I witnessed the Battlebots contests and filming twice here in San Francisco when Comedy Central was doing the show. I sincerely thought that they never captured the spirit or the true violence of the event.
What still doesn't come across is how large and vicious these things are, but the present show does largely capture the spirit of the event instead of trying to gloss over it with lame humor and WWE- style antics.
A shout out to the the talking heads, especially Chris and Ken who show real enthusiasm for the fights. That was completely missing from the old show.
One thing has happened for the better with the actual event. The pure wedge bots that did nothing but try to upend or shove their opponents around have basically been eliminated. Good riddance!!! They were deathly boring and probably the reason the old show stretched so much.
A great show, nothing to offend, and a way better than the old version. Give it a try.
There are 2> entries in the trivia list - like these:
Bots can weigh up to 250 pounds
A bot named Hellachopper was going to appear in season 2 of the ABC reboot series, but was unable to pass safety tests. Hellachopper's builders worked hard to rework their bot before the competition, but later came to an agreement with the Battlebots safety inspection crew to withdraw.