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June 2, 2009

Deadliest Warrior - The stupidest TV programme ever

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Deadliest Warrior

There are some insanely daft TV programmes out there if you look hard enough. Just mental ones. Like the remake of Knight Rider or Torchwood for example. Probably the most mental TV show I've come across in recent months/years is a documentary. It airs on Spike in the US and it's called Deadliest Warrior.

Now, I watched the first episode and thought to myself "There is absolutely no point even reviewing this, because it's so insanely daft the entire review would consist of 'HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!'"

But I just saw the title of the latest episode and thought I had to share anyway.

The principle of the show is simple. See if you can avoid laughing as I explain. You take two of history's greatest warriors or fighting forces. You get historical experts and scientists to analyse their ways of fighting. You test some of their techniques out on dummies and the like. You then feed it all into a gaming engine and enact thousands of battles in the computer. And then you see which of the two would have won in a fight on aggregate.

HA HA HA?

Okay, it's clearly inspired by Discovery Channel's Fight Science but all the sensible things have been done already, so that's what they were left with.

They could still have done something halfway intelligent, though. They could have just made it a war games type programme in which armies faced off against each other, or had martial artists of different styles fight one another.

They didn't.

Instead, their choices of warriors to pit against each other veers between the insanely silly and the outright tasteless. Here's a list of the ones they've done so far – see if you can keep that smile off your face. The last two are absolute classics:

  • Episode 1: Apache vs Gladiator
  • Episode 2: Viking vs Samurai
  • Episode 3: Spartan vs Ninja
  • Episode 4: Pirate vs Knight
  • Episode 5: Yakuza vs Mafia
  • Episode 6: Green Beret vs Spetsnaz
  • Episode 7: Shaolin Monk vs Māori Warrior
  • Episode 8: William Wallace vs Shaka Zulu
  • Episode 9: IRA vs. Taliban

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

It's the stupidest TV programme ever. Without a doubt.

May 29, 2009

Review: Mental 1x1

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Mental

In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, Fox

Sometimes, I begin to wonder if there are any new ideas left or whether everything is simply a variant of something else. Sitting watching the first episode of Mental, Fox's new psychiatry-based drama, I had the déjà vus an awful lot. And I'm not talking about the naked men.

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May 22, 2009

The CW shows coming in Fall 2009

Posted on May 22, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The CW

Last one of the upfronts, it's The CW, natural home of entertainment for young adults, particularly young women, and spin-offs from old trashy TV shows of the 80s.

Coming after the jump, complete with vids, Melrose Place, The Vampire Diaries and The Beautiful Life.

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