While they wouldn’t be in the same boxing weight class, George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte square off in the third-season premiere of Spike’s “Deadliest Warrior” on Wednesday, July 20.
“I find it fascinating to see great warriors who go on to become great generals,” says new show host Richard “Mack” Machowicz, a former Navy SEAL.
“Deadliest Warrior” tests the weapons available to the two larger-than-life (figuratively, in Napoleon’s case) military leaders — from cannons to muskets to swords — looks at their different leadership styles and tactics and then examines their most famous battles.
All of those factors are assigned a numerical value and fed into a specialized computer program to see which general has the combat advantage.
Machowicz has his own idea of what gives a warrior his edge.
“Discipline is what makes the difference on the battlefield,” he tells Zap2it. “Discipline over your fear; discipline in the moment, not over-committing, not putting yourself or your troops in a bad position. Washington is incredibly disciplined.
“This is going to be a fantastic first match-up, when you’re looking at Washington vs. Napoleon. They’re two great generals, very different guys. They produced very different results.”
After all, Washington became a president who knew when to walk away, but Napoleon became an emperor who was ultimately taken away.
“You see the whole picture,” says Machowicz, “and that’s the challenge. When you look at a person’s life, especially like Washington, it’s interesting to see his journey as a man and as a warrior, as a general and as a leader, the values that he brought to it, the love that his men had for him. It’s incredible.”
Season three also features the show’s first female warrior, Joan of Arc, and its first fantasy match-up, “Zombies vs. Vampires.”
Below find a clip from the season premiere: