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    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
    I have to wait for these to come up online, so I'm a little behind the moment here, but so so be it.

    They definitely upped the game with the dummies this season - did they hire a fx specialist with splatter movie experience? Gallons of blood in this one. But it does demonstrate just how brutal guns are.

    Overall though, I think that SWAT proved to have the superior arsenal, with the heavy caliber sub-machine gun and the semi-automatic shotgun. I have to give SWAT the nod with their sniper rifle too - it wasn't semi-automatic, but when you're using a sniper rifle you don't get a second shot anyway. The exception would be the Taser Shockwave - that thing was cute, but not really mobile. I'd definitely trade that in for a couple of flash-bangs.

    ( @Mark - I agree - they were robbed in that sniper test, the Remington clearly did better. There is no such thing as a safer side of the face in that kind of situation. )

    I think that German fellow going to town on the torso-bot was a little disturbing, like he was frustrated and just wanted to destroy something. Or having a flashback of his old chicken pal...damn.
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    I'll probably wait until I have a few of these on my DVR before I watch, but last night sounds interesting.

    I couldn't help but laugh when I read about Rajput vs Centurion as Rajput is the name of an Indian eatery in my former hometown, shut down several times for health violations.
    Many a proud warrior has been felled by the E Coli of the Rajput.

    Also this year we get Mossad!

    The Attilla vs Alexander episode sounds great too. I loved the William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu episode last year.

    @looneynerd I figured as much but I will cop to not knowing much about the Comanche but if you say they are similar to the Mongol's in tactics I have some reading to do. Always thought the Mongol's were just terrifying and interesting to read about.

    Also agree that the sword and axe stuff is more exciting than the machine gun and grenade episodes,mainly to see the devastation those weapons cause to the human body explored so thoroughly. Guns and bombs is a pretty straight forward affair, but man, cut up a ballistic gel dummy with an axe and you've got some great TV.
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
    just catching up on the DVR and I missed the show while it was off.

    my favorite part of the first season was them testing the spetznaz grenades. They dropped them in to a washing machine or something and while everyone else was running away the spetznaz consultant put on his sunglasses, lit up a cigarette and slowly walked away like it was something he did everyday.

    shit - it probably was something he did everyday!
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2010
    Did they say that one dummy got hit with multiple wires during the Taser Shockwave test and that it was a good thing?
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2010
    Let us not forget the Back for Blood special - who is deadliest among the first season warriors? Ancient warriors - Spartan vs Samurai, and modern warriors - Spetsnaz vs IRA. Fun ensues, and, once again, BOOM! HEADSHOT! (you'll know it when you see it).
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2010
    @Lazarus99 - I did catch that 'special' episode. Good fun, though I saw a Spartan victory coming from a long ways off - that big-assed shield is a game breaker. I guess I wouldn't say that Spetsnaz taking the IRA was too much of a surprise either.

    I was maybe a little disappointed that they wrote off the other finalists in the way that they did in some cases, but I can understand why. Still, I think an Apache vs. Shao Lin monk fight would have been pretty nifty too.
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    2.2: The Hun vs Alexander the Great.
      CommentAuthorMark Seifert
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010 edited
    The Ballista was pretty amazing.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
    Based on the fact that the guest guy seemed to be going for Alexander, and the fact that he's armored, and that he has a siege weapon, I'm going for Alexander in a very one-sided fight. But horse archery is a bitch, so we'll see...
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    It seems pretty one sided and unbalanced so far. ;<
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    Alexander's bow weapons have been impressive so far, but that horseriding hun archer had incredible accuracy. that can't be easy.
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
    If I had a problem with this episode, it was in the choice of Alexander's weapons. Overall, they seemed slow, clumsy and ineffectual. They were deadly when they hit, but it seemed highly unlikely that they'd be able to hit. Especially highly mobile targets like Hun horsemen. I really wish they'd tested things like his Shield and Armor. It seemed odd that the quality and capability of the Shield apparently went down since Spartan times.

    Meanwhile, the next conflict seems absurd. Whatever the "quality" of Capone and his people, they have personal automatic weapons, which the James Gang doesn't (yes, the James' might be able to field a Gatling Gun, but a Gatling Gun is not a personal weapon like the Tommy Gun).
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    Jesse James vs Al Capone. Off to a good start.
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    Capone all the way. I have a strange feeling the Tommy gun and the grenade will tilt things sharply in his favor, but there's something to be said about accuracy.
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    This ep's less interesting than I thought it would be. The weapons all seem pretty ordinary compared to most of the other stuff they've done I guess.
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    Anyone catch what next week will be?
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    Looks like this:

    Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior
    Aztec Jaguar, the ruthless ritual warrior of North America battles the Zande Warrior, a blood-thirsty killer of Central Africa.¿¿In a fight to the finish, these two pre-gunpowder tribal fighters will face off using Razor-sharp obsidian swords, jagged-edged spears and flying blades of death.
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    Next week could be the best fight to date, as it's two combatants using (persumably) totally unique weapons with a very low technology threshold.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2010
    Hopefully Spike TV won't lose this episode between air time and posting it on their website like they seem to have done with the second show of this season.

    The comments section over there is a blistering read right now - their assholes are getting chewed out all the way up to the backs of their necks.