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Reality shows. They’re terrible. They’re awful. They’ve always been SARS in a cup. Maybe 2010 is the year something decent comes out? Top Shot is run by The History Channel. It is about sixteen people fighting in a marksmanship competition to win $100,000. By marksmanship competition I mean shooting real life weapons in a test of accuracy. Contestants battle with pistols, antique rifles, modern automatics, knives, bows, and other weapons that are good for killings. Players fight in a variety of challenges sometimes reminiscent of arcade light gun games like Point Blank or Police Trainer. There are things like target shooting with explosives, busting glass plates from a zipline, speed runs, horse, tube shots, hammering nails, pattern memorization, base flipping, making long distance shots with mirrors, slicing ropes, cutting live wicks, and many other stunts I’d think I could do with a gun but definitely can’t.
Like most American television, any great watchable concept can be brought down with sad, cringing, gossiping private interviews of each contestant paired with the stupid-balls vote mechanic. I mean, how do you fuck up bringing back American Gladiators?! You can fuck it up with ’00 reality tropes, that’s how! Top Shot is a reality show up-front so the man-drama stuff is all here, but the “drama” is stomachable. The early episodes may seem to be about equal parts shooting vs. over-compensating dudes talking shit about eachother using soft words, but after some people get eliminated the show picks up. It becomes all gun challenges all the time. It gets kinda funny watching these people geek out on guns like how Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3 does when titties are wavin’ all-up-around in his face. The detail contestants go into on how to shoot these weapons is somewhat neat. Surprisingly, the man-drama gossip interviews (faux) sidestory gets interesting when douchbags on the show rally to eliminate a young contestant but the dude starts doling out the harshness and ends all kinds of people’s shit then he’s all like, “o-hai-I-dunno-what-happened!” It’s good TV. It’s popcorn.
So that’s my essay on how I hate reality shows but this Top Shot thing was enjoyable enough to watch the entire season. The first season ended with ten episodes. Season two is being casted. I was able to find this show on my cable’s On Demand. iTunes has the season for less than $20 with first episode free. I saw the Pirate has each file on the Bay as well. [I am sooo smooth!] This clicky thing here is the official website. Go have a look-see.