% accurate and that’s just not true. The military has been trying to perfect the technique of knocking missiles out of the sky and the last I heard their accuracy rate was 50%, and that’s when the target has a homing beacon on it. If we shot a missile or what have you at an asteroid, what are the chances we’d hit it?

  42. Arundo Donax

    Loved the show, eh. But why Sydney instead of, say, South Bend, Columbus, Iowa City or Happy Valley, or wherever it is those Nittany Lions live, eh?

    One very minor micro-quibble: Our Canucklehead PVR guide up here said that the show focused on debunking pop-culture pseudo-scientific “facts”. And that you were going to prove that “most of what we know about (aboot) the Universe is wrong.” Instead, the program focused on how we’re all going to die (crikey!!) unless we use one of several methods to change the orbits of those nasty NEOs.

    Still, that was one great show. Loved the cannon and the explosions!! METRIC RULES!!

    ‚ÄúHoly Haleakala‚ÄĚ?? Might I suggest “Holy Mauna Kea” for your next show ūüėČ

    I’m looking forward to the show aboot aliens!!

  43. Gary Warburton

    What do you say to those of us who call a Kilometer a Click?
    We also call the temperature Celsius after the inventor like the Europeans not centigrade. You get used to the temperature if you remember that 10C is
    50F, 20C is room temperature, 30C is a hot day and 40C is an extremely hot day over 100F and 50C is the temperature that it got to in India when people were dying.
    Nice to hear from you Phil, Keep up the good work.
    I`d like to see you do a review of Reaction Engines` Skylon. Things are progressing nicely there. ESA is going to be giving their assessment of it to the UK Space Agency. So far they are quite impressed.


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