In the land of Spike TV, there is a vast array of shows that range from original content to…well, CSI repeats because that seems to be all the network airs during the daytime. The networks scope is generally limited to a single gender with its focus on UFC or the occasional airing of a Star Trek series or Star Wars movie. So while the scope of the network is limited in some cases it is also very focused…which is probably why the network has found great success in the Deadliest Warrior series. The series encapsulates everything we (men) love about war and the soldiers who participate in it: the violence. Yes that’s generalizing, but when you watch Deadliest Warrior it’s pretty clear what’s going on with the destruction of so many pig carcasses and ballistic gel dummies.
Finally, Spike’s newest hit show, Deadliest Warrior, has arrived on DVD! Watch as the most feared warriors civilization has ever known are pitted against each other in battle. Using 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, each episode enlists warrior-specific world-class fighters and experts to analyze every facet of their unique skills of destruction and to answer the all-important question: who is the deadliest warrior?
I had first heard about this show when it was originally airing back in April of 2009; as it was described to me then it sounded like an absolute waste of time as it was nothing but endless simulations of ancient warriors battling it out. What I didn’t realize what that it’s actually more like Mythbusters with a very narrow center of attention on a particular area. Maybe it’s just because of all of the testing methods they use is so reminiscent of Mythbusters, but my interest in this show sadly began to wane considerably once I got about halfway into the set.
For history buffs it’s a pretty interesting exercise in seeing not only how the warriors fought “back in the day,” but also as to how their weapons performed in the battlefield as well. There is plenty of science behind the violence when it comes to this show, but it is decidedly quite a bit more juvenile than your average science-driven show. I guess what I mean by that is it’s very at home on Spike TV rather than the Discovery Channel. Not to really slam the show, of course, but it is what it is—and it is very entertaining if you’re the right audience for it.
The show is also kind of like watching a game of Dungeons & Dragons sprawled out before you. Weapons are rated on how effective they are and while that could be applied to almost any battle scenario, it really just screams D&D for me. But there’s also a healthy dosage of actual expert opinion and input into the whole thing—like I said, it’s very scientifically driven, but it’s still flawed in how genuinely driven by the violence the show seems to be at times.
Honestly and truly I’m at a loss to talk about anything else in this season—it’s the same thing, episode in and episode out, with sometimes surprising results. It is a pretty fun show to watch, although I have to recommend it in moderation as steamrolling through this season in the span of a day or so just really wore my interest down quite quickly. Recommended for war or weaponry buffs, but those not in that category or of the male gender may find little here worth watching.
Paramount releases the first season of Deadliest Warrior in a three-disc amaray package. You may say that’s quite a lot of discs for a season with only ten episodes, but they’re each an hour long (well less now since there’s no commercials) so all total we end up with nearly six and a half hours of content. Not anything to sneeze at mind you, plus there’s some bonus features on the set as well (well a bonus feature anyway). Video is presented in an anamorphic widescreen transfer and audio in a stereo Dolby Digital mix, both of which present this series in nice quality with no discernible flaws from either component that I saw.
Extras include a Deadliest Warrior: The Aftermath featurette, which is a kind of round table discussion that seemed to come from the Spike TV website. It’s a nice inclusion on the set, but sadly it’s nothing that wasn’t already available previously—so there is actually no new content available to fans of the series, making this a rather bare release when all is said and done. There’s also a Producers Roundtable and Season One Wrap-Up as well, but they’re rather short so don’t expect much out of those.
Overall a decent show but one that’s probably only worth a Rental on DVD.
Deadliest Warrior – Season 1 arrives on DVD on May 11th.