As any person with a practical worldview will agree, the number of networks dedicated to a certain niche without overshooting its margins for a wider scope of the audience is zero. Travel Channel has many seemingly out of context fillers running side by side with its actual lifestyle-oriented shows, MTV has long stopped being all about music, and the same proclamation holds for Discovery’s Science Channel, although to a lesser extent. However, all the genre-mashing to stretch the horizons of a channel ever so slightly is not necessarily always a bad thing. Had it not been for diversification, most formats of TV would not evolve, for one thing, and we would hardly have things like variety shows, or the modern talk show that indulges the flexibility to retain the features of a variety show even in 2018. But without going into a larger discussion, the point is that Science Channel does have a lot of shows which does not strictly limit itself to an otherwise academic channel with quality original production – mostly documentaries. ‘SciJinks’ was one of Science Channel’s most recent experimental ventures, in that sense.
Simply put, the show takes the already liquid concept of pop science and then combines it with a camera-prank show. Naturally, even though a relatively new concept, it is not particularly a risky idea. We can actually say that, on the contrary, the show capitalizes on the current global fascination around pranks – as prank videos spread like wildfire in the world of vlogging. In that sense, it is a trendy schtick, but it nevertheless does manage to incorporate an educational angle to it.
SciJinks Season 2 Cast: Who’s in it?
‘Pranking’ is not the only trendy selling point of the show. Far from it, it has nothing short of a star-studded cast, led by the poster boy Johnny Galecki. It is very likely that John’s face will immediately feel familiar to you, and this is because Johnny Galecki is also known as Leonard Hofstadter, a crucial and major part of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ cast. The debate on whether The Big Bang Theory’s recent seasons have taken a nosedive in comedic quality notwithstanding, The Big Bang Theory has been a household staple for primetime TV and also a phenomenon in the age of bingeing, all these years after the sitcom first premiered (2007). For more than a decade, it has been the definitive statement of the geeky niche in mainstream entertainment, exceeding even Community (2009-2017). This is why Johnny as a host immediately feels familiar and fitting for the role of this show’s host, and he will almost certainly be returning for season 2 considering his foreseeable schedule in the near future. Other than Johnny, the prankster roster consists of Mythbusters’ Tamara Robertson and trickster Jason Latimer from shows like Houdini, who might also return for another season.
SciJinks Season 2 Plot: What is it about?
The show follows the structure of a usual camera-prank show, where it flashes a series of montages displaying the victims of the pranks and their reactions to it, and then their reaction once they are pointed towards the camera. The exception here is that all the pranks involve some interesting phenomena or the other, which are then explained afterwards in an easy-to-understand way in minute-long addendums to each prank clip.
SciJinks Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Even though the show garnered mostly positive reviews and all-around favourable reception, its renewal status remains unconfirmed by the network so far. The official air date for season 2 is TBD for now.
SciJinks Season 2 Trailer
Since Science Channel has not disclosed details regarding the possibility of a second season, and the show has not even been renewed yet, there is no promo content for the upcoming season available yet. While waiting for further updates, you can get a glimpse into what the show is all about by watching a teaser for the debut season here.