SCHMOEDOWN PREVIEW: Critically Acclaimed vs. The Harris Brothers – Who Ya Got?!

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Hello Schmoedown fans, Tim here with the preview of the first team matchup in this season of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown. As we transition from New York to the studios of Burbank, California, we have a huge matchup to kickoff the Schmoedown Teams Division!

These two teams have done well and are now in prime position to play for the team titles held by The Shirewolves. One team overcame the biggest upset in their career to be this close to earning a title shot, and another team gets one more chance at a title shot after being knocked out brutally in the Anarchy Finals.

Which of these two teams of movie-aficionados will get their first ever title shot? It’s the #1 Contender match between Lon and Jonathan Harris of The Harris Brothers versus William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold of Critically Acclaimed!

After their disastrous loss to Late to the Party in the 2017 Ultimate Schmoedown Teams Tournament, Critically Acclaimed bounced back into action last season to redeem their contention status with two successive TKO victories over Team Superhero News and MODOK. However, their team campaign was put on ice as they were separated by the whims of the Ultimate Schmoedown Anarchy Teams Tournament: both Bibbiani and Seibold were on two separate teams. Both of those teams were eliminated, and it was a great relief to numerous Growling Commando fans (including one Chris Clark) when they heard that Critically Acclaimed is back together again. This week, their patience for their long-deserving title shot is finally awarded.

It’s been awhile since they played together as a team so any preparations and practices before this next match is a must. Otherwise, there is a good possibility that they will not mesh anymore. They’re certainly a team that is proven to be a contender after that one upset, but can they work together after being away from each other for months? That is the question that needs to be answered during this match, and it won’t be easy against the runner-up from the Anarchy Tournament.

When Jonathan Harris came to fill in for the then-injured JTE, there were doubts and confusion as to how far Lon and his brother could get into the Anarchy Tournament. In their next two matches, they silenced any doubts with solid, well-earned victories over Take The Cannoli and The Odd Couple. But hat was before their brutal defeat by a 3rd Round KO from Who’s The Boss.

In this matchup, the instantly-popular team-up will return again for another crack at gaining their first attempt at the team titles. These brothers are the clear definition of a living, walking encyclopedia of classic movies from nearly all decades of the 20th Century. A broad range of classic movies that the late, great Robert Osborne would respect. With those and their wide array of acclaimed modern films, they are a team to look out for as another contender for the belts that The Shirewolves hold.

The Harris Brothers are a high-caliber team that can win this match and play for the titles. However, one glaring weakness that they have shown are their gaps in blockbusters and geeky films such as comic book movies and sci-fi movies. For Lon and Jonathan, they cannot have their weaknesses exploited by William and Witney, who both know a good number of the odd and geeky films of the past. If The Harris Brothers can build more on their knowledge of those films, along with classics, and prove it onstage, then it should be a no-brainer that they will be the next #1 Contender for the Movie Trivia Schmoedown Team Championship.

This will be an exciting matchup to start team play in Season 6! When I say that these two teams know their movies well, they absolutely know their movies well. Between the two, The Harris Brothers will be the favorites since they’ve played together more often than Critically Acclaimed lately, and their impressive track record. But don’t count out Critically Acclaimed. They will make this match close if their team chemistry is there after months of inactivity.

Who will be the challengers for Clarke and Rachel’s team titles? We will find out this week as the Schmoedown Teams Division get underway with this #1 Contender match!

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