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Robot Wars is back!

Postby DjchunKfunK » Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:28 pm

BBC 2 is bringing back Robot Wars!

http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/robo ... 84.article

I wonder if it will still be dominated by robots which flip other robots over. Also VR and gesture controlled robots please.
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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby Sly Boots » Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:46 pm

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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby Mantis » Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:54 pm

Awesome. They need to go back to the real older style with various challenges and course set ups rather than just a brawl in an open arena though. It became really boring when they got rid of the gauntlets and things; every match ended in someone being flipped and the referee bot counting them out.

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Postby Raid » Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:09 pm

Yeah, the gauntlet type matches ensured people actually put effort into their robot designs and driving abilities, though it did sadly stop some of the stranger robots from seeing actual combat. I remember one that was basically a papier mache sphere with a radio controlled car inside. It would have been absolutely useless of course, but I'd like to see someone with a flipper try to have a go at them.

A new series would almost certainly involve a hundred clones of Hypnodisc and Chaos 2, as they were easily the most effective designs.

And stick with the decent house robots. The ones they introduced after the first series were a bit rubbish. Sir Killalot wasn't actually very effective at all from what I remember, he just looked a bit intimidating.

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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:32 pm

Dara O'Brien is on presenting duties and Jonathan Pearce is back doing the commentary. Angela Scanlon is also part of the team, I guess taking the role Phillipa Forrester had.
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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby Monkey » Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:37 pm

I loved Robot Wars, but would also like to see a return of Scrapheap Challenge! :D
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Postby Sly Boots » Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:39 pm

Dara could be great. He instantly makes everything he's on about 200% more watchable (while Jack Dee was ok, really missed Dara on You're Fired last year).
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Postby Wolfy » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:15 am

Interest evaporated.
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Postby Edwin » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:13 pm

That was pretty good.
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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby DjchunKfunK » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:44 am

Gah I forgot about this. Will watch it on catch-up this evening.
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Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:08 pm

I thought the first episode was pretty good with some interesting designs, the winner in particular looks vicious. I was a bit worried that it might feel dated in format, but I think the changes they have made are good and it was an enjoyable watch.
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Postby Sly Boots » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:33 am

Watched it with my 5yo daughter yesterday, she loved it. Both decided our favourite was the crazy design with spinning flails and deployable mini robots, don't think I've ever laughed so much during an episode of RW. Then even more hilarity when it basically exploded into burning hot shards of metal.

Will catch the rest of the series I'm sure. Was very watchable.
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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby Raid » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:49 pm

We watched the first episode a couple of nights ago, and we both really enjoyed it. Glad to see it back.

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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby DjchunKfunK » Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:38 am

Well I thought that was a pretty good return, bit disappointed with the robot that won which I'll go into below, but still some great battles throughout and some interesting designs.

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Such a shame that the blade stopped working on Carbide as it probably would have won otherwise. My concern is that the winner usually inspires other robot designs so we could now see a flood of flipper robots which would be bad for the show.
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Re: Robot Wars is back!

Postby Raid » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:14 pm

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd say I had a similar reaction to the winner as you, but it was well driven and fairly well built.

I don't think the winner inspiring next year's competitors will be an issue, that design has always been popular. If anything I think there was a glut of the other designs this year, and the producers presumably have some choice over what appears - I doubt there'll ever be an overabundance of one style of machine.

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