You’ve no doubt heard the news: the inquisitive men of Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, are ready to retire after 10-plus years following one last season. What we here at Yahoo Movies will miss most is how the duo challenged some of the most classic tropes in cinema. They’ve examined everything from Star Wars tech to Jaws plausibility to Indiana Jones derring-do. Here are a half-dozen of our favorite Mythbusters movie moments:
1. Indiana Jones Surviving a High Fall
Movie Myth: Could Indy really survive a fall through several awnings on the side of a building, as shown in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?
Not Busted: A test dummy got pretty beat up but managed to make it through intact.
2. Austin Powers, James Bond-Style Ejection Seat
Movie Myth: Can a functioning, concealed ejection seat really be built into a car?
Not Busted: They got the thing to work beautifully using a test dummy.
3. Star Wars Blaster Dodging
Movie Myth: Can Rebel heroes really dodge enemy blaster bolts as we’ve seen Han Solo do so many times?
Busted: Moving at the average speed of the bolts in all six Star Wars movies, a blaster shot is totally unavoidable.
4. Ultimate Jaws Kill
Movie Myth: Could a rocketing air tank really explode and kill the shark in Jaws when punctured by a bullet, as seen in the final scene of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 ocean horror classic? (The team retested this years after their first attempt.)
Busted: The Mythbuster duo found a tank would not explode in this scenario.
5. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) Firing the Floor Out
Movie Myth: Could a real-life heroine escape by shooting the floor around her, as seen performed by Kate Beckinsale in Underworld?
Busted: It can’t be done, even after a half-hour using 360 rounds and extra assist from a shotgun.
6. Shooting Locks Off
Movie Myth: Disabling locks with a bullet is a seminal movie trope. Kurt Russell executed this popular action-movie conceit in Big Trouble in Little China. But would it really work?
Busted: While firing at a lock does in fact crack it open, the impact also produces a powerful, likely injury-inducing spray of shrapnel. It’s simply impractical and highly dangerous.