Pixar’s “Inside Out” recently earned the biggest original box-office debut in history. The film gave audiences an animated glimpse at the emotions of the human brain. Joy, Fear, Sadness, Disgust and Anger; we met them all. But Pixar excluded one emotion: That exhilarating combination of excitement and apprehension as you’re propelled at a massive target.
If you’ve wondered what it’s like to be an arrow soaring through the air, targeted to hit a specific spot downrange, then Fox’s “Bullseye” is the show for you. The producers of “Wipeout” and “The Amazing Race” bring you the World Cup of challenge series as four men and four women try to arrow the bull’s-eye … with their own bodies!
Each episode features three challenges of increasing “don’t-try-this-at-home” difficulty.
Round 1: Fling your body at stationary targets and hit the bull’s-eye.
Round 2: Propel through land, sea or air to hit as many targets as you can.
Round 3: Race the clock to finish the challenge course and hit the final bull’s-eye.
Easy, right? Wrong! In archery, bows take many forms: recurve, compound, longbow and crossbow. Fox followed suit, going to extra lengths to diversify their propulsion equipment.
And zorbs (zorbing, n: the recreation or sport of rolling downhill in an air-cushioned, hollow orb, generally made of transparent plastic).
Nothing is off limits in the quest for $50,000, and a challenge like that surely strikes chords of exhilaration and nervousness.
Tournament archers sometimes experience a similar anxiety. No, they’re not dangling from a helicopter, trying to hit the middle. But it might feel that way. That’s when “shot choke” sets in. They see the target and aim, but can’t arrow the middle. Overcoming past setbacks and visualizing success propels them forward, resulting in podium wins.
Whatever goal you’re aiming for — graduation, a starting position on your sports team, or a perfect score at your next archery tournament — visualize success, and let it go. A win like that is pure joy, inside and out.
Watch “Bullseye” Wednesdays at 9/8c on Fox.