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Good Company "One" premiered last night on ESPN2, but living in Canada I didn't had the chance to witness urban skiing for the first time on national TV. After finding a couple of streaming links where Tom Wallisch was commenting drag racing (some of you will understand), I had no other choice than to purchase it on Itunes as soon as it dropped at midnight.
First off I have to say that I prefer the classic format of a ski movie, where all the shots are released at the end of the season, and where each skier has his own segment. But Good Company tried a new format that we haven't really seen before, and it's pretty cool to see movie worthy material in the middle of the season.
The filming and editing was top notch, but the songs used were pretty generic and boring if you ask me, as I won't be listening to any of those the next time I go skiing. It's understandable though, as they want to reach to a wider audience with this project, and using your typical banger rap song wouldn't be the best idea.
I couldn't be more hyped to see Wallisch focus mainly on filming from now on, as I was tired to watch him do the same jump line at every slopestyle contest since 2012. He's produced some of the best segments in the past, and will definitely continue to do so, as he had a season's worth of urban footage in that first episode. The highlights for me were his 450 on from a roof and over a fence, his blind swap while gapping from the flat to the last down of a big triple kink rail, and his last shot.
Wallisch wasn't the only one to deliver, as Tim McChesney and Niklas Eriksson were the other two that stood out the most to me. McChesney had a lot of shots, went big and kept everything clean, while Eriksson wasn't the one with the most footage, but got the ender with a trick that I'm sure blew everyone's mind. Nick Martini also had a couple of shots in there, and proved us all that he still got it. I'm a big fan of his skiing, and I definitely want to see more of him.
It's fair to say that Good Company "One" is well worth the 2,99$, although I don't know if I'll be watching it again and again, as I normally do with some of my favorite segments from ski movies. But, as Kyle Decker said in a recent interview, "for less than a Happy Meal, kids can get 15 minutes of bangers". And you get to see Karl Fostvedt hit urban with a backpack.