Stuck with Hackett
Sundays, 10:30 PM ET on Science Channel
Stuck with Hackett follows the trials and tribulations of artist Chris Hackett, (founder of the Madagascar Institute) as he turns everyday trash, which he calls "obtainium", into new and unexpected machines or mechanisms.
In need of rest and relaxation, Hackett leaves the hustle and bustle of the big city and escapes to the mountains for some personal Hackett time. Unfortunately, he picked the worst time of year to go away on vacation. Winter. Finding himself buried under tons and tons of snow in a small dinky cabin with no heat; Hackett has to figure out some way of surviving ten thousand feet above sea level. With his two biggest resources being the sun and ice, Hackett decides to build an outdoor hot tub made completely of snow. Hopefully, before he freezes to death.
Hackett is at one of the saddest places in the world: an abandoned WWII munitions factory with nothing left but toxic waste and the barest bones of obtanium. To bring some much-needed cheer to his gloomy surroundings, Hackett creates a holiday for himself — "Hackestivus" — and decides to celebrate his holiday by making a fireworks show that will put July 4 to shame. First he has to find his fuel (charcoal) then an oxidizer (unnamed for legal purposes!) to mix it with. Once he's got his volatile mixture, he builds a water cannon to ensure he can contain fire. With his safety assured, Hackett takes his fireworks to the next level, extracting colors from metals and building his first set of fireworks: gerbes (fountains) and mines that will rain stars from the sky. For the piece de resistance, Hackett uses a popular kitchen staple to create a rocket, then heads to a hilltop to build his detonation system — as well as a 'surprise' firework that even the lawyers aren't aware of. But with daylight fading and Hackett needing to get his fireworks set before dark, it's a race against the clock to see if Hackett will get to have his show — and bring a festive close to "Hackestivus."