History Misses The Mark With Top Shot

Okay, I don’t exactly agree with the headline I just wrote, but it was just too good to pass up. I like the concept behind History Channel’s Top Shot which brings marksmen and women together from all different disciplines, puts them on teams, gives them challenges and then makes the losing team vote two people in to shoot for their change to stick around. But, it’s not a perfect show by any means and the fault lies firmly on the History Channel.

The biggest problem the is that they ruin the final challenge almost every time they show an episode. I first noticed this while watching the first two episodes. I saw them as reruns and both times at the end of the show during the commercial breaks of the final challenge to see who gets to stay and who goes home, History showed a preview for the next episode featuring the winner! I thought it might have just been a rerun problem which is forgivable, but then last night, when watching the new episodes (which featured archery and fire!) that same thing happened! It’s the final throwdown between these two dudes using crossbows, it’s neck and neck and you’re wondering who’s going to win. They cut to commercial to raise tension and during the break they tease the next episode, showing one of the guys very early in the ad. Great. Thanks for killing all the tension from your show.

The other problem I have with the show is that it’s trying to make drama or at least focusing on it too much. I don’t tune into a History Channel competition show to hear one guy badmouthing another one because the kid made an offhand comment about divorce and then apologized for it. Seeing a grown man hold a grudge against a 20 year old kid is fine for a Bravo show, but just makes me want to turn off one involving guns being shot from a chair lift (the final challenge for the second episode). Stop making me want to turn this show off and ruining the ending History Channel!

My New Favorite Show Right Now Is Life After People

I just got done watching one of the most fascinating hours of television I’ve seen in a long time thanks to The History Channel’s Life After People. I’ve been wanting to check this show out for a while, but had just been missing it until tonight when I, somewhat ironically, saw the very episode I mentioned over on my Maxim.com weekly TV column We Like To Watch which featured this awesome thing called the Crypt of Civilization, a satellite full of emails, Marine dogs, the monument of the guys raising the flag in Iwo Jima, a boat and a pickle shaped building in England. The show is set up fantastically, under the assumption that humans basically just disappear one day and the show picks up at various increments after that from 1 day to 500,000 years.

So, what they do is introduce the elements that we’ll be following throughout the episode in the beginning and then take it step by step. Day one, most things are pretty good. Six months later, the flag on the monument has blown away. In 8113 AD the Crypt of Civilization would have been opened if the building around it hadn’t crumbled inward. They use a combination of experts and science (and often scientific experts) to explain how a lot of these things will happen while also comparing them to real world events. For instance, there was an insane asylum that was abandoned in a day or two that was still standing, completely full of all its stuff. They can take information about this place and compare it to other places. The whole thing is really fascinating and I can’t wait to see future installments. I now also want to set a stoner comedy movie in the Crypt of Civilization Biodome-style. DON’T STEAL MY IDEA!