Deadly Engineering

 (39)
2019TV-PG
Engineering failures are Icarus-like moments when our overreaching, greed and desire to conquer the impossible can cost not just reputations, but millions of dollars, the environment and lives. Each episode will focus on one disaster, looking at dramatic archive news footage of the disaster occurring and its devastating impact.
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  1. 1. The Chernobyl Conspiracy
    October 8 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    The Chernobyl nuclear disaster was a catastrophe that changed the course of human history, and now, new discoveries reveal the real reasons behind the explosion that spawned a deadly radioactive ghost town and brought down an empire.
  2. 2. NASA's Challenger Disaster
    October 15 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    NASA's Space Shuttle Challenger was a deadly disaster that changed the course of space exploration forever, and now, new discoveries reveal the truth behind the structural failure that tore the rocket apart.
  3. 3. Doom on the Titanic
    October 22 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    New discoveries are challenging everything we know about the sinking of the Titanic, revealing that the disaster wasn't caused by a freak accident and that it may have been doomed from the start.
  4. 4. Nightmare in Hell Valley
    October 29 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After torrential rainfall triggers a catastrophic landslide, a small village in the valley below is devastated, and now, new discoveries reveal the truth behind the engineering that led to this fatal disaster.
  5. 5. Cruise Ship Catastrophe
    November 5 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When a cruise ship meets disaster, the ship begins to sink and the captain flees, leaving 300 passengers stranded; now, new discoveries reveal the fatal truth behind the devastating wreck that claimed 32 lives.
  6. 6. Crash of the Concorde
    November 12 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Concorde was the supersonic passenger plane that could fly from New York to London in under four hours, but after a fatal accident kills 100, experts reveal a secret history of the iconic aircraft that led to this devastating explosion.
  7. 7. When Katrina Struck
    November 19 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Hurricane Katrina is one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike American soil, but as the storm revealed widespread construction failures, it's a tragedy of engineering, too; the latest science reveals how.
  8. 8. When Trains Collide
    December 3 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After a high-speed collision of three trains during morning rush hour in London causes dozens of deaths, experts use the latest tech to investigate what caused this catastrophic crash; what they find could hold the secrets of preventing future disasters.
  9. 9. Fireball from Hell
    December 10 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When a series of accidental explosions erupt at a chemical factory, they completely destroy the area nearby, and now, new discoveries the real reasons behind the deadly chemical fireball that left a giant crater where there was once a building.
  10. 10. Catastrophic Collapse
    December 17 2019
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When an eight-story factory suddenly collapses, over 1,000 people die in one the deadliest engineering disasters in modern history; experts use cutting-edge tech to reveal what went wrong and what's being done to prevent the next catastrophe.

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2019
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Science Channel
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User 0681Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing
I tried watching the first episode to kinda gauge things before buying the season - it's called The Chernobyl Conspiracy (?), but only the first 20 something minutes are about Chernobyl with the rest being about an oil rig disaster (I assume Deepwater Horizon) which I didn't get to, my loss I guess. Also, no one in the segment ever mentions a conspiracy or even hints at the existence of one; kind of a warning flag for things to come.

First of all, there's literally nothing new talked about, so don't let that sell you. I thought maybe more had come to light in the past couple years. If it has, it sure as hell isn't here. The editing is like chop suey with less than a second between interview excerpts and soupy, dramatic narration - and all of this intermixed with random and very well worn footage, some of it completely unrelated like a picture of Gorbachev and Yeltsin sitting together years later inexplicably added during talk about the delayed response of Moscow. It appears it's in there because Gorbachev is making a strange, pained face. Yes, this is the dynamic stock image usage were all familiar with from popular internet news outlets of today. Everyone loves this right?

The different story elements - as already recorded into history - are so badly put together that it's like watching a play by play of a sports game with one commentator on mute and the other upside-down or something, and it's as fun as that sounds. Actually that does sound kinda fun, but not really if your trying to follow the game.

If you happen to have gone deep into everything known about this particular disaster, prepare to be over-awed by the cheap commercialization of a bunch of worn footage and old facts into a 28 minute YouTube-like click bait piece with fancy lighting and sound.

I'm not sure what the producers thought they would achieve with this combination of traits but the effect has been to show me in one half of one episode that buying this whole season would have been a really sorry mistake. If you're still curious about these subjects, there's plenty of sketchy "top ten" videos crammed all throughout the internet, and they're free. Better yet, there's Wikipedia.

On the other hand, it's fast and only somewhat completely false. I feel for the people interviewed, they seem serious and knowledgeable; sad that those qualities didn't survive the production process.
4 people found this helpful
MuReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not too bad?
It's a great introduction to a wide variety of engineering disasters that have happened over time, but the episode descriptions are, yes, as another reviewer pointed out, somewhat deceptive. Each episode features three engineering disasters somewhat related to each other, but that isn't reflected in the description. And yes, these don't really reveal new information, so I consider this more of a "getting your feet wet" information about what happened in the past. Overall, not terrible, but if you know anything about any of these and were looking for new information, you won't find that information here.
2 people found this helpful
Clear Lake ManReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
What happens when we become too confident in ourselves
Gained a better appreciation for the jobs of engineers. Worked closely with them in the energy sector. Too much is at stake for guess work.
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