As usual, major spoilers follow beneath the jump, so if you’ve not yet watched Episode 4 of Top Shot, then wait until it hits Hulu and watch it before you read this post. Otherwise, hit the jump for my breakdown Top Shot: Friend or Foe.
Well, it had to happen. We lost. Blue team’s perfect record of 3-0 went to 3-1, and for the first time we faced elimination. Red Team stepped up, and beat us fair and square in what was a really tough team challenge. In fact, the actual shooting in the team challenge wasn’t that hard – the plates were big and relatively close, the hard part was not getting lost on the grid. For my own performance, I shot 5 out of 7 plates, with the last two shots being intentional misses. After my first 5, I got lost on the grid, and rather than risk shooting a friendly plate, I dumped two rounds into “safe” sections of the grid. After Adam shot, we were only behind 13-10, which was still well within the margin for victory. But then the wheels fell off, and Pete Palma put the final nail in our coffin, hitting exactly the number of shots he needed to make to seal the win for Red Team. Congratulations to Red Team for getting their first win.
Of course, then we got to the whole elimination strategy. To be honest, when you watch the episode you’ll see that I wasn’t particularly fond of the strategy to send Iain vs. Jim. To me, the show was always a shooting competition, and you’re only as good as your last performance. If you’re not messing with the team dynamic, then the only reason you should be in the challenge is if you shot poorly. Needless to say, I was in the minority in that opinion as Jim only received two votes – one from me and one from JJ. That’s why I voted for Jim, and I felt justified in that vote. I understood the overall team strategy of pitting Iain against Jim, I just had quite a bit of personal reservation about said strategy. That said, it worked out for Iain in the end, as he won the challenge and lives to shoot another day.
On a personal note, I really enjoyed this episode…partly because I was ALL OVER IT. Seriously, they apparently decided to make up for my lack of screen time in the first three episodes by putting me all over this episode, which I’m totally okay with. Seeing “Caleb Giddings” right there on the screen was cool…although I’m not sure where “Collegiate Pistol Shooter” comes from as a currently appropriate title. The Academy was a LONG time ago, History Channel!
Next week’s episode looks pretty good – if you saw the teaser, you can bet that you’re going to see people saddle up and ride my good friend the dramallama in to town. There’s no episode next Sunday because of the 4th of July, but Top Shot will be back after that! Until next week, this is Caleb Giddings, Insurance Agent and (apparently) Collegiate Pistol Shooter.