“Bill Nye Saves the World” Disappoints


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Bill Nye Show

Ivan Jimenez, News Editor

When Netflix released Bill Nye Saves the World, Bill Nye’s new television show, I expected a revival of Nye’s playful charisma and profound scientific knowledge. Instead, I got a political activist who patronized his audience, berated guests, and conspicuously pushed a progressive agenda.

Needless to say, I am disappointed.

Bill Nye Saves the World was created to dispel common scientific fallacies and educate audiences in various concepts. Its general intent was to be a new, mature rendition of Bill Nye the Science Guy. But according to critics with whom I find myself in agreement, its tone patronized viewers.

“While seemingly aimed at the average layman who holds some science-skeptical views, Nye’s new show delivers so little information in such a patronizing tone it’s hard to imagine a toddler, let alone a sentient adult, enjoying it,” wrote Gizmodo, a movie review publication.

Although Nye’s new show features quality guests, such as Stanford University engineer Marc Jacobson, who recently published a paper on how the world could run on renewable energy by mid-century, such guests weren’t used to their full potential, according to a Vox review.

Instead of an in-depth conversation with Jacobson about his groundbreaking study, who likely would have been happy to oblige, I watched Nye pit Jacobson against Richard Martin, an energy environment reporter for a basic debate. And instead of watching an in-depth debate, all audiences saw was Jacobson patronizingly explain to Martin the drawbacks of nuclear energy, according to a review by Vox.

Needless to say, the show has garnered a bit of controversy.

In the episode, the “Sexual Spectrum,” Bill Nye invited actress Rachel Bloom to perform a half-rap, half-song piece about sexual expression and identity entitled, “My Sex Junk.”

In the rest of the episode, Nye went on to explain the dynamics of transgenderism and sexual identity complete with a life-size abacus-like contraption, umbrellas, and an explicit animation starring seemingly oppressed yet sexually confused ice cream cones.

So by the time the episode ended, I was left looking for any whispers of real science.

In short, Bill Nye Saves the World is a poor extension for Bill Nye the Science Guy, and its excruciating attempts to resemble its successor are painful to watch. As John Bonazzo of the New York Observer wrote on Rotten Tomatoes, “If you want ’90s nostalgia that doesn’t make your brain hurt, watch Fuller House instead.”B