Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is blazing it. The Season 2 trailer for Bill Nye Saves the World, released Wednesday, shows the science advocate and TV personality investigating medical marijuana as well as other big subjects in the triumphant return of his Netflix series. But dude, Billy Nye is doing weed.
In the six-episode second season of Bill Nye Saves the World, premiering December 29 on Netflix, the Science Guy is joined by a slew of new celebrity guests — including Kevin Smith, Ali Wong, Steve-O, a returning Zach Braff and Karlie Kloss — and various field experts and correspondents as they tackle one subject per episode.
Last season had deep dives into climate change, gender, overpopulation, and vaccinations, but this year will shift the focus towards computer hacking, superbugs, extinction, and even time travel. The first episode of the season, however, is dedicated to medical marijuana.
Nye has only addressed marijuana publicly a handful of times in the past, most recently in a NowThis video in which he said he supported marijuana legalization but preferred to stay away from it himself. In 2013, he made fun of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s overly heady response at a panel discussion with Richard Dawkins by pretending to take a massive bong hit.
A modern successor to his PBS show Bill Nye the Science Guy, which aired from 1993 to 1998, Nye’s Netflix show features a variety of pre-taped segments as well as a live chat with panelists filmed before a studio audience. Unlike his original show, Saves the World bears purpose in its title, with Bill Nye clearly trying to combat belief in pseudoscience and widespread opposition to scientific fact. It’s also aimed more at young adults, though kids absolutely can benefit from watching Nye do his thing and bring science to everything.
Perhaps the show’s spirit can be best summed up in Bill’s presence at a weed dispensary in Hollywood. “I would like to buy some marijuana,” he tells the clerk before adding, “This is for science.” Of course it is, Billy. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Bill Nye Saves the World Season 2 begins streaming December 29 on Netflix.
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