Neil deGrasse Tyson Reviews The Scientific Accuracy Of Summer's Biggest Blockbusters, And Doesn't Hold Back

This is what happens when the worlds of science and film collide.

Taking a break from changing the world with all his knowledge, Neil deGrasse Tyson has some thoughts about this summer's biggest blockbusters. From Alien: Covenant to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and even Baywatch, this astrophysicist is here to let you know just how unlikely the plot points and mechanics of these films would be if we applied a little science.

For Alien: Covenant, Tyson says in the clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's YouTube page that there is no "sensible" space mission that will send a team of humans over robots. Why's that? Well, then robots can get killed if there's anything hostile on whatever planet they're sent to, and we will find that out before sending people over. You know, something that could solve the whole story of director Ridley Scott's franchise.

When it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Tyson blows our minds by dropping a truth bomb that changes everything. As we all learned in school, there is no sound in space. That means that all of the battles we see Star-Lord and the rest of the crew take part in would basically result in a silent film, and not the explosive action we've come to expect.

Then there's Baywatch, which it seems like is a guilty pleasure for Tyson — but he just can't resist Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's charm, it seems. While there's not much science on the surface of this movie, there is one scene that Tyson points out and discusses. It's the one in which The Rock is carrying two refrigerators on his shoulders.

For Tyson's take on this moment from Baywatch, as well as the other things he found right or wrong with Alien: Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, check out the full video below:


in the meantime, suspend your belief for the movie's runtime just like Tyson does and just enjoy all of the cinematic wonder happening on the screen in front of you. After all, if a confirmed genius can do that, we all certainly should be able to.

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