Ultimate Beastmaster

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Ultimate Beastmaster
Created by Dave Broome
Presented by Terry Crews, Charissa Thompson (S1), Tiki Barber, Chris Distefano (S2), Tiki Barber, CM Punk (S3)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 29
Production
Executive producer(s) Dave Broome
Sylvester Stallone
Running time 44-83 minutes
Production company(s) 25/7 Productions
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release February 24, 2017 – present

Ultimate Beastmaster is an American competition reality show that premiered on Netflix on February 24, 2017. The show differentiates itself from other obstacle course competition shows by showcasing not only international talent, but by producing six localized versions, featuring select television hosts, actors, comedians and athletes as commentators from the six countries competing in the show. Reactions from all countries' hosts appear in each localized versions, especially during course clearing victories. Each season consists of 10 episodes, released simultaneously on Netflix worldwide.[1] The first season premiered on February 24, 2017, while the second season aired on December 15, 2017.

In February 2018 the show was renewed for a third season, consisting of nine episodes,[2] which premiered on August 31, 2018.[3]

Premise[edit]

In each episode, there are twelve contestants (2 from each country) who run a new obstacle course known as “The Beast”. The winner is crowned “Beastmaster”. Each of the "Beastmasters" from the nine Beastmaster episodes will go forward to a final course, to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.[4] Starting in Season 3, each show featured nine competitors (one from each country in the competition). The two competitors with the highest score in the final stage moved onto one of two semi-finals. The top three from each semi-final moved to the final episode to be crowned Ultimate Beastmaster.

Hosts[edit]

In addition to Sylvester Stallone hosting season 1, each country has its own set of two hosts/commentators for the competition. They are as follows:

Season 1 Season 2[5] Season 3[6]
Country Host
United States Terry Crews Actor and retired athlete Tiki Barber Former NFL Player
Charissa Thompson Television Host Chris Distefano Comedian CM Punk Former WWE Champion/UFC Fighter
Brazil Rafinha Bastos Comedian Rafinha Bastos Comedian
Anderson Silva UFC Fighter Anderson Silva UFC Fighter
Germany Luke Mockridge Comedian Micky Beisenherz Radio and TV host
Hans Sarpei Professional Footballer Jeannine Michaelsen Actress
Japan Yuji Kondo Sports Broadcaster
Sayaka Akimoto Singer/Actress
Mexico Luis Ernesto Franco Telenovela Star Luis Ernesto Franco Telenovela Star
Ines Sainz Sports Broadcaster Ines Sainz Sports Broadcaster
South Korea Seo Kyung Suk Radio/TV Personality Seo Kyung Suk Radio/TV Personality
Park Kyeong Rim Radio/TV Personality Park Kyeong Rim Radio/TV Personality
Spain Paula Vázquez Television Host
Saúl Craviotto Olympic Gold Medalist
France Gilles Marini Actor
Sandy Heribert Sports Journalist
Italy Francesco Facchinetti DJ/Television Host
Bianca Balti Model
China Bin Gu TV Personality
Qinyi Du Television Host
India Vidyut Jammwal Actor
Sarah Jane Dias Actress
United Kingdom Stu Bennett Professional Wrestler
Kate Abdo Sports Journalist
Australia Dannii Minogue TV Personality/Singer
Nick Cummins Former Rugby Star

Not only do each pair of hosts provide color commentary for each of the 6-9 localized versions, but the foreign commentators also make appearances in each localized version, with their commentary presented by subtitles. If a contestant completes a course, all hosts' reactions are shown on screen. Furthermore, since all host booths are placed in a row on the Ultimate Beastmaster set, commentators from one localization can easily walk over into the booth of another localized version.

Seasons[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Season 1 premiered on Netflix on February 24, 2017. The season was filmed in Santa Clarita, California, over the course of eight nights.[7] Felipe Camargo of Brazil was the Ultimate Beastmaster winner for placing first.

Season 2[edit]

Prior to the release of season 1, Netflix had already ordered and shot season 2.[8] The second season premiered on Netflix on December 15, 2017 with contestants from the United States, Spain, France, Italy, China and India.[9] Haibin Qu of China was crowned the Ultimate Beastmaster for placing first and completing the entire course in the final.

Season 3[edit]

In February 2018 the show was renewed for a third season, consisting of nine episodes. The third season features the United States, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Australia.[2] Season 3 was released on August 31, 2018. Season 3 featured a tournament-style bracket, in which two athletes advanced from each episode to a semifinal round, then to a final round where they fought for the title of Ultimate Beastmaster. Corbin Mackin of the United Kingdom was crowned Beastmaster for placing first.[3]

Beastmasters[edit]

Season 1
Episodes Beastmasters Country
1 Heeyong Park S Korea
2 David Manthei Germany
3 Steven Tucker USA
4 Philip Meyer Germany
5 Roberto Perez Mexico
6 Hyunho Kim S Korea
7 Felipe Camargo Brazil
8 Jonathan Collins USA
9 Ken Corigliano USA
Ultimate Beastmaster Felipe Camargo Brazil
Season 2
Episode Beastmasters Country
1 Mickaël Mawem France
2 Haibin Qu China
3 Kyle Soderman USA
4 Yiqi Li China
5 John Gerzik USA
6 Bin Xie China
7 Manuel Cornu France
8 Bin Fang China
9 Alberto Gotta Italy
Ultimate Beastmaster Haibin Qu China
Season 3
Episode Winners Country
1 Max Sprenger Germany
James Drake United States
2 Jayden Irving Australia
David Ferguson United Kingdom
3 Keiha Dhruev United Kingdom
Miguel Angel Hernandez Mexico
4 (Semifinal #1) Jayden Irving Australia
Max Sprenger Germany
James Drake United States
5 Jesse Turner Australia
Norman Lichtenberg Germany
6 Hector Martinez Mexico
Mark Greenham Australia
7 Corbin Mackin United Kingdom
Luke Shelton Australia
8 (Semifinal #2) Mark Greenham Australia
Hector Martinez Mexico
Corbin Mackin United Kingdom
Ultimate Beastmaster Corbin Mackin United Kingdom

Reception[edit]

James Hibberd compares the first season of Ultimate Beastmaster to American Ninja Warrior in a mixed review of the shows. Hibberd praises Ultimate Beastmaster's "gorgeous superstructure" of a course, the international rivalry aspect and concise contestant profile clips, but criticizes the show's commentators and the repetitiveness of the course, the latter of which American Ninja Warrior avoids.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prudon, Laura (May 9, 2016). "Netflix Orders Global Competition Series 'Ultimate Beastmaster' from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "'Ultimate Beastmaster' Renewed for Season 3 by Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b Sandwell, Ian (August 2, 2018). "Here's when – or if – your favourite Netflix Original shows are coming back". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 4, 2018. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2016). "Netflix Orders 'Ultimate Beastmaster' Competition Reality Series With Sylvester Stallone". Deadline. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Netflix's monstrous obstacle course show Ultimate Beastmaster is back for season 2". EW. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-09. 
  6. ^ "'Ultimate Beastmaster' Renewed for Season 3 by Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  7. ^ How Netflix's 'Ultimate Beastmaster' Will Change Global Reality TV
  8. ^ "Ultimate Beastmaster: Season Two of Netflix Series Already Filmed - canceled TV shows - TV Series Finale". canceled TV shows - TV Series Finale. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  9. ^ Holloway, Daniel (2017-11-08). "'Ultimate Beastmaster' Renewed by Netflix for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (March 2, 2017). "Ultimate Beastmaster vs. Ninja Warrior: An honest comparison". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 

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