urx unit loader 'MythBusters' gets 'Crabtastic' as 'Deadliest Catch' captains stop by


In tonight’s (Wednesday, May 8) episode of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters,” Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage and the team take on two of the crab-boat captains from Discovery’s Tuesday-night hit “Deadliest Catch” to see if some of their beliefs are backed up by evidence or are just fish stories.

Johnathan Hillstrand, co-captain (with brother Andy Hillstrand) of the F/V Time Bandit and Scott “Junior” Campbell Jr. of the F/V Seabrooke head to the waters near Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, Calif., with Hyneman and Savage to see if a crab pot will indeed drag a deckhand to the bottom of the sea if his foot gets caught in the rope coil.

Then the MythBusters crew — Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara — test whether it’s better to work a 30-hour crab-fishing shift without stopping for sleep. Lastly, they stuff explosives into one of the crab pots from the Time Bandit — a boat known for its fondness for fireworks — to see if a crab pot is truly indestructible.

Zap2it shot some questions to Campbell about the experience, and here’s what he had to say:

Q: How does it feel to be a part of “MythBusters,” and are you a fan?

A: I’m a huge fan, and it was an honor to hang out with those guys. They’re super cool.

Q: Did you hope to get useful information from this or was it just for fun?

A: It was pretty much just for fun. It was useful information for the viewers.

Q: What was it like shooting near Alcatraz?

A: Shooting near Alcatraz was an eerie feeling.

Q: What’s scarier, crab fishing or watching the “MB” team try to simulate it?

A: I would say watching the “MythBusters” team try to simulate it. We have years of experience. They had one day.

Q: Did you always want to blow up a crab pot? (And why didn’t you blow up one of your own?)

A: We always wanted to blow up a crab pot to see if it can be done. The reason why we didn’t blow up one of our own is because it’s too expensive.

Q: Have you been inspired to try some Time Bandit-style fireworks on the Seabrooke?

A: Yes.

Q: Did you get to visit “MythBusters” HQ?

A: Yes, I did, and it was awesome.