More Bots – Less Babble

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A few weeks ago, my wife and I started watching a new TV show on Sunday nights:

Battle Bots.

It’s an hour-long program that pits mechanical robots against each other, in gladiator-type, hand-to-robotic-hand combat.

Oddly enough, it was my wife’s idea for us to start watching it.

We’ve only seen 2 or 3 episodes so far, but we’ve already developed a pattern of watching only the actual bot battles, and turning the channel, to watch a different program, during all of the announcers’ babbling.

You may be thinking, “How much babbling is there?”

Well, each episode of the show lasts 60 minutes, but it typically includes less than 10 minutes of robots actually doing battle:

The rest of the time is eaten up by dragging out all of the almost-ceremonial preparations for each battle, with the two male announcers excitedly shouting everything that they say at the top of their lungs; and the young, female spokesmodel repeatedly demonstrating that she can successfully grab our attention, and keep her balance, standing with her legs twisted into increasingly unnatural positions, and her feet pointing at odd angles to each other.

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