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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2010
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    So that's the third episode in a row that I've gotten the winner wrong. And it's the second episode in a row where the weapons choice for the loser just seemed... odd. Tommy-gun, fine. Grenade, fine. But Brass Knuckles and Stiletto? How about instead of the Knuckles, they test the Colt Automatic Pistol?

    How about if they did a test of Colt Automatic vs Colt Revolver, Winchester vs. Tommy-gun, Stick of Dynamite vs Grenade and Bowie Knife vs Stiletto?
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    Johnjones- I was surprised when they didnt do dynamite vs grenade!
    • CommentAuthorSBarrett
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2010
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    I was surprised that they gave the win to one knife over the other. I mean...getting stabbed by either of those would suck hard.
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    Aztec Jaguar vs Zande Warrior. Looks like a good one.
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    Next one has Nazis.
    I feel strangely compelled to quote Inglourious Basterds...
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2010
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    I liked this one a whole lot better than the previous three. It was ancient combat, for one thing. Plus the sides seemed relatively evenly matched to create true suspense. Plus, it was two warrior about which I knew very little, so it was a learning experience to watching the show.

    Still, Nazis vs. Viet Cong should be cool. I'm a little uncertain about applying the "villains" moniker to the Viet Cong. Granted that they were opposed to American interests at the time, but I have memories of the Fury comic by Ennis and the "...but they're Communists!" line.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2010
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    This one was great! Makes me have high hopes for the rest of the ancient ones this season (Roman vs. Rajput and Persian Immortal vs. Celt Warrior). Looks to be good!
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    Tonite: Blood On the Sand: Nazi SS vs. Viet Cong

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    Can you really take down a helicopter w/a machine gun?
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    Spike ball vs Ballistic Gel Torso. Ouch.
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    Flamethrower! Sweeeeeeeet!
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2010
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    While I'd give flat-out ability to the SS, the VC have a serious advantage in the jungle. Going to be close.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2010
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    @Looney

    But they don't take into account terrain necessarily, do they?
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2010
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    And once again, it seems all about the weapon selection. Of four weapons, the VC had two that were essentially immobile. I was initially going to give this to the VC, because I figured they'd have AK-47s, but after I saw the weapons they had, I figured it'd go to the SS. And it did. The thing the show seems to forget is that guerrillas/terrorists are only successful when they use hit and fade tactics, or just flat set booby traps and leave the area. They don't engage regular soldiers in combat unless it's very briefly or they have no choice.

    In the DW scenario, they can't use hit and fade, because it's a full-out fight to the death, so of course skirmishing forces will get kill by regular forces. Which is pretty much what happened. The only time I recall a skirmisher beating a regular was Apache vs Gladiator. A) the Gladiator wasn't really a solder and B) The Apache had something like 1700 to 1800 years of future development on his opponent.
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    Tonight on Deadliest Warrior, a Rajput warrior faces down a Roman Centurion in a fight to the finish.
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    So the rajput are like royal indian ninjas?
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    The heavy-duty crossbow weapons we've seen a couple times this season have been pretty impressive.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2010
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    The heavy-duty crossbow weapons we've seen a couple times this season have been pretty impressive.


    Except that they've been nearly useless in the one on one or squad on squad combats because they're not designed for that and they're an absolute pig to reload. Now, in an army situation, they'd be great, but not a small unit situation.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2010
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    I also have to admit that I started out expecting the Romans to win, but converted to the Rajput when I saw that Scissor-knife thing chop through Roman chainmail like it was wet cardboard. It thought it was interesting that the expert rated the Roman axe over the Scissor-knife, but in the simulation, the knife got more kills than any other weapon - except for the Rajput's other sword.
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      CommentAuthorMunin
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2010
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    Any program that features "Lou Klein, ninja-master", is golden in my book.