Directed by: Dimitri Lazaris
Written by: Dimitri Lazaris
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$10K Drag Shootout
I would like to preface this review with one huge issue I had while watching this show. The ridiculous amount of Ads throughout the twenty or so minutes. I counted no less than seven, bringing the actual amount to around an ad every three minutes. That's crazy, and although I'll try to put them all out of my mind for this critique, bear in mind that when you're ripped out of an episode that many times - it's hard to keep things in perspective.
So, if you've ever watched the shows on History Channel you'll feel right at home with this one. $10K Drag Shootout - No Prep Edition feels like it would fit right in with the History/H2 programming and truth be told, it's a pretty decent show. In it, four teams get ten grand and ten days to put together the best possible... fastest car they can. The series, like other reality shows, also consists of challenges that give the winning team advantages. In this episode, I only got to witness the engine tear down and rebuild challenge. The winning team got their choice of gutted car shells to work with. The winning team by the end of the season gets to not only keep the car they built, but ten grand to go with it. The losers? Nothing.
The teams are, "Home Grown", "Out In Front", "M.A.K.", and finally the "Villian Squad" and the show is hosted by Brian Petty. The start of the episode is mainly all introductions with the engine challenge capping things off. While I do love a good introduction, I couldn't help but wonder how the pacing would have changed if some of the intros were spread throughout the episode instead of all at the start. As it sits, they go on until just after the seven minute mark and it's only then that the show really kicks off. When you consider the episode is only around 20 minutes, that's getting close to half the episode saying hello. Had the names and intros been spaced out throughout the episode, we could have started the challenge almost right away. Sure, the challenge would have been broken up... but that would have worked for me. Keep in mind, this is all personal preference, and even as it is, $10K Drag Shootout was still pretty good... even better if you're a car enthusiast.
Here's where things sit. Dimitri Lazaris along with the competitors and sponsors have created a pretty good show. Nothing terribly new though, you've seen this format a million times elsewhere. But that isn't meant as a slight because we all love the familiar and it helps people get comfortable. Production wise, aside from a little distortion in the dialog now and then, the show looks great. It's got a rockin' soundtrack and so far, just seems fun. Sometimes you don't have to reinvent the wheel to put out something good. I'll be tuning in as the show progresses and if cars are your thing, I'd recommend tuning in yourself.