Now that the new version of “BattleBots” has premiered, it’s time to see how it stacks up to the original. While it’s been 15 years since the first incarnation of the robot fighting series debuted, it sets the bar for mechanical combat.
Times — and technology — have changed since viewers last saw “Battlebots” though, and the machines are bigger and more vicious than ever. That viciousness includes explosions, fire and metal monsters ripping each other apart.
The biggest change in the new version of the series is the removal of weight classes. All bots are being built to one weight, meaning the end of the super-heavyweight, middleweight and lightweight divisions. Luckily, that means all bots are on an even playing field to determine the true winner.
After watching the new “BattleBots” premiere, does it hold up to your memories of the original? ABC is banking on this show serving your need for carnage throughout the summer, so does it love up to the original? Sound off in the poll below.
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