Top Shot: Season 1
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4-24-14 Update. Not only did my wife and I enjoy all 4 seasons of Top Shot on DVD, she keeps asking when season 5 will be available. Had to make do with watching season 1 again. Enjoyable the second time as well. In all four seasons some of the contestant drama and conflict is a little uninteresting but the shooting is always interesting! As a shooting enthusiast, this is my absolute favorite TV series.
The general concept of the show is pretty simple: 16 shooters are selected and divided into two teams, the Blue and the red team. The first half of the show is the team challenge, where the two teams compete to see which team will send a member home. Before each challenge, they have the team practice with the weapon(s) that will be used in the challenge. After the challenge, the loosing team goes to the Nominating Range, were they pick who will be facing off in the elimination challenge. The way they nominate, I think anyways, is unique. They set up circular targets with contestants names on them and shoot them with a handgun. Then the two players with the most votes go to the elimination challenge.... and only one will be coming back.
Also, if you like to see stuff blown to smithereens in slow motion, then this is your show. If you have any interest in guns, then you will love this show.
All in all, this show is realistic, entertaining, and just plain cool.
I happened to catch the last couple episodes of Season One a few months ago just after it had ended (during one of History's marathons), and quickly started to like it. By that point in the show, there were only a few shooters left in the competition so I really got to see the best of the best. Then I started watching Season Two and knew I had to get more Top Shot. Also, my fiance hadn't seen Season One, but after (literally) forcing her to watch the first episode of Season Two, she was hooked, too. So we got it for a great price on Amazon and were watching it that weekend.
The show itself is hard to describe. Sure, the shooting is what you really want to see when you first start watching, but after a time you really become invested in the competitors, too. I hate reality TV, and sometimes the in-house politics gets annoying, but once they get out on the range and display their skill, all that crap disappears for a while. I'd say it's split pretty even, half the show is goofy reality TV stuff, and the other half is shooting. After a while, some of the more annoying ones go away and you're left with a group of guys and girl that you can really respect.
Essentially, if you're a weapons enthusiast in any way shape or form, or just love a good show of skill, Top Shot will not disappoint. Definitely worth the low price on Amazon.
Over the course of the season, I grew to enjoy most of the contestants preformence and found the challenges to be very well designed and challenging (with only one exception, the 2nd half of ep.4 elimination challenge). The cast members developed, the right people left and the showdown's between the better half of the cast was awesome. Best of all the right person came on top, a marksmen who worked well with its team, proved to be quite skillful with every weapon, had good relations with everyone and had some good glory moments.
On the whole, this season was a great intro for reality show about guns. I bought this dvd as soon as I could. Unfortunutly it lacks in the extra's department by not adding anything except material that most would've already watched, on historychannel.com. This is the first season that every reality show should have.
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