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Posted Apr 20, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

I don't know about the CIA connection, but I have been enjoying watching Chris hold his own even though the only experience the show credits him with is IT (which I am also in). I was really afraid that the rappelling would be his undoing since there is not a lot of call for that in IT, but he really came through with flying (no pun intended) colors.
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Posted Apr 20, 2012 @ 7:36 PM

I was really afraid that the rappelling would be his undoing

I was afraid too, but then he mentioned that he did some rock climbing and I thought he might be OK. I wonder how much time Kyle wasted with the misload. I'm sure he would have been in first if it hadn't been for that. Even though Colby emphasized this was a physical challenge, I didn't think much of that aspect. It really didn't require any stamina, just (as CHee mentioned) not having a fear of heights. I think it was much less physical than the first season challenge where they had to run up a hill to several stations and shoot different weapons.

I really hope the show doesn't get cancelled, but I am a little worried. Colby's companion show Top Guns (which has been a real disappointment) disappeared from the Wednesday night lineup on H2 without any notice, although the newest episode is available on demand.
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Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 9:46 AM

Colby's companion show Top Guns (which has been a real disappointment) disappeared from the Wednesday night lineup on H2 without any notice, although the newest episode is available on demand.


I was watching an H2 show I taped from Monday, and they were advertising the season finale of Top Guns to air Tuesday night at 11. Of course, I didn't know that, and my DVR didn't catch it. Way to sweep the show under the rug, History. I know absolutely nothing about guns, so I enjoyed the Bullet Points, but I can see where that would be a big bore to anyone who already knows a thing or two about how firearms work.
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Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 12:59 PM

I watched the first episode of Top Guns, and it was ok but I have to say its the competition that draws me to top shot, not really the guns. As much as I like Top Shot, I won't be surprised if it ends or has a hiatus. All good things have to come to an end and they've had a good run. I thought they would at least get in an All-Star season or an all female or all military version. Hope it comes back, but doubt this show has the staying power of Survivor or anything.
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Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

I think they went overboard on a few challenges unnecessarily. In particular, the one that rotated them around in a circle while they shot at targets. That contraption must have cost a fortune to build. I don't think it was very good at testing shooting skills either. Contrast that to the stick throwing challenge which was probably the cheapest, but also one of the most exciting challenges.
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Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 11:12 PM

I don't think going over budget would be a reason for History to cancel the show. If it's too expensive, they tell the production company the show's too expensive and the production company doesn't do those over-the-top challenges anymore. That being said, it's those kind of challenges - where the contestants come over the hill and their eyes light up like a kid on Christmas morning - that I really I get a kick out of. Whether they are a good measure of marksmanship or not, they're visually interesting.

I wish we could get the low-down on why the show is in jeopardy.

And this show really needs to win an Emmy for it's high speed photography.
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Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 5:52 PM

While I was very diappointed to see Chee go (I was kind of hoping for him to win it all), I thought it was a little unfair that he essentially ended up going not because of his shooting (he was the only one who made it through with a perfect shot record--he hit every jar on the first shot) but because he wasn't good at rapelling.

And I really want Greg to go.
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Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:33 PM

Oh well, someone had to go tonight , but I will miss Kyle. Still he left with a lot of class, and he hit a point I have made before, it is just fun to watch these competitors who really enjoy the competition, like kids at Christmas. Even Greg is not annoying me much any more, although it did grate when he referred to the half track as the tank and to the pintle mount for the machine gun as a turret. I am truly sad that the show is going away, it seems to be the only competitive reality show that isn't loaded with creeps, jerks and other kinds of bottom feeders.

Edited by DoctorK, Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:45 PM.

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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:14 AM

Aww... I really liked Kyle and was hoping he'd pull out the win. I'm not sure how I feel about the elimination challenge given that a big part of it was about memory and not shooting. It's an interesting final four, with two military guys and two civilians. I don't dislike Greg or Augie and I would be fine if either of them win, but I hope Chris and Gary kick ass.
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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 1:53 AM

I wonder who the majority of their viewers are. As for me, I don't really care about the guns as I am not a shooter and if the viewers hold the same opinion as this

I watched the first episode of Top Guns, and it was ok but I have to say its the competition that draws me to top shot, not really the guns.

then they could really save a lot of money and redesign the challenges in a way that highlights the competition instead of wasting money on these probably really expensive guns and things. Look at the Jack Dagger challenges--rocks, sticks, tomahawks! Still cool to watch and probably costs half as much (not to mention fulfilling the "history" aspect of the History Challenge)! As it has been, though, the challenges this season have been seriously underwhelming and boring compared to last season and the seasons before. It's just basically "Here's a cool gun only aficionados and enthusiasts would appreciate. Shoot this target." Show me some cool stagecoach action or shooting while flying backwards or splitting a bullet on an axe (Darryl, we will never forget that shot).

Anyway, sorry to see Kyle go. He seemed like real final 4 material. I keep forgetting that Augie and Gary are there. Go Chris!

Edited by niklj, Apr 25, 2012 @ 1:55 AM.

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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 6:52 AM

The guy that was practicing with Kyle made me laugh when he said, "I'm impressed with his abandon of any kind of pride."

I'm rooting for Chris, all the way.

Edited by taalsi, Apr 25, 2012 @ 6:52 AM.

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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 7:39 AM

Oh man, two weeks in a row a favorite of mine has left. Now I'm basically on the "anyone but Greg" band wagon. I have no problems with any of the other 3.
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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

Bummed that Kyle left. He was my favorite. Seemed like a really nice guy and a good guy to have as your boss. I'm rooting for Chris now. Next week should be good.

I don't think going over budget would be a reason for History to cancel the show.


Colby said on his twitter that the show is very expensive to do. I don't want to see it go either.
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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:31 PM

I imagine that a lot of the budget has to do with insurance. Most other reality competitions don't involve giving contestants deadly weapons to play with. I imagine that also offscreen there are firetrucks and ambulances parked back there just in case for every challenge.

I'm bummed that Kyle went, and also that he left because of the contestant's whim in shooting his target to cause a shootout, and also due to the final challenge involving memory and rope climbing more than shooting. But them's the breaks.
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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 9:29 PM

Well, that was sad. Kyle isn't just my favorite this season -- he's one of my favorite reality show contestants ever. I think the problem was that the way he practiced memorizing targets in his practice session didn't work for the actual challenge. Remembering a single-word list of things (clock, toy, plant, bottle, etc.) didn't work because the decoys fell within the same categories. I'm pretty sure he hit the wrong clock, for instance. I wish the elimination challenge had been between Augie and Gary, the worst shooters of the week.

Definitely rooting for Chris next week.
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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:21 PM

I think when Kyle was turned back to close the cabinet, his train of thought was completely disrupted. Hated the challenge. It had almost nothing to do with shooting. Most of the challenge was memory and climbing the rope.
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Posted Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:07 AM

Hated the challenge. It had almost nothing to do with shooting. Most of the challenge was memory and climbing the rope.

I think this is the worst penultimate challenge that we've had on Top Shot. To be the challenge that decides the Final 4 and include memory and rope climbing agility just seems so wrong. Kyle was my favorite from the beginning - I'm really sad to see him go out, especially this way.

I guess I'm rooting for Chris, since he's the non-military, self-taught shooter, but I really don't have much invested in the finale now.
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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

I'm all about Chris taking the title. I'll be keeping a Linux penguin in an ice cave for him during the finale tonight!
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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 10:02 PM

Yay Chris! Hurray! Huzzah! So glad he won though I do applaud Greg for keeping it close. I like Chris more than any other winner in this series. I sure hope the show comes back, I've really enjoyed seeing all the different weapons they brought out.
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Posted May 1, 2012 @ 11:14 PM

Well, I finally figured out that a grenadier is a specialist in using a grenade launcher.

Congrats to Chris, he was definitely my favorite, and not just because I'm a retired IT person myself. He seems like a great guy.

Be sure to watch the Behind the Bullet special after the finale. Greg really gets taken to town for the whole bandana thing. My favorite 'where are they now' line: 'Colin has returned the bandana to Greg.' Heh. (ETA: A close second is the blooper where the shooters have to tell Colby to 'Close the barn door before the cows get out, man.')

Please, please, please come back for another season.

Edited by Quilt Fairy, May 1, 2012 @ 11:30 PM.

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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 2:11 AM

That was AWESOME! I couldn't be more thrilled for Chris, and not just because he was the "civilian" (IT geeks rock!) dark horse. The final challenge was a total knuckle-biter - now THAT'S entertainment! I sure hope that History Channel brings this back - it has become one of my favorite shows.

Floved the Behind the Bullet special, too. It was fun to watch the friendship bracelet debacle again; Littlejohn's never going to live that down.

I've contacted History to voice my support for this show, and hope more fans will do the same. It can't hurt to try...
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 2:32 AM

Yeah Chris!!!

That was actually a pretty suspenseful finale.

I'm actually going to miss Greg Littlejohn on my TV. He is one fuh-nee guy. The bandana incident can never not be funny.

It was really refreshing seeing Greg acknowledge that he had a few embarrassing moments on the show, and seem to take it in good humor.

For some reason, I'd like to see him in another reality show. Just for entertainment value.

I did notice on that little conference with Greg, Terry, and Dylan, but there was another guy sitting with his back toward camera, wearing a black hat and a red collar. The only people I saw with black hats were Chris and Tim. Did they really have a strategy meeting with a red team member?

Also Colby's Probst moment with asking Chee about Gaby, not cute.
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 2:42 AM

My heart was beating so fast. What an awesome, close final like the other elimination challenge Chris was apart of. Thanks Chris for making this a season worth watching and if it is indeed the series finale, thanks for helping Top Shot go out with a bang!
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 10:52 AM

Congrats to Chris! My favorite winner will always be Dustin, but Chris is right up there. I think a lot of people can relate to his situation, and maybe will take up something they thought they would never do (not necessarily shooting.)

I wish they would air the finale an hour earlier so the wrap up show would be done at a reasonable hour. Some of us have to get up early! On demand it is, since they don't seem to rerun this season as often as they have past season.
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 2:53 PM

Congratulations to Chris! I am *so* glad he beat Greg. That was an awesome finale with two lead changes and some suspenseful tie-breaking moments. So much better than last year's blowout. Regardless, I'm so glad the humble underdog won.

Contrast that to Little(Big)Joke. Just when I was starting to cut him some slack, Greg goes off about his gaming clique on the Behind the Bullet confessional. I disliked his clique routine during the show, but thought he had mellowed out once the green team had formed. At least he admits to it and owns it, I guess. Enjoyed seeing him get waxed.

However, the saloon shootout was a bore. Nothing will ever replace last season's shooting of the golf balls for the most awesome shot in a final episode. At least the shooting of the flipping color tree was exciting.

Moving on to the Behind the Bullet show, which I really enjoyed. I don't remember seeing it last year, so maybe my DVR just didn't record it for some reason. It was a nice recap of the season. While the bandana foolishness got the mocking it deserved, I'm glad they didn't spend too much time on the drama. I was especially glad they didn't spend too much time with "Hey Diddle Diddle" William. With that said, it would have been nice to see some of the other nail-biting elimination challenges again instead of showmance and bandanna crap.

The closing credits were notable for a few things. While I'm sure everyone appreciated the pics of Michelle, it's somewhat disappointing that her footnote was that she's gonna be in Maxim magazine. At least we have the awesomeness of Gabbie to contrast against that. Colin's follow-up mentioned that he returned the bandanna to Greg. :) Why was Colby's zipper undone? Does he have an onset fluffer give him a nice manly-man bulge in between takes or what? I also think it's awesome Augie is helping paralyzed veterans shoot, and that Chee has applied to be an US Marshal.

If History doesn't do another season, at least Top Shot went out with a bang. Maybe another network will pick it up, like Spike or Discovery. However, as much as I'd enjoy seeing more, I'd hate for the show to limp along past its prime.
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 3:22 PM

Please, please, please come back for another season.

Colby tweeted at the end of last night's show that a decision about another season hadn't been made yet. He said he'd let us know when he learned something.

I laughed all through the Saloon challenge. After last season, with Dustin's amazing golf ball shot, this season was going to have a hard time living up to that. But to go through 3 rounds without a single hit? Hilarious!

I'm happy for Chris. He's another good winner, though Dustin will always be my favorite.
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 6:08 PM

Yeah Chris! The geek shall inherit the earth!

While I'm sure everyone appreciated the pics of Michelle, it's somewhat disappointing that her footnote was that she's gonna be in Maxim magazine.


I never thought she was a serious shooter, she was just there to flirt and show off. If the show is going to fill its apparently limited female slots I wish it were with real markswomen and not model wannabes. More Gabbys and Taras and no more Michelles, please.
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 8:43 PM

Colby's emphatic NOPE after LIttlejohn missed one of his saloon shots was my favorite line from the ep.

I'm glad Chris won, though Littlejohn grew on me enough that I was happy he lasted until the finale. He was a whiny little girl, but he was entertaining and at least seemed to have a decent sense of humor about his own ridiculousness. Enjoyed that Behind the Bullet show, too. This was the first season that I watched where I didn't actively hate anybody.
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 9:13 PM

That was an exhilarating final challenge, and thank God 'cause the saloon shootout was appallingly bad. Now, I know some of those were really difficult shots, but this is TOP SHOT. If you're gonna be the best, and get a chance to compete professionally with a major sponsor like Bass Pro Shops, you'd think someone would've hit ONE of those. And aside from the distances, they weren't all that creative. I guess last season's epic shootout was just too awesome.

But the last challenge more than made up for it. Props to Littlejohn, who was such an embarrassment in the first
half and then took his performance to a shockingly high level. Looking back, Littlejohn losing his best buds seemed at the time to be bad for him and great for us 'cause of the hilarious behavior it elicited from Littlejohn. But I think it was actually a godsend for him 'cause it forced him to leave behind that junior high immaturity and man up. He performed consistently well the last few weeks and earned that very tight second-place finish.

Chris! Not much more to say about how great he was, especially in the finale where he fell behind at the end but recovered to beat Littlejohn at his own game on the grenades. That was another comeback win in an elimination challenge for Chris. I hope the show comes back just to see more high-performing self-taught, non-military/law enforcement shooters.

I can't believe Augie had three shots to beat Littlejohn and missed all three! The only thing more inexplicable than that was Gary's goose egg at the saloon, even on seemingly easy/easier shots.

Really hope the show comes back.
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Posted May 2, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

Forgot that the producers must've really loved it when Gary went on about how you can really trace history through the evolution of guns. They were probably like "Thank goodness for this soundbite - this show is on the History Channel for a reason!"
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