Whether it's ancient combat or modern sports, winning is what it's all about...but how do you win? This man has learned the hard way. Now, he's ready to show you! —Episode intro
A show once on the History Channel, Conquest is an edutainment show about weapons, cultures, and tactics hosted by Peter Woodward and a rotating team. The typical formula of each episode involves an introduction to the topic at hand, an exploration of the topic's details, and a final team challenge, contest, or staged exhibition.After its run, the History Channel sort of disavowed all knowledge of its existence for a time, though episodes have begun re-airing on History Channel International and are being hosted on Youtube.
Conquest provides examples of:
Artistic License - MartialArts and Tactics: Peter Woodward correctly points out that a lot of the Hollywood stuff is completely useless in a real fight. A few of them sneak into some of the rehearsed routines and final staged fights anyway, for the very reason they were used in the first place: a combination of safety and flash.
The Berserker: Addressed in the Axman episode, as well as why the concept was very effective. In his words:
"Pure 100% aggression, without any thought of self-defense, is very unusual...and absolutely terrifying."
Butt Monkey: In some of the earlier episodes, Peter Woodward just couldn't seem to avoid getting clobbered.
Catch Phrase: In the earlier episodes, Peter Woodward thought a lot of weapons were either magnificent or very nasty.
Throughout, he also maintains lots of weapons or tactics are completely useless in the given situation (like using a heavy greatsword and armor on board a ship, or riding your sword down a ship sail).
Flynning: Some of their practiced routines involve it, though Peter Woodward does try to rein it in.
Groin Attack: A fairly common weapon in Peter Woodward's arsenal.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Episodes have been quite hard to come by, and the History Channel seemed to have more or less "forgotten" the series before re-airing episodes on their International channel.
Large Ham: Peter Woodward's intensity and energetic treatment of the topics sets him apart from a lot of other hosts.
Screaming Warrior: As the Axman, Pirate, and Weird Weapons episodes aptly indicate, Peter Woodward seems to enjoy attacking while bellowing at the top of his lungs.
Theme Park Version: They usually get the basics of the topic right, but whether due to lack of budget or time (or both), miss on several details and have to reuse props, even if they're not historically accurate.