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Mountain Men: Producers have turned show into hour-long blooper reel

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Producers trying to give viewers what the production team thinks they want took a show with great potential and pretty much ruined it.

Show of hands: Who out there watching the History Channel’s Mountain Men would get in a plane with Marty and take off?

Don’t see a lot of hands going up out there.

Marty has got to be one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, according to the way he is portrayed on Mountain Men. He certainly cannot drive a snowmobile more than about 25 feet without running into something, running over something, or just plain dumping it into the snow. In last night’s episode, he managed to not only dump his snowmobile, but run over his own glasses in the process, leaving him close to blind. Luckily for him, he did find an extra pair in his plane, which was too bad, because it would have been fun to see what he would have came up with had he not had an extra pair.

Tom spent the episode, according to the narrator, “battling wolves.” Now, perhaps this is a skewed point of view from someone who has never visited Montana, but “battling wolves” would imply, one would imagine, that Tom would have at least seen a wolf. But, all he was shown doing last night was snowshoeing around listening to wolves howling somewhere out in the wilderness, and talking with someone who had recently seen some wolves. Personally, that doesn’t qualify as “battling” for me, but seems to be close enough for the Mountain Men production team.

Eustace spent the episode battling water problems, not wolves. And, for all of the talk in earlier episodes about how winter was closing in on Turtle Island, and reminders of the urgency of Eustace killing a deer, it certainly was looking warm in the mountains of North Carolina.

Let Marty Have His Gun!

One thing that is interesting is how the producers on this History Channel show seem to be determined to make Marty appear like he is traveling with no gun, but how poorly they cut the footage to accomplish it. In last night’s episode, for example, when Marty was walking away from his now “bear-proof” cabin, he clearly had a rifle strapped firmly to his back. But, somehow, in the short walk from the cabin to the snowmobile, the gun disappeared. Of course, it’s probably good that they had him remove it, because it was shortly after that scene that he dumped his snowmobile into the snow—probably easier to do without a gun strapped to one’s back. At any rate, after digging himself out of the snow and finding his broken glasses, he gathered himself and took off for his airplane, this time with his rifle, but not strapped to his back. Rather, he was holding it at his side—just another indication that the earlier shot with the rifle strapped across his body for a fleeting moment was yet another Mountain Men production error.

Mountain Men could have been a really interesting show, if the producers had let the areas and the men just be what they are naturally. Why try to push North Carolina like it is a state that has feet of snow and sub-zero temperatures only days away, when the guys are walking around with their sleeves rolled up? Why set Tom up to be “battling” wolves when there is no indication he’s even seen one at this point? And, of course, why not just let Marty have his gun wherever and whenever he needs to have his gun?

Production is fine, necessary, in fact; over-production, however, ruined this show before it ever had a chance to get started.

But, hey, at least it’s fun to re-set the ol’ blooper-counter each week and see what the producers have screwed up this time, right?

Stay tuned.

Mountain Men airs on the History Channel on Thursdays at 10/9c.

UPDATE: Will Eustace keep his land in Season Two?

Image: Wikimedia Commons


Submitted by boomer (not verified) on
Yes, when you examine the details as they are presented there are many, large, gaping holes--especially where Eustace is concerned. Eustace is famous for being the topic of a book called "The Last American Man"--as in he's supposed to be the last guy in America who "knows what being a self-made American" is all about. For a guy who got on that land back when he was 18 or something, he's certainly done little to protect it when a letter can come in the mail one day and turn his world upside down! Surely he had to have known about that before. And the show was very vague on the details, just that, "when someone can just come and take your land away from you . . . well, that's just wrong!" No, Eustace, they can when it's just "right," as in you owe someone lots of money and you made no adequate defense that you didn't. It's "just wrong" for you to take advantage of someone else; take their money, for instance, and not give them what they paid for. Then they get to take a pound of your flesh in exchange. It's called justice, Eustace! And it's as American as it gets! P.S. And, Eustace, how useless is it that you spend an entire day out of your busy, busy schedule keeping that farm going for "so many people" (we never see) to make a trail through your woods to "save" you two hours to ride the "ten miles" into town by horseback? And you're riding into town to "save money"? Really? Ten miles by old, broken down truck even at $3.50 a gallon wouldn't cost you nearly as much as you're going to run down that poor horse, use up an entire day, or more, possibly, riding to and from town, not to add the whole day you spent saving two hours to cut a trail through your woods! The "Last American Man" doesn't have a whole lot going on upstairs, it seems. And why can't a "true blue American man" find himself a wife? Is that part of being a "mountain man"? Tom and Marty seemed to find ones willing to live their kind of life . . . why can't you? All very strange, indeed!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Agreed, it seems common sense just ain't that common

Submitted by NC Lawyer (not verified) on
Good job. So this notice was given in 2006? Ok, this notice is sent to the judgment debtor when the judgment creditor wants to have the Sheriff collect the debtor's property for sale to satisfy the judgment. The debtor has 20 days to fill out the notice. So this notice was out of date 6 years ago. But don't take my word for it. Here is the statute: Go to It lists both the exemptions in 1C-1601(a) and the actual text of that notice you saw in 1C-1603. So this whole thing is a complete lie. This hasn't been a concern for him for years. And again, this is all relevant to a civil judgment, not a tax debt. He was sued civilly by someone he owed money. What really bothers me is that he acted like he went to the mailbox that morning (note: why were they filming something as mundane as checking the mail? That makes for AWESOME tv!) and he pulled out that piece of mail. (And no junk mail, haha.) He knew that notice was over 2,000 days old. But he staggers about, clutching his notice and mumbling vague threats against the Sheriff if his office tries to perform their Constitutional duties. This makes Eusless Wrongway a liar in my book. The reason this show is so offensive is because we know they could have found some real people whose stories would have been interesting, informative and REAL. What can you learn from lies and tales of incompetence. Has there been one honest minute in any of these shows? I grew up cutting our firewood for heat until I was about 12. I have trecked through mountains and backwoods. I have ridden horses. Hell, do a new show called Hillbilly Lawyer. I can almost pretend to be stupid!

Submitted by NC Lawyer (not verified) on
Replace "go to" with the W's and pastry it in your url bar.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I haven't looked to see how Marty has his piper cub registered. But just because you can't find anything on it since 2007 doesn't mean that much. If Marty has it registered as experimental and has a repairman's certificate on it then he can do the annual inspections himself. Even if it isn't registered he could have an A&P and be an I.A. and do the annual inspections himself. In order to find out if his annuals are current are his log books. I have been working in aircraft maintenance on general aviation aircraft for almost 16 years. And to my knowledge you don't have to report annual inspections to the F.A.A. every time one is completed as long as the A.D.'s are up to date and the entries are made in the log books.

Submitted by ed wiker (not verified) on
mountain men is an awsome show,its easy to find things that are questionable when outside looking in. some people are just accident prone. these people live by a different set of values than we do. a way of life that 99% of people couldnt handle. i have come to the realization i would love to live off the grid and try that way of life.i love the show,and people should enjoy learning about the lifestyle,not so much the showmanship. the men and women on the show are the type of people i love to meet because they are just AWSOME...... if people think about how it must be to live in remote places-maybe the producers had to dumb it down for us city folk to understand it. the point is just watch the show,learn something,and maybe they will bring more to the table when they think we can handle it....

I don't know about "city folk," but there are a lot of people out there who are just plain smart enough to see all of the producers' errors--and they are numerous and blatant. I don't think one can "learn something" when the show is slap-full of mistakes, unless, of course, learning something incorrectly is somehow productive ... "when they think we can handle it" ... LOL ... are you for real with this, or are you just pranking us, Ed?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well Ed I do not know if I would call it awesome but I will admit it is better than most of what can be seen in "night time soaps" or WWF/WWE WWW whatever. I too would love to be "off the grid' and soon we may not have a choice considering our government.

Submitted by ready-teddy (not verified) on
They have to "dumb" down hunting and camping? Yeah, I guess the simple minds of city folk who do things like engineering and law are too dumb to understand living in a cabin in the woods.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You know you are awfully gratuitous with your comments. I am just wondering how much experience you have living off the land from behind that desk? I would gladly fly with Marty. I have flown with bush pilots in Alaska. Where does your experience come from? Hmmmm? You are quick with a quip and talking like a man(?) with a paper a$$hole. Now about that shot Marty made? pop bottle glasses, high winds and a crack shot! Could you do better? Prove it! Did you ever wonder about how Marty's snowmobile as old as it was could be still running? Must be a pretty good mechanic. Unfortunately he neither has the time not money to carry it to the local Mercedes shop like you do. As for Tom Battling wolves, how many times have you been in a position to film wolves? Remember the zoo does not count. Oddly enough Wolves do not always show up on cue. Where is your experience again? As for Eustace, you would not last one week living as he does, in fact you would not last one week in any of those locations and while you are at it how about one week on the swamps in Homa Louisiana? How about those repairs Eustace had to do? You would call a plumber and pay $200 or more and Eustace does it all himself for free. You probably would not know which end of a snake to put into the plumbing first. I expect you will hammer Swamp People when you get a chance. If you have not done so already. I am wondering how you will fare one week after the US economy collapses? With little to no ability other than dishing out verbal abuse. How do you thing all of the people mentioned will do in the same circumstances? Have a nice day and go get a broader education. Learn to respect those you cannot begin to understand. To the readers: Yes I have assumed a great deal in regards to Mechele R. Dillard and his/her education. Perhaps given more credit than is due. After 22 years in the military, trained in survival, I have experienced a hell of a lot. Learned a hell of a lot more, and will continue to do until the day I die. One thing I have learned is that I do not know everything and realize that there is plenty I can learn from those who live off the land. From those whose pharmacy is found in the plants around their homes. Where stitched wounds are sewn by self or a friend. Where MRSA is not a worry and strep infections are not to be found.


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