Robot Combat League (2013– )

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Now, through ground-breaking engineering, the fusion of a human's fighting spirit with a powerful machine built for destruction has become reality in Robot Combat League. This series puts a... See full summary »

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Now, through ground-breaking engineering, the fusion of a human's fighting spirit with a powerful machine built for destruction has become reality in Robot Combat League. This series puts a 21st century spin on gladiatorial combat with tournament-style battle between eight-feet tall, state-of-the-art humanoid robots whose movements are controlled by exo-suit clad human robo-jockeys. Twelve teams of two contestants, a fighter (the robo-jockey) and a robotics engineer (the robo-tech), are paired with unique robots that clash in the ring for three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the tournament. Written by SyFy

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Disappointing
14 April 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The problem with robot shows is that you have two choices, either you let amateurs build their robots and end up with boring looking functional machines that win by immobilizing each other in generally unexciting fashion or you let the pro's build machines and get someone else to play with them. The latter option is what they've gone for here, so the interest of seeing amateur teams and their creations is right out of the window. Instead there are people who I just can't bring myself to describe as celebrities, they aren't even z-listers. Would you get into a club or get an invite to a function on the basis of being the ferocious daughter of George Lucas? No you wouldn't I suspect. People are either there on the basis that they are a genius, and therefore without exception not good in front of a camera, or something ridiculous like a "pro gamer" (sounds better than unemployed I suppose) or cocky athletes who take it a bit too seriously. Many of them will annoy you.

When George Lucas arrives on set they show the same footage no less than ten times. There's no excuse for that, that's just filler. Surprisingly also nobody there shouts "Hey George, you ruined my childhood with those crappy sequels. Or prequels or whatever." Another missed opportunity for the show.

The fights initially look good but after a very short while you'll begin to notice that the sparks are just effects fired off when a hit connects. It's fair enough, they are doing their best with the technology on offer but really, it's not hugely exciting to watch. There are some bits where the robots just fall to pieces which is quite funny but as far as combat goes it's a bit lacking.

A brave attempt, and it's always nice to see a show about robots trying to beat each to pieces but at the end of the day this is a lot less entertaining to me than something like Robot Wars where two buckets with axes stuck to them try to shove each other into a flame pit. Whether you're expecting to see something like Robot Wars or hoping the network has somehow funded 600 ton mech's with point defense lasers and the like (as some reviewers were clearly hoping) you are going to be let down by this show but I still think it's worth a watch if you like this kind of thing.


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