Episodes

Episode 1 - Mega Truck

Prising open the Mega Truck’s metal skin will reveal its engineering secrets and their extraordinary roots in history and nature

Episode 2 - Super Airship

Aviation history is about to be made at Tustin Airbase, California, as Dragon Dream takes to the sky for the very first time

Episode 3 - Mega Lift Ship

Exploring the engineering breakthroughs within this steel giant will reveal surprising secrets of how the technology evolved, inspired by extraordinary lessons from nature and history

Episode 4 - Super Train

Using stunning CGI animation to explode open one of the world’s fastest trains to reveal the extraordinary technology that it depends on to race from Venice to Rome in less than four hours

Episode 5 - Mega Digger

How does the Mega Digger’s incredible 70-ton bucket mimic nature’s mightiest digger – the mole? Which device from an 18th century clock enables the PC8000 to rotate 360 degrees in only 20 seconds?

Episode 6 - Mega Lift Helicopter

How did the Air-Crane’s incredible jet engines evolve from a medieval cooking device? Why is a bat’s claw the perfect blueprint for the Air-Crane’s unbreakable steel cargo hooks?

Episode 7 - Ultimate Dragster

Rise of the Machines uses stunning CGI animation to explode open the fastest accelerating vehicle on the planet

Episode 8 - Aircraft Carrier

At critical moments, spectacular CGI will crack open the steel hull of the Aircraft Carrier and plunge us deep into its inner workings. Uncovering the engineering breakthroughs within this lethal leviathan reveals surprising stories of how the technology evolved

Episode 9 - Super Jumbo Jet

How do the A380’s shape-shifting wings mimic a bald eagle’s flexible feathers? How have the fan-blades inside the A380’s super-powered jet engines evolved from the slashing Samurai sword?

Episode 10 - Ice Crawler

How does the Ice Crawler’s hydraulic snow shovel mimic the anatomy of the giant Himalayan jumping spider? How does a lightning bolt help driver Steve navigate the steep mountain terrain in the pitch black of night?

Episode 5 - Mega Digger

RISE OF THE MACHINES uses stunning CGI animation to explode open one of the world’s largest diggers – the Komatsu PC8000 – to reveal the extraordinary technology that it depends on to shovel 27,000 tons of copper ore in less than four days. At Copper Mountain mine, British Columbia, Mega Digger operator Pete Hartinger must risk lethal boulders and collisions with giant haul trucks to meet an impending deadline. Exploring engineering breakthroughs within this metal monster will reveal surprising secrets of how the technology evolved, inspired by extraordinary lessons from nature and history. The mine must produce $18 million of copper every month to fill a shipment bound for Japan – can they deliver on time?

Credits
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Assistant Producer
for Discovery Canada, Quest