G4's Proving Ground

Tuesday 8:00 PM on G4 Premiered Jun 14, 2011 Between Seasons


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Episode Guide


    • Gadgets from "The Goonies."
      Gadgets from "The Goonies."
      Season 1 - Episode 2

      Remember Data, the kid in the movie Goonies who developed all kinds of creative inventions to help the team on their adventure? In this episode, Jessica and Ryan seek to become a modern day Data, recreating the belt that shoots darts and shoes that leave a slippery trail of oil behind them.

    • The hosts try to play a real-life version of "Mortal Kombat."

      Ever since Mortal Kombat appeared on the video game scene generations ago, people have had favorite characters with which they like to duel. In this episode, Jessica and Ryan develop an armory of special weapons and unique powers and then pit them one against another. Tools of the trade include ice blasters and wrist rockets.

    • Replicating a Quidditch game from the "Harry Potter" films.
      In a new edition of their attempt to bring science fiction and fantasy to life, Jessica and Ryan attempt to play a real game of Quidditch from the Harry Potter series. Quidditch teams have arisen on college campuses around the U.S., but none of them involve broomsticks that really fly. Until now.moreless
    • Episode 1
      Episode 1
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Imagine what it would be like to have a real, live Mario Kart. These are battle tested go carts that are fully armed. Jessica Chobot and Ryan Dunn experiment with the fun and dangerous contraptions rigged up to look like the popular video game for which this episode is named.
    • Episode 5
      Episode 5
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      This week, Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot get their kung fu on as they try to recreate their own "Mortal Kombat"-style tournament, chock full of the iconic gaming characters, crazy weapons and supernatural powers! Using razor paddy hats, wrist rockets, ice blasters and more, our cohosts will push the limit as they construct over-the-top weapons and special powers to use in their bracket-style duel where all mayhem will break loose. Who will be the last man or woman standing? Watch and see!moreless
    • Episode 8
      Episode 8
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      This week, Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot embark on a mission to see if it's possible to play the game "Angry Birds" in real life--but instead of using birds, they're upping the ante by slingshotting actual humans (dressed as idiotic animals, of course)! Using a giant human launcher, the crew will attempt to destroy manmade structures and give special "abilities" to our flying humans during their aerial attack, including splitting into three, dropping exploding eggs and more.moreless
    • Simulating "Angry Birds."
      Simulating "Angry Birds."
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      In this episode, Jessica and Ryan do what most people can only dream of: they create a live version of the hit video game and phone app, Angry Birds. Better still, no birds are harmed in the shooting of this episode, because the team decides to launch human beings in costume instead.moreless
    • Episode 7
      Episode 7
      Season 1 - Episode 7

      Furthering their quest to develop science fiction technology, Jessica and Ryan try to recreate simulations of The Force, from George Lucas' Star Wars series. Ryan develops some supercharged lightning with the intention of shooting it from his fingertips, and Jessica develops a wind tunnel that might allow her to mimic telekinesis.

    • Efforts to replicate Spider-man's powers unfold.

      Ever wish you could turn into the mysterious web slinger? In this episode, Jessica and Ryan attempt to recreate all of his special powers, beginning by letting a crew member get bitten by a tarantula. Then they use grappling hooks and suction cups to see if someone could really scale a building. And for some reason, Ryan decides to sew himself a suit.

    • The hosts try to replicate a "Star Trek" away-team mission.
      In this episode, Jessica and Ryan delve into the world of the Star Trek series. While they can't quite beam anyone up, they try to come up with the nearest substitute. They also experiment to see if their really might be a Vulcan nerve pinch. And of course, everyone is put through a G-force tester.moreless
    • Surviving a zombie apocalypse.
      Surviving a zombie apocalypse.
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Everyone knows that it's essential to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, but only Jessica and Ryan have actually set out to do it. In this episode they design meat suits that seem to appropriately mimic the undead, and then they find various ways to kill them. Preferred methods include land mines and rocket-propelled bean bags.moreless
    • Episode 2
      Episode 2
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      This week, hosts Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot attempt to re-create Data's famous contraptions from "The Goonies." They attempt to build Data's iconic gadgets, including slick shoes that squirt oil, sticky darts that shoot out of a belt buckle, bully blinders and, of course, the "pinchers of peril"! But will these beloved contraptions hold up in real life? Plus, see what happens when our hosts get some insight from actor and cast member Corey Feldman, and then put these gadgets to the test in a real-life "Goonies"-inspired obstacle course.moreless
    • Episode 6
      Episode 6
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      This week, Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot begin the transformation into real-life superheroes. Are you jealous of Spider-Man's web slinging, wall climbing, "Spidey" sense capabilities? The crew assembles a battery of tests to outperform any villains living amongst us! First, Jessica volunteers a production assistant to withstand the fangs of a real tarantula to see whether being bitten by a spider will automatically give you super powers. Then, the team experiments with crossbows, grappling hooks, vacuum-powered suction cups and motion sensors to recreate Spider-Man's abilities--but no superhero is complete without a custom-designed costume! Find out if Ryan's sewing skills are up to superhero standards.moreless
    • Episode 4
      Episode 4
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      This week, Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot channel their inner wizards as they try to recreate their own version of Quidditch, a flying broomstick sports game, from the "Harry Potter" series. First, the cohosts try to get construct aerodynamic broomsticks and make them airborne, and then construct their own Bludger balls and even a Golden Snitch. Finally, it's time to test their creations on the proving ground and attempt to play a real-life Quidditch match on an uber-awesome playing field.moreless
    • Episode 3
      Episode 3
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      This week, Jessica Chobot gives her cohost Ryan Dunn a lesson in sci-fi films. To pay homage to the fan-favorite series "Star Trek," the crew puts together a real-life away mission--but in order to complete their experiment, they need to assemble a team that can withstand heavy G-forces. Plus, the crew attempts to recreate the Vulcan nerve pinch, find a substitute for teleportation and come up with a few extraterrestrial gadgets!moreless
    • Episode 9
      Episode 9
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      This week, Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot wage a war with the undead when they stage their own zombie apocalypse. First, the team attempts to make meat suits as suitable alternatives to human flesh, and then comes up with creative ways to kill zombies, including dropping logs, exploding land mines and shooting bean bags! Finally, Ryan and Jess face off in a post-apocalyptic showdown between survivors and zombies where only the stealthiest stay alive.moreless