Jousting has always been a fascination of mine. The reality of grown men, on horseback, riding full speed at each other to strike their opponent with a lance is as brutal as it gets. I have also speculated that modern day jousting would be awesome to watch. Not the theatrical stuff you see in movies or at dinner theater, but full on carnage. Well, the History Channel has made this a reality, with their new show Full Metal Jousting.
The show is as real as it gets. There are two “teams”, a red team and a black team. They have developed modern day versions of the armor Knights would wear in medieval jousting. Admittedly, the armor is awesome and I want it for myself; although I don’t know where I would wear it. It has all the attributes that you would expect from jousting armor with modern day safety in mind. The armor they use weighs around 80 pounds, looks pretty badass, and allows the jousters the mobility needed to compete. They have specially trained horses and their lances are made specifically for real jousting, with real hits.
They do have rules, for the safety of the jousters and the safety of the horses, but the competition doesn’t seem bogged down with them. There are real hits and real damage. There is also real injuries and real blood, so if you are squeamish or if you have young children, this may not be the show for you. It’s not gore for gore’s sake, and so far none of the contestants have been seriously injured, but when you have people running into each other with wooden lances while riding on 2000 pound horses, there is going to be some blood.
The show airs on Sundays 10/9c. For more information about the show, check out: http://www.history.com/shows/full-metal-jousting. UPDATE: The link is showing as broken. I did a search, and it does not appear the show was cancelled, it looks like they did a casting call for Season 2, but I can’t find any information on when that would air. Amazon does have the DVD for just under $25, or you can get each episode for $1.99 on Instant Stream Video, with the full season of Instant Stream priced at $9.99.
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