I have to agree that the show takes some liberties with reenactments and hypotheses about the warriors' strengths and battle prowess. However, I think this season injects some more historical background to play off of and to incorporate to better prepare the simulations.
I watched the Joan of Arc show recently with my kids and I have to say, they were drawn in, not by the blood and guts, but by the experiments and the amount of time the show now devotes to explaining the science and technology behind them. So if gore + epic battles + experiments = interest in science and history, I'm all for that!
Blending a lot of fact with fictional battles makes for great television. Seeing the science behind the mock battles adds to the validity of the winner of each battle. There is still a certain amount of hypothesis in the show such as the actual strenth of warriors of the past, but the show is great and based on a lot of fact.
I saw this series some time in the first season because my son was watching it. At first I did not get much out of it since it seemed to be based more on conjecture than real science.
Now that I know there is more real science and engineering behind it I will take another look.
The zombies and vampires though, that still gets me a little bit.... Somebody must have written up the zombie and vampire manuals, specs and requirements documents in Hollywood and made them available. I have not been able to find them, I admit I have not looked very hard though.
I guess this same idea would apply to Star Trek as well. Somebody must be collecting all the information into a guide for future writers to add to in the next installment of the series.
It's not surprising that so much of this technology is being applied to video fight scenes. It's amazing to see what can be accomplished with today's motion capture technology and CGI. The new movie, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," has fight scenes on the Golden Gate Bridge that are unbelievably realistic.
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