I watched last night’s Top Shot with Kelly Bachand of the Red Team – it was a lot of fun to hang out with another contestant and watch the interaction of the packed crowd during the episode. As usual, spoilers fall under the jump so don’t read if you’ve not seen it.
Tossing knives! Again, filled with disappointment that I missed this challenge. I spent many an afternoon in my youth throwing knives and tomahawks at various targets attached to a chunk of pine in my backyard. To the people ripping on the contestants for not being able to throw very well, let me tell that throwing edged weapons is hard. It’s not like throwing a baseball or a football or anything that you’re used to throwing, and it requires a specific set of skills to get it right.
The team challenge was cool. You had to throw knives yes, but you had to do it while standing on a fairly precarious balance beam. JJ once again proved himself to be a beast, despite struggling in practice with the knives, when it came down to game time he hit 4 out of the 6 targets that Blue Team needed to hit. The people throwing for Blue Team were JJ, Adam, and Iain – JJ hit 4 targets and Iain hit 2, which gave Blue Team a total time of 3 minutes and five seconds. Pretty cool.
Red Team was up next, and it was a tight challenge. Once again, Kelly showed what a beast he is! He hit 3 out of the 6 targets, Pete hit one, and Denny hit the final one. Sadly, Red Team’s time was 3 minutes and 10 seconds, giving them their final loss in the team competition.
Off to Elimination Challenge – Kelly and Pete voted for Denny, and Denny voted for Pete. So those two shot it out in the elimination challenge, which was with slingshots. The expert for the slingshots was Chief AJ, a champion slingshot shooter. Seriously, he’s whacked all kinds of game with a slingshot, and if there is someone out there more qualified, I don’t know who it is. Plus, he was HILARIOUS. Seriously, the funniest expert yet.
Anyway, long story short is that Denny lost and was sent home. Pete did well enough in the elimination challenge to stick around for another week…with only two episodes left! Next week is going to be cool – the teams go away and it’s every man for himself with some kind of crazy run and gun action that you’re going to see. You’re also going to see multiple get sent home next week, which will definitely help narrow things down to the final episode where the winner and title of Top Shot will be given out.
It’s going to be a GREAT ride!