By Lars Dalseide | July 31 2013 22:27

Big Boom starts with high energy action ends with lazy reloads on Top Shot

It was great start. High energy, lots of action, tense situations that had viewers on the edge of their seats. Then it was time for the elimination round. How did it end up? Well, here are my five quick thoughts on episode nine of Top Shot All-Stars:

Of all things, it was the bow and bolt of a crossbow that sent Joe home on Top Shot All Stars
Reloading catches Joe shorthanded tonight on Top Shot - photo courtesy of History Channel.
  1. With eight remaining shooters, Top Shot finally broke out the shotguns. In a twofer, kids would split into teams of two - one to hit a launcher while the other hit two launched birds. When the cycle completes, competitors change firing positions and go again. After a practice session, teams were picked and the shoot was on.

    This had to be a troubling revelation for some as their future was tied to the performance of others … a performance neither could count on. For the viewer, however, we were going to see some action.

  2. Despite warning Phil that he was a poor shot on ariel targets, Chris Cerino was the first overall pick. While they were impressive enough at first, an even more impressive performance was put on by William and Pete. Chris was true to his work and ended at the proving grounds with Brian Zins and Joe Serafini.
  3. The Proving Ground brought out a Walther P99. Different gun, sure, but it's still a semi-auto. As one might expect, Cerino and Zins were closest to the bulls which meant Phil and Joe were going to elimination … Not that big a surprise.
  4. Elimination centered around a crossbow. Six shots on a rolling pinwheel. First thing that comes to mind is that Joe is an all out expert in the bow community. Second thing that comes to mind is that a crossbow is more rifle than bow. The only thing that'll cause you any problems is the reload … as we find out soon enough.
  5. Though the expert continued to stress the importance of the crossbow reload, Joe fumbled it right out of the box. Fortunately for him, Phil was missing with blazing speed. In fact, it took him six shots to score his first hit. Five seconds later, Joe figured out the reload and they were tied 1-1. But that was it for Joe.

    Phil reached 4 before Joe hit 2. Then he reached the win. It was anticlimactic.

    Part of that could have been because Joe has been even keeled throughout the competition and part of that could have been because reloading a crossbow after miss after miss is arduous at best.

    At least there weren't any rocks.


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