NBC is cashing in on the post-Olympics "Go America" sentiment with this new pro-military show. And while initially we were suspect about how watchable this show would be, given that NBC's last new reality show was Love in the Wild, we were pleasantly surprised at how this had glimmers of Top Shot with some "celebrities" in the mix.
In the show, "celebs" like WWE Diva Eve Torres, gold medal skier (from like one hundred Olympics ago) Picabo Street, former Superman Dean Cain, Nick Lachey and The Biggest Loser's trainer Dolvett Quince (we finally learned his last name!) are paired up with actual military men (from the Green Berets, Navy Seals and Marines). Then they are put through some real paces, unlike say Celebrity Fear Factor. They're taught to use real ammunition and forced to do military drills (crawling under barbed wire and smashing down doors). Then former General Wesley Clark dispatches them on missions that look pretty ridiculously tough, like a weaponized Tough Mudder, with helicopters and explosions.
Watching celebrities like Laila Ali get down and dirty in the mud was enjoyable and seeing tough guys like Dolvett and Terry Crews not being able to complete a mission because they struggled with the weight of their gear in the water shed some light on exactly how difficult this is. In other words, while Jack Osbourne may take issue with being excluded, if he needs his mom to fight his battles for him then this show would have eaten him alive. Honestly, even Dolvett barely made it out, and we always thought he was tough.
Anyway, the show is interesting, the military vets are awesome and these celebrities are willingly to be tortured in order to donate money to charity. Though we're oddly confused by seeing Todd Palin be the most badass guys on the playing field (yes, really). If only they had the awesome slo-mo camera that Top Shot uses to show the bullets hitting their targets, then that would really make this show a lot more visually stimulating. Oh, and if Samantha Harris and her white pants in the middle of a muddy field somehow get hit by friendly fire and they have to get a replacement host, we wouldn't be sad at all about that.
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