It's the Sharktopus of historical reality shows. No, seriously, I've watched a couple of episodes and there is some interesting stuff, but I hate how everything has to be a freakin' competition. Whatever happened to just profiling something and presenting interesting data? What I liked better, and I can't remember the name of the show, was the one where modern guys were given archaic weapons and had to figure out how to use them. There actually was a competition bit to that too, but I found all the information to be so fascinating I didn't care. Maybe I'm just down on Deadliest Warrior because that one time with the ninja or samurai dude, he was really super annoying.
Smillan, I can somewhat relate. I love the re-enactments of the protective capabilities of the armor, and the deadly power of the weapons. Again, what is hard to determine is the actual 'deadliest warrior' b/c of the human element involved. A weapon is only so good as its wielder's experience. Negating that factor is a bit tricky, but 'do-able' if they merely try to test the effects of various weaponry on targets, etc.
I am still pissed about the ninja vs. spartan. I think the spartan got kudos b/c of the Hollywood hype since "300" had just been released...
Looking at a review of the episodes from season 1, I didn't see the ninja vs. spartan one. It was the samurai vs. viking episode with the really annoying samurai specialist. I hated that guy's whining so much that I blew a gasket when the samurai won. Plus, that freaking samurai would have needed a bag of holding to carry around all those weapons. I think any viking worth his salt would have cleaved that samurai's head open with an axe.
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