Bill Nye: Science Guy

Studio: PBS Distribution
Directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg

Oct 26, 2017 Web Exclusive
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Bill Nye: Science Guy looks at the man behind the bowtie and the beloved children’s science show. As the years have passed since he hosted his own television program, Nye has turned his attention to a seemingly insurmountable mission: to publicly battle a growing anti-science movement that denies climate change and seeks to block the teaching of evidence-supported science in schools.

Science Guy toggles between providing biographical information about the television personality and examining a man who genuinely loves science and hates seeing it embattled by fundamentalist paths of thinking. The former part is occasionally interesting; Nye admits to being a closed-off individual, and so in the rare moments he does open up about himself on camera, it’s quite enlightening. The more fascinating aspects of this documentary are when it follows Bill Nye, the science crusader. The film tracks, in particular, two public battles Nye engaged in with other famous persons: Ken Ham, a leading creationist thinker behind the frightening Kentucky theme park, The Ark Encounter, and Joe Bastardi, a weatherman and competitive bodybuilder who happens to be Fox News’ go-to climate change denier. Watching a genuinely enthusiastic, well-spoken devotee of science like Nye go up against such closed-minded spokespersons and being totally powerless to open their minds is a disturbing reminder of the dire situation our planet is in.

Author rating: 7/10

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