From Blah To -- Bang!
By: Chris "DOC" Bushley
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:789:]]If you are like me, and are looking for something that can satiate the hunger for more action after The Walking Dead on Sunday nights, I have just the thing for you -- Full Metal Jousting!
Instead of wasting an hour of your life watching Kevin Smith's lackluster series, Comic Book Men, turn to The History Channel and check out something that will get your adrenaline pumping! If you enjoy medieval weaponry, A Knight's Tale or dudes getting the hell knocked out of them, you have to check out this series. It is testosterone personified!
Starting at 10p.m. Eastern, Full Metal Jousting, is a stylized "game show" where sixteen men are divided into teams of eight and choose their steeds that will lead them into battle. From varying backgrounds, these men are trained on jousting fundamentals by some of the best jousters in the world. From push-ups, getting hammered with a battering ram and actually getting slammed with an aluminum baseball bat as they ride, these guys go through it all! Finally, through a series of jousts, the teams will eventually be whittled down until only two men remain. Those two final "knights" will battle to see who will be the $100,000 winner and general badass extraordinaire!
Though there is the normal "reality" show set-up, where everyone lives in the same household, the general teaching of jousting and the battles, more than make up for the fraternity drama. Especially, when the jousters gear up into their ancient Iron Man suits of armor! Over eighty pounds of metal, it takes socket wrenches and screw drivers to harness the warriors into their suits, and you have to check out their helmets! It looks like Iron Man vs. Dr.Fate on horses! Too cool!
So, if you have an itchy remote finger after The Walking Dead on AMC, turn on over to The History Channel and have your ten o'clock hour go from blah to bang! Blood, guts and suits of armor await you this Sunday night, where one knight takes a trip to the hospital after being smashed off his horse! Full Metal Jousting may not be comic related, but it sure as hell beats five guys talking about which version of Catwoman they would rather have sex with. I hope they don't get any paper cuts! Ouch!
"Full Metal Jousting" airs Sundays at 10/9c.