Mountain Men: Will Eustace keep his land in Season Two?

Season One of Mountain Men is over.

What a colossal waste of an opportunity for a great show.

My hopes were high from the very beginning for this show. It could have been a modern-day Alone in the Wilderness. Mountain Men could have actually taken three individuals living in various mountain areas, and shown viewers what it is like to live “off-the-grid” to varying extents. It could have presented viewers with real situations and real people. It could have even—gasp—offered viewers some knowledge that they could have walked away with after each 60-minute sitting, something that was real and perhaps even helpful to someone living in another situation, one not necessarily as extreme or drastic as the ones in which these three were said to reside.

Instead, producers of Mountain Men presented viewers with a campy farce each week, making its stars into presumable caricatures of themselves and insulting fans with gun switches; having Marty's gun disappear into thin air on more than one occasion; and, really, coming up with some of the most contrived, over-the-top, “mountain men” drama a roomful of never-owned-a-gun writers could dream up for the small screen.

Could Marty, Tom and Eustace be the “real deal?” They could be, but how would anyone watching this show know? According to the History Channel, great oudoorsman Eustace is unaware of how to use the word "misfire" appropriately (no, for the final time, it does NOT mean "failure to achieve desired results" in the presented situation)--is that the "real deal?" And, are viewers at fault if they laugh and point out this and many other production misfires--yes, failures to achieve desired results--throughout the show?

Of course they aren't; the producers are.

Reality Programming CAN Be Great

There are some excellent reality shows out there these days, featuring real people doing real things. Swamp People, also on the History Channel, comes to mind. For Alaska living, Flying Wild Alaska (Discovery Channel) is good, as is Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery Channel). Dual Survival (Discovery Channel) gives viewers some real knowledge for potential life-threatening situations. And, of course, the king of all things-most-of-us-could-never-do reality shows, Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel), consistently gives people good reality television. Are any of these “production free,” with no off-camera manipulation of scenes or TV magic in editing? No, of course not. But, they are well-done shows, and they respect not only the stars, but the fans, as well, by striving to give viewers shows that, in the world of reality television, are realistic. 100% “real,” maybe not; but realistic, yes.

Mountain Men could have been one of those shows; it definitely is not.

Season Two of Mountain Men will bring back Marty, Tom and Eustace, and will add a new “mountain man” to the gang. Perhaps, given the not-so-impressive feedback the show has received overall, the producers for this History Channel show will strive to give viewers something better next go around. If not, it will still probably be one of the funniest hours on television, intentional or otherwise. Until then, let’s just hope that Eustace made it back to Turtle Island Preserve without being overtaken by that overwhelming brushfire he encountered on his way into Boone.

Stay tuned.

Image: Wikimedia Commons via Ken Thomas

Mountain Men ended its first season last night and, true to form, it was ridiculous.

Season One of Mountain Men is over.

What a colossal waste of an opportunity for a great show.

My hopes were high from the very beginning for this show. It could have been a modern-day Alone in the Wilderness. Mountain Men could have actually taken three individuals living in various mountain areas, and shown viewers what it is like to live “off-the-grid” to varying extents. It could have presented viewers with real situations and real people. It could have even—gasp—offered viewers some knowledge that they could have walked away with after each 60-minute sitting, something that was real and perhaps even helpful to someone living in another situation, one not necessarily as extreme or drastic as the ones in which these three were said to reside.

Instead, producers of Mountain Men presented viewers with a campy farce each week, making its stars into presumable caricatures of themselves and insulting fans with gun switches; having Marty's gun disappear into thin air on more than one occasion; and, really, coming up with some of the most contrived, over-the-top, “mountain men” drama a roomful of never-owned-a-gun writers could dream up for the small screen.

Could Marty, Tom and Eustace be the “real deal?” They could be, but how would anyone watching this show know? According to the History Channel, great oudoorsman Eustace is unaware of how to use the word "misfire" appropriately (no, for the final time, it does NOT mean "failure to achieve desired results" in the presented situation)--is that the "real deal?" And, are viewers at fault if they laugh and point out this and many other production misfires--yes, failures to achieve desired results--throughout the show?

Of course they aren't; the producers are.

Reality Programming CAN Be Great

There are some excellent reality shows out there these days, featuring real people doing real things. Swamp People, also on the History Channel, comes to mind. For Alaska living, Flying Wild Alaska (Discovery Channel) is good, as is Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery Channel). Dual Survival (Discovery Channel) gives viewers some real knowledge for potential life-threatening situations. And, of course, the king of all things-most-of-us-could-never-do reality shows, Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel), consistently gives people good reality television. Are any of these “production free,” with no off-camera manipulation of scenes or TV magic in editing? No, of course not. But, they are well-done shows, and they respect not only the stars, but the fans, as well, by striving to give viewers shows that, in the world of reality television, are realistic. 100% “real,” maybe not; but realistic, yes.

Mountain Men could have been one of those shows; it definitely is not.

Season Two of Mountain Men will bring back Marty, Tom and Eustace, and will add a new “mountain man” to the gang. Perhaps, given the not-so-impressive feedback the show has received overall, the producers for this History Channel show will strive to give viewers something better next go around. If not, it will still probably be one of the funniest hours on television, intentional or otherwise. Until then, let’s just hope that Eustace made it back to Turtle Island Preserve without being overtaken by that overwhelming brushfire he encountered on his way into Boone.

Stay tuned.

Image: Wikimedia Commons via Ken Thomas

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Can you tell me when Season 2 begins? Thanks!

At this point, I don't believe History Channel has announced anything regarding a date; if/when I get any info on it, however, I'll be sure to let fans know here on Huliq. :)

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
Please NO!! Not another season this stupid stuff. COME ON MARTY!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
When Marty comes up to the final peak before he sees his planr, he had no sleeping bag on the bottom of his backpack! When they show him again, he has a sleeping bag with a string hanging down!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
When they go to get the truck because of the dead battery both men plus the dog leave. why leave the extra vehicle. There are so many production problems with this show it's silly

Submitted by headlesshorsewoman (not verified) on
Cracks me up that they protrayed Eustace not only riding into town on horseback which supposedly took 5 hours, but cutting a trail to get to a shortcut, shoeing his own horses, not to mention making his own shoes. Mustve dedicated 3 days to make a ten mile trip that wouldve cost 4 bucks in fuel. Oh sorry, 8 bucks round trip. And theyve shown he has access to a small truck, soooo. Its a shame that they make an obviously well educated man, look like an idiot. Just because we are country and prefer country ways, doesnt make us stupid.

Quite the opposite, I'd say. My grandfather never made it past the sixth grade and was country as country gets but, I swear, that man could do ANYTHING--you could have set him out in a field miles from another soul, and he could have built a house, grown/raised his food, made his clothes, etc. Whatever he needed, he could have done it. He was, in my opinion, one of the smartest people I've ever met. Perhaps Eustace is like that, too, I don't know, but these producers have turned him into a joke, so I doubt we'll ever know. Could have been a great show.

Submitted by CoyoteJoe (not verified) on
No, the production makes Tom and Marty look foolish with silly voice over drama but they don't "make" useless do anything. He is obviously willing and eager to play the roll, willing to endanger his horse and his friend just to make an impression. If he didn't want to burn a gallon of gas he could have walked down to his mail box and thumbed a ride to town, but that wouldn't have fit the image. And how did he acquire an $85,000 lien on his beloved land? For a guy who has stated (I heard his voice and saw his lips move) that he lives on less then $2,000 per year, that is quite a debt, he'd have to clear cut his land to pay that off in firewood. LOL

He's being compensated, going back for more in Season Two, no telling what else he'll get into. But, I still lay the brunt of the blame on the producers; they wanted to make a silly show, and they did a great job of just that; the production is shameless. And, yes, I well recall his "under $2,000 per year" statement--LOL

Submitted by devawn (not verified) on
EUSTACE owes that money in back taxes. Cant help but to think that if he would have put this much energy in keeping up with his taxes he wouldn't be goin thru all this. Good luck to him hope he can keep his land,

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