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Strap into the Big Shot and prepare to be shot 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour as you overlook the majestic Las Vegas Valley. In a matter of seconds, the Big Shot thrill ride catapults 16 riders from the 921-foot high platform up the SkyPod's mast to a height of 1,081 feet and down again. Before you catch your breath, you'll be shot back up again at forces unmatched by other Vegas thrill parks! Experience a gut-wrenching four Gs of force on the way up, and feel negative Gs on the way down as your legs dangle in the Las Vegas skyline.


Famed artist Andy Warhol was purportedly fond of this camera in particular, and today it has a cult status among Polaroid cameras for its eccentricity. The quality of the portraits is striking, and it is possible to do shots of couples, if they will squeeze their heads together, ear to ear.

Lovely writing and powerful acting transforms a high-concept series that could be a walloping load of tropey sports cheese into a heartwarming triumph. Not that there aren't sports tropes: get ready for training montages, sudden reversals, game that hinge on one...last...shot as the camera lingers on a basketball circling the net in slo-mo. Well, okay, what would a sports show be without the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat? Big Shot ultimately scores because you care about who wins and loses. John Stamos is alluring and sympathetic as Marvyn, a guy who's down on his luck but hasn't lost his gift. Crusty cinematic coaches are a dime a dozen, but Stamos actually gives his pre- and post-game pep talks meaning; in one spine-tingling example in Big Shot's pilot, he gives his players a hard truth: "Life is cruel, and difficult, and you don't have a fighting chance. Unless you fight."

It's a bit of wisdom that will ring true with viewers, and Big Shot is shot through with insights like that; David E. Kelley isn't a revered TV showrunner because he's bad at drama that connects. In another powerful moment, Marvyn's assistant coach Holly (Jessalyn Gilsig) points out that behind the "arrogant, cocky" facade of star player Louise she's actually pretty fragile: "as the arrogant and cocky tend to be." Will Marvyn and Louise learn how to turn their power battle into fireworks on the court? Will Marvyn's trial by fire forge a better, kinder man? This is inspirational sports TV, we all know where this is headed, but Big Shot will give you a good time while getting there, we count that as a win.

Bigshot Toyworks is an award-winning creative agency focused on the design, development and production of unique characters, illustrations, toys and art objects. Our work can be seen in national print and TV advertising campaigns, toy stores, and art galleries around the world. 041b061a72


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