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"If you’re of a nervous disposition, then look away now, ‘cause this is the first of our Robot Wars semi-finals. Now it was sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov who laid down the first law of robotics: that a robot may not injure a human being, or allow a human being to come to harm. But the great thing is: it doesn’t say anything about kicking the absolute oblivion out of each other. And so, after lots of robots being pulverised into a big old tangled mess, we’re now left with eight law-abiding qualifiers."
— Craig Charles' introduction

Semi-Final 1 of Robot Wars: The Third Wars was the first of two Semi-Finals which determined the Grand Finalists of Robot Wars: The Third Wars. The eight semi-finalists were paired off in Round 1, with the four victors pairing off in Round 2 to determine the two Grand Finalists. The episode featuring Semi-Final 1 was originally broadcast on April 7, 2000 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 4.59 million viewers, a decrease of 730,000 viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked first in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 3-9 April, for the second consecutive time.

Competing RobotsEdit

Semi-Final 1 had three newcomers and five veterans. This is contrary to Semi-Final 2, which featured six newcomers and two veterans.

NewcomersEdit

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Big Brother (winner of Heat D)
Weight 78.0kg
Dimensions 0.42 x 1.0 x 0.82m
Clearance Variable
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Steel Whip & Wrecking Ball
Notes Cost £400
From: Brighton
Team Members: Ian Watts, Joe Watts, Waylon Twiston-Davies
Pitbull series 3
Pitbull (winner of Heat B)
Weight 79.6kg
Dimensions 0.48 x 1.07 x 0.66m
Clearance 0.02m
Power 2 Electric Motors
Weapons Clamping Jaws
Notes Build Time - 2 Months
From: Nottinghamshire
Team Members: Phil Botting, Ivar Bundulis
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Trident (winner of Heat P)
Weight 76.5kg
Dimensions 0.61 x 1.24 x 0.73m
Clearance 0.60m
Power 2 x Drive Motors
Weapons Axe
Notes Build Time: 350 Hours
From: Leeds
Team Members: Peter Benn, Peter Ward, Stephen Benn

VeteransEdit

Chaos 2
Chaos 2 (winner of Heat E)
Weight 77.4kg
Dimensions 0.38 x 0.92 x 0.72m
Clearance 0.07m
Power Electric Motors
Weapons CO2 Powered Flip Up
Notes Cost £250
From: Ipswich
Team Members: George Francis, Ian Swann, Richard Swann
Firestorm
Fire Storm (winner of Heat O)
Weight 67.9kg
Dimensions 0.29 x 0.97 x 0.82m
Clearance 0.06m
Power 3 x 12V 9AH Batteries
Weapons Flipping Arm, Rear Spike
Notes Main Motor from Lawnmower
From: Durham
Team Members: Graham Bone, Alex Mordue
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Mace 2 (winner of Heat A)
Weight 78.6kg
Dimensions 0.37 x 1.14 x 0.77m
Clearance 0.03m
Power 2 x Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Lift & Ram At The Front
Notes Aluminium Body
From: East Sussex
Team Members: Shane Howard, Brian Fountain
Panic Attack 3
Panic Attack (winner of Heat K)
Weight 81.6kg
Dimensions 0.38 x 1.52 x 0.71m
Clearance 0.20m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Lifting Spikes
Notes Reigning Champion
From: Gwent
Team Members: Kim Davies, Michael Davies, Simon Rosen
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Thing 2 (winner of Heat N)
Weight 76.3kg
Dimensions 0.52 x 0.84 x 0.76m
Clearance Variable
Power 2 x 4 Pole OC Motors
Weapons Lifting Arm with Spike
Notes Cost £1,500
From: Surrey
Team Members: Nick Adams, Isabelle Adams, Jake Adams

Round 1Edit

Fire Storm vs PitbullEdit

Phil Botting was unable to attend the Semi-Finals, so Ivan Bundulis was joined by Charlie Binns from Suicidal Tendencies. Meanwhile, Graham and Alex donned Diotoir fur cup pieces, as part of a pact with Team Nemesis.

Fire Storm vs Pitbull

Pitbull is bounced by the spikes whilst holding Fire Storm

Pitbull darted across the arena, whilst Fire Storm evaded. Pitbull quickly recovered and attacked Fire Storm, clamping the wedge between its jaws and pushing it around the arena. It continued pushing around, but with Fire Storm not immobile and the pit raised, it could not do anything with it. It kept its hold on Fire Storm and continued to drive around, until it drove over an arena spike and was tossed up and down.

"Pitbull being rock 'n' rolled here by the arena spike, and still managing to hold on to Fire Storm with those gnashing teeth!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Firestorm vs Pitbull

Pitbull rolls over

Bouncing Pitbull did not do anything, so the arena spikes changed the amplitude and frequency of their attacks, jiggling Pitbull until Fire Storm wriggled free. Both Fire Storm and Pitbull sped away from CPZs to escape Killalot and Matilda, before meeting again near the flame pit. Fire Storm rammed Pitbull, but the jaws deflected the wedge into the teeth of Pitbull. Fire Storm attempted once more, and got beneath the clearance of Pitbull, but was unable to drive its wedge beneath. However, Pitbull drove over the same arena spike and, without the weight of Fire Storm to anchor it down, was flipped over.

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Sir Killalot burns Pitbull

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Pitbull's revenge

"P.T.O! Please Turn Over! And can the barrel shaped Pitbull now rolly-polly up and over? How ironic it was - Behemoth was beaten by Pitbull because Behemoth was knocked up and over by an arena spike, and the same fate has befallen Pitbull now."
— Jonathan Pearce

The four house robots closed in, with Dead Metal slicing into Pitbull. Pitbull's jaws clamped onto Dead Metal's pincer, but Killalot stucks his lance in and carried Pitbull over the flame pit, ignoring the cease. Pitbull was roasted and then Killalot spun, but Pitbull's jaws kept hold of Killalot's lance. Killalot instead rested Pitbull on the ground, and Pitbull attacked Killalot, breaking the hydraulic arm. The cease was called again.

Philippa Forrester: "Naughty boy, or was it just him being disobedient at the end."
Ivar Bundulis: "No, that was intentional. What they did was, they shouted cease, and then Sir Killalot hung us over the flame pit for another thirty seconds. So I said "fair's fair", if he can attack me after the whistle, I can attack him after the whistle."
— After the battle

Winner: Fire Storm

Panic Attack vs Thing 2Edit

Panic Attack Thing 2

Thing 2 pushes Panic Attack past the spike the would go on to decide the battle

Philippa Forrester: "Does Panic Attack feel scared about being up against the Adams Family?"
Kim Davis: "Oh yes."
Philippa Forrester: "You aren't, are you? You were quite worried when I told you."
Kim Davis: "Yes, its fast, powerful, manoeuvrable, very good driver."
Philippa Forrester: "But you're all those things too."
Kim Davis: "Not according to him [Michael Davis]"
Philippa Forrester: "Oh no! Is there dissension in the ranks?"
Kim Davis: "My driving is "abysmal""
Philippa Forrester: "Oh no!"
— Dissension in the Panic Attack team
Panic Attack vs Thing 2

Panic Attack topples Thing 2

Thing 2 over

Dead Metal slices the hapless Thing 2

Neither robot was able to get beneath the other's ground clearance, and the opening clashes only resulted in one of Thing 2's bauble detaching. Panic Attack drove into Matilda's CPZ, but quickly escaped, leading Thing 2 around the arena. Thing 2 slammed Panic Attack into Dead Metal, but Panic Attack's low body meant it evaded Dead Metal's pincers. Panic Attack heaved itself free of the House Robot and led Thing 2 around the arena. Thing 2 caught and pushed Panic Attack, slamming it into a side wall near Matilda's CPZ. Panic Attack reversed away and pushed Thing 2, getting a corner beneath its clearance. However, before Thing 2 could act, the floor spikes bounced Panic Attack, therefore knocking Thing 2 onto its wedged front, where it could not move.

"Thing 2 up and over! The wheels spin aimlessly. Acta est fabula...uh, exactly. No idea"
— Jonathan Pearce demonstrating his ignorance of the Latin language

The House Robots closed in on Thing 2, and Dead Metal sliced through the tires and lifting spike. Cease was called.

"Thing is now thing of the past! The reigning champion Panic Attack goes through!"
— Craig Charles

Winner: Panic Attack

Big Brother vs Mace 2Edit

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Mace 2 lifts Big Brother

Philippa Forrester: "How are you feeling, Joe?"
Joe Watts: "Nervous."
Philippa Forrester: "Are you? Because Mace 2 is a big robot, isn't it?"
Joe Watts: "Yeah."
Philippa Forrester: "Now, you've told me before what your tactics are going to be, and they always work, so what are they going to be this time?"
Joe Watts: ".....try tip him over."
— The pre-match interview
Big Brother vs Mace 2

Big Brother drives Mace 2 towards the side wall

Big Brother was the quicker off the starting position, but Mace 2 got beneath Big Brother and tried to flip it. Big Brother fell off the arm and darted away, pursued by Mace 2. The two robots came together and locked into a side-by-side deadlock, spinning around in circles. The robots broke apart when Big Brother stopped, and Mace 2 attempted to lift it, but was once again unsuccessful. Big Brother drove into Dead Metal, but managed to escape.

"A question here of the lifting arm against the flail, which has been largely ineffective. Looks good, but ineffective."
— Jonathan Pearce
Big Brother Bash

Big Brother balanced precariously against Bash

Big Brother moved on the offensive, using its rounded wedge shape to get beneath Mace 2 and push it around the arena. Mace 2 escaped and moved on the offensive, but its low clearance caused its arm to jam against the arena floor flipper, and it was forced to reverse. By now, Big Brother had repositioned itself and attacked again, pushing Mace 2 around. Mace 2 escaped and Big Brother darted forward, mistiming its charge and almost crashing into Bash. Mace 2 seized the opportunity and pushed Big Brother against the side wall, using the barrier to pin Big Brother in place whilst lifting it onto its end, where it rested against Bash. Big Brother did not fall on its back because of the flail, but could not move and was considered immobilised. Dead Metal sliced into Big Brother several times, and cease was called.

"There will be no judges' decision this time, for or against Big Brother!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Mace 2

Chaos 2 vs TridentEdit

Trident vs Chaos 2

Chaos 2 dispatches Trident with a well-timed flip

Chaos 2 vs trident

Chaos 2 puts Trident on the flame pit

Chaos 2 immediately got underneath Trident and attempted to flip it. This first attempt only tossed the rear part of Trident; the wheels remained on the ground. Chaos 2 and Trident then lined up again, and Trident's axe struck the ground uselessly. Chaos 2 attacked with more success, throwing Trident up and onto its back.

"Oh, again! And over goes Trident immediately! This is the most powerful flipper in Robot Wars at the moment."
— Jonathan Pearce

Chaos 2 then flipped Trident onto the flame pit, and the House Robots closed in.

"We've waited for this. Shiny, gleaming after 350 hours of work - how long will it take us to destroy you?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Trident was slashed by Dead Metal and axed by Shunt, but did not suffer anywhere near as much damage as in the Heat Final against Dreadnaut. Regardless, it was eliminated and Chaos 2 was put through.

Philippa Forrester: "You were in there, flip, did your job, and out again."
Jonathan Pearce: "Short, sharp and sweet for Chaos 2."
— After the battle

Winner: Chaos 2

Round 2Edit

Fire Storm vs Panic AttackEdit

"I think we're going to be testing our self-righter."
— Kim Davis
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Bash seizes Panic Attack whilst Fire Storm flips

Fire Storm pushed Panic Attack into Sergeant Bash's CPZ at the start, and Panic Attack was seized by the House Robot's pincers. Fire Storm lifted Panic Attack, causing Bash to release it, but Panic Attack was not flipped and managed to escape the CPZ.

"A flash of reds and yellows out there, splendidly coloured."
— Jonathan Pearce
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Fire Storm flips Panic Attack.

Panic Attack reversed over Fire Storm's wedge, dodging the flipper, but scraping the armour plate on the lifting arm, bending it out of place. Panic Attack mistakenly drove into Bash, but a distraction from Fire Storm managed to allow Panic Attack to escape. Fire Storm then wedged beneath Panic Attack, but failed to flip it, driving out instead. Panic Attack drove into Shunt's CPZ, but managed to dodge behind the House Robot and get out again. However, as Panic Attack drove out, an arena spike bounced it up onto one side. Fire Storm immediately rushed around and caught enough of Panic Attack on its wedge to push it against the side wall and flip it against it. However, Panic Attack used its srimech to land back on its wheels. Panic Attack then drove into Sir Killalot's CPZ, harassed by Fire Storm.

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Panic Attack's last-minute attack

"Kim Davis is doing everything he possibly can to drive Panic Attack into the troubled zones here!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Panic Attack was pushed out by Killalot, and after manoeuvring, reversed Fire Storm into the CPZ. However, it turned side on in the process, and exposed itself to Killalot's attack. After dodging out of Killalot's way, the two briefly ran into Bash. Finally, Panic Attack got beneath Fire Storm, but the wedge shape of Fire Storm meant that there was nowhere for Panic Attack's claws to negotiate, and Fire Storm merely slid of the reigning champion's forks. As the timer starting counting down, both robots drove around clumsily, crashing into walls and House Robots. The judges were called on to make a decision, and the reigning champions fell, with Fire Storm taking victory.

Craig Charles: "Panic Attack, you were our reigning champions, you'd such a long undefeated run, but you're out."
Kim Davis: "Well, it has to come to an end at some point, and they really do deserve it. They're a brilliant robot, brilliant team."
Craig Charles: "But you were turning into a national celebrity, if you had won this, you'd have been on the cover of magazines and things!"
Kim Davis: "I'm not sure we'd like that."
Craig Charles: "Ladies and gentleman, give it up for our reigning champions Panic Attack!"
— The fall of the champion

Winner: Fire Storm

Mace 2 vs Chaos 2Edit

"Mace 2, Chaos 2, what a battle. Its happened before, its a grudge match. A re-match!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Chaos 2 flips Mace 2.

Chaos 2 kicked off the grudge match by attacking Mace 2, flipping it forward. However, Mace's flail construct prevented Mace from being flipped so easily. The two robots drove around and around, and eventually met head-on. Mace 2's lifting arm was beneath Chaos 2's flipper, so Chaos 2 retreated instead of attacking. Chaos 2 mistimed an attack on Mace 2, allowing Mace to get its arm beneath Chaos 2 and push it around the arena. However, when Mace 2 lifted Chaos 2, the narrow weapon was not in a convenient position to flip it over, and Chaos 2 just fell off the weapon. Chaos 2 then attacked Mace from the rear and flipped, with Mace's still-open lifting arm being the only thing saving it from being thrown head over heels onto its back. Finally, Chaos 2 attacked Mace 2 front-on, with more flipper under Mace's clearance, and threw Mace 2 fully onto its back.

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Killalot drags Mace around

"Star light, star bright! The star of Mace is out of sight!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Chaos 2 attempted to flip Mace 2 again, but either Mace was too heavy or Chaos 2 was low on gas, because Chaos 2 nearly toppled itself. Bash and Dead Metal came in, but Sir Killalot trumped them both by simply lifting Mace 2 into the air. He placed Mace 2 on the floor flipper and it was hurled back onto its wheels. Mace darted away, but was caught by Dead Metal. Despite everything, Mace 2 lifted Dead Metal into the air, preventing the saw from slicing into Mace's body.

"In comes Dead Metal for a little bit of sugar and slice! Mace 2 out. Chaos 2, worthy winners."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Chaos 2

"Well, Clint Eastwood was the fastest of all the quick-draws, but we're good, bad and ugly, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles's sign-off

Trivia Edit

  • Of the six battles in this semi-final, all but one were won by immobilisations by flipping. The one judges' decision in this semi-final went in favour of Fire Storm, who had spent the entire battle trying to do just that.
  • This match sustained two rivalries - Chaos 2's defeat of Mace 2 meant that the pair were 1-1, whilst Fire Storm and Panic Attack fought for the first of five times.
  • Mace 2's defeat of Big Brother meant that Mace 2 progressed beyond the stage it did in Series 2 - the only returning semi-finalist to do so.
  • Panic Attack was defeated by Fire Storm, making it the only reigning champion to lose at this stage - Chaos 2 lost at the same stage in Series 5, but only after winning two championships.
  • Chaos 2's battle with Trident is ranked equal ninth in the Shortest Battles in UK Robot Wars.
  • During the end credits, Chaos 2 was seen firing its flipper while Mace 2 nudged Dead Metal before both robots spun round in circles.

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