I think I might have the answer to why Smash Lab doesn’t seem as “engaging” as MythBusters (though, judging from the comments on the rest of this site, that’s far from certain).
Smash Lab conversations seem more “scripted”.
But, looking at Mythbusters, it’s certainly “scriped” as well. Maybe it’s that the Smash Lab gang just looks like they’re trying too hard to be spontaneous?
That means we need to find interviews with the Smash Lab “cast”, outside of the show. Especially Deanne. Hmmm…