Posts Tagged ‘Syfy’

Sharknado 2 Gets a Poster


Making me believe even more that someway, somehow Sharknado 2 is a real thing that’s going to happen, Syfy has released an official poster. And by official I mean they took the flying shark from the original Sharknado poster and threw in the Statue of Liberty.

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Battlestar Galactica Creator Ron Moore is Back with Syfy’s Helix!

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Check out the intense new trailer for BFG creator Ron Moore‘s new Syfy series, Helix – about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility to investigate a possible disease outbreak.

Season 1, which premieres on Friday, January both, contains 13 episodes. Starring The Killing’s Billy Campbell and The Wolverine’s Hiroyuki Sanada, Helix will follow the scientists as they are “pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.”

Part Andromeda Strain, part The Thing…watch the trailer below.

Helix premieres Friday, January 10th at 10/9c on Syfy.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Nikita Alum to Star in Syfy’s 12 Monkeys

Aaron Stanford on Nikita.

With The CW’s Nikita having wrapped up its fourth and final season, production-wise, a few weeks ago, the news has come down that star Aaron Stanford (who played Birkhoff) has landed a leading gig over on Syfy’s TV series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys.

Stanford and Amanda Schull (PLL, Suits) have joined 12 Monkeys in the project’s two lead roles – “Cole,” (who Bruce Willis played in the movie) a desperate and haunted man from the near future who travels to the present day to stop a deadly plague from being released on the world, and “Cassandra Railly,” (Madeleine Stow played “Kathryn Railly” in the film) a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy.

Also joining in key positions behind the camera are Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Jeffrey Reiner (Helix, Friday Night Lights, Caprica) who will direct the pilot and also serve as Executive Producer.

Based on the classic hit film, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Terra Nova, Nikita) wrote the pilot script and are Co-Executive Producers. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will Executive Produce. Roven produced the original film.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke…When She Was in Syfy’s TRIASSIC ATTACK!

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The story goes that Emilia Clarke landed the role of Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones fresh out of acting school. Well, not quite. More like fresh off the Syfy original movie Triassic Attack, where she fended off a fiendish onslaught of reanimated dinosaur fossils!

First things first. I tooootally remember this behind-the-scenes video. I even wrote up a piece about it for IGN back and IGN and Syfy were working on making a monster movie together.

The movie starred Colin Ferguson (Eureka) as a small town Sheriff and the adorable Ms. Clarke played his daughter. The two butt heads naturally, that is until an invasion of giant dino-skeletons ravages their town.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

The Sharknado Sequel is Called…


Weeks back, Syfy opened up the Twitter floodgates by asking fans to name the hotly-anticipated sequel to their cheesed-out Asylum movie acquisition Sharknado. And here’s what the spinner landed on…

The next installment of the Sharknado franchise (presumption?) is simply called Sharknado: The Second Oneaccording to EW.

Amusing, sure, but also a bit disappointing considering some of the entries. And I’m speaking only about the fraction of suggestions that I saw on my Twitter feed alone.

“Since Twitter played such a huge role in the success of the original movie, we wanted to use that platform to ask our fans to name Sharknado 2,” Thomas Vitale, executive vp of programming at Syfy told EW. “This response is another reminder of how Sharknado has become a pop culture phenomenon. We want to thank all our viewers for their wonderful contributions to keeping up the shark-mentum.”

Sharknado: The Second One is due to hit TV screens July 2014.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Syfy: From Sharknado to GHOST SHARK!

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Traveling through water the way Horace Pinker travels through electricity (look, I don’t have time to explain all my Shocker references!), Ghost Shark is gonna chomp you no matter where you bathe. Check out the trailer for Syfy‘s new absurd original movie below!

Yeah, it’s got sharks (because everything now must), but where are the washed up stars? No Tori Spelling? No Ronny Cox? 7th Heaven’s Ruthie Camden isn’t going to cut it! I am disappoint.

Funny thing is, there’s actually a movie called Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws coming out – an Australian production that was made based off a fake parody-style trailer. And while it seems like Syfy has rushed the a first installment into production to create continuity, Thomas Vitale, EVP of programming and original movies said that the idea for Ghost Shark came from his 7-year-old daughter.

In fact, I’m willing to be a lot of Syfy movie ideas come from the “under 10″ set.

Ghost Shark won’t enter our lives and make it better until August 22nd.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Full SHARKNADO Trailer!

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In case you were an insane person who was still on the fence about watching Syfy’s Asylum acquisition, Sharknado, here’s a full minute of the blissful hell that awaits you.

Sharknado stars Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and John Heard. And thousands of CGI sharks.

History will now define this era as Pre-Sharknado and Post-Sharknado.

Sharknado airs Thursday, July 11th at 9/8c on Syfy.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Syfy’s SHARKNADO is @#$%ing Real

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The Syfy Original Movies brand, home to such classics as “Mansquito,” “Sharktopus” and (most recently) “Independence Day-saster,” have now confirmed their spiral into utter madness/genius with the announcement of “Sharknado”, starring Tara Reid.

In it, there’s a tornado filled with sharks. The end.

On a side note here, I did up this jokey “Rejected Syfy Movies” piece for IGN years back (which Syfy had to actually approve) to promote the joint IGN/Syfy movie that I was a part of hashing out. The movie took many forms over time, but I’ve been told it will finally air this year. Anyhow, some of the ideas in this feature were ideas we pitched to Syfy. Unfortunately, RATnado: Tornado of Rats wasn’t officially one of them. But I still included it in the piece.

Click the tornado of freakin’ sharks to head over to the Syfy site and watch the teaser trailer…

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Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Defiance: Hellbug Seasons Crossover!


Remember the Irathient villain from back in Defiance‘s third episode? Rynn, the vengeful woman who unleashed hellbugs on her victims and then planned on using an underground hive to destroy the entire town? Well, during her brief departure from the show (she was arrested), Rynn’s character is actually entering the Defiance MMO game, bringing specific missions related to the show and kicking off an event called, “Hellbug Seasons.”

In “Hellbug Seasons,” Rynn unleashes swarms of alien monsters across the game world that players will have to defeat in order for her to appear back in the show. This is basically the show’s gimmick – the “transmedia crossover” – in full effect and it sounds pretty sweet.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Syfy Renews Defiance


Syfy has given a second season to their new future-earth alien melting pot series, Defiance – a show that was launched in conjunction with an immersive MMO video game.

“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been an incredible team effort. We couldn’t ask for better partners than [executive producer] Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” said Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”

Defiance stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, Stephanie Leonidas and Tony Curran. Production for Season 2 is currently scheduled for August.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Defiance: “A Well Respected Man” Recap


When Kenya is kidnapped, Amanda and Nolan must appeal to Datak’s better nature in order to get him to help use his resources to find her.

There was a lot going on in “A Well Respected Man,” and sometimes things weren’t given enough time to fully resonate, but overall I liked the fact that Amanda was finally given something to do and that Kenya was able to step out from the shadows a bit and feel like more of a character. I’m also not sure if airing this episode fourth was the original intent, as parts of it definitely felt like it was a direct follow-up to the second episode which ended with Datak displaying the body of that Castithan coward on Nolan’s doorstep.

Also, no Irisa here. I know that characters will take a back seat every now and again (Amanda’s been doing it for two episodes), but I certainly hope Irisa doesn’t get fully left out of any more chapters.

So what didn’t work here really was the actual kidnapping element. The villains – a Human/Bioman pairing that felt like Steinbeck’s George and Lennie – weren’t really focused on all that much and the fact that they used a virtual maze to scare adrenal juices out of their captives felt like an interesting concept that could have been saved, and fully exploited, in later episode. Also, the “investigation” into Kenya’s whereabouts, once Datak got involved, was just beating up one dude for information and then shooting the Bioman dead. So not much intrigue there.


No, the best parts of this episode involved the Tarrs and the Rosewaters. First, Datak refused to help Amanda, as payback for feeling slighted. Then Stahma stepped in and worked her sliver (literally!) tongue and got Amanda to give Datak a seat on the City Council. A little ego-stroking. And a much appreciated scene between besties Julie Benz and Jaime Murray. By the end, it was Nolan who realized that Stahma was behind the manipulation.

Then the reveal that Amanda and Kenya’s mother basically abandoned them to die in the midst of a bombing was pretty intense. It still might have worked better if Amanda didn’t share the flashback details with Kenya, but at least now there won’t be such outright snippiness between them. And the end montages, set to songs, are starting to grow on me. I suppose they’re always going to live and die by my own appreciation of the song itself, but this week’s Dylan track, “Scarlet Town,” worked really well.

Grade: B

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Defiance: “The Devil in the Dark” Recap


A series of bizarre murders leads Nolan to discover that Irisa has a “gift” which might cause the differences between them to grow even greater.

Once again, the character moments on Defiance shined brighter than the action-y case/danger of the week. In “The Devil in the Dark,” a series of murders once again led Nolan down underneath Defiance to chase down a killer who someone else very strongly wanted to be brought back alive. So those of you out there who felt like this chapter mirrored last week’s episode a bit were on the right track. But above all of this was the resurgence of the Nolan/Irisa father-daughter dynamic which represents the best, most interesting part of the series

The reveal that the Spirit Rider Sukar was also a surrogate father to an Irathient girl whose parents were killed was a nice touch.  And it will only serve to make things harder on Nolan and Irisa in the future as she’ll probably be more drawn to those of her own species. She’s long overdue for an actual rebellious phase and the fact that Rynn is going to prison and Sukar will be without a daughter only means that there’s now extra room at his table for Irisa. And Nolan sees that. Even Rynn sees that; already noticing how much Sukar likes the “Young Wolf” and her gift of seeing into the past.


Still, the best scene on the show was when Nolan was holding Irisa out on the field after she’d been stricken with one of her seizures. It gave us a look inside what life must have been like for him and her in the past, when she was a lot younger and suffering from these episodes. And Nolan had to try and comfort her the only way he knew how – unaware of her alien abilities. It’s too bad that she resents him so much for the things he couldn’t possibly know.  It wasn’t long though, after Sukar was able to correctly diagnose Irisa’s “condition,” that she was seeking comfort in Sukar’s arms, trembling like she did in Nolan’s paternal embrace.

Mayor Amanda didn’t have much to do in this episode other than give the stolen land back to the Irathients at the end, and her sister Kenya had even less to do save for her one scene of weird, cuisinal masochistic sex with one of the hell bug victims. Stahma was busy kissing up to Christie only to find all her hard, manipulative work go to waste after one poorly chosen Castithan phrase from Datak. Fortunately, a hell bug attack wound up bringing both families together (even though the Tarrs lied about Alak saving Christie).

As mentioned, the final decent to nab Rynn felt like déjà vu and the mother bug looked like something Sonic the Hedgehog would spin kick for gold rings. Overall though, Defiance is giving us some uniquely strong moments between Nolan and Irisa.

Grade: C+

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Defiance: “Down In The Ground Where The Dead Men Go” Recap


Nolan and Rafe follow a traitor down into the depths of “Old St. Louis” while Amanda finds herself in the middle of a Castithan culture clash.

I really want to try and recap Syfy’s Defiance every week, but Mondays are really busy for me what with the WWE RAW, The Following, Revolution and Bates Motel. The Following, which I review for IGN, wraps up its first season next week so it’ll give me a little more wiggle room and hopefully I’ll be able to write about this show on a regular basis. Again, Defiance doesn’t break any new molds, but it’s enjoyable and this week’s episode was a lot more character driven than the double-sized pilot.

The plot to track down Ben and stop him from blowing up a bomb inside an old city nuclear reactor was fine, but it was mostly a repeat of the story from the premiere, with the same villain even. So it was kind of incidental. But the character stuff that came with the trek down below was really good, and even the dialogue was noticeably better than the first installment. Rafe felt like a much more fleshed out character here and his decision to spare Ben’s life was a good way to unburden us from his stubborn bitterness. Of course, had this been BSG, he would have just shot Ben, going to the dark, direct approach.


Even Nolan wasn’t a rogue-ish as he was in the pilot. Sure, he took it upon himself to stop a torturous Castithan ritual that involved stretching a dude with a weighted basket full of rocks, but he felt like much more of an actual town employee here, despite him only being the main lawman for a few weeks. Irisa spent most of this episode staring with disgust at the torture – a bit of a waste for such a ferocious character. But I liked how she wound up making a drastic decision, in a sense, for the town. A decision that there’s not really any turning back from. She basically did what everyone else wanted to do, but were to afraid to. Amanda wanted to stand up to the Castithans and just needed a reason. It’s just ironic that the change came from an Irathient – a group of aliens who once revolted because Defiance forced them to take part in something that their religion forbade.

None of it worked to save the cowards life though. It’s hard to think that saving someone actually makes matters worse for them. I instantly thought of the Game of Thrones episode from last week when Dany tried to give water to the dying slave and he refused. Jaime Murray’s Stahma felt a lot more interesting this week; especially her story of how she was aggressively courted by Datak who managed to arrange for the man she was supposed to marry to get “accidentally” blown out an airlock. Here, Stahma used her powers of persuasion to convince Christie to go through with marrying her son.

I could have done without the slow, maudlin cover version of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” at the end, as some ’90s gems are still too sacred to me, but this episode was a good follow-up to the premiere. I like the idea of an actual American city resting beneath everyone’s feet and I hope “Old St. Louis” gets used again.  It also seems like they’ve decided to give ex-Mayor Nicky a bit of a conscience now; something that was missing from last week’s end reveal that she was in on the Volge invasion.

Grade: B

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Defiance: “Pilot” Recap


Syfy’s new war-ravaged future Earth series, starring Julie Benz and Grant Bowler, might be a grab bag of pre-existing sci-fi, but it’s still good fun.

Marking a huge collaborative effort between Syfy and the game company Trion Worlds, Defiance debuted tonight with an over-sized pilot episode that adeptly and joyfully set the stage for the series and, hopefully, enticed viewers to check out the Defiance MMO which launched today in conjunction with the show. Not everything about the series is great – the dialogue could use a lot of work, for one – but, admittedly, parts of me are so excited that an ambitious, honest-to-goodness science fiction show is on Syfy, that I found myself just going along for the ride. Even though it’s a ride I’ve taken already with other properties like Babylon 5, Deep Space Nine, Firefly and Star Wars, to name a few.

Julie Benz Talks Her New Defiance Role!

Defiance Creator On the Ambitious Premise!

So there you have it. Derivativeness will be people’s main complaint with this show. But to me – and I know this sounds strange – by being and encompassing just about everything this series is able to find its own voice. Defiance comes with a wonderfully elaborate backstory/history in which Votans (the collective name for seven exiled alien races) arrived at Earth in 2013 looking for a new home. Eventually, fear and tension got the better of everyone involved and there was a giant global war which resulted in big catastrophic terraforming, transforming Earth into a wasteland. There’s more to get into here, but it’s my hope that all of this will eventually be explained on the series and that viewers won’t have to play the game in order to get a fullfilling experience.


Stephanie Leonidas and Grant Bowler and Irisa and Nolan.

The pilot episode deals with Grant Bowler’s ex-solider drifter, Nolan, and his adopted alien daughter Irisa, stopping off at the township-formerly-known-as-St. Louis, Defiance; an isolated Western-style community where humans and Votans live together in semi-harmony. With Nolan and Irisa we get both Han Solo and Mad Max, as both of them take the form of reluctant heroes.  But whereas Nolan is a smug wiseass, Irisa is terse and lethal. Giving them that extra, weird father/daughter layer – where he doesn’t know how to be a father nor she a daughter – was an excellent touch and the two of them often clash over their overall (meandering) direction in life.

In Defiance, Nolan quickly finds himself frolicking with whores (in a brothel run by Mia Kershner’s Kenya) and entering himself into an underground alien fight club run by town crook Datak Tarr (Tony Curran). From there, much to the chagrin of Irisa, Nolan places himself in the middle of a family feud between Tarr and Graham Green’s town one-percenter, Rafe McCawley after Rafe assumes that his son was killed by Tarr’s son. Once the truth is uncovered though, a more sinster plot is revealed and by the end, everyone involved takes up arms to defend Defiance from an invasion by the Volge – a deadly automaton race that no one, alien or human, likes.

Providing a taste of the local flavor is Julie Benz, who plays Defiance’s newly appointed Mayor, Amanda Rosewater. This pilot could have just as easily been her story as her first day on the job turns out to be whirlwind of murder, conspiracy and war, but I’m glad it focused more on Nolan and Irisa. As of now, Benz does a great job as a foil for Nolan; eventually warming to him and asking him to remain in town as Defiance’s head lawman. The little twist at the end featuring the former Mayor, Nicky, being a key member of the invasion plot was enticing and enough to make me want to watch next week’s follow up.


Bowler, with Julie Benz as Amanda.

While not as dark and gritty as BSG, Defiance doesn’t necessarily play it safe.  There’re still a lot of gaps to be filled in, backstory-wise, but what we’re given on screen is an effective and enjoyable hodge-podge of sci-fi’s past 50 years.  It both works as an intergalactic Deadwood and a larger, genocidal war-based series.

Grade: B

Defiance premieres Monday, April 15th at 9/8c on Syfy.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Julie Benz on Playing the Mayor of Syfy’s Defiance


I spoke with Dexter-alum Julie Benz about playing the mayor of a multi-galactic town on her new sci-fi Western series, Defiance.

Syfy’s ambitious new series, Defiance, has a few taglines. The first is “New Earth, New Rules” which speaks to the fact that this sci-fi show takes place on a future Earth where humans no co-exist with numerous alien species who arrived as exiles from a dying solar system. The other is “Watch the Show, Play the Game, Change the World” which is all about the multi-platform launch of this project/product, including an MMO game version which coincides with the events portrayed on the show.

In Defiance, Julie Benz (Dexter, Angel, No Ordinary Family) plays Amanda Rosewater, the newly appointed Mayor of the war-ravaged former St. Louis – now called, naturally, Defiance. I had a chance to speak with Benz about her new role, the amazing amount of energy spent creating the world of the show before she ever stepped on set, and the sexiness of co-star/friend Jaime Murray.

Defiance: The Ambitious Concept Explained!

Showrenity:  Most shows have the luxury of being able to find their footing after a few episodes, but this series had to have a fully established world right off the bat. What was that like? 

Benz: God, you know what? It was refreshing. It made our jobs as actors much easier because there was so much thought and backstory put into everything. I mean, the show had been developed for years before I even knew about it, so to step into that and have the show’s mythology already built around us, we didn’t have to create much on our own. And so it really gave us an opportunity to gain a familiarity with the world. We were also able to have a two week rehearsal process, which is extraordinary. You don’t get that in TV. So we had the opportunity to do two weeks of prep, with rehearsals, talking to the director and the writers to pick their brains. Discovering more and more about our characters. And they were very flexible too. They wanted us to help flesh out parts of our own storylines.

Showrenity: When we first meet your character, Amanda, it’s her first day on the job and she’s dealing with chaos. We don’t learn much about her but I assume her past will get filled in.

Benz: It’s like life, isn’t it? [laughs] Because even when it’s the first day on set, you’re dealing with chaos. No, but it was interesting because we had to create backstory, especially between my sister (played by Mia Kirshner) and I, to make that connection believable. So we actually did a lot of rehearsals and had discussions about what our backstory was. What kind of relationship we had. So we could play that in the few brief scenes that we had together, so that you could see that we are sisters. And it’s a very complicated relationship. and that’s definitely explored throughout the whole series.

For me, it was great to come into it and play this character who doesn’t really know what she’s doing, but she knows what she believes. She makes mistakes along the way, but because her heart’s always in the right place, she tends to land on her feet. And that’s her saving grace in the beginning.


Benz, with Jaime Murray, Tony Curran and Graham Greene.

Showrenity: Given that you’ve been a part of so many beloved genre shows, do you think that’s given you a particular skill set that allows you to easily find the humanity within sci-fi and fantasy productions?

Benz: I would say the only skill set my, shall we call it, pedigree gives me is that I know how to operate and maneuver around Comic-Con. [laughs] Because on each set it’s different. Each story’s different. Each prosthetic’s different. Every character’s different. And they affect you differently, and so I was able to give some advice to some of the other actors who had to deal with heavy alien make-up, based on what I know about what I went through. And some of the parameters you might have to set up as far as comfort issues go, but other than that I’d say the only thing I’m able to do is get from Point A to Point b at Comic-Con.

Showrenity: What was it like to work on this set?  It looks very impressive.

Benz:  This is probably one of the most creative sets I’ve been on in a long time. It was really amazing. From the minute we walked in and saw the backlot that was built – they built this amazing town, and it’s not like anything you’ve ever seen before. It was inspiring and it inspired us creatively as actors. And it allowed us to nurture our creativity and nurture each others’ creativity. To try and push the envelope as much as we could within the storylines we were given. And I think that’s what you see with the Tarr family storyline. Jaime Murray (who plays Stahma Tarr) is…I mean talk about someone who pushes the envelope. She pushes it and pushes it. And she was so great at creating such a realistic alien who’s so sexy and diminutive while also being diabolical. Just watching her was extraordinary. Her and Tony (Curran, who plays husband Datak Tarr)  have such a great creative process together.

The whole process itself was like that. It was all-encompassing. Everyone had been working on this for so long before the actors even showed up that it was like “Come and join our party. Look at how much fun we’re having!”

Defiance premieres on Monday, April 15th at 9/8c on Syfy.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

Chris Jericho Talks Robot Combat League


Showrenity had the chance to speak with WWE Superstar Chris Jericho about his new hosting gig for Syfy’s giant robot reality series, Robot Combat League, and how the show really has to be seen to be believed.

“You’ve never never seen anything like this ever,” Jericho told me. “And when I first heard the concept of giant robots being controlled by humans I thought ‘Oh, that sounds like a cute idea. I’ll check it out.’ But then when I saw them with my own eyes, I was blown away.”

George Lucas Visited the Set of RCL! Find Out Why!

Robot Combat League takes the concept of the Hugh Jackman film Real Steel and turns it into reality with human-controlled-robots pitted against one another for maximum metal carnage and the chance to win $100,000. Twelve teams, with twelve robots, face off tournament style, with Jericho acting as the ultimate Master of Ceremonies. “We’re at the point now, with technology, that if you think of the movie Terminator, in the post-apocalyptic future scene when the robots are walking over human skulls, that’s what these robots are like. And the first time I saw one of these robots walking toward me in the battleground, if it hadn’t have stopped I would have turned and ran away. It freaked me out. They move quick, they fight hard and they could cave the side of your head in. The future is now. This is the perfect blend of humanity and machinery, for the first time ever. It’s the perfect project.”


Jericho boasted about the hard-hitting battle droids, but also expressed sympathy toward those who made the machines that are being sent out to get smashed. “Each robot costs about a million dollars to make and so when you put these two robots together to beat the hell out of each other it’s actually very sad,” he said. “It’s like putting two Lamborghinis into a demolition derby.”

“They were invented by a team who’ve been working on the robots for about three years,” he added. “Actually, before the movie Real Steel came out, they had begun this concept. And this really is a real-life version of Real Steel. There are a group of robot scientists, animatronic experts who work in Hollywood, led by a man named Mark Setrakain, and they created these robots. There are twelve diffetent robots in all, with different looks, gimmicks and qualities. The strategy of the teams is what matters too. There’s a techie and a jock. The jock controls the fighting style of the robot. They put on an exo-skeleton and when the jock throws a punch, the robot throws a punch. When the jock, moves the robot moves. And there’s three rounds. At the end of each round, the tech has to go down and assess the damage.”

Jericho then explained, in more detail, his role on the series. “I’m the host of the show, I’m the commentator of the show, I’m the shoulder to cry on when things go bad,” he smiled. “I’m also the person who’s going to give contestants a nudge when they’re feeling down. Or I’ll call them out when they’re being stupid. I’m there to control the ebb and flow of the show and to be engaging. And the teams who did the best are the teams who had the best chemistry. The ones where the robot also became a part of their team.”

Robot Combat League premieres on Tuesday, February 26th at 10/9c on Syfy.

Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

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