We were able to catch the first episode of Big Shot on Disney+ and wanted to talk a little bit about our thoughts on the show, the story, and the cast. Spoilers for the first episode will be below so proceed as you will.
Big Shot is about a college basketball coach that gets fired and needs to show everyone he can be trusted again so takes a job at an elite high school to work on his reputation. The coach is used to coaching college men so he thinks he can use the same techniques, which is not the case at all. Coach Marvyn Korn will need to grow as a person to help this team play to their potential. The series is doing a great job so far at showing the differences in the different generations as it comes to their approach to sports.
Big Shot casting has been great so far, and while we were not sold on John Stamos as the coach, we have been shown the fact that he is killing it so far. The girls on the team have all been very solid so far, and we have to give props to both Tisha Custodio who plays Carolyn ‘Mouse’ Smith and Monique A. Green who plays Olive. Yvette Nicole Brown will always be Shirley in Community to me, so while I have to get that out of my head, she is great as the head of the school and works well with Stamos.
The one thing that I really have to commend this show for is the set itself. Most of the time we will see sports shows work on a set that is not very realistic in terms of the court of field, and the school itself is more just passing shots of the school. With Big Shot though the set is very well done and makes the show feel more realistic.
We can’t have enough shows about girl/women sports and so far Big Shot is doing a good job at showing how these girls interact, albeit in a rich private school setting. Very much looking toward seeing how this team does and what stories come from the show. It seems like we are going to get the coaches daughter, played by Sophia Mitri Schloss showing up at some point and that is great, we loved her in The Kicks, another show that was wonderful and cut too short.
We will say that it may be skewed to the middle school and older crowd in terms of audience, there may be a little too much for the younger kids. Savoring Big Shot so far!
After getting ousted from the NCAA, a men’s basketball coach is given a chance for redemption with a coaching position at an elite private high school. He soon learns that the teenage players require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Korn (John Stamos). By learning how to connect with his players, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and oﬀ the court.