Blood on the Sand: George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte

July 19, 2011

Weeee're Baaaaackkk!


Deadliest Warrior is back and that means more "Blood on the Sand" articles for you to read to soak up as much information on that week's match-up as possible before the show hits the air waves. So much to say, so little time so I'm just going to jump right into it with a look at all the new aspects of the show for Season 3 and round it out with a brief introduction of our premiere episode featuring a match-up of legendary military leaders George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte.

First, off there is an elephant in the room… yes, Max Geiger is no longer on the show but it took two guys to replace him. The first is a former U.S. Navy SEAL named Richard "Mack" Machowicz who will be adding an element of strategy and tactics to the show. Yes, in part a bald man is replacing the man with the fro. Coincidence? I think not. The other half of Max's replacement is a man named Robert Daly (loud echoes), who is the Head of Development at Pipework's which is of course the maker of the Deadliest Warrior Game. There is yet another man that will join us this year and besides his ability to pack away red meat and bourbon he does not help replace Max. You briefly saw him during the episode of Celts vs. Persians as Master Swordsman Dave Baker, but he now has a regular spot on the show as "Dave Baker the Weapons Maker". These new spots are unique in that Mack has a segment called "Chalk Talk" that uses a touch table to work through, in a football play Xs and Os fashion, a historical battle of a particular warrior with one of our guest experts. This allows you to link the weapons tests to how these weapons were actually employed on the battlefield and helps get inside the head of the warrior while he uses them. Robert Daly on the other hand has a team of programmers at his disposal as well as experience integrating our weapons test data into the Deadliest Warrior game. Hence, he was a natural pick. Further, this year the simulator will incorporate both historical data and X-factors; these new parameters will be given a number from 0-100 so that the simulator can quantify their effects on the fight. Looking at Dave Baker who has created the weapons behind the scenes in past seasons, Spike realized this year that the work Dave was doing was interesting historically, which adds authenticity to the show. So, there is now a segment that shows you how he builds the weapons using the techniques and materials of the day.

Second, there are many other additions. We have a new company producing the show, 44blue, which created a vibe around the show that I have not felt since the early days of season 1. Can't comment too much since the only footage I've seen is that of the first act of the premiere episode on Spike.com but even that 12-minute clip promises professionalism and information that we have yet to see on this show without losing its campy, fun approach. Plus the good doctor (Dr. Armand Dorian) will be talking more about the warriors this year as he discusses the tale of the tape for each and the medicine that was available to the warriors during the time period. So instead of just analyzing a wound as it pertains to modern medicine he will add how a type of wound would have been treated and how that affects the overall outcome of the warrior specific to the time period. I myself have been given a "Lab Sequence" or "Fabrication Lab" section of the show that allows me to dig into the science behind a particular test or weapon. Enthusiastic explanations, physical demonstrations, scientific equipment, diagrams, equations, and yes, a microscope is used to delve deeper than I ever have before on how we produced a test, built a target, or explain the science behind a weapon. Other additions include mind-blowing out-of-the-box match-ups like Zombies vs. Vampires. To the Deadliest Warrior traditionalist this match-up might seem whimsical or frivolous but has the potential to blow everything out of the water on TV since we ground these fictitious warriors in the very logic that they were developed. Hence, we brought on the best experts we could find with the likes of Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide) and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) but we also created an advisory panel of people in the industry that have helped develop the lore around these mythical creatures, making it the most comprehensive "logic" ever created to ground our scientifically-based weapons tests. Trust me…this season won't disappoint.Military Leadership Match-up (George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte)

Since we have an American warrior in this week's match-up, I must first thank America once again for allowing me to be on the best show on TV and renewing my Engineers TN VISA for 2010-11. Being Canadian there is no question that I was schooled in American History this season and one item that truly stuck out for me about your great country is its ability to adapt and overcome adversity. George Washington epitomizes that quality, in my opinion, but will that be enough to overcome the superior technology and military training of France's Napoleon Bonaparte? Let's briefly introduce our military leaders:

George Washington was the dominant military leader of the United States from 1775 to 1799. Washington was born into a wealthy family that allowed him to be home schooled. Also being intelligent, physically strong, brave, and a natural leader, Washington quickly became a senior officer of the colonial forces. The experience Washington gained in early battles made him the obvious choice to lead the Continental Army and fight the British in the American Revolutionary War. Historians have given George full marks for strategy employed against the British to push them out of Boston in 1776 and forcing British captures in Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781. Then after holding ground with a thinly spread and poorly equipped force until victory was finalized two years later in 1783. George wanting to prove his opposition to dictatorship and commitment to the ideology of republicanism, resigned instead of seizing power. Amazing. Personally, what amazed me most about this man was his ability to be flexible on the battlefield and while I'd love to tell the story about how he manufactured his cannon, I do believe it's well explained on the show and encompasses the type of war fighter he was… innovative.

Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military leader who is best remembered for his role in the Napoleonic wars that occurred during the first decade of the 19th century. In 1799, Napoleon staged a coup and five years later the French Senate proclaimed him emperor. After seizing this power and during his reign as French Emperor early in the 19th century, France under Napoleon engaged in a series of conflicts, better known as the Napoleonic Wars, involving every major European country. France secured a dominant position in continental Europe, and Napoleon maintained French influence through the formation of extensive alliances. It was as a result of these wars, and his success in them, that he is generally regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time. Hence, Napoleon's campaigns are studied at military academies throughout much of the world today. Enough said, but what was Napoleon's weakness? Watch this season's premiere episode on Wednesday, July 20 at 10pm EST/PT to find out.

Okay, done geeking out for this week. FYI @geoffdesmoulin (that's me) will be tweeting live this year so if you're watching the show and just gotta know… hit me up. You can also hit up the Doc @drdorian and Mack @mack5326.

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New Episodes of Deadliest Warrior air on Spike Wednesdays at 10/9c and are posted on Spike.com three days later.

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