The Game of Thrones season premiere featured a brief line from Euron Greyjoy that alludes to one of his more heinous habits from the books: cutting out the tongues of his Silence crew members. The show's version of the Ironborn reaver has differed significantly from his counterpart in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga, but "Winterfell" confirmed the two characters share one significant and cruel similarity.
At the end of season 7, Euron took his ships and sailed for Essos to acquire a significant prize for his queen: a deadly group of mercenaries known as the Golden Company to aid her when the surviving army of the war reaches Kings Landing. Regardless of whether or not Euron believes the Night King to be an actual threat, it remains a low priority compared to his desire to court Cersei's favor and increase his standing on the global stage. It's an entirely self-serving move, characteristic of the brutal pirate introduced in season 6 who murdered his brother in his very first scene, and has since become a dynamic member of the show's deep bench of depraved villains.
While visiting his niece in captivity on Silence, Euron reveals to Yara that the reason he keeps coming to talk to her is that he's on a ship "full of mutes," and it gets lonely at sea. He's referring to his practice of cutting out the tongues of any sailor that serves on Silence. Euron's Greyjoy has a reputation in the books as a ruthless, amoral sailor, supported by a number of myths surrounding his brutality. Most of those myths turn out to be true, and forcibly muting his crew (and his pregnant mistress) is one of them.
Reasons for this practice range from paranoia to megalomania to sadism, and none are mutually exclusive. In the books, Euron - like Walder Frey, Ramsay Bolton and Joffrey Baratheon before him - establishes his villainy by gleefully engaging in behavior that flies in the face of what little shared cultural morality Westeros maintains. He kinslays without compunction, is loyal only unto his own ambition, and is the only major villain that openly lives outside the law. The series used those deeds to outline the character played by Pilou Asbæk, but also infuses the character with a more lighthearted air of wickedness.
In the show, Euron Greyjoy feels like a psychotic Jack Sparrow, who is willing to light the world on fire because it makes for such a good show. He's power-hungry to be sure, but his ruthlessness comes tempered with more humor and mischief than could ever be attributed to his book counterpart. Still, the fact that he mutilates his own crew fits with both versions of the character, and that's a credit to the show knowing its limits when it comes to adapting Martin's work.
Distilling Martin's dense storytelling down to about 80 hours of television ensured some of the author's work wouldn't be adapted perfectly or included at all. Certain character interpretations have been criticized by book fans, and the version of Euron Greyjoy that makes bad dwarf jokes (and spawned countless Euron Greyjoy as your mother's new boyfriend memes) certainly seemed poised to rile. But it's precisely because Euron Greyjoy has such a depth of character in the books that it was a smart move for Benioff and Weiss to embrace what's almost a comedic interpretation of the character in the novels.
When Euron Greyjoy was introduced, the show had just shy of 20 episodes to go, and there simply wasn't time to build Euron up as someone who could rival Ramsay Bolton in depravity and audience engagement. Keeping the spotlight on Cersei and the Night King as the series drew itself to a close made sure the integrity of the show's narrative remained intact and undiluted by an ambitious introduction of a new character that was never going to be able to evoke the original successfully in the time remaining. That said, dropping in the fact that he mutilates his own crew says a lot about Euron in a very short amount of time.
A new fan made video creates a crossover between Detective Pikachu and True Detective, and it is pure nightmare fuel. Detective Pikachu will be the first ever live-action Pokémon movie, featuring the fan favorite electric pocket monster. True Detective, on the other hand, is the hit HBO series that stands as an anthology crime drama.
Each season of True Detective focuses on a different story and a different set of characters, but when the show premiered in 2014, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the leads chosen for the show. Detective Pikachu also has a big star attached to the project, with Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu. As mentioned above, Detective Pikachu will be a live-action movie, but also feature CGI Pokémon characters. Longtime fans of Pokémon seem to be pretty happy with look of the CGI characters in Detective Pikachu, but this fan made video went in a different, terrifying route.
Sam & Bill Comedy posted their video to YouTube which mashes together the storyline from True Detective season 1 with characters from the Pokémon universe. In the video, Pikachu is supposed to be McConaughey's character Rust Cohle, while Ash Ketchum takes the spot of Harrelson's Marty Hart. The video features multiple Pokémon characters like Team Rocket's James, Misty, and Officer Jenny, while also including a handful of Pokémon like Wartortle, Vulpix, and Meowth. The Pokémon references don't stop there either, with the trailer ending on the iconic line, "We gotta catch 'em all". The full video can be seen below.
While the characters are only from the Pokémon universe, the video is still pulling elements from True Detective as well. For starters, Tommy Kang, who plays Pikachu, has a very realistic McConaughey impression. Also, the way the video is put together is made to resemble the cinematography and visual effects of True Detective. The video even ends with credits that closely resemble the style of True Detective's intro.
Many YouTubers who make trailer mashups usually just combine audio and video from two different movies, much like somebody did with that Detective Deadpool parody trailer. These guys, however, went above and beyond to create a short video for their production company, Bad Duck Media. The makeup for the Pokémon characters really is terrifying, but that was probably part of the video's humor. This mashup is no doubt a clever idea, but if nothing else, it will keep fans amused while they wait for Detective Pikachu to be released.
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The story behind the creation of Back to the Future happened by accident. While on a promotional tour for the film Used Cars, Bob Gale, who would become one of Back to the Future's writers and producers, made a stop in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He decided to visit his parent's old home and for some reason, wound up flipping through his father's old yearbooks.
Bob ended up learning that his father was the president of his graduating class. He then started thinking about different scenarios and whether or not he would have been friends with his father back in the day since Bob himself does not consider himself to be the type of person to run for class president.
When he returned to Hollywood, he got together with his friend, Robert Zemeckis, and the two started brainstorming and coming up with ideas for a film. It did not take long before they came up with a story to pitch to Columbia Pictures. Their pitch was given an instant greenlight and the birth of one of the most iconic film trilogies of all time happened.
After working hard at creating a script for the film, the next step was casting. Both Zemeckis and Gale wanted Michael J. Fox from the start but were forced by Universal to use Eric Stoltz, who was fired after six weeks of shooting. When they finally worked out a deal to get Fox, the film was ready to go and the rest is history.
In honor of the massive fan base that Back to the Future has created over the past 30 years, we put together a list of 25 hidden things only super-fans caught.
24 Did He Say Red?
During the original Back to the Future film, Marty McFly returns to Hill Valley in 1985 by crashing into the old movie theater, which is now called Assembly of the Christ. When he gets back, he yells out to a bum that was sleeping on a park bench. He did not yell anything random, he yelled, "Red!"
This was a line that was added by Michael J. Fox during the filming and had very little significance in the overall plot of the film. It did, however, cause a ton of debate by the super-fans who began arguing that this was actually Red Thomas, the city's mayor.
Bob Gale would later correct this and clarify that this was not Red Thomas, and just an actor playing a bum in the film.
23 The Atomic Kid
The Atomic Kid was a science-fiction comedy film starring the late Mickey Rooney, who played a uranium prospector. He ends up coming across an atomic test site and survives an atomic bomb detonation, gaining super powers in the process.
This film was fitting because it was playing at the cinema in the Town Theater during Marty McFly's original trip to 1955. It was an Easter egg referencing the original script which involved Marty going to an Atomic test site in search of enough power to get back home.
22 Battle Of The Bands Rockstar Cameo
Besides the fact that Back to the Future has become one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time, the movie was also popular because of its' amazing soundtrack including the film's theme song, "Power of Love," by Huey Lewis and the News.
Not long after Mary gets to school, do we get introduced to his band, The Pinheads, who are trying out to perform at the school dance. They are cut short of their audition by an angry man with a megaphone screaming about them being, "too darn loud." The man who played the angry teacher was none other than Huey Lewis himself.
The song they were playing? It was, of course, "The Power of Love."
21 Sierra No. 3, Hollywood's Most Famous Train
Becoming a star in Hollywood can happen to just about anyone, or anything. Many people do not realize that there is a locomotive train called the Sierra No. 3 that has been starring in films since 1897. It is one of the most iconic trains in cinema history and was used in Back to the Future Part III.
The train is destroyed in the end of the film after running off the rails and into a ravine. But fortunately for locomotive fans, that was just a quarter-scale model. The actual Sierra No.3 was only used for shots where the actors were needed in close. There was too much history with the train to destroy it after having been around for nearly 100 years.
20 Who Is Joseph Glidden?
Since we are talking about Back to the Future Part III, let's stay with the same film for a moment and talk about the scene where Doc goes into the local saloon after having his heart broken and was preparing to drink. He is approached by a random man who tries to help him get through this tough time.
The old man who appears to be just a random character put in place to help carry the scene is actually supposed to be Joseph Glidden, the man who invented barbed wire and turned into one of the richest men in America. He even makes a mention of it by telling Doc, "...peddling this barbed wire across the country."
19 The (Edward) Van Halen Cassette Tape
Since this film has many memorable scenes, it was very hard to pinpoint the most important ones that most people missed the first time it came out. One of the important scenes was when Marty put together this entire scheme to scare his father George into asking out Lorraine, his mother. Marty dressed up in a hazmat radiation suit and called himself Darth Vader while blasting music on a walkman.
The cassette he used had Edward Van Halen written on it, with the Edward looking as if it was added later and shoved onto the tape. The reason is because Van Halen did not give the film permission to use their music or name, but Eddie Van Halen did. He even created the guitar sound and did not tell anyone until many years after.
18 The Cubs Win The World Series
The most famous prediction the second film ever made was not really missed by anyone. They predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015, over a team from Miami, which there was not in 1989. Shortly after the film, the Florida Marlins emerged from Miami and began playing in the MLB.
But what they did miss was how the Chicago Cubs won 97 games in 2015 and lost in the NLCS, one series away from the World Series. They would then go on to win the World Series in 2016. Although the film was off by one year, the fact that they predicted a team that has not won a World Series since 1907 would win one in 2015, a year off the actual results, is pretty impressive.
17 Nixon In The Headlines, Vietnam War Continues...
In Back to the Future Part II, when Doc and Marty return to Hill Valley in 1985 after going into the future to 2015, they return to their homes thinking they are going back to their normal lives. However, when Marty enters through the window of his home, he ends up breaking into someone else's house and quickly takes off running down the street.
This alternate version of 1985 is a very dangerous place that has completely changed after Biff got the sports-book and took over the town. This new version of Hill Valley was so dark that they even made sure the newspaper headlines were just as dark. In one scene that most people missed, one of the headlines on the newspaper states that Richard Nixon is seeking a fifth term for President while the Vietnam War continues.
16 Predicting Mobile Payments
When Back to the Future Part II first came out, it was November of 1989 and technology was on the verge of a revolution. However, many of the things that we saw in the film were nothing more than a bunch of crazy ideas that the writers came up with just for fun. They had no clue it would change the actual future of technology.
One of the devices most people missed was when Marty makes a remote payment on his credit card by scanning it on a machine. The payment instantly goes through and the film continues. But the idea that we can make payments this way was many years away.
15 The Future Of The McFly Family
Although this has become a very popular Easter egg over time, when the film initially was released, there were not very many people who noticed that the 2015 version of Marty McFly had a daughter that looked eerily similar to Michael J. Fox, who we get to meet when we are introduced to the family. That was because it was Fox, in dressed as his own daughter. He also played himself and his son too.
The other detail people never realized about this scene was that Marty McFly Jr. was a millennial long before that word was ever invented. It was a sad reality that we saw coming back in the late 80s and yet could not stop the children of this world from growing into millennials.
14 Statler Toyota
The first scene of the trilogy is stacked with Easter eggs including a radio commercial for Statler Toyota. It was actually the first line of dialogue in the film franchise. This would be the first, of many, Statler references throughout the films.
The Statler family sold horses back in 1885 before changing into a DeSoto dealership in 1931, a Studebaker dealership in 1955, and finally, a Toyota dealership in 1985. The ranch owned by Mr. Statler was also the place where Doc Brown worked growing up.
13 Selling Out For The Money
Do you know why Steven Spielberg's net worth is estimated at $3.7 billion dollars?
Because he has always been ten steps ahead of everyone else when it comes to making money. A prime example was how he sold an ad tie-in for E.T. for $1 million dollars to Hershey's to use their Reese's Pieces in the film, and it became iconic. They also had several others in place throughout the film. It was not the first time a film used product placement, it was just one of the most obvious times.
He would then kick it up a notch for Back to the Future Part II with several deals in place including one with Pizza Hut that ended up being so lucrative, Pizza Hut sent a pizza designer to the set to make sure their pizza looked perfect.
12 Biff's Alternate World Has No Clock Tower
No one enjoys watching the alternate universe where Biff has used the sports-book to become a billionaire who owns the town. His version of Hill Valley was so dark, even Marty had trouble avoiding a crime scene that was fresh with two chalk outlines of bodies.
As Marty continues walking through the town, he ends up in the center of town where the old clock tower used to be. However, in this alternate reality, there is no clock tower to enjoy. It is the only time in all the alternate universes where the clock tower does not exist.
11 The Fridge & Nuclear Blast Connection To Indiana Jones
The original idea for the time machine was not a DeLorean. It was actually a refrigerator that needed the power of a nuclear blast to send it into the past. The first scene of the film delivers a memorable newscast where the first mention of a nuclear research facility is mentioned.
The beauty of this reference is that Steven Spielberg would later use it in the fourth Indiana Jones film when Indy finds himself in a house inside a nuclear testing facility. He quickly jumps into the fridge and closes the door, only to be blown away to safety before emerging from the wild ride.
10 Eastwood Ravine
When Doc Brown saves the day in Back to the Future Part III's epic conclusion, he crashes the train to help get Marty back to 1985 while remaining in 1885 to be with Clara. As the train is heading towards the end of the track, Doc and Clara escape on his hover board and Marty gets up to speed to be able to get back home. But no one knew that Doc escaped the train.
Earlier in the film, Marty said his name to the people in the town was Clint Eastwood, and it stuck. So when the train crashed, and the town believed that this random man who they had known for maybe a couple weeks, had perished in it, they changed the name from Shonash Ravine to Eastwood Ravine.
9 Marty Never Gets His Drinks
In each of the three Back to the Future movies, Marty orders himself something to drink. This recurring gag happens in the same corner restaurant that was a saloon, diner, and cafe over the course of the three films.
In the first film, he orders a coffee but never gets to drink it. He orders a Pepsi in the second film and ends up fighting Biff instead of being able to drink it. By the time we get to the third film, the drink has turned into an alcoholic beverage when he orders whisky and, again, does not get to enjoy it.
8 Legendary Guitar Player References
Not only was Michael J. Fox a very skilled actor loved by millions of people all over the world, he was also a pretty good guitar player. He is actually the person playing Johnny B. Goode in the movie after having learned it not long before they started filming.
Besides that, one of the things people missed from the famous guitar scene was the many references he gave to legendary guitar players. He honors Eddie Van Halen with the tapping guitar technique he made famous while also playing the guitar behind his head like the great Jimi Hendrix and kicking the amp as only Pete Townshend of AC/DC could do.
7 Jaws 19
In 2015, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future film's release, Universal Pictures decided to make fun of their own classic film, Jaws, by creating a very funny trailer for the fictional film we are teased about when Marty goes into the future in the second film.
The piece that everyone missed from the Jaws 19 scene was that it was directed by Max Spielberg, who just so happens to be the real life son of the original Jaws director, and creator, Steven Spielberg.
6 Doc's Train Shirt
One of the most missed details in the entire Back to the Future franchise was the shirt Doc Brown was wearing in the beginning in the second film. Since the film was stocked full of information, most people were not paying attention to the details in his yellow button up shirt.
However, upon further examination, you might notice that his shirt is covered in trains that are being chased by men on horses, an easy glimpse into the future of the franchise and the final film's epic finale.
But it does not stop there. In the third film, Doc goes on to turn that shirt into his bandanna, just in case you were not paying attention.
5 Inside Cafe 80s
The second film in the trilogy, Back to the Future Part II sent Marty McFly into the future, to the year 2015. Although the film was released in 1989, it featured many cool glimpses into the future but one of the coolest moments was when he entered Cafe 80's, a 1980s themed nostalgia cafe.
The interior of the cafe was covered in things from the 80's and even featured specific items like the classic arcade game, Pac-Man. If you look up on the wall, it has everything from a Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champion t-shirt to a poster of the Royal Wedding. They also have old issues of Sports Illustrated, three different electric guitars, a row of famous political masks, some tennis shoes, a sticker wall that includes pennants, and cash.
There are several other items, but it is just too easy to break it down for you. Instead, spend a day going over it, frame by frame, and see how many of the items you can discover.
4 Twin Pines Mall Changes to Lone Pine Mall
If you can recall, the original Back to the Future movie was much darker than the other two sequels. There was even the infamous Libyan scene that took place in the empty parking lot of the Twin Pines Mall. The terrorists showed up looking for Doc, who had stolen their plutonium and replaced it with junk. They wound up shooting him, leading to Marty jumping into the DeLorean and going back to 1955.
In the first film, that scene took place in 1985 at the Twin Pines Mall. But when Marty travels back to 1955, he crashes into Mr. Peabody's ranch, running over one of his two pine trees that were sitting near his house. The ranch was even named Twin Pines Ranch.
When Marty returns to 1985, he runs past the mall sign and it was now called Lone Pine Mall, a clue of how things are different in this future.
3 Flying Drones
Over 20 years after the release of Back to the Future Part II (1989,) if a consumer wants to purchase a drone or quadcopter for personal use, they just have to go to Best Buy or Amazon.com to find an affordable one that even a four-year old can figure out. They have become a part of mainstream technology and more and more people are starting to buy them for both commercial and consumer uses.
But that has come a long way since we were first introduced to them in the movie. Bob Gale has been asked many times over the years how they came up with the idea and he does not know. He has spoken about how the were trying to figure out ways to add technology to things we used in the late 80s and somehow that came up.
The flying drone used in the film remains one of the best future predictions in the film.
2 Thank You Tom Wilson!
After having spent most of his acting career interviewing about the Back to the Future trilogy, Tom Wilson, who plays the meathead Biff, did something that many people considered unusual at the time but was actually brilliant. He did an interview by typing up a one-page story about some of the behind the scenes details everyone wanted to hear about.
One of the best parts of his entire story was that there was many improvisations made during the filming of the three films. But the biggest revelation was that he improvised two of the best lines in the film. He claims he improvised calling people butthead, as well as "Make like a tree and get out of here."
1 Opening Scene Foreshadowing
Without knowing much about it, the film presents fans with a massive foreshadowing moment within seconds of the film's opening scene. Right away, we are shown an impressive amount of clocks in Doc Brown's house. One of which showed a man hanging from a clock tower. It was silent film star Harold Lloyd and it gives away the ending without anyone ever noticing.
We also get a few other hidden gems including a newspaper article hanging from the wall that explains what happened to Doc Brown's mansion (It burned down.) Then, on the television, a news report opens up with a story about a nuclear research facility denying the rumors that any plutonium had been stolen from their site. A few seconds later, Marty McFly enters the room and lays down his skateboard, only to watch it roll right underneath a chair, hitting a box of plutonium.
Star Trek: Discovery's season 2 finale decisively resolved the Control storyline and appears to have wiped out the entity completely. The conclusion also stamped a bright red "Rejected" on the theory that posited Control would somehow be connected to the Borg.
The malevolent A.I. that sprang from Section 31's threat assessment software bore stylistic similarities to the Borg that became so obvious it seemed they had to be intentional. Control's desire to consume the universe like locusts combined with their disdain for humanity rang very familiar, and when they essentially assimilated a (bald) captain to serve as their mouthpiece and growled "Struggle is pointless," at his resistance, it seemed impossible that Control wouldn't somehow be connected to Star Trek's most iconic villains.
But part two of Star Trek: Discovery's season 2 finale, "Such Sweet Sorrow" seemed to indicate the details connecting Control to the Borg were only superficial. When Georgiou destroys Leland and Discovery disappears into the future and out of the history books, it certainly seems like the book is closed on Control with no possible way left for it to connect to the cybernetic beings in the Delta Quadrant. So that theory about them somehow getting sent back in time and somehow becoming the source of the worst guests in Star Trek? It's probably not true.
Leland's grey veins, control's predilection for red laser eye play, its use of nanotech to spread like a virus and eliminate individuality - none of that had anything canonically to do with the Borg. In fact, in an interview with TrekCore, co-showrunner Michelle Paradise insisted the writers never intended there to be any connection between Control or the Borg, canonically or stylistically: "It’s interesting — we weren’t thinking Borg at all. I mean, we talked about all sorts of different things in the room, but there was never any intent on our part to parallel that in any way. I can certainly understand why people started to think we were going in that direction, but it was never where we intended to go with it." Given Discovery's penchant for integrating previous elements of Star Trek into its storyline at what some would say is the expense of originality, the fact that Control was not be shoehorned into a Borg origin story no one asked for is undeniably a good thing.
Unfortunately, as hard as it is to believe Control could've found its way into Borg history, it's equally as hard to believe Discovery didn't intentionally evoke the species in their characterization of Leland and Control. The similarities are too glaring not to think that at some point there was an idea to connect the A.I. and the Borg that was later abandoned, or that the stylistic callbacks and variation-on-a-theme catchphrase weren't an attempt at mining yet more nostalgia from the greater franchise.
While actually going through with establishing Control as part of the Borg's backstory would've been frustrating, without that context, the similarities between the two entities make Control feel less original and less compelling. Ultimately, Georgiou's clever use of magnets was the best thing to happen to this story, hands down.
Remember when the History Channel actually used to be about HISTORY? We can't quite put our finger on when it happened... Maybe it was around the Ancient Aliens era... But at a certain point, the History Channel completely switched directions... The focus stopped being about education and history, and instead there was an almost frantic rush to entertain the masses. We started to see a huge number of shows that seemingly had nothing to do with history. And when the shows DID touch on historical matters, they often strayed into the territory of pseudo-science and bizarre conspiracy theories. Generally, the reputation of History Channel started to take a blow.
To understand our point, you only need look at some of the lowest-rated shows on this network. Almost everyone agrees that they were mediocre at best... Completely unwatchable at the very worst. We're talking about gems like Swamp People, Search For The Lost Giants, Big Shrimpin', and many others. Sure, these shows are entertaining. And if you love them, who are we to argue? But at the end of the day, the critics have spoken. These are the lowest-rated shows in the history of the History Channel, and to be honest, they probably deserve their low IMDB scores...
20 Ice Road Truckers (6.4)
Ice Road Truckers is actually quite popular. Some would even consider it to be one of History Channel's best shows... But the ratings don't lie... Critics aren't exactly fond of this program. The average TV watcher isn't a huge fan either. Some people have described this show in less than ideal terms, stating that "it's about as exciting as watching someone drive to the supermarket." And that's what Ice Road Truckers is all about.
This show is about people driving trucks, and that's pretty much it. Yes, it's shot in Canada where there are some pretty icy roads. But for the most part, you shouldn't expect to witness anything too spectacular when you watch this show.
19 Swamp People (6.5)
The History Channel is definitely no stranger to reality shows these days. But for whatever reason, their reality shows just keep getting stranger and stranger. Case and point: Swamp People. Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like - a show about people who live in swamps. The show focuses on a few families and follows their activities, which frequently involve roping and shooting alligators.
This show is probably popular because people are interested in the so-called "hillbilly" culture and lifestyle. With a rating of 6.5 on IMDB, it's not exactly a complete disaster. But many people have started to grow tired of this show, especially as the seasons drag on and on. It's been going since 2010, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
18 Treasures Decoded (6.6)
Treasures Decoded was a show that obviously took inspiration from the success of Ancient Aliens. Although the shows are slightly different, they appeal to the same audience - those that want to explore different possibilities of humanity's history and origins. Airing in 2012, Treasures Decoded took full advantage of the "Nibiru," "Annunaki" and Mayan Doomsday obsessions that were rampant at that time.
It's exactly what you would expect from a History Channel show these days. A little bit of historical fact sprinkled with ample conspiracy theories and strange myths for good measure. Honestly, it's not a particularly bad show, but it does have one of the lowest IMDB ratings, with 6.6.
17 Brothers In Arms (6.2)
Brothers In Arms is a relatively new addition to History Channel's lineup, and it focuses on military history from the perspective of two military experts. The show follows Rocco and Eli as they try to start up their own store for military enthusiasts. Even though it just started in 2018, it's already getting some pretty negative feedback - at least on IMBD.
The score of 6.2 is explained by a number of disappointed critics. Many people have pointed out that 20 years combined between two people doesn't really count as "expert" knowledge. They're also not happy with the number of inaccuracies within this show, such as referring to an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) as a tank. At the end of the day, this show was obviously intended to appeal to gun enthusiasts... The problem is that most gun enthusiasts seem to know more than these guys.
16 The Legend Of Shelby The Swamp Man (6.2)
If you've seen Swamp People and you crave even more swampy goodness, there's always The Legend Of Shelby The Swamp Man to keep you entertained. This show actually gets pretty positive reviews on IMDB. For whatever reason, some people absolutely love this guy and his life, and they're not afraid to share it. That would explain why Shelby gets a pretty mediocre score overall on IMDB.
But there are definitely those who absolutely hate The Legend Of Shelby The Swamp Man. They point out that he's one of the worst role models imaginable, and that no child should ever watch this show. They also state that Shelby's lifestyle is a "disaster waiting to happen," referencing his frightening lack of gun safety or proper boating protocol.
15 Search For The Lost Giants (6.1)
Did giants ever really exist? A normal person would look at the evidence, consider the possibility for a moment, and then immediately dismiss the entire idea. Not these guys. Jim and Bill Viera are on a quest to find real, concrete evidence of giant bones which are apparently scattered around the globe. Do they ever find any bones? Of course not. But hey, it makes for great television.
Or does it? Search For Lost Giants is definitely one of the lowest rated shows on the History Channel - at least according to IMDB. The disappointment stemming from user reviews was always inevitable. After all, these guys were clearly never going to find real giant bones. If they had, it would have been all over the news.
14 Big Shrimpin' (6.1)
With a name like Big Shrimpin', it was hard to take this one seriously from the very beginning. And with a rating of 6.1 on IMDB, it seems like this show never really won too many people over. One of the most common complaints about this show is the fact that the Cajun dialect is extremely hard to understand. Even with the added subtitles, it's hard to keep track of what's going on.
Luckily, there actually isn't a whole lot going on in this show, with many describing it as a "snooze festival." So while it's easy to follow along, it's not exactly thrilling television. We're talking about shrimp fishing, after all.
13 Marked - 6.0
Marked is another interesting addition to the History Channel - although we're not quite sure why it's on this network. It's a show about tattoos, which will definitely interest a lot of people out there. Some of the most negative reviews point out the fact that the subject matter is not suitable for children - especially the episodes which focus on gang-related tattoos. For example, there's an entire episode focuses on the admittedly beautiful tattoo culture of the Yakuza.
Once again, this isn't necessarily a bad show. It just didn't really blow too many people away, and there was only ever a few episodes published in this mini-series.
12 We're The Fugawis (5.9)
Now we're getting into the territory of five out of ten ratings, and these shows definitely show a notable dip in quality. We're The Fugawis left a lot of people confused. What was this show intended to be? The premise is simple - it's a reality show focused on a completely obscure motorcycle club. And the show definitely tried to be comedic in nature.
But at the end of the day, people weren't really sure how to react. The jokes weren't actually that funny, according to many critics. Others used stronger language, describing this entire show as "tasteless." The whole thing seems to be some kind of parody, and many people were left unimpressed.
11 Mega Movers (5.7)
In theory, Mega Movers sounds like a really cool show. Tune in, and you'll see massive superstructures being transported across land, sea, and air with impossibly advanced technology. But in reality, the show never really excited us. After all, watching large structures being moved around isn't actually as thrilling as you might think. Often, these structures are being moved incredibly slowly.
In the end, we're forced to ask ourselves, "Why make a show about this?" Many of the reviews simply describe the show as "Okay." And in many ways, that one simple word completely sums up Mega Movers. In the end, the rating of 5.7 is probably well-deserved.
10 Ax Men (5.5)
Ax Men is actually one of the more high profile shows on History Channel. It still has nothing to do with history, but a lot of people tuned in, and a lot of people have their own opinions about this show. Some people love it - but judging by the IMDB rating of 5.5, it's safe to say that these people are in the minority.
Many people complain that the show seems rehearsed or choreographed. Experienced loggers state that it's incredibly unrealistic, and that "none of these guys would last a day on a real logging site." And of course, there are those who criticize its glorification of natural destruction. This show stopped airing back in 2016.
9 Outback Hunters (5.3)
As the Huffington Post notes, this show seems to be the Australian equivalent of Swamp People. It's a bunch of random people shooting and harpooning giant crocodiles. Same premise, different side of the globe. Not many people are crazy about this show, and that should be obvious judging by its rather low score of 5.3 on IMDB.
Many critics point out the complete lack of safety in the show, and the fact that it's the "same old croc stuff." It only went for one season, back in 2012. But hey, if you're still not bored of wild swamp mayhem, then this show might just be for you.
8 Sliced (5.2)
There's no denying that human beings are obsessed with seeing things destroyed. Well, the History Channel decided to make that entire concept into a show. It's called Sliced. The premise is simple - the host of the show spends his time destroying various objects - usually by slicing them in half. Why would he destroy objects in this manner? The vague excuse offered is that he's "trying to figure out how they work."
One example is when he sliced a car in half. One critic could pointed out that he could have experienced the same thing by merely opening the car's doors. Other critics point out there's something wrong when we're slicing apart perfectly good cars and other objects for entertainment. There are plenty of people in this world who do not have access to cars.
7 Invention USA (5.2)
Right from the get go, it's clear that this particular show was intended to follow in the mold of Mythbusters and related programs. You've got all the necessary ingredients. Slightly punk looking scientists and engineering experts, the general feel of a reality show, and tons of inventions to talk about.
But with a rating of 5.2 on IMDB, something clearly went wrong. It's actually hard to find any reviews on this show - which is generally a bad sign. No reviews means that no one is watching it, and those that DID leave a review didn't even bother to explain their reasoning. Invention USA only lasted for a couple seasons, and we're not sure anyone even noticed it was gone.
6 Pirate Treasure Of The Knights Templar (5.2)
The mystery of the Knights Templar? The search for missing treasure? Pirates?! Sign us up. At least, that's what the majority of History Channel fans thought before they saw this thing. According to its IMDB rating, this show was a bit of flop when all was said and done. With a score of just 5.2, it's one of the lowest-rated shows in the network's history.
So why the negative reception? According to most of the user reviews, this one was absolutely filled with fake history and pseudo science. In many cases, they didn't even run tests on the artifacts they had found. According to critics, they failed to run these tests because they wanted to "invent" their own version of history.
5 Revelation: The End Of Days (5.1)
Nothing like a bit of fire and brimstone to stir up the masses. People have been obsessed with doomsday prophecies for thousands of years, and it seems like History Channel is pushing this trend hard. Or at least they tried with shows like Revelation: The End Of Days. It's described as a "combination" of a documentary and a fictional account of biblical rapture. With a rating of 5.1, audiences weren't exactly thrilled. So what did they have to say about this show? Many people compared this show to series like Ancient Aliens and other famously inaccurate shows from History Channel. But at the end of the day, most critics just thought it was a bad mini-series.
4 Nor' Easter Men (4.8)
Nor' Easter Men is basically another fishing show like Deadliest Catch. But this show never reached the fame and glory of its inspiration, and it now has a low score of 4.8 on IMDB. So what's this show about? Basically, we follow groups of fishermen based out of Gloucester, New Bedford, and Portland. The critics accuse this show of the obvious - cashing in on the success of Deadliest Catch. But in all honesty, the show never really got very far, and with just three episodes, there was hardly enough time to write a check - let alone cash it. All in all, this show probably received such a negative reception because it got canceled, and it just wasn't very interesting.
3 Chasing Mummies (4.6)
Zahi Hawass is a massive name in the world of Egyptology, and somewhere along the line History Channel decided to give him his own show. Was this a good idea? Maybe. But the fact remains - Chasing Mummies is one of History Channel's lowest rated shows of all time, with a score of just 4.6. Once again, it seems like the History Channel focused on creating a fun reality show rather than educating people about history.
Some people might enjoy the scripted nature of this reality show. The majority of critics obviously didn't see it that way. They accuse the show of focusing on Hawass' life, rather than the actual process of Egyptology itself.
2 Billion Dollar Wreck (4.6)
A shipwreck filled with treasure should be lots of fun. It should be engrossing, captivating and awe-inspiring. History Channel's Billion Dollar Wreck seems to be none of those things, and that's why it fails. With a score of 4.6, it's almost rock-bottom in terms of IMDB's rating system. This show is about a guy who is searching for hidden treasure in sunken shipwreck.
The reviews make it painfully clear why this show is rated so poorly. In the words of one critic, "Nothing ever happens." You tune in hoping that someone will eventually find treasure, but it just seems to drag on and on. It's a shame, because the premise has so much promise.