Fans of the Discovery Channel’s mega-hit reality show Gold Rush are eagerly awaiting the Aug. 17 special. But, many are not so excited about the prospect of their favorite miners heading to South America for Season Three.
Some Huliq readers, like Larry, are simply concerned for the Hoffman gang’s safety:
I hope they keep the show in the Klondike. If they go South, they will have to be armed at all times to protect themselves. They could be robbed and killed in their sleep. Are Americans or foreigners allowed to even carry weapons for protection? If they have to hire a security force of locals to protect the mine; how do you know the local guards won't eventually turn on the Hoffmann's and their crew and kill them for the gold. Bad idea moving the show south!!!
Robinhood02 believes that it is unfair for Todd to ask his crew to move to a dangerous area like South America, just for ratings:
I hope for the boys sake that Todd does not head to South America for upcoming seasons. Some of the best gold showings I ever found was down there, but getting out healthy and alive with your gold is somewhat questionable. If it was just Todd and Jack then let him take his chances, but having the other boys follow is just not right. He would be endangering the lives of fellows that trust him. I know, I know, each man makes his own decisions and they know the risk, but really Todd is now more interested in ratings than the safety of his boys. Todd is mining the TV show, the boys are mining gold (or at least that is my impression). If he heads south I would hope the boys stay where the gold is good and the locals and the government are safe. There are plenty of guys up in the Klondike making a good living even with the short season. If it has to be, then let part of the show follow Todd and Jack and the other follow the boys in the Klondike !!!
And, Jeff is disappointed that Todd Hoffman seems to have traded the Season One “American Dream” in Alaska for the Season Three chase for ratings in South America:
Gold Rush in South America...I thought these guys were originally living the "American" dream, that "You can do anything if you put your mind to it," or "A little sweat and elbow grease can go a long way" type of thing. So that is what I got from season one. Season two, I got a sense of patriotism still, "We may have lost the battle, but we can still win the war," " Never underestimate the underdogs." I got inspired for what they were trying to do. Yeah, they may have sucked at it, but the fact that they got up off their butts and tried, instead of crying and complaining about it was a wonderful thing. Now that they are in South America, I am a little confused of what "Moral" they are trying to convey. I guess this isn't about patriotism anymore, or the American dream. Just looks like now this show is just about money and ratings....the real American dream perhaps? This is my opinion though.
Todd Asks for Viewers' Help
Todd Hoffman himself, however, is indicating that the move to South America is still up in the air, and he says that he wants the input from fans like Jeff, Robinhood02, Larry and others to help him make the decision of where to ultimately set down his mining roots. Via his Facebook page, Hoffman invited fans to discuss the issue with him:
Make sure your friends at work don't miss the Aug 17th special because it's a huge decision to go south or to not go south. I want you guys to weigh in after it airs. We will discuss the pros and cons right here on Facebook.
Has the decision of whether or not to move the operation to South America really not been made as of yet? Does Hoffman sincerely want the input of fans? Or is it simply a marketing ploy to get viewers to watch the special on August 17? Well, it’s hard to say—but, he is asking.
The upcoming Gold Rush: The Jungle special airs on the Discovery Channel on Friday, August 17, at 9 p.m. E/P.
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