This has to be the one heat this series that Robot Wars fans were most looking forward too: the rematch between last year’s champions and last year’s runner-up.
The champions last time were Apollo, a flipping robot whose Pontin’s Blue Coat controllers claim is a “launcher” – a claim that holds some ground given that in last year’s series they not only won the series, but flipped over every House Robot except Sir Killalot. The robot they beat in the grand final was Carbide, an incredibly destructive spinner, which has been made more powerful and whose team is keen to get their revenge.
Because the heat was so much about them, the other robots in the heat seem to be left in the background, although there were some interesting entries. These include Crackers ‘n’ Smash, which was a clusterbot (one that splits up and fights as two separate robots); Ms Nightshade, the tallest robot in the series which opens up like a flower to smash spikes in from above; and the recycled axebot Trolley Rage.
But as mentioned earlier, what we were keen to see was the rematch between Apollo and Carbide. Without wanting to give away too much, it was certainly an exciting watch to see who would come out tops. It was also fun to try and see Apollo trying to do the one thing they have been unable to achieve and try and flip Killalot.
The important thing is however, that we now know which five robots have automatically qualified for the grand final next week. There is also one runner-up who gets a reprieve. Who will that be?
Robot Wars is on BBC Two at 19.00.