Are you ready for some Real Steel? Sorry, force of habit. What I meant to say was are you ready for the metal on metal action of the Robot Combat League?
The new series from SyFy, hosted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho, pite twelve teams of two against each other in a series of robotic match-ups. And though it doesn’t officially hit the airwaves till next Tuesday, that hasn’t stopped the network from releasing the Robot Combat League‘s first episode, “Rise of the Machines,” one week early and getting fans interested in some oil-spilling fist fights. Even if it isn’t quite like the Hollywood film and Hugh Jackman is nowhere to be seen, the series is actually pretty good and shows off more then just an hour of brawling robots.
Check out the official episode summary and the entire episode, commercial free, after the jump.
Each week Robot Combat League, hosted by Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE superstar, features tournament-style battles between eight-foot tall humanoid robots controlled by a human fighter (“robo-jockey”) and an engineer (“robo-tech”). The robots were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian (Hellboy, Men in Black), a leader in the sport of robotic combat.
In the premiere episode of Robot Combat League, the contestants are paired into 12 teams, comprised of a robo-jockey and a robo-tech. Each team is then introduced to its own unique robot, which they will control using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their exact movements to their robot. The contestants take control of the robots for the first time in a timed challenge to earn their rankings for the fight tournament. The top-ranked team and the bottom-ranked team then fight for their life in three rounds of non-stop mechanical carnage.
Did you get all that? Good. Now on with the show!
I’m impressed with how all this was pulled off. Using an endoskeleton rig and secondary controller was way different then how I thought the contestants would be controlling their machines. Most people were thinking Robot Wars and what we’re getting is a grown up version of Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Robots mixed with a bit of the paired fighting people are going to see in Pacific Rim - minus the giant monsters and syncing of brain functions, of course. This looks to be quite the show and something unique for those looking to step away from all the stuff they’re usually attached to.
The first episode of Robot Combat League premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10 p.m. EST on Syfy and is available on Syfy.com, Hulu.com, XBox 360, Roku and VOD.