Sunday, September 18, 2011

Deadliest Warrior Season Finale

For three seasons now, Spike TV has been pitting some of the greatest and most infamous characters throughout history against one another in mortal combat (no, not THAT "Mortal Kombat" ... though there are plenty of fatalities) in Deadliest Warrior. I'll admit, I've been a big fan of the series, and I'm constantly learning more about the history of combat, while being fascinated to see the weapons in action.  Still, I'm always left wondering how they could possibly outdo themselves.  Well, to wrap up Season 3, the Deadliest Warrior crew went out with a bang ... or rather a bite ... answering an age old fanboy question:

"Who would win in a fight between Vampires and Zombies?"

This was a great way to wrap up the season.  When I first heard about it, I was wondering how the guys would actually manage to measure the abilities of the two creatures ... since, y'know, they don't actually exists.  To help out, Deadliest Warrior called in some experts, including 30 Days of Night creator, Steve Niles and World War Z author, Max Brooks.

I'm not going to give anything away here, but I will say that after watching the show, I think everyone did a great job of addressing what most of us would ask in a throwdown between the Nosferatu and Walking Dead. For example, unless they're fighting at High Noon, it's a pretty safe bet to assume that a single vampire against a single zombie would be a no-brainer (sorry, couldn't resist).  But the thing that makes the idea of zombies so frightening is that they overwhelm you with their sheer numbers.  So, after running a cool experiment to simulate an approaching horde, everyone agrees on a "fair" zombie to vampire ratio of 63:1.

After settling the numbers issue, the crew got to work comparing the other tools in the creatures' respective arsenals.  Things like bite strength and claw strength were measured and compared ... with some gloriously gory results. Then came the various "X-Factors" that could swing the flow of battle one way or the other.  Eventually, all the data was fed into the Deadliest Warrior computers, simulating five thousand battles.  I won't give away who won, but I WILL say that it was one of the closest battles I've seen in three seasons of the show.

If you're interested in checking it out for yourself, the season finale "Vampires vs. Zombies" episode of is currently available to watch online via the Deadliest Warrior official website.

Just an afterthought here ... how cool would it be to pit some of the DC and/or Marvel comic heroes against each other in the Deadliest Warrior arena?

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