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Season 10 Episode 1

Duct Tape Island

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 2012 on Discovery Channel
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Episode Summary


Adam and Jamie get abandoned on a deserted island, armed with nothing but duct tape. Can they use it to source water, find food, build shelter, and even escape?

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  • An excellent episode without the build team. Coincidence?

    This episode was classic mythbusters. Adam and Jamie being themselves problem solving and actually providing entertaining information without the build team dicking around with half the show dedicated to re-explaining what they are doing and showing full screen shots of Kari. The build team slowly became more and more involved with the show, and the recent seasons have been more about them than what actually made the show popular in the first place, Adam and Jamie. It's not that we don't like them, it's that the show can't accommodate everyone fairly in a one hour timeslot with commercials and with the producers assuming that the audience is braindead and wasting half the show on recaps, nothing gets done and the show becomes tiresome. With the exception of Grant, the build team was cast and kept because of ratings and was not true to the original format of the show. The viewers that the show managed to capture with the new format have hopefully lost interest and with this new time slot, things will start going back to normal.

    I really hope more episodes are like this and the producers realized that they need to go back to their roots to capture the true fans of Mythbusters. Sex appeal and stupid stunts can only get you so far, which shows with the declining reviews and popularity. Hopefully Mythbusters is back on a new track and keeps up this format, otherwise I'll stop watching just like the past several seasons.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Also Mentioned in the Live Tour, their intention was always to return to the island on the boat and not actually sail to another mainland. They wanted to test how long the boat would survive at sea more than they were going after finding land. They were in Hawaii afterall. And Yes, they did stay in that hotel you can see in the background of a few shots.

    • In the MythBusters Live Tour, Jamie revealed to the audience that he actually found fresh water on the beach when he dug that hole, but because it wasn't found by using duct tape, it was edited to appear that it was salt water and thus he was forced to build his clear plastic setup to get the water. He explained that anyone can find fresh water at the beach using that 3 foot hole method, but since it wasn't related to duct ape, it wasn't mentioned in the episode.

    • Goof: Moments after Adam and Jamie climb into their boat, you can see a hotel in the background just behind Adam's head.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Find Water: CONFIRMED

      Catch Food: CONFIRMED

      Signal for Help: CONFIRMED

      Escape Island: CONFIRMED

      Make Clothes: CONFIRMED

      Make Fire: CONFIRMED

      Build Shelter: CONFIRMED

      Stay Focused: CONFIRMED