|Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars - Semi-Final 2|
The Robot Wars logo from the introduction titles
|Series||The Seventh Wars|
|Winner(s)|| Storm 2 |
|First Broadcast||February 29th 2004|
|Preceded by||Semi-Final 1|
|Succeeded by||Grand Final|
Semi-Final 2 of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars was the second of two Semi-Finals which determined the Grand Finalists of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars. The eight competing semi-finalists were paired off in Round 1, with the four victors pairing off in Round 2 to decide which two robots would progress to the Grand Final. The episode featuring Semi-Final 2 was broadcast on February 29, 2004 on Five.
- This semi-final featured four newcomers, the second most in UK Robot Wars history, and the most since the Third Wars. However, of these four newcomers only M2 had never competed in any form of the show before as the other three all featured in Extreme Series 2. Only one of the four veterans had reached the semi-finals the previous year and only two had been semi-finalists in any of the previous series.
- The four veterans were drawn against the four newcomers in the first round. From these battles, two of the newcomers made it to the second round, both of which eventually qualified for the Grand Final. This was the first time since the Third Wars that two newcomers had qualified from a semi-final.
- This was Firestorm's fifth appearance in the semi-finals, this made it the most for any robot in Robot Wars history.
- This was the first time an act of controversy concerning Storm 2 occurred.
- This was the last appearance of Thermidor 2 and Atomic.
- M2 - Winner of Heat A
- Mute - Winner of Heat L
- Storm 2 (seeded 16th) - Winner of Heat I
- Typhoon 2 - Winner of Heat O
- Atomic - Winner of Heat G
- Firestorm 5 (seeded 2nd) - Winner of Heat P
- The Grim Reaper - Winner of Heat B
- Thermidor 2 (seeded 14th) - Winner of Heat J
Firestorm 5 (2) vs MuteEdit
Both robots were facing the other to begin with. On the sound of activate, both drove forwards, with Mute driving straight over the top of Firestorm 5, and off the other side. Firestorm 5 fired its flipper, but it was too late to flip Mute. Mute drove towards an angle grinder, where Firestorm 5 could sneak up on Mute, slip under the side, and flip Mute, which tumbled back onto its wheels again afterwards. Firestorm 5 instantly followed this up, getting underneath the front of Mute, and flipping it again.
This left Mute inverted, where it was subject to its own typical self-righting antics, throwing itself into Sergeant Bash, which was mysteriously in the centre of the arena. Mute made another attempt at self-righting, as Firestorm 5 drew near, firing its flipper with no robot on top of it. Mute made a full somersault, landing on top of Firestorm 5, before then doing another full flip in a self-righting attempt, still unable to land on its wheels.
As Mute made another full somersault, Firestorm 5 pushed it towards the arena side wall. In this situation, Mute could potentially throw itself out of the arena when attempting to self-right, so it remained idle. Firestorm 5 got underneath Mute from the rear, and flipped it, trying to get it out of the arena. The Mute team felt that Mute was headed out of the arena through this flip, so they activated Mute's own flipper, flinging Mute straight into the safety barrier out of the arena, and out of the competition.
Winner: Firestorm 5
Thermidor 2 (14) vs Typhoon 2Edit
Typhoon 2 employed its usual tactic of avoiding its opponent to get its spinning weapon up to full speed as Thermidor 2 tried to pursue it. Thermidor 2 chased its opponent into a corner so Typhoon 2 finally went on the attack, immobilising Thermidor 2 with a single blow. Typhoon 2 attacked a few more times but Thermidor was long dead and was attacked by the house robots before Refbot counted it out. To finish the battle Thermidor 2 was thrown by the floor flipper and placed on the dropzone, where a washing machine was dropped onto it.
Winner: Typhoon 2
Storm 2 (16) vs The Grim ReaperEdit
The Grim Reaper drove in a curvy fashion at the start of the battle, with Storm 2 making minimal movement until the team saw an opportunity for Storm 2 to get underneath The Grim Reaper from the side of it, after which Storm 2 rammed The Grim Reaper into the arena wall near Sergeant Bash's CPZ. The Grim Reaper got stuck on top of Storm 2, firing its flipper to try and shake itself off, but Storm 2 maintained The Grim Reaper in the same position. Storm 2 then pressed The Grim Reaper against an angle grinder, lifting The Grim Reaper using its own lifting arm.
Sergeant Bash flickered its flamethrower, sending bursts of flame towards The Grim Reaper, which was still being pressed against an angle grinder. The Grim Reaper eventually freed itself from the top of Storm 2, where it drove around Refbot in an effort to evade Storm 2, before coming back in for an attack. However, The Grim Reaper could not get underneath Storm 2, and so drove away again. The two robots tentatively touched each other, before Storm 2 finally got underneath The Grim Reaper again, pushing The Grim Reaper towards another arena wall, buffeting it upwards. The Grim Reaper tried to get underneath the wedge of Storm 2, but only drove straight up Storm 2, which drove The Grim Reaper all the way into an empty CPZ at the opposite side of the two robots' former location. This slam caused The Grim Reaper to jump off the ground again.
The Grim Reaper tried to flee again, but Sergeant Bash was in the main arena, moving towards the empty CPZ so it could occupy said corner, but Sergeant Bash only obstructed The Grim Reaper. Storm 2 used this as an opportunity to get underneath The Grim Reaper again. Storm 2 raised its lifting arm, raising The Grim Reaper from the ground as Storm 2 slammed it into the pit release. The Grim Reaper did nothing more than flee from Storm 2, but as Storm 2 was the faster robot, Storm 2 caught up, while the pit descended.
Storm 2 was underneath The Grim Reaper once again, using its lifting arm to hoist The Grim Reaper. The Grim Reaper merely spun on the spot, as Storm 2 got underneath it once again, where they reversed to push The Grim Reaper towards Shunt. The Grim Reaper fired its flipper with no other robot on top of it, as Shunt axed The Grim Reaper. While Storm 2 lingered, The Grim Reaper finally got underneath Storm 2, but their flip did not overturn Storm 2. Storm 2 quickly got back into the runnings, as they reversed to push The Grim Reaper towards Sergeant Bash.
On a separate charge, Storm 2 slammed The Grim Reaper into the angle grinder it utilised at the start of the battle, knocking the top plating off of the angle grinder itself. Storm 2 pushed The Grim Reaper around in a circle, and then into an arena wall. Sergeant Bash spat flames at The Grim Reaper, with Storm 2 preventing The Grim Reaper from escaping as Sergeant Bash clamped The Grim Reaper with its claw. Sergeant Bash crumpled the armour of The Grim Reaper before it escaped.
On an attack, The Grim Reaper drove up the wedge of Storm 2 again, which tried to push The Grim Reaper into the pit, but Storm 2 did not succeed in doing so. Storm 2, on a slower ram, pressed The Grim Reaper against another arena side wall, still bringing The Grim Reaper off the ground. The Grim Reaper drove into Shunt's CPZ, with Shunt itself missing The Grim Reaper and axing the arena floor. Shunt hit its target on a second attempt, but inflicted no visible damage.
The Grim Reaper drove up Storm 2 once more, getting stuck on top of Storm 2, which momentarily remained idle, before ramming The Grim Reaper into the arena wall powerfully, causing The Grim Reaper to jump. Storm 2 immediately followed up this attack by pushing The Grim Reaper into Shunt's CPZ, which again missed with its axe attack. From a standstill, Storm 2 uused its lifting armour to flip The Grim Reaper onto its rear armour plating. The Grim Reaper fired its flipper to try and self-right, but The Grim Reaper did not topple down. On a second flip, The Grim Reaper started bringing itself down, but Storm 2 kept it on its back by pressing against it, while the exhaust pipe decoration fell off of Shunt.
The Grim Reaper again tried to self-right, but could not. On a final flip, The Grim Reaper toppled down with some aid from a push of Shunt. The Grim Reaper tried to stay away from Storm 2 as the remaining seconds of the battle passed by. Storm 2 made one last assault in the battle by slamming The Grim Reaper into an arena wall, before The Grim Reaper parked over a flame jet, which burnt The Grim Reaper for a few seconds, before it drove off as cease was called. The Judges had no trouble in declaring Storm 2 the winner of the battle.
Winner: Storm 2
Atomic vs M2Edit
The fight began with both robots trying to get around the side of each other, so theat they could flip each other. After persistance, Atomic rammed into M2, and seconds afterwards, M2 ran at Atomic, getting caught on Atomic's flipper, and was flipped itself. M2 rolled over, and went back to playing somewhat of an evasive game, also firing its flipper when not even close to its target. M2 then chose to run directly at the front of Atomic, but Atomic was lower, and got a flip on M2. The flip was quite slow, and Atomic came close to toppling over after this flip, but M2 was rolled over once again.
M2 reverted to its former tactic of trying to get a side flip on Atomic, missing each time, and M2 then span repeatedly in a circle. Atomic drove towards M2, but this time ran up M2's flipper, rather than getting underneath. Both robots fired their flippers, and neither robot was flipped. M2 went straight for another charge at Atmoic right after this, but balanced backwards, and went up Atomic's flipper. Once again, Atomic flipped M2, with M2 this time staying inverted, and needed to self-right. M2 appeared to be reverting to its original tactic once again, but was caught by Atomic. Curiously, despite M2 staying on Atomic's flipper for a lengthy while, Atomic did not flip M2. M2 fired its own flipper to escape.
M2 ran at Atomic frontally, and got underneath. M2 flipped Atomic, merely being lifted, as Atomic did not leave M2's flipper, but M2 kept driving Atomic towards the arena side wall, where they flipped once more, in an effort to get Atomic out of the arena. This attempt failed, with Atomic landing back on M2's flipper. M2 once again flipped, but was not close enough to the arena wall to flip Atomic out. Sergeant Bash came into the CPZ, and Atomic used this opportunity to escape, while M2 simply drove into the wall.
As M2 was leaving the CPZ, Atomic got around the rear of M2, but failed to flip it. As the fight drew back into the centre, M2 looked to be hobbling, and Atomic overturned M2, and drove it into Sergeant Bash's CPZ. While M2 was inverted, Sergeant Bash tried to pierce M2, but a fire of M2's flipper got itself out of the way, and self-righted on its second flip. M2 fled, but Atomic caught up, and got a large flip on M2, throwing it into the arena side wall, and over. M2 self-righted, but Atomic was behind it, and made an attempt to flip M2 out of the arena. However, M2 was not on Atomic's flipper, and M2 fled again while Atomic was left open. M2 looked to be driving towards the pit release, but Atomic was faster, and flipped M2 once more. M2 tried to self-right, but failed on this occasion. Atomic then took M2 to the arena side wall, still inverted, where Atomic was finally able to roll M2 over the arena side wall, and out of the arena, making for the last OotA within the main tournament.
Firestorm 5 (2) vs Storm 2 (16)Edit
Both robots started quickly but neither was able to launch a solid attack for a while, until Storm 2 finally got underneath Firestorm 5 and pushed it into the arena wall. Firestorm 5 got its wedge underneath Storm 2 a few times, but Storm 2 escaped before it could be flipped. Storm 2 pushed Firestorm 5 towards the CPZ and then into the pit release button, and Firestorm 5 nearly drove into the opening pit. Firestorm 5 then drove over the side of Storm 2 and into an arena angle grinder, bending the front strip enabling it to get underneath Storm 2, but then it quickly escaped. Firestorm 5 continued to be aggressive, but found it hard to get underneath Storm 2, now that the front strip had been bent, so it could only drive up the front of its opponent instead. Firestorm 5 continued to drive up the front of its opponent and Storm 2 was able to push it around the arena, nearly pitting it on one occasion, before finally pushing it into the pit of oblivion.
The producers of the show appealed, protesting that Storm 2 had not used its weapon, thus breaking the "all robots must have a moving weapon" rule. However, the judges wouldn't hear of it and Storm 2 was given the win.
Winner: Storm 2
Typhoon 2 vs AtomicEdit
Before Typhoon 2 was able to get its weapon up to speed, Atomic saw the danger and immediately attempted to flip it, but Typhoon 2 did not turn over. Atomic tried once more to flip Typhoon 2 but it hit the arena angle grinder instead and flipped itself onto its back, with the flipper jammed open. Atomic tried to self-right but the CO2 was escaping from the robot without activating the flipper, leaving Atomic stranded. Typhoon 2 charged up its weapon and slammed Atomic; the impact sending its opponent flying into the arena wall. This closed Atomic's flipper but it was no longer functioning properly and could not self-right.
- "I think we could be looking at a potential champion here..."
- — Jonathan Pearce as the Refbot counts out Atomic
Typhoon 2 charged up and slammed Atomic twice more, causing major damage before Refbot eventually counted Atomic out. Finally Atomic was thrown by the floor flipper and pitted by Sir Killalot.
Winner: Typhoon 2