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Series / Time Warp

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One of the better results of the Follow the Leader craze that grew out of the success of Mythbusters, this show follows a pair of scientist/filmmakers with high speed cameras as they film things at very high speed.

Much of the show's success grows from the simple premise. Rather than attempt "experiments" like some of their contemporaries, the hosts of the show simply film things they find entertaining or impressive. This show also relies on the fact that the hosts are introducing real scientists with other specialists and athletes to demonstrate their skill and show how it works in the bullet time world.


As a result it doesn't rely on the more groan-worthy schtick of the hosts arguing with each other and they also contribute to the show's entertainment quality, as (unlike some other copycat show hosts) they actually have personalities.

Not to be confused with the song and dance of the same name from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Time Warped, a couple of live-action pilots from the mid 90s made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.


This show provides examples of:

  • Bullet Time: The whole point of the show.
  • Fanservice: One episode in Las Vegas showed an all-girl fire-breathing group who would do their act in bikinis.
    • There was also an episode about water droplets. Specifically, water droplets rolling down the (presumably) naked bodies of strikingly beautiful women. This would not be such blatant fanservice were the clips in question not replayed three times throughout the episode, for no readily apparent reason.
  • For Science!
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In this show, everything is presented awesome in Slo Mo, from blowing bubbles to Le Parkour.
    • Something as simple as a droplet of water prompted the narrator to say, "Okay, we're idiots. We thought this would be boring; it is not. It is art. It is science. It... is... amazing."
  • Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: "Is that a boomerang in your pocket or-" "Yes."
  • Samus Is a Girl: One segment started with several paintball players. Then the players pulled off their helmets in slow motion to reveal they were women. Then the show's two decidedly male hosts did the same hair-flip thing, sans the helmet. Keep in mind one of them is bald.
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  • Serial Escalation: They regularly ramp up the basic science to try and make it more impressive. Crushing a can by superheating the inside and then introducing cold water to condense the hot air was done with a regular can, a 55 gallon drum and eventually... a semi-tanker.


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