From John McClane to Jack Bauer, action heroes have been defusing time-bombs on the big and small screen for decades now. It usually involves snipping the yellow wire (or is it green?) and most of the time, explosive catastrophe is averted with mere seconds left on the clock.
But have you ever wondered what that kind of pressure feels like? Wonder no more! Because now, you can be a contestant on a new game show called “Boom!” that will put you right in the bomb-disabling hot seat.
Fox Television has just ordered a new show to series, based on an Israeli format in which a squad of four players attempts to disarm eight replica bombs. Multiple choice trivia questions offer possible answers that are represented by different colored wires. By answering a question correctly, contestants can snip the wire and thus “defuse” the bomb, earn money, and move on to more difficult devices.
In the original version of the game, cutting the wrong wire results in the bomb “exploding” and shooting material all over the set as the room shakes. That team then loses one player per explosion, along with their share of the prize earnings, until no one remains. Fox has not yet commented on whether this portion of the game will find its way into the American version, but something tells me it won’t. All I have to say about that is…”DAMN IT!”
What do you think? Will you watch “Boom!” or do you think the concept is lame? Do you find the notion of fake bombs and exploding set-pieces a bit insensitive or inappropriate, given 9/11 and the Boston bombing? Sound off with your thoughts below.
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