After a 12 year absence, Robot Wars returned to TV screens on BBC2 last night, bringing with it new challengers, new robots and a new presenting duo.
Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon stepped into Craig Charles and Philippa Forrester’s shoes to herald in a new era of Sunday night robot carnage.
And the internet flocked to the battlefield, with #RobotWars trending on Twitter for much of the broadcast from 8pm. But what did the fans make of it?
Well, some were VERY happy to see the show back on their screens.
Others had their reservations.
And some were more than willing to wait a while before giving their verdict.
There was one resounding message from those who’d been big fans of the original show, though.
No Phillippa Forrester? Gutted. #RobotWars
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) July 24, 2016
While they may have moved with the times…
The nostalgia is strong with these ones…
1999: Playing Pokemon on the sofa while watching Robot Wars.
2016: Playing Pokemon on the sofa while watching Robot Wars AND DRINKING BEER.
— Richard Beech (@BeechardRich) July 24, 2016
One thing did have the internet up in arms, though: Razer’s round one departure, after falling into The Pit.
Just when I thought 2016 couldn’t break me anymore, Razer loses in the first round of Robot Wars.— Ollie Connors (@olliexcore) July 24, 2016
— Emma Blackery (@emmablackery) July 24, 2016
Turn on new Robot Wars to see Razer eliminate itself in the pit. Like watching Han Solo die.— Nate Saunders (@natesaundersF1) July 24, 2016
12 years I waited to watch Razer win the Championship again AND THIS IS WHAT YOU DO TO ME #RobotWars— Callum Farmer (@CallumFarmer) July 24, 2016
But the show must go on…
#RobotWars was AMAZING, the new robots are insane. Can't believe Razer went out in the first round! Also ACTUAL SPARKS. FIRE. FLYING BOTS.— spooky nerd 🦇 (@ljmatthewsart) July 24, 2016
And there’s a new metal big cheese in town…
And it reminds everyone of a former beloved Robot Wars favourite…
Carbide seems like the new Hypnodisc, and it's brilliant. #RobotWars— Josh Jackman (@josh_jackman) July 24, 2016
No Hypnodisc, but Carbide will do just fine. #RobotWars— Blobbem (@Blobbem) July 24, 2016
Carbide vs Hypnodisc could potentially end the universe… #RobotWars— Matt Atherden (@MattAtherden) July 24, 2016
Someone take ALL of our money and organise that battle IMMEDIATELY.
Robot Wars airs on BBC2 on Sunday nights at 8pm