Watch Mythbusters Jr. put Breaking Bad's monster magnet to the test
They were three of the most iconic words ever shouted in the history of Breaking Bad.
Upon the successful testing of giant junkyard magnet that would wipe clean a computer hard drive that was being held in a secure evidence room in an Albuquerque police station, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) declared victoriously, “Yeah, b—! Magnets!'” And then Jesse, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) proceeded to execute the mesmerizing magnetic mission, not only erasing critical computer memory but sending all metal objects in the room flying across the room, and flipping their own van that was carrying the magnet onto its side.
So, how realistic was this risky caper? Mythbusters Jr. will test the science (and engineering) behind this act of electro-sabotage on Wednesday’s episode (9 p.m., Science Channel), as host/executive producer/Breaking Bad superfan Adam Savage and his kid “makers” are joined by creator Vince Gilligan. (Presumably the kids were given a “meth is bad and you shouldn’t do it” chat before the filming of the episode.) Above, you can check out an exclusive clip from this episode and see Savage and his wiz kids set up for — and begin — the grand experiment.
This isn’t the first time that Gilligan has joined forces with Savage and the Mythbusters franchise. Back in 2013, the show’s last year on the air, Mythbusters tackled a few myths from season 1, namely if you really can dissolve a body and a tub with hydrofluoric acid, and if a handful of mercury fulminate crystals can blow up a room.
The 10-episode Mythbusters Jr., which launched last month, features Savage (who also executive-produces) joining forces with a half-dozen smarter-than-you children — under the age of 16 — who are robotics experts, builders and inventors.
Breaking Bad, which ran from 2008 to 2013, was a true magnet of Emmys, winning 16 trophies, including two Outstanding Drama Series wins in 2013 and 2014. A mysterious Bad movie is currently in the works.