Deadliest Warrior

Season 3 Episode 3

U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operation Force (90 minute Special)

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 03, 2011 on Spike TV
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The U.S Army Rangers take on the North Korean Special Operation Force to see which army is the more organized, more skilled fighters, and the deadliest warrior.

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  • We already saw this match-up, it was called "the Korean War" - a Rangers loss.

    The Rangers come on! Ineffective in Korea, ineffective in Viet Nam, ineffective in Iraq & Afghanistan. I think it should be pretty clear by now that the American military machine is not effective against locals committed to defending their homeland. At least the show didn't make it some ridiculous lopsided victory; it was close and when you factor in the subjectivity of the x-factors and statistical error, this one could have went either way in the computer simulation. But as this war already played out in real-life, we know how it turned out. I guess if you can't win in real life, you can take solace in wining a rigged computer simulation game on a half-rate TV show.moreless
  • In this episode of DW, US rangers go against NKSOF. Who will be deadliest?

    Two major points of contention in this episode are the definite shift in the weapon system of the show from four in season 2 to 3 in this season, and the theme of American patriotism that has emerged again.

    Make no mistake, DW is an American show, and given the less than steller performance of the US led armed forces in Libya and otherwise, America is trying to whip-up as much patriotism as possible. Fair enough, but DW seems to be doing so blatantly, that it's essentially an insult to the show's audience, as if they wouldn't realize that that is what DW is trying to do! Some may enjoy seeing this tactic, I don't.

    As for the weapons issue, well, DW actually appears to be shifting away from the "Deadliest weapon" topic to actually rounding up their "Deadliest warriors" as, well, people and warriors. The whole martial-arms topic that appeared in this episode, as well as the various X-factors did just that, and did it very well. DW _is_ a great show, make no mistake, but it doesn't need to whip-up apple-pie patriotism. Period. There are subtler ways of doing that, and wizardry with numbers isn't one of them. (US won by less than one percent? Just make it a tie and kill both teams completely - that'll cause a stir in the audience, I bet!)moreless
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