Dose of ingenuity


NEW series Unchained Reaction premieres on Discovery Channel today at 10pm. Executive produced by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters, it pits teams with diverse backgrounds against each other to create incredible chain reaction contraptions.

Teams do not just create a mere string of dominoes each week. They must utilise ingenuity, innovation and know-how to build contraptions on a massive scale.

In Unchained Reaction, teams of artists, rocket scientists, animatronic specialists, engineers and even your average Joe, are provided with identical sets of tools and materials and given five days to complete a series of mechanisms based on a specific theme.

It’s the ultimate build-off pressure cooker, where refined mechanical movements, pyrotechnics and large-scale destruction are encouraged. Making a refrigerator a pendulum? Totally possible on Unchained Reaction. Catapults? Flying saucers? Guillotines? Anything goes as long as they trigger the next link in the chain.

The premiere of Unchained Reaction will feature the Blecha Brothers, a team of Hollywood set carpenters who have worked in various art departments for television, and Team Crash Space, electronics experts comprised of hackers, programmers, builders, makers and artists. Along with Hyneman and Savage, guest judge Adrian Hightower, assistant professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College, judge their contraptions based on the theme Heavy vs Light.

The exciting six-part series, for which Savage and Hyneman also serve as judges, repeats every Saturday at 2am and 9am.

Team members pose for a picture before getting down to work on their contraptions

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