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Any one watch Battlebots or Robot Wars?


By TigerLaw

7 months ago



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#1 7 months ago

I’ve been watching the Battlebots show on the science channel. I used to be a big fan of Robot Wars in the late 90’s, but eventually grew tired of the converging evolution of the wedge bots (all battles came down to which bot could get under the other and push them around).

I see now the sport has evolved substantially. All these new primary weapons are pretty incredible and the machines are so powerful now.

#2 7 months ago

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#3 7 months ago

Ya I haven’t watched them since G4 tech tv was a channel. But it’s always been interesting to me and I enjoy the variety of machines.

#4 7 months ago

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#5 7 months ago

My kids and I have enjoyed watching BattleBots. They've enjoyed watching Bronco flip opponents, but he lost last night.

#6 7 months ago
Quoted from RonSwanson:

My kids and I have enjoyed watching BattleBots. They've enjoyed watching Bronco flip opponents, but he lost last night.

Yep, that fight was disappointing for the Bronco team. Those spikes the Bronco team put on to protect their tires really backfired on them and they just got flat out driven. It was a failed configuration by my estimation.

Tombstone also got upset, with the 1 and 2 seeds knocked out its hard to pick a favorite in the semis.

#7 7 months ago

Definitely out driven. Have you seen any episodes with drones or other small secondary bots get utterly destroyed? Hilarious.

#8 7 months ago
Quoted from RonSwanson:

Definitely out driven. Have you seen any episodes with drones or other small secondary bots get utterly destroyed? Hilarious

I saw one get hit with a giant fly swatter the opponent had and just basically explode in the air!

Yea, I love the mini bots, I haven’t seen them ever do to much to help their primary bot (other than Gemini of course, which I guess is really just two bots at half the weight rather than a true lead bot with helpers).

I used to love the obstical course of the original Robot Wars, but this arena style battling is better and my goodness the robots are so much more advanced than in the past. I just watched some 90’s era robot fighting and they drove so slow and could barely maneuver. Ha!

#9 7 months ago

I do. Battle Bots. Havent seen Robot Wars yet. Good stuff.

#10 7 months ago

Anybody know if the show has been picked up again for 2019? I can’t seem to find any definitive statement.

Seems like a fairly low cost show to put on. They filmed the entire 20 episodes over the course of a three day weekend.

#11 7 months ago

My son and I watch religiously every Friday. And when it isn’t on we play our own battles. Just got the new Bronco and Witch Doctor! A2397E61-6D36-4D49-9F88-025F4E1B512B (resized).jpeg4CEDFCCE-CFFC-4EEF-AC1E-6C428B80AF53 (resized).jpeg4AB81CAA-0EDB-4DFD-AA6D-274C98790471 (resized).jpeg

#12 7 months ago

Wow! I have not seen those kits before. Remote controlled?

#13 7 months ago
Quoted from TigerLaw:

Wow! I have not seen those kits before. Remote controlled?

Yes, remote controlled. Forward-reverse-left-right, and a button on top of the remote to activate the weapon.
Up to four different bots can battle at the same time (4 channels on the remotes)

#14 7 months ago

Battlebots is pretty good, I don’t like the announcer or format of robot wars

#15 7 months ago

I think Minotaur will do well if not win it all.

#16 7 months ago
Quoted from bangerjay:

Battlebots is pretty good, I don’t like the announcer or format of robot wars

Agreed. My family and i enjoy watching Battlebots. We tried watching Robot Wars and didn't make it through the first show.

#17 7 months ago

I used to love the original Battlebots, glad they didn't mess with the formula too much on the remake.

#18 7 months ago

My three sons and I have been watching Battlebots for a few years. We look forward to watching them every Saturday morning (dvr)

I think this is Minotaur's year. He has always been very good, but this year he dialed back the speed of his drum, and has had a lot more control over it.

#19 7 months ago
Quoted from bangerjay:

Battlebots is pretty good, I don’t like the announcer or format of robot wars

Agreed, the announcer on Robot Wars may be the single worst broadcast person I have ever heard. The constant hyperbole detracts terribly from the show. Also, the pit is ridiculous...too many fights end prematurely due to a simple driving error...detracts from the engineering.

#20 7 months ago

Was glad to see Battlebots back. Very surprised to see Tombstone get defeated last week, but also happy to see it go. I think Minotaur will probably be the favorite now. That thing used to get so much rotational energy going they could hardly steer it when it was at full speed! The rotating horizontal cylinder definitely seems to be a popular weapon now. Yeti could go deep into the tournament too.

I used to enjoy watching it with my boys, but now it's just me watching it since they're older now.

Those little remote control versions of the real things are very cool! PinRob, I'm sure you and your son have a ton of fun with those. He may have as much fun as the old man!

#21 7 months ago
Quoted from Dewey68:

Very surprised to see Tombstone get defeated last week

I think the frame of Tombstone was damaged from earlier fights. Heck, it barely survived the fight with Duck. I read the Tombstone team didn’t bring a backup frame, it was probably never the same afte that wicked fight with Brazilian team the first week. Small cracks and stresses and what not.

#22 7 months ago
Quoted from Dewey68:

Was glad to see Battlebots back. Very surprised to see Tombstone get defeated last week, but also happy to see it go. I think Minotaur will probably be the favorite now. That thing used to get so much rotational energy going they could hardly steer it when it was at full speed! The rotating horizontal cylinder definitely seems to be a popular weapon now. Yeti could go deep into the tournament too.
I used to enjoy watching it with my boys, but now it's just me watching it since they're older now.
Those little remote control versions of the real things are very cool! PinRob, I'm sure you and your son have a ton of fun with those. He may have as much fun as the old man!

Hello! Spoiler alert. Haha jjk

#23 7 months ago

Battlebots is must see TV for my son and I every Wednesday. We love picking fight winners and trash talking each other to see who wins the night.

#24 7 months ago

My DVR records like 5 episodes a day it seems. I can never keep track of the standings because I’m always watching out of order. Plus, I always skip through until the actual fights start. I can’t stand the filler stuff, especially Farooq’s never ending nursery rhyme intros or the nerdos doing nerdo team poses.

One of my favorites moments this season was one of the bots getting flipped out of the battle box behind the screws. I always like when I bot gets turtled or incapacitated by having its wheels surgically removed by a spinner.

Also, Kenny and the other guy do great commentary.

#25 7 months ago

The finals are tonight! Who will take home the giant nut!?!?

#26 7 months ago

Oh snaps. I thought this show got canceled! I remember Battle Bots on comedy central back in the day and thought that was cool. Then a couple years back a similar show was on one of the major networks for two seasons which I watched. I looked for it the next year, couldnt find it and just figured it just got canceled.

#27 7 months ago
Quoted from barakandl:

I looked for it the next year, couldnt find it and just figured it just got canceled

It was. They had no season in 2017. It got picked up in 2018 by discovery and science channel. This season was pretty awesome.

#28 7 months ago

Tiger, Henry is completely obsessed with Battlebots! He loves it.
I think the announcer is hilarious.

#29 7 months ago

Love this show!!! It’s funny seeing Farooq as the announcer.....he’s actually a game show host on a kids TV show on Universal kids called The Noise that I watch with my 5 year old. He’s all shaven there so I dunno where that beard came from?!

Let’s go Bronco!!

#30 7 months ago

My wife and I love to watch Battlebots. Faruq is awesome! Some of his stuff is way over the top but that's part of the charm. So glad to see Tombstone and his arrogant ass builder knocked out now. Down to 4 bots left. Who will win the Giant Nut?

Also agree that Robot Wars is a terrible imitation of this show. Not even close!

#31 7 months ago

Do you guys think Farooq sits at home coming up with those introductions?? I think the battle bot teams do...and he reads them off. Either that or the show has some interesting writers

#32 7 months ago
Quoted from Pinballerchef:

Do you guys think Farooq sits at home coming up with those introductions?? I think the battle bot teams do...and he reads them off. Either that or the show has some interesting writers

I actually read an interview with him. He doesnt write any of them, and actually reads them cold out there. I am sure it is edited when he messes up.

#33 7 months ago
Quoted from Nevus:

Tiger, Henry is completely obsessed with Battlebots! He loves it.
I think the announcer is hilarious.

What did Henry think about the finals? We were pulling for the Brazilians pretty hard in this household. Watched a couple other episodes to get warmed up for the finals.

Gosh, I hope there is a 2019 season. With all the filming being done in one long weekend it would seem like the show wouldn’t be too costly to film and produce.

#34 7 months ago

Damn, Huge got split in half

#35 7 months ago
Quoted from Rascal_H:

Damn, Huge got split in half

That was a HUGE flaw in it's design!

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