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The Big Brain Theory 

THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS searches for America's brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers and pits them against one another in seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Host ... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Kal Penn ...  Self - Host 8 episodes, 2013
Joe Caravella Joe Caravella ...  Self - Contestant & Rocket Scientist 8 episodes, 2013
Gui Cavalcanti Gui Cavalcanti ...  Self - Contestant & Robotics Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Amy Elliott Amy Elliott ...  Self - Contestant & Engineering Grad Student 8 episodes, 2013
Cory Fleischer Cory Fleischer ...  Self - Contestant & Mechanical Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Mark Fuller Mark Fuller ...  Self - Judge & CEO, W.E.T. 8 episodes, 2013
Joel Ifill Joel Ifill ...  Self - Contestant & Welding Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Tom Johnson Tom Johnson ...  Self - Contestant & Mechanical Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Dan Moyers Dan Moyers ...  Self - Contestant & Space Systems Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Andrew Stroup Andrew Stroup ...  Self - Contestant & Defense Systems Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Eric Whitman Eric Whitman ...  Self - Contestant & Robotics Grad Student 8 episodes, 2013
Alison Wong Alison Wong ...  Self - Contestant & Product Designer 8 episodes, 2013
Christine Gulbranson ...  Self - Judge & Founder & CEO of Christalis 7 episodes, 2013
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THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS searches for America's brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers and pits them against one another in seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Host Kal Penn tasks competitors with building secure yet portable bunkers, triathlon-competing robots, and more. The winner will receive $50,000 and a one-year job contract.

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When did Steve Jobs become an innovator???
8 September 2013 | by CherryBlossomBoySee all my reviews

I know Kal Penn is just an actor and is not supposed to think, but he was the one that ad-libbed "Who's gonna be the next Steve Jobs?" in the first episode. Or at least the producers should have known better when they decided to use it as a tag in the trailer. Honestly, I thought the show was going to be about finding the best new salesman, because that's what Steve Jobs really was. A salesman. A pitcher. He was excellent at what he was doing and it was indeed important, but innovator he wasn't.

But then again, when I saw the first explosion in the trailer, and remembered Jobs' penchant for bombastic presentations, I figured it made all the sense. Because the show isn't about innovators either. It's just a bombastic mixture of "Survivor" and "Mythbusters". It's about blowing stuff up (content) and bickering and kicking people out of the show (format). I guess it might be entertaining up to a point but I never liked the format of "Survivor" so I held up for the first ten minutes of the first episode.

Maybe I could've watched for a bit longer but then there was that actor, Penn, irritating as hell. Trying too hard to sell serious attitude with such a dumb look on his face. Maybe it's a camp. And he really shouldn't be ad-libbing things but reading the given lines. Because immediately after calling Steve Jobs an innovator he went on to praise US President for "being all about bringing US back to the forefront of technology and innovations". Guess he didn't realize that the US President is an even bigger pitcher than Jobs was. The only thing he's really about is blowing stuff up and impressing idiots like Penn.

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