A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Expertise in anything, even the most esoteric skills, is admirable, and these contestants have mastered a very difficult art. Their ability to hit distant targets with a wide variety of weapons deserves praise, even though few people will ever need to use these abilities. The few real applications -- long-range military shooting or hunting -- aren't really discussed. Gun ownership is a controversial issue and this show might provide a good opportunity for discussion.
Positive Role Models
The 16 marksmen here have clearly put many long hours into honing their skills, and seem thrilled to have the chance to both demonstrate their competence and test themselves against their peers. Few people will ever be able to shoot at this level, but anyone can appreciate their ability.
Violence & Scariness
There's lots and lots of gunfire, but it's all aimed at targets. There's no combat and no fighting.
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A few words are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Many brands of pistols and rifles are mentioned by name, including Beretta, Remington, and others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality competition features 16 skilled marksmen, all experts at shooting rifles, pistols, and other weapons, all vying to prove they are the best. It follows a standard, elimination-style competition with a variety of challenges to showcase their talents. There's some bleeped swearing, usually when people miss their shots, but otherwise very little questionable material. And while there's plenty of gunfire, it's all within the context of a target-shooting contest, so there's no violence. The issue of guns and gun ownership is sensitive to some families, so parents might want to be prepared to share their ideas on the topic.
Is It Any Good?
These marksmen (and a single female contestant) are certainly talented; shooting a round through a plate-size target at 600 yards is no easy feat, but they make it look easy. And that's the problem: There's little drama involved in watching them carefully take aim and fire. It's impossible not to admire their talent, but that doesn't make it exciting television.
Host Colby Donaldson is a veteran of Survivor: The Australian Outback, which clearly serves as the model here. He narrates the competitions much like the hosts of other well-made reality competitions, but it's hard to introduce excitement when his comments typically boil down to "Red team, missed another shot."
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