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

Mechele R. Dillard's picture

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

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Looking forward to it, I really like these guys!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Looking forward to it, I really like these guys!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Looking forward to it, I really like these guys!

Submitted by King (not verified) on
Season will premier in december its an abbreviated winter season with a full season again in June. Eustless Conman has been exposed and dropped from the show. Preston, Tom, Tim and Marty all return as well as new mountain men.

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

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If you think Swamp People and Deadliest Catch is good Reality TV your obviously and idiot!

Submitted by Montana Law (not verified) on
It really is unfortunate that the history channel has allowed these individuals to look so foolish. I am from the mountains (island park Idaho/ West Yellowstone Montana) and I have spent time around real Mountain Men. The are neither foolish, nor would they long suffer a fool. They are rugged individuals who can find a way to deal with most anything and who have a deep love and understanding of the land. Next season's new guy (Richard Lewis) is someone I have known for some time. He is more of a tough SOB than Mountain Man, but he still understands a way of life that is very special and very attached to the land rather than good entertainment. I sincerely hope he does not come off like a fool. Time will tell, but I am afraid for my friend and the other Mountain Men as making them look foolish may be entertaining for some, but it allows others who have no idea what it is to live here to look at how these special areas are dealt with and aid in making bad decisions regarding their future (look at the whole wolf reintroduction for an example). Good luck Mountain Men, I hope the show does not ruin you.

Submitted by coyotejoe (not verified) on
It is obvious the show is edited by people who haven't a clue for people who haven't a clue. The three mountainmen are really just representative of three aspects of basic red neck country living, swamp people being another. It's a way of life and not a spectator sport so it really doesn't make an exciting film in documentary style so the producers have chosen to sensationalize and fictionalize to spice it up. That is understandable but lets stop short of total fiction.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I know none will see eye to eye and in reality I certainly don't care. I found the show to be entertaining. Being a woman and spending endless hours of watching Housewives shows ..yesterday I watched (glued to the TV ) Mountain Men episode aftre episode. Whether things are true or fake, let me just say I enjoyed it. I know my hubby did too..he didn't have to hear me go on and on about how Teresa and Caroline hate each other. :)))

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