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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
Hey guys, let us enjoy a clean, moral show that is truly entertaining. Mountain Men fits that bill. I will welcome a new season for them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My husband and I enjoy this show very much! It is much better than most of the garbage you see on tv.Thank you history channel! Looking forward to season 2.

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
I'm betting the number will be "0". Let's keep our fingers crossed that there won't be a Season 2. COME ON MARTY!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Had high hopes for this series but this program is complete trash. Unadulterated trash. It is true the story lines and editing made these three men look foolish. But EVERY word EVERY one of them uttered was said to deceive and manipulate the audience more often than not and in the end it was THEIR decision to play the fool. Conway is the biggest offender. Virtually everything he did was without common sense. Did these people really think they could pull the wool over everyone's eyes? The saw mill is not operated by a single phase generator fed by a clogged up line. No one lets someone else sight in their rifle. No one rides a horse into town to dispute a defaulted judgment. On and on. Conway and the rest were all willing participants in the fraud and deception. So why get so upset when we all know that most of reality television isn't? Because this program shows zero respect for its audience. Shame on these three men for cashing in their reputation and integrity for chump change. If the producers told me to ride a horse through traffic for drama I would tell them to shove it. I am far from perfect. It just seems like common sense to NOT let someone cast you as a fool. You know....common sense. That trait that Conway claims he never sees in others will failing to display any himself.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Interesting and truthful review on an over the top bit of fiction. At least the heroic passages were fictionalized, while the sycophantic fawning is laughable. Eustace was a fool LONG before this program aired. scathingweekly.blogspot.com/2010/12/book-review-last-american-man-by.html

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I've had the pleasure of meeting Conway at Turtle Island twice. Where are your grounds for calling Eustace a moron? Someone who's started out their young adult life by making the bold decision of moving into a tent at age 17 is anything but a moron. I think you are, though.

Submitted by Coyotejoe (not verified) on
You're absolutely right, Eustace is no fool, it's the people who give him money who are foolish and those "interns" who give him money for the privilege of doing his dirty work are total idiots but he would be a fool to turn it down. LOL

Submitted by Elmo Bannannabush (not verified) on
Makeing the "Bold Decision" of living in a tent at 17 doesn't automatically make it a good decision. I would call it a "Bold Ill-Advised - BAD Decision" on his part. Your're right, the term MORON may not be strong enough to describe him. Maybe COMPLETE DUMBASS. COME ON MARTY!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I love this show. I don't notice, the things most of you are talking about. what show are you in? if you don't like this show. don't watch it. simple.

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