Robot Wars debut was back in the 1990s with Jeremey Clarkson as its first presenter. Just like this series, it began with six episodes – speaking of which, I get the feeling it will end in the same way. An annihilator at the end of the episode 6, fingers crossed.
From series 2, all the way to the 7th wars, Craig Charles dominated the role of presenter. Throughout the years, we have had countless, unforgettable moments: The House Robots being attacked by the contestants, robots being flipped out of the arena, Nemesis set on fire, Cassius self-righting and the shocking retirement of Mortis.
I have actually seen Robot Wars live in Cardiff. They had Panic Attack against Evil Weevil, Chaos 2 flipping barrels up to about 50 feet in the air, we - the audience - were clapping along when they played the Match of the Day theme tune as Sgt Bash entered the arena and to finish things off, they had Sir Killalot against Teddy-bot… Killalot obliterated it.
Now, after many years off screen, Robot Wars has returned. A brand new arena, brand new robots and a complete makeover for The House Robots – all apart from Sgt Bash, for he sadly isn’t in the series. I’m not sure if he wasn’t rebuilt in time and will be put in the next series, or if he’s retired. I have no idea.
I am so glad that they’ve got rid of Ref Bot, Mr. Psycho, Growler and Cassius Chrome. Having too many House Robots spoils things, in my opinion. I am also happy that they’ve still got Jonathan Pearce as the commentator.
I truly believe that this is the right time for Robot Wars to return. It’s not just because of all the Olympics stuff that’s going on - as in to keep all the non-sporty people happy - but it’s also because of the fact that technology has increased by a hell of a lot since the last time the series was on TV.
From what I have seen of the new series so far (4 episodes into it,) I am completely in love with it. I love the design of the new Robot Wars trophy. The new robots are absolutely incredible. I’m not going to give spoilers, but I honestly believe that this is a time where the legends come in and pass the torch on to the future generation, and if that be the case, I seriously wouldn’t be surprised.