Full Metal Jousting (History Channel premiere 2/12/12)

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  1. Feb 4, 2012 #1 of 24
    RonDawg

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    While looking for info on the next season of "Top Shot" (my DVR detected an episode to air on 2/14), I came across this show to air on History on 2/12 called "Full Metal Jousting."

    A few months ago, NatGeo had a series called "Knights of Mayhem", but I don't think FMJ is a copy of that. KoM seems to be more of a documentary/reality show about an existing group of guys who joust, and have worked with (and competed against) each other for some time.

    FMJ seems to be a cross between that show, and Top Shot. It appears from the videos that the contestants (16, just like on Top Shot) don't have jousting experience at all, based on their comments. I guess they just compete against each other until the best jouster is left standing.

    If KoM is any indication, FMJ is going to be interesting (and bloody) to say the least. I can hardly wait :D
     
  2. Feb 4, 2012 #2 of 24
    justen_m

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    I'll watch. I'v caught a couple episodes in whatever previous incarnation it took. Seemed to be a bunch of moron mma-wanna-bees.

    [edit] willing to take more damage than I ever did. well, other than death, I mean.
     
  3. Sadara

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    I watched this today. I like it and I honestly didn't expect I would. I only watched it because my husband wanted to.

    One thing I like right off is that this seems very serious. I also like that the loser is sticking around, just in case someone else can't compete later. I thought I knew a bit about jousting from reading, movies and Ren faires I've been too. But, this is actually a professional sport, which I didn't know. Some of the competitors are hoping to learn enough and get good enough to compete professionally.

    I'll be watching the whole season.
     
  4. Gregor

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    Looks/feels/smells like a Top Shot clone. The fake drama between the teams will start soon, I'm sure.
     
  5. RonDawg

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    It IS a Top Shot clone, except that you don't "vote off" people like on Survivor. You either hit the mark and get your points, or you don't. In many ways I wish Top Shot was like this.

    The host, while certainly an expert in his field, is no Colby. I thought I'd never say that I miss Colby, but he does add an air of excitement. FMJ seems a bit slow-paced and drawn out compared to Top Shot though.
     
  6. Sadara

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    I do like how this host knows a LOT, and it comes across, about jousting. I think it would be worse if the host didn't know much about jousting. He's getting in there with the teams and giving points and talking with them about the sport. That is something I like, a lot!

    Colby is fantastic, but I think this show does better with the host knowing something about jousting.
     
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    I like this better than the other jousting show about the jerk and his little world jousting thing. This seems much more professional.
     
  8. busyba

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    This looks like another made-for-TiVo show, just like Top Shot. Just FF through all the personal drama BS and watch the training and jousting.

    I don't know if there's a drinking game for this yet, but take one shot every time the host says "gridded grand guard". :D
     
  9. Ment

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    Man I'm hurting from watching this episode. Whats the diameter of a competition lance?
     
  10. busyba

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    IIRC, in the first four passes, it's 1.125", and in the second four passes it's 1.25".
     
  11. Ment

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    I thought that was just for the show. Why would they have varying diameters for those who do this for a career?
     
  12. busyba

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    Oh, I thought you were asking about the competition in the show.
     
  13. CharlieB

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    I happened to see this only because it came on right after Pawn Stars, which I had been watching. I watched the first 15 minutes or so. Not my cup of tea - I can't relate to taking a physical beating for a competition.

    I guess the ultimate show/competition of this type would be quick draw gunfights with real ammo. ;)
     
  14. busyba

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    You don't watch football or hockey either?
     
  15. CharlieB

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    I don't watch hockey, but that's just because I find it boring. Both football and hockey can be played without injury, and it would still be football or hockey. No points are awarded for how hard you hit your opponent.
     
  16. Ment

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    Thats called flag football and peewee hockey :) Fun to play but for the viewing I'll take the other.
     
  17. RonDawg

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    You're watching the wrong kind of football, and the wrong kind of hockey. You may want to try rugby as well; they don't use pads or helmets :eek:

    If you're talking about knocking your opponent off his horse, that seems to be more a function of technique rather than brute force. Remember how the guy who ended up losing the first match was brutally knocked off his horse in practice by a much smaller guy? He may have been a big guy,, but his opponents (both in training and in the actual competition) were more experienced in the saddle.

    In the show Knights of Mayhem, points were actually deducted if your lance hits the opponent's chest outside the gridded grand guard, or especially the head.
     
  18. busyba

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    It was only mentioned once in a graphic during the first match, but on FMJ they also deduct 5 points for head shots.
     
  19. CharlieB

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    Yes, I saw that points are deducted for hits that miss the guard. That doesn't much help the guy who gets hit in the head by mistake. He may win the match on points, but still sustain a severe injury. I have no problem with people voluntarily participating in this "sport". I just have no reason to watch.
     
  20. RonDawg

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    I suspect the reason for the points deduction is to discourage participants from aiming for anywhere but the gridded grand guard*, either in an attempt to cheat, or as a form of aggression.

    *can we call it the "triple G" from now on? ;)
     

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