Season 1 - 10 episodes (2017)
Watch The Ultimate Beastmaster Season 1 on Netflix
Created by: Dave Broome, Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Terry Crews, Charissa Thompson
In this reality series produced by Sylvester Stallone, competitors attempt to conquer an obstacle course known as "The Beast."
From six different countries, 108 challengers compete to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.
Terry Crews will host the U.S. version along with television host and sportscaster Charissa Thompson. There will be six different country specific versions and local celebrity hosts. Competing countries include U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan.
Country specific variants focus on native competitors, though all competitors are shown albeit truncated.
This is a fun show that you can pick up and watch at any point of an episode. There is no winding story of which to keep track. These are athletes pulling off insane spectacles of strength, or in some cases spectacular failures.
The announcers are lackluster, you could watch this without sound and not miss much, but the final episode with all of the previous episode's champions competing is easily the best. This is great as background watching. You can jump right in at any point.
I've never seen American Ninja Warrior, but this seems a LOT like it.
Each episode starts with twelve competitors, two from each country, and concludes with the two highest scoring participants facing off for the Ultimate Beastmaster title at the end of the episode. In episode ten, the previous nine winners square off.
|Sylvester Stallone, the man that had a crazy idea.|
|Six countries, twelve hosts.|
Many of the competitors are rock climbers or parkour enthusiasts. There are also a few former military members, a former football player, former Olympic swimmer, a few single moms, and even a male cheerleader. The show doesn't reveal how it picked contestants, and I would like to know.
I don't get why contestants are always exercising between rounds. Many of them complain about conserving energy, then you see them doing pull ups.
|The fourth and final level of the beast. The two remaining competitors attempt it.|
It's almost better to watch this without sound. The commentary is often bad. There really isn't much to say other than to state exactly what's happening on screen. It can be absurd when the announcers excitedly state this is the first time someone's done this. At three episodes in everything is a first. When the commentator try to speculate about anything, it gets even worse as they are usually wrong.
|Episode ten featured 3 Americans, 1 Brazilian, 2 Germans, 1 Mexican, and 2 Koreans.|
I would love to see a documentary on how they built this course, from generating ideas and concepts to testing it. Episode ten provides a quick time lapse of construction, but there has to be so much more that went into planning this.When is Netflix going to open a watered down Beastmaster theme park?