I’m kind of surprised no one made a thread about this, but then again i didn’t know they started this up until two days ago.
It’s almost exactly the same show as the old one from Comedy Central in 2000. It’s now running on ABC Sundays at 9pm EST.
What i really like is that, unlike most such remakes, they didn’t screw with the formula. It’s not a bunch of flash or crap. It’s some brief biographical info about the builders, and then robot fights. And that’s it. The arena is basically the same as the old one, with blades and spikes and hammers and stuff.
Even after the old show ended in 2002, apparently the competitions continued around the world, so some of the teams from the original show are still around and competing. Some are younger teams, including some guy who was inspired by the original show as a kid and went off and started his own successful robotics company, which is cool.
It’s funny, albeit not unexpected, that similar designs are still dominant. Bronco is a powerful pneumatic flipper design, which almost chucked his opponent out of the arena. Tombstone completed last night and has a huge horizontal spinning blade that basically ripped his opponent in half, cutting through its armor like paper.
There have been some minor rules changes compared to the original, and now a team can actually run a main bot with 2 auxiliary mini bot assistants. One thing that is annoying is that the specific rules don’t seem to be available, so I’m not sure what the rules are beyond a limit of no heavier that 250lbs. I suspect that the mini bots weight contributes to the overall weight limit, otherwise i can’t see why everyone wouldn’t have them.
The first two episodes are available online now. They comprise the qualifying round, which selected the 16 competitors from 32 teams, plus 4 wildcards from the losers.
Looks like the whole season is only 6 episodes, so four more in addition to the ones already done.
I’d recommend folks check it out of they liked the original.