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Forged in Fire: EW review

Forged in FireThe History channel’s new reality competition is basically a Top Chef fan’s fever dream. At the start of each episode, four competing...Forged in FireGame-ShowThe History channel’s new reality competition is basically a Top Chef fan’s fever dream. At the start of each episode, four competing...2015-06-17

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Forged in Fire

Genre: Game-Show; Starring: Wil Willis; Broadcaster: The History Channel; Status: In Season; Seasons: 1

The History channel’s new reality competition is basically a Top Chef fan’s fever dream. At the start of each episode, four competing blacksmiths (most of whom are richly bearded) are tasked with creating a specific weapon. The judges then run each blade through a gamut of tests to determine whether the knife/sword/ax is a good knife/sword/ax. Why are they doing this? How does $10,000 sound? During the premiere, we see suspended, whole fish sliced with katanas—and no one present seems to think this is remotely bizarre. It’s simply what one must do to compare the weapons, and—like the entire show—it’s sharply awesome. A–